The Cat in the Hat Comes Back by Dr Seuss

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We previously had a successful time with ‘The Cat in the Hat’, so I thought that the sequel would be a smash hit as well.

In this story, the Cat in the Hat visits the 2 children again and gets into trouble by dirtying their bathtub. The Cat then enlists the help of many small cats in his hat to clean up the spots, but they only make the matter worse. Will the pink spots ever come off?

This book is ridiculously funny like the first and is a great tool for teaching alphabets (His little cats are named after the alphabets).

It is a great read but may not be suitable for toddlers who are unable to sit through a moderately long story (It takes about 20 minutes to read the book aloud, without rushing through the story). Nonetheless, we always have a smashing fun time reading this book together!

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Tiddler by Julia Donaldson

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Tiddler is about a little fish who has the habit of telling tall tales. One day, Tiddler was late for school because he was caught in a fishing net! He manages to escape, and finds his way home in the most remarkable of ways.

This book is great for introducing the diversity of creatures in the ocean to toddlers. In addition, we can also use this story to explain how the fishes on our dinner plate end up there!

Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh

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Mouse Paint is about 3 white mice who live on a sheet of paper. They discover some paint, and decided to experiment with the paint (like all good white mice are expected to).

This book teaches about primary colours and how secondary colours are formed by mixing the primary colours together.

While this concept may be a little difficult for Samantha, the book is still useful for teaching the names of colours. She also loves the pictures of how the mice dance in the paint in order to mix it around on the paper!

Tabby McTat by Julia Donaldson

Tabby McTat

Hot on the tail of Samantha’s current cat craze phase, we bought this book by Julia Donaldson, which well exceeded our expectations for this fantastic author.

The story is about Tabby McTat, a busker’s cat, who got separated from his busker and went on to live his life and had little kittens of his own. Eventually he was reunited with the busker but had to face the dilemma of choosing between his family and the busker.

Again, like Pete the cat, there is a song in the story. The difference is that I can’t find an ‘official’ way of singing this song, so I always make up something that is reasonable sounding each time I read the book!

Pete the Cat I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin

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Recently I wanted to introduce Samantha to colours so I looked up the internet for toddler books about colours.

This book came up among my searches, and since it featured a cat on the cover, I thought that it would be a good choice since Samantha adores cats

I was not disappointed. This is a story of Pete the cat and his brand new, white shoes. Unfortunately he steps into various things that turn his shoes various colours.

Pete the cat sings as he walks around in his new shoes (the whole story with Pete’s songs can be found online), as we also get a opportunity to indulge in some song and dance while reading the book.

In summary, this is book with a cat, colours, music and lots of opportunities to dance around while reading the book. Great read for toddlers!