Over on my website, I'm compiling book selections for my favorite baby gift: the BOOK BASKET. That got me wondering - are there any nonfiction books for toddlers? We have to start them early, right?
I love book baskets as gifts for many different reasons:
1) One can never have enough books.
2) Everyone in the family can enjoy the present, especially since the baby present is to celebrate the creation/union of a family.
3) Many books will last forever, to be past down to the next generation.
4) If a family starts reading to baby early, it will become an important part of that child's life; for example, reading books before bedtime.
5) I love to give a sampling of: books my family loves, classic children's books, books that can be read by a sibling, interactive books, and books that can be drooled, chewed, and whatever-ed on.
I bought extra copies of my children's favorite books for their baby memory boxes to be past down to their children.
Here's just a few of the nonfiction books for toddlers I found:
Does A Giraffe Drive?
Fred Ehrlich (author)
Emily Bolam (illustrator)
Blue Apple Books/Chronicle Aug 2007
Tag line on cover: My Very First Nonfiction Book
Well, there's my answer.
Funny book about how we get around.
This Is My Truck
Gareth Stevens Publishing July 2008
Comparison of truck opposites is a great way to learn about trucks: shapes, colors, and purpose.
This Is My Bear, This Is My Ball and This Is My Book are other titles in the series. All titles are also published in Spanish.
Dreaming With Rouseau
Chronicle Books Aug 2007
One of the newer titles in Chronicle's Mini Masters Series, these books are the perfect introduction to art for babies and toddlers. All the famous masterpieces of the world invite fun exploration of colors, details, actions, and words either between parent and child or just the child alone.
"L" Is for Library
Sonya Terry (author)
Nicole Wong (illustrator)
Upstart Books March 2006
Fun exploration ABC book about the library. What better way to start a lifelong love of books.
If I'm missing one of your favorite nonfiction books for toddlers, please share "with the rest of the class" in the comments.