Excellent Reading for One-year-olds

Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss

Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss

Full of short, simple words and silly rhymes, this book is perfect for reading alone or reading aloud with mom! The rollicking rhythm will keep kids entertained on every page.

Blue Hat, Green Hat

Blue Hat, Green Hat
by Sandra Boynton

A delightful read-aloud text, sure to elicit giggles from little ones as they happily chime in on every spread with an OOPS.

Ten Little Fingers

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes Padded Board Book by Mem Fox, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury

Once you finish the rhythmic, rhyming text, all you’ll want to do is go back to the beginning and read it again!

The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Clement Hurd

The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Clement Hurd

Children will be comforted by this lovingly steadfast mother who finds her child every time.

Freight Train Board Book

Freight Train Board Book
by Donald Crews

Simple, powerful words and vibrant illustrations evoke the rolling wheels of that childhood favorite: a train. This board book features sturdy pages and is just the right size for little hands.

Are You My Mother? by P. D. Eastman

Are You My Mother?
by P. D. Eastman

When a mother bird’s egg starts to jump, she hurries off to make sure she has something for her little one to eat. But as soon as she’s gone, out pops the baby bird. He immediately sets off to find his mother, but not knowing what she looks like makes it a challenge. The timeless message of the bond between mother and child make Are You My Mother? a treasured classic.

Little Blue Truck board book

Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle, illustrated by Jill McElmurry

A muddy country road is no match for this little pick up–that is, until he gets stuck while pushing a dump truck out of the muck. Luckily, Blue has made a pack of farm animal friends along his route.

Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You : Dr. Seuss’s Book of Wonderful Noises by Dr. Seuss

Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You : Dr. Seuss’s Book of Wonderful Noises by Dr. Seuss

Ideal for encouraging imaginative play, the classic rhymes introduce children to all sorts of sound words!

Caps for Sale

Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business by Esphyr Slobodkina

This tale of a peddler and a band of mischievous monkeys teaches children about problem and resolution.

The Berenstain Bears Inside Outside Upside Down

The Berenstain Bears: Inside Outside Upside Down
by Stan Berenstain

Brother Bear gets into a box. Papa Bear turns the box upside down, takes it outside, and puts it on a truck. Simple art and rhyming text make this a perfect for teaching spatial concepts.

Opposites by Sandra Boynton

Opposites by Sandra Boynton

From HIGH and LOW to FAST and SLOW, opposites are full of fun in this Sandra Boynton board book favorite.

Dear Zoo: A Lift-the-Flap Book by Rod Campbell

Young readers love lifting the flaps to discover the animals the zoo has sent—a monkey, a lion, and even an elephant! But will they ever find the perfect pet?

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed Padded Board Book by Eileen Christelow

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed Padded Board Book by Eileen Christelow

Little ones will love giggling along with those naughty monkeys!

Moo Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin

Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Betsy Lewin

Farmer Brown’s cows like to type. All day long he hears Click, clack, MOO. The problems REALLY begin when his cows start leaving him notes…

Go, Dog. Go

Go, Dog. Go!: P.D. Eastman’s Book of Things That Go
by P. D. Eastman

Whether by foot, boat, car, or unicycle, P. D. Eastman’s lovable dogs demonstrate the many ways one can travel in this condensed, board-book version perfect for babies and toddlers.

The Foot Book

The Foot Book: Dr. Seuss’s Wacky Book of Opposites
by Dr. Seuss

Explore different feet, from fast to slow, front to back, big and small, learning about opposites! Dr. Seuss’s rhymes help readers discover the world around them, starting with their own bodies!

 Duck on a Bike by David Shannon

Duck on a Bike
by David Shannon

Duck waddled over to where the boy parked his bike, climbed on and began to ride. At first he rode slowly and he wobbled a lot, but it was fun! Duck rode past Cow and waved to her. “Hello, Cow!” said Duck. “Moo,” said Cow. But what she thought was, “A duck on a bike? That’s the silliest thing I’ve ever seen!” Now ALL the animals can ride bikes!


Corduroy by Don Freeman

This story of a teddy bear waiting on a shelf for a child’s friendship has appealed to young readers for generations.

Excellent Reading for Two-year-olds

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff, illustrated by Felicia Bond

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff, illustrated by Felicia Bond

If a hungry little mouse shows up on your doorstep, you might want to give him a cookie. And if you give him a cookie…

Adventures with Barefoot Critters by Teagan White

Adventures with Barefoot Critters by Teagan White

From gathering honey to building cozy campfires, the friends make the most of every activity, both enjoying the great outdoors and staying snug inside, all while learning the alphabet.

 A Fly Went By by Mike McClintock, illustrated by Fritz Siebel

A Fly Went By by Mike McClintock, illustrated by Fritz Siebel

When a young boy sees a frantic fly buzzing past, he asks where the fly is headed—and with that, a chase begins. A Fly Went By will have young readers buzzing with excitement!

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems

When a bus driver takes a break from his route, a very unlikely volunteer springs up to take his place—a pigeon! But you’ve never met one like this before. As he pleads, wheedles, and begs his way through the book, children will love being able to answer back and decide his fate.

Goodnight Goodnight Construction Site

Goodnight Goodnight Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld

As the sun sets behind the big construction site, all the hardworking trucks get ready to say goodnight. One by one, Crane Truck, Cement Mixer, Dump Truck, Bulldozer, and Excavator finish their work and lie down to rest—so they’ll be ready for another day of rough and tough construction play!

The Wheels on the Bus by Paul O. Zelinsky

The Wheels on the Bus
by Paul O. Zelinsky

Over a million young readers have enjoyed the wheels that go round, doors that open and shut, and people who go bumpety-bump. Today it remains as fresh and engaging as when it was first published!

I Spy - Everything!: A Fun Guessing Game for 2-4 Year Olds

I Spy – Everything! by Books For Little Ones and I SPY Books for Preschoolers

Each puzzle focuses on different letters of the alphabet—all you need to do is find the item that matches each letter, then turn the page and see whether you’ve chosen correctly! A perfect book for little learners. They’ll develop observational skills, learn to assign letters to objects, and they’ll be having so much fun they won’t even know they’re learning!

One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish

One Fish, Two Fish
by Dr. Seuss

The silly rhymes and colorful cast of characters create an entertaining approach to reading that will have every child giggling from morning to night: “Today is gone. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.”

Sheep in a Jeep

Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy E. Shaw, illustrated by Margot Apple

Here they come, a flock of rollicking sheep in their sturdy red jeep. Will their outing be a success? Jeep goes splash! Jeep goes thud! Jeep goes deep in gooey mud! Here is a lively, funny tale, perfect for reading aloud. The youngest lap sitters will quickly learn to chant along with the reader as the brisk story unfolds, and they’ll delight in the colorful portrayal of the hapless sheep.

The Snowy Day Board Book by Ezra Jack Keats

The Snowy Day Board Book
by Ezra Jack Keats

This story beautifully depicts a child’s wonder at a new world, and the hope of capturing and keeping that wonder forever… perfect for reading together on a cozy winter day.

 Counting with Barefoot Critters by Teagan White

Counting with Barefoot Critters by Teagan White

Join this adorable cast of animal characters as they explore numbers and counting over the course of a day, having fun at all stops along the way.

Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey

Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey

Sal and her mother a picking blueberries to can for the winter. But when Sal wanders to the other side of Blueberry Hill, she discovers a mama bear preparing for her own long winter…

Where Do Diggers Sleep at Night

Where Do Diggers Sleep at Night? by Brianna Caplan Sayres, illustrated by Christian Slade

Just like you and me, the vehicles in this story get tuckered out after a long day of hard work and need to quiet down and settle in for sweet dreams. Young readers will surely identify as these trucks ask for one more story while their parents sing them a goodnight song and send them off to bed.

Grumpy Monkey

Grumpy Monkey by Suzanne Lang, illustrated by Max Lang

Jim the chimpanzee is in a terrible mood for no good reason. His friends can’t understand it—how can he be in a bad mood when it’s SUCH a beautiful day? They have lots of suggestions for how to make him feel better. But Jim can’t take all the advice… and has a BIT of a meltdown. Maybe he just needs a day to feel grumpy?

Where the Wild Things Are Paperback

Where the Wild Things Are
by Maurice Sendak

When Max dresses in his wolf suit and causes havoc, his mother sends him to bed. From there, Max sets sail to an island inhabited by the Wild Things, who name him king and share a wild rumpus with him. But then from far away across the world, Max smells good things to eat…

Even Firefighters Go to the Potty

Even Firefighters Go to the Potty: A Potty Training Lift-the-Flap Story by Wendy & Naomi Wax, illustrated by Stephen Gilpin

Clang! Clang! Clang! The fire truck is pulling out of the station. But wait! Where is the firefighter going? To the potty! Even firefighters go to the potty! In this hilarious story, each person—from a firefighter on the way to answer a fire alarm to a zoo keeper on the way to feed the polar bears—stops what they are doing to go to the potty. Toddlers learn that everybody uses the potty.

Llama Llama Red Pajama

Llama Llama Red Pajama
by Anna Dewdney

Llama Llama’s tale of nighttime drama makes an ideal story for bedtime reading. The infectious rhyming and expressive artwork are endearing to young children who especially relate to Baby Llama’s need for comfort, as much as parents appreciate Mama Llama’s reassuring message.

The Lion Inside

The Lion Inside by Rachel Bright & Jim Field

A bestselling story about confidence, self-esteem, and a shy little mouse who sets out on a journey to find his roar. Fed up of being ignored by the other animals, Mouse wishes he could roar like Lion. But, as he discovers, even the biggest, bossiest people are scared sometimes… and even the smallest creatures can have the heart of a lion!

Excellent Reading for Three-year-olds

Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

Green Eggs and Ham
by Dr. Seuss

Kids will love the terrific tongue-twisters as the list of places to enjoy green eggs and ham gets longer and longer… and they might even learn a thing or two about trying new things!

Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

by Ludwig Bemelmans

Madeline charms readers with its endearing, courageous heroine, cheerful humor, and wonderful, whimsical drawings of Paris, charming readers for more than 75 years!

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton

Mike and his trusty steam shovel, Mary Anne, dig deep canals for boats to travel through, cut mountain passes for trains, and hollow out cellars for city skyscrapers. But with progress come new machines, and soon the inseparable duo are out of work. Mike believes that Mary Anne can dig as much in a day as one hundred men can dig in a week, and the two have one last chance to prove it and save Mary Anne from the scrap heap. What happens next in the small town of Popperville is a testament to their friendship, and to old-fashioned hard work and ingenuity.

Bear Snores On

Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson, illustrated by Jane Chapman

One by one, a whole host of different animals and birds find their way out of the cold and into Bear’s cave to warm up. But even after the tea has been brewed and the corn has been popped, Bear just snores on! See what happens when he finally wakes up and finds his cave full of uninvited guests—all of them having a party without him!

The Little Engine That Could

The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper

Designed especially for toddlers, this large board book features an intriguing locomotive shape, bright, cheery illustrations, and a simple retelling of the original story just right for reading aloud.

Knuffle Bunny:

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems

Trixie, Daddy, and Knuffle Bunny take a trip to the neighborhood Laundromat. But the exciting adventure takes a dramatic turn when Trixie realizes some bunny was left behind? This brilliant book tells a true-to-life tale about what happens when Daddy’s in charge and things go terribly, hilariously wrong.

What to Do with a Box by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Chris Sheban

What to Do with a Box by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Chris Sheban

If you give a child a box, who can tell what will happen next? It may become a library or a boat. It could set the scene for a fairy tale or a wild expedition. The most wonderful thing is its seemingly endless capacity for magical adventure, a feature imaginatively captured in cardboardesque art and rhythmically celebrated in this poetic tribute.

The Pout-Pout Fish

The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen, illustrated by Dan Hanna

Swim along with the pout-pout fish as he discovers that being glum and spreading “dreary wearies” isn’t really his destiny. Bright ocean colors and playful rhyme come together in Deborah Diesen’s fun fish story that’s sure to turn even the poutiest of frowns upside down.

Giraffes Can't Dance

Giraffe’s Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae, illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees

The touching tale of Gerald the giraffe, who wants nothing more than to dance. With crooked knees and thin legs, it’s harder for a giraffe than you would think. Gerald is finally able to dance to his own tune when he gets some encouraging words from an unlikely friend. With light-footed rhymes and high-stepping illustrations, this tale is gentle inspiration for every child with dreams of greatness.

There's a Wocket in My Pocket!

There’s a Wocket in My Pocket! by Dr. Seuss

Welcome to Dr. Seuss’s book of ridiculous rhymes! Keep an eye out for the Zink in the sink and the Bofa on the sofa, and say goodnight to the Zillow on your pillow! Everyday objects become the homes for colorful creatures!

Sam and Dave Dig a Hole

Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen

Sam and Dave are on a mission to find something spectacular. So they dig a hole. And they find… nothing. The day still turns out to be pretty spectacular as they are rewarded with a rare treasure in this story of looking for the extraordinary—and finding it in a manner never expected.

Mr. Gumpy's Outing Board Book

Mr. Gumpy’s Outing
by John Burningham

Mr. Gumpy lives by a river. One sunny day he takes a ride in his small boat. It is such a perfect idea, for such a perfect summer day, that he soon has company: first the children, then the rabbit, the cat, the dog, the pig, the sheep, the chickens, and still others until—Mr. Gumpy’s outing comes to an inevitable but not unhappy, conclusion. “Come for a ride another day!”

The Magical World of Strega Nona

The Magical World of Strega Nona: a Treasury
by Tomie dePaola

Strega Nona’s gentle humor, irrepressible spirit, and matter-of-fact approach to life have won her legions of fans—both young and old. The American Library Association called her “an enduring character who has charmed generations of children.”

Harold and the Purple Crayon

Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson

One evening Harold decides to go for a walk in the moonlight. Armed only with an oversized purple crayon, Harold and his trusty crayon travel through woods and across seas and past dragons before returning to bed, safe and sound. Full of funny twists and surprises, this charming story shows just how far your imagination can take you.

Martha Speaks

Martha Speaks
by Susan Meddaugh

When Helen Finney feeds alphabet soup to her dog, Martha, it goes straight up to her brain, and Martha begins to speak! Having a talking dog is a lot of fun—unless your dog never stops talking! When chatty Martha gives her family the silent treatment they’re relieved at first, but then they get worried. Will Martha ever speak again?

Press Here

Press Here by Herve Tullet

The longest-running picture book on the New York Times bestseller list! Tullet’s brilliant creation proves that books need not lose out to electronic wizardry; his colorful dots perform every bit as engagingly as any on the screen of an iPad.

In My Heart: A Book of Feelings

In My Heart: A Book of Feelings by Jo Witek, illustrated by Christine Roussey

Happiness, sadness, bravery, anger, shyness… Exploring a full range of emotions, In My Heart describes how hearts feel inside, with lyrical language empowering readers to identify their own emotions.

Harry the Dirty Dog

Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion, illustrated by Margaret Bloy Graham

Harry is a white dog with black spots who absolutely, positively hates to take a bath. After a day of adventure, Harry gets so dirty that he no longer looks like a white dog with black spots. Now he looks like a black dog with white spots! Harry the Dirty Dog is perfect for fans of dogs… especially ones who also don’t always want a bath!

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