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Read to Me: Books for Toddlers

The books listed are a sampling of the titles available. Ask your Children's Librarian for further suggestions and tell us which are your favorites.

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Toddler Times

Hands Can
Cheryl Willis Hudson; Photos by John-Francis Bourke

Rhyming text and color photos show toddlers exploring the world with their busy hands.

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I Love My Mommy
Sebastien Braun

Animal mothers play, swim and cuddle with their babies.

See also: I Love My Daddy

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I Love Trucks!
Philemon Sturges; Illustrated by Shari Halpern

Bright illustrations of fifteen trucks with simple rhyming text.

See also: I Love Trains! and I Love Planes!

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Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear?
Nancy White Carlstrom

A young bear playfully “wears” many things throughout the day.

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“More More More,” Said The Baby
Vera B. Williams

In three vignettes with a common theme, toddlers ask loving family members for "more."

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No More Diapers for Ducky!
Bernette Ford; Illustrated by Sam Williams

The title says it all!

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Time to Get Dressed!
Elivia Savadier

One toddler who wants to dress himself, one dad and one busy morning.

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Toddler Two
Anastasia Suen; Illustrated by Winnie Cheon

Two adorable toddlers celebrate things that come in pairs. (Also available in Spanish)

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Beginning Concepts

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Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault; Illustrated by Lois Ehlert

The twenty-six letters race each other up a coconut tree in this stylish alphabet featuring a bouncy chant.

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Feast for Ten
Cathryn Falwell

An African-American family goes grocery shopping and then cooks a meal in a clever story that counts to ten twice.

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My Car
Byron Barton

Sam talks about his red car and how he drives it.

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Eric Carle

A caterpillar eats through the days of the week and many familiar foods before turning into a butterfly. (Also available in many languages.)

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We've All Got Bellybuttons
David Martin; Illustrated by Randy Cecil

An interactive text that ends with tickles show similarities between human and animal children.

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What the Sun Sees; What the Moon Sees
Nancy Tafuri

A reversible book contrasting the activities of day and night.

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Where is the Green Sheep?
Mem Fox; Illustrated by Judy Horacek

Learn about colors, opposites and more while trying to find the green sheep.

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Songs & Rhymes to Share

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Diez Deditos: Ten Little Fingers and Other Play Rhymes and Action Songs from Latin America
Jose-Luis Orozco; Illustrated by Elisa Kleven

Delightful Spanish-English collection with musical arrangements, pictograph directions, and whimsical mixed-media collage art.

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Down by the Station
Will Hillenbrand

All aboard! Sing along as the train picks up baby animals on its way to the zoo.

See also: Fiddle-I-Fee

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Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes and Other Action Rhymes
Zita Newcome

More than fifty favorite nursery rhymes and songs playfully illustrated and easy to use.

See also: Toddlerobics

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The Itsy Bitsy Spider
Iza Trapani

A famous spider has new adventures.

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Jamberry
Bruce Degen

"One berry, two berry, pick me a blueberry" begins this rhyme about a boy and a bear on a berry-picking adventure.

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Little White Duck
Walt Whippo; Illustrated by Joan Paley; Music by Bernard Zaritzky

A classic children's song is staged with vibrant collage art.

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Sing a Song of Sixpence: A Pocketful of Nursery Rhymes and Tales
Jane Chapman

An appealing collection of twenty-two nursery rhymes and three classic stories.

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Whose Shoes?
Anna Grossnickle Hines; Illustrated by LeUyen Pham

A lift-the-flap guessing game featuring a young lively mouse.

See also: Which Hat Is That?

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Animal Tales

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Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!
Bob Barner

Fascinating facts and simple rhymes for the youngest bug lover.

See also: Stars, Stars, Stars

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Dear Zoo
Rod Campbell

Told in a lift-the-flap format, a child asks the zoo to help find the perfect pet. (Also available in several languages.)

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Hooray for Fish!
Lucy Cousins

Meet Little Fish and tour the sea in this brightly illustrated book by the author of the popular Maisy books.

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In the Small, Small Pond
Denise Fleming

Energetic, rhyming text and lush paper collages introduce pond animals through the seasons.

See also: Mama Cat Has Three Kittens and In the Tall, Tall Grass

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Jump Frog Jump
Robert Kalan; Illustrated by Byron Barton

A cumulative tale in which a frog tries to catch a fly without getting caught itself. (Also available in Spanish.)

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Kitten's First Full Moon
Kevin Henkes

A kitten finds mishap and adventure when he thinks the moon is a bowl of milk in this 2005 Caldecott Award Winner.

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This Little Chick
John Lawrence

Bold woodcut pictures bring to life a familiar rhyme in which a chick visits barnyard animals and learns new sounds.

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Where’s Spot?
Eric Hill

Help find the popular puppy in this lift-the-flap adventure. (Also available in many languages.)

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Whose Baby Am I?
John Butler

Wild animal babies are joined by a parent when you turn the page in this gentle question and answer book.

See also: Whose Nose and Toes?

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Especially for Bedtime

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Good Night, Gorilla
Peggy Rathmann

A comical story about a zookeeper, his wife and the animals he thinks he has locked up for the night. (Also available in Spanish.)

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Goodnight, Goodnight Sleepyhead
Ruth Krauss; Illustrated by Jane Dyer

A toddler bids goodnight to her surroundings in gentle verse.

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How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night?
Jane Yolen; Illustrated by Mark Teague

A rollicking rumpus of bedtime antics told in rhyme. (Also available in Spanish.)

See also: How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon? and How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food?

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Hush!: A Thai Lullaby
Minfong Ho; Illustrated by Holly Meade

Mother hushes all the animals in the countryside so that her baby can sleep in this quiet story with a surprise ending.

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Hush, Little Baby
Brian Pinkney

A favorite lullaby is retold with whimsical scratchboard illustrations of a loving African-American family.

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Max’s Bedtime
Rosemary Wells; Musical arrangements by Adam Stemple

With help from big sister Ruby, Max finds his favorite red rubber elephant at bedtime. (Also available in Chinese.)

See also: Max’s First Word and Max’s New Suit

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Piggies
Audrey Wood; Illustrated by Don Wood

Little pigs with distinct personalities cavort on a child’s fingertips until bedtime. (Also available in Spanish.)

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Shhhhh! Everybody’s Sleeping
Julie Markes; Illustrated by David Parkins

All the community helpers are sound asleep and a toddler is too.

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