10 Favourite Children’s Books – Toddler’s Choice

During the month of August I have been making my way through my children’s favourite books, in celebration of Children’s Book Week (officially this week in Australia). So far we have had:

10 Favourite Children’s Books – Thinker’s Choice (9.5 y.o)
10 Favourite Children’s Books – Little Rascal’s Choice (7 y.o)
10 Favourite Children’s Books – Possum’s Choice (4.5 y.o)

Today we have Babaganouski’s favourite books at the moment. As he is only two (and not overly verbal yet) I have chosen the books that he chooses for me to read the most at story time.

(1). Slinky Malinki by Lynley Dodd
This is from the Hairy Maclary series by the wonderful New Zealand author. The rhyming is fun and Slinky has loads of personality.

(2). Rascal and Little Flora by Paul Jennings
Another series book, Rascal is a very cute dragon, but the highlight for Babaganouski is the dinosaur in this story.

(3). Hug by Jez Alborough
Such a simple story, told predominantly through the facial expressions of the little monkey.

(4). The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
This book really has stood the test of time. For Babaganouski, I think he likes it because he can stick his fingers in the holes!

(5). Wheels on the Bus
This is by far his favourite nursery rhyme at the moment and he loves to do the actions as we read the book. He loves the page with the baby crying.

(6). The Orange Book by Playschool
This is actually two books in one (Red Book and Yellow Book = Orange Book!). There is such a great mix of rhymes, activities, stories and great pictures that it really can keep a little one amused for hours.

(7). Where Is the Green Sheep? (Horn Book Fanfare List (Awards)) by Mem Fox
This was also a favourite of Possums. Even Babaganouski can join in on this one, saying things like bed, bath, moon, star etc. This is a book that definitely did deserve all its awards.

(8). Za-Za’s Baby Brother by Lucy Cousins
Even before I was pregnant, Babaganouski loved this story. Lucy Cousin’s illustrations are so appealing to little ones. He also likes it when I make the loud baby crying sound!

(9). Over in the Grasslands by Anna Wilson and Alison Bartlett
This book is based on a traditional rhyme and is great fun to read. Babaganouski has just started to try and count the animals with me now as well.

(10). Thomas’ Wonderful Word Book (Thomas & Friends)
I have to admit to skipping pages in this book. It is 57 pages long and has no real story but page after page of scenes of Thomas the Tank and friends. In the borders of many pages there are items that the child has to find in that particular scene.

We have been doing this book for months now and Babaganouski still loves it. I think he feels proud of himself when he finds all the required objects. (I think it is quite funny how I have subconsciously put this book last on the list, can you guess that I might be a little bit over it!!)