Can't Miss books to Read to Your Toddler

This is a list of my favorite books for storytime because let's be honest, if I am having to read the story I'm going to read one I enjoy. As a kid, I was never a good reader, and that negatively affected my confidence more than I would like to admit. So, when I found out I was pregnant I swore to myself that I would read to my daughter every day, exposing her to books at a very early age. That is exactly what I did, and I found out very quickly that it would not last if I did not enjoy the books. So let's get to it!

These are our favorite books:

There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly by Simms Taback

This is a fun book that takes me back to my childhood. This traditional version of a famous American folk poem is beautifully illustrated on die-cut pages. I love that this book gives children a chance to practice predicting what will happen next in the story.

Not Quite Narwhal by Jessie Sima

Not Quite Narwhal is a beautiful story about finding yourself. A unicorn goes on an adventure to find out who he is, meets friends along the way that love him and accept him for exactly who he is.

Ellie by Mike Wu

A little elephant just wants to help keep her zoo open. She feels like she’s too small to make a difference, but instead of giving up and feeling sorry for herself, she tries something new. This is when she finds her hidden talent that saves the zoo.

Alma and How She Got Her Name by Juana Martinez-Neal

Alma is a very special girl with a very special name, and today she finds out why that name is so special. This is a great opportunity to start a conversation about your family history and the special things each child carries down the family line.

There’s a Giraffe in My Soup by Ross Burach

This book is just fun. Reading this one always makes Ellie laugh.

The Crayon’s Book of Colors by Drew Daywalt (The Whole Series)

I love this whole series. A crayon box full of colorful opinions comes to life and deals with all of their feelings. This is a hilarious tale of crayons having redemptive confrontations with their owner, Duncan.

Here Comes Valentine Cat by Deborah Underwood

You shouldn’t allow your assumptions of others to cause you to treat them poorly. This cat learns exactly that.

The Color Monster by Anna Llenas

Sometimes it’s hard to sort your emotions, even as adults. This is a beautifully illustrated pop up book that takes us on a journey of sorting and separating all of our emotions

Time for Bed by Mem Fox

This book isn’t anything special. There’s no deep moral or life lesson here. This is just a beautifully written and illustrated bedtime story that we began reading when Ellie was a baby and I have loved it since the first time I read it.

I Wish You More by Amy Krouse Rosenthal & Tom Lichtenheld

I want to read this book to Ellie so often that when she grows up these words ring in her mind whenever she is having a bad day. For a little extra specialness check out this personalized version!

Your Magnificent Chooser by John Ortberg

Making decisions isn’t always easy, and it isn’t always fun. As a matter of fact, sometimes I just don’t want to make decisions at all. John Ortberg covers all of these situations and more as he tells a whimsical tale of the decision making gift God gave us.

I Love You Through and Through by Bernadette Rossetti-Shustak

Sometimes we have bad days and some days we have good days. Regardless of what kind of day my baby is having I love every fiber of her being. This book puts that into words for me.

I’ll Never Let You Go by Smriti Prasadm-Halls

One lesson that I want to make sure my baby learns early and carries with her all through her life is when someone loves you they stand by you no matter what. They are there in the good times, in the bad times, and in the times in between. They will never let you go.

**A very special thank you to all the amazing family members that have gifted us these books. Lolli & Pop, Aunt Tab, Grammy, and Grandmother. We love you.

Our favorite time to read is at bedtime. We fit it into our bedtime routine. If you need some ideas for the perfect bedtime routine, you can check our out here! When do you like to read?

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