Having trouble keeping your toddler busy? Try picking up a fun, engaging book with them! Reading a book to your toddler is a fantastic way to teach them new things and to help improve their language and literacy development.
Now, you may be thinking, “Where do I even start?” With all the information out there about children’s books, it can be hard to figure out which ones are the best for your little one. Through extensive research, I have compiled a list of the most popular and all-time best books for both you and your toddler (under two) to enjoy! Here are my top books for toddlers:
1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
A classic by Eric Carle!
Let your toddler follow the journey of this bright and colorful caterpillar while he munches his way through a variety of foods, eventually turning into a beautiful butterfly. Not only does this book have a cute storyline, but it helps toddlers learn about different types of foods. It also allows them to feel the little holes where the hungry caterpillar ate his way through the book, which is a fun and especially engaging feature.
2. Baby Beluga by Raffi
This book is great because it has a sing-a-long song that goes with it. Singing encourages and supports a toddler’s speech, which makes Baby Beluga the perfect book for early learning! Plus, there are super cute illustrations of all kinds of Arctic animals.
3. Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
First published in 1982, this book has been a timeless hit among toddlers! Filled with interactive flaps that open up to cheery zoo animals, Dear Zoo is sure to stimulate your child’s brain.
4. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle
This book offers minimal text and plenty of vibrant animal pictures. Because of the rhyming and repetition throughout this book, your little one will be drawn to it and may even start to memorize the pages over time. Soon enough, your toddler might be the one reading to you!
5. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
Putting your toddler to bed? Reading Goodnight Moon to your child is the perfect way to soothe them to sleep. Follow along as a little bunny slowly says goodnight to each and everything, one at a time, in his room. The soothing poetry and lulling illustrations of this book will surely relax your toddler!
6. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault
Another book by Bill Martin Jr., who just so happens to be called “America’s favorite children’s author.” Let your toddler learn their ABCs straight from the coconut tree! Chicka Chicka Boom Boom enhances letter recognition in your child which may help them master the alphabet.
7. Press Here by Herve Tullet
Because of today’s society, your child may see you tapping away on your smartphone or tablet. Instead of handing them a tablet to keep them occupied, go through this book with them! Watch as your toddler “presses” the colorful dots that magically transform colors, sizes, and quantity from page to page.
8. Potty by Leslie Patricelli
It’s bound to happen one way or another! Teach your child the right way to go “potty” with the help of this fun, humorous book. Potty provides a step-by-step process that your toddler can follow along to. Not only does this children’s book teach potty training, but the thought process of deciding to go on the potty as well!
9. Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
This tender tale follows along as a baby bunny and daddy bunny try to counter each other’s love for one another. Overflowing with affection, Guess How Much I Love You truly captures the loving dialogue between a parent and their child. Bonus: this book looks great in a nursery!
10. Where’s Spot? by Eric Hill
This book is super colorful, has interactive flaps, and has a puppy as the main character. What more could you want? This book is also great for teaching toddlers spatial concepts like under, behind, and in. Where’s Spot? is the perfect way to educate and entertain your child at the same time!
Top Books for Toddlers
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