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The Best Toddler Books: Fun and Educational Picks for Your Child

It is commonly agreed that the more a baby or a toddler is read to, the better his/her capability of literacy and cognition. We’ve mentioned a list of best baby books in the blog post “Reading to Babies: The Best Baby Books and Everything You Need to Know“. With the growth of your child‘s age and capability, you may need to add some new titles to your child’s library. We’ve gathered a list of some of the most fun and educational books for toddlers. These picks will keep your child entertained and help them learn at the same time. From classic stories to new favorites, we’ve got you covered.

The Best 16 Toddler Books in 2022

1, My First Library: Boxset of 10 Board Books for Kids

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This boxset is a great choice for toddlers just beginning to explore the world of books. It includes ten books introducing a wide range of learning topics and everyday objects for little scholars. The topics range from animals to transportation, so there is something for every interest. Plus, the sturdy construction means that these books will withstand many readings.

2, World of Eric Carle, Around the Farm by Eric Carle

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This book is perfect for toddlers who love animals. It features bright illustrations, simple words, and 30 Play-a-sound buttons to describe the various animals on the farm. From cows to pigs to chickens, your child will learn all about the different creatures that live on a farm.

3, Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

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This classic story follows the adventures of a young girl living in an orphanage named Madeline. She and her friends live in an old house in Paris, and they have all sorts of adventures. Madeline is brave, confident, and endearing and she is loved by generations for more than 60 years.

4, Mother Goose Treasury: A Beautiful Collection of Favorite Nursery Rhymes by Various Authors

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This treasury is a perfect choice for toddlers who love nursery rhymes. It includes all of the classics, such as “Mary Had a Little Lamb” and “Jack and Jill.” The illustrations are beautiful, and the rhyming text is easy for toddlers to follow.

5, My First Book of Planets by Bruce Betts PhD

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This book is perfect for toddlers who are interested in space. It introduces the different planets in our solar system, and it includes bright illustrations and simple facts. your child will learn all about the different planets in our solar system.

6, An Elephant & Piggie Biggie by Mo Willems

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This book is perfect for toddlers who love animals. It features the popular characters Elephant and Piggie, and it follows their adventures as they try to figure out what a “biggie” is. The illustrations are bright and engaging, and the story is sure to bring a smile to your child’s face.

7, A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond


This classic book tells the story of a bear who comes to live in London. The bear charms generations by his earnest good intentions and humorous misadventures. He has all sorts of funny experiences, and your child will love following along.

8, Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney

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This book tells the story of a woman who longed to travel the world, live in a house by the sea, and do something to make the world more beautiful. She plants lupines along the coast, and her story will inspire your child to think about what they can do in this world.

9, The Color Monster: A Story about Emotion by Anna Llenas

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This book is perfect for toddlers who are starting to understand emotions. It follows the Color Monster, who is feeling all sorts of emotions and doesn’t know what to do. The book includes beautiful illustrations and it will help your child understand and cope with their own emotions.

10, In My Heart by Jo Witek and Christine Roussey


This book is also about emotions. It follows a little girl as she tries to explore the feelings in her heart including happiness, sadness, bravery, anger, and shyness. It describes how they feel physically and empowers readers to articulate and identify their own emotions.

11, The Family Book by Todd Parr

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This book is perfect for toddlers who are just learning about families. It celebrates the love we feel for our families and different culturalism. It shows families that come in diversities and there is no one right way to have a family. The illustrations are bright and engaging, and the text is simple and easy to understand.

12, All by Myself (Little Critter) by Mercer Mayer

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This book is perfect for toddlers who are starting to understand the concept of independence. It follows Little Critter as he tries to tye his shoes, color a picture, or ride his bike on his own, and it includes funny illustrations and relatable situations. your child will learn that it’s okay to need help sometimes.

13, The Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone and Michael Smollin

This classic book tells the story of a monster who is at the end of the book. Your child will love following along as the monster tries to prevent himself from being turned into pudding. The illustrations are funny and engaging, and your child will be sure to giggle at the story.

14, Potty by Leslie Patricelli

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This book is perfect for toddlers who are just starting to use the potty. It follows a little girl as she learns how to use the potty, and it includes simple illustrations and text. your child will learn all about using the potty in a fun and easy-to-understand way.

15, I Am a Big Brother by Caroline Jayne Church

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This book is perfect for toddlers who are about to become a big brother or sister. It follows a little boy as he learns all about what it means to be a big brother. The illustrations are cute and relatable, and your child is sure to enjoy this book.

16, A Is for Awesome!: 23 Iconic Women Who Changed the World by Eva Chen and

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This book is perfect for toddlers who are interested in history. It introduces 23 iconic women who have made a difference in the world and it includes bright illustrations and simple facts. your child will learn different types of jobs and different ways of being a valuable person to our society.

What to Consider when Picking Books for Toddlers?

Respect their Interest – When looking for the best books for your toddler, it is important to consider his or her interests. If your child loves animals, look for titles with animal characters. If they are fascinated by transportation, find books about cars, trains, and planes. You can also look for books that teach numbers, colors, shapes, and the alphabet. Usually, they will be attracted by bright colors, interesting illustrations, and short stories with simple words. It is important to find books that your child will enjoy so that he or she will want to read them again and again.

Educational – Many books focus on teaching basic life skills, such as potty training and sharing, and books that feature encouraging stories, characters with qualified personalities, and critical thinking. These are nutrition prepared for not only their preschool and kindergarten years but later their future life.

Developmentally Appropriate – It is also crucial to find books that are developmentally appropriate for your toddler. Look for books with simple stories and a few words on each page. The illustrations should be bright and engaging, and the storyline should be something that your child can easily follow. Steer clear of books that are too scary or violent, as these can cause nightmares or behavioral issues. One simple way to tell whether a book is developmentally appropriate for your child is to watch his reaction. If your toddler just wanders away, then you can give it up and try another book.

Durability – Last but not least, you’ll want to find books that are durable enough to withstand repeated readings. Look for books made of thick cardboard or cloth, as these will be more resistant to tearing and bending. Avoid paperbacks, as they are more likely to get damaged.


The above-mentioned books are a few of the best toddler books that are both fun and educational. These books cover a range of topics including emotions, families, and independence. These books are sure to engage your child and help them learn about the world around them.

What are some of your favorite toddler books? Let us know in the comments! And be sure to check out our other blog posts for more book recommendations. Thanks for reading!

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Daisy Zhu

Hi everyone, I’m Daisy Zhu, a former senior employee of Bureau Veritas which is a world leader in testing, inspection, and certification, and now the founder of I am also an experienced mother of a 3-year-old girl.

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