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OK, it’s time for us to come up with more book recommendations and I’m looking for suggestions for the 18 month to 3 year old list. This is a fascinating age group from a developmental standpoint–especially thinking about books.

At the young part of this age children are worried about separation and thinking becoming an individual agent–“my do it!” Books like Margaret Wise Brown’s Goodnight Moon address the anxiety a young toddler feels giving up the bright shining new world to be alone and go to sleep. Other books . . . Runaway Bunny by Brown, Deb Wiles’ One Wide Sky.

By the end of the eighteen months we’re talking to a three year old in full sentences and he or she is potty training. Concerns: controlling her own impulses, learning to control the environment, learning the rules. And the books, the wonderful books: Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are, Chris Van Alsburg’s Jumanji, the Eric Carle books and so many others.

Throughout the whole time from eighteen months to three years there is one overwhelming thing that children are working on, mastering speech. So all of these books use language as way of holding and enticing children into a new world. And that gets us to Dr. Seuss, who I may have mentioned before is my hero.

So, I’d love suggestions.


4 Responses to “Booklists”

  1. 1 Karen

    Is the Velveteen Rabbit too complicated? I remember adoring that book. In the Night Kitchen was another that I loved. That’s a good age to start Hans Christian Anderson stories, too. I don’t know, I’d hazard that you have a lot more experience here than I do, and you have Sarah, who does this professionally.

  2. I have a 3 year old at home and he adores books. I’m always searching for books based on the subject on and then putting them on hold at our local library. We love all the books by Eric Carle and Mo Willems. We especially love Knuffle Bunny, Knuffle Bunny Too, Leonardo The Terrible Monster and Edwina, The Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She was Extinct–all by Willems. Lately he’s been asking us to read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and Eating The Alphabet by Lois Elhert. Here are some more that he loves:

    That’s Not Funny
    The Little Engine That Could
    The Grouchy Ladybug
    Swim Little Wombat Swim
    The Goodnight Train
    The Giving Tree
    There’s a Monster at the End of This Book
    Oh My Oh My Oh Dinosaurs!
    Stone Soup (Muth)
    Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin
    That’s Not My Train (Dinosaur)

    • I too love Eric Carle and Mo Willems. I really want to check out Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin.

      Thanks for your list. You may also want to check out my post on Knuffle Bunny.


      • I think I saw something about Philosophy and Knuffle Bunny. I was a Philosophy major at my university. I’ll look for your post.

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