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Lilly Recommends Some Fun Toddler Books to Check Out

In celebration of Lilly’s Third Birthday – We have been spending a lot of time reading the books I have been getting for her on my Kindle Fire.  It is an awesome way to share the joy of books with her and an excuse to snuggle.
Please indulge me as we review some of the books that she and I have read.  They are bright and colorful and great for toddlers between the ages of 2-4.  I hope you find something for your little one in the mix.
How to Babysit a Grandpa by Jean Regan
Release date – April 10, 2012
*A review copy of this book was viewed from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review*
This is a hilarious and accessible picture book about a child spending time with his grandpa. Written in a how-to style, the narrator gives important tips for “babysitting” a grandpa, including what to eat for snack (anything dipped in ketchup, ice cream topped with cookies, cookies topped with ice cream) what to do on a walk (find lizards and dandelion puffs, be on the lookout for puddles and sprinklers), and how to play with a grandpa (build a pirate cave, put on a scary play).
Filled with humor, energy, and warmth, this is a great gift for or from a grandparent, and perfect for lap reading when Grandpa comes to visit!The book is colorful and well written.  The story is easy to understand and perfect for when grandpa comes to visit/babysit.  It teaches the child through fun instructions how to take care of their grandpa, including what to feed them and how to play with them.  This story is perfect for children between the ages of 2 and 5 at a minimum.This book is fabulous.  Lilly and I read it last night and she asked me to read it again to her 3 different times.  She really enjoyed this one, especially since she has a special relationship with her papa.  This is a book we will definitely be adding to Lilly’s book collection.

Lilly and I give How to Babysit a Grandpa 4½ Stars.  


House at the End of Ladybug Lane by Elise Primavera

Release date – March 13, 2012
*A review copy of this book was viewed from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review*
Angelina Neatolini came from a long line of neat and tidy people. In fact, her great, great, great, great, great, great grandfather invented the garbage can. Her mother ironed her linguini and her father vacuumed the grass.  But Angelina liked to roll in the dirt whenever she could.
And like most kids, Angelina wanted a pet, but pets are messy and the Neatolini parents did not allow mess in their new house at the end of Ladybug Lane, where they recently moved from the dirty city. Enter a hard-of-hearing and very daffy fairy godmother ladybug—and magic, mess, and mayhem ensued in the house at the end of Ladybug Lane, which became anything but neat.This magical, funny story has messages of tolerance, “it’s OK to be different,” and unrealistic parental pressure, and it features the spot-on whimsical art of newcomer Valeria Docampo.Angelina is a member of the Neatolini family but she is unlike any of them.   She likes to get dirty and play.  She lives with her parents in a very neat house at the end of Ladybug Lane.  She wants a pet but her parents won’t allow it because pets are dirty. With the help of her fairy ladybug the house at the end of Ladybug Lane becomes a home.

This book was a lot of fun to read.  The illustrations are whimsical and quite beautiful.  Lilly loved looking at the pictures and enjoyed the story a lot.  The story itself was the perfect length to hold a 3 year olds attention until the end.

It seemed like the ladybug kept getting Angelina’s request wrong but in the end everything worked out for her.  Lilly and I enjoyed this story and we give it 4 Stars.  


Where do Diggers Sleep at Night?by Brianna Caplan Sayres

Release Date – May 22, 2012
A review copy of this book was viewed from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review*
Do their mommies tuck them in while their daddies sing a goodnight song? Do they ask for one more story and then snuggle into a cozy service station? Find out all the different ways in which diggers, dump trucks, snow plows, tractors and more spend their bedtime rituals in surprisingly familiar ways. Children who can’t get enough of trucks will love Brianna Caplan Sayres original things-that-go bedtime story.This book does a good job of engaging the children in bedtime activities.  It looks at all different types of cars and trucks and asks the question, where do they sleep at night?  Are they tucked in by their mother’s?  Do they have a favorite blanket?It was a very cute book with colorful illustrations of cars and trucks that look like people with eyes and mouths.  It is easy for the children to relate to them.  The ending was very cute and all the toys are in the toy box when the little boy is being tucked into bed by his mother.

The book is more geared toward boys because its main characters are trucks but Lilly still liked it.  I think that both boys and girls between 2-4 will enjoy this book.

Lilly and I give Where Do Diggers Sleep at Night 3½ Stars.   


5 Responses

  1. Happy birthday, Lilly!

  2. Yes! Happy Birthday, Lilly! Loved these! 🙂

  3. Thanks guys. We have had so much fun reading the books at night. I have been downloading tons of the free kids books for the Fire and I have been requesting some from the review sites.

    I even started a second personal blog – Gaga’s Corner for the reviews because I felt funny putting them next to Erotica reviews on my personal blog 🙂

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  5. Happy belated birthday, Lilly! I love toddler books! Will go to the library later on and check some out. : )

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