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Best Toddler Books

Dive into a collection of the most cherished toddler books, curated from leading book blogs and publications, based on frequent recommendations and acclaim.

Recommendations from 78 articles, Jimmy Fallon, Richard Branson, Sarah Silverman and 47 others.
Best Toddler Books
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Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? book cover
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.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar book cover
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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Press Here
Herve Tullet - 2011-03-30 (first published in 2010)
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A delightful and interactive book perfect for young readers and toddlers! Press the yellow dot on the cover and follow the instructions for an imaginative journey filled with surprises. With each page, children will be encouraged to press, shake, and tilt the book to see what happens next. A fun way to teach cause and effect, this unique picture book will keep kids giggling with delight as the dots multiply and change direction. Perfect for read-aloud fun for all ages, especially children ages 4-8.
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Little Blue Truck
Alice Schertle - 2008-05-01
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Join Blue, a tenacious little pick up truck, as he braves a muddy country road and gets stuck trying to help out a friend. Luckily, Blue's farm animal friends are up to the challenge and lend a helping hand - or hoof. This charming book is packed with fun truck sounds and animal noises, and celebrates the bonds of friendship and the joy of lending a helping hand.
Recommended by
Rachel Martin
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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!
Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site book cover
Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site
Sherri Duskey Rinker - 2011-04-20
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A vibrant and soothing board book perfect for small hands! This #1 New York Times bestselling children's book is a surefire bedtime favorite for truck-crazy kids everywhere. With gentle rhyming text and vibrant illustrations, even the toughest readers will want to rest their wheels and drift to sleep with this sweet story. Don't miss out on the long-awaited sequel, Mighty, Mighty, Construction Site, available for preorder now!
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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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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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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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We're Going on a Bear Hunt
Michael Rosen - 2003-01-01 (first published in 1989)
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Join a family on their exciting bear hunt journey through grass, rivers, mud, and even a snowstorm in this award-winning classic storybook. This gorgeous gift edition features a stunning snow scene cover, making it a perfect gift for bear-lovers and brave hunters everywhere. Will you come along on this thrilling adventure?
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Jeremy Corbyn
The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton
Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae
Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
Corduroy by Don Freeman
Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney
Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann
First 100 Words by Priddy, Roger [Priddy Books, 2005] Board book [Board book] by Priddy
The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson
I Love You, Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt
Where Do Diggers Sleep at Night? by Brianna Caplan Sayres
Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Guess How Much I Love You BOARD by Sam McBratney
Where's Spot? by Eric Hill
The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin
The Napping House by Audrey Wood
Potty by Leslie Patricelli
Little Blue Truck's Christmas by Alice Schertle
In My Heart by Jo Witek
The Feelings Book by Todd Parr
Counting Kisses by Karen Katz
Jamberry by Bruce Degen
The Monster at the End of this Book by Jon Stone
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
I Love You Through and Through by Bernadette Rossetti-Shustak
I Like Myself! by Karen Beaumont
The Book with No Pictures by B. J. Novak
Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie Book by Laura Numeroff
Moo, Baa, La La La! by Boynton
A Little Stuck by Oliver Jeffers
From Head to Toe by Eric Carle
Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? by Bill Martin Jr.
Go, Dog. Go! by P. D. Eastman
Yummy Yucky by Leslie Patricelli
The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown
Grumpy Bird by Jeremy Tankard
By Roger Priddy Fall by Roger Priddy
Mouse's First Fall by Lauren Thompson
How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? by Jane Yolen
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems
Mix It Up by Herve Tullet
The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper
Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert
Bunny Roo, I Love You by Melissa Marr
Freight Train by Donald Crews
Global Babies by Global Fund For Children
Five Silly Turkeys by Salina Yoon
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
It's Okay To Be Different by Todd Parr
Where Is Baby's Belly Button? by Karen Katz
Open the Barn Door, Find a Cow by Christopher Santoro by Christopher Santoro
Dr. Seuss's Beginner Book Collection by Dr. Seuss
Green Eggs and Ham by Seuss
The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore
Peekaboo Morning by Rachel Isadora
The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Audrey Wood
Whistle for Willie by Ezra Jack Keats
Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh
Baby University Board Book Set by Chris Ferrie
Where Is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox, Judy Horacek
Fletcher and the Falling Leaves by Julia Rawlinson
Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson
Each Peach Pear Plum by Allan Ahlberg
The Very Cranky Bear by Nick Bland
Hands are Not for Hitting by Marieka Martine, Heinlen Agassi
My Friend is Sad by Mo Willems
Little Leaders by Vashti Harrison
The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
If Animals Kissed Good Night by Ann Whitford Paul
One Morning in Maine by Robert McCloskey
Pete the Cat by James Dean
The Mitten by Jan Brett
Are You My Mother ? by P. D. Eastman
The Circus Ship by Chris van Dusen
Little blue box of brigth and early by Dr. Seuss
How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett
Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty
Here We Are Notes For Living On Planet by Illustrated Oliver Jeffers Oliver Jeffers
Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
Grumpy Monkey by Suzanne Lang
Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems