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Best Books For Toddlers - Introduce Them To The Fun Of Reading

Updated on November 28, 2012

The best books for toddlers have lots of pictures and simple story lines. Toddlers love books. They love to cuddle in their Mommy and Daddy's lap while a favorite book is being read to them.

The basic age of toddlers range from about 1 year old through age 3. They are no longer a baby but not yet a preschooler. Books are a great platform for teaching toddlers because they love to learn and love the attention book reading brings them.

Toddlers learn a lot from books. They learn the names for things. They learn colors and numbers. Toddler books can also teach texture and feelings. Books are an excellent way to combine both play and learning for toddlers.

To give a lifelong love of books to toddlers make book reading a special experience by doing a few if not all of the following:

  • Let the toddler choose the book for you to read.
  • Read slowly and clearly.
  • Snuggle them on your lap while reading so they feel safe, happy and comfortable.
  • Be animated when reading using emotions in your voice and facial expressions.
  • Invite participation from the toddler by asking questions and pointing out pictures in the book.
  • Make sure that your toddler feels like reading is fun because you enjoy it as much as he does.

This site provides a list of some of the best toddler books that a child will enjoy for a long time.

Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See?

Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See is a colorful and fun book written by Bill Martin Jr. and illustrated by Eric Carle. It is perfect for children who are just starting to learn colors and shapes and letter sounds. Kids love the rhyming words of the Brown Bear stories.

Pat The Bunny

Pat The Bunny is a classic touch and feel book written by Dorothy Kunhardt. Paul and Judy are characters in the book who participate in 8 activities which your toddler will also be able to experience through touch.

This book is good for toddlers and baby and will keep them interested in the book for a long time. Pat the Bunny is one of the most favorite children's book of all time.

Good Night Moon

Good Night Moon is written by Margaret Wise Brown with pictures by Clement Hurd. This book is a classic book that parents have used to put toddlers to bed for years and was originally created in 1947.

The book has pictures of familiar things around the house and the child says good night to each one. Good Night Moon will help a parent in establishing a bedtime routine for the toddler.

I Hear A Little Baa

I Hear a Little Baa was written by Elizabeth MacLeod. A little boy and his teddy bear go on a trip around the house and explore all the sounds of animals.

It is a fun book for toddlers who will love guessing and learning the different sounds that animals make as well as learning the names of animals.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is written and illustrated by Eric Carle. This book is about the adventures of a caterpillar as he changes into a butterfly.

It is very unique book for toddlers because it has plenty of different shapes and colors.

Hop On Pop

Hop on Pop is a favorite Dr. Seuss book. It contains a lot of rhyming words that toddlers love to hear.

Hop On Pop is one of the easiest books by Dr. Seuss and is great for this younger age group. The rhyming and repetition of short 3 letter words make it easy for children to remember and so they often learn the word of the book.

Where the Wild Things Are

Where the Wild Things Are is written by Maurice Sendak. It is a great story about a mischievous little boy named Max who wants to be the king of the wild things.

Max is sent to his room after doing something naughty and there his imagination comes alive and he dances with the animals. After a while Max wants to return home because he his homesick for his family. This story is a favorite amongst parents and children.

Books For Toddlers
Books For Toddlers


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    • ThePracticalMommy profile image

      Marissa 6 years ago from United States

      Great hub! I forgot about Hop on Pop. I'll have to go find my copy of it for my son. :)

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      Cindy A. Johnson 6 years ago from Sevierville, TN

      Great suggestions. I read all of these but one to my own child and children in my classroom. I had not heard of I Hear a Little Baa and will check it out. Voted up.

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      cardelean 6 years ago from Michigan

      Great tips for reading with your toddler and great list of books to get you started. Thanks for sharing them.

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Great selection--voted it up. I love toddler books. :)