My top 10 books for toddlers

My son loves to read and as he’s gotten older, has connected with books in a whole new way.

Now books to portals to a whole new world of imagination and it’s been a marvel to watch.

A lot of friends and clients ask me for recommendations of books and so I thought I’d compile some of Adam’s favorites.

Main Street Magic by Ingela P. Arrhenius

Adam adores this book. He loves playing with the flaps and pop-ups. Each part of Main Street offers up a new world and I love the sweet and surprising humor.

The Ultimate Book of Cities by Anne-Sophie Baumann (Author) and Didier Balicevic (Illustrator)

Guessing you can sense a pattern? Adam is a big fan of lift the flap books. This book may be a bit sophisticated in terms of content for my little one but he is obsessed with all the moving pieces and loves his mini version of a city.

You are my Cupcake by Joyce Wan

A scrumptious board book, filled with sweet terms of endearment. Adam loves to pretend to eat all of the yummies on the pages. We even “blow” on the oven baked cutie pie page for good measure.

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox (Author) and Helen Oxenbury (Illustrator)

This was a gift from a dear friend who said it was her children’s favorite and it is absolutely one of Adam’s favorites too with such beautiful illustrations and sweet sentiment. Adam loves to spot his friends in it too.

Ditty Bird

This whole series is fabulous. Adam loves the independence of pressing the buttons and having the songs play for him. I cannot wait for the day he sings along.

Huggy Kissy by Leslie Patricelli

We love Leslie Patricelli so much. All of her books have such a delightful humor. Huggy Kissy holds a particular place in our heart as “Uncle Scratchy” in the book has an uncannily resemblance to Adam’s real uncle.

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd

Such a classic. A staple bedtime read for our household.

TouchThinkLearn: ABC by Xaiver Deneux

I adore Deneux’s minimalistic design aesthetic and Adam loves to touch and feel all the letters while we learn our ABCs. We also love his Jojo books especially Dress Up Jojo.

In the Town by Roger Priddy

Adam loves lifting the flaps and identifying the objects. The interactive nature of the flaps is a huge win for kids this age.

What a Wonderful World by Bob Thiele (Author), George David Weiss (Author), Tim Hopgood (Illustrator)

Nothing makes a bedtime more tender and precious than reading (and singing) this gorgeous interpretation of Louis Armstrong’s 1967 masterpiece, What a Wonderful World. Beautiful, bright illustrations to bring to life a timeless song and message of hope.

I tried to share a mix of classics and new, interactive and instructional, books to read and books to sing along to. What books do your little ones love?