We’ve come up with our top ten toddler books!
When reading to your toddler, you want to be as engaging as possible! To really get them interested, we have compiled a list of our favorite toddler books.
Just thinking about how to read to kids can be intimidating!
You want to sound like you know what you are doing. Pausing at just the right times, using funny voices, and keeping their attention.
We parents have these adorable visions of curling up on the couch with our focused toddler and calmly reading to them. Hysterical, isn’t it? In our post Improve Reading Comprehension For Kids – Shout It Out! we have even more pointers and tips to help you read to your kids.
First of all, find a quiet area away from distractions to read.
Have a few different books available in case your kid is in the mood for something different. You don’t want to lose this opportunity simply because they don’t want the book you picked. Toddlers like to feel like they are making the decisions. We know they aren’t, but letting them pick out the book is fun for them.
Sometimes kids like to read the same books over and over.
That’s totally okay! It’s exciting for them to recognize words and remember the story! This is the start of learning how to read! I have heard people say, “well they aren’t really reading, they just memorized it”. That is one of the steps in learning to read! Letter and word recognition are how it starts!
There are hundreds of great books for toddlers, but we have some favorites. Some old, some new, but all fantastic, fun reads!!
Here are our top ten toddler books, in no particular order….because they are all great!
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? By Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle
This is a classic board book that we are all familiar with, even if you don’t have kids! The colors are bold and bright, very eye catching! Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Is a favorite in pre school too. My kids did a fun art project about this book. They used different types of art mediums and supplies to create each page of the story! I specifically remember the yellow duck that was made with tissue paper! This easy to turn board book makes it fun for kids to read to themselves! Each page repeats itself but has a new colored animal. This repetition and memorization is a huge step in learning to read!
The Monster at the end of this Book by Jon Stone and Michael Smollin
This wonderful Sesame Street book came out in the early 1970’s and was greatly loved by all us parents who are now in our 40’s. My husband still has his copy from when he was a kid! Our kids loved this book, especially with their dad’s juvenile handwriting in it! The main character is Grover, the most non-scary monster ever, but that is what makes us laugh! He is so worried about the monster at the end, but we know better. Grover is determined to avoid this scary monster, how the plot leads to the end is hysterical! It will have your kids giggling and falling in love with Grover!
Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
Dear Zoo is a cute lift-the-flap book that is wildly popular with toddlers! Lift-the-flap books are always a hit because they are so interactive and have a surprise on every page! It’s like combining a toy and a book, who doesn’t love that? It’s like healthy chocolate cake….only that really doesn’t exist. In this story, a child writes to the zoo, asking for a pet. Toddlers can totally relate to this book, because in their innocent minds, they may just have a pet elephant one day! I myself would prefer a cute little monkey that could help me clean tough to reach places!
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr.Seuss
This is a classic favorite children’s book and is a must for all home libraries! Kids and adults alike love the silly ridiculous rhymes and pictures! Sam is determined to get his sad friend to try green eggs and ham. He thinks if he puts them in desirable situations, he won’t be able to refuse! Like would he eat them on a train or in the rain, on a boat or with a goat? Sam hounds his friend about just trying a bite of them until he can no longer refuse! Does he like them or not? You never can go wrong with any Dr.Seuss book, but this is one of my favorites by far!!
Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes
This is one of my personal favorite books for toddlers. It is very dear to my heart, it was given to us from my parents when our kids were babies. Kitten’s First Full Moon is beautifully illustrated in all black and white with an adorable story. This sweet naive kitten goes on a hunt for what he thinks is a giant bowl of milk in the sky. He tumbles, he falls, and is disappointed, but his hunt is happy in the end. This is a very tender book that requires a sweet, patient reading voice. This is a perfect book right before bedtime.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Another classic board book by Eric Carle that must be in your home library! A bright, colorful board book with easy to turn pages and an interactive bite hole from the caterpillar! Your toddler will love putting their fat pudgy finger through it! Kids love to see what yummy foods this caterpillar chomps through! This is a great book to help them build readers confidence. The simple words and story are easy to memorize and they can quickly read this fun book back to you!
Gossie by Olivier Dunrea
What an adorable sweet book about a yellow gosling and her red boots. She loves her red boots more than anything, but when they go missing, she is distraught! Toddlers can totally relate to this story! All toddlers go through a stage where they just have to be wearing their favorite shirt, or hat, or socks. And when those items go missing, or finally make it to the laundry, they cannot bear it!! I can recall many search parties for missing pieces of clothing that were their favorite at the time. What a relief when Gossie finds her precious boots!!
Hippos Go Berserk! By Sandra Boynton
One of my kids favorite board books, this hilarious book by Sandra Boynton stars a group of excited hippos! This is a perfect book for silly toddlers who are learning their numbers! They will laugh and learn all at the same time while the hippos get into all sorts of mischief. Sandra Boynton’s books are always fun to read, and her famous big-eyed, dramatic animals bring the words to life!
The Going To Bed Book by Sandra Boynton
Another great toddler book from Sandra Boynton. The goofy barnyard animals are at it again, but this time, it involves bedtime! Parents and toddlers alike love this book at bedtime! It gives a fun version of some bedtime rituals, making bedtime not so daunting for toddlers. Bedtime is always an issue with kiddos, this book helps make it fun and light. It is also a great reminder to toddlers that bedtime is what everyone does, and the process can be fun!
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault. Illustrated by Lois Ehlert
This is a bright, bold book that focuses on the letters of the alphabet all racing to get up a coconut tree! It is perfect for letter recognition, working on sounds and the building blocks of reading! The letters all take on their own personalities as they trip and stumble on each other throughout the book. The story rhymes and is very catchy! Your toddler will have this memorized in no time and will be a fast favorite! Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is a very fun read out loud book!
Our whole family has loved these books over the years and I hope yours will too!
Thank you so much for checking out our post, have a wonderful day!
Read on my friends, Kris:)