Great Books for Toddlers
J Picture Books
The Baby in the Hat by Allan Ahlberg
Catching a baby in his hat sets off a series of adventures for a young nineteenth-century English boy as he becomes a sea captain and finds a surprising mate.
It's the Bear by Jez Alborough
Eddie and his mom go into the woods for a picnic and meet a very large, very hungry bear.
Tall by Jez Alborough
Illustrations and just a few words depict how various jungle animals help a very little monkey to feel that he is tall.
Who Sank the Boat? by Pamela Allen
The reader is invited to guess who causes the boat to sink when five animals of varying sizes decide to go for a row.
Goodnight, Baby Bear by Frank Asch
As winter approaches, Mother Bear must bring a snack, a drink, and finally the moon to her cub before he can go to sleep in a cave.
Bear Shadow by Frank Asch
Bear tries everything he can think of to get rid of his shadow.
Old Black Fly by Jim Aylesworth
Rhyming text and illustrations follow a mischievous old black fly through the alphabet as he has a very busy bad day landing where he should not be.
Big Fat Hen by Keith Baker
Big Fat Hen counts to ten with her friends and all their chicks.
LMNO Peas by Keith Baker
Busy little peas introduce their favorite occupations, from astronaut to zoologist.
No Sleep for the Sheep by Karen Beaumont
A sheep wants nothing but to go to sleep in the big red barn on the farm, but each time he closes his eyes, another animal moos or neighs or peeps to come in.
The Berenstain Bears and the Spooky Old Tree by Stan & Jan Berenstain
One by one, three brave little bears have second thoughts about exploring the interior of a spooky old tree.
Not All Animals Are Blue by Beatrice Boutignon
Pictures help children spot differences in colors, movement, attitude and even discoveries.
Stick by Steve Breen
An independent young frog goes on a wild adventure when he accidentally gets carried away by a dragonfly.
Annie and the Wild Animals by Jan Brett
When Annie's cat disappears, she attempts friendship with a variety of unsuitable woodland animals, but with the emergence of Spring, everything comes right.
Clifford, the Big Red Dog by Norman Bridwell
Emily Elizabeth loves her huge dog Clifford even though he's far from perfect.
Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown
Rhymed text and illustrations introduce the many different animals that live in the big red barn.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Follows the progress of a hungry little caterpillar as he eats his way through a varied and very large quantity of food until, full at last, he forms a cocoon around himself and goes to sleep.
Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow
A counting book in which one by one the little monkeys jump on the bed only to fall off and bump their heads.
Animals Asleep by Sneed Collard
Provides a look at the many different ways in which animals sleep, from a snoozing orangutan to a sleeping whale, as well as facts about each animal pictured.
Horton Hears a Who by Dr. Seuss
Horton finds an entire city of Whos on a speck of dust, but, since no one else can see them, no one believes they exist.
Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss
Pairs of rhyming words are introduced and used in simple sentences, such as "Day. Play. We play all day. Night. Fight. We fight all night."
Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert
An alphabetical tour of the world of fruits and vegetables, from apricot and artichoke to yam and zucchini.
Wynken, Blynken & Nod by Eugene Field
In this bedtime poem, three fishermen in a wooden shoe catch stars in their nets of silver and gold.
Corduroy by Don Freeman
A toy bear in a department store wants a number of things, but when a little girl finally buys him he finds what he has always wanted most of all.
The Three Billy Boats Gruff by Paul Galdone
Three clever billy goats outwit a big ugly troll that lives under the bridge they must cross on their way up the mountain.
Across the Stream by Mirra Ginsburg
A hen and three chicks are saved from a bad dream by a duck and three ducklings.
Christopher Counting by Valeri Gorbachev
When Christopher Rabbit learns to count in school, he enjoys it so much that he counts everything in sight, including how many baskets his friends make when they play basketball and how many peas and carrots are on his plate.
Is Your Mama a Llama? by Deborah Guarino
A young llama asks his friends if their mamas are llamas and finds out, in rhyme, that their mothers are other types of animals.
Kiss Good Night by Amy Hest
Even after a story, being tucked in, and warm milk, Sam is not ready to go to sleep until his mother kisses him good-night.
Where's Spot by Eric Hill
A mother dog finds eight other animals hiding around the house before finding her lost puppy. Flaps conceal the animals.
Is It Red? Is It Yellow? Is It Blue? by Tana Hoban
Illustrations and brief text introduce colors and the concepts of shape and size.
Rosie's Walk by Pat Hutchins
Although unaware that a fox is after her as she takes a walk around the farmyard, Rosie the hen still manages to lead him into one accident after another.
Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers
While trying his best to help a penguin that has shown up at his door, a boy journeys all the way to the South Pole, only to realize that the penguin was never lost.
Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
Harold goes for an adventurous walk in the moonlight with his purple crayon.
A Mother for Choco by Keiko Kasza
A lonely little bird named Choco goes in search of a mother.
Whistle for Willie by Ezra Jack Keats
A little boy wishes so much that he could whistle.
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
The adventures of a little boy in the city on a very snowy day.
The Little Fire Engine by Lois Lenski
Fireman Small and his little fire engine answer a call, rescue a little girl, and save a house from burning down.
Cat Count by Betsy Lewin
A child adds up the cats owned by ten different people and discovers that it is a lot of cats.
Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse by Leo Lionni
Alexander, a real mouse, wants to be a toy mouse like his friend Willy until he discovers Willy is to be thrown away.
George and Martha by James Marshall
Relates several episodes in the friendship of two hippopotamuses.
Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey\
Little Sal and Little Bear both lose their mothers while eating blueberries and almost end up with the other's mother.
Waiting for Winter by Sebastian Meschenmoser
Deer has told Squirrel how wonderful snow is. But Squirrel gets bored with the wait. With his friend Hedgehog they pass the time by singing and waking Bear. Soon things are falling from the sky, but they aren't snow. But eventually they find what snow is.
Another Day in the Milky Way by David Milgrim
A young boy wakes up on a strange planet and encounters a variety of odd characters as he tries to find his way home.
If You Give A Mouse A Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff
Relating the cycle of requests a mouse is likely to make after you give him a cookie takes the reader through a young boy's day.
The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper
Although she is not very big, the Little Blue Engine agrees to try to pull a stranded train full of toys over the mountain.
The Complete Adventures of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
A collection of the four stories relating all the adventures of Peter Rabbit and his mischievous cousin, Benjamin Bunny.
We're Going On a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
Brave bear hunters go through grass, a river, mud, and other obstacles before the inevitable encounter with the bear forces a headlong retreat.
The Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone
Grover worries page by page about meeting the monster at the end of this book.
Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
A band of mischievous monkeys steals every one of a peddler's caps while he takes a nap under a tree.
The 3 Bears and Goldilocks by Margaret Willey
Goldilocks, ignoring her father's warning not to rush in where she does not belong, enters a cabin in the woods, cleans it to meet her standards, plucks from the porridge items unappealing to her before eating a bowlful, and falls asleep on the bed that suits her best.
A Chair For My Mother by Vera B. Williams
A child, her waitress mother, and her grandmother save dimes to buy a comfortable armchair after all their furniture is lost in a fire.
Bear Wants More by Karma Wilson
When spring comes, Bear wakes up very hungry and is treated to great food by his friends.
A Nap in a Lap by Sarah Wilson
Baby animals nap in interesting places, but a tired little girl and her puppy like to nap in a lap.