So without further ado! The books my kids and I have really loved as they start to really love being read to. Tonight, for matter of simplicity I’m just going to list three authors who we love a LOT of their books. Kind of like Sandra Boynton I feel you cannot go wrong when you see one in the bookstore.

Mo Willems was introduced to me by my friend Miranda and I love love LOVE his books! Many of them are perfect for 1 year olds because they are pretty great on the words to pictures ratio for those with shorter attention spans. And the humor is good for both adults and children. Ransom’s favorite is:

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There are 3 Knuffle Bunny books, and beware. When I read the third one….standing in the children’s section of Barnes and Nobles, I actually cried.  As in tears.  So don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t have actual heart in a picture book, because you can.  These books are WONDERFUL.
My other favorite Mo books are probably the Pigeon Books and we check these out from the library pretty regularly:
Another favorite author of mind is Peter Spier. Many of his books are just pictures, which is great for all your non-readers but big-imagination children. I remember looking at several of his picture books for hours as a kid, coming up with my own stories. The thing is, that doesn’t just happen. I think as parents we give our kids a head start in the imagination department by sitting down with them and showing them how its done. Which is what we’ve done with Spier’s book, Rain:
And this book, Circus, while not entirely pictures- is still so rich in detail on every page that it might as well be! We hardly read what is actually written ( or at least not yet) its very technical, but Ransom loves looking at it and will often play “circus” throughout the day.
What I do NOT recommend is, “Noah’s Ark”. While we actually own a copy and my kids will ask us to read it periodically, I do not think it is fitting for young children. Let’s just say that Spier is maybe a little too good at being accurate in his pictures, and while Ransom loves pointing out all the piles of poop on the ark ( very good point, there Spier) , he also wonders what is going to happen to all those animals with water up around their necks that didn’t make it on the boat….not a convo I’m wanting to have with my 2 year old!
Another great author that everyone probably already knows, is Richard Scarry.
My mom read this book every single night to Ransom when he was staying with her this past year. It was so soundly intrenched in his bedtime routine, I actually worried what we would do when he left! While I didn’t go so far as to get my own copy ( this book is definitely a book that Spicy reads) we do have our own selection of Scarry’s books that we love. Ransom’s favorite of our collection is probably:
 And if you’re interested, the more story focused rather than picture focused of Scarry’s books my favorite is probably, The Great Pie Robbery its pretty hilarious. :
And what about you? What are your favorite authors who just can’t seem to go wrong when it comes to the tot books?! I’d love to hear your favs!