Books for Toddlers


Titles in this list were recommended by Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh staff. Ask your neighborhood librarian for additional suggestions.

B Is for Baby

One morning after breakfast, Baby’s big brother is getting ready to take the basket of bananas all the way to Baba’s bungalow in the next village. He’ll have to go along the bumpy road, past the baobab trees, birds, and butterflies, and all the way over the bridge. But what he doesn’t realize is that his very cute, very curious baby sibling has stowed away on his bicycle.

Baby Goes to Market

Baby and his doting mama go to a bustling southwest Nigerian marketplace in this introduction to numbers.

Clean Up, Up, Up!

Daddy and his little one are cleaning up before dinner, while having fun with spatial-relationship math words and phrases, like up, down, inside, outside, next to and under.

Clive and His Babies

Clive is an imaginative little boy who loves his dolls. He enjoys playing with them, and sharing them with his friends. A gentle, affectionate book, celebrating diversity and challenging gender stereotypes.

Love Makes a Family

Whether you have one parent, two moms, two dads, a mom and a dad, or another wonderful caregiver, there’s one thing that makes a family a family: love.

Stack the Cats

Cats of all shapes and sizes scamper, stretch and yawn across the pages of this adorable counting book. And every now and then, they find themselves in the purrfect fluffy stack! You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby or as eBook on Hoopla.

Stop! Bot!

When a little boy stops to show a building doorman his new “bot,” it floats up out of his hands and the kind doorman runs up to each floor of the building to try and catch it, with help from the building’s residents. You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby or as eBook on Hoopla.

Vroom Vroom Garbage Truck

A garbage truck goes through its daily routine of picking up garbage throughout the city and bringing it to the dump, in a book that explores the sounds a garbage truck makes.

Will Bear Share?

Bear has a lot to give! But will she share? Find out in this surprising book all about sharing.

You and Me

You and me encapsulates the balancing act of giving attention to both older and younger siblings, encouraging families to carve out ample “you and me” time for everyone.