Following on from my previous post on Books for Babies: Birth – 12 months + , here are some of my favourites for the 2 years + age group. Hope you enjoy!
One of my favourite books is ‘The Tiger Who Came to Tea’ by Judith Kerr. With just a few lines per picture, language targets can include:
- Imitating actions: knocking on the door, drinking tea, eating buns, waving goodbye.
- Nouns: Mummy, Sophie, Tiger, things you have at a tea party, food items, things you wear
- Verbs: ring, pour, knock, drink, sit, eat, hug, cook, wear
- Adjectives: big, furry, stripey, dark
- Negation: It can’t be the milkman, It can’t be Daddy.
Another classic is ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ by Eric Carle. A great book for helping children learn about food items, colours, adjectives, numbers, and days of the week.
A great way to engage your child is to introduce simple books with the characters they love. I’m a big fan of the ‘Spot’ books. ‘Spot’s Fun Week’ pictured above has two lovely lift-the-flap stories which helps engage children.
Young children love repetition and will often want to read the same bedtime story for many months. Dunnes and Easons have a lovely selection of bedtime stories. Bedtime reading is not only good for establishing a good night-time routine but it’s also one of the most ideal times to work on those language skills! ‘Goodnight Moon’ by Margaret Wise Brown has lots of repetition, rhyming words and some great pictures for generating language and building phrases.
Biff, Chip & Kipper Books from the Oxford Reading Tree Collection
Ok, so these are readers for primary school age but I find the pictures in these books fantastic for picture description and early narrative skills. If you’re in the Ballincollig area, they have these books in the local library so be sure to check them out.
Older Toddlers/Preschool Age: Classic Books
Another well known classic is ‘We’re going on a Bear Hunt’ by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury. Your child will love the rhyming and repetition in this book and the actions you can do along the bear hunt. A great one for developing those imitation skills.
Julia Donaldson has a fantastic range of books for toddler and pre-school children. Some of my favourites include:
Keep an eye out on my Facebook page where I regularly post pictures of recommended books I come across!