Required Reading, Ages 0-2

required reading, ages 0-2

Though Julie Andrews taught us that the very beginning, is, in fact, a very good place to start, it seems silly to start a required reading list here.  So much of our opinions about the best books to read as a baby are steeped (heavily) in nostalgia.  And in fact, babies cannot read.  Thus, this list is more about the idea that these are the books that will last.  Reading titles repeatedly is a habit that small children get into.  Parents roll their eyes, but this repetition is essential.  It lays the foundation for reading.  Believe that of the titles I read repeatedly when I was little, I can still remember certain lines.

Each, peach, pear, plum, I spy Tom Thumb.  Tom Thumb gone a-hunting, I spy Baby Bunting. 

In an old house in Paris, that was covered with vines, lived twelve little girls, in two straight lines.

I bet half of you knew those too.

Reading at this age is all about establishing habits and concepts of print.  That’s a fancy term for things you take for granted that you know–like that you read from left to right, books have covers, and that words have spaces in between them.  You want your kid to know these so that when the time comes, he’s ready to hold books the right way on his own.  And you want him to understand that reading is something worth making time for, something that can be enjoyable, and something that brings people close together.

Links to my picks for this age group are for board books wherever possible, because though we’re establishing concepts of print, little ones have yet to learn that pages aren’t for tearing.

Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet and Allan Ahlberg

Each Peach Pear Plum, by Janet and Allan Ahlberg

Moo, Baa, La La La, by Sandra Boynton

It’s a Little Book, by Lane Smith

A Good Day, by Kevin Henkes

Benny Bakes a Cake, by Eve Rice

Little Pea, by Amy Krause Rosenthal

12 thoughts on “Required Reading, Ages 0-2

  1. A cow says “Moo.” A sheep says “Ba-a-a-a.” Three little pigs say “La la la.” No no you say, that isn’t right. A pig says “Oink” all day and night.

  2. Your cast has aged considerably since you put up the “Meet the Cast” photos–any new photos available??? 🙂

  3. Did you know there is a darling market near my house that just opened last year called Each Peach? Mr. AGOMYR calls it “Mini-Whole Foods” because, well, that’s basically what it is. But anyway, it’s called Each Peach.

  4. I don’t have any of these! (More importantly I haven’t heard of any of these.) And our current collection is getting a little boring for me, with the exception of a few like 13 Words which you have me. I love 13 Words. Jury’s still out for Wes.

  5. Thanks for sharing, now I have some ideas for new books to add to our collection! Moo, Baa, La-la-la is a favorite in our house…sometimes we read it 5 times in a row. Goodnight Moon and Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? are also fan favorites.

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