Moms know it’s important to encourage a toddler's interest in reading, but what do you do when you get bored with the classic children's books on your little one's bookshelf? Ask other moms for recommendations, of course! Here we’ve rounded up 10 baby and toddler-friendly titles (and authors) that have earned high praise from many Circle of Moms members. Happy reading!
1. Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed, by Eileen Christalow
Toddlers love this story of mischievous monkeys who ignore their doctor’s warnings about bed-jumping. Jennifer R. shares: “I read that book to my kids at night, and they love it. Also, it helps with numbers too." If it’s a hit with your toddler, there’s plenty more monkey fun to be had with the other half dozen books in Christelow’s Five Little Monkeys series.
2. Toes, Ears and Nose, by Marion Dane Bauer and Karen Katz
As the title suggests, body parts are the focus of this popular lift-the-flap book that can engage even the most fidgety of toddlers. Amanda B. shares: “My little man is very active and doesn't stay still too often, so I thought finding books would be hard...however he loves Karen Katz books! I would highly recommend [them]. My son's favorite is 'Toes, Ears and Nose'...and he will bring it to me to read to him.”
3. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault
Toddlers go wild over this rhyming tale of 26 alphabetic characters. “My son absolutely loves Chicka Chicka Boom Boom,” says Stephanie T. In addition to its entertainment value, moms like Kristen S. emphasize the book’s educational benefits: “It teaches them the alphabet…she learned her ABC's in just a couple days. There is also a Chicka Chicka 123. A fun book even for parents.”
4. Llama Llamma Red Pajama, by Anna Dewdney
Anna Dewdney’s tales of llama drama are entertaining for toddlers and parents alike. As Allie B. shares: “My 2.5 year old LOVES Llama Llama books (Llama Llama Red Pajama, Llama Llama Mad at Momma, etc.) and I enjoy those too.”
5. Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear?, by Nancy White Carlstrom
Clothes, sun, sand and bath bubbles are just a few of the familiar items that Jesse Bear “wears” in this illustrated rhyming tale that captivates toddlers. As Sarah K. shares: “My son's current fave is Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear?, and there are about 5 or 6 more Jesse Bear books that I'm just waiting to get.”
6. Moo Baa La La La!, by Sandra Boynton
“My son loves any and all books written by Sandra Boynton,” shares Amanda F., one of countless moms who recommend books by this popular and hilarious children’s book author. “They are fun, sweet and rhythmic. I have actually ended up memorizing 3 or 4 of them.” In addition to Moo Baa La La!, moms laud Barnyard Dance, Belly Button Book, Dinosaur's Binkit, and The Going to Bed Book.
7. Green Eggs and Ham, by Dr. Seuss
With 46 imaginative, rhyming titles to his name, Dr. Seuss is a huge reading resource for moms with toddlers. “My daughter loves all the Dr Seuss books,” relays Morgan B., and Nichole L. seconds the suggestion: “My son won't let me read anything else apart from Green Eggs and Ham, There's a Wocket in my Pocket and The Fox in Socks. I think he likes that they rhyme.”
8. Pinkalicious, by Elizabeth Kahn
“I think I have read Pinkalicious, and Purpleicious about 9 thousand times today alone!” shares Melissa, and she’s not the only one! Brenda S. relays: “My 2-year-old daughter LOVES Pinkalicious. She can turn to any page and recite what it says because we have read it so many times!”
9. Giggle, Giggle, Quack, by Doreen Cronin
Reprising the funny barnyard characters from Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type, Doreen Cronin penned another favorite toddler book with Giggle, Giggle, Quack. As Jennifer B. shares: “My son loves Giggle, Giggle, Quack by Doreen Cronin. The words are really fun to say for both parent and the child."
10. That’s Not My Puppy, by Fiona Watt and Rachael Wells
Part of Usborne Books’ “That’s Not My” book series, this sturdy board is another favorite of toddlers, as Darci F. shares: “My son loves the Usborne touchy feely books, some titles are That's Not My Puppy, That's Not My Tractor, That's Not My Dolly. They have almost every 'that's not my.. something,' so yeah, they are great and [a] perfect fit for a diaper bag. At 19 months my son still loves those books."
What's your toddler's favorite book?