6.12.2017

best books for toddlers

Violet still loves to read and we try to go to the library at least twice a week for story time and to check out new books. We read a lot of books at home and I get so excited when we find a book that my two-year-old AND I both like.
Here are 15 current favorites:
Rosie Revere Engineer - I LOVE this book! Rosie is an imaginative little girl who with the help of her Great-Great Aunt Rose (#girlpower) learns to believe in herself and follow her dreams.

The Fox in the Dark - It's a shame this book is so expensive on Amazon! (and I can't find it anywhere else online) It's one of our favorites and it's really fun to read. Check to see if your local library has it available to checkout!

The Wonderful Things You Will Be - Vi calls this the "baby book" because it's filled with pictures of babies and kids. The story makes me sentimental about being a mom and I can't help but think about all the wonderful things my own little girl will grow up to be!

Triangle - I love the minimalist design of this book and the characters -- Vi likes the unexpected ending.

Gaston - A bulldog and a poodle learn that family is about love not appearances.

The Watermelon Seed - This is another beautifully illustrated book. It uses bold colors to help tell a silly story.

Mustache Baby (I like Mustache Baby Meets His Match even more!) - Hilarious books with perfect illustrations. I'm pretty sure Vi thinks some babies are born with mustaches ;)

The Giving Tree - I loved this book when I was little. But when I read it now as an adult I have mixed feelings about it. Even if the overall message is unclear, it does teach about feelings (happiness, sadness, loneliness), selfishness, selflessness, caring and giving.

Harold and the Purple Crayon - This book celebrates a child's imagination in the most creative ways.

Horrible Bear! - A sweet story about forgiveness.

M is for Me Personalized ABC Book - I love this book because it exposes Vi to a lot of different words (one for every letter of the alphabet!)

Put Me in the Zoo - I find a lot of Dr. Seuss books to be super tedious to read (Fox in Socks drives me nuts). But this one is cute and it's just the right length.

Where the Wild Things Are - This is a timeless book that is fun for mom and dad to read!

Corduroy - This is another classic book that has been a favorite for years. I also appreciate that the little girl in the book is African American. I'd love to find more children's book that have celebrate diversity. If you have any suggestions please let me know!

Wolfie the Bunny - A cute story about a new baby, sibling rivalry, bravery and love.

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Violet also loves a vintage Walt Disney's Mother Goose book from my grandma. It includes some pretty questionable nursery rhymes that we skip (I can see why they don't teach "The Old Lady in Lived in the Shoe" in grade school anymore). But it's really cute to hear a two-year-old recite "Hickory Dickory Dock" and "Old King Cole."

Scuffy the Tugboat - I'm not really a huge fan of this book. But I LOVE to hear H read it to Vi in a squeaky Southern voice. She must like it too because she wants to hear it almost every night.

Do you have any favorites that I missed?
-xo-
Jillian

p.s. I rounded up our favorite baby books HERE + more toddler board books HERE.
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20 comments

  1. I need a birthday gift for a toddler, so thanks for sharing about these books. I think my friend's little girl will love the Corduroy stories. Totally loved those books as a child.

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    1. Corduroy is such a cute book!!

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  2. A few of my friends have toddler's that would so appreciate some of these books!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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    1. yah! books make great gifts :)

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  3. E loves Rosie Revere Engineer and Where the Wild Things Are! I'll have to check out the others you mentioned.

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    1. Rosie is the cutest!! I hope you like the other suggestions!

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  4. Just discovered your blog... LOVE IT!!!

    www.lacaleya.com

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  5. we will have to update our library- these all look so good!

    xo, brittany
    http://www.notablob.com/

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  6. This is excellent! Andi is SUCH a book fanatic and I love that about her! (We love the giving tree!)

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    1. thanks Jessi! That's awesome Andi is a little bookworm too!

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  7. You need to check out the Good Dog Carl Books! There are no words, so you can make up the story as you look at the pics. My daughter now tells/reads the story to my son! They are cute!

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    1. Thanks! I will check those out! They sound really cute.

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  8. Saving this for down the road! Hadley LOVES to read and totally agree, it's awesome (and hard!) to find books we both enjoy!

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    1. yah! I hope you like them! xo

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  9. Oh these are great.. we usually head to the library and I let the little guy pick whatever he likes.
    We are fans of I Love You Stinky Face. But during out library visits I found a few interactive books we really enjoyed called Help The Wolf is Coming and another one called Mix it Up.

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    1. we love Mix It Up too!! I'll check out Help The Wolf Is Coming too!

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  10. The Fox in the Dark looks adorable; totally checking our local library! Our current favorite is Explorers of the Wild, and the illustrations are just beautiful!

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  11. I'll have to check out the Rosie Revere Engineer book. My niece really liked another book by that author. It was called Ada Twist Scientist.

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