10 Of The Best Toddler Books That Belong In Your Home Library
Ah, the toddler reading stage – it’s THE BEST. There is nothing cuter than a tiny little toddler, who obviously can’t read, curled up with a book on the couch. As a toddler parent, you will read A LOT of books to your kiddo. Many of them over and over and over again. It can get to be a bit annoying, sure, but reading to your toddler is so incredibly important! Reading to your toddlers sets the foundation for independent reading, and helps expand their developing vocabulary. So you gotta do it. But it doesn’t have to be monotonous! By stocking your library with the best toddler books, you can make reading time fun for you both.
The best toddler books are the ones that never seem to get boring or annoying.
I am 37 and I could probably still read Where the Wild Things Are every single day.
The story of a young boy who runs away from home to an island filled with wild things is a timeless classic. “I’ll eat you up, I love you so!” never fails to warm my cold black heart.
Remember Raffi? His songs are perfect for toddlers, and Baby Beluga tops the list. The sing-song rhyming makes a great toddler book!
I used to listen to Raffi nonstop as a kid, and I still know all of his songs by heart. So this one is near and dear to me. But what makes it one of the best toddler books is the rhyming and adorable illustrations.
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? I SEE A CLASSIC BOOK THAT’S FUN FOR YOU AND ME. (See what I did there?)
We read this book so many times, for a while my youngest communicated in the same manner: “Mommy, mommy, what do you see? I see my needs a snack.” It was not as cute then as it is now, but the book is still stellar. A must-have in any toddler library.
Eric Carle gets two spots on the list of best toddler books, because how could we not include The Very Hungry Caterpillar?
Methinks so many toddlers love this insatiable caterpillar because they can relate to always being hungry. It’s nice when you can connect to the characters in your book on a deeper level, you know?
Site word books are crucial for growing a toddler’s vocabulary. The First 100 Board Book Box Set is a must-have.
The box set of these popular site word books contains The First 100 Animals, The First 100 Colors and Shapes, and The First 100 words. These are great for introducing your toddler to new words and sounds.
Some of the best toddler books help these little tyrants understand their tornado-like emotions. Baby Happy Baby Sad tells it like it is.
Even as their parents, we have a hard time understanding the way toddlers can run so hot and cold all the time, so imagine how it feels in their little brains?! They’ll definitely be able to relate to the range of emotions displayed in this book.
For purely sentimental reasons, Guess How Much I Love You needs to be in every toddler’s library.
Yep, you know the one. This book has wrecked moms for 10 years. It’s just so damn sweet, and the perfect book for getting your toddler to understand just how much you love them.
No list of the best toddler books would be complete without a couple of Dr. Seuss books.
Dr. Seuss is the quintessential kid’s book author, and the love for his rhyming books starts young. Get your toddlers off on the right foot with this collection of some of his best: The Cat in the Hat, Hop on Pop, Fox in Socks, Green Eggs and Ham, and One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. Yes, I know this is 5 books, but it’s a box set, so I’m including it.
Another classic on the list: Corduroy.
Isn’t is amazing how all the books from our childhood are still considered great books for our own kids? I absolutely remember reading Corduroy as a kid, and rereading it with my own girls was such a delight. The story of a bear waiting in a toy store for a child to be friends with never gets old.
Finally, the best books for toddlers can help explain parts of life that might be hard for a toddler to understand. The Family Book shows families of all different types, so every toddler can relate!
Maybe your family looks a bit different than other families. Or maybe you just want your kids to grow up to be empathetic, accepting people. This book teaches toddlers that families all look different, but all families love the same.