Reading to your children is one of the best ways to encourage a positive life-long habit.
Not sure where to start?
Here's a rundown of the 15 all-time best books for toddlers.
Watching your kids fall in love with reading and with books is one of the great joys of parenting. Books can teach kids valuable lessons, take them into magical worlds, help them fall asleep, and give them an activity during long car trips.
With libraries and bookstores full of books, it can be hard to know where to start your toddler's collection. Should you go for the classics? Or are there new books that you didn't have as a kid that would be perfect for your toddler?
Luckily, we've compiled a list of 15 of the best books for toddlers. They're age-appropriate, fun, colorful, and full of important life lessons that your kids will love. We've included some of the most popular toddler books along with some lesser known ones, but they're all fun and interesting for your little ones.
Kids are notorious for putting anything and everything in their mouths when they probably shouldn't (think back to the kid in your pre-school class who would eat playdough).
Yummy Yucky by Leslie Patricelli is an awesome book that can help teach your toddler about the difference between things that are "yummy" and things that are "yucky."
This has got to be one of the most widely recognized board books for toddlers out there. This famous book by Eric Carle has been around, and been a favorite, since 1969.
Your toddler will love the simple colors, the easy to turn pages, and the pictures of yummy foods that all kids love. Chances are you read this as a kid too, which will be a great nostalgic bonding activity for you and your child.
Let's follow the previous book with another classic. Dr. Seuss is bound to fill a good portion of your toddler's little library (as we will see with the multiple Dr. Suess books on this list).
Green Eggs and Ham isn't just a cute story with fantastical pictures and a huge imagination. It can also help teach your child about trying new things, especially at an age where most things a toddler does is new and slightly scary.
This silly book is guaranteed to make your toddler laugh. While farting might be a little bit silly or seem vulgar, this book makes gas and other bodily functions normal, similar to the book "Everybody Poops" (which, unsurprisingly, is by the same author as Walter the Farting Dog).
Not all books have to have a serious message, especially ones for toddlers. This funny book will be a hit for your child and their friends.
Here we have another Eric Carle illustrated masterpiece that has stood the test of time. Simply rhymed words, colorful pictures, and fun animals make this simple little board book one of the best and most beloved storybooks for toddlers.
You and your toddler will have fun pointing out all the animals the brown bear sees throughout the book, making this both fun and informative for your child.
Don't all kids fantasize about spending the night in a store filled with toys, beds, and gadgets? Corduroy brings that dream to life with a cute and cuddly teddy bear main character.
Kids are also usually attached to their stuffed animals, which is why this story is so brilliant. Especially after watching Toy Story, kids always imagine that their toys talk to them, which makes Corduroy extra special and magical.
This book is another simple and colorful book that your toddler will love flipping through. Simple rhymes and a subtle alphabet lesson makes it perfect for that age group since they can read it with you or on their own.
It's hard to believe we've made it this far into the list without getting to a bedtime story.
Goodnight Moon is the bedtime story. It's basically a requirement to have this book in your child's library. Around since 1947, this book has put kids to sleep for decades.
And that's not because it's boring. This sweet story says goodnight to the room, the stars, kittens, a balloon, and everything else in the room. It's calm illustrations and simple lines make it perfect for tucking your toddler into bed.
This isn't just a story about a cute duck family, although that might be why your toddler loves it. It follows a family of ducks through the streets of Boston and has become a cultural phenomenon in Boston and around the world.
While your child might not get the significance of this phenomenon at that age, they will love the sweet story that's essentially about family, sticking together, and meeting new people.
A toddler's imagination is a special thing that should be encouraged in any way possible. Where the Wild Things Are brings the imagination of childhood to life with epic creatures, faraway lands, and a kid going on an awesome adventure.
Even if you aren't there to read them this story, they will love looking through the pictures of strange creatures and imaginative lands.
The Story of Ferdinand is now know all around the world. This cute and heartwarming tale teaches a very valuable lesson: being sensitive and soft in a world that wants you to be violent and aggressive is a brave and noble thing to be.
Ferdinand is a bull who would rather sit in a nice meadow and smell flowers than participate in bullfights like his peers. Some other animals and people mock him, but he doesn't waver on being peaceful and kind.
This is a great lesson for all toddlers to learn that's all wrapped up in a cute and charming story.
This is one of the most classic books for toddlers that you probably remember from your own childhood. The lines are simple and humorous while maintaining an interesting story your child will want to read over and over.
The repetitive wording can even help on your child's journey to reading on their own. This combined with the simple colors and funny illustrations will have your toddler giggling and begging to read it again.
Can you believe we got through number 12 on this list and have only mentioned one Dr. Suess book? Well, look no further with this classic.
You'll notice a pattern with a lot of our book suggestions: simple words, bright colors, silly lines, and big imaginations. That sums up this classic by Dr. Suess that kids have loved for decades.
While this book by Joyce Dunbar might not be the most well known, it's a great bedtime story for toddlers. The book follows two bunnies getting ready to go to sleep. Willa's big brother helps her keep bad dreams away by going over everything they have to be happy about before going to sleep.
This will calm your child before they go to sleep while also helping them to think of things they're grateful for. It's a sweet and reassuring story that will make both you and your toddler feel happy and calm before bedtime.
Toddlers are notorious for having a lot of feelings they aren't quite sure what to do with. Screaming tantrums, screeches of joy, sobbing in sadness, and loud bursts of laughter are completely common in the life of having a toddler.
The cute illustrations and the simple, silly sentences go over every feeling from feeling brave to feeling like eating pizza for breakfast. Not only will this cute story help your toddler understand what feelings are, but it also shows them that all feelings are OK.
Chances are they'll be giggling throughout while they learn about emotions, feelings, and how do deal with those things appropriately.
The 15 Best Books for Toddlers: Wrapping Up
Reading is a magical experience that is a quintessential part of childhood. Delving into an imaginative and colorful story will keep your child entertained for hours, help put them to bed with good dreams, and teach them valuable life lessons through fun stories and pictures.
These are 15 of the best books for toddlers, but they're by no means the only ones. There are thousands of books out there that could become a family favorite. Hopefully, these 15 books will help you start building up an awesome kid's library that your children will cherish for years to come.
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