By the age of two, a child is absolutely ready for books if you haven’t introduced it earlier for any reason. Some of the themes that really work well at this age are rhymes, humour , animals and vehicles. Make book reading your bonding time, cuddle up and get really involved, make some noises, lets get that inner child out !!! Trust me its going to be so special as time goes by and the book reading sessions will turn into bonding sessions in no time.
Lets have a look at some of our favourite books for the age 2+
King Jack and the Dragon by Peter Bently, Helen Oxenbury Casper
This was one of our favourites at that age, its a story of a brave king Jack and his knights Zak and Casper. Their day long adventure fighting with the dragons and the beasts. How the play extends to late evening and knights were taken to the home by the parents (its interesting how its depicted in the book) .The climax is epic, super interesting bed time read.
The Selfish crocodile by Faustin Charles and Michael Terry
A beautiful story about a crocodile who doesn’t want anybody to come to the river . `Stay away from my river! It’s MY river, shouts the crocodile every morning! If you come in my river, I’ll eat you all!’ The animals in the forest don’t know what to do. They are frightened of the crocodile. Even the fish, tadpoles, frogs, crabs and crayfish stay out of the water. However one day a tiny mouse helps the crocodile and gets him out of trouble and a new friendship begins. Its an interesting read and introduces the children to so many animals, the concept of being kind and community living.
Alphabet by Mathew Van Fleet
Its a superb tactile book for toddlers and quite a unique way of introducing alphabets. Each letter has an animal that starts with that letter accompanying it. Not only does it have the name of the animal, but there is a short line describing the texture of part of the animal. For example for the letter G it says, Giraffe, velvety tall (Which is a big flap with a nice texture of the giraffe ). Each animal has a texture on it that children can feel. The book comes with a poster that has pop ups for each letter on it. The little ones love it because it allows them to be interactive.There are so many ways to interact with the pages–parts to move, flaps to lift and more textures to touch than we have ever encountered in any other book of this sort.
Where Bear by Sophie Henn
An adorable story of a bear living with a young boy and how the bear grows and it becomes difficult for him to live in the house. The boy goes in search of an appropriate place for the bear to live, none of which are to the satisfaction of the bear. That is until the boy takes the bear to the Arctic, where he discovers his love of snow and decides to live there. The boy and the bear remain best of friends forever.
My dad is brilliant by Nick Butterworth
What’s not to love in this book – its cute, its funny and warm. Each page has beautiful clean illustrations showing something that makes ‘Dad’ brilliant – He can do anything from making a tree house, cooking yummy dishes, playing music like a rockstar and run like cheetah. Perfect for a two year old’s attention span and is sure going to be the most read book.
I love you, Blue Kangaroo! by Emma Chichester Clark
One of our all time favourite books, pretty much a daily read at that age (2+ years). Heart warming story of a girl named Lily who has a favourite cuddle buddy, a blue kangaroo. Its interesting how the blue kangaroo becomes insecure when Lily gets other toys on her birthday. The major theme of the story is valuing friendship especially those friends that have been with you through thick and thin. Those are the friends we should value and never ignore them. Lily also chooses the blue kangaroo in the end.
Hippos Go Berserk by Sandra Boynton
A super simple fun book, Sandra Boynton combines her usual rhyming words with numbers!!!There is plenty of counting going on (number of hippos coming and going from a party).
Doodle Bites By Polly Dunbar
Doodle the alligator woke up feeling bites bites, how he ends up bitting things in the home, other animal friends and faces the consequences. Messages like you should not bite your friends, its not nice. How doodle apologises and is supported by friends. Brightly illustrated, this is an easy read and perfect for toddlers.
An engaging lift the flap book, the fox is looking for his socks everywhere and ends up finding another piece of clothing. Are the socks under the rug? inside the cabinet? The story is simple and has a rhyme to it which the toddlers enjoy so much.
Oi Frog by Kes Gray and Jim Field
A hilarious book with rhyming words and tonnes of fun with the animals. Cats sit on mats, mules sit on stools, we have laughed so much with this book. Its an amazing book, always comes in handy when the little one is grumpy.
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