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Our Favorite Baby and Toddler Books

B and Z's mommy
The list author says: "This is a list of the books that my toddler son has loved, that I have loved right along with him. Each of them has been tested at our house and passed with flying colors. Mostly board books with a few others thrown in."
Busy Monkeys (A Busy Book)
Busy Monkeys (A Busy Book)
"Photos of monkeys doing funny things, and text that tells us what they are doing. This is a series and we are hoping to check out Busy Doggies soon."
Hug
Hug
"A lovely little picture book with very few words –perfect for dialogic reading. The happy ending will leave you smiling."
Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? Book of Wonderful Noises (Bright & Early Books)
Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? Book of Wonderful Noises (Bright & Early Books)
"A Seuss classic, abridged for the board book version. This one has been a favorite for a very long time – it has staying power."
Jamberry
Jamberry
"This one is just fun to read: “Rumble and ramble through blackberry bramble…” Tells the story of a boy and a bear on their blueberry, strawberry, blackberry and raspberry picking adventures. Very cool illustrations. Not a board book, but such a favorite I had to include it."
Baby Faces (Look Baby! Books)
Baby Faces (Look Baby! Books)
"Babies and toddlers love to look at other babies and toddlers. This one deals with some basic emotions, and the different faces that go along with them."
Baby Colors (Beautiful Babies)
Baby Colors (Beautiful Babies)
"Babies and toddlers love to look at other babies and toddlers. In some of the photos, the babies appear to have been photoshopped, which I find slightly disturbing, but my toddler loves."
Dear Zoo: A Lift-the-Flap Book (Dear Zoo & Friends)
Dear Zoo: A Lift-the-Flap Book (Dear Zoo & Friends)
"A classic. Quite possibly my favorite “lift the flap” book. Flaps are a bit smaller, and harder to operate, better for a toddler (my 15 month old does fine) than a younger baby."
Tomie's Baa Baa Black Sheep
Tomie's Baa Baa Black Sheep
"This one has four nursery rhymes. Great illustrations."
First 100 Words (Bright Baby)
First 100 Words (Bright Baby)
"I consider this a reference book of sorts – it has photos and words for many things that we don’t find in our daily lives or other books."
My First Counting Book
My First Counting Book
"One of my favorites as a kid, still as great as it was then."
Barnyard Dance! (Boynton on Board)
Barnyard Dance! (Boynton on Board)
"Classic Sandra Boynton. This one gets stuck in your head, “with a baa and a moo and a cockadoodle do, everybody promenade two by two.”"
I Like It When . . .
I Like It When . . .
"A penguin parent and child talk about the things they like to do together. Great, vivid illustrations. Very calming storyline."
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? (Brown Bear and Friends)
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? (Brown Bear and Friends)
"A classic."
Bunnies Are for Kissing (Padded Board Books)
Bunnies Are for Kissing (Padded Board Books)
"Cute story with a fair amount of text. A surprise favorite."
Peek-A Who?
Peek-A Who?
"Fun for a younger baby."
Baby Cakes
Baby Cakes
"Kids can look forward to what action is coming next-“bouncy bounce babycakes on my lap!”"
Where Is Baby's Belly Button?
Where Is Baby's Belly Button?
"A good first lift the flap book – the flaps are very big."
GOOD NIGHT, GORILLA (Picture Puffins)
GOOD NIGHT, GORILLA (Picture Puffins)
"A picture book with great illustrations – I find something new each time I look. Good for dialogic reading."
In the Garden with Van Gogh
In the Garden with Van Gogh
"Artwork from a master, in a children’s book.  Interesting text that ties the paintings together and tells a story as well.  This is a whole series of books, but In the Garden with Van Gogh is our favorite. "A Picnic with Monet" is our second favorite."
Daddy's Lullaby
Daddy's Lullaby
"Great illustrations of baby and daddy interacting together."
Good Dog, Carl
Good Dog, Carl
"The antics of Carl and his baby are fun. Very little text, great for dialogic reading."
Baby Animals (Little Golden Book)
Baby Animals (Little Golden Book)
"One of my favorites as a kid. Big illustrations that hold attention – a big too much text for him at this point, we usually don’t read it all."
Begin Smart™ What Does Baby Say?
Begin Smart™ What Does Baby Say?
"We read this one, over and over – and over.  I like the idea of reinforcing cause and effect: “Baby eats a cookie, what does baby say? – Baby says ‘More’” and he likes seeing what baby is going to say next."
Bendon Bear Learning Tab (Set of 4 Books)
Bendon Bear Learning Tab (Set of 4 Books)
"Large photos of animals in these. We have the Gentle Animals and Farm Animals books out of the four book series."
The Nose Book (Beginner Books(R))
The Nose Book (Beginner Books(R))
"For those newly obsessed with their nose. Cute rhyming text."
Go, Dog. Go!
Go, Dog. Go!
"The P.D. Eastman classic, abridged for the board book."
The Fire Engine Book (Little Golden Book)
The Fire Engine Book (Little Golden Book)
"Lots of action going on in the bold illustrations, with only a minimal amount of text- holds a little one’s attention."
Ten Little Fingers (Nursery Time)
Ten Little Fingers (Nursery Time)
"Annie Kubler’s illustrations of babies acting out the text really draw him in. This one is especially fun one they are toddlers and start doing the actions."
Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes...
Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes...
"Annie Kubler’s illustrations of babies acting out the text really draw him in. This one is especially fun one they are toddlers and start doing the actions."
Baby Animals (DK Touch & Feel)
Baby Animals (DK Touch & Feel)
"All the textures in this book are similar, but that doesn’t seem to matter."
Tractor (Touch and Feel)
Tractor (Touch and Feel)
"Nice variety of textures."
My Colors/ Mis Colores (English and Spanish Edition)
My Colors/ Mis Colores (English and Spanish Edition)
"Bold and simple illustrations of colors and objects such as apple, sun, and frog – with words in English and Spanish."
A Cat and a Dog
A Cat and a Dog
"We love the big illustrations of a blue cat and an orange dog, who learn to be friends."
Doggies (Boynton on Board)
Doggies (Boynton on Board)
"So fun to do different "voices" for the different dogs."
What's Up, Duck?: A Book of Opposites (Duck & Goose)
What's Up, Duck?: A Book of Opposites (Duck & Goose)
"Duck and Goose are so cute, and it is fun to read the contrasting pairs. Loud and quiet, and heavy and light are particular favorites in our house."
Quick as a Cricket (Child's Play Library)
Quick as a Cricket (Child's Play Library)
"Great illustrations of a little boy with a big imagination."
Harry the Dirty Dog Board Book
Harry the Dirty Dog Board Book
"Harry is a dog who gets so dirty, he turns from a white dog with black spots, to a black dog with white spots! Classic illustrations - This book has been around a while - since the 50's? So all the women are in dresses."
Hippos Go Berserk!
Hippos Go Berserk!
"At 17 months, it is fun to watch my son's anticipation build as we approach the page where the hippos go berserk. He lets out a little squeal of glee."
I Like Stars (Step-Into-Reading, Step 1)
I Like Stars (Step-Into-Reading, Step 1)
"By the same author as Goodnight Moon. Very vivid illustrations and a simple text. We like to find the yellow, green, red and blue stars. My son is also obsessed with stars, so that may be the appeal. Not a board book."
Sad, Mad, Glad Hippos [SAD MAD GLAD HIPPOS-BOARD -OS]
Sad, Mad, Glad Hippos [SAD MAD GLAD HIPPOS-BOARD -OS]
"Explore these three emotions with some cheerfully dressed hippos."