10 Books for Toddlers (Mom & Teacher Recommended)


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During the month of April, public libraries are celebrating National Library Week. While this might not be a highlight for most of us, I am using it as an excuse to indulge in my greatest passion–children’s literature.

As a kindergarten teacher, I would scour the shelves of the school library, looking for new books to read to my students; and now as a parent, I am no less obsessive on my quest to find works of excellence and beauty to put on our bookshelves. I love expanding little hearts and minds through great literature. So below I am listing 10 of our family’s favorites for the youngest of listeners (ages three and under). All of these titles are available on amazon.com or for free at our very own Fort Worth Public Library.

Ten in the Bed by Penny Hale is  a lovely bedtime story. My sons ask to read this one over and over again. Ten in the Bed Bruno Munari’s ABC  is a crisp, modern alphabet primer full of unusual illustrations and words. It’s great for building a little one’s vocabulary. Bruno Munari's ABC Frog Went A-Courtin by John Langstaff is a wonderful story about a rat wooing a little mouse. The story and pictures always draw my children’s attention. frog went a courtin Three Little Kittens by Paul Galdone is a guaranteed crowd pleaser. Even my 10 month old gets into it. I promise you will have it memorized in just a few reads!3 little kittens 1 Is One by Tasha Tudor is an old-fashioned counting book with truly beautiful, timeless illustrations. It is a delight to read. download (3) The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr is a sweet, engaging book about a hungry tiger who stops by for a cup of tea. The title pretty much sums it up, yet my kiddos never tire of reading this one. Tiger-who-came-to-tea-2 Pocketful of Posies: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes by Salley Mavor is a gem! All of the illustrations are lovingly hand-stitched by the author herself, and then photographed to create a unique, multi-dimensional picture book. Even if you already own a copy of nursery rhymes, this brings them to life in a whole new way. pocketful First Prayers: A Celebration of Faith and Love is a collection of poetry and prayers for the very youngest. With beautiful pictures, we enjoy reading this one in the evening before bed. It also makes a thoughtful christening gift. First-Prayers-Available-at-Raleighs-Affordable-Chic-Gift-ShopEach Peach Pear Plum by Janet and Allan Ahlberg is a fun read with a host of characters from classic fairy tales and nursery rhymes. In this story, Cinderella, The Three Bears, Baby Bunting, Robin Hood, and many others all come together for plum pie at the end. This is also an “I Spy” book, which takes the excitement up a notch for my three year old.513L8ZdZ2HL Edward the Emu by Sheena Knowles is the tale of a discontent emu at the zoo. After visiting many other animals, Edward decides being an emu isn’t so bad after all. 51TRWgpTypL

What are some of your favorites books for ages three and under?

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Emma is the wife of Ford and mother to four: Lewis (2010), Teddy (2011), Archibald (2013), and Addie Cate (2013). She is both a biological and adoptive mom and wouldn’t have it any other way. Emma and Ford tied the knot in 2009, and quickly went from a family of two to six. Before Texas was home, she spent her college years in Mississippi; and her childhood in St. Petersburg, Russia where her parents serve as Protestant missionaries. Though she is fluent in Russian, she doesn’t find much use for it on playdates in the metroplex. When she is not buying diapers in bulk, Emma enjoys re-reading Austen and Bronte novels, napping, and the occasional visit to the Kimbell Art Museum. She dreams of one day sleeping in, but till then she is enjoying the long, lovely days at home with her crew of toddlers and babies.


  1. SO many to name, but we have always loved the Little Blue Truck books. Also the Brown Bear, Brown Bear series were awesome at teaching them colors. Hungry Hungry Caterpillar.


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