Best Toddler Books

A Listmania! list by JB (Virginia, USA)
The list author says: "Our son (2 years old) loves books and so do we. Here are the best books that we have found thus far that we keep reading over and over again, and that both the toddler and the parents enjoy."
Bear Snores On
1.  Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson
The list author says:
  "What great sounds! Wonderful for reading out loud. Do not be scarred off by the amount of text per page, try reading it out loud to your baby and you may be surprised by the attention span you can get."
$13.77   Used & New from: $0.01
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (272 customer reviews)

We're Going on a Bear Hunt
2.  We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
The list author says:
  "A known camp song transformed into a wonderful book. Fun illustrations, great sound, and good tempo. "It's a bear!" was one of our son's first phrases."
$7.19   Used & New from: $0.01
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (268 customer reviews)

Good Night, Gorilla
3.  Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann
The list author says:
  "One of those books with almost no words, but illustrations that tell a great story. Gives us a chance to improvise while reading. This story of a gorilla who frees other animals and sneaks into the zoo keepers bed with them, makes me think of a child who brings stuffed animals and invades the parents' bed with them. :-)"
$4.88   Used & New from: $0.01
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (454 customer reviews)

How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night?
4.  How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? by Jane Yolen
The list author says:
  "In general the "How Do Dinosaurs ..." series by Jane Yolen is great. Great illustrations showing toddlers as dinosaurs and parents as human, together with great humorous text make this a winner."
$10.19   Used & New from: $0.01
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (292 customer reviews)

Dinosaur Dinosaur
5.  Dinosaur Dinosaur by Kevin Lewis
The list author says:
  "This book goes through a fairly typical toddler day (dinosaur as toddler) that our toddler can relate to. Great rhymes and rhythms as well as illustrations."
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Chugga Chugga Choo Choo
6.  Chugga Chugga Choo Choo by Kevin Lewis
The list author says:
  "In general, all Kevin Lewis books are just great! Wonderful rhymes, great themes, fun illustrations."
$11.30   Used & New from: $0.45
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (285 customer reviews)

Tugga-Tugga Tugboat
7.  Tugga-Tugga Tugboat by Kevin Lewis
The list author says:
  "So popular with our son that the cover got ripped off from enthusiastic frequent use, and had to be taped back on."
$11.93   Used & New from: $2.62
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

My Truck is Stuck!
8.  My Truck is Stuck! by Kevin Lewis
The list author says:
  "One of the very best books ever -- one of the few we had to buy a second copy of because it was (ab)used too much. In Kevin Lewis' books the illustrations often tell additional aspects of the story not mentioned in the text, which is fun to explore as well."
$12.92   Used & New from: $0.01
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (228 customer reviews)

One Duck Stuck: A Mucky Ducky Counting Book
9.  One Duck Stuck: A Mucky Ducky Counting Book by Phyllis Root
The list author says:
  "Animal sounds, counting, and helping are the themes of this book. It is a cross between "My Truck is Stuck" and "In the Small, Small Pond", so if your toddler enjoys those books, he or she will enjoy this one."
$6.29   Used & New from: $0.01
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)

In the Small, Small Pond
10.  In the Small, Small Pond by Denise Fleming
The list author says:
  "This book is full of movement and sound and critters. A winning combination."
$7.19   Used & New from: $0.01
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

I Went Walking
11.  I Went Walking by Sue Williams
The list author says:
  "Got this book around the time our son started walking, and he enjoyed it immensely."
$6.25   Used & New from: $0.01
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

Sheep in a Jeep
12.  Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy Shaw
The list author says:
  "Humorous romp."
$4.39   Used & New from: $0.01
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (242 customer reviews)

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale
13.  Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems
$10.83   Used & New from: $2.61
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (274 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The Wheels On The Race Car
14.  The Wheels On The Race Car by Alex Zane
The list author says:
  "Wheels on the bus song, transformed into a race track setting, with animals as drivers. What a hoot!"
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4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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Two Little Trains
15.  Two Little Trains by Margaret Wise Brown
The list author says:
  "A real train's journey compared to a toy train's progress. One of the best books ever, and it ends in a going to bed scene, so it makes a good nighttime story."
$6.29   Used & New from: $0.01
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

This Jazz Man
16.  This Jazz Man by Karen Ehrhardt
$13.59   Used & New from: $0.43
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

Not a Box
17.  Not a Box by Antoinette Portis
The list author says:
  "Very simple line drawings and very simple words, but oh how imaginative and definitely a favorite! Consider using a card board box and a stuffed animal as a prop while reading this book, but adding gestures and sounds also works (I yoddle when we get to the box is a mountain page)."
$9.80   Used & New from: $4.87
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
18.  Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin
$4.51   Used & New from: $0.01
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (701 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

The Very Hungry Caterpillar
19.  The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
$7.91   Used & New from: $0.01
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,187 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Ten Little Fingers (Nursery Time)
20.  Ten Little Fingers (Nursery Time) by Annie Kubler
$4.49   Used & New from: $0.01
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Counting Kisses: A Kiss & Read Book
21.  Counting Kisses: A Kiss & Read Book by Karen Katz
$4.41   Used & New from: $0.01
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (187 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Richard Scarry's Best Word Book Ever (Giant Golden Book)
22.  Richard Scarry's Best Word Book Ever (Giant Golden Book) by Richard Scarry
The list author says:
  "There is so much packed into this book, and our son can spend a long time identifying all kinds of pictures in this book."
$9.03   Used & New from: $0.27
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (285 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

Dora Climbs Star Mountain (Dora the Explorer)
23.  Dora Climbs Star Mountain (Dora the Explorer) by Alison Inches
The list author says:
  "Probably our favorite Dora book."
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Dora's Book of Manners (Dora the Explorer 8x8 (Quality))
24.  Dora's Book of Manners (Dora the Explorer 8x8 (Quality)) by Christine Ricci
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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)

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Good Night, Dora!: A Lift-the-Flap Story
25.  Good Night, Dora!: A Lift-the-Flap Story by Christine Ricci
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Where Is Boots?: A Lift-the-Flap Story (Dora the Explorer)
26.  Where Is Boots?: A Lift-the-Flap Story (Dora the Explorer) by Kiki Thorpe
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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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Dora's Color Adventure! (Dora the Explorer)
27.  Dora's Color Adventure! (Dora the Explorer) by Phoebe Beinstein
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Baby Dance (Harper Growing Tree)
28.  Baby Dance (Harper Growing Tree) by Ann Taylor
The list author says:
  "Not just for babies. Our toddler loves to point out the baby in the book, and to be moved by his parents like the baby is moved by her dad in Baby Dance."
$6.29   Used & New from: $0.01
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

Fisher Price Let's Go On a Class Trip Lift the Flap (Fisher-Price Little People)
29.  Fisher Price Let's Go On a Class Trip Lift the Flap (Fisher-Price Little People) by Carol Monica
The list author says:
  "Sturdy flaps that are hard to distroy. Good pictures and themes."
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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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Christmas in the Barn
30.  Christmas in the Barn by Margaret Wise Brown
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3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Block City
31.  Block City by Robert Louis Stevenson
The list author says:
  "Wonderful poem. Great illustrations. For any toddler who loves blocks, and for any parent who has imagination and wants to encourage it in their child."
$12.75   Used & New from: $1.25
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

How Big is the World?
32.  How Big is the World? by Britta Teckentrup
The list author says:
  "Wonderful story, and beautiful illustrations. Beloved bedtime story."
Used & New from: $5.01
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Toy Boat
33.  Toy Boat by Loren Long
$13.53   Used & New from: $0.01
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

Where's the Dragon?
34.  Where's the Dragon? by Jason Hook
$7.07   Used & New from: $0.01
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

The Kiss That Missed
35.  The Kiss That Missed by David Melling
The list author says:
  "This week we seem to be reading only this book. Luckily it is a very good one. :)"
Used & New from: $0.48
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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Last updated: 9/2/08
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