book recommendations for toddlers

If your little one is like mine, you are constantly looking for the next great book to enjoy together. Here is a list of 11 books that will have you and your little one giggling your way through story time. *This post contains affiliate links. Meaning if you purchase by clicking on these links we may get a small commission at no additional cost to you. 

The Gruffalo    … a delectable tale about the adventures of a clever little mouse in a forest full of predators. The sequel, The Gruffalo’s Child is equally fun.

The Wonky Donky … always has my son in hysterics. The version with the audio download included is worth getting. This is one of my little boys favourite songs.

Room on the Broom … in fact almost any book in which Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler have collaborated are pure joy to read aloud with little kids. The Snail and the Whale, Tiddler the Story Telling Fish and Monkey Puzzle have all been read on repeat in our household.

The Very Cranky Bear … a gorgeous story with wonderful characters you will fall in love with. And once you do, make sure you also check out our favourite of the sequels The Very Noisy Bear

Where the Wild Things Are … for the brave and adventurous ones

The Day the Crayons Quit … this one will almost definitely be a hit if your child loves colours. Each of the different crayons writes a letter to Duncan complaining about their lot in life and how he needs to shape up his colouring-in skills. Lots of words in this one so most suited to the older three year olds, although my son was infatuated with this book at 2 1/2 so obviously all kids are different.

Press Here … a very different kind of book. This one is interactive in a super sweet kind of way. Children get to push here, blow there and see the outcome of their actions on the next page. It’s so much fun and makes a fantastic gift!

Aliens Love Underpants … a very zany story which will have you laughing out loud. A great addition to the bookshelf in the lead up to starting toilet training. We have found all the other books in this series to be equally fun!

Giraffe’s Can’t Dance … a beautiful story that touches on some bigger issues of differences, acceptance and finding our own strengths. A great introduction to growth mindset.

Harold and the Purple Crayon … this one is a classic story that has stood the test of time. First published in 1955 but still a very relevant little story about the power of the imagination.

The Monster at the End of this Book … Your toddler will love interacting with lovable, furry old Grover as he begs them and pleads with them not to turn the page


Happy reading 🙂

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