Top 20 Books for Babies, Toddlers, and Young Kids

Toddler Books, Kids Books, Children's Books, Best Board Books, Best Children's Books, Top Baby Books, Top Toddler Books, Board Books My husband and I love reading and we spend a lot of time reading to Lincoln.  It started off with placing a high priority on this when he was born and the reading was mostly just us talking.  Now fast forward to 1.5 years of age, and we have to cut off reading to an hour a night.  We have been thrilled to see this since we believe it will help his mental development and ideally build a lifetime joy of reading for himself.  All that said, if you are going to put in the time it’s so much better to read books that you also enjoy and that are engaging for your children.  We’ve picked some of our favorites that leave us sometimes laughing and certainly Linc pointing, flipping pages, and repeating words for hours on end!

Without further ado, these are my favorite books from birth until your child is ready to move onto bigger and longer books. If I have the choice, I always buy the board book version as they’re just much more durable for young children. I thought long and hard what the top 20 books would be – I truly believe these give you a combination of many teaching moments from an intellectual and emotional standpoint. If we only had to have 20 books, these are certainly the ones I would choose (well, excluding the Bosnian books as I do need to teach him my mother tongue!!). Also, several of these below do come in Spanish, so if you’re interested in dual languages, I’d recommend purchasing both. And there are many of these that are easy to translate into another language as I often translate whenever I can. (Note: All books are also linked at the end with their photo!)

  1. Good Night, Good Night Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker (I linked to the set of this and Steam Train, Dream Train – it’s very fun to read this before bed and to say goodnight to all of the construction trucks. We make it very interactive!)
  2. Pout Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen (This is just a very fun book and the story it tells is a great lesson in learning to be happy!)
  3. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See? by Bill Martin Jr & Eric Carle (Perfect for colors and animals!)
  4. Dinosaur Dance by Sandra Boynton (Hilarious book for funny dance moves and sounds & dinosaurs, of course)
  5. Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae (Great book that showcases how you can overcome your insecurities and be strong)
  6. Where do Diggers Sleep at Night? by Brianna Caplan Sayres (Very cute rhyming book for night time)
  7. The Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle (Fabulous book for animals and teaching the power of friendship)
  8. Hippos Go Berserk by Sandra Boynton (Funny counting book – and goes up and down in numbers!)
  9. Good Night Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann (Very few words, but so fun to either read with a different language or just make up your own words)
  10. Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney (Sweetest book of love between two bunnies – shows how strong love can be)
  11. Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell (Interactive flap book to learn animals and various adjectives and easy to read in another language)
  12. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown (Just a classic and easy to read in another language)
  13. On the Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman (For all my sentimental mothers, this is the book for you)
  14. The Big Book of Berenstain Bear Stories by Stan & Jan Berenstain (I love the Berenstain Bears books for older kids but this collection has great “small kids” stories within it and fantastic for travel as you get multiple books in one)
  15. Snuggle Puppy by Sandra Boynton (Just a very cute book that I always end up singing to Linc)
  16. Oh My, Oh My, Oh Dinosaurs by Sandra Boynton (Very cute and teaches opposites through rhyme)
  17. Chicka, Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault (My favorite book for the ABCs)
  18. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle (Classic for days of week, food, colors, and teaching the beauty of metamorphosis)
  19. If Animals Kissed Good Night by Ann Paul (Super cute, great for animals and lots of sound patterns)
  20. My First Busy Book by Eric Carle (Really great book for shapes, colors, animals, sounds, and numbers)

Given our love of travel and adventure, I do love to mix in little worldly possessions or memories wherever I can so we can talk about them. In this case, we have a photo from the Statue of Liberty, a little train piggy bank from Amsterdam (a lesson in Delftware), and a hippo from South Africa (the beads are very much the staple of the region).

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