Toddler round-up: Charlie’s favorite books

Toddler round-up: Charlie’s favorite books

by About Nikki
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I can not get Charlie to sit still for the life of me. If you look at my Google browsing history, you will find one too many open tabs asking ‘why my child is the energizer bunny’. I honestly thought there was something wrong with her. Turns out I’m just a first-time mom. She’s a completely normal, rambunctious 15-month-old.

Both my husband and I grew up being read to. We are lucky in that we had fun parents that pulled out the cool voice effects and grand theatrics. We have fond memories of our bedtime routines; so when we had Charlie we agreed that we wanted to pass that tradition on.

Unfortunately for us, we aren’t quite at the chapter book stage. We are at the ‘I’ll sit for a few moments while you get half a sentence in and then flip three pages forward’ stage. BUT we did manage to pin down a few board books that she will sit through that are both interactive and hold her attention.

Let’s talk belly-buttons. A favorite in our house right now. We spend plenty of hours lifting up our t-shirts to show them off and talk about them at length. Our kid is obsessed. These two books are interactive and crack her up while teaching her anatomy. Mom win-win!

So the ‘Where is Baby’s Belly Button’ book has peek-a-boo flaps so that your little can go through the motions with you. It’s really cute and she absolutely loves it. The Hippo belly button book doesn’t have any flaps, but provides little songs you can sing and noises you can make as you read. Both are fun ways to learn about our good ‘ole buttons!

Next up is actually a set of 3 books. I love these because they are great visual tool. They offer shapes, animals, and words. It’s an easy way to incorporate two sensory types of learning into your daily routine. After all, they say toddlers are all about repetition!

I am always on the hunt for books to add to her collection. What are some of your family favorites? Let me know below!

You can also view my other latest round-up here.

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Nikki is a thirty-something-year-old AZ native girlfriend & mama who hopes to create a safe space for women; helping to cultivate honest dialogue and end the stigma surrounding maternal mental health.

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37 comments

Jessica September 19, 2018 - 10:38 PM

All three of my kids love that hippo belly button book. So much fun! My kids loved books by Sandra Boynton. Goodnight Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann and Jamberry by Bruce Degan were other favorites.

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About Nikki September 20, 2018 - 4:33 AM

Yes! It’s her absolute favorite. I’m going to look those other books up!

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Taylor September 19, 2018 - 10:40 PM

That is too cute, my boyfriend’s son is adorable too. Being two, he still isn’t in the sit still stage. I’m not sure when it’ll ever come. But he loves to flip through pages and tell you what’s in the pictures. Surprisingly enough, I think one of his first words was “another,” because he’d see “another baby… and another baby!” (ps, every new baby is even louder. LOL.) Each one is different, and totally adorable.

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About Nikki September 20, 2018 - 4:32 AM

Yes!! Isn’t it fun watching them learn and grow? They are so funny and it’s great to watch their personalities come out.

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Laura | Chaos & Quiet September 20, 2018 - 5:13 AM

Oh I should get the Where Is Baby’s Belly Button book…my daughter is obsessed with hers too! Some other current favourite in our house are Moo, Baa, La, La, La (although anything by Sandra Boynton is great!), and Peek-a-Who?

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About Nikki September 20, 2018 - 5:59 PM

You should! It’s such a cute and interactive book. My daughter is obsessed. We even had to tape one of the flaps she used it so much, lol. I will look those up too! I love adding books to her collection.

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Katie werthmann September 20, 2018 - 6:08 PM

my fave was a little golden book called katie the kitten. it was one of the first books i read on my own (i started at 3) and i must have read it a hundred times or more! Nowadays i cant find it anywhere besides on ebay for $65! But i was super interested in it at first because it was my name, so maybe charlie would like something with her name in it?

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About Nikki September 20, 2018 - 6:56 PM

$65!? holy crap! So we have a few of those golden books and I absolutely loved them when I was little. WAIT. I think I found it? https://www.amazon.com/Katie-Kitten-First-Little-Golden/dp/B0006E55HS

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Carmela September 20, 2018 - 7:51 PM

Oh, we have the Belly Button book at home too! My kid also love the “What Does Baby Feel?” by Karen Katz. They’re both great children’s book authors.

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About Nikki September 25, 2018 - 6:41 PM

Going to add these to my list! I love finding new books for her.

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KrisBeeMama September 20, 2018 - 9:10 PM

These books sound great, and I don’t have many of them. Thanks for the recommendations!

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About Nikki September 20, 2018 - 9:10 PM

Absolutely! They are totally worth it.

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Anna September 20, 2018 - 10:30 PM

We have a body parts lift the flap book, too, that my youngest two adored so much it is now missing many flaps. LOL. One of their long time favourite board bools is Clip Clop by Nicola Smee. Lots of repetition, opportunity for expressive story telling, and mine love bouncing like they’re riding a horse every time it reads, “Clip clop, clippity clop.”

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About Nikki September 25, 2018 - 6:41 PM

Yes! Mine loves songs, repetition, and being able to interact with the book. I will have to add this one!

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Lindsay September 21, 2018 - 1:07 AM

It’s so great when you can find books that they REALLY love!

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About Nikki September 25, 2018 - 6:42 PM

Yes! I love how excited she gets when she really loves a book.

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Tasheena September 21, 2018 - 5:32 AM

Our favorites right now are One Love (based on the song by Bob Marley), Giraffes Can’t Dance, and Little Blue Truck. It’s so funny you mention your little one being rambunctious! Our oldest daughter is 3 and she has always sat attentively through story time, even as a baby. But our younger daughter is now 17 months and barely makes it through half of a book. They all just have their own unique personalities!

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About Nikki September 25, 2018 - 6:43 PM

I’m glad to know I’m not the only one! I wish she would. She loves to bring me books and flip through them, but I can’t actually get through a page without her turning it. They really do have the funniest personalities. The bob marley one sounds awesome! I’ve never heard of that I’m totally going to look it up. Thanks girl!

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Alexis H. September 21, 2018 - 9:03 PM

I read to the littles all the time, still do my youngest loves who took the cookie pop up book and I read guess how much I love you all the time! Great book suggestions!

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About Nikki September 25, 2018 - 6:43 PM

Thank you! I think its so important.

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Teresa September 21, 2018 - 9:49 PM

Awe these look super cute! Will definitely be looking for the box set one

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About Nikki September 25, 2018 - 6:44 PM

Do it! So many different sensorys to learn and a great set to start with. The link is above if you’re interested!

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Paula September 22, 2018 - 3:38 AM

I don’t think we have any of these books. Thanks for introducing them to me. I think my older one might be a little too old for these and my younger too young… but we will be getting there eventually. Right now, she has no patience to listen to me read or even look at the pictures. But I’m sure in few months that will change.

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About Nikki September 25, 2018 - 6:47 PM

Me either girl, I feel you! She will eventually show interest, i promise!

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The Mindful MD Mom September 22, 2018 - 2:12 PM

The books you mentioned are great. My kids also love Pete the Cat books, Dr. Suess’ Mr. Brown Can Moo, can you?’ and Eric Carle books.

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About Nikki September 25, 2018 - 6:48 PM

Aw, Eric Carle! I completely forgot about him. Talk about nostalgia.

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Nicole September 22, 2018 - 3:57 PM

Where is Baby’s Belly Button sounds too cute. I haven’t heard of it, but I’m sure my two year old would love it. We have the 100 first words set and I’ve really enjoyed using this set for both of my girls!

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About Nikki September 25, 2018 - 6:49 PM

Yes we really love them. She’s learned a few words just off those books alone. I like that it gives them a visual too.

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Laura September 22, 2018 - 3:59 PM

My husband is working his way through the Roald Dahl books with the kids. They are loving them.

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About Nikki September 25, 2018 - 8:34 PM

Aw I love that author!

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Diana September 22, 2018 - 5:25 PM

We have Where is Baby’s Belly Button! Our daughter loves it! Such a fun book!

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Rachel September 23, 2018 - 1:03 AM

We love so many of these books. Pete the Cat is a favorite.

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Amanda September 23, 2018 - 11:41 AM

OMG…I have to get the Sandra Boynton belly button book for my little ones. One of our favorites is “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.”

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Lexi September 23, 2018 - 6:29 PM

Those belly button books look so cute! Right now she loves Angelina ballerina and a board book about fish!

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Shani | Sunshine & Munchkins September 24, 2018 - 3:42 AM

We love The Belly Button Book in our house too! Basically any of the books by Sandra Boynton will keep my kids interest.

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Diana September 24, 2018 - 5:50 AM

The Hippo belly button book is definitely one of our favourites too! I admit, I love that book as well. Other board books I totally recommend are “Time for a hug” and “everywhere babies”. Both my girls love them.
My youngest is almost 2 years old and she still can’t sit through a book. But she loves them so we keep trying.

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Kristi @ Way Beyond The Norm September 24, 2018 - 5:59 PM

We are out of that age range, but these are fantastic recommendations! So important to get kids reading (or being read to).

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