Recommended Reading List

Books are a uniquely portable magic.
— Stephen King

Books are a key tool in enriching language development for the young child. At this age the child craves information based on reality. A dog talking, or a mouse that drives a car (while adorable) can be highly confusing for the child under three years old.  This recommended reading list is compiled of books based on reality with beautiful illustrations, positive stories and plenty of opportunity for expanded conversations.

There are a few books featured on this list that are not entirely based on reality. For example, in Eric Carle's book, "Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?" the cat is purple and the horse is blue. This offers a great opportunity to expand on language and conversation with your child:  "Have you ever seen a blue horse?  No, me neither.  Usually they are brown, or black or..."  

Providing the child under three with this foundation of reality is beneficial as it eliminates confusion in the rapidly developing mind, all the while building trust with the child by being honest about the world around. The foundation built by honoring this phase of development then serves the child as creativity and imagination begin to emerge around the age of three.   

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Outside Your Window: A First Book of Nature by Nicola Davies

First Book of Nature by Nicola Davies

Many: The Diversity of Life on Earth by Nicola Davies  

Swirl by Swirl, Spirals in Nature by Joyce Sidman

Hidden World: Forest by Libby Walden & Stephanie Fizer Coleman

Hidden World: Ocean by Libby Walden & Stephanie Fizer Coleman

This Is How We Do It: One Day in the Lives of Seven Kids from around the World by Matt Lamothe

Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth by Oliver Jeffers

A Good Day by Kevin Henkes

Big and Small, Room for All by Jo Ellen Bogart and Gillian Newland

Inside All by Margaret H. Mason

Hello Sacred Life by Kim Krans

Over In The Meadow by Ezra Jack Keats

Grand Canyon National Park BABIES by Kim Buchheit

Do You See What I See? A Southwest Nature Walk You Read by Abby Mogollón

The Icky Bug Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta and Ralph Masiello

The Curious Garden by Peter Brown

Giving Thanks by Jonathan London

And The Good Brown Earth by Kathy Henderson

Caps For Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina

Each Breath A Smile Based on the teaching by Thich Nhat Hanh, Story by Sister Susan

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle

In the Fiddle is a Song by Durga Bernhard

First the Egg by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

TracesPaula Fox

Everyone Poops by Taro Gomi

The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf

Ella Sarah Gets Dressed by Margaret Chodos-Irvine

10 Things I Can Do To Help My World by Melanie Walsh

The Story of My Feelings by Caroline Jayne Church

Hush! A Thai Lullaby by Minfong Ho

Winter Trees by Carole Gerber

Dinosaur Roar! by Paul and Henrietta Stickland

Good Night Denver by Susan Bouse and Joe Veno

Good Night Colorado by Adam Gamble

Midnight On The Farm by Stephen Eaton Hume

Stick by Steve Breen

Blackberry Banquet by Terry Pierce

People by Peter Spier

Africa Calling, Nighttime Falling by Daniel Adlerman

We’re Going On A Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen

Cookies Week by Cindy Ward

Vegetables by Sara Anderson

Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? by Eric Carle

The Mixed Up Chameleon by Eric Carle

Animals, Animals by Eric Carle

Polar Bear, Polar Bear What Do You Hear? by Eric Carle

Slowly, Slowly, Slowly Said The Sloth by Eric Carle

Panda Bear, Panda Bear What Do You See? by Eric Carle

The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss

Dig, Dig, Digging by Margaret Mayo

What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? by Steve Jenkins

We Share One World by Jane E. Hoffelt

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Rumble in the Jungle by Giles Andreae

Tool Book by Gail Gibbons

The Toolbox by Anne Rockwell

Smiling by Gwenyth Swain

Bedtime! by Gwenyth Swain

Get Dressed! by Gwenyth Swain

Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow? by Susan A. Shea

Caps, Hats, Socks and Mittens by Louise W. Borden  

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

The Vegetables We Eat by Gail Gibbons

The Fruits We Eat by Gail Gibbons

We're Going on a Leaf Hunt by Steve Metzger

The Furry Animal Alphabet Book by Jerry Pollatta

The Garden in our Yard by Greg Henry Quinn

Farming by Gail Gibbons

If You're Happy and You Know It by Anna McQuinn, Sophie Fatus and Susan Reed

Clothesline Clues to Jobs People Do by Kathryn Heling

Here's To You! by David Elliott

I See by Rachel Isadora

I Touch by Rachel Isadora

School Bus by Donald Crews

I Make Music by Eloise Greenfield

Global Babies by The Global Fund for Children  

Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? by Dr. Seuss

At the Supermarket by Anne Rockwell

 Good Night Zoo by Adam Gamble

Good Night Farm by Cooper Kelly and Adam Gamble

Strawberries Are Red by Petr Horacek 

100 Fish and 10 Worms by Polly Jordan

The Busy Little Squirrel by Nancy Tafuri

Roadwork by Sally Sutton

Colors by Charlie Harper

Quiet LOUD by Leslie Patricelli

Daddy Kisses by Anne Gutman

Mommy Hugs by Anne Gutman

Time For Bed by Mem Fox

Feelings by Susan Canizares

Apple Farmer Annie by Monica Wellington

No Two Alike by Keith Baker

The Mitten by Jan Brett

Freight Train by Donald Crews

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox

Winter Friends by Carl R. Sams II

Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown

A Leaf Can Be by Laura Purdie Salas

Water Can Be by Laura Purdie Salas