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Every Child Ready to Read - Toddler Booklists

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Books for Toddlers

Good books for toddlers have:

  • a simple, predictable plot
  • rhymes, songs and poetry
  • sounds and noises as part of the story
  • appealing illustrations
  • subjects from toddler's real world
  • words and phrases that repeat
  • flaps and simple pop-ups

Please ask a librarian for help in locating books and music to share with your toddler.
Stories | Toddler's Day | Letters, Numbers, Colors & Things That Go | Animal Friends | Rhymes and Songs | Family | Libros In Español | Listen -- Music on CD



  • Happy Birthday, Moon by Frank Asch
  • Mr. Gumpy's Outing by John Burningham
  • Tomie's Three Bears and Other Tales by Tomie De Paola *
  • Go Away, Big Green Monster! by Ed Emberley
  • Wemberly's Ice Cream Star by Kevin Henkes*
  • Titch by Pat Hutchins
  • The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss*
  • Sam's Cookie by Barbro Lindgren
  • It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles Green Shaw*
  • The Napping House by Audrey Wood

Toddler's Day

  • Close Your Eyes by Kate Banks
  • I Like Me! by Nancy L. Carlson
  • Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear? by Nancy White Carlstrom
  • Where Are You Going, Maisy? by Lucy Cousins (lift the flap)
  • Time for Bed by Mem Fox
  • The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats *
  • Going to the Potty by Fred Rogers
  • Oh My Baby Bear! by Audrey Wood

Letters, Number, Colors, & Things That Go!

  • Big Fat Hen by Keith Baker*
  • Duckie's Rainbow by Frances Barry
  • Boats; Airplanes by Byron Barton*
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  • Freight Train by Donald Crews*
  • Dog's Colorful Day: A Messy Story About Colors and Counting by Emma Dodd
  • The Everything Book by Denise Fleming*
  • Is It Larger? Is It Smaller? by Tana Hoban
  • Ten Red Apples by Pat Hutchins
  • Kipper's A to Z: An Alphabet Adventure by Mick Inkpen
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?*; Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin
  • Flora McDonnell's ABC by Flora McDonnell

Animal Friends

  • Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell (Lift the Flap)*
  • Gossie by Olivier Dunrea
  • Mama Cat Has Three Kittens; Barnyard Banter by Denise Fleming*
  • Where's Spot? by Eric Hill (lift the flap)
  • Kitten for a Day by Ezra Jack Keats
  • Flappy, Waggy, Wiggly by Amanda Leslie (lift the flap)
  • I Love Animals *; Splash! By Flora McDonnell
  • Big Dog and Little Dog by Dav Pilkey*
  • Whose Nose? By Jeannette Rowe (lift the flap)
  • Have You Seen My Duckling? By Nancy Tafuri
  • Where Does the Brown Bear Go? By Nicki Weiss
  • I Went Walking by Sue Williams

Rhymes and Songs

  • Old Mother Hubbard by Jane Cabrera
  • The Baby's Bedtime Book by Kay Chorao
  • Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow*
  • The Lucy Cousins' Book of Nursery Rhymes by Lucy Cousins
  • Jamberry by Bruce Degen*
  • Hush, Little Baby: A Folk Song With Pictures by Marla Frazee
  • Three Little Kittens by Paul Galdone
  • Over in the Meadow by Ezra Jack Keats
  • Oh, A-Hunting We Will Go by John M. Langstaff
  • Sing-along Song by JoAnn Early Macken
  • Giddy-up! Let's Ride! by Flora McDonnell
  • Wheels on the Bus by Raffi
  • Little White Duck by Walt Whippo


  • Grandmother and I by Helen Elizabeth Buckley
  • Jazzy in the Jungle by Lucy Cousins (lift the flap)
  • Feast for 10 by Cathryn Falwell*
  • Peter's Chair by Ezra Jack Keats
  • Whose Mouse Are You? by Robert Kraus
  • Tortillas and Lullabies = Tortillas y Cancioncitas by Lynn Reiser
  • More More More, Said the Baby: 3 Love Stories by Vera B. Williams


  • Arrorró, Mi Niño: Latino Lullabies and Gentle Games
  • Diez, Nueve, Ocho por Molly Bang
  • La Oruga Muy Hambrienta por Eric Carle
  • ¡Me Gusto Como Soy! por Nancy Carlson
  • Freight Train = Tren de Carga por Donald Crews
  • Fiesta Para 10 por Cathryn Falwell*
  • ¿Donde Está Spot? por Eric Hill (un libro para levantar la tapita)
  • Un Diá de Nieve; La Silla de Pedro por Ezra Jack Keats
  • La Semilla de Zanahoria por Ruth Krauss
  • Oso Pardo, Oso Pardo, ¿Qué Ves Ahí? por Bill Martin y
  • Tortillas and Lullabies = Tortillas y Cancioncitas por Lynn Reiser

*Estos libros están disponibles con paginas de cartulina.

Por favor consulte a un bibliotecario para que le ayude a conseguir libros que usted pueda leer con su niño.


Listen! --Music on CD

  • Six Little Ducks
  • Where Is Thumbkin?
  • Wee Sing; Wee Sing and Play by Pamela Conn Beall
  • Soy Una Pizza by Charlotte Diamond
  • It's Toddler Time; Toddlers on Parade by Carol Hammett
  • Early, Early Childhood Songs; Play Your Instruments and Make a Pretty Sound by Ella Jenkins
  • Getting to Know Myself; So Big by Hap Palmer
  • Singable Songs for the Very Young by Raffi
  • Toddlerific! by Georgiana Liccione Stewart

* Available as Board book.