Books Madi is Reading: 18 Months Old

I think you all understand that she’s not actually reading them, right? I’m the one doing the reading.

I mean, she’s a genius and everything, but come on.

Madison is still at the age where she can’t handle too much text on a page. She also loves rhythm in books–books that have a rhyming pattern or some type of cadence to them. I’m always on the lookout for the perfect book. Here are some that we’ve been enjoying together.

Naked Baby

One Naked Baby by Maggie Smith

She loves this one so, so much. She will ask, “naked baby? naked baby?” It is one of the cutest parts of my day. It is a counting to ten and back to one book. Today I was counting to five for some reason and Madi surprised me by saying “six, seven, eight…” so who knows, maybe this book is helping.

ten little fingers

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox, Illustrated by Helen Oxenbury

This has the sweetest rhyme to it and Madi is really into books that have pictures of babies.

two little monkeys

Two Little Monkeys by Mem Fox, Illustrated by Jill Barton

Another great one by Mem Fox. These two books seemed to have the perfect amount of text to picture ratio for Madi’s age. I subsequently used the rest of my library holds to reserve other books by Mem Fox.

Quick as a Cricket

Quick as a Cricket by Audrey Wood, Illustrated by Don Wood

I love author/illustrator teams, especially when they’re married. This book is perfect for Madison and the illustrations are beautiful. They are also the team behind The Napping House and The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear (I recommend these two as well!)

A Color of His Own

A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni

It’s amazing that such a sweet story is told with so few words and really simple pictures, but that is the magic of Leo Lionni. Perfect for this age and older!

Have fun reading!

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