I've been on a baby/mothering theme for my past few posts (I wonder why?), so I thought I'd continue today, before moving onto other topics more specifically related to writing.
And so, a LIST. (Do all writers love lists, or just obsessive ones like me?) (And what about parentheses? Can there be a parenthesis club? :) Someone recently asked me to recommend books for an almost 2-year-old, so I jotted down a quick list of our home's fail-proof books for the 18-24 month old. With the exception of Hop on Pop, which Zoe loves and the rest of us yawn through, these are the books that we all enjoy when we sit down to read together—many are still requested by our four-year-old...or her papa. :) I'm always looking to expand upon something good, so feel free to chime in in the comments with your favorites, too!
Hand Hand Fingers Thumb, by Al Perkins (Zoe's #1 favorite)
Many of Dr. Seuss's books: Dr. Seuss's ABC's
Hop on Pop (though that one gets really old to read aloud!)
Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You?
The Foot Book
Kevin Henkes' books for toddlers: Kitten's First Full Moon
Little White Rabbit
A Good Day
We're Going on a Bear Hunt, by Helen Oxenbury
Each Peach Pear Plum, by Alan and Janet Ahlberg
Eating the Alphabet, by Lois Ehlert
Mo Willem's “Cat the Cat” and “Pigeon” books—and Knuffle Bunny, of course!
I Love You as Much, by Laura Krauss Melmed (my personal favorite)
Harold and the Purple Crayon, by Crockett Johnson
Time for Bed, by Mem Fox
Guess How Much I Love You, by Sam McBratney
Goodnight, Moon, by Margaret Wise Brown
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, by Bill Martin, Jr.
Pretty much anything by Eric Carle, especially The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Mixed-Up Chameleon
Drummer Hoff, by Barbara Emberly
Freight Train, by Donald Crews
Curious George, by H. A. Rey
Look, Peter Rabbit! (with Beatrix Potter illustrations)
A Sick Day for Amos McGee, by Erin Stead
Pat the Bunny, by Dorothy Kunhardt
Matthew Van Fleet's pop-up books, including: Heads, Tails, Alphabet, and Cat
Who's That Baby? by Sharon Creech (especially if your 2-year-old has or will soon have another sibling, baby cousin, etc.)
Chickens to the Rescue, by John Himmelmann
Drum City, by Thea Guidone
This is by no means a comprehensive list...but I hope you find one or two titles you'll get to know and love!