Summer Reading List for Toddlers. My Twins Favorite Books This Summer

toddler readingEver wonder how to handle the mundane aspects of parenting? One of the more challenging parts to parenting toddlers is their penchant for repetition. I am always shocked to hear them laugh at a show they have watched at least 30 times. However, at least with TV I can leave the room. But when it comes to books, I am called into the game at least 75% of the time.

Motivated by selfishness, I am always on the look out for new books that both the kids and I will enjoy reading. Here are some our favorite books from our summer reading list.


It all started with distress calls from the Breakfast Cluster. Space Dog is a clever story of sworn enemies, Space Dog, Astrocat, & Moustronaut, who have to work together to save the universe. It is a fun read for both parents and kids.



Hey, be careful with that stick. It’s not a stick. Not A Stick is the epitome of a child’s imagination verses parent’s caution. It is a celebration of being a kid.




How come that man can’t see? Boy what do you know about seeing? Nana told him. Some people watch the world with their ears. Last Stop on Market Street is an award-winning book about a boy and his grandmother who ride the bus across town every Sunday. This lovely story is about seeing the beauty in the world around.




In a place where colors ran wild, there lived a girl who was wilder still. Her name was Swatch, and she was a color tamer. She was small, but she was not afraid. I LOVE Swatch: The Girl Who Loved Color. It is beautifully illustrated, with a story that will make all readers wish they could be Swatch. 




We all went on safari, past an old acacia tree. Nearby giraffes were grazing, so Tumpe counted three. This is a fantastic book for helping children with their numbers. But, We All Went on Safari, is so much more than a counting book. There are facts about Tanzania, each animal, and the Maasi people.



But Superheroes have all sorts of choice…Instead of destruction and loud, livid voices they burn angry steam off with speed of light hiking or super-Xtreme outer space mountain biking. Even Superheroes Have Bad Days is a fun book to help out little ones as they navigate feelings and choices. It shows kids that it’s ok to get angry and upset, it’s how we handle those feelings.



I’ll teach you how to jump on the wind’s back, and then away we go. I have always loved this classic. And while we are reading a much watered down version of Peter Pan, my boys love the adventure of it. We often listen to the audio in the car, and every time it is completely silent as they listen to the tale of the boys who never grew up.





Some families have two moms or two dads. Some families have one parent instead of two. The Family Book is a sweet book that celebrates how all families are different. It is a great introduction for toddlers about how regardless of what makes up a family, every family is full of love.



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My Favorite Books For Toddlers and Parents

Summer Reading

I have been reading books to the boys since the day they were born and thankfully their love of books has grown with them. 

I, too, love to read, so I don’t mind when they ask me to read book after book.  However, we don’t have an endless supply of books and while they LOVE reading the same books over and over, while I don’t. I was very excited to get them library cards at the start of summer to help relieve me of some of that repetitiveness.  Our literary summer was a fantastic revolution of books, with a couple of store bought ones sprinkled in.  Here are our top books of this summer

Favorite BooksWhen she finally stopped, she was far beyond the reef. Here the water was gloriously empty…no one watching, no one to hide from. “This, by far our favorite book of the summer. We bought it in our favorite books shop on Cape Cod and read it multiple times a week.  It is a magical, sweet escape under the sea.


Summer BooksTrip Away; Make No Stay; Meet Me All By Break of Day. Hand in Hand With Fairy Grace, We Will Sing, And Bless This Place.”  This BabyLit book feels so magical. I bought it thinking the boys would clearly become literary masters upon reading Shakespeare but we all fell in love with the poetry of fairies. Each have their favorite fairy and have since spent the summer going on fairy hunts.

summer readingBear was a rambling musician. An entertainer. A legend. One bear extraordinaire.  For the boys the sing-song way the book was written made it a favorite. For me it reminded me of a Wes Anderson movie so I didn’t mind reading Bear Extraordinaire on a loop.


summer booksI’m FRUSTRATED because I can’t do it. It’s hard and I want to cry. I don’t know whether to give it up or give it another try.  The boys turned 3 and emotions have taken over. I found this at the library thinking it might help them to use their words when crisis takes over. It has helped immensely. They try to figure out the word for what they are feeling or I can help them identify it,instead of just having a tantrum. A parent win for me!

chicka chickaA is out of bed and this is what he said: “Dare, double dare you can’t catch me. I’ll beat you to the top of the coconut tree.”  This is always on a top list of letter books. I am not sure if it is the pile up of letters or the mischievous way they sneak out to climb the tree. I am sure we will be borrowing this one quite a few times.


The little pea“A peacock appeared. The little pea exclaimed: “I want to be like a peacock. With a tail as beautiful as a bouquet! The little pea picked up a feather and attached it with a string. My, how handsome am I?”   The Little Pea’s independent spirit and confidence is one of my top wishes for the boys so I am happy to read this as much as they want, hoping those lessons sink in!

busy buildersSunday! Dream it day! Study, scribble, scheme day.  Another score from our favorite East Coast book store. They get to pick out their own books now and Kellan picked this winner. It has all their favorite elements; trucks, animals, building and playgrounds.


where is my teddyA Giant Teddy Bear! “Is it Freddie? said Eddie. “What a surprise! How did you get to be this size?”  I find this book so clever. I have no idea if the boys get that when reading it but they always bring this one over when I tell them to pick a book


little cloudLittle Cloud changed into an airplane. Little cloud often saw airplanes flying through the clouds.  Another favorite book, Sector 7, has turned the boys on to the magic of clouds. So this was a no brainer when we were choosing at the library. Everyone loves to imagine what a cloud looks like and of course, author, Eric Carle created a great book about that very thing.

sweet dreamsGood night my precious child, may your dreams be long and sweet- And full of great adventures with the friends you’re soon to meet.  I am always on the look out for the perfect bed-time book. And this one is pretty close. Magical dreams of animals and the forest are what I always want the boys to have when they sleep.


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