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Books my toddler and I both like

L. Bell
The list author says: "I scour libraries, bookstores, and amazon for books to add to my daughter's library. These are books that either she or I or both of us really enjoy."
Bats at the Library
Bats at the Library
"I love the beautiful illustrations and the lyrical text. Excellent rhyme scheme and imaginative premise."
Animal Orchestra (Little Golden Book)
Animal Orchestra (Little Golden Book)
"Very fun rhyming book that is a great introduction to different animals and musical instruments. My daughter often requests this one."
Owl Babies: Candlewick Storybook Animations
Owl Babies: Candlewick Storybook Animations
"Of all the books I have read to my daughter, this is the first one that she requested over and over again. Some may find the missing mommy story too scary, but just when the babies wish for their mom, she comes back. I find the story reassuring and my daughter is entranced by the pictures."
Barnyard Dance! (Boynton on Board)
Barnyard Dance! (Boynton on Board)
"Of course I do all the actions in the barnyard dance so my daughter finds it hilarious. She will often ask for me to repeat it over and over. This is how she learned to clap, stomp, and bow."
Fancy Nancy
Fancy Nancy
"I have read the criticism that Nancy looks down on her family and therefore this is a bad book. I completely disagree. All kids find their own obsession - whether it is trucks, trains, dinosaurs, or fanciness. I find Nancy's family's willingness to indulge her whimsy totally charming. And in the end she learns a valuable lesson on the depth of a family's love."
How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night?
How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night?
"This was one of the first books that my daughter responded to. I can take it or leave it, but she really likes it. The rhymes are good and there are a lot of actions and different voices you can use. She likes to find all the teddy bears in the pictures."
Where's Spot?
Where's Spot?
"I don't think any lift-the-flap book is ever going to set the literary world on fire, but toddlers love them and this is a good one. Where is Baby's Belly Button, Bugs in a Box, and Dear Zoo are also favorites in our house. These are indispensable for long car rides - they will keep her busy for quite awhile."
Chrysanthemum Big Book
Chrysanthemum Big Book
"I love all Kevin Henkes books. If I had room, I would add all of them to this list. Instead, I will list the first one I read and my favorite. I have an unusual name and so does my daughter. This simple, gentle, charming story is the perfect answer to any issue she might have with her name."
Bear Snores On
Bear Snores On
"Fun, funny story. Great rhymes, can use lots of voices, can use exaggerated snores, and one loud sneeze. Daughter finds it all very amusing."
Horton Hatches the Egg
Horton Hatches the Egg
"Almost from birth, daughter would listen to the whole story with wide eyes. I love the rhymes and I love the story. Horton experiences trials and tribulations, but he is faithful and for once, good things happen to good people."
That's Not My Penguin (Touchy-Feely Board Books)
That's Not My Penguin (Touchy-Feely Board Books)
"Like life the flap books, I don't think touch and feel books will ever be a parent's favorite book to read; however, I love them for the amount of time they will keep baby busy. Daughter likes this one and others from this series."
Charlie the Ranch Dog
Charlie the Ranch Dog
"Fun story parents will like. Daughter is really interested in finding the chipmunk on every page. Strikingly similar to Hank the cowdog."
The Monster at the End of this Book (Sesame Street) (Big Little Golden Book)
The Monster at the End of this Book (Sesame Street) (Big Little Golden Book)
"Daughter isn't quite old enough to enjoy this one yet, but it is a favorite of mine."
Bread and Jam for Frances (I Can Read Book 2)
Bread and Jam for Frances (I Can Read Book 2)
"I love all the Frances books. Daughter isn't quite old enough for them yet."