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It’s no secret that I love books. That became even more obvious when we were cleaning out our garage and I found 12 boxes full of books. My hubby made me donate a bunch since we needed more storage (pouty face), so before I did, I decided to go through them and pull out the sweetest toddler books I could find.
There are so many children’s books that I love that I can’t list them all! So, here are some of my top favorites for you to read to your little one.
1. The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear by Don and Audrey Wood
Yes, the title is a mouth full, but your toddler will love this sweet story about a little mouse who just wants to eat a strawberry, but finds out there’s a big, hungry bear who wants the strawberry too! Or is there…. (I like to eat strawberries while reading this story!)
2. Little Owl Lost by Chris Haughton
This book is beautifully illustrated with colorful woodland animals and tells the tale of a little owl trying to find his mommy. But the silly squirrel trying to help doesn’t know what his mommy looks like! A fun, interactive books toddlers will love!
3. Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann
This has been my favorite bedtime story since my little one was a baby. There are hardly any words, but the pictures tell the story and leave room for the imagination. Talk about the different animals and see if you can spot the red balloon on each page!
4. Not All Princesses Dress in Pink by Jane Yolen
For your own little princess, I love this book! It teaches kids that princesses come in many shapes and sizes, and do lots of different things. They wear whatever they want….and a sparkly crown.
5. Is Your Mama a Llama? by Deborah Guarino
This sweet book has a cute little llama asking different animals if their mama is a llama. You will read it 25 times because your toddler will ask you to read it over and over again, and then you’ll have this fun rhyming book memorized!
6. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
A classic book you must read to your child. The pictures are sweet and it’s the perfect book to calm down your little bundle of energy before bed. We got two as presents, one large board book and one small board book so we read the large board book in bed while our toddler follows along in her own small book!
7. Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker
If your toddler loves trucks and construction vehicles, this book is a must have! It’s sweet rhyme and illustrations portray silly construction vehicles working and going to bed. This first time author really knew what she was doing! They have also created matching games and other toys to complement the book.
8. Little Elliot, Big City by Mike Curato
This is one of our favorites! It’s about a tiny elephant who lives in a huge city and how he learns how to buy a cupcake and make a new friend. What’s great about this book is its sweet message of friendship and the beautiful illustrations that take you back in time. I also got a sweet Little Elliot plush that has become my toddler’s new favorite stuffie!
9. Stuck by Oliver Jeffers
When I taught Pre-K this was one of the kids’ favorite books. I can’t tell you how many times I read it. It’s got very few words, but great pictures. This story is about a boy who gets his kite stuck in a tree and keeps throwing things into the tree to get it out. But everything gets stuck! A hilarious read.
10. The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen and Dan Hanna
This was another favorite of theirs, and since it’s a rhyming book I have it pretty much memorized. It’s about a fish that always wears a pouty face, until a special fish comes along. It’ll make you both grin ear-to-ear!
So there you have it, the sweetest toddler books around! I’ll be coming out with a part two soon, because I love books!
What are some of your favorite books I can add to the list? Do you know any of the ones I’ve listed?