The Top 5 Books For Toddlers

Top 5 Books for Toddlers

By Contributor Salma Dinani

Reading with your toddler can be one of the best things you do with them. It gives you that special time to spend together one-on-one, it invokes their imaginations and it helps them with their language skills and development. And really, reading is just a lot of fun, especially when the weather starts getting cold and more time is spent indoors.

We’ve been reading to the children since they were a few months old. We incorporated it into their naptime and bedtime routines. If people wanted to bring gifts for the wee ones, we always suggested books.

When they became toddlers, we instituted a library visit once week. First we would go in for story time. Then the kids would pick out the books they wanted to borrow for that week. By the time we would get home for lunch, they were itching for me to read one of the ‘new’ books we had brought home.

Top 5 Books for Toddlers

It’s so great to see how much the kids love reading. And over time, even though they are always excited to read new books, there are a few that have remained their favorites. If you want to get your toddler more interested in books or if there’s a little one that you want to buy a book for, these are my top five suggestions:

1.‘POUCH!’ by David Ezra Stein – POUCH is a story about a little Joey kangaroo who is hesitant to leave the comfort of his mother’s pouch until he starts discovering the world around him. The kids will have so much fun chiming in every time Joey yells, “POUCH!”

2. ‘The Book Of Sleep’ by Il Sung Na is a beautiful story about how different animals go to sleep at night, except for the watchful owl. It’s the perfect nighttime story that your child will love.

3. ‘Jamberry’ by Bruce Degen. This is a delightful story that will engage your child with it pictures, rhyming and alliteration.

4. ‘Dear Zoo’ by Rod Campbell -This book is about a little child looking for the perfect pet. It’s simple but fun and the kids love it because of the Life-The–Flap portion. 

5. ‘The Water Hole’ by Graeme Base – This book has amazing illustrations! The story is a journey of discovery that takes the kids from Africa to North America. I promise you that when you read it once, the kids will want you to read it over and over again.

Salma Dinani is a writer, TV producer, mom of two, wife and a lover of good books (she just has no time to read them!) You can also find her blogging at

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Hi, my name is Angela van Tijn and I live in Vancouver, Canada with my wonderful husband, our two boys and our puppy. I am the founder and primary contributor behind One Smiley Monkey. Welcome to my blog!

11 responses to “The Top 5 Books For Toddlers”

  1. Great list! I’ll be checking those out at the library!

  2. We love “The book of sleep”. One of our favorites over here.

  3. I have prolific readers and it was because we started so young. Love to see book reviews.

  4. Thanks for the list of books. I am always looking for great books for my kids. Dear zoo sounds like a book my daughter would love.

  5. The Book Of Sleep looks sooo cute.

  6. A library was just built directly across the street for us, we’ll have to look for these titles during our next visit…

  7. I was very interested in your Top 5 Books for Toddlers as we have two toddlers and two -about-to -be toddler.s .
    I jotted down the names of the books and I look forward to purchasing them for gifts. Thank you for this information.

  8. The Book Of Sleep looks like a fun read !

  9. Thanks will look for these on the weekend

  10. I order 2 of those for my little grandson

  11. I haven/t read any of these books but I plan on giving them to our toddlers when I buy books. Thank you for a wonderful informative post..0

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