Favorite Picture Books for Toddlers

by Kelsey Norwood

in Kids,Making Good

We read lots and lots at our house, and we’ve come across some great children’s picture books in the process. Here are some of our current favorites, great for toddlers.


The Giant Jam Sandwich by John Vernon Lord
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
Goodnight Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann
If You Give a Moose a Muffin by Laura Numeroff
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
by Mill Martin
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
There’s a Wocket in My Pocket by Dr. Seuss
Are You My Mother by P.D. Eastman
The Napping House by Audrey Wood
Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell
There’s a Nightmare in My Closet by Mercer Mayer
Alligators All Around by Mercer Mayer
Peekaboo Morning by Rachel Isadora
A Dragon in a Wagon by Jane Belk Moncure
Go Away Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley
Sometimes I Like to Curl Up in a Ball by Vicki Churchill
I Know a Rhino by Charles Fuge

What are some of your toddler’s favorites?

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Bernice June 24, 2009 at 6:08 am

My little guy loves the Scaredy Squirrel series by Melanie Watt and Day Out With Daddy by Stephen Cook!

2 Christine June 24, 2009 at 8:15 am

Good choices! We also love Tumble Bumble!!!

3 Missy June 24, 2009 at 9:19 am

We started on silly song books when my first was 2. Take Me Out of the Bathtub by Alan Katz illustrated by David Katrow (who incidentally illustrated Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon) is a fun book to sing along with your toddler too. Take me Out of the Bathtub is sung to the tune of Take Me Out to the Ballgame and describes a little guy who has spent hours in the tub which makes for fun songs during bath time.
Our little men are also really into Olivia right now. Especially Olivia and the Missing Toy – a good read for rainy days.

4 Caroline June 24, 2009 at 10:03 am

What a great list! I think I’ll have to pick some of those up for my 2-year-old. A couple of our favorites are “Piggy in the Puddle” and “Imogene’s Antlers”.

5 Baba June 24, 2009 at 10:44 am

Are You My Mother is one of the girl’s favorites.

6 Joanna Price June 24, 2009 at 8:09 pm

I LOVE every single Sandra Boynton book. She is awesome. I found some new ones too- Rachael Hale. “Baby Giggles” and “Baby Colors”. They are awesome! She’s a photographer, so the pictures are awesome.

7 Brooke D. June 25, 2009 at 8:09 am

We love Brown Bear Brown Bear it is my little ones favorite book! She is also really into Miss. Bindergartens Kindergarten it is a super cute book she loves the illustrations.

8 Annette W June 29, 2009 at 7:56 am

Miss Spider books, Franklin books, and the book Dear Zoo are great ones, too.

9 Sue D July 15, 2009 at 4:36 am

My granddaughter’s current favorites are Green Eggs and Ham, Olivia , Little Bear and anything by Richard Scarry.

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