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100+ Best Books for Toddlers: Part 1

Two and three-year-olds are discovering the world around them. To a curious toddler everything is exciting and new. His brain is a sponge, ready to absorb ideas, concepts, and stories. It is important to nurture his curiosity. And the most effective way to do this is through books.


The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle
Amazon Says: "A beautifully executed work for the very young that satisfies the needs of both visually handicapped and sighted children without losing its artistic integrity." -The Horn B more...
Amazon Says: "A beautifully executed work for the very young that satisfies the needs of both visually handicapped and sighted children without losing its artistic integrity." -The Horn Book, starred review. "Both sighted and blind children will follow the action with ease . . . Visually and verbally, this is a winner." -Booklist, starred review. less...
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My Car by Byron Barton
Amazon Says: With prose as clean as Sam's the narrator's shiny engine, Byron Barton, the celebrated creator of numerous picture books for very young children, including Trucks, My Bus, and more...
Amazon Says: With prose as clean as Sam's the narrator's shiny engine, Byron Barton, the celebrated creator of numerous picture books for very young children, including Trucks, My Bus, and Building a House, explores transportation, the parts of a car, signs and signals, night and day, community, and occupations. Bright, graphic artwork invites readers to count, name colors and shapes, and follow Sam and his car as they drive through a bustling world from Sam's home in the country to his job in the city. The surprise ending is a gem! "For young children intrigued by cars, this book is simply wonderful."—ALA BooklistSupports the Common Core Standards less...
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Dear zoo by Rod Campbell
Amazon Says: Each animal arriving from the zoo as a possible pet fails to suit its prospective owner, until just the right one is found. Movable flaps reveal the contents of each package. more...
Amazon Says: Each animal arriving from the zoo as a possible pet fails to suit its prospective owner, until just the right one is found. Movable flaps reveal the contents of each package. less...
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Bears by Ruth Krauss
Amazon Says: With just 27 words, the inimitable Ruth Krauss created a charming little universe.Now Maurice Sendak has turned her bears into a troupe of players in a slapstick comedy starri more...
Amazon Says: With just 27 words, the inimitable Ruth Krauss created a charming little universe.Now Maurice Sendak has turned her bears into a troupe of players in a slapstick comedy starring a familiar boy in a wolf suit. less...
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Lola at the Library by Anna McQuinn
Amazon Says: Board book edition. Lola has a big smile on her face. Why? Because it's Tuesday--and on Tuesdays, Lola and her mommy go to the library. Join Lola in this cozy celebration of b more...
Amazon Says: Board book edition. Lola has a big smile on her face. Why? Because it's Tuesday--and on Tuesdays, Lola and her mommy go to the library. Join Lola in this cozy celebration of books and the people who love them. less...
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Bruno Munari's Zoo by Bruno Munari
Amazon Says: Bruno Munari was an internationally acclaimed artist, designer, and children's book creator. Acontemporary of Leo Leonni, his books have been hailed as "among the most origina more...
Amazon Says: Bruno Munari was an internationally acclaimed artist, designer, and children's book creator. Acontemporary of Leo Leonni, his books have been hailed as "among the most original, inventive and beautiful ever created." Zoo is among his most graphically stunning works. Meet the kangaroo, who is all legs but doesn't know it, the zebra in his striped pajamas, and the humpy camel, who has a seat for you. Young readers will enjoy Munari's bright, bold illustrations; older readers will appreciate hiswry humor. From children to collectors, Bruno Munari's Zoo is certain to enchant a whole new generation. "Graphic designer Bruno Munari is one of the most inventive picture book creators I know. I have been inspired, entertained, and in awe of his work since I was a graphic design student in Germany more than 50 years ago. And Zoo has been one of my favorites. I am delighted that it is available once again for a new generation of picture book readers of all ages." Eric Carle less...
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My Mother's Sari by Sandhya Rao
Amazon Says: One long stretch of cloth is what Mother always wears—elegant yet so graceful. The mystery of the sari can be magic for a child, winding and weaving, just like the connectio more...
Amazon Says: One long stretch of cloth is what Mother always wears—elegant yet so graceful. The mystery of the sari can be magic for a child, winding and weaving, just like the connection between a child and its mother. The style, the motifs, the interplay of children, colors, and textures, create the rich, mood-filled, and dreamy world of My Mother's Sari. A book to capture the imagination of children everywhere! less...
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Emily's Balloon by Komako Sakai
Amazon Says: One day, Emily gets a balloon. By the end of the afternoon, the balloon is no longer just a plaything. Emily and the balloon are friends. But when the balloon blows away, what more...
Amazon Says: One day, Emily gets a balloon. By the end of the afternoon, the balloon is no longer just a plaything. Emily and the balloon are friends. But when the balloon blows away, what will Emily do? The beautifully evocative illustrations and the timeless innocence of the story make this deceptively simple book a sure classicsweet, compelling, and filled with the wonder and discovery of friendship. less...
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Amazon Says: Trixie, Daddy, and Knuffle Bunny take a trip to the neighborhood Laundromat. But the exciting adventure takes a dramatic turn when Trixie realizes somebunny was left behind U more...
Amazon Says: Trixie, Daddy, and Knuffle Bunny take a trip to the neighborhood Laundromat. But the exciting adventure takes a dramatic turn when Trixie realizes somebunny was left behind Using a combination of muted black-and-white photographs and expressive illustrations, this stunning book tells a brilliantly true-to-life tale about what happens when Daddy's in charge and things go terribly, hilariously wrong. less...
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Amazon Says: First published in 1984, a picture book in which the Little Mouse will do all he can to save his strawberry from the Big, Hungry Bear, even if it means sharing it with the rea more...
Amazon Says: First published in 1984, a picture book in which the Little Mouse will do all he can to save his strawberry from the Big, Hungry Bear, even if it means sharing it with the reader. The Little Mouse and the Big Hungry Bear are known and loved by millions of children around the world. Little Mouse loves strawberries, but so does the bear...How will Little Mouse stop the bear from eating his freshly picked, red, ripe strawberry. less...
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Amazon Says: From trumpeting like an elephant to howling like a wolf, acclaimed author-illustrator John Butler delights the very young with this simple, interactive look at different anima more...
Amazon Says: From trumpeting like an elephant to howling like a wolf, acclaimed author-illustrator John Butler delights the very young with this simple, interactive look at different animals and the noises they make. Butler s lavish double-page portraits feature wide-eyed animals in their natural surroundings. The simple text invites young children to mimic the animals sounds in the story. Finally, when all the animals are quiet, readers are invited to imitate their animal friends one last time: It s time to gently close your eyes and fall fast asleep. less...
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Cuddle Up, Goodnight by Katie Cleminson
Amazon Says: Wake up! Animal friends are ready to play.  Clean up, dress up, eat up! With friends by your side, even everyday routines are full of fun and whimsy.  Cuddle up! At the end more...
Amazon Says: Wake up! Animal friends are ready to play.  Clean up, dress up, eat up! With friends by your side, even everyday routines are full of fun and whimsy.  Cuddle up! At the end of a busy day comes the nicest routine of all: cuddling up with the perfect book. Katie Cleminson's winsome illustrations make Cuddle Up, Goodnight a delightful addition to any child's bedtime routine.   less...
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I'm Bad! by Kate McMullan
Amazon Says: So freeze, fuzzies—take cover, critters—'cause Kate and Jim McMullan's ravenous reptile has just one thing on his mind: dinner. more...
Amazon Says: So freeze, fuzzies—take cover, critters—'cause Kate and Jim McMullan's ravenous reptile has just one thing on his mind: dinner. less...
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Mr. Gumpy's Outing by John Burningham
Amazon Says: Mr. Gumpy lives by a river. One sunny day he decides to take a ride in his small boat. It is such a perfect idea, for such a perfect summer day, that he soon has company: fir more...
Amazon Says: Mr. Gumpy lives by a river. One sunny day he decides to take a ride in his small boat. It is such a perfect idea, for such a perfect summer day, that he soon has company: first the children, then the rabbit, the cat, the dog, the pig, the sheep, the chickens, and still others until-- Mr. Gumpy's outing comes to an inevitable but not unhappy, conclusion. With Mr. Gumpy's Outing, John Burningham became the first artist ever to win England's Kate Greenaway Medal twice. In America, the book was a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award winner and an American Library Association Notable Children's Book of 1971. "Come for a ride another day," says Mr. Gumpy at the book's end. And young readers will return again and again to this sprightly story with its clever, captivating illustrations that reflect the sunlit quality of a lazy summer afternoon. Winner of the 1972 Boston Globe - Horn Book Award for Picture Books An ALA Notable Children's Book Winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal A 1971 New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Children's Book A Child Study Association Children's Book of the Year A Library of Congress Children's Book of the Year less...
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Amazon Says: A big happy frog, a plump purple cat, a handsome blue horse, and a soft yellow duck--all parade across the pages of this delightful book. Children will immediately respond to more...
Amazon Says: A big happy frog, a plump purple cat, a handsome blue horse, and a soft yellow duck--all parade across the pages of this delightful book. Children will immediately respond to Eric Carle's flat, boldly colored collages. Combined with Bill Martin's singsong text, they create unforgettable images of these endearing animals. less...
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The Little Red Hen by Byron Barton
Amazon Says: Byron Barton presents a fresh retelling of the well-loved folktale of The Little Red Hen. The little red hen grows grain, threshes wheat, bakes bread, and feeds her chicks—a more...
Amazon Says: Byron Barton presents a fresh retelling of the well-loved folktale of The Little Red Hen. The little red hen grows grain, threshes wheat, bakes bread, and feeds her chicks—all by herself, without any help from her lazy friends. Young readers will learn a valuable lesson about teamwork from this classic tale.Mr. Barton's simple words, bold images, and imaginative use of color have made his many picture books perennial favorites with young children.Supports the Common Core State Standards less...
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Amazon Says: In English, dim sum means "little hearts," or "touches the heart," but to this young girl, dim sum means delicious. On a visit to a bustling dim sum restaurant, a family picks more...
Amazon Says: In English, dim sum means "little hearts," or "touches the heart," but to this young girl, dim sum means delicious. On a visit to a bustling dim sum restaurant, a family picks their favorite little dishes from the steaming trolleys filled with dumplings, cakes, buns, and tarts. And as is traditional and fun, they share their food with each other so that everyone gets a bite of everything. Just right for young children, Dim Sum for Everyone! celebrates a cultural custom and a universal favorite activity--eating! less...
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A Closer Look by Mary McCarthy
Amazon Says: Open your eyes.Open your mind.Open your imagination.Look!What do you see?Mary McCarthy's beautiful handmade-paper collages will transport young children on a journey of discov more...
Amazon Says: Open your eyes.Open your mind.Open your imagination.Look!What do you see?Mary McCarthy's beautiful handmade-paper collages will transport young children on a journey of discovery. less...
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One Two That's My Shoe! by Alison Murray
Amazon Says: When a mischievous puppy runs off with his owner's shoe, it's a race from one to ten to get it back again! Over the teddy bears and out the door, readers can rollick along wit more...
Amazon Says: When a mischievous puppy runs off with his owner's shoe, it's a race from one to ten to get it back again! Over the teddy bears and out the door, readers can rollick along with the canine trickster and count the scenery along the way. ONE TWO THAT'S MY SHOE! is a twist on charming verse, brought to life by Alison Murray's simple words and whimsical illustrations. For readers looking for a fun story they can count on, this book is one they're sure to read again and again. less...
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Mice by Rose Fyleman
Amazon Says: The lights are out—and so are the impy house mice—in this delightful nighttime cat-and-mouse adventure. Could it be true that mice are…nice? That’s certainly more...
Amazon Says: The lights are out—and so are the impy house mice—in this delightful nighttime cat-and-mouse adventure. Could it be true that mice are…nice? That’s certainly what the cat thinks in this after-dark romp just perfect for young children. Featuring whimsical, comforting text and vibrant collage illustrations from Caldecott Honor medalist Lois Ehlert, this engaging story puts a fresh spin on the classic cat-and-mouse dynamic. less...
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Amazon Says: There are red sheep and blue sheep, wind sheep and wave sheep, scared sheep and brave sheep, but where is the green sheep? The search is on in this cozy, sheep-filled story more...
Amazon Says: There are red sheep and blue sheep, wind sheep and wave sheep, scared sheep and brave sheep, but where is the green sheep? The search is on in this cozy, sheep-filled story from acclaimed author Mem Fox and popular Australian cartoonist Judy Horacek. Complete with sleepy rhymes and bright illustrations, this book is sure to delight children of all ages, from the very young to those just beginning to read. less...
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Ten Black Dots by Donald Crews
Amazon Says: First published in 1968, Ten Black Dots is a counting book, a book of simple rhymes, and a book of everyday objects. This "bright, clean-lined counting book features remarkabl more...
Amazon Says: First published in 1968, Ten Black Dots is a counting book, a book of simple rhymes, and a book of everyday objects. This "bright, clean-lined counting book features remarkable colors and textures."--Childhood Education. less...
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Small Bunny's Blue Blanket by Feeney Tatyana
Amazon Says: Small Bunny does everything with Blue Blanket. Blue Blanket helps him paint the best pictures, go the highest on the swings, and read the hardest words. They need each other. more...
Amazon Says: Small Bunny does everything with Blue Blanket. Blue Blanket helps him paint the best pictures, go the highest on the swings, and read the hardest words. They need each other. But one day, Small Bunny's mother insists Blue Blanket needs to be washed. She says Blue Blanket will be as good as new after. But Bunny isn't sure he likes new. Will his friend ever be the same? less...
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Amazon Says: Toddlers love machines and things that go, and this book gives them everything they want, from a bucket truck to a tower crane to an airplane. Every other spread has an intera more...
Amazon Says: Toddlers love machines and things that go, and this book gives them everything they want, from a bucket truck to a tower crane to an airplane. Every other spread has an interactive gatefold which extends the original picture to three pages, revealing something new about each situation. The last spread diagrams each city machine, providing additional information for young readers to pore over again and again. William Low’s classically-trained artist’s eye adds a new layer to this genre, and both parents and children will appreciate the beautiful illustrations, the attention to detail, and the clever situational twists revealed by lifting the flaps. less...
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I Spy With My Little Eye by Edward Gibbs
Amazon Says: Look through this eye-catching book’s special spy hole to discover a world of animal colors! Have you ever played the I-spy game? Debut artist Edward Gibbs takes the more...
Amazon Says: Look through this eye-catching book’s special spy hole to discover a world of animal colors! Have you ever played the I-spy game? Debut artist Edward Gibbs takes the game to a whole new level in this picture book with spy holes. Peeking through the pages, children will be able to spot a different colored animal every time, and guess what it is using a simple, factual clue. Bold illustrations and die-cut holes will absorb young readers as they learn about colors and animal names. less...
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