Top 10 books for Toddlers 1-2 years

We love reading since my daughter was barely few months old and the love of books has only grown many folds. Reading is our way to bond and enjoys some warm happy cuddles, giggles and extra hugs. I cannot emphasize how much vocabulary she developed just through our reading time. With so many choices available, selecting and finding right books for your young reader can be a daunting task.

top 10 books for 1-2 year old

During the tender age of 1- 2, kids have a short attention span and they will not sit through long reading sessions. So I would suggest sticking with picture books, with few words, with ideas/emotions they can relate to and which is easy to memorize. I strongly recommend to buy board books as not only they can stand the test of time but as your toddler tries to be more independent he would love to flip it on his own.

By the time they approach the 2 year mark you can slowly move to reading the short story in the book and she even remembers the emotion/story line by the page. Soon they will pick words, emotions, mimic you and respond with expression. Wait for them to sit in the corner, focused and flipping through these wonderful books


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With so many choices available, selecting and finding right books for your young reader can be a daunting task. I have put together our favorite reads for you. And most are available at Amazon at best prices too.


Dear Zoo – By Rod Campbell  

This is a 25 years old classic and it’s hard to miss! We loved this simple book about a boy who writes to the zoo to send him a pet but hilarity ensues as he receives different animals in crates or packing. each flap lifted per page reveals an animal with a specific character to teach the child. And each animal is sent back for a reason except the last one! Repetitive sentences and first person narration make it perfect for little babies. Great way to introduce animals too.




The Very Hungry Caterpillar –  Eric Carle.

Our first book was the touch and Feel Hungry Caterpillar when Baby K was just 2.5 months old. So getting this senior version was a perfect thing to do. It’s a timeless classic and we love it. A very hungry caterpillar eats its way through a wide variety of foods, teaching children how to count, and the days of the week, while doing so which is great for toddlers I feel. I bet the punched holes are super exciting for little kids, I myself was fascinated by them! Kenisha loves to put her fingers in each hole as we flip. The ending is beautiful



Where’s Teddy? By Rod Campbell

The creator of the famous Dear zoo, this search-and-find, a lift-the-flap book has been a super hit with K. Buster and Teddy go everywhere together and each double page shows them doing a new activity like shopping in the supermarket, cleaning the house and teddy is hidden somewhere on every page. It’s a delight for young children to spot the teddy in each scene. It ends with a lift the flap where Teddy is snuggled in bed with Buster.



Monkey Puzzle by Julia Donaldson and Alex Scheffler

We love all animal books, you see. I saw the review by @thelittlereadingclub and knew we needed to add this to our library.  It rhymes beautifully and follows a clever story about a Monkey who’s lost his mum. A Butterfly goes on a mission to help him find her. They come across many different animals along the way. I find the story fun and educational at the same time. It had my little girl attention instantly. It’s a little Donaldson classic and a must have for tiny readers


Spot Goes to School -Eric Hill

A lovely book about a favorite character Spot and his adventures on the first day at school. It’s a great book for parents to help their toddlers to prepare for their first day at the school. It talks about the fun they will have and things to do at a school. A great way to encourage them to wander and explore and not be afraid. Each page has a lift the flap where spot is up to something new.


Oh Dear! -by Rod Campbell

Since K loves animals and their noises I picked this one. Young buster is sent by his Grandma to look for eggs for his breakfast and “Oh Dear” is his response each time his search ends incorrectly. The book offers a lovely pattern while Buster looks for the eggs in the Barn, sty or the pond. This book provides lots of opportunities for guessing which animal will be under the next flap and what noise they will make. Great for early learning. At las, Buster remembers the hen who is hiding the breakfast eggs. I improvised a bit of the telling of the story adding words here and there which the book gives room to do. And the way Kenisha repeats “Oh dear” is absolutely adorable.


Colours (My first Gruffalo) by Julia Donaldson and Alex Scheffler

It’s a great way to introduce the Gruffalo series and also colour concept. It features all the favorite characters from the Deep Dark Wood with 5 full colored pages! Kenisha learned a great deal about Colours with the Gruffalo in this bold, bright and chunky board book.



Goodnight Moon by Margret Wise – This is little Kenisha’s new favourite bed time story. Mainly on account of the fact that she loves the moon. Also, her vocabulary has now developed to the stage where she can follow the story and say goodnight to the moon, ‘the cow jumping over the moon’ and everything else inside the ‘great green room’. This is a beautiful, old fashioned book with a sing song lullaby intonation which works perfectly at bed time. It is easy to see why this classic children’s book has retained its popularity. We are in love!



Hug by Jez Alborough

This one is a Keeper!! It just has one word through the book “hug”! The story is about a baby chimp Bobo looking for his mom during which he meets several mom and baby animals cuddling and hugging. This makes him miss his mom even more and when the Elephant mommy helps him find him mumma there is a happy celebration at the end and of course lots of hugs! Fair warning, your child would want to hug you with each page turning ? Perfect for bedtime too!


 Farm 1 2 3 – By Rod Campbell

Yes, another addition by our favourite author Rod Campbell is a wonderful flip flap book with counting farm animals. Each flap reveals a hiding animal as you count. The last page is a revision section. We love it for the beautiful interactive pages and also because it counts from 1-10!

What are some of your favorite books for one and two-year-olds? Let us know in the comments below?

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  1. Wow that’s quite a lovely list and I must say this is an excellent practice you are following as a parent especially in an age like today where most parents prefer to give their kids an iPhone or a tablet just so that they can sit quietly and not make noise.

  2. i used to read the pepper series to my daughter when she was a toddler. will recommed this list to my friends whose kiddos are toddlers. good resource. Parents are always looking out for ideal books for kids.

  3. I wanted to gift a book to my friend who had become a parent. Didn’t know which would be good for her to read to the kiddo. This list will be Very useful for the future, when other friends become parents. 🙂 Thank u.

  4. Hi Karuna! This is my first time on your blog. I love the whole look of this site. It is very neat and pleasing to the eye. I liked the book recommendations and will suggest this site for moms of toddlers. Homeschooling is a catching up quickly in this country, I see. I have a friend who homeschools her son and is doing quite well. I would like to invite you to read my blogposts at Looking forward to seeing you there. Happy to connect. Love and Cheers!

  5. Books are the dearest pal. If we can develop the love for reading into our kids then they will never be bored.
    I liked the books selection. I read many from the selection with my daughter. Now it’s my son’s turn.