Holiday gift guide: toddler books

With the holidays approaching sooner rather than later, my husband and I have been talking quite a bit about what to get our toddler. Today, I am sharing a simple holiday gift guide based on our favourite toddler books! 

When friends and family ask us what kind of gifts to get for Mr. Toddler, our immediate answer is always books or wooden toys. Even before we discovered Montessori, these were always our go to answers. 

However, both categories are pretty broad, and today I’m going to be sharing some of our favourite toddler books! Books are a fantastic gift option for little ones. They’re pretty easy to get a hold of and there are so many great ones out there! Since discovering the library, I’ve been loving digging through new reads for my son (in Dutch of course), but it’s wonderful to see his mind grow as he points to letters to recognises and identifies new images. 

We like to keep our books pretty realistic and educational. Sometimes, we go for one that’s just fun! Here are: 

Holiday gift guide: toddler books

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Big, red barn by Margaret Wise Brown

Mr. Toddler adores all sorts of animals, but particularly farm animals. This a great book for little ones that like animals. 
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Freight train by Donald Crews

Is there really much to say here? Trains are awesome! My son loves our adventures in the train and certainly, this is a great book for little ones who are interested in machines and things that move!
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Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

This book deserves a bit of a special place because it’s an absolute favourite my son. He requests to read it every night. It’s actually one of the few books we have in English instead of Dutch or Russian, and Mr. Toddler loves it! He loves listening to that strange language that mommy and daddy speak to each other, and always requests ‘G-niighh moo’ in his silly toddler-Russian-Dutch accent. Basically, it’s a fantastic book and a classic!
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Guess how much I love you by Sam McBratney

This little book is such a sweet one. A girlfriend of mine got it for my son with a special note. It really has a special place in my heart and is the only other book we have in English. 

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My very first book of numbers by Eric Carle

I think most parents can rave about the lovely characteristics of Eric Carle books! The next three are really great, educational books that are perfect for little learners!

My very first book of shapes by Eric Carle

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My very first book of colours by Eric Carle

One fish, two fish by Dr. Suess

Of course, Dr. Seuss has to make the list! These books are lovely, and are also readily available in multiple languages! 
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Pajama Time by Sandra Boynton

I really love this book! It flows so nicely and is a great bedtime book!

Polar bear, polar bear what do you hear? by Bill Martin 

Again, animals and Eric Carle in one? Definitely, this book is a lovely addition to any toddler’s book collection! 

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Ten Little Lady Bugs by Melanie Gerth

This one is really fun, but also helps to teach counting! Mr. Toddler developed a love of lady bugs during the summer, which made this book all the more fun!

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  • What are your children’s favourite books? 
  • Have you started your gift shopping for the holidays? Have you finished? 
  • What kinds of gifts do you suggest for little ones? 
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By | 2017-04-01T15:10:27+00:00 November 18th, 2014|1-3 years old, Parenting|0 Comments

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