Thursday, February 21, 2013

Grug-Inspired Reading List for Your 2- to 5-Year Old

Grug is a fictional character who burst onto the scene in 1962 in a series of Australian children's books by the author Ted Prior. As the story goes, "Grug began his life as the top of a Burrawong tree…” Resembling a small, striped haystack with feet and a nose, he is fascinated by the world around him and solves everyday problems creatively and without fuss. When dancing instructions are too difficult to understand, Grug invents his own dance and calls it "The Grug."

Love Grug and want to find books that remind you of him? Check out these fantastic titles, all with a particular Grug-like feel to them. Just like the production now playing at The New Victory Theater, every book on this list is also appropriate for ages 2-5.

Great Books About Nature! 
Baby Bear Sees Blue by Ashley Wolff
In a gentle homage to Blueberries for Sal, a baby bear and its mommy explore the sights, smells, and colors of the world around them. A perfect snuggle/cuddle book.
The Noisy Counting Book by Susan Schade, illustrated by Jon Buller
All this boy wants to do is fish quietly in a pond, but nature has a crazy way of getting in the way when it wants to. A readaloud favorite!

Fabulous Books About Gardening
Plant a Little Seed by Bonnie Christensen
How long does it take for a single tiny seed to grow into a great big beautiful plant? Join these two friends and find out for yourself!
And Then It’s Spring by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Erin E. Stead
Springtime is all about patience and waiting, particularly for one young boy and the things he’s planted in his backyard.

Magnificent Books About Loving the Earth
The Curious Garden by Peter Brown
A polluted city landscape is transformed when a single boy finds a way to make a garden grow in the most unlikely of places.
Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
It’s a color but it’s also a state of mind. See how a simple look at the different kinds of green turn into a subtle message about keeping that color alive and well. 

Elizabeth Bird is currently New York Public Library's Youth Materials Collections Specialist. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. You can follow Elizabeth on Twitter @FuseEight or email her at

This blog was created in coordination with the New York Public Library.

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