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100+ Best Books for Toddlers: Part 3

To make the shared book experience pleasurable and familiar it is important to make the reading aloud experience part of his daily routine and to read developmentally appropriate books. The stories should be a combination of books which visit familiar concepts within the realm of his daily life, and books which stretch his knowledge and understanding of the world. They should be short enough to hold his attention and interest, and grow longer as his attention span increases.


Amazon Says: An alphabet book by this graphic designer. more...
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Alligators All Around by Maurice Sendak
Amazon Says: ‘An alligator jamboree, with all the letters ' A through Z.' more...
Amazon Says: ‘An alligator jamboree, with all the letters ' A through Z.' less...
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Max's ABC by Rosemary Wells
Amazon Says: Everybody’s favorite bunnies, Max and Ruby, are back, starring in their very own ABC concept book. Max’s ants have escaped from their farm, and now they’re searching for more...
Amazon Says: Everybody’s favorite bunnies, Max and Ruby, are back, starring in their very own ABC concept book. Max’s ants have escaped from their farm, and now they’re searching for food. The ants start with Max’s sandwich, and soon they’re everywhere! Fortunately, Ruby comes to the rescue. Max’s ABC teaches the alphabet by featuring a different letter on each page, large and colorful so they’re easy to spot. The very youngest readers will love practicing their letters with Max and Ruby. less...
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Amazon Says: Every large city is filled with sights and sounds and lots and lots of words. But have you ever looked at the city itself? At the shapes created by wood, concrete, metal and p more...
Amazon Says: Every large city is filled with sights and sounds and lots and lots of words. But have you ever looked at the city itself? At the shapes created by wood, concrete, metal and paint? A keen eye and a little inspiration are all it takes to discover a hidden alphabet among the architecture of a bustling metropolis. The City ABC Book features dramatic black-and-white photographs of urban landscapes with hidden letters boldly highlighted in red. Children will be inspired to take a second look at the world around them as their powers of observation are enhanced, and their imaginations are allowed to soar. less...
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Firefighters A To Z by Chris L. Demarest
Amazon Says: A is for Alarm that rings loud and clear. B is for Boots stowed in our bunker gear. From A to Z, volunteer firefighter and fine artist Chris Demarest presents a more...
Amazon Says: A is for Alarm that rings loud and clear. B is for Boots stowed in our bunker gear. From A to Z, volunteer firefighter and fine artist Chris Demarest presents a day-in-the-life of firefighters whose job it is to answer the call to put out fires and save property and lives. In a simple, informative text and with glowing realistic illustrations that thoroughly envelop the reader, the danger of fire and the courageous job firefighters do every day are brought to life for readers everywhere. less...
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Alphabet City by Stephen T. Johnson
Amazon Says: The urban landscape will never look the same again. As Stephen T. Johnson demonstrates in a series of strikingly realistic pastels and watercolors, a simple sawhorse can conta more...
Amazon Says: The urban landscape will never look the same again. As Stephen T. Johnson demonstrates in a series of strikingly realistic pastels and watercolors, a simple sawhorse can contain the letter "A" — while lampposts alongside a highway can form a row of elegant, soaring Ys. A 1996 Caldecott Honor book, this sophisticated, wordless alphabet book is sure to appeal to young and old alike. less...
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LMNO Peas by Keith Baker
Amazon Says: Get ready to roll through the alphabet with a jaunty cast of busy little peas. Featuring a range of zippy characters from Acrobat Peas to Zoologist Peas, this delightful pictu more...
Amazon Says: Get ready to roll through the alphabet with a jaunty cast of busy little peas. Featuring a range of zippy characters from Acrobat Peas to Zoologist Peas, this delightful picture book highlights a variety of interests, hobbies, and careers—each one themed to a letter of the alphabet—and gives a wonderful sense of the colorful world we live in. Children will have so much fun poring over the detailed scenes that they won’t even realize they’re learning the alphabet along the way! less...
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ABCers by Carole Lexa Schaefer
Amazon Says: Learn the ABCs in a new way! What are ABCers? They’re Book readers and Friend greeters, Lap sitters and Race runners. When these friends go to the park to play, they sing a more...
Amazon Says: Learn the ABCs in a new way! What are ABCers? They’re Book readers and Friend greeters, Lap sitters and Race runners. When these friends go to the park to play, they sing and giggle, jump and tiptoe all the way from A to Z. Children will love following them throughout their very active day, as well as coming up with all the ABC things that they can do themselves, too! Filled with action, ABCers encourages learning, as well as play. less...
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Alison's Zinnia by Anita Lobel
Amazon Says: Alison acquired an Amaryllis for Beryl. Beryl bought a Bergonia for Crystal. Crystal cut a Chrysanthemum for Dawn. And so it went until Yolansa yanked a Yucca for Zena, who ze more...
Amazon Says: Alison acquired an Amaryllis for Beryl. Beryl bought a Bergonia for Crystal. Crystal cut a Chrysanthemum for Dawn. And so it went until Yolansa yanked a Yucca for Zena, who zeroed in on a Zinnia for Alison...Anita Lobel's dazzling flower paintings glow with life and turn an original and witty alphabet book into a magnificent floral display for all ages.Alison acquired an Amaryllis for Beryl. Beryl bought a Begonia for Crystal. Crystal cut a Chrysanthemum for Dawn.And so it went, until Yolanda yanked a Yucca for Zena, who zeroed in on a Zinnia for Alison ...Anita Lobel's dazzling flower paintings glow with life and turn an original and witty alphabet book into a magnificent floral display for all ages. less...
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Amazon Says: Caldecott Award-winning author-artist Ed Emberley has created an ingenious way for children to chase away their nighttime fears. Kids can turn the pages of this die-cut book a more...
Amazon Says: Caldecott Award-winning author-artist Ed Emberley has created an ingenious way for children to chase away their nighttime fears. Kids can turn the pages of this die-cut book and watch the Big Green Monster grow. Then, when they're ready to show him who's in charge, they'll turn the remaining pages and watch him disappear! This lavish reissue features dramatic die-cut eyes and sparkling foil on the cover. less...
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Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Amazon Says: Die cut pages bring surprise after surprise in this magical new book from the "Queen of the concept book"—an intricate and satisfying homage to green, the color of all creat more...
Amazon Says: Die cut pages bring surprise after surprise in this magical new book from the "Queen of the concept book"—an intricate and satisfying homage to green, the color of all creation. How many kinds of green are there? There's the lush green of a forest on a late spring day, the fresh, juicy green of a just-cut lime, the incandescent green of a firefly, and the vivid aquamarine of a tropical sea. In her newest book, Caldecott and Geisel Honor Book author Laura Vaccaro Seeger fashions an homage to a single color and, in doing so, creates a book that will delight and, quite possibly astonish you.  Green is a Kirkus Reviews Best Children's Book of 2012 Green is a 2013 Caldecott Honor Book less...
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Colors Everywhere by Tana Hoban
Amazon Says: "In this wordless picture book....Attention-grabbing color photographs float in the middle of each page, accompanied by a color graph that pictorially represents the proportio more...
Amazon Says: "In this wordless picture book....Attention-grabbing color photographs float in the middle of each page, accompanied by a color graph that pictorially represents the proportions of the various colors found in each picture. The result is an engaging color game with many uses. Very young children will enjoy naming the pictured objects, while older readers will be drawn into exploring the colors' varying tones. A book children will come back to over and over." -- Horn Book. less...
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Color Dance by Ann Jonas
Amazon Says: The girl in red, the girl in yellow, the girl in blue, and the boy in black and white are all set to stir up the rainbow. Watch them create a living kaleidoscope, step by ste more...
Amazon Says: The girl in red, the girl in yellow, the girl in blue, and the boy in black and white are all set to stir up the rainbow. Watch them create a living kaleidoscope, step by step by step. less...
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Amazon Says: On a gray and rainy day, a boy discovers a rainbow of colors in the magical world of nursery rhymes. Come along as he delights in blue with Little Boy Blue, orange in Old Moth more...
Amazon Says: On a gray and rainy day, a boy discovers a rainbow of colors in the magical world of nursery rhymes. Come along as he delights in blue with Little Boy Blue, orange in Old Mother Hubbard?s cupboard, and purple with poor Humpty Dumpty. This gorgeously illustrated, whimsical nursery adventure is just right for children learning their colors. Alison Jay?s uniquely beautiful concept books continue to charm readers and win fans of all ages. less...
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Amazon Says: Little Maya longs to find brilliant, beautiful, inspiring color in her world.…but Maya’s world, the Mojave Desert, seems to be filled with nothing but sand. With the help o more...
Amazon Says: Little Maya longs to find brilliant, beautiful, inspiring color in her world.…but Maya’s world, the Mojave Desert, seems to be filled with nothing but sand. With the help of a feathered friend, she searches everywhere to discover color in her world. In the brilliant purple of her mother's flowers, the cool green of a cactus, the hot pink sunset, and the shiny black of Papi's hair, Maya finally finds what she was looking for. The book’s appealing narrative and bold illustrations encourage early readers to observe and explore, and to discover the colors in their own less...
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Kitten Red, Yellow, Blue by Peter Catalanotto
Amazon Says: Sixteen calico kittens -- the number of colors in a crayon box. Their mother, Sophie, knows one from another...but how do you think Mrs. Tuttle tells those kittens apart? more...
Amazon Says: Sixteen calico kittens -- the number of colors in a crayon box. Their mother, Sophie, knows one from another...but how do you think Mrs. Tuttle tells those kittens apart? Peter Catalanotto's sequel to his Matthew A.B.C. and Daisy 1, 2, 3 invites long looking, counting, and laughing! less...
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Color Farm by Lois Ehlert
Amazon Says: On this form you can viewAnimal ears and whiskers too.Lots of animals to be found,Shapes and colors ail around.Look at beaks and snouts with me.M more...
Amazon Says: On this form you can viewAnimal ears and whiskers too.Lots of animals to be found,Shapes and colors ail around.Look at beaks and snouts with me.Make some more for us to see. Outstanding Science Trade Books for Children 1990 (NSTA/CBC)Parenting Honorable Mention, Reading Magic Award less...
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Color Zoo by Lois Ehlert
Amazon Says: Shapes and colors in your zoo, lots of things that you can do. Heads and ears, beaks and snouts, that's what animals are all about. I know animals and you do too; make some ne more...
Amazon Says: Shapes and colors in your zoo, lots of things that you can do. Heads and ears, beaks and snouts, that's what animals are all about. I know animals and you do too; make some new ones for your zoo. less...
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Amazon Says: Here, in one book, are the days of the week, the months of the year, the four seasons, the basic colors, and an exciting counting adventure -- all conceived, staged, and prese more...
Amazon Says: Here, in one book, are the days of the week, the months of the year, the four seasons, the basic colors, and an exciting counting adventure -- all conceived, staged, and presented by the incomparable Anita Lobel. You can savor each of the three stories separately or think of them as three acts in one play. However you do it, a standing ovation is guaranteed!10 Best Illustrated Books of 2000 (NY Times Book Review)01 Riverbank Review Magazine's Children's Books of Distinction Award Nominations less...
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Blue Sky by Audrey Wood
Amazon Says: Bestselling author/illustrator Audrey Wood uses simple words and stunning art to celebrate the ever-changing sky. In Audrey Wood's bright, new concept book, a child and his f more...
Amazon Says: Bestselling author/illustrator Audrey Wood uses simple words and stunning art to celebrate the ever-changing sky. In Audrey Wood's bright, new concept book, a child and his family experience the fun of a sunny-sky day at the beach, then the electricity of a thunder-storm sky, and finally the magical delight of a rainbow sky. After the night sky fills up with stars, readers will be soothed by the pleasure of wishing on a star. Using only two words per page-"Blue Sky" "Cloud Sky" "Storm Sky"-Wood's enthusiastic playfulness will encourage young readers to make up their own simple descriptions of the sky above. Years ago, a teacher told Audrey how rarely her young students looked up. She asked them to begin watching the sky every day and keeping sky journals. They loved it! And soon that teacher saw great improvement in their learning, observing, and test-taking skills. Beautiful, joyful, and educational, BLUE SKY invites us all to be creative in the way we engage with the world--all the ingredients that have made Audrey Wood's books popular and timeless among readers young and old. less...
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Monsters Love Colors by Mike Austin
Amazon Says: Did you know that monsters love to scribble, scribble, mix,dance,andwiggle! Why?Because monsters love to make new colors!Celebrate along with the hilarious monsters in this wi more...
Amazon Says: Did you know that monsters love to scribble, scribble, mix,dance,andwiggle! Why?Because monsters love to make new colors!Celebrate along with the hilarious monsters in this wild and energetic picture book from author-illustrator Mike Austin. Mixing and discovering color has never been so much fun! less...
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Amazon Says: A brilliant new Eric Carle picture book for the artist in us all Every child has an artist inside them, and this vibrant picture book from Eric Carle will help let it out. Th more...
Amazon Says: A brilliant new Eric Carle picture book for the artist in us all Every child has an artist inside them, and this vibrant picture book from Eric Carle will help let it out. The artist in this book paints the world as he sees it, just like a child. There's a red crocodile, an orange elephant, a purple fox and a polka-dotted donkey. More than anything, there's imagination. Filled with some of the most magnificently colorful animals of Eric Carle's career, this tribute to the creative life celebrates the power of art. less...
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Freight Train by Donald Crews
Amazon Says: Red caboose at the back, orange tank car, green cattle car, purple box car, black tender and a black steam engine . . . freight train.The powerful words evoke the essence of i more...
Amazon Says: Red caboose at the back, orange tank car, green cattle car, purple box car, black tender and a black steam engine . . . freight train.The powerful words evoke the essence of inexorably rolling wheels, so that even a child not lucky enough to have counted freight cars will feel he has watched a freight train passing. A book truly for the youngest child—and for every one of us who has been that child. less...
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A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni
Amazon Says: Elephants are gray. Pigs are pink. Only the chameleon has no color of his own. He is purple like the heather, yellow like a lemon, even black and orange striped like a tiger! more...
Amazon Says: Elephants are gray. Pigs are pink. Only the chameleon has no color of his own. He is purple like the heather, yellow like a lemon, even black and orange striped like a tiger! Then one day a chameleon has an idea to remain one color forever by staying on the greenest leaf he can find. But in the autumn, the leaf changes from green to yellow to red . . . and so does the chameleon. When another chameleon suggests they travel together, he learns that companionship is more important than having a color of his own. No matter where he goes with his new friend, they will always be alike. less...
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Cleo's Color Book by Stella Blackstone
Amazon Says: Red, orange, yellow...discover the colors with help from Cleo! This poetic rhyming journey will teach youngsters how to recognize and create colors on their own! more...
Amazon Says: Red, orange, yellow...discover the colors with help from Cleo! This poetic rhyming journey will teach youngsters how to recognize and create colors on their own! less...
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