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The Best Books for Little Elmo Fanatics

by Jennifer Clare

Image credit: My Name Is Elmo! by Constance Allen, illustrated by Maggie Swanson

I have yet to meet a little kiddo who wasn’t completely enchanted by Elmo from “Sesame Street.” And really, what’s not to love? This short, smiley red monster is just as cute, cuddly, and delightful as your own little monster at home. Elmo is the embodiment of love, affection, and wonder in muppet form and parents, and their kids, can’t get enough of him.

If you have a Sesame Street-obsessed toddler, here are a few titles that will give your little one a screen-free Elmo fix.

  • My Name is Elmo

    by Constance Allen, illustrated by Maggie Swanson

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    Think you know everything there is to know about Elmo? Tiny tots will love discovering just how much they have in common with their favorite little red monster in this bright and cheerful Little Golden Book all about Elmo.

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  • Elmo’s Little Library

    by Sarah Albee, Constance Allen, and Deborah November, illustrated by Maggie Swanson and Tom Leigh

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    This four-pack of fun little stories is the perfect gift for Elmo lovers. Toddlers will get a kick out of Elmo’s Tricky Tongue Twisters, join the game in Elmo Says…, and giggle over the clever nursery rhymes in Elmo’s Mother Goose. It’s also great for on-the-go reading.

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  • K Is for Kindness

    by Jodie Shepherd, illustrated by Tom Brannon

    Elmo is working to earn his Monster Scout “K Is for Kindness” Badge! Join Elmo as he does good deeds around the neighborhood and learns what it means to be a kind person.

  • We’re Amazing 1, 2, 3!

    by Leslie Kimmelman, illustrated by MaryBeth Nelson

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    When Elmo and Julia meet Abby on the playground, Elmo helps Abby to understand why Julia, who is autistic, communicates a little differently. This story is a wonderful introduction to autism for kids and a lovely lesson in acceptance and inclusion.

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  • P Is for Potty

    by Naomi Kleinberg, illustrated by Christopher Moroney

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    When Elmo’s little cousin Albie comes to visit, he wants to do everything just like big boy Elmo — including use the potty. Filled with fun flaps to peek under, this encouraging little book also keeps potty-training kiddos entertained while sitting on the toilet.

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  • Time for Bed, Elmo!

    by Sarah Albee, illustrated by Maggie Swanson

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    One more drink of water and one more story too! Just like your own little one, Elmo has all kinds of tricks for avoiding bedtime. Fun rhymes that slow to a gentle rhythm once Elmo — and your own kiddo — is tucked in bed make this book a sweet and silly way to end the day.

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