I knew when I was pregnant with my son that I wanted him to have an amazing relationship with books. I wanted him to love books like I loved books.
I also remember thinking that there was no point in reading to my newborn. He didn’t understand what I was saying, he didn’t care about the story. And besides that, it was boring to me.
But, babies and toddlers that are read to consistently are more inquisitive, and they are more in tune with their surroundings.
Reading to your toddler can also provide emotional benefits such as bonding with mommy or daddy. Building your toddler’s library for storytime is a journey. Finding the right book that can keep you, the parent entertained and keeping your child’s interest.
Rotating your toddler ‘s storytime corner is brilliant! You not only get new books each month and season, you don’t have to read the same story over and over again. Well, at least longer than you have too.
TODDLER BOOKS BY SEASON
Teaching your toddler about seasons by rotating books is a fun way for them to start learning about the world. Your toddler is able to soak up new information like a sponge. And while they may not be able to have a full blown conversation, they are taking in everything around them.
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TODDLER BOOKS FOR SPRING
Little Blue Truck’s Springtime is perfect for your little one. And a plus side to this board book is the flaps that show animals hidden
The Very Hungry Caterpillar is known by many. It’s a colorful story about a caterpillar that turns into a butterfly from eating a different number of items on different days.
I love pointing out what the caterpillar is eating, and the different colors. And I started counting with my son while reading.
The Tiny Seed is a cute and knowledgeable story about seeds and what it takes for a seed to be able to bloom into a beautiful flower.
TODDLER BOOKS FOR SUMMER
Llama Llama Sand & Sun shows all the fun things that you can do in summer, while also having touch and feel parts on the pages that let your child get sensory fun too!
Is it Warm Enough for Ice Cream takes you on a journey through the different seasons till it’s warm enough for ice cream. You will also be able to explore the science side of the world and learn about the different temperatures, weather, and more!
For Added Fun: Read while eating ice cream
Maisy Goes Swimming is a lift the flap and pull the tabs kinda book. You help maisy get undressed to be able to go swimming. If your toddler likes to rip tabs I would wait a little bit longer before introducing Maisy.
TODDLER BOOKS FOR FALL
Hello, Fall. Do you want a book that brings on all the feels you get when you think of fall? The illustrations are to die for, and the story itself is compelling.
Duck & Goose Find A Pumpkin is a tale of two friends looking for a pumpkin together! Oh where, or where, will they find their pumpkin.
Baby Loves Fall is another amazing flip the flap book!
What will your baby discover behind flap #1? Maybe some apple pie? or some acorns? I guess you will just have to flip some flaps to see!
BEST TODDLER WINTER BOOKS
Bedtime for Little Bears is the perfect night time story. Set in a snowy winter Mama bear is putting her baby bear to sleep, who of course doesn’t want to go to sleep.
Snowballs is a cute little story about waiting for snow to come and collecting odds and ends to build a snowman!
This book is a perfect to help little ones identify everyday objects while adding in the fun of a wintery snow.
Penguins, Penguins, Everywhere! If you are wanting to teach your toddler about penguins, this is the perfect book.
There is rhyming and actual educational facts about penguins.
TODDLER BOOKS BY HOLIDAY
TODDLER BOOKS ABOUT VALENTINE’S DAY
Llama Llama I Love You takes you on a valentines day journey. Making cards with friends and either sending the cards in the mail or giving them to friends that are there with you. “Candy hearts, and flowers too ! Llama Llama I Love You.”
Happy Love Day, Daniel Tiger! Toddlers love lifting flaps and this is yet again another flip the flap book.
Daniel the tiger takes you on adventures to show all the different ways there are to say I Love You.
I Love You, Stinky Face – Toddlers love to put a fight when it comes to going to bed. This book shows the unconditional love a mother has for her child. While also encompassing the imagination a child can have. “But Mamma, But mamma what if I were a slimy green swamp monster, would you love me then?”
TODDLER BOOKS ABOUT EASTER
Llama Llama Easter Egg “Llama Easter, Llama Spring. What will Easter morning Bring?”
Llama goes on an easter egg hunt with his friends and finds a big surprise! This book is simple yet, cute. My son absolutely loves all the Llama Llama Books.
The Itsy Bitsy Bunny is a cute twist on the itsy bitsy spider. I love to “sing/read” the book to the itsy bitsy spider tune to my son. Another simple, yet fun book to read to get in the Easter spirit.
Peep and Egg is a story of a baby chick who is trying to convince her friend to hatch and come out to see the world. But egg is scared of the world and doesn’t want to hatch.
TODDLER ST. PATRICK’S DAY
The Itsy Bitsy Leprechaun. Just like the Itsy Bitsy Bunny, this board book is a cute twist from the Itsy bitsy spider.
“The itsy bitsy leprechaun found a pot of gold. Down came a rainbow colorful and bold”
Baby’s First St. Patrick’s Day is perfect to familiarize your toddler with all things St. Patrick’s Day! Shamrock, Check. Four Leaf Clover, Check. Pot of Gold, Check. And more!
Lucky Tucker is about a dog named Tucker who wakes up and is having a really bad day. Tucker ends up rolling in a bed of four leaf clovers which just happens to belong to a leprechaun! Can you guess the ending?
TODDLER FOURTH OF JULY BOOKS
Corduroy’s 4th of July takes you on an adventure of what all there is to do on independence day! There is a picnic, and swimming, and of course a parade! Oh, and most importantly, fireworks!
This is a bright and colorful board book perfect for toddlers!
Curious George Parade Day instead of a flip the flap this book is tabbed! So you know what to expect with each page turn.
Curious George is always getting into mischief and before he knows it he has to save the Parade!
Parade Colors is an amazing independence day toddler board book! It teaches colors while introducing Uncle Sam, parades, and of course the beloved American Flag.
TODDLER BOOKS ABOUT HALLOWEEN
One, Two . . . Boo! Is perfect for introducing Halloween to the littles! There are SPOOKY flaps to flip on every page! Count your way through the haunted house!
Goodnight Goon “Goodnight tomb. Goodnight goon. Goodnight Martians taking over the moon.”
This is a fun parody to Goodnight Moon!
Spooky House: Lift-The-Flap Tab Book There are eight “spooky” scenes to explore! So have fun and get your adventure on!
BEST TODDLER THANKSGIVING BOOKS
Where is Baby’s Turkey? Karen Katz is amazing at making interactive books for babies and toddlers!
Flip-The-Flap and help look for Baby’s stuffed animal turkey!
Llama Llama Gives Thanks is yet another Llama Llama book that is simple and fun! Have some rhyming fun, while learning the importance of giving thanks!
Happy Thanksgiving Curious George! Is there a day when Curious George doesn’t manage to find trouble? No? I guess he wouldn’t be Curious George if he wasn’t so Curious.
Curious George Has an Eventful Thanksgiving, this tabbed book takes you on yet another Curious George Adventure.
TODDLER BOOKS ABOUT CHRISTMAS
Little Blue Truck’s Christmas – Help the Little Blue Truck spread Christmas cheer and on the last page you get to end with twinkling Christmas Lights!
Llama Llama Jingle Bells is another classic by Anna Dewdney! With short rhymes you get to go on an adventure of gift giving with friends, sing songs, and decorate cookies!
Bear Stays Up For Christmas – Do you remember when you were a kid and you would stay up as long as possible on Christmas Eve?
Well, normally Bears hibernate in winter so all of his friends work really hard to help him stay awake for Christmas!
TODDLER BOOK COLLECTIONS FOR YEAR-ROUND FUN
The Little Blue Box of Bright and Early Board Books – Dr. Seuss was my go-to when I started Purchasing books for my son. They are the books that I remember being read to me and I knew he would enjoy them. Included in this set with my personal star review ( Some not sold individually on Amazon)
- Hop on Pop ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
- Oh! The Thinks You Can Think! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
- 10 Apples Up On Top ⭐️⭐️⭐️
- The Shape of Me and Other Stuff ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The Little Green Box of Bright and Early Board Books – More of Dr. Seuss! My Son’s Favorites were Mr. Brown Can Moo! and the Dr. Seuss’s ABC’s 😀
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BOOKS FOR TODDLER STORYTIME
Having books separated by season and holiday makes it easy to rotate books for your toddlers storytime! Choose books that you want to keep year round in your toddlers library, switch books for each season, and add in books for each holiday! Take out books that aren’t relevant to the time of year! It’s as easy as that.
Hope this Helps With Storytime!