Great Books for Toddlers

Toddlers are all about seeing, talking, moving, and doing, so the books on this list are all about participation, exploration, and excitement. Enjoy!

J BOARDBK TAYLO Taylor, Ann Baby Dance
This playful poem has a father and child dancing lovingly across sturdy boardbook pages. Try singing the words in this book to your child, making up your own tune or using a familiar one, like "Hush Little Baby".
J BOARDBK PATRI Patricelli, Leslie Baby Happy, Baby Sad
Toddlers enjoy these bright, bold illustrations. Giving name to the feelings the baby in the book experiences may help your child express their feelings in words.
JE FLEMI Fleming, Denise Barnyard Banter
All the farm animals are where they should be, clucking and mucking, mewing and cooing, except for the missing goose. Encourage your child to make the animal sounds with you.
JE WOOD Wood, Audrey Blue Sky
A boy and his monkey watch the sky throughout the day. Relate the depictions of the sky in the book to what you see throughout YOUR day.
JE CAMPB Campbell, Rod Dear Zoo
Share this simple story with your toddler. Allow him or her to guess what animals are in the boxes before you lift the flaps.
JE EDWAR Edwards, Karl Fly!
A young fly imitates his garden insect friends to try to figure out what he's best at. Have your toddler wiggle, roll, and jump along to this fun story!
JE CREWS Crews, Donald Freight Train
Simple shapes, bright colors, a clean design, and TRAINS make this a perfect book to share with toddlers. Talk about the colors, the shapes, the names of the cars -- you are building your child's vocabulary!
JE CARLE Carle, Eric From Head to Toe
This is an active book, perfect for active toddlers! Act out the movements in this book with your child. And be sure to exclaim "I can do it, too!"
JE BROWN Brown, Margaret Wise Goodnight Moon
Your child loves to hear the sound of your voice. This classic book is perfect for reading slowly and gently, just before bedtime.
JE BAICK Baicker, Karen I Can Do It Too!
A child finds that with the help of her family, she can do many things! This is a simple story to share with your toddler, and includes many things you can pretend to do as you read. Try making up your own story together of other things your child can do.
JE WHEEL Wheeler, Lisa Jazz Baby
You won't be able to help bouncing and moving to the beat of the words in this book! Have fun with the sounds and the rhythm, and know that you're helping your child learn to hear and recognize the sounds in our language.
KIT J155.422 18-24 MOS., #6 Kits for Kids: Baby Boosters, 18-24 Months
Kits contain 8 age-appropriate books for toddlers, a parent guide and a DVD or music CD. Look for more Kits for Kids at the library!
J398.8 BROWN Brown, Marc Marc Brown's Playtime Rhymes
Rhymes and fingerplays are such fun! Share some of the rhymes in this book with your youngster. Feel free to stop after one or two, or repeat the same one over and over (and over!) Rhymes make reading fun, and they also help children learn to hear and recognize the sounds in our language.
JE BRAUN Braun, Sebastien Meeow and the Big Box
Meeow, a black cat, plays with a big box. But is it JUST a box? After reading this book with your child, brainstorm other things that could be made out of a box -- and then do it!
JE SHEA Shea, Bob New Socks
You can't help but catch the excitement about Leon the chicken's new socks. The bold illustrations are sure to capture your attention. Be sure to point out the text as you it them so your child associates that print with the words you are reading.
JE STEIG Steig, William Pete's a Pizza
What do you do when Pete's in a bad mood? When it is raining and he cannot go out and play? Turn him into a pizza, of course!
JE WEBB Webb, Steve Tanka Tanka Skunk
This book uses animal names to introduce rhythmic language and rhyme, as Tanka the elephant and his friend Skunk play drums to keep the beat. You and your child won't be able help bouncing and clapping and rhyming along!
JE TRAPA Trapani, Iza The Itsy Bitsy Spider
There are many wonderful picture books based on nursery rhymes and songs. Try making up your own motions to the new verses in this book.
J782.42164 HORT Hort, Lenny The Seals on the Bus
In this parody of the popular song "Wheels on the Bus", a variety of animals make their own sounds as they ride all around the town on a bus. Try making up your own verses to this version of the song with your child.
JE CARLE Carle, Eric The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Talk about what you see on the page, not just the words printed, it will help your child get ready to read! You could enjoy this book with a different focus at every reading - counting, foods, butterfly life cycle, eating and growing, the possibilities are endless!
JE GARCI Garcia, Emma Tip, Tip, Dig, Dig
A parade of colorful construction vehicles doing their work means plenty of joyful noise! But what is being built? Find out as you and your toddler share this action-packed book together!

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