December 8, 2008 12:39 PM   Subscribe

Books? Help me christmas shop for my 4 year old niece and 2 year old nephew.

I'm thinking books... I was a reader growing up, I've given books in the past, I'm kind of becoming the book giving aunt. Might as well embrace it.
For the girl... I've got a pigeon book, and have my eye on some elephant and piggie books. Any other ideas for books she won't want to live without?

For the boy... He's got some Boynton books, not sure what else he would be into at this age. To be safe I bought him some match box stuff and some schleich animals... but wouldn't mind a good book to go with. He loves cars.
posted by chickaboo to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (19 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Just get him the best book ever: Cars and Trucks and Things That Go.
posted by gyusan at 12:47 PM on December 8, 2008 [1 favorite]

You can't go wrong with Little Golden Books.
posted by SisterHavana at 1:00 PM on December 8, 2008

At two, my son loved Ted Dewan's Bing series and the very silly Who Hops? by Katie Davis. Anything with pop-ups is good too. Now four, he loves to hear longer rhyming tales like This Is The Bread I Baked for Ned by Crescent Dragonwagon or What Time Is It, Mr. Crocodile? by Judy Sierra. For a four-year-old, those Kumon workbooks are great too.
posted by lgandme0717 at 1:28 PM on December 8, 2008

My three year old daughter loves loves loves this book. We ended up getting several copies as presents for her friends.
posted by Chuckles McLaughy du Haha, the depressed clown at 1:36 PM on December 8, 2008

I Stink!
posted by zeoslap at 1:37 PM on December 8, 2008

Some of my favorite kids books:

The Secret Chicken Club (I read this to the kids I babysit nearly every time I'm there. It's just hilarious)
Click Clack Moo or Giggle Giggle Quack
Tacky the Penguin (awesome story about being an individual)
She might already have it, but Goodnight Moon is a classic

What can I say, I like talking animals!
posted by radioamy at 1:37 PM on December 8, 2008

Little Rabbit!
posted by Medieval Maven at 1:39 PM on December 8, 2008

The Best Pet of All is great too
posted by zeoslap at 1:39 PM on December 8, 2008

Some books that were hits with the nephew (at ages ~2-4):

Kitten's First Full Moon
Cowboy Bunnies
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!
The Mitten (a Jan Brett classic)
Dr. Seuss books (esp. Horton Hears a Who)

I've had luck just choosing Caldecott winners and nominees.
posted by sevenless at 1:40 PM on December 8, 2008

Pretty much anything I've found on the ReadKiddoRead site has worked really well for my kids - at any age. Lots of good choices and very cool stuff all 'round.
posted by VioletU at 1:56 PM on December 8, 2008

Seconding The Mitten, or anything else by Jan Brett. Anything by Eric Carle (esp. the Very Hungry Caterpillar--kids love that book!). Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See? would be a good Eric Carle choice for the 2-yr-old. Anything by Tomie dePaola.
Goodnight Moon is a classic that kids still seem to love--that one would be ok for either kid.
posted by aka burlap at 2:04 PM on December 8, 2008

sevenless mentioned Dr. Seuss books...I love Dr. Seuss, but if you haven't picked one up in a while...they are verrryyyyyy longggg.
posted by radioamy at 2:18 PM on December 8, 2008

My son is three, and let me tell you: It's Amelia Bedelia's world; we just live in it. He has quite literally memorized several of these books, cover to cover. His favorites: Good Driving, Amelia Bedelia and Calling Doctor Amelia Bedelia. He seems to prefer the Herman Parish titles over the Peggy Parish titles, FWIW. I think your neice might enjoy these more than your nephew; for him, I second "Cars and Trucks and Things that Go."
posted by ROTFL at 2:19 PM on December 8, 2008

Scaredy Squirrel
posted by valleys at 4:12 PM on December 8, 2008

The Monster at the End of this Book is still in my top ten list of all time.
posted by dfan at 5:11 PM on December 8, 2008

Seconding gyusan, Richard Scarry's "Cars and Trucks" might be perfect for your nephew, and his "What do People Do All Day?" a nice tie in for his sister. Also:

Home for a Bunny, by Margaret Wise Brown
Cookie's Week, by Tomie de Paola
Trucks, by Donald Crews (for the younger one)
and for the older girl, Babar, Madeleine, and the first Eloise.

Have fun!
posted by emhutchinson at 5:43 PM on December 8, 2008

Our 2 year old (who also loves Boynton) will choose at least one of the following every night when picking stories:
Gossie (and her friends Gertie and Ollie the Stomper)
Olivia (any of them)

And seconding the Little Golden Books - there are collections of them where you get six of them at once, which is a nice way to pick up the classics and some of the new ones too.

Of course, Daddy prefers Skippyjon Jones which has a rhythym to it that makes it a lot of fun to read (especially if you like to do voices).
posted by neilbert at 7:28 PM on December 8, 2008

The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch - the Princess saves the Prince then dumps him for being a jerk.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom - BUT don't buy the board book of that one because it only has half of the book.
posted by artychoke at 9:18 PM on December 8, 2008

Goodnight Gorilla was the 2 year old favorite in our house!
posted by purenitrous at 10:11 PM on December 8, 2008

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