5 Favorite Books for Toddlers

My toddler is a huge book-lover. We usually read when he wakes up from his nap, sometimes for a full hour. I basically have all of his books memorized. I can read them with my eyes shut (which I sometimes do, just to make things interesting). He has strong opinions on which books we read, and probably has amazing taste, so if you are looking for a great Christmas/birthday/baby shower gift, here are his favorites:

  1. Pat the Cat by Edith Kunhardt

Pat the Cat

This book is so well loved that it was recently retired. Every page has a little activity for your child as it takes you through the day with Martha and Neddy. You take a play dollar out of the cash machine on one page and put it into daddy’s wallet on the next page. You push them on the seesaw. You share a scratch and sniff cookie after dinner. The look is retro and adorable and I was surprised at how obsessed Titan became with this book! It is definitely at the top of his list!

2. Nighty Night, Little Green Monster by Ed EmberleyNighty Night, Little Green Monster

The colorful die-cut pages of this book teach colors and parts of the face as with the turn of each page, you make the eyes, nose, etc. of the little green monsters face appear and then (spoiler alert) disappear. The look on my toddler’s face will tell you that it is almost like magic.

3. Little Master Conan Doyle Sherlock Holmes in the Hound of the Baskervilles by Jennifer Adams
Sherlock HolmesThis book is a “sounds primer,” so each page has a different sound, like “gates” and “screech”. You have to really get into it and try to say the sounds how they would actually sound to make it fun. Let’s just say that it is way more fun when I read this book than when the husband is reading it.

4. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Where the Wild Things Are

Such a classic book, I don’t know if it even needs explaining. Titan loves this book so much, I dressed him up as Max for Halloween (as featured here). This book is all about imagination, which is so fun, and makes us want to march around the house and growl like wild things.

5. My First Farm by DK Publishing

My First FarmThis one is actually my least favorite to read, only because it has a million pictures and words and no actual story line. Sometimes I even try to hide it to avoid reading it, but Titan LOVES this book and will always find it, so we have read it a hundred times anyway. The one thing that has made this book more fun for me, is that Titan has these little plastic animals (from Michaels) that almost perfectly match the animals in the book. So one of our favorite activities is to take out one plastic animal at a time, find the matching picture in the book, and then talk about them.

If my toddler could tell you more than “dog” “poop” and “outside”, he would tell you that all of these books are amazing, and if you are looking for a book for a toddler in your life, you can’t go wrong with one of these.

What are your toddler’s favorite books?




6 thoughts on “5 Favorite Books for Toddlers

  1. Anna S

    I love these! I read an article recently about how books without words are really important for kids and their development, because they have to make the story and they have to decide how to interact with the book! So the fact that that’s the one that Titan loves makes him one super smart cookie! He has such a good imagination! My daughter hasn’t got a favorite book yet, she mostly wants to eat them, but she does love reading when we do get to sit down together and read! It’s so fun!


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