When my first child Lucy was entering toddlerhood, she loved pulling books from the little shelf in our apartment living room. She would sit with them tucked between her chubby knees and turn the pages continually. The books began to tear from her daily routine.
My first instinct was to put them high where she could not reach them so they could be preserved for her future siblings.
Now that I am three children deep, I have realized that often the best picture books are the ones that end up torn, taped, re-taped, and broken at the binding from being opened so many times. They are the ones that end up in my lap for the tenth day in a row with the words, “Mama, book?”
Here is a list of the books that have been beloved by my toddler-aged children (you better believe I have these memorized!):
Picture Books for Toddlers
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
What picture books does your toddler pull off the shelf again and again? Please share in the comments below.
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