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Best Books for Toddlers

List of the best books for toddlers, ranked by parents and fans of children's literature. This list include educational children's books that teach numbers, shapes, and colors, as well as story books for young children. Vote for your favorite toddler books to move them to the top of the list, or add any that you see missing.

Many of the books listed here are early childhood classics. Nearly every item listed on this list is either a staple of preschool or early grades like K-2 at the elementary level. Who can forget classics like Where the Wild Things Are, Corduroy and The Cat in the Hat? That being, who didn't have Goodnight Moon read to them before they went to bed as a toddler? The one common bond between these books, despite their author, subject matter and main character, is that these books are some of the most reliable for parents and will always elicit a small grin from people who remember the stories from growing up.

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    #1 on the original list Eric Carle

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    #2 on the original list Margaret Wise Brown

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    #4 on the original list Maurice Sendak

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    #3 on the original list Dr. Seuss

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    #7 on the original list P. D. Eastman

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    #5 on the original list Don Freeman

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    #6 on the original list Shel Silverstein

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    new! & #8 on the original list Bill Martin, Jr., Eric Carle

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    #11 on the original list Bruce Degen

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    #14 on the original list Bill Martin, Jr., John Archambault

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    #10 on the original list Margaret Wise Brown

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    #9 on the original list Michael Rosen

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    #15 on the original list & added by grant1woods Dr. Seuss

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    #12 on the original list Gertrude Crampton

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    #24 on the original list Lauren Child

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    #19 on the original list Alona Frankel

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    #22 on the original list Ruth Krauss

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    #35 on the original list Bernard Waber

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    #30 on the original list Melinda Long

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    #32 on the original list Mark D Sanders, Tia Sillers, Mark Sanders

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    #31 on the original list MACMILLAN/MCGRAW

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    #45 on the original list & added by Foxtrot I'd Rather Eat a Child

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    #40 on the original list Leslie Patricelli

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    #44 on the original list Crockett Johnson

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    #13 on the original list & added by Chef Jen

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    #47 on the original list Ellen Walsh

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    #57 on the original list Charles Fuge

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    #59 on the original list Emmy Payne

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    #60 on the original list Donald Crews

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    Audrey Wood

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    Giles Andreae

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    Nancy E. Shaw

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