18 of Our Favorite Toddler Books!

By Nicole Irving, Publisher and Editor-In-Chief
Favorite Toddler Books

Your 2 or 3-year-old toddler will now begin to show interest in story lines and characters, rather than just drooling and eating their board books. Reading at this age is more of a bonding experience for you and your little one rather than a lesson in phonics and grammar, so have fun with it and choose titles and books that they can relate to and that also unleash their imagination. This is an important stepping stone toward a love of reading! Check out 18 of our favorite toddler books that your little one will love!

1. “What Do People Do All Day?” BY RICHARD SCARRY

This book teaches kiddos that everyone has their own role whether it be a firefighter, mailman, doctor or a mommy.

2. “Press Here” BY HERVE TULLET

This book is an interactive adventure that gives kids the opportunity to press, shake and tilt their way through the pages of the book.

3. “Llama Llama Mad at Mama” BY ANNA DEWDNEY

This book takes a task like shopping and helps make it fun for llama and mama.

4. “Green Eggs and Ham” BY DR. SEUSS

This book introduces Sam-IAm and explores the age-old story of trying something before refusing it.

5. “The Story of Ferdinand” BY MUNRO LEAF

This book tells a tale of a bull who would rather enjoy the smaller things in life than be forced to fight in bullfights.

6. “A Pocket for Corduroy” BY DON FREEMAN

This book takes a lost bear named Corduroy and follows him as he searches high and low for material to make a pocket of his own.

7. “Pat the Bunny” BY DOROTHY KUNHARDT

This book is a classic “touch and feel” book that lets children touch things like “daddy’s scratchy face” and the fur of a fake bunny.

8. “Guess How Much I Love You” BY SAM MCBRATNEY

This book lovingly shows how much Little Nutbrown Hare loves his daddy and how far Big Nutbrown Hare’s love for his son extends.


This book shows how one redheaded girl lives life in an orphanage and finds adventure in everything she does.

10. “The Little Engine That Could” BY WATTY PIPER

This book is a tale of one little engine that surprises everyone by completing a task no one thought was possible.

11. “The Rainbow Fish” BY MARCUS PFISTER

This book colorfully shines as he learns to make friends by sharing a little piece of him with everyone he meets.

12. “The Gruffalo” BY JULIA DONALDSON

This book is a heartwarming story about a mouse that always expects the worse from his predators, but ultimately gets the best from them.

13. “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” BY LAURA JOFFE NUMEROFF

This book hilariously shows that even once you get a mouse a cookie he will still need milk and a place to stay and so on.

14. “Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed” BY EILEEN CHRISTELOW

This book brings together five little monkeys that disobey mama and one by one fall off the bed.

15. “Make Way for Ducklings” BY ROBERT MCCLOSKEY

This book follows Mr. and Mrs. Mallard as they scope out just the right location for their little ducklings to call home.

16. “No, David!” BY DAVID SHANNON

This book lets it be known that even after all the bad things kiddos might get into, parents will still love you even if you misbehave.

17. “Olivia” BY IAN FALCONER

This book the piglet loves adventures so much that it tires her family out. She’s the perfect character to keep kids excited to try new things.

18. “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” BY BILL MARTIN JR.

This book introduces the alphabet to children in a unique and colorful way.


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