Toddler Books: Best-Selling Author Laura Numeroff Talks Jelly Beans, Toddlers Who Rip Books, and Why It's So Important to Read With Your Kid

Suzanne Murray
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Laura Numeroff and fans at a Sleepy's Bedtime Stories event

The story inside New York Times best-selling author Laura Numeroff's latest book The Jellybeans and the Big Book Bonanza, is meant to promote a love of reading among kids.

In our house, as in millions of others, Numeroff has already single-handedly done that with such favorites as If You give a Mouse a Cookie and If You Give a Moose a Muffin, to name a few.

The release of her new book has her busy doing readings and hobnobbing with the toddler set, but she took some time out from the fun to complete some sentences we began for her at for The Stir.

Being the youngest of three sisters made me ... a lot more independent and creative. Because I was a lot younger than them, I often spent time by myself reading.

Of all my books, I had the most fun writing ... The Jellybeans and the Big Book Bonanza. 

My favorite books when I was a toddler were ...   Eloise and Stewart Little.

My favorite kid’s book now is ...  Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester.

When toddlers rip pages and color in books ... it shows the book is well loved! Though I would rather kids read the books.

Parents should read to their toddlers at bedtime because
... children with reading skills are the most likely to do well in school later. In fact, 20 minutes a day makes a big difference to increase a child’s literacy. Plus, there’s nothing better than cuddling up in a cozy bed with your child and reading a bedtime story.

Books make kids ... more creative, adventurous, and excited to learn.

My favorite jelly bean flavor is
... popcorn.

Do you read to your child every night? Why not get started? If you go to Sleepy's Bedtime Stories and make a pledge to read to your child for 20 minutes every night, you'll be supporting Sleepy’s contribution to First Book, a nonprofit organization that puts books in the hands of kids that can't afford them. You don't have to give any money, just your word that you'll read to your kid. Sleepy's is providing new books to families in need so more children will have access to reading.

While you're there, enter  for a chance to win lunch with Laura Numeroff in New York City.

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