Best Picture Books for Toddlers

When my first child Lucy was entering toddlerhood, she loved pulling books from the little shelf in our apartment living room. She would sit with them tucked between her chubby knees and turn the pages continually. The books began to tear from her daily routine.

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Circa 2015

My first instinct was to put them high where she could not reach them so they could be preserved for her future siblings.

Now that I am three children deep, I have realized that often the best picture books are the ones that end up torn, taped, re-taped, and broken at the binding from being opened so many times. They are the ones that end up in my lap for the tenth day in a row with the words, “Mama, book?”

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So many memories shared between the pages of our duct-taped binding of Blueberries for Sal.

Here is a list of the books that have been beloved by my toddler-aged children (you better believe I have these memorized!):

 

Picture Books for Toddlers

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Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman

Blue on Blue by Dianne White, illustrated by Beth Krommes

Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle

Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina

Corduroy by Don Freeman

Freight Train by Donald Crews

The Gingerbread Boy by Paul Galdone
Going to Sleep on the Farm by Wendy Cheyette Lewison

Go Dog Go by P.D. Eastman

Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson

The House in the Night by Susan Marie Swanson

I am a Bunny by Richard Scarry

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff

Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey

Moo, Baa, La La La! by Sandra Boynton

The Napping House by Audrey & Don Wood

1 is One by Tasha Tudor

Pelle’s New Suit by Elsa Beskow

Put Me in the Zoo by Robert Lopshire

A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

Ten Red Apples by Pat Hutchins

The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Who Made This Cake? by Chihiro Nakagawa

 

What picture books does your toddler pull off the shelf again and again? Please share in the comments below.

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4 thoughts on “Best Picture Books for Toddlers

  1. Many of those are also my grandchildren’s favorites as well, the kids also love Waddle a scanimation picture book, Pete the Cat books , tickle time , Peter Rabbit and of course we have so many DR Seuss books that we read or they read as they’ve grown over and over again. Story books and cookbooks with broken spines and worn covers just mean they are well loved, as are you and your girls, look be from us here in NC. Auntie Barbara

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  2. You are so right about the worn-out, taped-up books! I recently brought home from my parents’ house a collection of the picture books from my childhood. My very favorite one, Miss Suzy, has scotch tape (quite yellowed now), worn away corners on the cover, and odd creases. But I still love this book, and I love all the memories that linger around it.

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    1. Oh, how very special to still have your cherished book! Thanks for sharing that with me. One of my children’s books has a missing page but I can’t bear to ever replace it for the same reason, the memories. My children and I adore Miss Suzy! We read it only a few months ago for the first time and it captured our hearts. It’s on my picture books list.

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