Best Baby & Toddler Books About Adventure

The Top 22 Books About Adventure

Updated Mar. 8, 2019

Adventure is one of the greatest gifts we get from books. You open the cover, and immediately you're transported into another world, someone's story and experiences. Each book is an adventure just waiting to happen. You'll make great new friends to journey with on the highs and lows of their stories. So what are you waiting for? Adventure awaits!

As a few popular writers have put it:

“Let us step into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure.”
― J.K. Rowling

"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose."
― Dr. Seuss

This Little Explorer book
#1
This Little Explorer
Written by Joan Holub and illustrated by Daniel Roode
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

I love this book! Definitely one of my favorites, containing little bios for important adventurers in history. This book has great content and facts without making the text too long. Plus, the illustrations are amazing! Plus, there are more explorers in the back to learn about (women and men)! :)

Learn all about the most influential explorers who searched the world far and wide in this engaging and colorful board book perfect for pioneers-in-training! Little explorers discover a great big world. The follow up to This Little President, now even the youngest adventurers can learn about the greatest explorers in history with this bright and playful board book. Highlighting ten memorable pioneers, parents and young discoverers alike will love sharing this fun historical primer full of age-appropriate facts and bold illustrations.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland board book book
#2
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland board book
Written and illustrated by Alison Jay
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

Alice in Wonderland is now ready for the toddler crowd in this delightful board book edition of Lewis Carroll’s classic Introduce the youngest readers to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with this dynamic new edition. Board book favorite Alison Jay illustrates the novel’s most iconic moments in her distinctive crackle-paint style. Each scene is paired with a descriptive verb, making this high-action concept book perfect for sharing with little ones.

The Runaway Bunny Board Book book
#3
The Runaway Bunny Board Book
Written by Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Clement Hurd
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

Clement Hurd redrew some of his pictures for this new edition of the profoundly comforting story of a bunny’s imaginary game of hide-and-seek and the lovingly steadfast mother who finds him every time.

We're Going on a Bear Hunt book
#4
We're Going on a Bear Hunt
Written by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-2

We're going on a bear hunt. We're going to catch a big one. What a beautiful day! We're not scared. Ready for some fun? Come along!

Hopper and Wilson book
#5
Hopper and Wilson
Written and illustrated by Maria van Lieshout
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5
Thoughts from Mom of Boys

I really like this book. As Hopper and Wilson set out on their adventure they are not afraid of anything. Their sight is completely set on the good that could be at the end of the world. I love this optimism. When they come across some trouble they don't hide or shrink, but they look for a solution and try to find one another. I think it gives the reader reason and hope in focusing on the good in the world and not worrying or fearing what may come.

A playful tale about friendship and home "What," Hopper asks his little friend Wilson, "do you think it's like at the end of the world?" Hopper, the blue elephant, imagines a staircase to the moon, while Wilson, the yellow mouse, hopes for an endless supply of lemonade. So the two sail off in a boat made of paper . . . only to discover they already have everything they could wish for in each other, and at home. Maria van Lieshout's adorable new picture book tugs at heartstrings, inspires discussion, and reminds us all how good returning home can feel.

Day Dreamers book
#6
Day Dreamers
Written and illustrated by Emily Winfield Martin
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Emily Winfield Martin shows little ones that letting their imaginations run free will lead them into fantastical day dreams. Whether cloud-gazing or wandering through a museum, reading a book or playing in a tide pool, the children in this board book encounter magical creatures such as dragons, unicorns, griffins, and jackalopes.

Giddy Up, Li'l Buckaroos book
#7
Giddy Up, Li'l Buckaroos
Written by Mark Iacolina
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

Buckaroos ride. Buckaroos wrangle. Buckaroo's spurs go jingle jangle. This rollicking, rhyming board book will have young cowboys and girls eager to pull on their boots, put on their hats, and saddle up. With his trusty dog by his side, this little buckaroo goes riding through a rootin' tootin' day filled with action, fun, and even a first place prize!

Ahoy, Li'l Buccaneers! book
#8
Ahoy, Li'l Buccaneers!
Written by Mark Iacolina
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-4

Buccaneers sail. Buccaneers steer. Buccaneers grumble, snarl, and sneer. Hardy har har! Calling all Li'l Buccaneers to set sail on a fun adventure, filled with dancing, singing, sparring, and treasure hunting. Young swashbucklers and their pirate pals are guaranteed a mighty good time with this delightfully rip-roaring, rhyming board book.

This Is the Firefighter book
#9
This Is the Firefighter
Written by Laura Godwin and illustrated by Julian Hector
board book
Recommend Ages: 5-6

The fire alarm sounds. The firefighter jumps in the truck and races to a daring rescue! Get ready for an adventure as Laura Godwin and Julian Hector celebrate one of our bravest everyday heroes in this board-book edition for little hands. Praise for This is the Firefighter (hardcover edition) "With its swift action, catchy verse, and appropriate palette (red, white, blue, and flame), this should find good use among preschool vehicle enthusiasts and new readers as well as in the 'community helpers' unit." -The Horn Book

Peep and Ducky Rainy Day book
#10
Peep and Ducky Rainy Day
Written by David Martin and illustrated by David Walker
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

When Peep visits Ducky on a rainy day, the little pals have no trouble finding things to do. Perfectly tuned to a toddler sensibility, this exuberant tale is sure to enchant both listener and reader.

My Pet Penguins book
#11
My Pet Penguins
Written by Mark Iacolina
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Penguins make the best pets! Follow a little girl and her pet penguins as they flip pancakes, spin on the ice, and read a story before catching some zzz's!

Hey, Boy book
#12
Hey, Boy
Written by Benjamin Strouse and illustrated by Jennifer Phelan
board book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

In the classic style of The Giving Tree comes a touching debut picture book about the unfaltering love between a boy and his pet. One day a boy finds a dog. He takes him home, already dreaming of the adventures they will have and the games they will play. But when the boy gets hurt, he and his new best friend are separated. Will the boy be able to grow up quickly enough to get his furry companion back, or will life keep getting in the way? With dreamily spare text and sweeping yet simple illustrations, Hey, Boy is a reminder that true friends always find their way home to each other.

Red Wagon book
#13
Red Wagon
Written and illustrated by Renata Liwska
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

A simple story about complex imaginations, now in board book! All Lucy wants to do is play with her brand-new, bright red wagon. But her mother has other plans for her-and the wagon. Lucy must go to the market and buy vegetables for dinner. Lucy doesn’t want to do chores! But she sets off for the market nonetheless, hauling her red wagon with her. Before long, her ordinary trip becomes a high-seas adventure, a ride through outer space, and a day at the circus. As long as she has her red wagon, not even chores can get in the way of Lucy’s fun. Renata Liwska’s vibrant art takes center stage in this imaginative book for the youngest of readers, just the way it did in her award-winning, New York Times bestselling titles The Quiet Book and The Loud Book!, both written by Deborah Underwood.

How to Babysit a Grandpa book
#14
How to Babysit a Grandpa
Written by Jean Reagan and illustrated by Lee Wildish
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

A New York Times bestselling picture book—from the creators of the hilarious HOW TO… series—about a child spending time with his grandpa. Written in a how-to style, the narrator gives important tips for “babysitting” a grandpa, including what to eat for snack (anything dipped in ketchup, ice cream topped with cookies, cookies topped with ice cream) what to do on a walk (find lizards and dandelion puffs, be on the lookout for puddles and sprinklers), and how to play with a grandpa (build a pirate cave, put on a scary play). Filled with humor, energy, and warmth, this is a great gift for or from a grandparent, and perfect for lap reading when Grandpa comes to visit!

Bizzy Bear: Dinosaur Safari book
#15
Bizzy Bear: Dinosaur Safari
Written by Nosy Crow and illustrated by Benji Davies
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

On a visit to the Dinosaur Wildlife Park, Bizzy Bear discovers some interesting footprints. Where do they lead and to which dinosaur do they belong? Another exciting adventure for the world's most intrepid bear!

Little Boat book
#16
Little Boat
Written and illustrated by Taro Gomi
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

When you're small and on the go, there's a lot to watch out for: big boats, waves, rain clouds, and more! But Little Boat can handle whatever comes his way, braving the elements and the unexpected with his initiative, confidence, and positive attitude. This colorful follow-up to Little Truck by beloved author-illustrator Taro Gomi will entertain toddlers sailing toward big adventures!

Today I'll Be a Unicorn book
#17
Today I'll Be a Unicorn
Written and illustrated by Dana Simpson
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Who wouldn't want to be a unicorn? This super-sparkly board book celebrates the unique, magical, and enchanting world of being a unicorn.

The Jungle Book book
#18
The Jungle Book
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

Venture deep into the jungle on an animal-naming safari in The Jungle Book: A BabyLit® Animals Primer. Spy a sneaky snake, a lazy bear, and a proud panther before roaring like a tiger into the night. Jennifer Adam’s carefully curated quotations provide the best of Rudyard Kipling’s descriptions of Kaa, Baloo, Bagheera, Shere Khan and more while teaching little ones the characteristics of these colorful jungle animals.

Bright Books: Shadow's Nighttime Adventure book
#19
Bright Books: Shadow's Nighttime Adventure
Written by Megan Roth and illustrated by Emiri Hayashi
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

Explore the night with an adventurous cat named Shadow in this sweet bedtime book! Shadow is a very adventurous cat, but his favorite time for adventuring is at night. He loves saying hello to the moon, strolling around on rooftops, stargazing with friends, and so much more! Read along and explore the night in this storybook with rhyming text, colorful elements that illuminate the dark, and a soft touch-and-feel cat to guide you through the night. Bright Books: Shadow's Nighttime Adventure is a delightful bedtime book for babies and toddlers.

Lit for Little Hands: Peter Pan book
#20
Lit for Little Hands: Peter Pan
Written by J.M. Barrie, Brooke Jordan and illustrated by David Miles
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

“All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust.” Join Peter Pan, Tinker Bell, and the Darling children on their epic adventure! Filled with interactive wheels and pull-tabs, and lavishly illustrated, Lit for Little Hands: Peter Pan is an unprecedented kid's introduction to J. M. Barrie's beloved classic novel. Unlike many board books that tackle the classics, Lit for Little Hands tells the actual story in simple, engaging prose. Gorgeous and whimsical illustrations transport the reader to Neverland, while tons of interactive elements invite kids to help Peter catch his shadow, battle swashbuckling pirates, and, of course, fly! Fans of the novel will be delighted by the book's attention to detail and clever use of original text and dialogue. And the book's super-sturdy board means everyone can enjoy this tale over . . . and over . . . and over again! You'll never have to grow up!

Bizzy Bear: Pirate Adventure book
#21
Bizzy Bear: Pirate Adventure
Written by Nosy Crow and illustrated by Benji Davies
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Bizzy Bear and his animal friends set sail on a pirate ship in search of a treasure chest filled with golden coins.

Jungle Book book
#22
Jungle Book
Written by Stephanie Clarkson and illustrated by Annabel Tempest
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

In The Jungle Book, preschoolers can tag along on Mowgli's thrilling adventure, meeting wolves, elephants, and even a big snake. With colorful jungle artwork and quotes from Rudyard Kipling's original book, children learn about friendship and love from Baloo the bear and the panther Bagheera, and experience the excitement of escaping the monkeys and defeating Shere Khan, the tiger. This retelling of a classic favorite will be treasured throughout childhood and beyond.

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