What children's books would you recommend for two-year-olds?

There are so many wonderful books to introduce your child to the joy of reading. One of my personal favorites is “Not a Box” by Antoinette Portis, which tells a story of a very imaginative bunny and his box, a box that can be become anything that he wants it to be! Young children also love “The Very Busy Spider” and “Head to Toe” by Eric Carle, not only for their colorful and bold illustrations, but because they are full of fun animal actions and sounds. Another favorite is “A Color of His Own” by Leo Lionni, which teaches young children about self-acceptance and friendship. “Peekaboo!” by Taro Gomi is a fun, interactive book that turns into a mask, allowing children to pretend to be a number of different creatures! Lastly, “Roadwork” by Sally Sutton is a book full of fun rhymes and construction noises that young children love.

Jennie Ito, Ph.D.

Child Development Expert

Jennie Ito is a mother of two and a child development consultant who specializes in children’s play and toys. Before becoming a consultant for LeapFrog, she was an intern at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC, and later worked as a content expert for the Association of Children’s Museum’s “Playing for Keeps” Play Initiative. Jennie earned her doctorate degree in developmental psychology at Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada.