In my opinion these are the best five books for toddlers. All thoughts are my own. If you haven’t read them then give them a go. Your child will love them.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

by Eric Carle

Classic children’s book. Can be purchased in both paperback and as a board book. Tells the story of a caterpillar from hatching out of the egg into a beautiful butterfly. Helps with counting and days of the week. Is interactive with holes through the page to show what the caterpillar has eaten.


by Giles Andreae and Nick Sharratt

Small children love pants. They are a little bit rude and therefore very funny. It is a picture book with rhyming text. Very colourful with lots of different animals and people wearing a variety of shapes and sizes of pants. My children are always asking for the pants book.

Dear Zoo

by Rod Campbell

Another classic. First published in 1982. Also can be purchased as a paperback or board book. The story lies around sending a letter to the zoo asking for a pet. Children will love lifting the flaps to see the variety of animals sent from the zoo. Has bright and bold images with sturdy flaps. Will they ever send the perfect pet?

I Love You to the Moon and Back

by Little Tiger Press

Board book. Tells the story of love between a parent and child. Perfect for reading with your child. Sturdy pages that are easy for little hands to turn. Big Bear and Little Bear think of new ways that they love each other throughout the day. Really detailed illustrations. Another book that will will be requested to be read lots and lots.

Where’s Spot?

by Eric Hill

Spot’s first adventure book. Can be purchased as a board book or a paperback. Children love lifting the flaps and following the story to find the mischievous little puppy called spot. With simple text and colourful pictures. Another classic story and one which I had as a child. It is nice that my children love the same story the I did.

Please comment if there are any books that your children love that I have missed out of this list.

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