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Toddler Book Reading Recommendations

Updated: Mar 18, 2021

So, I am stepping out on a limb and trying something new in light of our Coronavirus Pandemic as people have been asking for ideas to do with their toddlers and for book suggestions. It's pretty rare that I blog about personal things on my photography blog, but I think it's about time and I know my clients appreciate it. Over the next few months, as things are being shifted around, I will try to blog about recommended books for kids, things to do with kids at home, things that are helpful to add to your baby registry, and the like. These are just things that I have personally learned from life experience and from others that have gone before me. I hope you find these suggestions helpful and PLEASE leave comments below (so we can learn from each other). I will try to update this list as I hear of new things! Enjoy!



Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.

Alphablock by Christopher Franceschelli

A B See by Elizabeth Doyle

Around the World:

I Just Want to Say Goodnight by Rachel Isadora

The Water Princess by Susan Verde

This Is the Way We Go to School: A Book About Children Around the Wolrd by Edith Baer


The Dot by Peter Reynolds

Clive and His Art by Jessica Spanyol


Pizza Day

Tony's Bread by Tomie dePaola

Dinosaurs and Dragons:

Rosa loves Dinosaurs by Jessica Spanyol

Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Ruben

Diversity of Life in the US and Embracing Difference

Rosa's Wish

Psalm Twenty-Three by Tim Ladwig (Christian)

Carmela Full of Wishes by Matt de la Pena

Yoko (Asian Food at School)

Last Stop on Market Street

Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae

The Elmer Series

Farm Animals:

Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown


Making a Friend by Tammi Sauer

Peep and Ducky

Wet Hen by Molly Coxe

Henry and Mudge Series (Only Child and Dog)

The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

Finding Kindness by Deborah Underwood

Miss Fannie’s Hat by Jan Karon


Countablock by Christopher Franceschelli


Rosa Plays Ball by Jessica Spanyol

Soccer in Brazil

Maisy Plays Soccer


Tap Tap Bang Bang by Emma Garcia

Vehicles (Cars, Trucks, and Constructions):

Rosa loves Cars by Jessica Spanyol

Toot Toot Beep Beep by Emma Garcia

Tip Tip Dig Dig by Emma Garcia

Chugga Chugga Choo Choo by Emma Garcia

Little Blue Truck

The Little Engine That Could

Little Excavator

Digger, Dozer, Dumper by Hope Vestergaard

Freight Train by Donald Crews


Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

I Just Want to Say Goodnight by Rachel Isadora (also an "Around The World" book)

The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton

Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann

Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site by Sherri Dushkey Rinker (also a Vehicle book)

Sleepy Bears by Mem Fox


Springtime Books:

Raindrop Plop

Peep and Ducky Rainy Day

The Tiny Seed by Eric Carte

Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney

Goose and Pig and the First Day of Spring by Rebecca Bond

Summertime Books:

Jamberry by Bruce Degan

At the Beach by Anne Rockwell

Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall

Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey

Fall time Books:

Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn by Kenard Pak

Apples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell

Apple Farmer Annie by Annie Wellington

Hiking Day by Anne Rockwell

Wintertime Books:

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner

The Mitten by Jan Brett

The Snowy Nap by Jan Brett


Maisy's Big Book of Words

Maisy's Big Book of Learning


Losing a Tooth:

One Morning in Maine by Robert McCloskey


The Littlest Family's Big Day by Emily Winfield Martin

Girl Moves with Kat

Building a House

New Sibling Books:

Peter's Chair by Ezra Jack Keats

What Baby Needs

I'm a Big Sister/Big Sister

Overnight at Grandparents:

Anne and Snowball

Plane Ride:

Maisy Goes on a Plane by Lucy Cousins

Potty Training:

Potty by Leslie Patricelli

Daniel Goes to the Potty by Maggie Testa


Stanley's School by William Bee

Ming goes to School (with her grandad)

Swimming Lessons:

Maisy Learns to Swim by Lucy Cousins

Song Books

Over in the Meadow

What a Wonderful World

Other Toddler Favorites and Classics

Each Peach Pear Plum by Allan Ahlberg

Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey

Lentil by Robert McCloskey

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See by Bill Martin Jr and Eric Carle

The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson

Corduroy AND A Pocket for Corduroy by Don Freeman

Are You My Mother by

Lucky Ducklings by Eva Moore

The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin

Ada Twist, Scientist; Iggy Peck, Architect; ETC. Series (all in the same class) by Andrea Beaty

A Letter to Amy by Ezra Jack Keats

Go Dogs Go

The Tiger Who Came to Tea

Five Little Monkeys

Knuffle Bunny

Harold and the Purple Crayon

Note: I also recommend getting Highlights and Ranger Rick Magazines for Kids


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