Recommend Your Toddler’s Favorite Book Please!

Courduroy Bear

Jasper is a bit of a book connoisseur, which is to say that at any given time he will only consent to me reading about half of his book collection. The other half he pushes away and says no to.   I know toddlers love repetition, but mommy needs a little variety so I’m in the market for a few great new bedtime books!  There’s only so many times I can read “Quiet Loud” or “Mr. Brown Can Moo” before I lose my mind.

I plan on ordering Corduroy (even though it chokes me up!) because Jasper is so in love with bears, but other than that I need some suggestions, what are your toddler’s favorite books right now?

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Sarah says:

Sorry I’m so late on this; I’ve been enjoying my spring break vacation with Finn and haven’t been on the computer much! Great post, though…. I’m looking forward to checking out some of the suggestions!
I wanted to add a few: any books featuring illustrator Allison Jay are beautiful! Finn is so into them right now, particularly LISTEN, LISTEN, PICTURE THIS, and her ABC book. He loves to point out and talk about all of the details, and I think it’s really helped skyrocket his vocabulary. I LOVE reading these books with him; we always notice some detail we didn’t see before.

Stephanie says:

My two year old loves all of the Boynton books (Moo Baa La-La-La is a favorite) and REALLY loves “Mr. Brown Can Moo Can You?”

Some other faves right now:

Ten Apples Up on Top


Silly Sally

Mouse Paint (I love Mouse Paint!)

And ANY of the McDuff Stories. Sometimes some of the wording in the McDuff stories is awkward and redundant:

“…McDuff stopped eating. ‘McDuff has stopped eating!’exclaimed Lucy.”

and the stories themselves are always the same (McDuff gets in trouble, crisis averted, everyone eats an insane amount of food – described in ridiculous detail – to celebrate)

but the illustrations are gorgeous, so I don’t really mind. The stories are set in the late 20s/early 30s and illustrations of the Art Deco interiors and period clothes and shoes are truly fabulous!

Tricia says:

We love the Karma Wilson books, Bear Snores On and all the others in the Bear series….enjoy!

Jessica says:

OK, so you HAVE to check these out–they were DD’s AND my favorites. The first two have repetetiveness that ISN’T boring for mommies–LOL! The second might be a little older, but it’s WONDERFUL and will get you over the $25 free shipping at Amazon! ;-)

One of Each

Muncha, Muncha, Muncha

The Best Pet of All

Jaimie says:

My son (right around Jasper’s age) is loving:

How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?
Tugga Tugga Tugboat
Tip Tip Dig Dig
Toot Toot Beep Beep

Kimberly says:

Off the top of my head, few of James’ current favorites are…

**Your Kind of Mommy by Marjorie Blain Parker
**If You Give a Moose a Muffin (over-and-over-and-over…)

At bedtime:
**Goodnight Moon (perennial favorite)
Time For Bed by Mem Fox
The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton
Lullaby Moon by Rosie Reeve

But he’s really such a book lover… there are SO many he loves that I’m sure I’m not thinking of right now. ** These are the ones he will specifically ask for.

Lisa says:

I’m taking notes on all the book recommendations, too! Our Lil H is 20 months old and her current favs are:

“Horray for Fish” by Lucy Cousins
“Adventures of Wonderbaby: From A to Z” by Oliver Chin
“I’m Just a Crab” by Charles Reasoner

Celine says:

Harold and the Purple Crayon
Arthur series (the monkey not the ardvark (ie. Arthur and his Honey Bear etc.)
Frances series (a little hedgehog…ie. Frances and the Tea Set etc.)
There is also a 1,2,3, version of the Amelia Bedelia series…not sure if it is toddler appropriate

Fiona says:

Don’t you just wish you could get inside their minds? Why they suddenly go off books for no apparent reason….I’d love to know what they’re thinking!

Victoria says:

Even as an adult I love all the books by Mercer Meyer & I second the suggestion for “Dinosaur Roar” & the David Shannon books {“A Duck on a Bike” or “David Goes to School”}. And the classic “Where the Wild Things Are.” My son loves hearing all of these stories. An easy one for them to learn to read/memorize is “A Box Can Be Many Things.” I’m not sure of the author off the top of my head though. Happy reading :)

Lauren says:

Oh… my 16 month old LOVES books. He will just sit there and “read” on his own. He likes the books that have photos of fruit, farm animals… etc.

Some of his favorite stories are:

1.The Big Red Barn (he loves farm animals… especially anything with sheep since he can say “baa”) *Probably his top favorite right now.
2. Dimity Duck
3. BIG, Little
4. Raindrop, Plop
5. I Love You Through and Through
6. Goodnight Moon
7. Who is coming to Our House (Technically a Christmas story… has lots of animals)
8. The Belly Button Book
9. Corduroy’s Day (A Counting Book)
10. Little Gorilla
11. Over in the Meadow

Jana says:

My daughter loves Can You Cuddle Like a Koala by John Butler. It’s short, so I usually have to read it twice.

Sarah says:

My daughter is 19 months old and LOVES books. I’m also a teacher so the combination has resulted in a lot of books. Some of our favorites are:
1. Llama Llama Red Pajama (There are also other Llama, Llama books)
2. Over in the Meadow (good for before bed)
3. Panda Whispers (also another great bedtime book)

I could go on forever but these are our top three. Hope you find some new books to read!

Nanette says:

Our 18-month-old hardly allows us to read her stories – she just wants to keep turning the pages. However, we really like “Not a Stick,” “Little Pea” and “Little Owl.”

ariana says:

JB, might be worth a try! Plus, he can always grow into them :)

jbhat says:

Would he sit through Virgina Burton’s books about Mike Mulligan and the Steam Shovel? Or The Little House? Because they both have great pictures of all sorts of “things that go”–a favorite, with toddlers, usually, plus they are beautifully written classics.


Meredith says:

Some favorites:

-Pat the Bunny
-Very Hungry Caterpillar
-Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You?
-Teddy Bear Picnic (which is also a song)
-Going on a Bear Hunt
-Chicken Soup With Rice
-Go Dog Go

Molly says:

Oh – and he loves the books by Charles Fudge (great pictures..). I like “I Know a Rhino” but his favorite is “This is the Way”:

Molly says:

My toddler LOVES:

Barnyard Dance (Boynton)
Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb (Perkins)
Chugga Chugga Choo Choo (Lewis)
Big Red Barn (M. Brown) — current FAVORITE
Dear Zoo (Campbell)
Dinosaur Roar (Stickland)

And pretty much all Elmo books (I’m not such a big fan of those – but he loves them) – the favorite of that bunch is Elmo’s Big Lift and Look Book

I love reading everyone’s responses..!

Melissa says:

My boys loved “No, David” and other David books (by David Shannon)…he is naughty and hilarious!

Sara B. says:

I forgot, the new fav is “The Monster at the End of This Book” which I love reading to him adding lots of drama and suspense:)

Alex says:

My 20 mth old Phoenix loves….

1.I love you through and through
2.Once upon a Potty

ariana says:

@Ali, Jasper LOVES chicka Chicka boom boom too – which is so weird because its about letters, but he loves the “oh NO!” part before they fall out of the tree :)

Ali says:

Sandra Boynton for sure…

I am a book junkie and just love getting new books for my toddler. Here is a list of our FAVORITES–I mean, the ones that we go to over and over and over. (Can you have 13 favorites??) I may just have to do a blog post on our updated favorite books.

1. Charlie Parker Played Be Bop
2. Llama Llama Red Pajama
3. Knuffle Bunny (MY favorite)
4. To Market, To Market
5. Hello Baby! (Mem Fox)
6. Richard Scarry’s Best Storybook Ever!
7. Freight Train and The Very Hungry Caterpillar (still)
8. Quiet LOUD
9. I met a moose in Maine one day
10. Creature ABC
11. Dr Seuss’s ABC
12. Naughty Little Monkeys
13. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

I could go on and on…

sara says:

Lola loves Good Morning Good Night by by Teresa Imperato, Melanie Mitchell. I think she likes it so much because she gets to tuck in the little girl at the end and it is a touch and feel book. She also likes the giving tree but she gets concerned because it chokes me up.

Sarah says:

My 21 month old loves:
How do Dinasours say goodnight.
The Going to Bed Book (Boynton)
I love you through and through (it taught him his body parts)
Goodnight Gorilla
Mama Mama/Papa Papa (a book where animals care for their babies)

And he likes to look at an ABC book I made him using shutterfly. It doesn’t rhyme but there are pictures of him and his favorite things on every single page so it is hard to beat.

Tiffany says:

My daughter loves this book. We bought it at B&N for $2 in the bargain book section. It has flaps that open on many of the pages, but she really loves the rainbow pages that serve as the cover and closing pages for the books.

Janineb says:

How long should they be? Do you prefer board books?
I personally love the “that’s not my” series from Usborne touchy feely books. Not necessarily nighttime, but they are awesome:

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle:

She also loves Counting Kisses by Karen Katz:

We also have several Little Critter stories that we alternate, by Mercer Mayer:

I haven’t read her this one yet, but I want to add it to the list because I think it looks cool. :) Grumpy Bird:

Shae says:

These are our top three (I have a 19 mo old):

1. I love you through and through
2. Love is a Handful of Honey
3. A Night Night Prayer

Great rhythm and good vocabulary level for kids this age. I even love them!

Heather says:

Have you tried any of the Maisy the Mouse books by Lucy Cousins? They’re very focused on what toddlers are doing which is fun. My son actually takes them to bed every night. The videos are cute too.

Stacy says:

forgot a few:
The Bellybutton Book and the other farm one by Sandra Boyton were huge hits for a while!

Stacy says:

That’s Not My Plane (there’s a whole series of these books)
Goodnight Gorilla
Brown Bear,Brown Bear
Goodnight Moon

Michelle says:

The books that we read EVERY SINGLE NIGHT are:

“Moo Baa Lalala” by Sandra Boyton
“The Going to Bed Book” by Sandra Boyton
“Brown Bear Brown Bear”
“Good-Night Moon”

Liv is just about 18 months.

ariana says:

Sara, he has bth of those! He likes the foot book and is so so on Moo Baa Lala which I like because it’s so short :)

Sara B. says:

“Moo Baa Lalala” by Sandra Boyton and
“The Foot Book” by Dr. Seuss are the boy’s current favs.

ariana says:

Great suggestions guys, keep ’em coming!

I should say he does have brown bear, but it’s one of those the he’s lately decided he doesn’t like anymore – DESPITE there being a bear on the cover ;)

pam says:

Six months ago, they were loving this:
Chugga Chugga Choo Choo

These are huge, but they really love them:
Sesame Street Look and Find

Goodnight Gorilla was a HUGE hit for a long time:

and Brown Bear, Brown Bear (pp posted)

To my delight, they’re getting into the “How do Dinosaurs…” series that I *love*:

kari says:

“you are my i love you”… and the christmas version – “you are my miracle”

liam wants the christmas one every night… (weird!)
i only cried the first 10 times or so!! it gets easier!

Lindsey says:

Ben loves books. He really loves all the Brown Bear, Brown Bear series. He loves anything that is a song- Miss Mary Mack, Skip to my Lou, Lady w/ the Alligator Purse. He also likes the Sandra Boyton books. Those are my fav I think. Good luck! I can’t wait to hear what others say as well!

Pamela Levis says:

Every night we have to read “God Bless Me”
Son also loves all the SPOT books

Nisa says:

my son LOVES the book “Tails” – along with others by the same author- “Alphabet” and “Dog”… but Tails is by far the favorite!

Eva says:

My daughter loves Corduroy!!! It’s a classic. Her current fave is Tumble Bumble.