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Subject: books for BOYS
Date Posted: 12/17/2008 12:02 PM ET
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We have three girls, ages 14, 12 and 8. We need book ideas for a 3 year old boy. I got some Thomas the Tank Engine and Curious George but didn't know if anyone out there had a toddler boy who LOVED a specific theme or character??? Wanna share your experiences??


Date Posted: 12/18/2008 9:20 PM ET
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My son loved all the Eric Carl books at that age...Polar Bear, Polar Bear, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Brown Bear, Brown Bear etc. Fun stuff.
Date Posted: 12/18/2008 9:27 PM ET
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I second the Eric Carle books!  Also, there's a series of lift-the-flap books that my sons loved at 3 and 4 called "Where's Spot?"  (Spot is a dog.) 

Date Posted: 12/18/2008 10:15 PM ET
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Here are some my son loved at that age (ones we read more times than I can count):

Little Critter's Where's Kitty by Mercer Mayer. It is a lift a flap board book and you look all over the farm for Kitty.

Pat the Bunny

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle

The Poky Little Puppy

Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina


Subject: Mercer Meyer
Date Posted: 12/30/2008 9:27 PM ET
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My daughters and my grandsons have all enjoyed the Mercer Meyer critter books.  I think they are great for small toddlers and also beginning readers.  We have always had fun looking on each page for the spider and grasshopper friends.

Date Posted: 1/26/2009 11:54 AM ET
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The Henry and Mudge series of books by Cynthia Rylant are great.

Date Posted: 1/27/2009 10:12 PM ET
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My sons loved  Mike Mulligan and his steam shovel.

Other favorites were:

The monster at the end of the Book

How do Dinosaurs say goodnight

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Hop on Pop

Old Bear

Date Posted: 1/29/2009 8:29 AM ET
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Anything by Dr. Suess is great because of all the rhyming. 

I second Eric Carle....my boys loved The Very Hungry Catepillar

The Bernstein Bears is good too.  Some of them are simpler and are good for a young age and then there are some that are good for older ages like 6 +


Date Posted: 1/31/2009 1:36 AM ET
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My nephew is at that age right now, he loves Thomas the Tank Engine (of course), anything with Elmo on the cover (although he has taken to There's a Monster at the End of this Book), anything revolving around Disney's Cars, and (as I have recently discovered) anything that has a vehicle with eyes that talks (apparently that is cool to a 3 year old, even if it is not Thomas).

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Date Posted: 1/31/2009 11:54 AM ET
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Dr. Seuss

Little Critter

Blues Clues books

The Grouchy Ladybug

Look and Find books

Those are my 3 year old sons faves. :)

Date Posted: 1/31/2009 9:06 PM ET
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I have two sons, one just turned 5 & the other will be 3 in a month...here are some they like(d)...

If You Give A Mouse A Cookie by Laura Numeroff ( really any of her If You Give a _a_  books are good)

I definitely second the Eric Carle books & Mercer Mayer Little Critter books.

My Car by Byron Barton (and some of his others)

Llama, Llama Mad at Mama & Llama, Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney

Curious George books

The easier I Spy books or others like them

books by Todd Parr


Date Posted: 2/8/2009 10:16 PM ET
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Mercer Mayer is always a hit, also the Spot books (Spot Goes to the Farm, etc)  And the small I Spy board books.

Date Posted: 2/9/2009 2:53 PM ET
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My 2 year old son is into Arthur books by Marc Brown right now.  He can't get enough.  Also Danny and the Dinosaur by Syd Hoff and the Little Bear books by Else Holmelund Minarik.  All of those are readers, but as long as the attention span is there I don't think it matters.

As far as more picture books, Denise Flemming has some good ones.  Barnyard Banter and Beetle Bop are two that my son loves.