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Great Early Literacy Books for Talkers (2-3)

Talkers (ages 2-3) love to look at books with simple, uncluttered pictures, though they can handle more detail than babies (ages 0-2).  Details in pictures can fascinate them, often they will point out the things in pictures that captivate and grab their attention.

Talkers are also walkers, so they are not an immobile group.  They enjoy books about familiar experiences and situations such as family life, playing with friends, traveling by different modes of transportation and animals.  They may begin showing interest in ideas like colors, shapes, ABCs and counting.  Here are some book suggestions for talkers, organized by early literacy skills.

However, it isn't really the book that builds early literacy skills, its how the book is used.   Please be enthusiastic and get your child involved when reading books together.  You will both enjoy this special time you share together!

This is not a "definitive" list - the value a child gets from a book depends on how the book is shared.  If you have a favorite book for baby, we'd love to hear from you.  Please email us at:  webmaster@clubtnt.org.

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Again, by John Prater.  This affectionate tale features a frisky young bear and his indulgent grandfather. Baby Bear wants to play and Grandbear leaves the comfort of his hammock to join him.

Can you Cuddle like a Koala? by John Butler.  Rhyming text describes how various animals move.

Do Zebras Have Spots? by Dorling Kindersley Publishing.  This new novelty series asks funny questions?" Look through the acetate or die-cut pages to the answers.  These books tickle funny bones and affirm toddlers' newfound knowledge.

Fire Truck, by Peter Sis.  Matt, who loves fire trucks, wakes up one morning to find that he has become a fire truck, with one driver, two ladders, three hoses, and ten boots

Go Away, Big Green Monster! by: Ed Emberley.  Die-cut pages through which bits of a monster are revealed are designed to help a child control nighttime fears of monsters.

No, David! by David Shannon.  A young boy is depicted doing a variety of naughty things for which he is repeatedly admonished, but finally he gets a hug.

One Bear, One Dog, by Paul Stickland.  A bear and a dog lead a parade of animals that keeps getting longer and longer.

Tickle the Duck: Don't You Dare, by Ethan Long.  In this hilarious touch-and-feel book, a cranky duck dares children to tickle his soft stomach, his hairy armpit, his rubbery foot, and reacts uproariously each time.

A Truck Goes Rattley-Bumpa, by  Jonathan London.  Describes trucks of all sizes, shapes, and colors doing a variety of tasks. 

Trucks, Trucks, Trucks, by Peter Sis.  As a little boy cleans up his room, he gives one word descriptions of the work his various toy trucks do, such as hauling, plowing, and loading.

Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle.  Follows the progress of a hungry little caterpillar as he eats his way through a varied and very large quantity of food until, full at last, he forms a cocoon around himself and goes to sleep and wakes up a butterfly.

Wide-Mouthed Frog, by Keith Faulkner.  A wide-mouthed frog is interested in what other animals eat--until he meets a creature that eats only wide-mouthed frogs!
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Phonological Awareness (Talkers 2-3)

Baby Danced the Polka, by Karen Beaumont.  It's nap time at the farm, but one un-sleepy baby has a different plan ... Baby wants to dance.

Bee-Bim Bop! by Linda Sue Park.  A child, eager for a favorite meal, helps with the shopping, food preparation, and table setting.

Big Fat Hen, by: Keith Baker.  Big Fat Hen counts to ten with her friends and all their chicks.

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin.  Children see a variety of animals, each one a different color, and a teacher looking at them.

Buzzy’s Boo Boo, by Harriet Ziefert.  Which bandage should Buzzy choose?

Does a Cow Say Boo? by Judy Hindley.  Children on a farm want to know which creature says "boo," and learn about animal sounds as they search.

Duck’s Key, Where Can it Be? by Jez Alborough.  Duck has lost his silver key. I wonder where the key can be? Lift the flaps--take a peek, Frog is playing hide and seek.

Hush: A Thai Lullaby, by Minfong Ho.  A lullaby which asks animals such as a lizard, monkey, and water-buffalo to be quiet and not disturb the sleeping baby.

 I Know a Rhino, by Charles Fuge.  A little girl introduces her animal friends and describes the fun she has with them.

Llama Llama Mad at Mama, by Anna Dewdney.  A young llama wants to play but must go shopping with his mother instead, and so he gets angry and makes a mess at the store.

Llama Llama Red Pajama, by Anna Dewdney.  At bedtime, a little llama worries after his mother puts him to bed and goes downstairs.

Orange Pear Apple Bear, by Emily Gravett.  A rhyming book that explores concepts of color, shape, and food using only five simple words, as a bear juggles and plays.

Raise the Roof! by Anastasia Suen.  This brisk, rhyming text with cartoon illustrations presents a start-to-finish look at how a house is built.

Red Train, by Will Grace.  Colors to see, red ... orange ... yellow ... Objects to count, one ... two ... three ... All aboard! Chugga chugga choo choo!

Ten Little Fish, by Audrey and Bruce Wood.  Ten little fish swim along an ocean reef, each finding a different reason to leave until there is only one left.

Trashy Town, by Andrea Zimmerman.  Little by little, can by can, Mr. Gillie, the trash man, cleans up his town.

What Is It? by Amy Allen.  This whimsical book stimulates the imagination and introduces rhyming words through discovery.
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Narrative Skills (Talkers 2-3)

Bark George, by Jules Feiffer.  When George's mother tells her son to bark, he can't seem to make it come out right, so she takes him to the vet.

Bear Dreams, by Elisha Cooper.  After a bear cub persuades his friends to play with him instead of hibernating, he gets very tired and falls asleep.

Bear Snores On, by Karma Wilson.  On a cold winter night many animals gather to party in the cave of a sleeping bear, who then awakes and protests that he has missed the food and the fun.

Busy Little Mouse, by Eugenie and Kim Fernandes.  An energetic mouse romps through his day in a lively introduction to the animals of the farm.

The Cake That Mack Ate, by Rose Robart.  A cumulative tale about the chain of events surrounding the making of a cake by a farmer's wife, eventually leading to its consumption in surprising circumstances.

Carl’s Sleepy Afternoon, by Alexandra Day.  Carl's owners have many errands to do and expect Carl to sleep the entire afternoon. Instead, Carl the rottweiler roams the town assisting many people in their daily chores.

Cornelius P. Mud, Are You Ready for Bed? by Barney Satlzberg.  Cornelius the pig has his own style when preparing for bed, but he does not really feel ready until he gets a hug.

Daisy and the Beastie, by Jane Simmons.  Daisy and her little brother Pip encounter many different animals as they look all over the farm for the Beastie from Grandpa's story.

Ella Sarah Gets Dressed, by Margaret Chodos-Irvine.  Despite the advice of others in her family, Ella Sarah persists in wearing the striking and unusual outfit of her own choosing.

If You Were Born a Kitten, by Marion Bauer.  This book describes how various baby animals come into the world and what happens when a human baby is born.

Kiss Good Night, by Amy Hest.  Even after a story, being tucked in, and warm milk, Sam is not ready to go to sleep until his mother kisses him good-night.

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale, by Mo Willems.  After Trixie and daddy leave the laundromat, something very important turns up missing.

A Mud Pie for Mother, by Scott Beck.  Little Pig needs to find the perfect present for Mother Pig's birthday.

My Bunny and Me, by Lindsay Barrett George.  A young boy describes the things he would do if the rabbit in his drawing were real.

A New House for Mouse, by Petr Horacek.  Mouse finds a nice juicy apple--but it's too big to fit inside her tiny home. What can she do? Find a new house, of course! Peep through the die-cut holes and join Mouse on her search

Oliver Find His Way, by Phyllis Root.  Oliver the bear becomes lost when he chases a leaf to the edge of the woods, but then he comes up with an idea to find his way back home.

On Mother’s Lap, Ann Herbert Scott.  A small Eskimo boy discovers that Mother's lap is a very special place with room for everyone.

Please, Puppy, Please; by Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee.  Two toddlers have fun with their puppy.

We’re Going on a Treasure Hunt, by Lenny Hort.  Babies in animal costumes visit a variety of undersea animals, from starfish to crabs, in search of a treasure chest.

Who Sank the Boat? by Pamela Allen.  The reader is invited to guess who causes the boat to sink when five animal friends of varying sizes decide to go for a row.
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Enriched Vocabulary (Talkers 2-3)

10 Little Rubber Ducks, by Eric Carle.  When a storm strikes a cargo ship, ten rubber ducks are tossed overboard and swept off in ten different directions. Based on a factual incident.

Astro Bunnies, by  Christine Loomis.  Astro Bunnies take rockets into space, explore, and return home.

Baby Food, by Saxton Freymann and Joost Elffers.  Presents vegetables and fruits carved into the shapes of different baby animals, including a bunny, a piglet, a whale calf, a bear cub, and others.

Bounce by Doreen Cronin.  Rhyming text offers advice on the best ways for toddlers to bounce in ways your toddler may never have thought of before.

Can You Choo Choo, by David Wojtowycz.  Simple text and illustrations describe the sounds made by fire engines, buses, helicopters, race cars and other vehicles as they go about their work.

Dora’s Opposites/Opuestos de Dora, by Phoebe Beinstein.  Learn the long and short of opposites with Dora and her friends in English & Spanish.

Duckie’s Duckling: A One-to-Ten Counting Book, by Frances Barry.  Duckie is ready to take the family for a swim. But where are her ducklings? Turn the shaped pages to find out!

Get to Work Trucks! by Don Carter.  Shows a typical day for a group of working trucks: a loader, a dump truck, a digger, a bulldozer, a cement mixer, a tow truck, a crane, and a roller.

Good Night, Poppy and Max: A Bedtime Counting Book, by Lindsey Gardiner.  Poppy and Max count down to bedtime. One glass of milk, two crunchy cookies, three doggy treats...

How Will You Get There, Maisy? by Lucy Cousins.  How do Maisy and her friends get where they're going? This lift-the-flap surprise books let readers look at clues to help them guess — then lift a flap and find out for sure.

Lemons Are Not Red, by Laura Seeger.  A creatively designed volume combining an introduction to colors with a bedtime story.

Look and Find with Bear, by Susan Kantor.  Join Bear and his friends in a game of look-and-find! Just look at the object on each tab, then find it in the big picture.

Millie Wants to Play, by Janet Pedersen.  Millie the cow is awake early in the morning but waits until she hears the other animals making noise before she joins them in play.

The Napping House, by Don and Audrey Wood.  In this cumulative tale, a wakeful flea atop a number of sleeping creatures causes a commotion, with just one bite.

Raindrop, Plop! by Wendy Cheyette Lewison.  A young girl and her dog find many things to count on a rainy day, both as they play outside and after they come home to a warm, dry house.

Ruby’s Rainy Day, by Rosemary Wells.  It’s raining outside, but all Max wants to do is play baseball. So his big sister Ruby struggles to get him into his rain gear: red boots, yellow slicker, and orange rain hat. But see what happens when Max is finally all dressed!

Sally Goes to the Vet, by Stephen Huneck.  Sally the dog goes flying over a tree stump while playing chase in the yard and has to be rushed to the vet's office.

Siesta. by Ginger Foglesong Guy.  A brother and sister and their teddy bear go through the house gathering items they will need for their siesta in the back yard.

Snowballs, by Lois Ehlert.  Some children create a family out of snow. Includes labeled pictures of all the items they use, as well as information about how snow is formed.

Snuggle Up, Sleepy Ones, by Claire Freedman.  As night falls in the jungle, all sorts of animals settle down to sleep.

We’ve All Got Bellybuttons! by David Martin.  Various animals invite the reader to experience what their different body parts can do, including their tickly belly buttons.

Where is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox.  A story about many different sheep, and one that seems to be missing.

Wow! City! by Robert Neubecke.  A toddler who lives in the mountains, takes a trip with her father to the city.
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Print Awareness (Talkers 2-3)

Big Red Train, by Julia Jarman.  All aboard for a rollicking rumpus - lots of animals, humor and steam train fun!

Freight Train, Donald Crews.  Brief text and illustrations trace the journey of a colorful train as it goes through tunnels, by cities, and over trestles

“Hi, Pizza Man!” by Virginia Walter.  While a young girl waits for the delivery of a hot pizza, she provides the appropriate animal sounds for a variety of pretend animal pizza deliverers.

I Can Do It Too! by Karen Baicker.  Supported by her family, an African American girl is self confident about what she can do and in turn supports a younger family member.

I Read Signs, by: Tana Hoban.  Introduces signs and symbols frequently seen along the street.

Maisy Goes Camping, by Lucy Cousins. Cousins.  Maisy the mouse and her friends spend a night camping under the stars.

Oh What a Noisy Farm, by Harriet Ziefert.  All the farm animals in this cumulative tale get into the act when the bull starts chasing the cow around the pasture.

Shhhh! Everybody is Sleeping, by Julie Markes.  A young child is encouraged to go to sleep by the thought of everyone else sleeping, from teacher to baker to postman.

A Wild Cowboy, by Dana Kessimakis Smith.  A young cowboy and his younger brother spend an action-packed day at their Grandmother's place.

Yikes! by: Robert Florczak.  A boy romps his way through numerous wild landscapes as he encounters such animals as a gorilla, a Komodo dragon, and a red-legged tarantula at close range.
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Letter Knowledge (Talkers 2-3)

26 Letters and 99 Cents, by Tana Hoban.  Color photographs of letters, numbers, coins, and common objects introduce the alphabet, coinage, and the counting system.

Alphabears: An ABC Book, by Kathleen Hague.  Introduces a bear for each letter of the alphabet and describes its special qualities in rhyme.

The Alphabet Tree, by Leo Lionni.  A strong wind blows most of the letters off the alphabet tree and those that remain hide among the branches. Then a bug and a caterpillar come along and teach them how to arrange themselves into words and sentences to form a special message.

Alphabet Under Construction, by: Denise Fleming.  A mouse works his way through the alphabet as he folds the "F," measures the "M," and rolls the "R."

B is For Bulldozer: A Construction ABC, by June Sobel.  As children watch over the course of a year, builders construct a rollercoaster using tools and materials that begin with each letter of the alphabet.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, by Bill Martin Jr.  Children learn the alphabet through rhyme, animation, music and play-along learning.

The City ABC Book, by Zoran Milich.  Every large city is filled with sights and sounds and lots and lots of words. A keen eye and a little inspiration are all it takes to discover a hidden alphabet among the architecture of a bustling metropolis.

Eating the Alphabet, by Lois Ehlert.  An alphabetical tour of the world of fruits and vegetables, from apricot and artichoke to yam and zucchini.

The Farm Alphabet Book, by Jane Miller.  An alphabet book with color photos of the farm environment, accompanied by explanatory text, illustrating each letter.

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