Favorite Books for Toddlers

When it comes to baby books, there is no shortage of options. In fact, it can be downright intimidating selecting a book that’s cute, educational, inclusive, diverse, unique, entertaining, etc. Personally, I love gifting baby and toddler books but I do find myself overthinking my choice and automatically assuming they already have all the classics. However, for what it’s worth, most of our books have been gifted to us and we’ve rarely received the same book twice.

Since we still don’t do screen time with Palmer, we read a lot of books at our house and tend to go through phases with our favorites. However, the ones I’m sharing today have lasted the test of time. So much so that I can repeat all of them verbatim by memory. Included in the group are a handful of well loved classics but there are also a few wild cards that you probably wouldn’t expect.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Palmer loves the interactive fruit pages and now that she’s working on her numbers, this has been a great visual and learning tool.

Pete the Cat, I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin

When it comes to Children’s series, Kevin and I are completely out of the loop. We received this book from our dear friends for Christmas and it was an instant hit with Palmer. It’s simple, straight forward and catchy not to mention a great way to teach colors. We must have read this book 20x day after we first received it.

Jamberry by Bruce Degen

This book is a charming rhyming tale about the berry family of fruit. It’s light and easy with a few made up words but Palmer loves its whimsical sound and she also loves fruit so she can easily relate to the illustrations.

Wherever You Are: My Love Will Find You by Nancy Tillamn

Admittedly this is my pick for the list although Palmer does enjoy this sweet tale. I just love the heartfelt message it conveys about how love is unconditional. Plus, I think the illustrations are beautiful and Palmer enjoys seeing the different animals featured throughout.

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

This is obviously a children’s classic and for good reason. This simple read sets a nice, calm tone and is the perfect bedtime story.

Good Day, Good Night by Margaret Wise Brown

This one was a bit of a surprise but a nice story to read morning or evening. I also really enjoy the illustrations in this book and most things Palmer can identify – birds, bees, bunny, ball [or maybe she’s got a thing for b words?].

Where the Wild Moms Are by Katie Blackburn and Sholto Walker

A funny homage to Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things. I’d guess the story is not quite intended for children but Palmer loves this book. It’s probably #2 behind Pete the Cat which is hilarious because it’s about a worn out mom in need of a little me time.

Next time you’re heading to a baby shower or kids birthday party, feel free to consult this list and maybe grab something a little unexpected! These books resonate most with our Child but everyone is different and no mater what you choose, books are always a great gift idea!



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