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10 Books Every Toddler Should Own

By Danielle |

We love books!

Books in our house are probably like fire trucks… my kids just can’t get enough of them. But above all of the kids my toddler seems to be the most obsessed.

If there is a toy or a book he is more likely to pick the book up and walk away to play with it. I often will find him sitting on the edge of his bed with a book pretending to read it.

As a mom… that couldn’t make me happier because I know a love for books is one of the most awesome traits a kid can have. It is also something that will grow with them as they get older.

I try to read to him every night. Some nights we just can’t fit it in before bed. Life right?

But I wanted to share with you our favorite must have toddler reads!

I would love to do a post with all of your favorite books for toddlers, so be sure to comment below with the favorites in your house!

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Top Books for Toddlers

My Favorites

I made a round up of all my favorites a couple months ago for my own website.
I wanted to share the full list and then of course add a couple in my slideshow!
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0 thoughts on “10 Books Every Toddler Should Own

  1. Roni Rinier says:

    What no Dr Seuss? My daughters favorite book is I Love You Stinky Face, but she loves Dr Seuss too… (Green Eggs and Ham, Cat and the Hat, 1 Fish 2 Fish Red Fish Blue Fish… and the list goes on).

  2. Danielle says:

    @Roni – I had a couple but the list was getting really long… Plus a lot of readers included Dr Seuss as must haves… I will be doing a whole post on all the books readers wanted included as well :)

  3. Andrea (Lil-Kid-Things) says:

    Love these! There are a couple we don’t have yet. Thanks for the list.

  4. Violet says:

    We have all except 3 of them! Love If You Give a Mouse a Cookie!

  5. Anna says:

    I think I would say that two year old’s favorite is Maisy by Lucy Cousins (all of her books are well loved,) but she also loves…. In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak, Yummy Yucky by Leslie Patricelli (we have several of her books and they are all great,) I am a Bunny by Ole Risom, What Pete Ate from A-Z by Maira Kalman, To Market, To Market by Nikki McClure, The Bedtime Bear by Ian Whybrow, Everywhere Babies by Susan Meyers, Donald Has a Difficulty and Donald and the…. by Peter Neumeyer and Edward Gorey, The Happy Hocky Family by Lane Smith, Cat and Fish by Joan Grant, Noisy Nora by Rosemary Wells, The Gossie books by Oliver Dunrea, The Charlie and Lola series by Lauren Child, While Mama Had a Quick Little Chat by Amy Reichert, Black Cat by Christopher Myers, Ellsworth’s Enormous Electric Ears by Valorie Fisher, Chicken and Cat by Sara Varon, The Lottie series by Petra Mathers, Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt, Bad Baby by Ross MacDonald, and Shel Silverstein of course…. Oooo, that is a long list, sorry but it could have been much longer. We love to read!

  6. Natalie says:

    We also love “I will love you forever!”

  7. Amy says:

    Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson
    Harry the Dirty Dog
    Richard Scarry’s books
    I’ll echo Dr. Seuss. I’m amazed at how well my 3 yr olds will sit through readings of his longer books. They’re entranced!
    The Napping House by Audrey Wood
    Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

  8. Darlene says:

    Love the list, they are great must have classics and a few new ones for me. but thought you should know it is called The SnowY Day not The Snow Day! Minor but important to be accurate I think. That is one of my childhood favorites.

  9. Pepper says:

    When my now-teenager was an infant, someone gave us this book treasury:
    It has nearly all of the top 10 books you mentioned, plus many more classics, all in one volume. It’s not necessarily a replacement for all of the individual books, but it’s really great for having a lot of classics in one place and for those who don’t have a lot of storage space for books. It was a fixture on my older dd’s bedside table for years, and now my 2 year old loves it too.

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