Although toddlers aren’t at the age where they’re actively learning how to read, introducing them to books and reading to them will help instill a love and passion for books at a young age. This means that the best books for toddlers tend to be books that have interesting pictures that can tell the story effectively without the words even if you’re reading the book out loud. With that in mind, here are some of our favorite books for toddlers:
Green Eggs and Ham
(by Dr. Seuss)
You really can’t go wrong with a Dr. Seuss book. The wacky rhymes are irresistible and the illustrations are some of the very best you’ll find in any book for toddlers or kids, both classic and modern. Green Eggs and Ham is a great one to start off with since it introduces one of Dr. Seuss’ most renowned characters, the Cat in the Hat.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
(by Eric Carle)
The Very Hungry Caterpillar remains one of the most popular picture books in the world since it was first published back in 1969. It follows a caterpillar as it eats different things from page to page. There are lots of educational themes in the book, including the life stages of a butterfly, the days of the week, and counting.
(by Leslie Patricelli)
Yummy Yucky is a book that allows toddlers to engage with the story since it’s basically describing what foods are “yummy” and what foods are “yucky.” This means that you can name things in the book and ask the toddler whether it’s yummy or yucky. Not only is this a fun book for toddlers to interact with, but they’ll actually learn about what they can and can’t put in their mouths, something many toddlers tend to struggle with! Patricelli has a number of other similar books worth checking out as well, including Quiet Loud and No No Yes Yes.
Are You My Mother?
(by P.D. Eastman)
Are You My Mother? is filled with wonderful animal drawings, and what toddler doesn’t like animals? Like Yummy Yucky, this is another book that’s easy for toddlers to follow and to interact with. Essentially, a bird goes from page to page to different animals asking them if they’re the bird’s mother. You can ask your toddler if they think the animal is their mother, to which they can respond no and even explain why not.
Where the Wild Things Are
(by Maurice Sendak)
Where the Wild Things Are is yet another classic young children’s books. What makes it unique is not only the absolutely gorgeous illustrations but the sense of adventure the book carries. It has a magical quality to it that encourages toddlers to explore their imaginations and be adventurous.
Good Night Moon
(by Margaret Wise Brown)
No list of books for toddlers is complete without arguably the greatest one of them all: Goodnight Moon. Essentially, it’s about a bunny that says goodnight to different things on each page. What makes it so fun for toddlers is that they can learn what the bunny is saying goodnight to just by looking at the pictures, making it one of the most engaging toddler books there is.
Introducing books to toddlers at a young age will help to encourage a love for not only reading (when they learn how to read) but for learning in general. These toddler books are filled with beautiful illustrations and are both educational and fun.