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Best Books For 1 Year Olds

Introduce your toddler to the joy of reading with this list of the most beloved books for 1 year olds, compiled from major literary blogs and ranked based on how often they've been suggested by experts.

Recommendations from 37 articles, Richard Branson, Jonathan Ross, Rainn Wilson and 26 others.
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Dear Zoo
Rod Campbell - 2007-05-08 (first published in 1982)
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A beloved classic, Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell is a delightful lift-the-flap book where young readers discover the animals the zoo sends - from monkeys to lions to elephants. With bold artwork and a catchy refrain, this book is a charming addition to any child's collection.
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Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
Bill Martin Jr. - 1996-09-15 (first published in 1967)
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Adorable animal characters come to life in this charming children's book. With vivid and bold illustrations by Eric Carle, along with catchy and rhythmic writing by Bill Martin Jr., young readers will love joining the parade of a happy frog, a purple cat, a blue horse, and a yellow duck.
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Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown - 2007-01-23 (first published in 1947)
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Say goodnight to everything in the cozy, softly lit room with the little bunny tucked away in bed. This classic children's book is a perfect lullaby for the end of the day. With its quiet poetry and soothing illustrations, it's no wonder Goodnight Moon is a beloved favorite for generations of readers and a must-have for every bookshelf. Perfect for baby showers and other special events!
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Where Is Baby's Belly Button?
Karen Katz - 2000-09-01
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An interactive book that features adorable babies playing peekaboo. Follow along and lift the sturdy flaps to discover where baby's hands, eyes, and other body parts are hiding! Perfect for parents and children to enjoy together.
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The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Eric Carle - 1994-01-01 (first published in 1969)
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Follow the transformation of a hungry caterpillar as he munches his way through apples, plums, and more in this beloved classic children's book. From his tiny egg to his stunning transformation into a butterfly, experience the wonder of nature with stunning illustrations and a delightful story that has been passed down from generation to generation. Perfect for sharing with the little ones in your life, this audiobook will both delight and educate even the youngest listener.
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Moo, Baa, La La La!
Boynton - 2004-09-06 (first published in 1982)
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Discover a story filled with animal sounds that's perfect for reading aloud with children of all ages! This oversized edition of a beloved title from author Sandra Boynton is made of thick, sturdy board material that's great for sharing and laptime. Join three pigs who say "la la la" and other animals in this raucous, big fun adventure!
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The Pout-Pout Fish
Deborah Diesen - 2008-03-18
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Join Mr. Fish on a journey of self-discovery in this New York Times Best Seller. As he swims through the ocean with a permanent pout, his friends attempt to cheer him up. But will they succeed? Follow along and discover that there's more to life than being glum, all while enjoying playful rhymes and bright ocean colors in this fun fish story. Perfect for even the poutiest of readers.
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Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
Bill Martin Jr. - 1993-09-01
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Get ready to sing and dance with the lowercase alphabet in this rhythmic and rhyming baby book. Follow the adventure of A, B, and C as they climb to the top of the coconut tree, only to be joined by the rest of the gang. But what happens when the palm tree can't handle the weight of all 26 letters? Find out in this delightful tale filled with attitude and humor.
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Peek-A Who?
Nina Laden - 2000-02-01
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Peek-a-Who! is an interactive board book perfect for curious babies and toddlers. With colorful pictures and simple rhyming texts, it takes the beloved game and puts it in book form. Children will love guessing what's peeking through the die-cut windows and giggling all the way to the surprise ending. This fun and engaging book is a must-have for any baby's bookshelf and makes a great gift.
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Where's Spot?
Eric Hill - 1983-01-01 (first published in 1980)
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A beloved children's book that has lasted for decades, this classic lift-the-flap story follows young readers as they search for Spot. While encountering other animals along the way, children will delight in discovering where Spot ultimately ends up - safe and sound in his basket.
Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle
Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox
First 100 Words by Priddy, Roger [Priddy Books, 2005] Board book [Board book] by Priddy
We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt
Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker
Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae
Guess How Much I Love You BOARD by Sam McBratney
The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton
Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann
Counting Kisses by Karen Katz
Time for Bed by Mem Fox
Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson
On the Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman
Look, Look! by Peter Linenthal
Everywhere Babies by Susan Marla, Meyers Frazee
"More More More," Said the Baby by Vera B Williams
Baby Happy Baby Sadby Patricelli, Leslie[Boardbook] by Leslie Patricelli
Corduroy by Don Freeman
Each Peach Pear Plum by Allan Ahlberg
Press Here by Herve Tullet
Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney
The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown
Green Eggs and Ham by Seuss
I Love You to the Moon and Back by Amelia Hepworth
If Animals Kissed Good Night by Ann Whitford Paul
My First Library by Wonder House Books
The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin
Blue Hat, Green Hat by Sandra Boynton
Baby Signs by Joy-Allen
Orange Pear Apple Bear by Emily Gravett
Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson
Pajama Time by Sandra Boynton
Potty by Leslie Patricelli
All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon
Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? by Bill Martin Jr.
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin
I Love You Through and Through by Bernadette Rossetti-Shustak
Tiger Who Came To Tea by Judith Kerr
Owl Babies by Martin Waddell
Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown
Go, Dog. Go! by P. D. Eastman
Around the Farm by Mark Rader
Elmer by David McKee
The Mitten by Jan Brett
Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin
The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle
See, Touch, Feel by Roger Priddy
Are You My Mother ? by P. D. Eastman
Night Night Farm by Roger Priddy
Toes, Ears, & Nose! by Marion Dane Bauer
Wild Animals by Little Hippo Books
Little Feminist Board Book Set by Mudpuppy
Tails by Matthew van Fleet
Gossie by Olivier Dunrea
Besos for Baby by Jen Arena
TouchThinkLearn by Xavier Deneux
Do Cows Meow? by Salina Yoon
Will You Be My Sunshine by Julia Lobo
Global Babies by Global Fund For Children
Jane Foster's Black and White by Jane Foster
Hands Can by Cheryl Willis Hudson
Leo Loves Baby Time by Anna McQuinn
[Baby Love by Helen Oxenbury
My Very First Book of Numbers by Carle, Eric [Philomel,2006] by Carle
8 Little Planets by Chris Ferrie
The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
Hear Bear Roar by Editors of Phoenix International Publications
Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
Where Do Diggers Sleep at Night? by Brianna Caplan Sayres
Nursery Rhymes by Wonder House Books
Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert
Jamberry by Bruce Degen
But Not the Hippopotamusby Sandra Boynton[Boardbook] by Sandra Boynton
From Head to Toe by Eric Carle
Please, Baby, Please by Spike Lee
Olivia by Ian Falconer
Little You by Richard van Camp
SHEEP IN A JEEP by Nancy E. Shaw
Baby Beluga by Raffi
Ten Tiny Toes by Caroline Jayne Church
Noisy Farm by Rod Campbell
Where Is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox, Judy Horacek
Daddy Hugs 1 2 3 by Karen Katz
We Are Family by Patricia Hegarty
Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems
In the Tall, Tall Grass by Denise Fleming