Last week I did a post on the best preschool read a louds. Below is a companion post on what I consider to be the best books for toddler storytime. I have always found storytime for the 2 year old crowd to be a bit more challenging. At our library, toddler time is 10 minutes shorter than preschool, but it can feel much more challenging. A toddler has a shorter attention span and what thrills a preschooler is completely lost on a younger child. When doing a storytime for the 2’s, I typically keep it high energy and KEEP IT MOVING. I incorporate puppets, music, my guitar, bubbles, and anything else that I think may capture their attention. As such, I choose books that are shorter, have far less text, and big bold pictures. Also, many of these books are in the question-and-answer format; toddlers seems to enjoy the surprise of turning a page and discovering the answer.
1) Where’s Spot? by Hill. This may be my favorite toddler read a loud of all time. The simple search for Spot introduces us to lots of colorful friends.
2) I Kissed the Baby by Murphy. I love the ebullient mood of this book! The animals seems so manic in their excitement over the baby. I can’t help but smile when I read it.
3) Where is the Green Sheep? by Fox. A few months ago, I inquired of Mem Fox as to where exactly the green sheep is. She still hasn’t gotten back to me.
4) I Went Walking by Sue Williams. A great book for learning colors and the basic farm animals.
5) Flappy, Waggy, Wiggly by Leslie. A whimsical question and answer book that shows part of the
6) Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Carle and Martin. This and it’s Polar Bear, Polar Bear companion book are children’s classics.
7) I Dream of An Elephant by Rubinger. Rubinger’s toddler books feature basic rhymes, simple text, and promotes color, letter, and number learning.
8) Seals on the Bus by Hort. This bus gets a little crazy and crowded as geese, vipers, and even skunks get on board. It’s a great book if you’re feeling like making some animal sounds.
9) It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Shaw. A black/blue and white book that incorporates repetition and in which children can guess the shape. You may have to shorten for toddlers.
10) Under My Hood I Have A Hat by Kushkin. A great, fun book for winter. A little girl overdresses for the snow and finds that she can’t move.