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Best books for 1-2 year olds

A. McGrath
The list author says: "I spent hours on the internet trying to find suggestions for the best books for my daughter. This list is our favorites at the moment, roughly covering 12-24 months. I find the most popular books at present are the ones with strong rhymes, nice pictures, and the right amount of text per page - too much writing and she wants to skip ahead.
We don't have TV, so none of them are books of syndicated characters (Dora, etc). For now I prefer she learn "blue train", rather than "Thomas the Tank Engine"
Hope this is helpful to someone."
Where's My Teddy?
Where's My Teddy?
"This is the overwhelming favorite at present. It rhymes, has animals, and a happpy ending. We have recently ordered his other books."
Duck & Goose, 1, 2, 3
Duck & Goose, 1, 2, 3
"For some reason Duck and Goose are very appealling, and this is so well read, she can now "read" it to me. We also love the other Tad Hills - Opposites and What's up Duck, and have just ordered the new one "Duck and Goose Find a Pumpkin""
One Woolly Wombat
One Woolly Wombat
"I'm Australian, so she received lots of aussie books as gifts. This is the curent favorite. Again, it rhymes, with great pictures, and silly ideas. Love it."
Faster Faster Nice And Slow
Faster Faster Nice And Slow
"We found this at the library on a trip to Australia, and it was literally the only book we read all week. Great rhymes and colourful pictures, as well as the opposite concepts."
I'll See You in the Morning
I'll See You in the Morning
"This is a board book with a lovely, drifting poem for going to bed. Delightful soft pictures, with a parent reassuring a child with things like "the night is just a blanket that helps the earth to sleep". We read this most nights, and have done for 6 months now. Just the right amount of text per page too."
Goodnight Moon
Goodnight Moon
"everyone knows this book - but it is still worthy of a mention. Great rhymes, lots to look for in the room, it is a classic for a reason!"
Who Sank the Boat? (Paperstar)
Who Sank the Boat? (Paperstar)
"Another aussie one - an unexpected story that little kids love because after the first time through, they know the answer. Great rhymes, with a little poetic repetition."
I Love You, Good Night
I Love You, Good Night
"Another going to bed book, a longtime favorite. Great rhymes, cute pictures, and phrases that you can use all day - "I love you like boots love splashing in puddles""
Peek-A Who?
Peek-A Who?
"This one should really be a bit young for her now - it is quite simple, but she still loves it and picks it out. She loves that she knows what the next page is, and when I say "peek-a" she adds the "zoo" or "choo choo", etc."
My First Opposites Board Book (My 1st Board Books)
My First Opposites Board Book (My 1st Board Books)
"For some reason, the My First series are very appealing. We have four, and almost every day I find her "reading" one of them to herself. Must be something about the style of the pictures that grabs her attention."
First Words (Bilingual Bright Baby) / Primeras Palabras (Bebe Listo) (Spanish Edition)
First Words (Bilingual Bright Baby) / Primeras Palabras (Bebe Listo) (Spanish Edition)
"We were given this series - First Words, Colours and Animals, and again they are all ridulously popular with her. (I had great hopes of using them to teach her some spanish words, but my own Spanish is noon existent, so that was a bit of a failure!)"
First Thousand Words Sticker Book English (First Thousand Words Sticker Books)
First Thousand Words Sticker Book English (First Thousand Words Sticker Books)
"We travel a LOT, more than 40 flights since she was born, and it is really hard to carry enough fat board books to keep her happy on a 14 hour flight. This book is great for that - lots and lots of pictures. We have the paperback, not the stickerbook, but it is the same idea. And there is a duck hidden on each page, so she gets to play a little game too."
Amazing Baby: Baby, Boo!
Amazing Baby: Baby, Boo!
"This book was an instant hit from the day we got it at about 10 months. She still loves it. I keep expecting her to grow out of it as it is quite simple, but she still picks it out."
Jamberry
Jamberry
"A great fun book, crazy rhymes and a rolicking feel. She loves to find the animals mentioned in the text."
Good Dog, Carl
Good Dog, Carl
"This book has no text, only pictures. She will ask to have it read by me, and her father, I think realising that it will be different every time."
I Love You Through And Through
I Love You Through And Through
"When we read this one we do all the actions - "I love your giggles"..."and cries"... which she thinks is hilarious as she does a fake laugh and cry."
Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb (Bright & Early Books)
Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb (Bright & Early Books)
"Let's face it, anything by Dr Seuss is a hit, this one is particularly good for younger readers."
Hop on Pop  (I Can Read It All By Myself)
Hop on Pop (I Can Read It All By Myself)
"another Dr Seuss classic"
My Many Colored Days
My Many Colored Days
"A little known Dr Seuss, a bit less crazy than most. This one associates emotions with colours, and has the loveliest pictures of animals to go with the emotion, so "on purple days I'm sad, I groan, I drag my tail, I walk alone" - with a dinosaur. Wonderful rhymes, and helps a toddler name the feeling"
Ten Tiny Tickles
Ten Tiny Tickles
"Karen Katz has such adorable pictures, this is no exception. We do the tickles throughout, to much hilarity, and she now knows which is coming next."
Each Peach Pear Plum (Picture Puffins)
Each Peach Pear Plum (Picture Puffins)
"An overlooked classic - lovely intricate pictures, wonderful rhyming text, and the child gets to search each picture for the character, eg "Each peach pear plum, I spy Tom Thumb". Next page then features that character, plus the next character hiding, eg "Tom Thumb in the cupboard, I spy Mother Hubbard"."
Bear Snores On (The Bear Books)
Bear Snores On (The Bear Books)
"Just a tiny bit too much writing for 18 months, but getting better every day, and she still loves it but wants to turn the page a bit too fast. Lovely text, great rhymes, gorgeous pictures."
We're Going on a Bear Hunt: Anniversary Edition of a Modern Classic
We're Going on a Bear Hunt: Anniversary Edition of a Modern Classic
"She loves to do actions to this one, which makes it a bad choice for bedtime! Singsong style, lots of movement, and a dog and a bear - all favorite things"
Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? (Brown Bear and Friends)
Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? (Brown Bear and Friends)
"The classic is Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See. This is the same style but endagered animals. We have and love both (as well as Polar Bear Polar Bear What Do You Hear)"
I Don't Want To Kiss A Llama!
I Don't Want To Kiss A Llama!
"Met the author at the zoo one day and ended up buying the book. Crazy pictures, and a funny rhyming story, we read this one a lot."
How Do Dinosaurs... Pocket Library
How Do Dinosaurs... Pocket Library
"We started with How Do Dinosaurs Count to Ten" and it was an immediate success, much to my surprise. So when I found this little set of four Dinosaur books perfectly sized for little hands, I bought it. They have been read over and over, and it is a great size for travel so gets taken everywhere."
Orange Pear Apple Bear
Orange Pear Apple Bear
"We borrowed this from a library in Ireland, and ended up renewing it for the entire 6 weeks. She loved the repetition, and the slight variation in the pictures. I am thinking of buying it at home now."
Dear Zoo
Dear Zoo
"Another classic - great flaps, cute story, and lots of animals."
But Not the Hippopotamus (Boynton on Board)
But Not the Hippopotamus (Boynton on Board)
"Sandra Boynton has many classics, this one is my daughter's all time favorite but we have lots of others too. Funny rhyming story, with a surprise end."
That's Not My Teddy (Usborne Touchy-Feely Board Books)
That's Not My Teddy (Usborne Touchy-Feely Board Books)
"There are dozens in this series - Teddy, Penguin, Plane, Bunny, etc etc. By all rights they are for babies not toddlers, but my daughter still flicks through them. It's a pretty quick flick now! so I wouldn't recommend buying them if your child is closer to 2, but for a younger child they are great."
Charley Harper ABCs: Skinny Edition
Charley Harper ABCs: Skinny Edition
"We have the normal edition ABC's (not the skinny) and the 123's, both have gorgeous drawings that adults won't mind seeing again and again. And some less usual animals for the letters, eg C is for Crab"
Eco Babies Wear Green
Eco Babies Wear Green
"ok, this one is more that I like introducing her to the concepts. The eco babies in the book do lots of things - recycle, carpool, turn off the lights. No rhymes, but modern looking pictures, cute babies, and repetition. There is a whole series now - Urban Babies wear Black, etc, all cute."