Top 20 Best Books For Toddlers

I have never had such a hotly-requested blog post as this one. Over the Christmas period, as a slightly more wholesome and healthy alternative to the traditional chocolate advent calendar, my husband and I did ‘Bookmas’ with our toddler, where she received a new book to read from a big box every day throughout advent. Lots of the mums following my Instagram stories asked for a list of of these, or advice on the best books for toddlers, and I’ve finally found the time to sit down and share them with you.

Top 20 Best Books For Toddlers

Containing a few books from Bookmas, and a few that were already in our collection, this is my definitive list of my choice of the best books for toddlers, which have been tried and tested by my family and Baby Sunshine.

Julia Donaldson collection

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A list of the best books for toddlers would be incomplete without at least one book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler in it, and because we love so many of them, I’ve cheated and included a number of our favourites which are available to purchase in a special collection. From the laugh-a-minute ‘Goat Goes To Playgroup’ to hugely imaginative ‘The Snail and The Whale’, and of course, the classic, ‘The Gruffalo’, in my opinion. every book listed here should have a place on your child’s bookshelf.

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Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

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In a great big room, tucked up in bed, is a bunny who is about to go to sleep for the night. Say goodnight to him and everything else you can see in the room as the moon slowly rises and the room grows dark.

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And Here’s To You by David Elliott

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A book about appreciation, gratitude, confidence, happiness and love; vital life skills that children are never too young to learn.

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One Snowy Night by Nick Butterworth

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Percy the park keeper is a friendly soul who loves animals…but what happens one snowy night when they all want to join him in his cosy hut?

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Me… by Emma Dodd

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Emma Dodd’s books are beautiful, rhyming pieces of art, with equally beautiful messages. We love them all, but we especially love the heart-warming ‘Me’.

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Each Peach Pear Plum, by Janet and Alan Ahlberg

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One of two books by the children’s author couple on this list, Each Peach Pear Plum is an interactive book, filled with beautiful language and stunning illustrations.

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Where’s Spot? by Eric Hill

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This was one of the very first books I ever read to Baby Sunshine, and she still loves lifting the flaps and helping Sally find Spot to this day.

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Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell

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Another great lift-the-flaps book which builds suspense with every page turn. Rod Campbell’s books are all classics, and we have many in our collection, but this one will always be our favourite.

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The Moon Man by Isabel Harris

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An imaginative tale, which is aimed at older toddlers and preschoolers, this book teaches children that sometimes misunderstandings can have beautiful outcomes.

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Peepo by Janet & Alan Ahlberg

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One of my all-time favourites from my childhood, this beautifully illustrated book will have your child soaking up every detail. One to be read slowly, with time to spare.

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The Going To Bed Book by Sandra Boynton

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Another one from my childhood, I remember how it used to make me fall into cosy slumbers straight after reading it. Of course, that meant it was a vital purchase when my little sleep thief came along, and luckily she loves it.

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Kipper’s Little Friends by Mick Inkpen

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I love the whole series of Kipper books, but this one is currently our favourite. I feel like Baby Sunshine learns something new every time we pick it up.

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Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney

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The book which tugs at parent’s heartstrings as they read it, this one will give you all the warm fuzzies. One of my all-time favourites.

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Elmer Collection by David Mckee
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Top 20 Best Books For Toddlers  The loveable, colourful elephant, Elmer teaches toddlers early lessons about issues relating to diversity, and he’s lots of fun too. I couldn’t choose just one book, rather I think this whole collection should be a staple on any children’s bookshelf.

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We’re Going On A Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen & Helen Oxenbury

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I was a little worried about reading this to Sophia the first time for fear it would scare her, but I needn’t have worried – she wanted to read it again and again! A thrill-a-minute book with beautiful illustrations.

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Postman Bear by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler

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A hugely engaging lift-the-flaps book, which encourages toddlers to fully interact with the story, Postman Bear is a heart-warming and feel-good read. Yet another success story from Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

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The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle

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The lesser-known cousin of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, this spider, just like his caterpillar counterpart just can’t stop! And just like him, when it comes to this book toddlers can’t seem to get enough.

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Green Eggs & Ham by Dr. Seuss

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Try as you might, you cannot resist Sam-I-Am and his green eggs and ham. This wacky rhyming classic is as fun now as it was the first time you read it. Now, run out and get it!

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Meg and Mog by Helen Nicoll & Jan Pienkowski

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On a dark night, Meg gets up, puts on her tall black hat, has breakfast with her cat Mog, and her owl, and heads out to a spell party. A brilliant fun read.

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Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy

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This hilarious rhyming story with a twist follows Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy, as he sets off for a walk in town.

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So that completes the list of my choices of the the best books for toddlers. I waited this long to post them because there is a huge book sale on at Amazon at the moment, so you can get nearly every book on the list at a reduced price.

Baby Sunshine loves to read and we devour books at home so I’m always on the look-out for new recommendations – are there any that I’ve missed?

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2 Comments

  1. Madeleine Baines
    February 14, 2018 / 4:18 pm

    So many of these are familiar to me too! Love children story books. Love your blog Polly <3

  2. February 26, 2018 / 12:27 am

    Good Night, Moon and Dear Zoo were my kids’ favorites when they were smaller. 🙂

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