Best books for 1-2 year olds

A Listmania! list by A. McGrath (Arizona, USA)
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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?
1.  Where's My Teddy? by Jez Alborough
The list author says:
  "This is the overwhelming favorite at present. It rhymes, has animals, and a happpy ending. We have recently ordered his other books."
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Duck & Goose, 1, 2, 3
2.  Duck & Goose, 1, 2, 3 by Tad Hills
The list author says:
  "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""
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One Woolly Wombat
3.  One Woolly Wombat by Rod Trinca
The list author says:
  "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."
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Faster, Faster! Nice and Slow!: A First Book of Oppposites. Nick Sharratt, Sue Heap
4.  Faster, Faster! Nice and Slow!: A First Book of Oppposites. Nick Sharratt, Sue Heap by Sue Heap
The list author says:
  "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."
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I'll See You in the Morning
5.  I'll See You in the Morning by Mike Jolley
The list author says:
  "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."
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Goodnight Moon
6.  Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
The list author says:
  "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!"
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Who Sank the Boat? (Paperstar)
7.  Who Sank the Boat? (Paperstar) by Pamela Allen
The list author says:
  "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."
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I Love You, Good Night
8.  I Love You, Good Night by Jon Buller
The list author says:
  "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""
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Peek-A Who?
9.  Peek-A Who? by Nina Laden
The list author says:
  "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."
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My First Opposites Board Book (My 1st Board Books)
10.  My First Opposites Board Book (My 1st Board Books) by DK Publishing
The list author says:
  "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."
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First Words (Bilingual Bright Baby) / Primeras Palabras (Bebe Listo) (Spanish Edition)
11.  First Words (Bilingual Bright Baby) / Primeras Palabras (Bebe Listo) (Spanish Edition) by Roger Priddy
The list author says:
  "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!)"
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First Thousand Words Sticker Book English (First Thousand Words Sticker Books)
12.  First Thousand Words Sticker Book English (First Thousand Words Sticker Books) by Heather Amery
The list author says:
  "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."
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Amazing Baby: Baby, Boo!
13.  Amazing Baby: Baby, Boo! by Emma Dodd
The list author says:
  "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."
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Jamberry
14.  Jamberry by Bruce Degen
The list author says:
  "A great fun book, crazy rhymes and a rolicking feel. She loves to find the animals mentioned in the text."
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Good Dog, Carl
15.  Good Dog, Carl by Alexandra Day
The list author says:
  "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."
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I Love You Through And Through
16.  I Love You Through And Through by Bernadette Rossetti-Shustak
The list author says:
  "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."
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Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb (Bright & Early Books)
17.  Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb (Bright & Early Books) by Al Perkins
The list author says:
  "Let's face it, anything by Dr Seuss is a hit, this one is particularly good for younger readers."
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Hop on Pop  (I Can Read It All By Myself)
18.  Hop on Pop (I Can Read It All By Myself) by Dr. Seuss
The list author says:
  "another Dr Seuss classic"
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My Many Colored Days
19.  My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss
The list author says:
  "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"
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Ten Tiny Tickles
20.  Ten Tiny Tickles by Karen Katz
The list author says:
  "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."
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Each Peach Pear Plum (Picture Puffins)
21.  Each Peach Pear Plum (Picture Puffins) by Janet Ahlberg
The list author says:
  "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"."
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Bear Snores On (Classic Board Books)
22.  Bear Snores On (Classic Board Books) by Karma Wilson
The list author says:
  "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."
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We're Going on a Bear Hunt: Anniversary Edition of a Modern Classic
23.  We're Going on a Bear Hunt: Anniversary Edition of a Modern Classic by Michael Rosen
The list author says:
  "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"
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Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See?
24.  Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin
The list author says:
  "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)"
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I Don't Want To Kiss A Llama!
25.  I Don't Want To Kiss A Llama! by Byron von Rosenberg
The list author says:
  "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."
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How Do Dinosaurs... Pocket Library
26.  How Do Dinosaurs... Pocket Library by Scholastic
The list author says:
  "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."
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Orange Pear Apple Bear
27.  Orange Pear Apple Bear by Emily Gravett
The list author says:
  "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."
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Dear Zoo
28.  Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
The list author says:
  "Another classic - great flaps, cute story, and lots of animals."
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But Not the Hippopotamus (Boynton on Board)
29.  But Not the Hippopotamus (Boynton on Board) by Sandra Boynton
The list author says:
  "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."
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That's Not My Teddy (Usborne Touchy-Feely Board Books)
30.  That's Not My Teddy (Usborne Touchy-Feely Board Books) by Fiona Watt
The list author says:
  "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."
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Charley Harper ABCs: Skinny Edition
31.  Charley Harper ABCs: Skinny Edition by Charley Harper
The list author says:
  "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"
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Eco Babies Wear Green
32.  Eco Babies Wear Green by Michelle Sinclair Colman
The list author says:
  "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."
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