books + reading

Jonas’s Faves (Best Books for a 2-Year-Old)

I started writing posts about Edgar’s favorite books when he was about six months old. I decided to do so as a resource for other moms, and also as a memory keeper for us. I don’t have the best memory, so the blog is a really good memory holder for me. I love remembering that Edgar’s two first favorite books were The Itsy Bitsy Pumpkin and Five Little Pumpkins. Because, really, what was the deal with pumpkins? It was February when he started getting into them – MONTHS from Halloween and fall festivities.

But, I digress.

stopped writing these Best Books post after Edgar was 22 months old. It wasn’t for any particular reason; I didn’t decide to stop, I just fell out of the habit of publishing those posts.

Now, I’ve decided to re-commit to writing these posts. AND HERE IS THE COOL PART: Jonas is now 2 years old. So that means I’m now picking these posts back up JUST where I left off. So someday, this blog will have a plethora of book recommendations covering from six months old to until I stop doing these posts, which may be never. YOU’RE WELCOME, PARENTS!

In all seriousness, I really believe there are enjoyable books for EVERYBODY – even those who aren’t die hard book lovers. And I get so much joy out of writing tiny reviews of the books my boys love. Here are a few that Jonas (age 2) loves currently:

Phoenix Goes To School by Michelle Finch and Phoenix Finch. This book is about a school-aged transgender girl; she explains being transgender in easy-to-understand language, and she tells the story of her first day of school. (SPOILER ALERT: she’s nervous but finds that she is accepted and befriended as herself.) It is such a sweet book, and both my boys love it.

Where Is Baby’s Valentine? and Where Is Baby’s Belly Button? by Karen Katz. To be honest – these aren’t MY favorite books. But little kids seem to adore them. They are lift-the-flap, which I hate, because often the kids who like to lift the flap aren’t the most dexterous and end up ripping the library book and costing you a fine. (TRUE STORY.)

Do Not Bring Your Dragon To The Library by Julie A. Gassman. SO CUTE. So fun.

Frosty The Snowman by Jack Rollins and Steve Nelson. Just a simple book with the lyrics to the well-known song. My boys have both seemed to love books that can be sung to them. This one has actually been a hit since Christmas.

Pouch! by David Ezra Stein. If you have a kid anywhere between 2 and 5, get this book immediately. It is adorable, features baby kangaroos, and is one of those little kid books that seems to be a hit with adults as well; every adult I know who’s read it has loooooved it.

One Love by Cedella Marley. This is a book with the lyrics (adapted) from Bob Marley’s popular song. Super simple and sweet.

Still Stuck by Shinsuke Yoshitake. I find this book hilarious; Edgar does, too. I can’t tell if Jonas totally understands why the book is funny, but he sits and listens to the entire thing. It’s not long – none of these are, since Jonas typically won’t sit still for a longer book. A hit with kids and adults.

Llama Llama Sand & Sun by Anna Dewdney. I love the Llama Llama series. I really enjoy books with a rhyming flow throughout; it’s soothing for the kids, and for me, too.

Where Is The Green Sheep? by Mem Fox. I really like Mem Fox’s books a lot. We’ve read a bunch and they have all been well-received by Edgar. Really helps if you start to get progressively more distressed and angrier as this particular book progresses, Jonas looooves that.

Happy reading from me and Jonas!

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