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Toddler Read-Alouds


Here are some stellar read-alouds for toddlers. Many have action, repetition, and silly tones--perfect for ages 18 months to 3-years-old.






Na, Il Sung
JE NA

While other animals sleep at night, some quietly and others noisily, some alone and others huddled together, a wide-eyed owl watches.
Davis, Nancy
JE DAVIS

Opposites abound in a colorful garden, including a closed bud, an open blossom, a short caterpillar, and a long snake.
Henkes, Kevin
JE HENKE

A bird, a fox, a dog, and a squirrel overcome minor setbacks to have a very good day.
Allen, Kathryn
JE ALLEN

Explores the meanings of different actions, expressions, words, and sounds, from a kiss and a clap to a wave and a yawn.
Dowdy, Linda Cress
JE DOWDY

Simple, rhyming text explores different kinds of kisses.
Wolff, Ashley
JE WOLFF

Leaving the den as the weather warms, Baby Bear discovers blue birds, red strawberries, orange butterflies, and other colorful things in nature.
Fleming, Denise
JE FLEMI

All the farm animals are where they should be, clucking and mucking, mewing and cooing, except for the missing goose.
Fleming, Denise
JE FLEMI

Illustrations and rhyming text reveal the great variety of beetles and their swirling, humming, crashing activities.
Stickland, Paul
JE STICK

Artistic renderings of different kinds of bugs illustrate opposites. A large pop-up completes the story.
Baker, Keith
JE BAKER

Big Fat Hen counts to ten with her friends and all their chicks.
Henkes, Kevin
JE HENKE

Fascinated by the colors, shapes, sounds, and movements of the many different birds she sees through her window, a little girl is happy to discover that she and they have something in common.
Wood, Audrey
JE WOOD

Throughout the day and into the night, a boy and his family observe the constantly changing sky.
Cronin, Doreen
JE CRONI

Rhyming text offers advice on the best ways for toddlers to bounce.
Martin, Bill
JE MARTI

Children see a variety of animals, each one a different color, and a teacher looking at them.
MacLennan, Cathy
JE MACLE

Discover the delights of spring in this joyful rhythmic story.
Horacek, Petr
JE HORAC

Thomas, Jan
JE THOMA

A ladybug invites the reader to play a game of "let's pretend."
Walton, Rick & Ann
JE WALTO

Rhymed text and illustrations show all the things that cars do when they play.
Cauley, Lorinda Bryan
JE CAULE

Rhyming text instructs the listener to find something yellow, roar like a lion, give a kiss, tell a secret, spin in a circle, and perform other playful activities along with the human and animal characters pictured.
Fleming, Denise
JE FLEMI

The antics of lively and colorful animals present the numbers one to ten, twenty, thirty, forty, and fifty.
Campbell, Todd
JE CAMPB

Each animal arriving from the zoo as a possible pet fails to suit its prospective owner, until just the right one is found. Movable flaps reveal the contents of each package.
Bee, William
JE BEE

Digger Dog loves to dig up bones - the bigger the better. But for the biggest bone in the world, what will Digger Dog need? The biggest digger in the world, of course! All through the story, the diggers get bigger, the hole gets deeper and there is the most fantastic fold-out surprise at the end!
Hall, Algy Craig
JE HALL

A cumulative story finds a hungry dinosaur munching and crunching and searching for lunch until his appetite leads him to a buzzing noise, a hop, and a wriggle before he encounters a big surprise.
Stickland, Paul & Henrietta
JE STICK

Illustrations and rhyming text present all kinds of dinosaurs, including ones that are sweet, grumpy, spiky, or lumpy.
Taback, Simms
J567.9 TABAC

The reader is invited to guess which dinosaur is hiding beneath fold-outs that reveal a succession of clues.
Barton, Byron
JE BARTO

In prehistoric days there were many different kinds of dinosaurs, big and small, those with spikes and those with long, sharp teeth.
Seeger, Laura Vaccaro
J571.8 SEEGE

WHICH CAME FIRST? The chicken or the egg? Simple die-cuts magically present transformation-- from seed to flower, tadpole to frog, caterpillar to butterfly.
Christelow, Eileen
JE CHRIS

Five little monkeys sitting in a tree discover, one by one, that it is unwise to tease Mr. Crocodile.
Root, Phyllis
JE ROOT

Horacek, Petr
JE HORAC

Wake up with Flip the Penguin. Turn the pages to see how he spends his colorful day.
Crews, Donald
JE CREWS

Clear bright illustrations show all the cars of a train bringing the reader the excitement of movement through day and night, country and city.
Carle, Eric
JE CARLE

Encourages the reader to exercise by following the movements of various animals; presented in a question and answer format.
Emberley, Ed
JE EMBER

Die-cut pages through which bits of a monster are revealed are designed to help a child control nighttime fears of monsters.
Brown, Margaret Wise
JE BROWN

Goodnight to each of the objects in the great green room: goodnight chairs, goodnight comb, goodnight air.
Genechten, Guido Van
JE GENEC

Hudson, Cheryl
JE HUDSO

Photographs and simple, rhyming text present different things that hands can do, such as hold things, mix things, and wave goodbye.
Martin, Bill
JE MARTI

Owners of human bodies celebrate them by pointing out various parts and mentioning their functions, from "hands for catching and throwing" to the "skin that bundles me in."
Gardiner, Lindsey
JE GARDI

Poppy imitates a host of animals, splashing like a duck, roaring like a tiger, and bouncing like a kangaroo, and her dog Max joins in the fun.
Baker, Keith
JE BAKER

Rhythmic text expands on the Mother Goose rhyme, including a variety of animals that react as the clock strikes one through twelve.
McCarty, Peter
JE MCCAR

Hondo the dog gets to go to the beach and play with his friend Fred, while Fabian the cat spends the day at home.
Thompson, Lauren
JE THOMP

Rhyming text, accompanied by labeled illustrations that identify parts of the body, encourages readers to wiggle and twist, stomp and zig-zag, and hug and shrug.
Baicker, Karen
JE BAICK

Supported by her family, an African American girl is self confident about what she can do and in turn supports a younger family member.
Schofield-Morrison, Connie
JE SCHOF

On a trip to the park with her mother, a young girl hears a rhythm coming from the world around her and begins to move to the beat, finally beginning an impromptu dance in which other children join her.
Murphy, Mary
JE MURPH

A little penguin shares its favorite things with the one it loves most.
Dodd, Emma
JE DODD

Easy-to-read text celebrates the many kinds of bugs that can be found in a backyard.
Emberley, Rebecca
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Monsters sing their own version of this popular song that encourages everyone to express their happiness through voice and movement.
Warhola, James
JE WARHO

Jungle animals sing the verses of this popular song that encourages everyone to express their happiness through voice and movement.
Schumaker, Ward
JE SCHUM

In this garden the reader learns to count from one watering can to ten snails, from twenty weepy onions to fifty cherry pies and even to 233 peas.
Fleming, Denise
JE FLEMI

Rhymed text presents a toddler's view of creatures found in the grass from lunchtime until nightfall, such as ants, bees, and moles.
Thomas, Jan
JE THOMA

Chicken's cow visitors try to jump, dance, and wiggle on his couch, which is much too tiny for such exuberant activities.
Wheeler, Lisa
JE WHEEL

Baby and his family make some jazzy music.
Fischer, Scott
JE FISCH

From bugs and frogs to alligators and whales, frightened animals always move out of the way of a larger opponent.
Thompson, Lauren
JE THOMP

A little frog makes increasingly bold leaps out into the world, and then comes back to his mother after each excursion.
Fox, Mem
JE FOX

The reader is invited to count goats of many shapes, sizes, hobbies, and professions.
Borenstein, Ruth
JE BORNS

Little Gorilla's family and friends try to help him overcome his special growing pains.
Srinivasan, Divya
JE SRINI

Little Owl enjoys a lovely night in the forest visiting his friend the raccoon, listening to the frogs croak and the crickets chirp, and watching the fog that hovers overhead.
Henkes, Kevin
JE HENKE

As he hops along a little rabbit wonders what it would be like to be green as grass, tall as fir trees, hard as rocks, and flutter like butterflies.
Janovitz, Marilyn
JE JANOV

A snail starts a chain reaction involving many animals when it slips off a branch and hits a bird.
Uff, Caroline
JE UFF

Lulu enjoys many activities during the day, including drawing a picture, visiting the park, and reading a bedtime story.
Fleming, Denise
JE FLEMI

A very hungry mouse eats a large lunch comprised of colorful foods.
Cousins, Lucy
JE COUSI

Maisy the mouse and her animal friends cool off on a hot day in Maisy's wading pool.
Cousins, Lucy
JE COUSI

In a dream, Maisy sees different things for each color of the rainbow.
Fleming, Denise
JE FLEMI

While two kittens copy everything their mother does, their brother naps.
Shapiro, Arnold L.
JE SHAPI

Illustrations and simple text describe the ways various animals communicate, such as "Owls hoot," "Pigs squeal," and "Bees buzz."
Gravett, Emily
JE GRAVE

A rhyming tale about the antics of a little girl and her stuffed monkey.
Byron, Barton
JE BARTO

Sam describes in loving detail his car and how he drives it.
Minor, Wendell
JE MINOR

Simple, rhyming text describes the characteristics of different farm animals. Includes "Farm friends fun facts" and books and websites for further reading.
Rollings, Susan
JE ROLLI

A little girl delights in a world full of all different kinds of shoes--especially the new shoes she gets to wear to a party.
Shea, Bob
JE SHEA

A chicken is filled with excitement and self-confidence when he dons a new pair of orange socks.
Dodd, Emma
JE DODD

In rhyming text, a baby elephant is assured of being loved unconditionally.
Schaefer, Lola M.
JE SCHAE

Mia's big brother Spencer never seems to have time to play with her. But with a little imagination and lot of love, Mia shows Spencer it's a lot more fun to be busy together.
Weeks, Sarah
JE WEEKS

From morning to night, a young child playfully grabs and throws items, including a bathtime rubber ducky and snacktime raisins.
Isadora, Rachel
JE ISADO

A toddler plays peek-a-boo throughout the day.
Larranaga, Ana Martin
JE LARRA

Although they are different from each other and sometimes get mad at each other, Pepo the pig and Lolo the chicken are very good friends.
Steig, William
JE STEIG

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!
Suen, Anastasia
JE SUEN

A young boy creates an imaginary world filled with zooming cars, flashing traffic lights, and racing fire engines.
Hamilton, Kersten
JE HAMIL

When a school bus gets stuck in the mud, Red Truck the tow truck saves the day by pulling it out.
Liwska, Renata
JE LIWSK

When Lucy gets a new red wagon she wants to play with it immediately, but first she must use it to bring vegetables home from the market for her mother.
Hort, Lenny
J782.42164 HORT

Different animals--including seals, tigers, geese, rabbits, monkeys, and more--make their own sounds as they ride all around the town on a bus.
Fleming, Denise
JE FLEMI

Mouse invites the reader to shout out what he or she knows as they review numbers, letters, and easy words.
Wood, Audrey
JE WOOD

A rhyming story of Silly Sally, who makes many friends as she travels to town--backward and upside down.
Horacek, Petr
JE HORAC

Suzy longs to be different from all the other geese, but learns that imitating a lion may not be the best way to express her individuality.
Fox, Mem
JE FOX

Rhyming text compares babies born in different places and in different circumstances, but they all share the commonality of ten little fingers and ten little toes.
Reiser, Lynn
JE REISE

Puppies from one to ten are counted and sorted according to their different features.
Miller, Virginia
JE MILLE

Bartholomew and George, two bears, and Little Black Kitten enjoy the apple tree in the garden and count its shiny red apples.
Katz, Karen
JE KATZ

Family members awaken a baby with tickles, from one little tickle on a lovely sleepy head to ten tiny tickles on chubby, tubby toes.
Bauer, Marion
JE BAUER

Which is the cutest critter in the land? Real-life photographs of baby bears, wolves, raccoons, and other animals lead children to the answer.
Parr, Todd
JE PARR

Celebrates the love one person has for another, whether they are dancing or strolling, on snowy days and sunny ones, no matter what.
Carle, Eric
JE CARLE

Follows the progress of a hungry little caterpillar as he eats his way through a varied and very large quantity of food until, full at last, he forms a cocoon around himself and goes to sleep.
Kerley, Barbara
J910 KERLE

"What do you want to be when you grow up?" is a question kids get asked over and over. But very few connections are made for kids between the present and the future. This book shows kids a pathway from their current interests and talents to a future career or interest. And in so doing, it also encourages adventure, exploration, and discovery, three core principles of National Geographic's mission. It's a celebration of possibility--so simple and so profound.
Lawrence, John
JE LAWRE

A little chick shows that he can make the sounds of the animals in his neighborhood.
Galdone, Paul
J398.8 GALDO

Three kittens lose, find, dirty, and wash their mittens. Includes suggestions for classroom activities.
Rosen, Michael
JE ROSEN

With a tramp and a roll and a swat, Great Big Elephant, Great Big Hippo, and Great Big Tiger try to capture Tiny Little Fly as he teases each one in turn.
Garcia, Emma
JE GARCI

A parade of colorful construction vehicles doing their work means plenty of joyful noise! From the crane that lifts, lifts, lifts to the bulldozer that push-push-pushes, to the steamroller that rolls, rolls, rolls, every machine here makes it own special sound.
Appelt, Kathi
JE APPEL

For ages 1 1/2 and up.
Garcia, Emma
JE GARCI

Kids will love joining in with the sounds, reading them aloud as they watch a little red jeep, big blue van, and big yellow taxi pass by. What do you get when all these vehicles make their distinctive sounds at the same time?
Lacome, Julie
J398.8 LACOM

In this traditional English nursery rhyme, a young boy imagines various animals following him through the jungle.
Rosen, Michael
JE ROSEN

Brave bear hunters go through grass, a river, mud, and other obstacles before the inevitable encounter with the bear forces a headlong retreat.
Thomas, Jan
JE THOMA

A group of animals is terrified at the prospect of being sat upon by the imposing Fat Cat, until the mouse comes up with a solution that satisfies everyone.
Hill, Eric
JE HILL

A mother dog finds eight other animals hiding around the house before finding her lost puppy. Flaps conceal the animals.
Davis, Katie
JE DAVIS

Names animals which don't hoot, buzz, squeak, roar, or quack and also names creatures which do make these sounds.
Davis, Katie
JE DAVIS

Lists creatures that hop, fly, slither, swim, and crawl, as well as some others that don't.
Timmers, Leo
JE TIMME

Easy-to-read text invites the reader to guess which animal is driving each of seven vehicles based on how they are dressed, then reveals their destinations and the vehicles' sounds.