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Our Favorite Stories: Books for Children Under 3

  • Jul 31, 2010
This list is made up of board books, touch and feel, and picture books that my grandson and I read over and over. Those books that he never seems to get tried of. Our favorites.
The Very Cranky Bear
When a two and a half year old starts to quote a book in day to day life, you know it's a favorite. There's a line in this book describing the bear "gnashing his teeth and stomping his feet". Whenever my grandson sees a picture of a bear (and lately whenever someone is angry). He says "gnash teeth, stomp feet". On our last zoo trip, told us "Sh, quiet... cranky bear." at the black bear exhibit.
See the full review, "The Very Cranky Bear".
The Crawly Caterpillar
This is one of those books that I have forever etched into my memory. I realized this one day when my grandson and I were out for a walk. We saw a butterfly and the entire story came to mind, word for word.
See the full review, "The Crawly Caterpillar".
I Love You Because You're You
There are days when both my grandson and I need a little reminder that we love each other unconditionally. Terrible twos. Potty training. There's also a little fox in this book that completely reminds me of my grandson, especially in the picture where he is scaring the cat.
See the full review, "I Love You Because You're You".
Grumpy Bird
This story is my greatest distraction strategy. My grandson might start off grumpy but by the time the bird in the book has forgotten his was grouchy so has my little one. It works 95% of the time.
See the full review, "Grumpy Bird".
Where's Spot
We must have bought at least six copies of these for my three kids when they were little. We are on the second copy for my grandson. Kids love opening and closing the flaps and eventually they get ripped. Nonetheless, we get a lot of play value from each copy.
Bright, Shiny, Rainbow Colors
This book is part puzzle and part touch and feel book. We read and play with this one a lot so I've very surprised it has held up so well. My one grip about this one is that the starfish (my grandson's current favorite) is hard to get in.
See the full review, "Bright Shiny Rainbow Colors".
Dress Up
I am pretty sure that for the nine months of his life my grandson thought he was a cat. He still rubs his head on my arm for love. Anyways, I got this book so that he could see that he was a child like the babies on the pages. It is well used and much loved.
See the full review, "Dress-Up Peekaboo!".
My First Dinosaur
This book is a favorite if for no other reason than the T Rex with the sticky tongue and the little mirror pond.
See the full review, "My First Dinosaur Touch And Feel".
Tiny Tadpole
This story was made by the same people who made The Crawly Caterpillar. It has lots of the same great features (touch and feel and catchy flowing words) and a huge fold out frog at the end of the book.
See the full review, "The Tiny Tadpole".
In Grandma's Arms
This was one of the first books I got for my grandson. It's still a favorite. From the very start, I looked very forward to sharing the gift of reading with him. It would seem he enjoys our reading time together too.
See the full review, "In Grandma's Arms".

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August 03, 2010
Fantastic list. Number 10 - In Grandma's Arms, sounds so sweet. What a great first book to share with your grandson.
August 02, 2010
Great list. I am looking forward to being a grandparent already!
August 01, 2010
Great list, thanks for sharing! I think my daughter would love some of these! :) We love to read together, at 18 months she imitates me reading by talking in her gibberish language, inserting the actual words she knows in between. Really cute!
August 07, 2010
Sounds like a book lover in the making.
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