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The Best Books for Toddlers

Updated May 11, 2021 1.8k votes 182 voters 11.7k views57 items

List RulesBooks that are great to read to toddlers

List of the best books for toddlers, ranked by parents and fans of children's literature. This list of the best baby books includes picture books, board books, and even 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.
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    Goodnight Moon

    Margaret Wise Brown

    First Published1947

    SubjectsMoon, Rabbits, Classics, Animal

    Genres (Book)Children's literature, Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Goodnight Moon is an American children's picture book written by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Clement Hurd. It was first published on September 3, 1947, and is a highly acclaimed example of...  more

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    #64 of 103 The Best Selling Books of All Time#8 of 125 The Best Overall Books for Kids

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    First Published1969-06-03

    SubjectsEducation, Animal, English Literature, Language

    Genres (Book)Picture book, Children's literature, Fiction

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a children's picture book designed, illustrated and written by Eric Carle, first published by the World Publishing Company in 1969, later published by Penguin Putnam....  more

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    #7 of 97 The Greatest Books to Read to Kids#9 of 40 The Best Board Books for Babies (0-15 Months)

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    Guess How Much I Love You is a British children's book written by Sam McBratney and illustrated by Anita Jeram, published in 1994 in the UK by Walker Books and in 1995 in the US by its subsidiary...  more
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    First Published1967

    Genres (Book)Children's literature

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? is a children's picture book published in 1967. Written and illustrated by Bill Martin, Jr. and Eric Carle, the book is designed to help toddlers associate...  more
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    First Published1970

    Genres (Book)Children's literature

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    Love You Forever

    Robert Munsch

    First Published1986

    SubjectsLove

    Genres (Book)Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Love You Forever is a Canadian picture book written by Robert Munsch and published in 1986. It tells the story of the evolving relationship between a boy and his mother. The book was written after...  more

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    #19 of 98 50+ Good Books With Love in the Title#15 of 26 Good Books for 4 Year Olds

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    First Published1960

    Genres (Book)Children's literature

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Green Eggs and Ham is a best-selling and critically acclaimed children's book by Dr. Seuss, first published on August 12, 1960. As of 2001, according to Publishers Weekly, it was the fourth...  more
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    Genres (Book)Children's literature

    We're Going on a Bear Hunt is a book by Helen Oxenbury....  more
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    First Published1963

    SubjectsEducation, Games, Classics, Adventure, Children's film

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Picture book, Children's literature, Fiction, Fantasy

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Where the Wild Things Are is a 1963 children's picture book by American writer and illustrator Maurice Sendak, originally published by Harper & Row. The book has been adapted into other media several...  more

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    #35 of 331 The Top Must-Read Books of All Time#38 of 300 The Greatest Children's Books That Were Made Into Movies

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    Mama, Do You Love Me?

    Barbara Joosse
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    Are You My Mother?

    P. D. Eastman

    First Published1960-06-12

    Genres (Book)Children's literature

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Are You My Mother? is a children's book by P. D. Eastman published by Random House Books for Young Readers on June 12, 1960 as part of its Beginner Books series. Based on a 2007 online poll, the...  more
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    Corduroy

    Don Freeman

    First Published1968

    Genres (Book)Picture book, Children's literature

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Corduroy is a 1968 children's book written and illustrated by Don Freeman, and published by Viking Press. Based on a 2007 online poll, the National Education Association named the book one of its...  more
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    The Giving Tree

    Shel Silverstein

    First Published1964-10-07

    SubjectsTrees, Classics

    Genres (Book)Picture book, Children's literature, Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    The Giving Tree is a children's picture book written and illustrated by Shel Silverstein. First published in 1964 by Harper & Row, it has become one of Silverstein's best known titles and has been...  more

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    #9 of 33 The Books That 90s Kids Loved To Read While Growing Up#6 of 16 Children's Books You Didn't Realize Kids Are Still Reading

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    Moo Baa La La La

    Sandra Boynton

    SubjectsAnimal

    Genres (Book)Children's literature, Fiction

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    Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

    Bill Martin, Jr.

    First Published1989

    SubjectsAlphabet

    Genres (Book)Picture book, Children's literature

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is a bestselling children's book written by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault, illustrated by Lois Ehlert, and published by Simon & Schuster in 1989. The book features...  more
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    First Published1957-12-22

    SubjectsCat, Anthropomorphism

    Genres (Book)Picture book, Children's literature

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    The Cat in the Hat is a children's book written and illustrated by Theodor Geisel under the pen name Dr. Seuss and first published in 1957. The story centers on a tall anthropomorphic cat, who wears...  more

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    #2 of 52 The Best Dr. Seuss Books#1 of 36 The Best Childrens Books About Cats

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    Rainbow Fish

    Marcus Pfister, Sonia Sander
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    The Snowy Day

    Ezra Jack Keats

    SubjectsSports, Recreation, African American, Snow, Classics

    Genres (Book)Picture book, Children's literature, Fiction

    The Snowy Day is a 1962 children's picture book by American author and illustrator Ezra Jack Keats. Keats received the 1963 Caldecott Medal for his illustrations in the book. It features a boy named...  more
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    First Published1955

    Genres (Book)Children's literature

    Harold and the Purple Crayon is a 1955 children's book by Crockett Johnson. This is Johnson's most popular book. It led to a series of other books, and inspired many adaptations....  more
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    SubjectsAdventure, Piracy

    Genres (Book)Children's literature

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    My Baby Brother and Me

    Jane Drake, Ann Love
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    SubjectsFamily

    Genres (Book)Children's literature, Fiction

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    The Runaway Bunny

    Margaret Wise Brown

    First Published1942

    SubjectsRabbits, Classics, Family, Animal

    Genres (Book)Children's literature, Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

    The Runaway Bunny is a 1942 picture book written by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Clement Hurd. The plot deals with a small rabbit, who wants to run away. His mother, however, tells him that...  more
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    The Monster at the End of This Book: Starring Lovable, Furry Old Grover is a children's picture book based on the television series Sesame Street and starring Grover. It was written by series writer...  more