Science tells us that young children develop best when they are read to. In this follow-up to Read to Your Baby Every Day, soothe your toddler with retellings of traditional folk tales, fairy tales, and fables from around the world paired with images of Chloe Giordano’s charming hand-embroidered illustrations on cloth.
Every tale is the perfect length to read aloud to your toddler before bedtime and carries a message of empathy, friendship, and care for the world around us. Bond with your toddler and help them grow as you read to them these timeless stories:
THE THREE WISHES, Scandinavia
THE ANT AND THE GRASSHOPPER, Ancient Rome BRER RABBIT AND THE WELL, North America
HOW THE BEAR LOST HIS TAIL, Iroquois
THE MAGIC PEAR TREE, China
WHY THE BANANAS BELONG TO THE MONKEY, Brazil
THE FISHERMAN AND THE GENIE, Syria
THE RAINBOW SERPENT, Indigenous Australia
THE STONECUTTER, Japan
KING MIDAS, Ancient Greece
THE CLEVER LITTLE TURTLE, Mexico
ANANSI AND THE TURTLE, Caribbean
THE SCRUFFY DUCKLING, Denmark
A BAG FULL OF STORIES, Cambodia
THE MICE AND THE ELEPHANTS, India
THE FEAST, Mali
SNOWFLAKE, THE SNOW CHILD, Russia
WHY CATS CHASE MICE, Nigeria
THE LION AND THE THORN, Ancient Greece
HOW THE WREN BECAME KING OF THE BIRDS, Ireland
Lucy Brownridge is an author and editor of children's books based in London. She writes books for children about history of art, history, animals, and science. She has an MA in history of art from the Courtauld Institute of Art and a BA in history of art from the University of Bristol.
Chloe Giordano began to sew in the last year of her illustration degree at the University of the West of England, and since graduating in 2011 she has continued to experiment with freehand embroidery, using sewing thread and hand dyed fabrics to make her work. Read To Your Baby Every Day and Read to Your Toddler Every Day are illustrated with her hand-embroidered artwork. Her clients include Penguin, Vintage Books, Bloomsbury, Liberty, and the BFI. Originally from Buckinghamshire, she now lives and works in York.