Books for young (and very young) readers

For those of you who haven’t read my recent Facebook posts, I have a brand new grandson: Leo Daniel Stein, born on January 20th.   

Leo joins his six-year-old big sister Elena who is thrilled to have a little brother.

This, of course, got me thinking about what I will be reading to my new grandson (after all, it has been years since I have done this).  And, because I always want to bring Elena a book to read as well, I’ve been thinking about what titles she might like.

For newborns I have chosen the traditional and ever popular Goodnight Moon, Very Hungry Caterpillar, Guess How Much I love You, and Pat the Bunny and then Brian Fiocca’s Locomotive which just won the Caldecott Medal.  For my granddaughter who is a terrific reader, there is Where the Wild Things Are, What Does the Fox Say?, The Polar Express, I Want My Hat Back, Make Way for Ducklings and Mrs. Rumphius.

I would love to hear your suggestions for titles for each of these age groups.  There can never be too many books!

6 Responses to Books for young (and very young) readers

  1. Joelle says:

    Oh, I’m always excited to recommend the Betsy-Tacy series by Maud Hart Lovelace to any and all readers, but starting with the series at six years old is my favourite! If you’re not familiar with this series (and oddly it seems like either you know it and LOVE it, or you’ve never heard of it), Betsy and her friend, Tacy, are five in the first book and grow with the reader. Book ten is Betsy’s Wedding and as the title suggests, she’s a grown up woman and a new bride (my mum started reading these to me when I was five, and when Betsy got too old for me, she carried on, loving them herself). They take place around 1900 and on.

    I recently read and enjoyed the Clementine series, also.

    Congratulations to you all!

  2. Congratulations!
    And good choices.
    My kids loved — and still love — all of Sandra Boynton’s books. Many of them are sing alongs.
    My favorite is Snuggle Puppy.
    Other than Boynton’s books, you can’t go wrong with the classics — Dr. Seuss books, especially One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish and Yertle the Turtle.
    I read them to my kids when they were babies and now they are able to read them.

  3. D. C. DaCosta says:

    Anything ever read by Captain Kangaroo.

    Make Way for Ducklings.
    Millions of Cats.
    Caps for Sale.
    One Morning in Maine.

  4. Kevin Grange says:


    I’m a fan of Barbara Helen Berger’s books–Grandfather Twilight and All the Way to Lhasa. Like a Pixar movie, Berger’s stories have wisdom for an audience of any age.

  5. Catherine Whitney says:

    It’s so much fun buying books for the kiddies! I like all your choices. Others…

    For Leo:
    That’s Not My Monster
    Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed

    For Elena:
    Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

  6. Kevin A. Lewis says:

    And of course, no self-respecting newborn should be without the GOOD DOG CARL series, and of course their very own Rottweiler to help with the witty dialogue… I’d recommend Dr. Suess’s HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!, except that it was linked to a 90% rise in sausage addiction among a group of babies in the late 50’s….

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