Best Baby & Toddler Books About Listening

The Top 4 Books About Listening

Updated Feb. 26, 2019

Listening. It's one of those skills that pays dividends over a life-time. When you're little being a listener brings safety, extra privileges and greater sanity for parents. When you're older it brings lasting friendships, balance and helps meet the requirements of school, jobs and other responsibilities. It's kind of a big deal. But it's hard to listen. These are some of our favorite books showing the benefits of listening (and the pitfalls when you don't)—we hope you enjoy them!

Listen, Listen book
#1
Listen, Listen
Written by Phillis Gershator and illustrated by Alison Jay
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

The beautiful, crackly illustrations are whimsical and fun, and I love all the different tableaus. This book takes you through all four seasons and the sounds you may hear out and about, encouraging to stop, listen, and be in the moment!

Introduce young readers to the sights and sounds of the year - from summer's sizzling sun to winter's crackling snow. Featuring breathtaking illustrations by internationally renowned illustrator, Alison Jay, this book will open your child's eyes and ears to the world around them!

Little Elephant Listens book
#2
Little Elephant Listens
Written by Michael Dahl and illustrated by Oriol Vidal
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

A cute, simple book about listening. Little Elephant is quick to be obedient throughout the book, which is excellent (if a little bland), and there's just a touch of humor at the end. The illustrations are very brightly colored and it's a very fast read.

Little Elephant uses his big ears to listen to his parents. He listens to them at playtime, bathtime and bedtime. Vibrant photos and short text make this sturdy board book perfect for 6 months and up!

What Can I Hear? book
#3
What Can I Hear?
Written and illustrated by Annie Kubler
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

A group of babies have fun making noises and listening to things. On board pages.

Sherlock Holmes in the Hound of the Baskervilles book
#4
Sherlock Holmes in the Hound of the Baskervilles
Written by Jennifer Adams and illustrated by Alison Oliver
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

Delight your little one with the sounds and sights of a mysterious night in Sherlock Holmes in the Hound of Baskervilles: A BabyLit Sounds Primer. Alison Oliver’s bold illustrations correspond with Jennifer Adams’ clever, simple text to create pairings little bibliophiles will love to have read to them, such as “hounds howl,” “gates screech,” and “stairs creak.”

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