18 of Our Favorite Toddler Books!

By Nicole Irving & Nicole Germany

Your 2—3-year-old will now begin to show interest in story lines and characters, rather than just drooling and eating their board books. Reading at this age is more of a bonding experience for you and your little one rather than a lesson in phonics and grammar, so have fun with it and choose titles and books that they can relate to and that also unleash their imagination. This is an important stepping stone toward a love of reading!

1 “What Do People Do All Day?” teaches kiddos that everyone has their own role whether it be a firefighter, mailman or just a mommy.

BY: RICHARD SCARRY

2 “Press Here” is an interactive adventure that gives kids the opportunity to press, shake and tilt their way through the pages of the book.

BY: HERVE TULLET

3 “Llama Llama Mad at Mama” takes a task like shopping and helps make it fun for llama and mama.

BY: ANNA DEWDNEY

4 “Green Eggs and Ham” introduces Sam-IAm and explores the age-old story of trying something before refusing it.

BY: DR. SEUSS

5 “The Story of Ferdinand” tells a tale of a bull who would rather enjoy the smaller things in life than be forced to fight in bullfights.

BY: MUNRO LEAF

6 “A Pocket for Corduroy” takes a lost bear named Corduroy and follows him as he searches high and low for material to make a pocket of his own.

BY: DON FREEMAN

7 “Pat the Bunny” is a classic “touch and feel” book that lets children touch things like “daddy’s scratchy face” and the fur of a fake bunny.

BY: DOROTHY KUNHARDT

8 “Guess How Much I Love You” lovingly shows how much Little Nutbrown Hare loves his daddy and how far Big Nutbrown Hare’s love for his son extends.

BY: SAM MCBRATNEY

9 “Madeline” shows how one redheaded girl lives life in an orphanage and finds adventure in everything she does.

BY: LUDWIG BEMELMANS

10 “The Little Engine That Could” is a tale of one little engine that surprises everyone by completing a task no one thought was possible.

BY: WATTY PIPER

11 “The Rainbow Fish” colorfully shines as he learns to make friends by sharing a little piece of him with everyone he meets.

BY: MARCUS PFISTER

12 “The Gruffalo” is a heartwarming story about a mouse that always expects the worse from his predators, but ultimately gets the best from them.

BY: JULIA DONALDSON

13 “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” hilariously shows that even once you get a mouse a cookie he will still need milk and a place to stay and so on.

BY: LAURA JOFFE NUMEROFF

14 “Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed” brings together five little monkeys that disobey mama and one by one fall off the bed.

BY: EILEEN CHRISTELOW

15 “Make Way for Ducklings” follows Mr. and Mrs. Mallard as they scope out just the right location for their little ducklings to call home.

BY: ROBERT MCCLOSKEY

16 “No, David!” lets it be known that even after all the bad things kiddos might get into, parents will still love you even if you misbehave.

BY: DAVID SHANNON

17 “Olivia” the piglet loves adventures so much that it tires her family out. She’s the perfect character to keep kids excited to try new things.

BY: IAN FALCONER

18 “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” introduces the alphabet to children in a unique and colorful way.

BY: BILL MARTIN JR.