Books to Grow On: books to enjoy now (as a young toddler) and later

A Listmania! list by V. SPAH
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The list author says: "A collection of books we've checked out from the library and/or purchased that our daughter Isabel has enjoyed the sights and sounds of as a young toddler (12-24mo) and will probably enjoy again later when she can actually understand more of what's going on. Some of these are for school age children, but have enough visual interest to them to entertain her now."
My Friend Gorilla
1.  My Friend Gorilla by Atsuko Morozumi
The list author says:
  "lovely art"
Used & New from: $4.43
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Wow! It's Great Being A Duck
2.  Wow! It's Great Being A Duck by Joan Rankin
The list author says:
  "fun to read"
Used & New from: $0.01
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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The Complete Adventures of Curious George, Anniversary Edition
3.  The Complete Adventures of Curious George, Anniversary Edition by Margret Rey
The list author says:
  "nice compact volume, with the art/layout unchanged from the original books"
Used & New from: $0.01
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (311 customer reviews)

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GOOD NIGHT, GORILLA (Picture Puffins)
4.  GOOD NIGHT, GORILLA (Picture Puffins) by Peggy Rathmann
The list author says:
  "fun"
$5.99   Used & New from: $0.01
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (486 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

make way for ducklings
5.  make way for ducklings by Robert McCloskey
Used & New from: $3.94
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (221 customer reviews)

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The Tale of Two Bad Mice (Peter Rabbit)
6.  The Tale of Two Bad Mice (Peter Rabbit) by Beatrix Potter
The list author says:
  "Any book with a character named "Hunca Munca" is going to be popular"
$6.29   Used & New from: $0.01
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

The Complete Book of the Flower Fairies
7.  The Complete Book of the Flower Fairies by Cicely Mary Barker
The list author says:
  "We don't read the poems, just identify the flower fairy.  Really pretty pictures."
$15.62   Used & New from: $7.25
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)

Your Favorite Seuss (Classic Seuss)
8.  Your Favorite Seuss (Classic Seuss) by Dr. Seuss
$26.53   Used & New from: $1.82
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (187 customer reviews)

Farmer Brown and His Little Red Truck
9.  Farmer Brown and His Little Red Truck by Jean M. Cochran
The list author says:
  "fun"
$15.26   Used & New from: $0.01
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

Animal Portraits
10.  Animal Portraits by Andy Rouse
The list author says:
  "Not intended for children, but Isabel loves looking at the pictures and it's a nice change for the adult reader from the Big Book of Animals style baby animal books.  Bonus points for teaching your toddler to identify lemurs, ganets, lynx and other animals not usually featured in kiddy books."
Used & New from: $0.01
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Mary Engelbreit's Mother Goose: One Hundred Best-Loved Verses
11.  Mary Engelbreit's Mother Goose: One Hundred Best-Loved Verses by Mary Engelbreit
The list author says:
  "my favorite of the 4 Mother Goose collections we own"
$15.06   Used & New from: $0.01
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)

My Very First Mother Goose
12.  My Very First Mother Goose by Iona Archibald Opie
$17.68   Used & New from: $0.01
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)

Richard Scarry's Best Mother Goose Ever (Giant Little Golden Book)
13.  Richard Scarry's Best Mother Goose Ever (Giant Little Golden Book) by Richard Scarry
The list author says:
  "Omits some of the most popular verses (ie Jack & Jill) but a good complement to other collections"
$12.18   Used & New from: $0.01
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)

The Lion & the Mouse
14.  The Lion & the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney
$18.00   Used & New from: $3.92
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)

The Ugly Duckling (Caldecott Honor Book)
15.  The Ugly Duckling (Caldecott Honor Book) by Hans Christian Andersen
$14.66   Used & New from: $0.40
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

Can You Cuddle Like a Koala?
16.  Can You Cuddle Like a Koala? by John Butler
Used & New from: $0.01
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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One Gorilla: A Counting Book
17.  One Gorilla: A Counting Book by Atsuko Morozumi
The list author says:
  "pretty"
Used & New from: $0.01
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Ladybug Girl
18.  Ladybug Girl by Jacky Davis
The list author says:
  "nice drawings/color"
Used & New from: $2.11
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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Skippyjon Jones
19.  Skippyjon Jones by Judy Schachner
The list author says:
  "entertaining"
$6.29   Used & New from: $0.01
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (466 customer reviews)

Nobunny's Perfect
20.  Nobunny's Perfect by Anna Dewdney
The list author says:
  "cute"
$6.29   Used & New from: $0.01
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

Sometimes I Like to Curl Up in a Ball
21.  Sometimes I Like to Curl Up in a Ball by Vicki Churchill
The list author says:
  "Very cute illustrations, lots of other animals to point at and identify.  Plus it's fun to get a toddler to say "wombat!""
$8.19   Used & New from: $0.01
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)

In the Night Kitchen (Caldecott Collection)
22.  In the Night Kitchen (Caldecott Collection) by Maurice Sendak
$13.76   Used & New from: $0.51
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (192 customer reviews)

Chicken Soup with Rice: A Book of Months
23.  Chicken Soup with Rice: A Book of Months by Maurice Sendak
$5.39   Used & New from: $0.01
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)

Where the Wild Things Are
24.  Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Used & New from: $397.77
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (925 customer reviews) | 7 customer discussions

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How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night?
25.  How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? by Jane Yolen
$8.92   Used & New from: $0.01
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (304 customer reviews)

National Geographic United States Atlas for Young Explorers, Third Edition
26.  National Geographic United States Atlas for Young Explorers, Third Edition by National Geographic
The list author says:
  "a fair number of photos in addition to the colorful maps, plus small illustrations of bird/flower/flag for each state.  Definitely one to grow on, but she still likes looking at it now."
$18.38   Used & New from: $10.88
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

Encyclopedia of Animals
27.  Encyclopedia of Animals by DK Publishing
The list author says:
  "lots of photos for now, and text for later."
$18.08   Used & New from: $2.59
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Big Hungry Bear (Child's Play Library)
28.  Big Hungry Bear (Child's Play Library) by Don Wood
$18.25   Used & New from: $3.64
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (344 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Sleeping Bunny
29.  Sleeping Bunny by Emily Keller
The list author says:
  "Beautiful, fantastical and rich illustrations.  This is my idea of how a fairy tale should be illustrated, and Isabel seems to agree."
Used & New from: $3.96
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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A First Book of Fairy Tales
30.  A First Book of Fairy Tales by Mary Hoffman
The list author says:
  "I'm not actually too impressed with this one, but Isabel is.  I find the art pretty blah (characters frequently can only be recognized from page to page because they are wearing the same clothes) and the demands of the extreme abbreviation have not been kind to the text."
$8.80   Used & New from: $4.48
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)

Alphabet Soup
31.  Alphabet Soup by Scott Gustafson
The list author says:
  "Wonderful, detailed pictures and cute text.  An alphabet book that will last longer than most."
Used & New from: $11.35
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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Flotsam
32.  Flotsam by David Wiesner
The list author says:
  "No text, only pictures, but still I think the story is a bit beyond a young toddler.  However I certainly enjoyed it, so I think this another one with lasting value. Great, detailed pictures."
$9.65   Used & New from: $0.40
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (180 customer reviews)

The Curious Garden
33.  The Curious Garden by Peter Brown
The list author says:
  "cute"
$18.00   Used & New from: $3.94
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)

Varmints
34.  Varmints by Helen Ward
The list author says:
  "I picked this up  because the art looked so dark & bizarre for a kid's book that I was curious.  Didn't think Isabel would look at it twice, but she's been fascinated.  Much to my husband's dismay, because he HATES the tone of the story. The Curious Garden is a similar tale, but much more enjoyable.  Makes a lot more sense than this one, too.  But the grungy digital art look is cool."
Used & New from: $0.94
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Sector 7 (Caldecott Honor Book)
35.  Sector 7 (Caldecott Honor Book) by David Wiesner
The list author says:
  "entertaining"
$14.42   Used & New from: $0.05
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

Animal Orchestra
36.  Animal Orchestra by Scott Gustafson
The list author says:
  "As usual Gustafson manages to paint animals that look almost realistic enough to be from a non-fiction book on nature, and yet look perfectly natural wearing clothes, playing musical instruments and other things wild animals do not do.  Impressive and entertaining!"
Used & New from: $0.01
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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The Maggie B
37.  The Maggie B by Irene Haas
The list author says:
  "cute"
$15.27   Used & New from: $6.16
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)

Llama Llama Red Pajama
38.  Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney
The list author says:
  "On the one hand, one doesn't like to give the younguns ideas... but it was still cute and fun to read."
$11.29   Used & New from: $2.38
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (444 customer reviews)

Silly Sally: Lap-Sized Board Book
39.  Silly Sally: Lap-Sized Board Book by Audrey Wood
The list author says:
  "This book features "upside down" and "tickle", both of which are comedy gold for my little person.  We've had it 2 days and already read it 50 times..."
$10.25   Used & New from: $0.01
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (136 customer reviews)

Planting a Rainbow
40.  Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert
The list author says:
  "We look at a lot of plants and flowers, so this one was an instant hit.  Very colorful."
$7.19   Used & New from: $0.01
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)

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