Top 10 Toddler Books You May Not Know

By Rachel Tiemeyer

Collage image of toddler books that you may not knowI always say, there are plenty of things I do as a parent that I’m sure I’ll regret. But, I’m confident in one thing…I won’t regret spending time reading to my children.

Thanks to the example and advice from wise friends ahead of us on the parenting journey, we started from infancy reading to our kids. Now my three children are well beyond the toddler stage and have a love of reading on their own. That’s just one of the many benefits of reading to our children. They learn the value of books and the written word. They can gain confidence to read and inherit a love for reading.

Many of our favorites from not long ago should be (if they aren’t already) classic toddler books within their own rights. But, many of these are well-kept secrets in the literary world, if you ask me! These 10 Toddler Books You May Not Know are still on our shelves with well-worn pages and covers, and I intend to (God-willing) read them to my granbabies many years from now. 🙂

The reasons we love these ten toddler books so much are simple:

1 – They are well-written.

2 – They include great illustrations.

3- Our kids asked us to read them over…and over…and over again.

3 – We (the parents) enjoyed reading them to our kids as much as they enjoy hearing them!

Whether it’s for Christmas, a birthday, or just picking books out at the library, I hope you find these Top 10 Toddler Books You May Not Know helpful as you’re selecting books to read to your little ones.

I’d love to hear about your toddler book favorites in the comments.

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Jamberry by Bruce Degen

Children's Book: Jamberry

Peek-A Who? by Nina Laden

Children's Book: Peek-a-Who

First the Egg by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Children's Book: First The Egg

Peep! by Kevin Luthardt

Children's Book: Peep

Potato Joe by Keith Baker

Children's Book: Potato Joe

The House in the Night by Susan Marie Swanson

children's book The House in the Night

Raindrop, Plop! by Wendy Cheyette Lewison

Children's Book: Raindrop Plop

The Birthday Box by Leslie Patricelli

Children's Book: The Birthday Box

Ready, Set, Skip by Jane O’Connor

Children's book: Ready, Set, Skip

Jesus Is with Me by Debby Anderson

Jesus is With Me

Bonus: From Head to Toe by Eric Carle (Polly’s pick)

Children's Book: From Head to Toe

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4 replies
  1. Ali Southerland says:

    I love this post. I am a book lover and was a bit skeptical that I wouldn’t know the books! Turns out several were brand new to me. I am tickled to check out library for them. Gotta try before I buy!

    You guys need to check out “The Talking Eggs” (sorry no way to underline) by Robert D san Souci. It was one of my favorites as a child.

    It’s about a girl carrying magic eggs. She plops them over her shoulder, and when one breaks, out comes unimaginable riches. Whimsical and mesmerizing.

  2. Morgan says:

    On repeat at our house are “The Gruffalo” by Julia Donaldson, “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?”, “The Crayon Box That Talked,” and “Thank You, God” (a Veggie Tale Book with a mirror). My little dude knows them all well enough that he can finish lines and make predictions.