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100+ Best Books for Toddlers: Part 5

Wherever you go, carry a book. Take your toddler to the library every week for story time. Read aloud to him in the library afterwards, and take advantage of our expertise in selecting the best books for his age and interest. His curiosity about the world will grow, and so will his love of books.


Owl Babies by Martin Waddell
Amazon Says: The bay owls came out of their house, and they sat on the tree and waited. A big branch for Sarah, a small branch for Percy, and an old piece of ivy for Bill. When three baby more...
Amazon Says: The bay owls came out of their house, and they sat on the tree and waited. A big branch for Sarah, a small branch for Percy, and an old piece of ivy for Bill. When three baby owls awake one night to find their mother gone, they can't help but wonder where she is. Stunning illustrations from unique and striking perspectives capture the owls as they worry about their mother: What is she doing? When will she be back? What scary things move all around them? Not surprisingly, a joyous flapping and dancing and bouncing greets her return, lending a celebratory tone to the ending of this comforting tale. Never has the plight of young ones who miss their mother been so simply told or so beautifully rendered. less...
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Amazon Says: Do you know about Grow's glow? Earning starred reviews and chosen as an ALA Notable selection, this striking nonfiction book explores the differences between living and non-li more...
Amazon Says: Do you know about Grow's glow? Earning starred reviews and chosen as an ALA Notable selection, this striking nonfiction book explores the differences between living and non-living things. School Library Journal declared it "a standout concept book [that's] engaging, fun . . . and a favorite for storytimes or one-on-one settings." (App also available.) less...
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A Tree Is Nice by Janice May Udry
Amazon Says: "Trees are very nice," says Janice May Udry in her first book for children. She goes on to explain that even one tree is nice, if it is the only one you happen to have.Some of more...
Amazon Says: "Trees are very nice," says Janice May Udry in her first book for children. She goes on to explain that even one tree is nice, if it is the only one you happen to have.Some of the reasons why trees are so good to have around are funny. Some are indisputable facts. But in all of them there is a sense of poetic simplicity and beauty which will be sure to entrance any young child. Whether he knows one tree or many, he will relish the descriptions of the delights to be had in, with, or under a tree.Marc Simont's joyous pictures, half of them in full color, accentuate the child-like charm of the words. And each painting of a tree or trees shows just how very nice they can be. less...
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My Beak, Your Beak by Melanie Walsh
Amazon Says: Melanie Walsh, creator of Do Pigs Have Stripes? and Do Monkeys Tweet? shows her skill in reaching the youngest readers. Walsh shows differences between pairs of animals and th more...
Amazon Says: Melanie Walsh, creator of Do Pigs Have Stripes? and Do Monkeys Tweet? shows her skill in reaching the youngest readers. Walsh shows differences between pairs of animals and then shows how they are similar. Lions are big and have hairy manes. Kittens are small and fluffy. But . . . they both have scratchy claws! There are birds and bats, sharks and goldfish, penguins and birds—who at first may seem very different, but share similarities, too. Children will love guessing on their own. less...
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Lines That Wiggle by Candace Whitman
Amazon Says: Follow the line that runs through this picture book and turns itself into all kinds of things: the waves above an octopus, the veins in a leaf, the wrappings curling around a more...
Amazon Says: Follow the line that runs through this picture book and turns itself into all kinds of things: the waves above an octopus, the veins in a leaf, the wrappings curling around a mummy, and the trapping threads of a spiderweb. Candace Whitman's catchy rhyming text is brought to life by a host of creepy critters from first-time illustrator Steve Wilson. less...
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Lucky Song by Vera B. Williams
Amazon Says: Lucky listener! Lucky reader! Listen to this lucky song about Evie and her blue-sky, kite-flying day. But Evie's day wouldn't be nearly as special without a little help from h more...
Amazon Says: Lucky listener! Lucky reader! Listen to this lucky song about Evie and her blue-sky, kite-flying day. But Evie's day wouldn't be nearly as special without a little help from her grandpa and grandma, and her mother and father and sister. The beloved picture-book world of Vera B. Williams comes vividly to life again with Evie in the warm embrace of her family. Young readers will want to hear her lucky song again and again and again.Lucky listener! Lucky reader! Listen to this lucky song about Evie and her blue-sky, kite-flying day. But Evies day wouldnt be nearly as special without a little help from her grandpa and grandma, and her mother and father and sister. The beloved picture-book world of Vera B. Williams comes vividly to life again with Evie in the warm embrace of her family. Young readers will want to hear her lucky song again and again and again. less...
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Black Magic by Dinah Johnson
Amazon Says: Black is a look, a taste, a speed, an emotion. It’s the surprising stripes on a zebra, the taste of dark chocolate, the scary, exciting feeling of going inside a tunnel, and more...
Amazon Says: Black is a look, a taste, a speed, an emotion. It’s the surprising stripes on a zebra, the taste of dark chocolate, the scary, exciting feeling of going inside a tunnel, and a mother’s voice as her daughter falls asleep. In this celebration of the African American spirit, Dinah Johnson and R. Gregory Christie paint a picture of “black” that is vivid, varied, and proud. less...
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Amazon Says: In rhythmic words and affecting pictures, this inviting picture book introduces young children to a world of sleeping creatures. Some animals, like bats, sleep upside down, wh more...
Amazon Says: In rhythmic words and affecting pictures, this inviting picture book introduces young children to a world of sleeping creatures. Some animals, like bats, sleep upside down, while others, like koalas and lions, snore up in the trees. Sharks, on the other hand, sleep with their eyes open wide so they won't miss a potential meal. Animals large and small all have good reasons for sleeping the way they do, and Kimiko Kajikawa explores their particular and often humorous habits in this charming ode to bedtime. Sweet Dreams is a 2000 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year. less...
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Animal Babies in Grasslands by Jennifer Schofield
Amazon Says: Animal Babies in Grasslands shows mammals living in this lush and green habitat. From inquisitive prairie dogs to big-eared elephants, the charming images and clear text will more...
Amazon Says: Animal Babies in Grasslands shows mammals living in this lush and green habitat. From inquisitive prairie dogs to big-eared elephants, the charming images and clear text will engage children's interest immediately. less...
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Amazon Says: "A stirring invitation to leap, dive, soar, plunge and thrill to the natural world’s wonders and glories." --Kirkus Reviews STARRED REVIEW "What do you want to be w more...
Amazon Says: "A stirring invitation to leap, dive, soar, plunge and thrill to the natural world’s wonders and glories." --Kirkus Reviews STARRED REVIEW "What do you want to be when you grow up?" is a question kids get asked over and over. But very few connections are made for kids between the present and the future. This book shows kids a pathway from their current interests and talents to a future career or interest. And in so doing, it also encourages adventure, exploration, and discovery, three core principles of National Geographic's mission. It's a celebration of possibility--so simple and so profound. Jumping in puddles can inspire scuba diving. Dirty hands can lead to dinosaur bones! Backyard star-gazing inspires future astronauts. Perfectly selected photos make the connections compelling and the future real for kids, then rich back matter brings the message home with inspirational quotes from the real-life adventurers pictured in the images. Grown-ups won't be able to resist sharing this inspirational message with kids, and kids won't be able to resist the invitation to let their imaginations run wild. less...
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Over in the Meadow by John Langstaff
Amazon Says: The old animal counting song. “Numbers for knee highs couldn’t be more fun. . . . Also has music for the song at the end. . . . Feodor Rojankovsky’s charming illustratio more...
Amazon Says: The old animal counting song. “Numbers for knee highs couldn’t be more fun. . . . Also has music for the song at the end. . . . Feodor Rojankovsky’s charming illustrations are in full color and black and white.”--Kirkus Reviews This title has been selected as a Common Core Text Exemplar (Grades K-1, Read-Aloud Poetry). less...
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Big and Little by Margaret Miller
Amazon Says: As she did in Now I'm Big and Can You Guess?, Margaret Miller again creates a world of fun and learning with her lens. Relative size is a concept the youngest children can enj more...
Amazon Says: As she did in Now I'm Big and Can You Guess?, Margaret Miller again creates a world of fun and learning with her lens. Relative size is a concept the youngest children can enjoy as they view a child's hand and an adult's hand, a large block and a tiny block. Each vibrant, colorful spread explores size in a way that will delight young viewers and make for a happy learning experience wherever there are little hands to turn the pages. less...
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Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
Amazon Says: "Bemelmans' drawings have put an authentic Paris within the covers of this book. The rhymes in which the tale is told make it one that children will enjoy repeating." The New more...
Amazon Says: "Bemelmans' drawings have put an authentic Paris within the covers of this book. The rhymes in which the tale is told make it one that children will enjoy repeating." The New York Times" less...
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We Are in a Book! by Mo Willems
Amazon Says: Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can. Gerald and Piggie are best friends. In We Are in a Book! Gerald and Piggie discover the joy of being more...
Amazon Says: Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can. Gerald and Piggie are best friends. In We Are in a Book! Gerald and Piggie discover the joy of being read. But what will happen when the book ends? Using vocabulary perfect for beginning readers (and vetted by an early-learning specialist), Mo Willems has crafted a mind-bending story that is even more interactive than previous Elephant & Piggie adventures. Fans of the Geisel Award-winning duo won't be able to put this book down--literally! less...
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Amazon Says: Caps for Sale is a timeless classic, in print for over fifty years, and beloved by generations of readers. This easy-to-read story about a peddler and a band of mischievous mo more...
Amazon Says: Caps for Sale is a timeless classic, in print for over fifty years, and beloved by generations of readers. This easy-to-read story about a peddler and a band of mischievous monkeys is filled with warmth, humor, and simplicity and teaches children about problem and resolution. Children will delight in following the peddler's efforts to outwit the monkeys and will ask to read it again and again. This is an excellent easy-to-read book that includes repetition, patterns, and colors, perfect for early readers.Supports the Common Core State Standards. less...
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I Love Planes! by Philemon Sturges
Amazon Says: Some carry people around the world.Some land on water.Some can loop around the sky.What does your favorite plane do?Blast off into the world of biplanes and more...
Amazon Says: Some carry people around the world.Some land on water.Some can loop around the sky.What does your favorite plane do?Blast off into the world of biplanes and gliders, seaplanes and dive bombers, and find out the special jobs of every kind of plane. less...
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