Great Books for Babies and Toddlers: More than 500 Books for Your Child's First Three Years

 “The ideal time to begin sharing books with children is during babyhood, even with children as young as six weeks.”
- Starting Out Right National Research Council

All parents hope to give their children the best possible start in life. Many of them know it’s a good idea to read to their children at a very young age, not with the goal of teaching their kids to read, but with the joy of having special time together looking at pictures and playing with words. Carefully chosen books that introduce children to the pleasures of language, simple story structure, and wonderful artwork are the foundation for a future love of books.

Great Books for Babies and Toddlers
is the first book of its kind—a guide to the best age appropriate children’s books available. This useful guide provides lively annotations for more than five hundred books, divided into two helpful categories: Nursery Rhymes, Fingerplays, and Songs; and Picture-Story Books for the Very Young.

With story selections ranging from such classics of children’s literature as Goodnight Moon and Where’s Spot? to excellent new books like How Does a Dinosaur Say Good Night? and Buzz!, Great Books for Babies and Toddlers will be more than a cherished guide for parents—it will also be a child’s first step in the lifelong adventure of reading.

Praise for Great Books for Babies & Toddlers:

"Odean's Great Books about Things Kids Love (2001) recommended titles for children ages 3 to 14. Now in the same chatty, enthusiastic style she focuses on helping parents find the best books for the youngest audience. Without a word of jargon, she combines facts about child development with long annotations for more than 500 books, all of them in print, to read aloud and share with kids from birth to 3 . . . A must for the parenting shelf and for anyone who works with the lap-sit crowd."
- Hazel Rochman in Booklist March 1, 2003

"This could be the most valuable baby-shower gift you ever give, but if you have any interest in children's literature at all you'll want to keep a copy for yourself."
- Karin Snelson, Children's Book Reviewer

 "Kathleen Odean's Great Books for Babies and Toddlers is a terrific resource for parents... This is truly a great book about "great books." I plan to save it to use with my grandkids."
- Peter Blasco, MD,Associate Professor, Pediatrics, Child Development and Rehabilitation Center, Oregon Health & Science University