8 Top Picks of Favorite Books for Toddlers

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Emilie Buchwald famously said, “Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.” What better way to encourage a love for the written word than reading time in the day, and as part of the bedtime routine?

We asked 8 moms what their favorite books for toddlers are,  and why. Here are their top picks.

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My Truck is Stuck! by Kevin Lewis and Daniel Kirk

A dump truck gets stuck and various vehicles try to pull it out. We like it because we count how many engines have to strain to try to get the truck UNstuck. In fact, Eddie is four now and we have so much of it memorized that we will randomly quote the rhyme-style to each other when other things in the house are stuck!

– Katie Sluiter, mother of two and blogger at Sluiter Nation 

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All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon and illustrated by Marla Frazee

Beautifully written with lyrical rhymes using simple words, it is illustrated with some of the most gorgeous drawings I have ever seen in a children's book. My son has memorized the whole thing, cover to cover, and he likes to act out different scenes in the book. The book is a Caldecott award winner, and even better, the author lives nearby in Austin, and we have had the chance to hear her read her own words aloud. It is magical.

– Kristin Shaw, mother of one and blogger at Two Cannoli

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Ten Little Ladybugs by Melanie Girth

We like the counting, the rhyming, and obviously, making the appropriate animal sounds on each page. (Ever wonder what a caterpillar says? We've decided upon “inch inch.”) Plus, it's fun to poke the ladybugs!

– Keely Flynn Schoeny, mother of two with another on the way, and blogger at Lollygag Blog

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Snuggle Puppy by Sandra Boynton

Snuggle Puppy is a sweet story between a parent and a child and the message basically says “I love you just the way you are”. Plus they make cookies in the book (as shown in the illustrations) so how can you go wrong with that one? I also made up a little tune to go along with the words so I actually sing part of it to my kids and they love that.

– Elaine Alguire, mother of three, and blogger at The Miss Elaine-ous Life

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Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet and Allen Ahlberg

This book has it all – I Spy, classic Fairy tale characters, beautiful pictures, rhyming poems, and a darling story. On each page your toddler can find the character hidden in the illustrations. All of my kids loved this book, memorized the words and enjoyed finding the characters each time we read it over and over. It's interactive and has easy words to follow and learn.

– Tracy Morrison, mother of three, and blogger at Sellabit Mum 

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Charlie Cook's Favourite Book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Sheffler

This book is by my favorite author/illustrator team, and is as witty as most of their stuff. In this book, each page builds on the previous one (“It's about a pirate, who also has a favorite book . . . about Goldilocks, who also has a favorite book . . . about a knight, who also has a favorite book…” and so on. It has fun illustrations, which parents should really pay attention to because some of them are aimed at adults and quite funny, and it rhymes, making it a really good read-aloud book.

– Robin Farr, mother of two, and blogger at Farewell, Stranger

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Love You When You Whine by Emily Jenkins

Love You When You Whine tells the story of a toddler who exhibits bad behaviors, like whining and forgetting manners, and no matter what, Mom still loves the toddler. I like this story because the kids understand the message; that even when they are acting badly and get into trouble, I still love them and always will.

– Natalie Hoage, mother of three, and blogger at Mommy of a Monster (and Twins)

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Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

This book was a staple almost every night when all of my children were babies and toddlers. Kids have fun pointing out the objects in the illustrations, and it’s the perfect story to wind down the bed time activity.

– Leigh Ann Torres, mother of three, and blogger at Genie In A Blog

What’s your favorite toddler book?



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8 Top Picks of Favorite Books for Toddlers

Alison Lee is a former PR and marketing professional turned work-at-home mother. After a 10-year career in various PR agencies, and of the world’s biggest sports brands, she traded in product launches and world travel, for sippy cups, diapers, and breastfeeding. Alison is a former blogger (Writing, Wishing), and her writing has been featured on Mamalode,On Parenting at The Washington Post,The Huffington Post, Everyday Family, Scary Mommy, Club Mid, andDrGreene.com. She is one of 35 essayists ... More

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  1. Teresa says:

    Good nigh moon has always been one of my favorites. I will check out the other ones. Reading is a big thing in our house.

  2. I had only heard of a couple of these, so thanks for the list. We LOVE books in our house and could always use more. Always!!

  3. Jennifer says:

    I love everything Sandra Boynton.

  4. Great list! We have a few of these already, but I’m going to be picking up the others soon 🙂 My daughter is finally at the age where she’ll sit down and really listen to the story and loves to get involved too…so much fun!

  5. Phammom says:

    Love that the description is there and how they are gender neutral.


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