There is no greater joy than reading a great story to your toddler. After speaking to parents of toddlers, sitting in the library looking at what parents are reading to their toddlers and researching the best books for toddlers – I have compiled a list of books which represents the best stories that you should be reading to all your lovely little girls and boys. I hope you enjoy them toddlers (and parents).
Good Night Gorilla By Peggy Rathman
A fun tale about a Zoo Keeper putting the zoo animals to bed. However, as he is going around wishing them all good night a mischievous Gorilla takes his keys and begins to make some trouble. Good Night Gorilla is quite a funny book that will keep both toddlers and parents thoroughly entertained. It has 34 pages of beautiful and vivid pictures. Absolute must-read to any cheeky monkeys.
Share! By Anthea Simmons & Georgie Birkett
A little girl has a younger sibling who she doesn’t want to share with. As the day goes on and her Mummy tells her more and more she learns the importance of sharing and begins to enjoy it. A lovely way to promote sharing amongst brothers and sisters and transform it into something they want to do. The ending in particular is lovely and very heartfelt. Recommended read to toddlers with younger siblings.
Animal Babies! By Amazing Baby
This touch-and-feel book introduces toddlers to different baby animals whilst allowing them to feel the different textures of their hair. There is also a rhyme for each animal which describes the feeling of their skin/fur. Very entertaining and sure-hit with your young ones.
Funny Face By Anna Walker
Anna Walker is one of the best toddler-authors and this book is a great example of this. Human beings are capable of showing how they are feeling by their facial expressions and Funny Face is fantastic for encouraging children and indeed yourself to make different faces at one another to show emotion and expressions. Each page shows a different emotion and will have your toddler laughing and experimenting to try different facial expressions, from happy to sad, scared to impressed. Great fun for both toddler and parent.
Dear Zoo Noisy Book By Rod Campbell
30 years after this book was first published it still remains one of the most recommended books by parents and could not be missed from this best books for toddlers list. A young child wants to have a pet and so writes to the Zoo asking them to send one, they do but there is something wrong with each one until they send the perfect pet. This interactive books allows your child to pull flaps up, look behind crates and even push a button that creates the noise of the animal. Another book that will provide both the reader and child a lot of entertainment.
Twinkle Lullaby Book By Ladybird
A book of well-known lullabies that has shapes and pictures around them and asks your child if they are able to see the little pictures that are inside the bigger ones. It also has fun pictures relating to the particular lullaby and has different material and textures to feel.
Ten Tiny Babies By Karen Katz
A story of babies who are all playing and having loads of fun bouncing and being silly until it’s time to go to bed. It follows the babies one by one whilst they get together until the ten of them are all ready to say good night.
Very First Numbers By Usborne
This first number book teaches your child to count up to five and then back down again. It used lively pictures to do so and introduces animals that they may have not encountered yet. The book is well made and should last a long time, which is great as children love to look at the pretty and engaging pictures.
Opposites By Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler
Using the very popular characters from The Gruffalo stories this book shows and teaches children about opposites. The differences are shown through many animals of all shapes and sizes through their speed, size, expressions and height. Brilliant way of introducing your child to The Gruffalo books and how we are all unique. Very recommended to teach your young ones some very important things about the world.
Waiting for Baby By New Baby
Waiting For Baby is an excellent way of creating excitement around the anticipation of a new arrival to the family. It follows a little boy as he and his family get ready for the new baby. This encourages questions and helps to get your child to feel involved with everything surrounding the new addition to the family such as ultrasounds, feeling the baby kick, helping choose clothes, decorating baby’s room, attending doctors appointments and then finally waiting for Mummy, Daddy and baby to arrive back from the hospital.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar By Eric Carle
A timeless story that follows the progression of a caterpillar from when it is an egg on a leaf. It wakes up and immediately begins to forage for food eating everything in its sight until he gets a tummy ache because he was so greedy. He begins to feel better and then forms a cocoon and changes into a magnificent butterfly. A great way of showing your child where butterflies come from originally.
It’s Bathtime By Ant Parker
It’s Bathtime by Any Parker is a highly enjoyable book that helps your child to get ready for their bath by enabling them to get all the things together that they need such as their towel, bubble bath and toys. Great way of bringing some fun to an important part of your child’s routine.
Best Bear By Emma Dodd
Best Bear is a lovely story of a boy and his favourite bear at bedtime told through a delightful rhyme. This is a soothing nighttime tale of how his best friend ‘Bear’ protects him from the dark and helps him to be brave before going to sleep. This is a perfect way to alleviate the fear of the dark that some children may have.
Moo, Baa, La La La! By Sandra Boynton
Truly entertaining, this poem book allows you and your child to copy animal noises whilst following the story which is thoroughly hilarious for children. Moo, Baa, La La La teaches your child to associate certain noises with specific animals.
Where’s Spot? By Eric Hill
No list of the best books for toddlers would be complete without one that features the lovable puppy Spot. This lift-the-flap-book follows Spots Mummy Sally looking for him but coming across many other animals before finding her pup. Tons of fun can be had with uncovering the hidden animal in behind items in Spots house, an amusing way of having your child guess who Sally is going to find next!
This best books for toddlers list contains only some of the great books that are available to you parents and all are thoroughly recommended. Some will provide you and your toddler great moments of laughter and others will give you a great teaching tool. Whichever book you decide to read your lovely toddler next – I hope you both have the utmost joy discovering the vast world of children’s books together and if you or your toddler have any particular favourites that weren’t mentioned in this list, please share it with us.