Our Favorite Books at 26 Months
It has been quite awhile since I have posted (anything at all, really) about what we are reading, so I have some absolute gems on this list. At 26 months, Camden's attention span for reading seems infinite. He has progressed from loving books with only a little bit of text, to absolutely loving longer books. Another development has been the desire to read books over and over. He has always loved going back to the same books, but this is at a whole new level. We will frequently read the same book four or five times in a row before he is satisfied. I love hearing him repeat entire poems from books as he works with materials from his shelves. He has even been initiating a game where he says a line from a book and wants me to say the following line. His memory is astounding and sometimes I have to really think before I remember which book he is talking about!
This means that picking out quality books is more important than ever. I always stick to the same guidelines for this age group: realistic and beautiful pictures, no talking animals or fantasy (the real world is magical enough at this age), good stories and rich detail. Following these guidelines helps him to learn more about the world around him.
I've included amazon links to all of the books, but check your library first! I love buying books for our home, but only want to invest in the books that we love so I have been purchasing the books that we like best from the library.
The Seven Silly Eaters by Mary Ann Hoberman and Illustrated by Marla Frazee
I can not even begin to say how much we love this book. The writing is incredible and funny. Marla Frazee is also my very favorite illustrator. The detail she puts into each picture is incredible. We've spent half an hour on one page, just talking about the details of one illustration. The books is about a mother of seven (eek!) who has very picky eaters and is hilarious. Run to the library right now and get this book, it is so worth it! We have been playing many different memory games with Camden, asking him about characters in this book and what they like to eat best. He loves for me to ask him what each child loves to eat and loves it when I ask "Who loves to drink pink lemonade??"
Roller Coaster by Marla Frazee
This is another Marla Frazee book and we are obsessed. Camden has been reading this book five times a day for at least a month. He is so curious about how the roller coaster works and so is learning about physics (gravity, momentum and centrifugal force.) This book is also incredible for talking about emotions. Each character has different feelings about their trip on the roller coaster and while it is not discussed in much detail in the book, Camden loves to talk about how everyone is feeling. This story gets high marks for rich, realistic detail!
Happy Birthday Madam Chapeau! by Andrea Beaty
I picked this book up close to Camden's birthday on a whim and boy am I glad I did! This is one of the most elegantly written rhyming stories that I have come across in quite some time. It is about a hat maker who loses her hat and the community of people who want to share their hats with her. I love it because many of the fantastical hats illustrated in the story are actually real hats! The note from the illustrator at the beginning describes who designed and wore the hats.
Milky Moments by Ellie Stonley
I first hear about this book from Eloise at Frida Be Mighty. If you haven't already, check out this blog. It is absolutely lovely. Camden is still nursing and showing no signs of wanting to wean and I have decided to follow his lead. I love this book for so many reasons. It normalizes breastfeeding across all ages, is nicely written and the illustrations are lovely and detailed. We have been using some of the smaller detail images as an I Spy game with the larger images. Now, Camden asks to have milky moments with me. It is too sweet.
Lola Plants a Garden by Anna McQuinn
I love the Lola series. These books are simply written, have great story lines and realistic images. I also love that there are several books with Lola as a character. Camden has started to think of her as a friend! This book follows Lola as she plants a garden. I plan to have a big garden this summer, so I am starting to introduce Camden to the idea now.
Zoom by Istvan Banyai
This is such an original book. I first heard about it on the Podcast Serial (is anyone else as crazy about that podcast as I am? I can't wait for Season 3!). The book starts out zoomed in on a rooster comb and zooms out on each subsequent page until you see that the rooster is part of a play set, which is part of a magazine ad and etc. etc. I don't want to give too much away, but it has been chosen daily since we borrowed it from the library.
Fire Engine No 9 by Mike Austen
I couldn't complete this list without Fire Engine No. 9. Camden has been crazy about this book for months. It is a simple story about fire fighters who put out a fire at a restaurant. The images are nice and the subject matter is dead on for Camden, who is a great lover of emergency vehicles. It has also been a nice opportunity to introduce fire safety. There are not many words in this book, so Camden helps tell the story as we go.
Camden has been crazy about construction equipment since he could hold up his head. Even as a tiny baby, he would watch the construction equipment in our neighborhood for huge stretches of time. This is a lovely "I Spy" book that shows the development of a construction site over the course of a year. Cam has so much fun finding the tiny details the book recommends and has started asking me to find things that he sees. It is a lot of fun for both of us. There are also other books in this series about a farm and an airport that we can't wait to read!
Going to Town by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Little House on the Prairie books have a special place in my heart because I used to read them with my mom. I was so happy to find these "My First Little House" books that have beautiful illustrations. This is another series where Camden has really taken to the characters. I love each of the 12 books in the series and we have had at least on on our shelves for the past six months. Here is a sweet video of him reciting a poem from a special piece of candy that Mary receives in the book.
What is your toddler reading? I'd love to hear some good recommendations!