These books for toddlers will keep them giggling from cover-to-cover
By Julie Evans
Our Top Picks
“A great, magical escape that requires no batteries.”
“What kid hasn’t dreamed of their best stuffed friend coming to life?”
“A great book for your child, if they need a little push for potty training.”
“Includes gardening tips and lemonade recipe.”
“Helps kids learn their colors and how they mix together.”
“A fun-filled way for kids to learn letters and letter sounds.”
“For children fascinated with trucks and tractors.”
“Puts your child’s right on the pages of a fun, beautifully illustrated book.”
“A great way to tempt your toddler into trying new food.”
“A catchy book about a group of hippos discovering their belly buttons.”
Our Top Picks
Press Here by Herve Tullet
This silly book tops our list for one reason: Kids absolutely go crazy for it. “Press Here” by Herve Tullet takes a bit of imagination, but it takes kids and adults alike on a fun, giggle-filled adventure. The interactive book has kids pressing, shaking and tilting the book, then flipping the pages to see what the heck happens. The fact is, nothing really happens, but it’s an exciting and fun way to teach kids about cause and effect. It’s a great, magical escape with no need for batteries. Imagination and togetherness are all you need.
Corduroy by Don Freeman
What little kid hasn’t dreamed of having their best stuffed friend come to life? Well, a little girl’s adorable bear does just that in the series named after him, “Corduroy.” Written by Don Freeman in 1968, these tales have become classics as children and adults alike are captivated by the sweet adventures the two have together.
This first book tells the story of how Lisa discovers him on a store shelf, missing a button. Still, she loves him, and together they go on a variety of adventures. The pictures and words are simple and sweet, and the stories are easy to follow and filled with lessons.The 20 Best Advanced Toddler Toys of 2020
Potty by Leslie Patricelli
Sometimes toddlers need a little push when it comes to potty training, and plenty of parents say this book “Potty” by Leslie Patricelli has been just the right one for their kids. The baby in the story (whose gender is unidentified, so it’s great for boys and girls alike), asks the question, “Should I go in my potty?” As kids answer for the baby, they often answer it for themselves. The book ends with the baby going potty in the potty and celebrating, encouraging potty training kids to do the same. The 7 Best Potty Chairs of 2020
When Grandma Gives You a Lemon Tree by Jamie L.B. Deenihan
When the little girl in “When Grandma Gives You a Lemon Tree” makes her birthday list, it’s filled with electronic devices. So, when her grandma gives her (you guessed it), a lemon tree, she’s not exactly overjoyed. What she comes to discover, however, is how amazing nature can be, and how you can (both literally and figuratively) turn lemons into lemonade. The story is peppered with gardening tips and even includes a recipe for lemonade. The 8 Best Parenting Books for Toddlers of 2020
Mix It Up by Herve Tullet
Herve Tulllet continues to mix up what we expect from children’s books in this aptly titled book “Mix It Up.” Much like his other beloved book “Press Here,” it’s an interactive book that’s powered by nothing other than a child’s imagination. It helps kids learn their colors, how they mix together and how beautiful they can make the world.
Eric Carle’s ABC by Eric Carle
Who better to learn one’s ABC’s from than beloved author and illustrator Eric Carle. In his book “Eric Carle’s ABC,” he takes readers through the alphabet with his beautiful, quirky illustrations. Each page has a flap adorned with a letter, and when the flap is lifted, an animal that starts with that letter is revealed. A..ant, B… bear, C…camel, and on and on they go.
It’s a fun-filled way for kids to learn letters and letter sounds they need to develop early reading skills. There’s also “My Very First Book of Numbers” by Eric Carle, and the set of the two makes a great gift for any little learner.
Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Ringer
Little ones who are fascinated with trucks, tractors and other big movers and shakers, will love ending the day with “Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site” by Sherri Duskey Ringer and Tom Lichtenheld. It tells the story of what happens when the day is done and it’s time for the equipment, including a cement mixer, bulldozer, and crane, to say good night.
M is For Me
There’s nothing like your name in print, and this personalized book puts your child and his or her name right on the pages of a fun and beautifully illustrated book. From Pottery Barn kids, it’s a great way to teach kids about important values and the alphabet too, as there’s one for every letter. C is for caring… P is for patient… U is for understanding. You can choose either a pink cover with a bunny or a blue cover with a fox, and the title will reflect their name. For example, “S is for Sam.” It’s a sweet and personal gift that’s sure to be a treasured part of their library for years to come.
Green Eggs and Ham By Dr. Seuss
Toddlers can often be picky eaters, and this delightful book from Dr. Seuss is a great way to tempt them into trying new foods. You may not be planning to serve up green eggs or ham, but the book by the same name is a fun way to talk about trying new foods. Beyond that, it’s just straight-up, silly Seuss fun with all the illustrations and fun rhyming that have made his books must-haves for the shelves of all children for generations.
Belly Button Book by Sandra Boynton
Sandra Boynton knows how to deliver the silly, and her “Belly Button Book” does that and then some. Its catchy, rhyming text makes it a delight as a group of hippos discover their “Bee-bos,” also known as belly buttons. They take those belly buttons to the beach—Belly Button Beach, in fact—“Where tons of hippos stand around in bathing suits too little because they hope you will admire the button on their middle.” Whimsical and sweet, it’s a fun read and ends with some lyrics from one of Boynton’s delightful songs on the same topic: “Ooo, belly button, you’re oh so fine! Ooo belly button I’m so happy you’re mine!”