The Ten Best Books for Toddlers – Favbookshelf

Who doesn’t love stories? From toddlers to grown-ups, everybody loves stories! So, here we bring you the ten best books for toddlers to begin their imaginative journey. Picture books with minimum words are the best combination to introduce little kids to the world of books.

Best Books for Toddlers 

P.s: You are going to love this wonderful collection!


#1 Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.


About The Book

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by [Bill Martin Jr, John Archambault, Lois Ehlert]
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.

Title: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Author: Bill Martin Jr.

Publisher: Beach Lane Books

Genre: Fiction/Fantasy/children

Type: Standalone

Pages: 40

Reading age: 1-4 years

Goodreads rating: 4.2/5

A and B decide to meet at the top of a coconut tree. Then D, E, F, and G, H comes and asks whether there is enough room. One by one, all the alphabets go up. Now they come down again one by one. Each page has a picture followed by the words. Words are minimum, and representation pictures are more. This book is a lyrical, rhythmic narration of the alphabet, and children will love it!

Why do we recommend this book?

First of all, this makes no sense. But, at the same time, it’s super fun. The book itself is expressive. To feel it, read it aloud with a rhythm. One can bring the energy with narrative, and children will enjoy this book. This book helps introduce the alphabet to the child, and that too in a fun way. The pictures, as well as the words, are simple. The fun part is “Chicka Chicka boom boom,” which gives a high energetic vibe.

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#2 Elmer by David Mckee


About The Book

Elmer: 30th Anniversary Edition (Elmer Picture Books Book 1) by [David McKee]; books for toddlers
Elmer by David Mckee

Title: Elmer

Author: David Mckee

Publisher: Harper Collins

Genre: Fiction/Fantasy/children

Type: Standalone series

Pages: 32

Reading age: 2-6 years

Goodreads rating: 4.3/5

Elmer, the elephant, is bright and has colored patchwork all over, making him a laughing stock for other elephants. This story is about how Elmer discovers himself and accepts himself as he is. The children would love the illustrated pictures along with Elmer’s patch works filled with yellow, blue, pink, blue, red, etc., and at the end, a good laugh Elmer brings in for other grey elephants.

Why do we recommend this book?

The pictures, the short, crispy, and witty lines, and Elmer make this tale super fun. More fun is when you read aloud to a toddler or a kindergarten kid with quirky voice modulation. I felt the author bought meaningful learning in a fun way to teach at such a young age, i.e., accepting yourself as you are. Gift this excellent book to a child.

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#3 Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow


About The Book

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed (A Five Little Monkeys Story) by [Eileen Christelow]; books for toddlers
Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow

Title: Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed

Author: Eileen Christelow

Publisher: Clarion books

Genre: Fiction/Fantasy/children

Type: standalone series

Pages: 32

Reading age: 1-3 years

Goodreads rating: 4.1/5

Who doesn’t love to jump in the bed? A kid would love to, and so do these five little monkeys. So after their mom leaves the room, these five monkeys start to jump on the bed instead of sleeping. They fall off the bed one by one, and our kids learn to count the numbers backward! Finally, all fell and went off to sleep.

Why do we recommend this book?

Even before I knew there was a book, I was a top fan of the youtube song based on this. My 2.5-year-old neighbor kid would jump and hop whenever this rhyme used to play. A toddler self is the best reviewer; their expression and excitement tell us the success of a book, story, or verse!. Visually it’s pleasing, and the repeating words compel the child to sing along. This book is the best shot to learn backward counting.

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#4 From Head to Toe by Eric Carle


About The Book

From Head to Toe by Eric Carle
From Head to Toe by Eric Carle

Title: From Head to Toe

Author: Eric Carle

Publisher: Harper Festivals

Genre: Fiction/Picture book/children

Type: Standalone

Pages: 28

Reading age: 2-4 years

Goodreads rating: 4.2/5

Giraffes can bend their necks, monkeys can wave their hands, and donkeys can kick their legs. And so can you! Throughout this interactive book, the animals of From Head to Toe invite young readers to copy their antics as they play. Richly illustrated, action-oriented book from Eric Carle gives toddlers the joy of turning around like penguins, bending their necks like a giraffe, etc. It is not a story; in the voice of animals, the author teaches body movements to a child. The drawings are profound. Worth the time.

Why do we recommend this Book?

Eric comes up with this extraordinary book! I enjoyed talking to animals and asking if we could do their movements. This book is helpful for both teachers as well as parents to engage kids. I liked this book because it provides learning by doing and involves the child, creating interest in children to read the books.

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#5 Hansel and Gretel: and the lovely old lady! by Swati Popat Vats


About The Book

Hansel and Gretel: and the lovely old lady! by [Dr.Swati Popat Vats, Krishnat Chavan]; books for toddlers
Hansel and Gretel: and the lovely old lady! by Swati Popat Vats

Title: Hansel and Gretel: and the lovely old lady!

Author: Swati Popat Vats

Genre: Fiction/Fantasy/children/Educational

Type: standalone

Pages: 48

Reading age: 2-10 years

Amazon rating: 5/5

P.s: There is no Goodreads rating yet for this book.

This book retells the famous story of Hansel and Gretel. There is no evil witch; there is a lovely old lady. One day, when Hansel and Gretel wander in the forest and meet an old lady in a house, they see something they can’t resist, read to find out! Next, they learn how to brush their teeth from this lovely old lady.

Why do we recommend this book?

The author explains the reason for retelling this story. There is clarity to the adult on the type of experience and learning the child will have. The story is fun to read, and there is a fantastic lyrical way to teach your kid to brush their teeth. In the first half, there is a story, and in the second half, there is a detailed manual for an adult on how to tap into a child’s psychology to create an interest in brushing teeth and the proper brushing technique. It’s simple to follow and blends story and educational content for a parent or a teacher.

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#6 How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers


About The Book

How to Catch a Star by [Oliver Jeffers]
How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers

Title: How to Catch a Star

Author: Oliver Jeffers

Publisher: Harper Collins

Genre: Fiction/Picture book/children

Type: series

No of Books: 4

Books in it: #1 How to catch a star #2 Lost and found #3 The way back Home #4 Up and Down

Pages: 32

Reading age: 2-4 years

Goodreads rating: 4.2/5

In this first book, the story is about a boy. He saw a star in the night sky. So he decides to catch it. But the question is How?, In the morning, he couldn’t find the star! Maybe star is too tired of being awake all night. So he waits until the night comes up. But the adventure begins at night; the boy tries several ways, from a paper rocket to jumping high; nothing works! Finally, how he captures the star is all about the story.

Why do we recommend this Book?

Imagination is the beauty of this book, the pictorial representation and the attempts of the boy to catch the star are fun to read. Introducing the concept of space, stars, oceans, sun, etc., is excellent, but it may seem illogical to catch stars. Still, it’s worth gifting the child’s imagination and churning curiosity to observe nature.

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#7 Stephanie’s Ponytail by Robert Munsch


About The Book

Stephanie's Ponytail (Classic Munsch) by [Robert Munsch, Michael Martchenko]; books for toddlers
Stephanie’s Ponytail by Robert Munsch

Title: Stephanie’s Ponytail

Author: Robert Munsch

Publisher: Annick Press

Genre: Fiction/Fantasy/children

Type: Standalone

Pages: 24

Reading age: 3-7 years

Goodreads rating: 4.2/5

None of the kids in her class wear a ponytail, so Stephanie decides she must have one. She goes with different styles, someday like a tree, another day the ponytail just above the ear. At first, everyone laughs at her, and Stephanie shows confidence in her hairstyle. However, the next day every girl follows her hairstyle. This cycle of teasing and copying goes on, which irritates Stephanie so much that what she does at the end is hilarious.

Why do we recommend this book?

I liked the concept of the story, of being yourself and not copying others. This hilarious story gave a good laugh. But unfortunately, the words are too long for a young kid to read. A teacher or a parent can tell this story to a young child in a fun way. There are pictures. This book can be a reference to tell a bedtime story to your toddler!

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#8 The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt


About The Book

The Day The Crayons Quit by [Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers]
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt

Title: The Day the Crayons

Author: Drew Daywalt

Publisher: Harper Collins

Genre: Fiction/Fantasy/children

Type: standalone

Pages: 40

Reading age: 3-6 years

Goodreads rating: 4.4/5

Poor Duncan just wants to color. But when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters, all saying the same thing: We quit! All have their concerns; red feels overused, white feels unseen in the rainbow! Brown is tired of being brown, etc. Like this, all colors came up with some of the other concerns. So, in the end, Duncan does something which makes all colors happy!

Why do we recommend this book?

What fun it would be to see colors writing letters using their colors!. It’s super fun to read and narrate to a kid about the colors. Some colors like yellow hurt my eyes because of the light shade background; other than that, the book is worth reading. This book brings art and reading together. In a child, it stimulates curiosity and creativity. It’s one of the best books for toddlers to help them nurture art while reading books.

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#9 The Monster at the End of this Book by Jon Stone


About The Book

Monster at the End of This Book, The (Sesame Street) by [Jon Stone, Mike Smollin]; books for toddlers
The Monster at the End of this Book by Jon Stone

Title: The Monster at the End

Author: Jon Stone

Publisher: Golden Books

Genre: Fiction/Fantasy/children

Type: standalone

Pages: 24

Reading age: 1-4 years

Goodreads rating: 4.4/5

Furry old Grover tries all ways that you don’t turn the page because there is a monster at the end of the page!. Nonetheless, no one stops turning the pages. Every time you turn a page, Grover sometimes thinks he will tie the pages with rope, but when he sees you on another page, he freaks out, screaming that there is a monster at the bottom end of the page. So does nailing the pages help? Do read along with the kid to find out!

Why do we recommend this book?

Character interacting with the reader is fun, but at the same time, it freaks out too when there is a monster at the end of the book. Most of the children did get scared because they thought that monsters were hiding under their beds. But this book takes the monsters to another level. One will be a fan of Grover. He is funny and tricks to stop all ways to stop you from turning pages. This picture book gives an adventurous feel to a reader, especially a little kid. Worth a try!

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#10 The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle


About The Book

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Title: The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Author: Eric Carle

Publisher: Puffin

Genre: Fiction/Picture book/children

Type: Standalone

Pages: 26

Reading age: 1-3 years

Goodreads rating: 3.7/5

One sunny Sunday, the Caterpillar was hatched out of a tiny egg. He was starving. Each day he explores each fruit, one day, he eats one apple; another day, three plums, etc. The Caterpillar consumes more food every day as the week progresses. As a result, he gets a stomachache after eating so much. Finally, he finds the right food growing into a beautiful butterfly.

Why do we recommend this Book?

The illustrations in this book are colorful, and I love the depictions of the Caterpillar. And when you go through the pages, you find holes in fruits depicting that Caterpillar has taken a bite of fruit. A toddler would love this pictorial book, and each parent would have a lovely experience narrating the story. A unique feature of this book is that it introduces weekdays, numbers, and fruits through a narrative. In the end, right this book is worth reading.

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That’s all for now.

P.S: Some books recommended here are available on Kindle Unlimited. If you have subscribed to it, you can read these books for free.

So, to conclude, here are the Best Books for Toddlers :

1Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.Buy Now
2Elmer by David MckeeBuy Now
3Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen ChristelowBuy Now
4From Head to Toe by Eric CarleBuy Now
5Hansel and Gretel: and the lovely old lady! by Swati Popat VatsBuy Now
6How to Catch a Star by Oliver JeffersBuy Now
7Stephanie’s Ponytail by Robert MunschBuy Now
8The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew DaywaltBuy Now
9The Monster at the End of this Book by Jon StoneBuy Now
10The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric CarleBuy Now
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