The Best Books to Read Your Toddler

David Beskar
3 min readFeb 8, 2023

It can be hard to find the best books for toddlers as there are so many different types of books that you might not be able to choose just one that fits your needs. Toddlers are known to love the ridiculous, as well as the repetitive and rhyming words and bright illustrations featured in these types of books. They can also be very burdensome as they can get carried away by the endless repetition and excitement of reading. In 2011, a study revealed that children who repeatedly read the same book were able to remember and understand the meaning of the new word.

According to Kirsty Ketley, a parenting consultant and early years practitioner, there are some types of books that are ideal for toddlers that are both fun and engaging. Some of these include the Lift the Flap books and the rhyming stories with counting. Also, some of the books featured in The Tickle Book by Ian Whybrow are very durable and can withstand a toddler’s touch. She also warns that children should be aware of the negative language used in some books, such as the ones that call out the characters’ appearance as being fat or silly. These types of books can cause them to absorb and copy what they hear. With that in mind, here are some of the best books for kids that will keep them entertained for a long time.

The Day the Crayons Quit

One of the best children’s books for toddlers is The Day the Crayons Quit, about a boy named Duncan who discovers a pile of resignation letters in his box. This is a story about learning to get on with one another and accepting differences.

Jabari Jumps

A charming story about a young boy named Jabari, who is working on getting ready to take a big step, is featured in this book.

The message of the book is very simple and uplifting, as it encourages children to overcome their fears and follow their own determination. One of the readers said that the story has helped improve their kids’ way of thinking. The main reason I like the story is that the characters are supporting and helping Jabari, not pushing him in a cruel and abusive manner.

All Are Welcome

The colorful and vibrant book is a great read for children and their caregivers as it features all kinds of characters. One of the readers said it was uplifting and represented all kinds of kids. The story’s short sentences and rhythm make it a perfect read.

Fox’s Socks

This classic by Julia Donaldson has received over 5000 positive reviews and is regarded as one of the best-selling children’s books. The large and well-designed board book helps your child search for items on the page. The author’s other works are also well-known and loved by children. The book’s flaps make it even more interesting.

Julian is a Mermaid

This is a great read for kids as it features a variety of characters and is a great read for those looking for a good story. In the story, Julian sees some pretty girls, but he’s worried about what his Nan will think when he dresses up like them. This heartwarming story encourages children to accept and learn about who they are. Lucy, the mother of three, said that the book is very open-ended and prefers bedtime reading to be talked about.

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

This is a classic that has spanned several generations. It’s a heartwarming story about three kids, an adult, and a dog going on an adventure. The story is a great read for children and their caregivers as it encourages them to solve problems. The combination of repetition and rhyme helps children develop their problem-solving skills.

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David Beskar

David began his career as an assistant software engineer at Triple Vision Inc. in Minneapolis, quickly rising through the ranks.