115 Best Books For Toddlers: Our Family Favorites!

best books for toddlers

Books are a MAJOR hit and an essential part of our home! From even before having children we started a children’s book collection and are constantly adding to that collection. It is so dangerous when Jessica passes any book section at stores because she is bound to stop and find something new for our boys. What a perfect way to help our boys develop a love of learning, through supplying them with new stories and the ability to embark on magical adventures. 

Our boys really do LOVE books and we frequently find them sitting down on their own looking through books, or bringing us some to read to them! Our 5-year-old is reading on his own and really soaks in learning through books. Our 3-year-old enjoys looking through books as he pretends to read them, and our 1-year-old daily will bring us a book and climb on our laps to listen. Our proud parent hearts beam!

What Are the Best Toddler Books?

Our children book collection

Since there seems to be an obsession with books in our home, we have built a huge and constantly growing collection. Here is a list of our top 115 favorite children’s books! Check them out!

Best Board Books

Best board books
  • Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
  • Clap Your Hands by Lorinda Bryan Cauley
  • Brown Bear Brown Bear by Bill Martin 
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle 
  • ‘Cause I Love You by Jan Carr
  • Melissa and Doug Poke-A-Dot books
  • Busy Bear books by Benji Davies 
  • There’s a Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone

Best Sing Along Books 

Best sing along books
  • Snuggle Puppy by Sandra Boynton
  • Perfect Piggies by Sandra Boynton
  • Baby Beluga by Raffi
  • Down By the Bay by Raffi
  • 123 Do the Dinosaur by Michelle Robinson
  • Wheels on the Bus by Raffi
  • Little Blue Truck Beep Along Book by Alice Schertle 
  • Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault

We have found many YouTube videos for these books to help us learn the tunes. Check them out!

Best Fun Stories Books

best fun stories
  • Now That’s a Hat by Heath McKenzie
  • The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Audrey and Don Wood
  • Napping House by Don and Audrey Wood 
  • Silly Sally by Audrey Wood 
  • If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff 
  • If You Give a Moose a Muffin by Laura Joffe Numeroff
  • Corduroy by Don Freeman
  • I’m a Dirty Dinosaur by Janeen Brian 
  • Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
  • Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems 
  • Froggy Books by Jonathan London 
  • The Wonky Donkey by Craig Smith 
  • Inside a Barn in the Country by Alyssa Satin Capucilli

Best Dr. Suess Classics 

Best Dr. Seuss
  • Green Eggs and Ham
  • Go Dog Go
  • Mr. Brown Can Moo
  • Are You My Mother
  • Wacky Wednesday
  • Maybe You Should Fly A Jet! Maybe You Should Be a Vet!
  • The Nose Book
  • Dr. Suess ABC
  • There’s A Wocket in My Pocket

Best Educational books

  • Cat in the Hat Learning Library
  • Nibbles Numbers by Emma Yarlett
  • Nibbles Colors by Emma Yarlett
  • Morris Goes to School by B. Wiseman

Most of the books we have listed in the next interactive books section are also educational!

Best Interactive Books

Best interactive books
  • Lifesize by Sophy Henn
  • Lifesize Baby Animals by Sophy Henn
  • Kane Miller’s Alfie and Bet’s ABC 
  • Kane Miller’s Dotty and Dash’s 123
  • The Usborne Big Book of Numbers 
  • Usborne Lift the Flap Colors
  • Usborne Lift the Flap Numbers
  • Usborne Lift the Flap ABC
  • Kane Miller’s Yoga Animals 
  • Move by Lolly Hopwood, YoYo Kusters, and Luke Flowers
  • Usborne Big Book of Nursery Rhymes  

Most of the books listed in this section are from the company Paper Pie. See our Bonus section below for more information about sweet books from this company.

Best Books About Emotions

  • Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae
  • Pout Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen 
  • Where Happiness Lives by Barry Timms 
  • Table Manners for Tigers by Zanna Davidson
  • Miss Molly’s School of Kindness by Zanna Davidson
  • The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
  • The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn

Best Bedtime Stories 

best bedtime books
  • Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown 
  • Goodnight Baseball by Michael Dahl
  • Time for Bed by Mem Fox 
  • Steam Train Dream Train by Sherri Duskey Rinker 
  • Goodnight Goodnight Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker

Best 5 Minute Collections

best 5-minute story
  • Disney 5 Minute Mickey Mouse Stories 
  • Disney 5 Minute Fairy Tales 
  • 5 Minute Disney Pixar Stories 
  • The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That 5 Minute Stories Collection
  • Daniel Tiger 5 Minute Stories 
  • More Daniel Tiger 5 Minute Stories 
  • 5 Minute Little Critters Stories 
  • Little Critter Classic Collections
  • Winnie the Pooh 5 Minute Stories 
  • Curious George 5 Minute Stories 
  • Paw Patrol 5 Minute Stories Collection
  • 5 Minute Berenstain Bears Stories 
  • Bluey 5 Minute Stories 
  • 5 Minute Sleepy Time Stories 

Best Holiday Books

Valentine’s Day

  • The Biggest Valentine Ever by Steven Kroll 
  • Happy Valentine’s Day Mouse by Laura Numeroff 
  • Little Blue Truck’s Valentine by Alice Schertle 
  • Happy Valentine’s Day Curious George by N. Di Angelo 
  • Llama Llama I Love You by Anna Dewdney 
  • Construction Site: You’re Just Right by Sherri Duskey Rinker

Easter

  • Celebrating A Christ-Centered Easter Children’s Addition by Emily Belle Freeman
  • Construction Site: Spring Delight by Sherri Duskey Rinker
  • Happy Easter Mouse by Laura Numeroff
  • Little Blue Trucks Springtime by Alice Schertle

Halloween

  • Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman
  • Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson
  • Little Blue Trucks Halloween by Alice Schertle
  • The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda D. Williams
  • Corduroy’s Best Halloween Ever by Don Freeman

Thanksgiving 

  • Night Before Thanksgiving by Natasha Wing
  • Llama Llama Gives Thanks by Anna Dewdney
  • Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson
  • Happy Thanksgiving, Biscuit by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
  • Gratitude is My Superpower by Alicia Ortego
  • What is Thanksgiving by Michelle Medlock Adams

Christmas

Best holiday books
  • The Mismatched Nativity by Merrilee Boyack
  • The Christmas Story by Patricia A. Pingry
  • Star Bright, Christmas Night by Hannah C. Hall
  • The Story of Christmas by Patricia A. Pingry
  • Frosty the Snowman by Jack Rollins 
  • The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Suess 
  • What is Christmas by Michelle Medlock Adams 
  • The Sweet Smell of Christmas by Patricia Scarry 
  • You are Special by Max Lucado
  • Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
  • The Wishing Tree by Meika Hashimoto
  • 5 More Sleeps ‘Til Christmas by Jimmy Fallon 
  • Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer by Rick Bunsen 
  • Construction Site on Christmas Night by Sherri Duskey Rinker

Bonus: Our Favorite Book Brand!

Paper Pie (Formerly Known as Usborne Books and More)

paperpie logo
from paperpie.com

Seriously this company has hundreds of amazing, top-quality books that are not only educational but very capturing, interactive, and fun! If you have never heard of these books check out their website and even see through almost any of their books on YouTube! This company has a very broad library containing anything from picture books, books and stories for young readers, and books for teenagers.

We have tons of these books in our home and they are definitely some favorites! These books are very good quality and every book has bright illustrations to really capture the attention of any age group. We also love that these books are interactive and educational while also being enjoyable. Paper Pie really knows how to make learning fun!

5 Ways To Help Your Children Love Books

toddlers reading

Create a Reading Routine

Establishing a consistent reading routine from an early age helps children associate books with an excitement for learning and imagination. Incorporate regular reading times into daily activities, such as bedtime stories or a dedicated reading hour. Consistency fosters a sense of anticipation and security, making reading a cherished part of their daily lives. We try to sit down with our boys daily to read and again for a bedtime story before bed as part of our nightly routine.

Build a Diverse Library

Offer a wide variety of books to cater to different interests and age-appropriate content. A diverse library introduces children to various genres, characters, and cultures, allowing them to discover what resonates with them. Having access to a range of books nurtures curiosity and ensures there’s always something exciting to explore. We try to consistently provide new books and we love watching our boys’ eyes light up when we pull out a brand-new book to add to our collection!

Make it Interactive

Engage children in the reading process by making it interactive and enjoyable. Encourage them to ask questions, predict what might happen next, or even act out scenes from the story. Use different voices for characters, allowing them to experience the narrative in a dynamic and entertaining way. Incorporate props or related activities to enhance their connection with the story. It is also fun to read aloud in various atmospheres! Make a blanket fort to lay under or climb onto the trampoline while reading. Get creative and make it an enjoyable experience for your children!

Visit Libraries and Bookstores

Cultivate a sense of adventure and discovery by taking children to libraries and bookstores. Let them explore shelves, choose their own books, and participate in library programs or storytelling sessions. Creating positive associations with these spaces contributes to their overall love for books and fosters a sense of community around reading. Our boys love it when we take them to our public library for reading time. They also take such pride in being able to check out their own picked stories!

Lead by Example

Children often mirror the behavior of adults around them. Demonstrate a love for books by letting them see you read regularly. Whether it’s a novel, a magazine, or even an e-book, showcasing your own enthusiasm for reading sends your child a powerful message. Discuss your reading experiences with them, recommending books you enjoyed or sharing interesting facts you’ve learned.

How Can Books Benefit Your Toddler?

child reading on a chair

Books are like magical portals that open up a whole world of wonders for toddlers. They are not just about words on paper but about adventure, imagination, and learning. 

Exposure to books at a young age enhances language acquisition, vocabulary, and comprehension skills. As toddlers listen to stories, they absorb new words, phrases, and grammatical structures, laying the groundwork for effective communication. 

Beyond language development, reading to toddlers is a powerful bonding experience that nurtures emotional connections between caregivers and children. We find the time we read to our boys a special one as we cuddle up on the couch or in bed and get to share a special bond together. Our boys are very busy and active, but reading time is so nice to slow down and have that connection with them. It’s really some of our favorite parts of the day.  

Books are another great activity for children to look at and read during independent playtime. We try to encourage our boys to frequently spend time with books when we might need to get things done around the house. What better way for kids to spend some free time than reading books?

Alternatives To Books

Kids Audio Players are a great alternative to hard copy books because they still provide much learning that comes from books. The biggest downside is that children won’t be seeing written words. However, the stories provided will still promote much imagination and vocabulary development! These are the top 3 children’s audio players we have found to be great options depending on your children!

Yoto

yoto
from yoto.com

Yoto has an amazing collection of over 800 different Yoto cards with content from popular toddler books like the Magic Treehouse series and much more! Read our review of Yoto to learn more!

Storypod

storypod
from storypod.com

Storypod is another really fun way for kids to interact with books and other audio content! We own a Storypod and love how many of the stories on the Storypod will ask our kids questions to help them with reading comprehension! Storypod’s crafties that contain much of the storypod content are also super fun toys for our kids! Read our Storypod review for more details!

Tonie Box

Toniebox review
From toniebox.com

Toniebox is a super popular kids’ audio player! They have so much fun Disney content for kids to listen to a fun story about their favorite characters! Read our review of Toniebox to learn more!

Conclusion/Wrapping Up

Books have become such an integral part of our daily lives that it is no wonder our boys love books! We have recently finished reading the Magic Tree House collection as a family and our boys have really loved cuddling up before bed to jump into a world of imagination! It is our goal in the near future to create our own Magic Tree House reading nook! We have a dream to create a custom tree house within our home where our boys can escape to a whole new world of possibilities through books!

Make reading exciting and it will become natural for your children to feel the same!

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