Five Books My 19-Month-Old Loves

Written by: Jennifer Petro-Roy

One of my goals as a mom is to give my children a love of reading. Each guest at my baby shower gave us a book instead of a card so that E would have a well-stocked library before she was born. And as I mentioned in my last post, E absolutely loves the library. As a mom on a budget, I love it, too, as it allows us to rotate through book selections so neither E nor I get bored (although we still end up reading favorites multiples times every day!) Luckily, E’s five current favorites are entertaining both to her and to me.


1. Chu’s Day by Neil Gaiman

This silly picture book, by an author who has earned acclaim across age groups, tells the story of a young panda bear who struggles to rein in his sneezing, even as his parents take him to a dusty library and then a pepper-filled restaurant. But it’

only when they get to the circus that he can’t resist the urge anymore–and watch out when his sneeze explodes out! E loves echoing the “Ah-ah-ah-CHOO!” noises, and the pictures (by Adam Rex) are unique and creative.

2. The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli

A “cautionary tale” about a crocodile who loves watermelon more than anything–until he swallows a seed and worries about what it might do inside his stomach. I love exaggerating the “CHOMP CHOMP CHOMP” noises in this book to make E giggle. The colors also perfectly mimic those of a watermelon, which is a clever touch.


3. Good Night, Cape Cod by Adam Gamble

This book, part of the Good Night Our World series, takes place throughout the course of a day, as the reader says good morning, good afternoon, and good night to various features associated with Cape Cod. Our family has been vacationing on the Cape for years now, so I love that we’re already introducing E to sights she’ll be seeing in the future.

4. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault

This perennial classic is a recent favorite. Although we’re not quite learning our ABCs yet, the rhythm of the text and the bright colors are so, so appealing to E. She also loves saying “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.” Warning: you WILL get this text stuck in your head.

5. Chugga-Chugga Choo-Choo by Kevin Lewis

This was a book that we got from the library ages ago, but we had to purchase it because E (and my husband and I) fell in love with it. The repetition of “Chugga-Chugga Choo-Choo!” is infectious and the rhyming text, which tells about a little boy sending his train set and toys through the city and finally into bed over the course of a day, is adorable.

What are some of your children’s favorite books?

by Jennifer Petro-Roy

Jennifer is a current stay-at-home Mom and a former Teen & Children's Librarian. Although she hates the cold weather, she lives outside of Boston with her husband, their one-year-old daughter, and two cats. She is a writer, reader, runner, cyclist, and trivia nerd. At any given moment, she can be found reading books of any genre, although middle grade, young adult, picture books, and women's fiction are particular favorites.