Toddler Booklist: The Pittsburgh Ready Project

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The Pittsburgh Ready project links the Library with child care providers to share robust early literacy resources. Opportunities for space improvements, storytime visits, professional development and family engagement are underscored by quality giveaway books for children and their child care providers.

From Fall 2019 to Spring 2021, toddlers enrolled at child care providers participating in Pittsburgh Ready took home a copy of each title on this list. And each child care provider received a copy of the book to build their collection for toddlers for years to come!

If you are looking for a wonderful title to share with a toddler, check out some of the titles on this list. And, don’t forget to explore additional booklists curated by Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Children’s staff.

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123 Count With Me

Encourages young readers to count from one to twenty and presents simple addition problems, in a book with number-shaped cut-outs that can be traced with one’s finger and flaps to lift to reveal the last item of each group.

A is for Apple

Presents letters of the alphabet along with words that begin with each letter, in a book with letter-shaped cut-outs young readers can trace with their finger and flaps that lift to reveal an additional corresponding word.

Baby Goes to Market

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

Blue Hat, Green Hat

Humorous animal characters introduce the basic colors and familiar items of clothing.

The Feelings Book

Children express different moods, including “I feel silly,” “I feel like dancing,” and “I feel cranky.”

In the Tall, Tall Grass

As he crawls through the tall grass on a sunny afternoon, a fuzzy caterpillar introduces readers to the creatures he meets, the activities they are engaged in, and the sounds they make.

Pigeon Has Feelings, Too!

Pigeon runs through a series of emotions while attempting to thwart his old nemesis, the bus driver.

Los Pollitos

An illustrated version of the traditional Latino nursery rhyme, Los pollitos Dicen, about some baby chicks who hatch out of their eggs, cry because they are cold and hungry, eat, and then snuggle up to their mother for a nap. Includes lift-the-flap and spin-the-wheel illustrations.

Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What do you Hear?

Zoo animals from polar bear to walrus make their distinctive sounds for each other, while children imitate the sounds for the zookeeper. This title is also available on OverDrive as an eBook and as eAudio on Hoopla.

Puppy Truck

Carter gets a truck instead of a much-wanted puppy, but he soon discovers his new toy is just as fun and rascally as a pet. This title is also available as an eBook on OverDrive/Libby.

Round is a Tortilla

A little girl discovers things that are round, square, and rectangular in her Hispanic American neighborhood. This title is also available on Hoopla as eAudio, eBook, and Read Along.

Tap the Magic Tree

Invites the reader to tap, rub, touch, and wiggle illustrations to make an apple tree bloom, produce fruit, and lose its leaves.