Books are by far one of my favorite things to buy and receive for my little girls! Being a book worm myself I hope to instill in my girls a love of reading. I have read every day with them since they were newborns and it is such a productive and sweet quite time activity. There are so many amazing children’s books available but here are a few of my favorite toddler books. If you have a baby, see my must-have baby books list to start your library.
- Green Eggs and Ham, Dr. Seuss – My girls could listen to me read this book over and over. They think it’s hilarious. And you really can’t go wrong with Dr. Seuss.
- Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do you See? (and its sister books Panda Bear, Panda Bear and Polar Bear, Polar Bear), Bill Martin Jr./Eric Carle – We love the slide and find version of this book. The girls take turns sliding the door to find out what animal is next. It’s also a good one for toddlers to “read” by themselves because it’s easily memorized.
- Guess How Much I Love You, Sam McBratney – If you want a tear jerker, you’re in the right place. This story of Big Nutbrown Hare and Little Nutbrown Hare trying to express their love for each other is such a sweet story that kids and adults will both love.
- Little Critter, Mercer Mayer – My girls laugh and laugh at these books. There are so many darling books in this series. We love My Trip to the Hospital, Just Shopping With Mom, and Just Go To Bed.
- If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, Laura Joffe Numeroff – A mouse making a whole bunch of messes?! What toddler wouldn’t love reading all about this silly mouse? This will become a favorite at your house if it is not already.
- I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly, by Alan Mills, pictures by Abner Graboff – One of my favorites from my childhood! This particular version of I Know an Old Lady has become one of my girls’ favorites as well. In this version, illustrations by Abner Graboff are creative, intriguing and take me way back.
- The Mixed-Up Chameleon, Eric Carle – This book always makes my girls laugh. They also love learning about the different animals included in the book. The message of wanting to be yourself is also good for toddlers to learn early on.
- Itsy Bitsy Spider, Kate Toms – I love Kate Toms fun illustrations and so do my kids. This book is a new take on the traditional nursery rhyme and is sure to keep your toddler interested.
- Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses, Kimberly and James Dean – This book not only has a great message, it has a catchy rhythm that toddlers will love listening to. Bright pictures and interesting characters will leave your kids wanting to read it again.
- Pinkalicious, Victoria Kann – Although this book is not very educational (besides the extended vocabulary), it is extremely imaginative. It is also pretty girlie, so boys might not be as excited about it. Its popularity has recently boomed and you will see why when you read it to your kids.
So there are just a few of my favorite toddler books. I usually opt for the board version of a book if available. My girls are still young and I cringe anytime they turn a paper page. Eventually a nice hardback collection would be great, but for now we love wearing out those board books.
What are your must-have toddler books? Let us know in the comments below!