Five Books Toddlers Can Say 'No!' To
Here are some fun books that let young children use their new favorite word (and feel smart doing it)!
"Yes," Jez Alborough
A young chimp has fun bathing, but does not want to go to bed! The text of this cheerfully illustrated tale consists almost entirely of the words "yes" and "no," giving children the opportunity to recognize the words and proudly "read" the story to parents.
"Where's Spot?," Eric Hill
In this lift-the-flap adventure, Spot's mother searches the house for her puppy, finding all sorts of animals in unexpected places. Toddlers will pick up the pattern right away, and happily say "no" in response to each question ("Is he under the bed?") before the answer has been revealed.
"Have You Seen My Duckling?," Nancy Tafuri
A mother duck repeatedly asks various animals the title question, in this otherwise wordless book. Kids can provide the answer, again and again, and sharpen their observational skills by finding the missing duckling hidden on every page. The Caldecott Honor-winning illustrations beautifully show pond life, as well.
"Do Pigs Have Stripes?," Melanie Walsh
Young children can show off their animal smarts with such silly questions as "Does a bird have a big black wet nose?" accompanied by an illustration of what might be a dog's nose. They'll giggle and happily say "no" before the page is turned to find the answer.
"Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus," Mo Willems
Laugh at the antics of the most manipulative pigeon you'll ever meet! Asked by the bus driver to watch his bus while he's away, toddlers have the important job of refusing a pigeon who tries to beg, bribe, and bully them into letting it fulfill its dream of driving a bus. Just say no!