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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Year in Review…Age Two

photo by Damn Delicious
photo by Damn Delicious

Another year with twins has come and gone, faster than the last.  Turning three was incredibly exciting for the boys.  I get it, I remember.  Birthdays and getting bigger was everything as a kid, and that rang true for the boys.  They talked about their birthday for weeks, often varying in what age they were turning. Some days 3, a few times 45 and other times 16, either way they were ready.  I, on the other hand was not.

age 2


I loved age two.  There was no such thing as “Terrible Two’s” in our house. Which doesn’t mean every day was rainbows, but I found two to be a lot of fun. I look back on this past year and marvel at what these two beings have accomplished, having been here for such a short time.

This past year was the year they learned to swim, ride their balance bikes with speed and feet up, ride scooters, learned to do a roll-over, navigate the playground without my help, sled, swim in both the Atlantic and Pacific, got their first haircut and cook scrambled eggs.  They like listening to David Bowie, The Beatles and humming Darth Vader’s theme song on repeat.

age 2

The boys know their letters, can count and have even started recognizing what letter certain words begin with. I will never get over the ability of babies learning language, I am in complete awe.  But this year their language skills developed with such precision it is amazing.  Their conversation skills are clever, funny, and vast.  Their capability of using certain words in the proper context is, at times, shocking. I have no idea how they have learned such things.

Stopping Time

One main reason I never want them to grow is I will miss the way they converse with each other.  They are like two little old men, conversing about the world around, sometimes correcting one another, at times bickering and most of the time playing off each other like a comedy duo.  I could sit and listen to them for the rest of my life.

age 2

They have been completely potty trained for a year and now will, at times, go by themselves and even empty their pot into the toilet.  Twice have tried to wash it out, but lack of arm length stopped them.  They lost their cribs and sleep in “big” beds.

Their imagination has exploded. I know it is cliché but what they come up with is so impressive and often weird and random, which is what we prefer.  They have made friends, on their own and are kind to them, which at this age isn’t always the case.

Watching them over this past year has been a gift. While it certainly had its challenges, (I was working with two 2 year olds), I wasn’t ready to it let go of two.  But we are here, at age three and there is no going back, only forward.  Another year of witnessing what wonderful things the boys will do.






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