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My Top 3 Read-Alouds for Toddlers

Happy New Year!

I loooove reading aloud to my class of toddlers. Mostly because it is like a mini performance for me- I get to use silly voices and different accents– it’s safe to say I can get pretty theatrical… I enjoy sharing not only the story, but the art of story-telling. So, for our first blog of the new year, I thought I would share three of my favorite read-aloud books from my toddler classroom! The list, of course, is ever-changing and always growing, but these are some books that almost always guarantee a successful circle time!

  1. The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Don and Audrey Wood

This book was first introduced to me during my Montessori toddler training- I went out and bought it as soon as I could! It is about a mouse trying to hide a strawberry from a hungry bear- it is full of great descriptive words, and there are so many fun activities you can incorporate! My favorite? Eating strawberries while listening to the story. 🙂

2. Oh, No! by Candace Fleming and Eric Rohmann

This one is an all-time crowd pleaser for Toddler I. It’s full of different animals who all fall into a deep, deep hole and can’t get out! Each animal makes different noises and the children enjoy hearing each one. The words are repetitive and rhythmic and the children love to finish the sentences as I read it. 🙂

3. No, David! By David Shannon

For whatever reason, toddlers seem to love this book. It’s got minimal words and bright, detailed illustrations. The book follows a little boy David through various instances of misbehavior (jumping on the bed, standing on furniture, playing baseball inside the house, breaking a vase, etc.). The children get so excited when I pull it down to read! We talk about the pictures, how it is not safe to stand on chairs, or put our fingers up our noses, or put too much food in our mouths. I recently got a board book version of this story and put it out on the children’s bookshelf, and I love listening to them “read” the story to themselves.

I encourage you to give these books a try at home or in your own classroom! What are some of your go-to read alouds? I’m always on the lookout for new books!