Terrific Titles for Toddlers

Each year a committee selects the Best Books for Babies. And every year those of us on the committee see a lot of great books that don’t quite fit the criteria 

Some just aren’t very good—or not quite good enough. But some of them are great. They just aren’t a good fit for our intended audience of babies birth to 18 months. So, this year we decided to share a list of our favorite books for toddlers, found along the way in our Best Books for Babies’ deliberations.

These aren’t the only terrific toddler titles, of course. You can find other good choices here–or ask your friendly local librarian for their favorites. 

Happy reading! 

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Awake, Asleep

From sunup to sundown, a young child’s day is bursting with discovery and wonder-filled moments. Follow a day in the life of three diverse families and their little ones, as everyday moments like sharing breakfast and exploring the park are rendered full of love, exploration, joy, and wonder. 

A Beautiful House for Birds

Olivia wants to paint a colorful birdhouse. She ends up with a pattern of stripes on the roof. Teaches young children about patterns. Lin has written several other titles in the Storytelling Math series. 

By Myself!

A young child humorously battles for independence while getting ready for the day. 

I'll Be a Chicken Too

In this lighthearted board book about unconditional love and acceptance, children and their caregivers imagine themselves as a variety of animals in a playful day of dress-up and make-believe. This title is also available as an eBook on Hoopla.  

Lake Life With You

With sweet, rhyming text and beautiful art that will transport you to the lake, this heartfelt board book celebrates the best things about enjoying lake life with the ones you love. 

The Numbers Store

When Mom realizes there are zero eggs in the house, the entire family heads to the store to pick up more. Readers can join the counting fun as the family shops and adds more items to their basket–from three bananas to five plums–amid the backdrop of a bustling market. “The Numbers Store” studies numbers through the experience of an intergenerational Black family’s trip to the local grocery store. 

Peek-A-Boo Haiku

A poetic, lift-the-flap board book featuring haikus about hidden woodland animals, plus flaps that reveal those animals.

Peekaboo Rex!

Follow a T. rex throughout its day as it plays peekaboo with a tiny dinosaur friend. 

When Stars Arise

A dusky rural landscape and comforting bedtime routine draw a child closer to sleep in this illustrated lullaby board book. This title is also available as an eBook on Hoopla.  

Whose Prints?

Little readers are invited to figure out which animal is making tracks in the snow.