Favorite Books to Read to Toddlers
All Fall Down by Helen Oxenbury – Board Books Oxe
Bright pictures and simple words show babies playing together. By the same author: Clap Hands, Say Goodnight, and Tickle, Tickle.
Bark George by Jules Feiffer – Picture Books Fei
George is a dog, but when his mother says," Bark, George ," George goes meow , quack, quack, and moo.
Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson – Picture Books Wil
In this rhyming tale, animals gather to party in the cave of a sleeping bear on a cold night. When the bear wakes, he discovers he’s missed out on all the fun.
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr. – Picture Books Mar
Children see a variety of colorful animals looking at them in this simple rhythmic story.
Brownie and Pearl series by Cynthia Rylant – Picture Books Ryl
Brownie and her cat Pearl enjoy many simple adventures together, from going to a birthday party to taking a spin in a toy car.
Cat’s Colors by Jane Cabrera – Picture Books Cab
A cat describes ten different colors and tells which one is its favorite.
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. – Picture Books Mar
This alphabet chant shows what happens when the whole alphabet tries to climb up a coconut tree.
Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs by Byron Barton – Picture Books Bar
In prehistoric days there were many different kinds of dinosaurs, big and small, those with spikes and those with long, sharp teeth.
Dog’s Colorful Day by Emma Dodd – Picture Books Dod
In this colorful story of a sloppy dog, you can count on a happy ending.
Freight Train by Donald Crews – Picture Books Cre
Brief text and illustrations trace the journey of a colorful train as it goes through tunnels, by cities, and over trestles.
From Head to Toe by Eric Carle – Picture Books Car
The jungle animals can make all sorts of movements with their bodies – can you?
Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker – Picture Books Rin
At sunset, when their work is done for the day, a crane truck, a cement mixer, and other pieces of construction equipment make their way to their resting places and go to sleep.
Goodnight, Moon by Margaret Wise Brown – Picture Books Bro and Board Books Bro
A gentle, rhyming goodnight to everything in the great green room.
Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson – Picture Books Joh
Harold goes for a walk in the moonlight and uses his purple crayon to create an exciting adventure, and eventually, to find his way home.
Hide and Squeak by Heather Vogel Frederick – Picture Books Fre
A baby mouse leads his father on a merry, rhyming game of hide-and-squeak at bedtime.
Hooray for Fish! by Lucy Cousins – Picture Books Cou
Little Fish has all sorts of fishy friends in his underwater home, but he loves his mom most of all.
How About a Kiss for Me? by Todd Tarpley - Picture Books Tar
In silly rhymes, a baby tries to kiss things, from a dog and a frog to a mop and a jellyfish, before deciding that parents are the best recipients of kisses.
I am a Tyrannosaurus by Anna Grossnickle Hines
A boy mimics the actions of several different dinosaurs as he imagines he's one of them.
Jump! by Scott M. Fischer – Picture Books Fis
In bouncy rhymes, animals jump out of the way when a bigger animal comes along.
Llama, Llama, Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney – Picture Books Dew
At bedtime, a little llama worries after his mother puts him to bed and goes downstairs.
Maisy series by Lucy Cousins – Picture Books Cou
Maisy and her animal friends like to do many things together, like going to the library and making lemonade.
Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh – Board Books Wal
Three white mice discover jars of red, blue, and yellow paint and explore the world of color.
My Car by Byron Barton – Picture Books Bar
Sam describes the parts of his car, how he takes care of it, and how he drives it.
The Noisy Counting Book by Susan Schade – Board Books Sch
A boy's fishing trip becomes a symphony of silly sounds when a big frog and his animal friends begin to count.
Sandra Boynton books – Board Books Boy
Silly cartoon animals and bouncy rhymes bring to life a variety of simple, fun stories tailor-made for toddlers. Some of the stories are set to catchy music in the book and CD set Philadelphia Chickens (J 782.1 Boy).
Shape Capers by Cathryn Falwell – Picture Books Fal
Children shake shapes out of a box and discover the fun of building with shapes and their imaginations.
Shoes by Elizabeth Winthrop – Picture Books Win
Cheerful rhymes describe all the different kinds of shoes you can wear, including your wiggly-toed feet.
Silly Sally by Audrey Wood – Picture Books Woo
Silly Sally gathers many silly friends as she goes to town, walking backwards, upside down.
Spot series by Eric Hill – Picture Book Characters Hil
In a series of simple lift-the-flap adventures, Spot the dog goes to the beach, the farm, the park and school.
Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox – Picture Books Fox
Rhyming text compares babies born in different places around the world, but they all have ten little fingers and ten little toes.
Time for a Hug by Phillis Gershator – Picture Books Ger
A little rabbit’s day is full of fun activities and plenty of hugs around the clock.
The Toolbox by Anne Rockwell – Picture Books Roc
A simple description of all the treasures found in a toolbox.
Trains by Byron Barton – Picture Books Bar
Short text and illustrations show a variety of trains and what they do.
Trucks by Byron Barton – Picture Books Bar
Trucks have many jobs to do in this short, simple book.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle – Picture Books Car
A hungry little caterpillar hatches from an egg and eats his way through different foods every day of the week until forming a cocoon and turning into a butterfly.
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen – Picture Books Ros
Brave bear hunters go through grass, a river, mud, and other obstacles before the inevitable encounter with the bear forces a headlong retreat.
Wheels on the Bus by Raffi – Board Books Raf
Join in with the sounds and motions of the parts of a bus, its driver and riders as it collects passengers “all around the town.”
Who Ate All the Cookie Dough? by Karen Beaumont – Picture Books Bea
In a bouncy rhyme, Kanga and her friends try to discover who ate all of her cookie dough. The culprit may be right under her nose!
Will Sheila Share? by Elivia Savadier – Picture Books Sav
Sheila can share a hug, a kiss and green beans, but sometimes, Sheila needs Nana’s gentle encouragement to share.