Some of them are nuts, Amen? Just yesterday, I plucked a ripe one from the yellowed oak library shelf and I flipped through the first few pages, then a few more, then finally the end and I still have no earthly intimation of the plot. There was a dinosaur and a cherry pie, and I think a waltz? I don’t know. It is all very blurry.
My toddler book rule is 80% selfish. If I’m going to be the one reading it, I want to enjoy it immensely. I want to be reminded of the golden rules of childhood, the simplicity of it all, the deeply-held roots of humanity that we’ve forgotten amidst trips to the dry cleaner and cleaning out the gutters.
But perhaps it’s just me.
Anyway. If you’re the same, if you’re 80% selfish, if you yearn for a toddler read that you love as much as they love, one that you won’t find yourself skipping over the part about the sugar plum goddess, here’s a brief list for you and yours:
The Book(s): The Little Books Boxed Set
The Lesson: What is ordinary to you is extraordinary to someone else.
The Price: $18
The Book: Rosie Revere, Engineer
The Lesson: Hard work and persistence will get you everywhere (Also: everyone needs an Aunt Rose).
The Price: $9
The Book: The Little Red Hen
The Lesson: You reap what you sow.*
The Price: $4
*There is zero grace in this book, you’ve been warned. (Ken loves it.)
The Book: One
The Lesson: It takes just one person to make a difference.
The Price: $10
The Book: The Shape of Me and Other Stuff
The Lesson: People come in all shapes/sizes (and each is a wonderful thing).
The Price: $5
The Book: An Awesome Book of Thanks!
The Lesson: For the ultimate perspective shift, try gratitude.
The Price: $11
The Book: I’ll Teach My Dogs 100 Words
The Lesson: Big dreams take big work.
The Price: $8
Tell me, what are your favorite books to read to your little ones? I’d love to hear!
UPDATE — Thanks for your awesome suggestions! I’ve put together a little shoppable collection including your favorites right here!