Momaha Blog: 3 books to read to your toddler again and again…and again

By Ashley Strehle Hartman
Published in the Omaha World-Herald’s on February 22, 2022

There are few things in the world I love more than children and books. But there is a reason the saying “too much of a good thing” exists — because it’s true.

No matter how much you love your child and books, at some point when you are reading the same book to your toddler for what feels like the millionth time, you’re going to think some variation of “Oh dear God, not again.”

Before I was a parent, I dreamed of having a child of my own who would snuggle up into my lap to read. And don’t get me wrong — that experience is everything I hoped it would be and more. Every single day I am grateful I get to experience those sweet, cuddly moments with my daughter.

But that being said, some toddler books are simply not made for repeat reading by adults and they can begin to grate on your nerves. To put it more bluntly — toddler books can get annoying, fast. When this happens, it takes me out of the moment and instead of feeling grateful for reading time with my daughter, I find myself wanting to be doing something, anything else.

To avoid that, I try to pick books my daughter and I both enjoy. That way, I’m less annoyed, more engaged, and my daughter and I can both have fun reading together.

Here are some of my go-to toddler books that I don’t mind reading again and again … and again

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