Toddlers’ Top Ten Read Aloud Stories @ HRL

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I think this is the hardest post I’ve ever written for our blog: how can I pick just TEN books when there are hundreds of great books for toddlers in our collection!  However, we have to narrow it down, so here are ten excellent read-aloud stories for toddlers we’d like to share with you this week.  Drop in for one of our storytimes, and let us know what are your top ten books!

Books to Share:  

Book Jacket for: Big fat hen

  • Big fat hen by illustrated by Keith Baker – JE Baker

Full of big, bold illustrations, this interpretation of the classic nursery rhyme introduces number concepts.  Rhymes encourage toddlers to develop their ability to discern the sound parts that make up our language.

 

 

Book Jacket for: Wow! said the owl

  • Wow! said the owl by Tim Hopgood – JE Hopgood

This vibrantly colored picture books introduces color concepts to toddlers with a simple, repetitive story. The infectious curiosity and wonder of the little owl are much like toddlers’ own enthusiasm for learning about their world.

Book Jacket for: The seals on the bus

  • The seals on the bus by Lenny Hort ; illustrated by G. Brian Karas – JE Hort
  • “Different aniamls–including seals, tigers, geese, rabbits, monkeys, and more–make their own sounds as they ride all around the town on a bus.”  Singable books are a great way to keep a wiggly toddler’s attention.  This fun twist on the classic childhood song offers plenty of silly sounds for you to make with your toddler.

 

Book Jacket for: Here are my hands

  • Here are my hands by Bill Martin, Jr – JE Martin

Here Are My Hands invites very young children to respond spontaneously and creatively as they learn the parts of the body. The rhyming text and bold illustrations do more than name the eyes, ears, nose, and toes. By featuring children of many different backgrounds, the book quietly celebrates the commonality of people around the world.” – from the Publisher.

 

Book Jacket for: No, David!

  • No, David! by David Shannon – JE Shannon
  • The delightedly dreadful antics of David will have you groaning along with his long-suffering parent as you repeat the chorus of ‘No, David!’  Hilarious, relatable, and ultimately touching in its affirmation of a parent’s unconditional love.

 

 

Book Jacket for: I love trains! / by Philemon Sturges ; illustrated by Shari Halpern.

  • I love trains! by Philemon Sturges ; illustrated by Shari Halpern – JE Sturges

If you have a toddler who loves trains and things that go, this is the book for you.

 

 

Book Jacket for: Spots, feathers, and curly tails

  • Spots, feathers, and curly tails by Nancy Tafuri  – JE Tafuri

Nancy Tafuri is a prolific author who has written many great books for babies and toddlers.  Simple sentences and repetitive questions allow toddlers to interact with the story by guessing the answers.  The rich language used to describe the animals helps build toddler’s vocabulary, and an opportunity to make silly animal sounds is never out of place reading to a toddler.

 

Book Jacket for: I went walking

  • I went walking / written by Sue Williams; illustrated by Julie Vivas – JE Williams (Board Book)

This simple, sturdy book is available in English and Spanish and as a real-along audiobook.  The repetitive story of a small child meeting different farm animals on a walk allows toddlers to practice predictions and provides parents with the opportunity to make the book playfullly interactive by making animal sounds for each of the animals.

Book Jacket for: Bear snores on

  • Bear snores on by Karma Wilson ; illustrations by Jane Chapman – JE Wilson
  • “On a cold winter night many animals gather to party in the cave of a sleeping bear, who then awakes and protests that he has missed the food and the fun.”

 

 

Book Jacket for: You nest here with me

  • You nest here with me by Jane Yolen and Heidi E.Y. Stemple ; illustrations by Melissa Sweet – JE Yolen

Jane Yolen is another author who has written many beloved books for toddlers, including the “What Do Dinosaurs . . . ” Series.  Gentle, rhythmic poetry conveys a loving message to your toddler.
These books, and many more, are available at the Handley Regional Library.  You can find the books listed here in the HRL catalog under the tag:  Top Ten Favorite Read-Alouds for Toddlers Many of our collections of books on popular subjects are also available right here on the blog on the Booklists page and are also available in hardcopy at your library.

Songs, Poems, and Fingerplays to Share

Open Them, Shut Them

Open them, shut them
Open them, shut them
Give a little clap, clap, clap
Open them, shut them
Open them, shut them
Put them in your lap
Creep them, creep them
Creep them, creep them
Right up to your chin
Creep them up to your mouth
But do not put them in!

Round and Round the Garden
Round and round the garden
(Circle your finger on your child’s palm, back or belly)
Like a Teddy Bear; One step, two step, (Let your fingers walk up your child’s arm)
Tickle you under there!
(Tickle under arm or chin)

Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes
Head, shoulders, knees, and toes.
Knees and toes.
Head, shoulders, knees, and toes
Knees and toes.
Eyes and ears and mouth and nose.
Head, shoulders, knees, and toes.
Knees and toes.

Two Little Blackbirds

Two little blackbirds sitting on a hill.
One named Jack and one named Jill.
Fly away Jack, fly away Jill.
Come back Jack, come back Jill.

Two little blackbirds flying in the sky.
One named Low and one named High…

Two little blackbirds sitting on a pole.
One named Fast and one named Slow…

Two little blackbirds sitting on a gate…
One named Early and one named Late…

The Wheels on the Bus

The wheels on the bus go round and round,
round and round, round and round.
The wheels on the bus go round and round,
all through the town!

The people on the bus go up and down…
The horn on the bus goes beep, beep, beep…
The wipers on the bus go swish, swish, swish…

The mommy on the bus says, I love you.
I love you, I love you
The daddy on the bus says, I love you, too.
All through the town.

Acka Backa (bounce child on knees to the rhythm of the poem)

Acka backa soda cracker,
Acka backa boo.
Acka backa soda cracker,
I love you! (hug child)

Acka backa soda cracker,
Acka backa boo.
Acka backa soda cracker,
Up goes you! (lift child in air)

Acka backa soda cracker,
Acka backa boo.
Acka backa soda cracker,
I love you! (hug child)

Tick Tock Clock

Tick-tock, tick-tock
(sway back and forth)
I’m a little cuckoo clock.
(point to self while swaying)
Tick-tock, tick-tock
(sway back and forth)
STOP!
(stop swaying, hold hand up in front of body)
What time is it?
(lift hands in question)
It’s one o’clock.
(hold up one finger)
Cuckoo!
(jump up one time)

Repeat rhyme, adding one hour per verse.

 

We hope to see you at storytime!

Bowman Library
Toddler Time – Mondays @ 11AM
Storycrafters – Tuesdays @ 6PM
Preschool Time – Wednesdays @ 11AM
Baby Time – Thursdays @ 11AM
Preschool Time – Saturdays @ 11AM

Clarke County Library
Preschool Time – Tuesdays @ 10:30AM

Handley Library
Preschool Time – Mondays @ 10:30AM
Baby and Me – Tuesdays @ 10:30AM
Toddler Time – Thursdays @ 10:30AM

Check the calendar for more children’s programs and special events throughout the system.

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