Did you know that reading to your toddler can lead to fewer behavioral issues and encourages language development? You can read about the slew of other benefits here....but we’ve put together our list of favorite classics and new reads for toddlers ages 1 to 5!

Best Books For Toddlers Ages 1-2

From 1 to 2, children are absorbing everything around them. Help encourage an ever-expanding vocabulary by reading books about colors, numbers, and animals.

  1. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

Author: Bill Martin Jr.

Littles learning language can get a handle on their colors and animals with this fun book.

  1. Goodnight Moon

Author: Margaret Wise Brown

A tried and true classic that's great to start reading at any age!

  1. If You Give A Mouse A Cookie

Author: Laura Numeroff

If you give a toddler a copy of this book, he will want it again and again.

Best Books for Toddlers 2-3

Kids ages 2-3 are becoming more curious about the world around them—foster that curiosity with stories about fun adventures.

  1. Harold and the Purple Crayon

Author: Crockett Johnson

Your tot will love following along on Harold’s nighttime adventures.

  1. The Rainbow Fish

Author: Marcus Pfister

This sweet tale brings the joy of sharing to your little one.

  1. Where the Wild Things Are

Author: Maurice Sendak

This is the perfect book for your little wild thing—she can let out her mischievous side through the main character!

Best Books for Toddlers 3-4

At this age, your little one is looking for books that make them laugh and make them think.

  1. Are You My Mother?

Author: P.D. Eastman

Exploring the world for the first time on his own, this sweet baby bird learns why there’s no place like home.

  1. Dragons Love Tacos

Author: Adam Rubin

Did you know dragons love tacos? This book serves up tacos and laughs!

  1. Oh, The Places You’ll Go

Author: Dr. Seuss

Nothing beats a Dr. Seuss classic and this one comes with a double dose of inspiration!

Best Books for Toddlers 4-5

As your little one is moving from toddlerhood to childhood, these books are the perfect bridge.

  1. The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School

Author: Deborah Diesen

The pout-pout fish takes his bad attitude to school—and finds out it’s not so bad after all!

  1. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Author: Judith Viorst

Everyone has bad days! Make it a little easier for her to navigate the tough days together with this literary classic.

  1. Rosie Revere Engineer

Author: Andrea Beaty

Rosie Revere teaches kids how to persist with passion!

What's your favorite book to read with your toddler? Tell us in the comments below!

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