Friday, March 27, 2015

This post is part of the series in Book Recommendations for Kids by Age and Month of the Year. This post has April book recommendations for children who are 2 or 3 years old. Each book is paired up with additional resources that you can use to extend the story further.
April book picks and project recommendations for 2 and 3 year olds
My daughter is now 8 years old and a very fluent reader. Very often I hear the same question, What did you do with her when she was little? Well, we read a lot, and I maintained a diary of our reading activities in weekly What My Child Is Reading entries in my blog. I decided to make these reading diaries more useful and create a new series on my blog where I will share our best books for each month for ages 3, 4, 5, and 6. Moreover, I will pair each book with an extension activity – sometimes with ours and sometimes with activities from my creative friends from Kid Blogger Network. In this post I am featuring books that we read when Smarty was 2 and 3 years old. 
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1. How Does Your Garden Grow?

How Does Your Garden Grow
My daughter really enjoyed Toot & Puddle books by Holly Hobbie. Granted, How Does Your Garden Grow? is not one of the original series, but it is a good book to read while preparing for planting season. It covers all the basics of gardening while also stressing that garden doesn’t grow overnight. Involve your children in your spring planting and let them plant some seeds on their own and perhaps paint their own marker like in this activity from Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds.
Planting Seeds

2. The Princess and the Potty

The princess and the pottyAll parents who are trying to potty train their kids will feel sympathy for overwhelmed royal parents in The Princess and the Potty by Wendy Cheyette Lewison. Her Highness is not pleased with any potty sent her way and stubbornly sticks to royal diapers. Is there a solution to this problem? Yes, just as in real life, a special reward does the trick. For more tips for stress-free potty training, check out this post from Pint-Sized Treasures.
Little boy sitting on potty, rolls of toilet paper beside

3. In the Rain with Baby Duck

In the rain with baby duckWe are big fans of Amy Hest stories, especially her Baby Duck series. In the Rain with Baby Duck is perfect for warmer showers of April. Unlike her family, Baby Duck does not enjoy rain. However, her Grandpa helps her discover pleasures of rainy day through “proper equipment” – rubber boots and an umbrella. Your children might want to run out and play in the rain after reading this story. Perhaps they will be inspired to paint with mud like children of Rain or Shine Mama.

4. The Moon Might Be Milk

the Moon might be milk
The Moon Might Be Milk by Lisa Shulman is an imaginative recipe book. A girl and her pets are wondering what the Moon might be made of. Each animal suggests their favorite food (milk, egg, sugar, flour). As you can imagine, it all leads to a recipe for sugar cookies. We didn’t do the recipe given in the book (I heard conflicting opinions about how good it is), but Almost Unschoolers did both the recipe and a craft to go with The Moon Might Be Milk.
Moon Might Be Milk

5. An Extraordinary Egg

An Extraordinary Egg
We adore Leo Lionni, and read every single book written and illustrated by him. An Extraordinary Egg is a great book to read in April, a month of Easter eggs and new nests. The story will make young readers giggle aloud as frogs of a tiny island are convinced that they are taking care of a baby chicken. Wouldn’t it be great to teach kids how real bird eggs look like? You can paint some with this great science and art egg activity from Fireflies and Mudpies.

6. Harold and the Purple Crayon

Harold and the Purple Crayon I consider Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson (first published in 1955) a grandpa of modern books about a power of imagination and art like Journey by Aaron Becker. A little boy in the story escapes from his boring bedroom into the world of his imagination with the help of his trusted purple crayon. Buggy and Buddy has a great project inspired by this book and appropriate even for youngest artists – purple yarn art:
Purple Yarn craft

More April Book Recommendations

April Books for 2 and 3 year olds with extension activities

  • April Books for 4 year olds
  • April Books for 5 year olds
  • April Books for Age 6+

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    maryanne @ mama smiles said...

    Thankfully Anna is potty trained (has been for a long time now), but she will enjoy all of these books!

    Ticia said...

    I never really liked Harold and his books growing up, so I never read them to my kids. I'm realizing all those books I read to them over and over again they don't have any real memory of, but I have a very clear memory of them.

    shelah moss said...

    This is a great group of books. I really like your Harold and the Purple Crayon-inspired yarn project.