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Looking for a list of the best children's books about toddlers?

Children’s literature has many notable options when it comes to toddlers. To help you find the right books for you and your young reader, we’ve compiled a list of the best kids books about toddlers.

Our list includes board books, picture books, and chapter books. Board books are best for babies and toddlers from ages newborn to 2 or 3. Picture books are generally great options for toddlers and for preschool and kindergarten age children. Picture books are especially enjoyable for adults to read aloud with young kids. The chapter books on our list are generally best for elementary through early middle school age tween kids. You can filter to sort by the best book type for your kid.

When it comes to children’s stories about toddlers, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like Max’s Bedtime to popular sellers like Potty to some of our favorite hidden gems like I Love You, Blankie.

We hope this list of kids books about toddlers can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book! As you explore the list, please comment below to let us know what books you would add.

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I Love You, Blankie
Written by Sheryl Haft & illustrated by Jane Massey
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-6

A flowing sail, a hot air balloon, a fluffy cloud, a glowing moon… with a little imagination, a blankie can be anything!

This sweet and playful board book will encourage little ones to think big as they head off into dreamland. On each page, a young child uses his cozy yellow blankie in a new way, taking him everywhere from under the sea to high among the stars. As bedtime nears, the blankie turns into a balloon, a cloud, and a shooting star, eventually placing him safely into bed where he can keep dreaming and snuggling, too.

Debut author Sheryl Haft and artist Jane Massey have crafted an adorable story around a universal bedtime theme. Featuring a soft padded cover, this is the perfect book to inspire sweet dreams.

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Brave As Can Be: A Book of Courage
Written by Jo Witek & illustrated by Christine Roussey
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

From the author and illustrator of the bestselling In My Heart!

The life of a toddler can be full of frightening things: the dark, the neighbor’s dog, and thunderstorms, just to name a few. As children get older, they begin to feel braver around these everyday events, but how do they build this newfound confidence? In this lyrical, insightful picture book, an older sister explains to her younger sister all the things she used to be afraid of, along with some tricks to help, whether it’s a special blanket for bedtime or singing during a storm. Now, big sister assures little sister, the fears that once felt as big as a mountain feel as minuscule as a speck of dust.

This playful portrait of fear and bravery empowers young readers to confront once-scary situations and, with charming illustrations and die-cuts throughout, is also beautifully packaged.

The Growing Hearts series celebrates the milestones of a toddler’s emotional development, from conquering fears and expressing feelings to welcoming a new sibling.

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Future Astronaut
Written by Lori Alexander & illustrated by Allison Black
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Ground Control to Major Baby: Could you be an astronaut?

Does baby have what it takes to become an astronaut? That’s an affirmative, Houston! Discover all the incredible ways that prove baby already has what it takes to become an astronaut — from growing healthy teeth to eating from plastic packs to working in small spaces. Includes lots of fun astronaut facts to help prepare little ones for takeoff!

Future Baby is an adorable new board book series that takes a playful peek into an assortment of powerful careers and shows little ones how their current skills match up with the job at hand. With Future Baby, babies can be anything!

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Bye-Bye Binky
Written & illustrated by Maria van Lieshout
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

Babies use a binky. Do big kids? No! Big kids say, “Bye-bye, binky!” Every child’s life is filled with milestones. Some happen easily; others need a little extra support. Artist and mom Maria van Lieshout has been there. Drawing upon her own experiences, she has created an engaging series of books that are just right for children on the brink of major changes and the caregivers who encourage them.

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Potty
Written & illustrated by Leslie Patricelli
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-3

A new toddler title charts a crucial achievement. There comes a point in a toddler’s life when going in one’s diaper is only one possible option, and the question must be raised: “Should I go in my potty?”

With pitch-perfect humor and pacing, Leslie Patricelli follows the inner dialogue (sure to have little ones shouting responses) and hilarious actions of everyone’s favorite Baby, winding up with an over-the-top look of surprise and delight that will have both parents and offspring laughing out loud—“I did it!”

Ninja Baby book
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Edgar and the Tattle-Tale Heart book
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Big Girl Panties book
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Twin to Twin book
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  • Ninja Baby - From the day she was born, Nina was a ninja baby. She obliterated her applesauce. She concealed herself at bath time. And she was training herself in advanced infiltration (of movie night). Nina wants to do everything by herself, until the day her parents bring home a Kung Fu Master (a baby brother). Now with a sibling, Nina will face the one thing she cannot do alone: be part of a family. With verve and humor, David Zeltser and Diane Goode tell the story of an unusually gifted child, and the family that is more than a match for her.

  • Edgar and the Tattle-Tale Heart - When Edgar, the mischievous toddler, accidentally breaks a statue while roughhousing with his sister, he must decide whether to tell their mother the truth—and Lenore must decide whether or not to tattle.

  • Big Girl Panties - Big Girl Panties by Stephanie Evanovich is a rollicking and poignant romantic comedy about a young widow who decides to get in shape…and winds up getting her groove back—and a whole lot more! Holly Brennan used food to comfort herself through her husband’s illness and death. Now she’s alone at age thirty-two. And she weighs more than she ever has. When fate throws her in the path of Logan Montgomery, personal trainer to pro athletes, and he offers to train her, Holly concludes it must be a sign. Much as she dreads the thought of working out, Holly knows she needs to put on her big girl panties and see if she can sweat out some of her grief. Soon, the easy intimacy and playful banter of their training sessions lead Logan and Holly to most intense and steamy workouts. But can Holly and Logan go the distance as a couple now that she’s met her goals—and other men are noticing?

  • Twin to Twin - Double born. Twice the blessing. Double kids. Twice the messing. Twins mean double the kisses and double the fun. It’s double the joy for everyone!

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Ten Little Toes, Two Small Feet
Written by Kristy Dempsey & illustrated by Jane Massey
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Count each little toe one by one in this sweet board book! Ten little toes on two small feet. These ten toes are ten times sweet! Join a group of multicultural toddlers for an exciting day as their ten little toes wriggle and wiggle, splatter and pitter-patter, and wibble-wobble! Now available as a board book for the youngest of readers!

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Big Boy Underpants
Written by Fran Manushkin & illustrated by Valeria Petrone
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Follows a young boy as he celebrates wearing underwear instead of diapers.

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Everybody Potties
Written by Cheri Vogel and Cottage Door Press & illustrated by Belinda Strong
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-5

Learning to use the potty is something to celebrate! This shaped board book is perfect for little ones who are ready to try potty training. The light and lively story is encouraging and reassuring. These potty-time buddies will turn fears into cheers!

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Toddler Two
Written by Anastasia Suen & illustrated by Winnie Cheon
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-4

Toddler Two is just right for young children beginning to explore their world. This entertaining and informative book features two adventurous toddlers on an afternoons romp through their backyard. As they blow bubbles, pull their wagon, dig in the sandbox, play hide-and-seek, and ride on swings, they discover everything about themselves that comes in twos: two eyes, two ears, two hands, two feet, two arms, two legs two is the number just for them. Rhythmic text and color hand-embroidered fabric illustrations make for a charming and refreshing counting book.

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Music
Written & illustrated by Carol Thompson
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

We are amazing! We can sing, dance, dress up, and make music. There’s nobody like us! Enjoy the antics of this inclusive and diverse group of friends, as they celebrate the natural and boundless creativity to be found in every child.

¡Somos sorprendentes! Cantamos, bailamos, nos disfrazamos y tocamos música. ¡Somos únicos y especiales! Disfruta de las travesuras de este diverso y simpático grupo de amigos mientras celebran la infinita y espontánea creatividad que hay en cada niño.

Teeth Are Not for Biting book
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Oh, David! A Diaper David Book book
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Mustache Baby Meets His Match book
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Potty Superhero book
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  • Teeth Are Not for Biting - “Crunch crunch crunch. Teeth are strong and sharp. Crunch crunch crunch. Teeth can help you chew. But teeth are not for biting. Ouch! Biting hurts.” Sooner or later, almost all young children will bite someone—a friend, a parent, a sibling. This upbeat, colorful, virtually indestructible book helps prevent biting and teaches positive alternatives. The companion to our best-selling Hands Are Not for Hitting Board Book, Teeth Are Not for Biting gives reasons why children might want to bite. Little mouths feel sore when new teeth come in; sometimes kids bite when they’re hungry, tired, cranky, frustrated, angry, bored, distressed, or seeking attention. Author Elizabeth Verdick suggests positive things children can do instead of biting: chew a chewy toy, drink a cold drink, get a hug, tell a grown-up. This book also includes helpful tips for parents and caregivers.

  • Oh, David! A Diaper David Book - Caldecott Honor artist David Shannon is back with an all-new, original board book that lets young readers see what the star of the bestselling No, David! books did as a troublemaking toddler. Oh, David! What have you done now?! Whether it’s time to get dressed, eat breakfast, or go to sleep, this youngster can always find a way to make a little trouble. But no matter what David does, his mother truly loves him—and children will, too. With the same irresistible humor and vibrant style as his award-winning No, David! books, David Shannon takes us back to the “early years” of his most beloved character. Perfect for beginning readers as well as for the youngest children and parents to share, the Diaper David books are sure to delight families everywhere.

  • Mustache Baby Meets His Match - When Baby Javier comes for a playdate, Baby Billy, a.k.a. Mustache Baby, feels the need to show him a thing or two, seeing how Javier’s new to town—and also sports an impressive beard. What ensues is a hilarious test of wills and facial hair, as each baby sets out to prove his manliness. It seems Mustache Baby may have truly met his match . . . but one-upmanship isn’t the point of a playdate, is it?

  • Potty Superhero - Every little superhero needs to use a potty, he just needs to know how to go!

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She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain
Written & illustrated by Anne Passchier
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

She’ll be coming round the mountain, when she comes. Toot, Toot! How will she arrive next? Featuring a range of vehicles, activities and sounds, this catchy song is a delightful way to learn new words. Bouncy illustrations, innovative die cutting and popular rhymes make Books with Holes a must for every child. Board book edition.

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I Use The Potty
Written & illustrated by Maria van Lieshout
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

Babies wear diapers. Do big kids? No! Big kids use the potty! Every child’s life is filled with milestones. Some happen easily; others need a little extra support. Artist and mom Maria van Lieshout has been there. Drawing upon her own experiences, she has created an engaging series of books that are just right for children on the brink of major changes and the caregivers who encourage them.

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Surprise Lily
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Ten-year-old Rose’s perfect life is upended when her long-absent disaster of a mother turns up. Can she hold her family together as everything unravels?

Growing up on the farm it was always just Rose and grandma, working the land that had been in the Lovell family for generations. She doesn’t miss her mother, Iris, a bit.

In fact, when Iris shows up, Rose is furious. But when an ugly argument between her mother and grandmother reveals painful truths about their family history, Rose runs away. . . . And inadvertently discovers her secret little sister, Lily.

Generations of whispered secrets and family dysfunction surface as Rose struggles to reconcile the home and life she loves with the history she never knew— and to protect Lily at all costs. Even if it means letting Iris into her life.

In alternating chapters, previous generations of Lovell women narrate their experiences on the farm, adding depth and context to this powerful story of complex families and unconditional love. Moranville’s captivating prose will keep readers turning the pages as Rose grapples with her changing life and learns the truth about her family— mothers, daughters, and women who weren’t ready to be either.

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Dressing Up
Written & illustrated by Carol Thompson
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

We are amazing! We can sing, dance, dress up, and make music. There’s nobody like us! Enjoy the antics of this inclusive and diverse group of friends, as they celebrate the natural and boundless creativity to be found in every child.

¡Somos sorprendentes! Cantamos, bailamos, nos disfrazamos y tocamos música. ¡Somos únicos y especiales! Disfruta de las travesuras de este diverso y simpático grupo de amigos mientras celebran la infinita y espontánea creatividad que hay en cada niño.

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Henry Wants More!
Written by Linda Ashman & illustrated by Brooke Boynton Hughes
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

More games, more races, more tickles, more books—little Henry can’t get enough! When a toddler is armed with that useful word and the world is full of brand-new things, his family just doesn’t stand a chance. Follow Henry on his exhausting and all-too-familiar day filled with play . . . and a lot of love! Buoyant rhymes and charming illustrations strike a heartwarming note that will ring true with families of energetic little ones.

Play! book
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Once Upon a Potty (Boy) book
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Little Bitty Friends book
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Max's New Suit book
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  • Play! - Phil and his buddy, Puff, a stuffed puffin, do everything together. They hide and jump and crawl and growl! They wash and share and wiggle and giggle! Frida and her friend, Fox, a stuffed fox, do everything together, too. They love to play! But when Frida and Fox ask Phil and Puff to play, Phil and Puff are not so sure. Play? Will Phil and Puff and Frida and Fox play together? This sweet and spare picture book by Linda Olafsdottir captures the delicate negotiations and simple joys of toddlers.

  • Once Upon a Potty (Boy) - Joshua learns how to use a real potty with the help of his mother.

  • Little Bitty Friends - “A cuter-than-puppies companion to Little Sleepyhead. Little bitty chipmunks, chattering all the day, Little bitty ladybug always comes to play. Marching with ants, snuggling with baby rabbits, reaching for the sun with happy buttercups-young children form special bonds with nature’s little creations. Lyrical verse and charming scenes capture an enchanted world of little bitty friends.”

  • Max's New Suit - These irresistible Max & Ruby board books will introduce the youngest readers to the beloved bunny pair, who star in their own show on Nick Jr. and Noggin. In Max’s New Suit, Max has his own ideas about how to wear his hated new suit, in spite of Ruby’s careful instructions.

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Max's Bedtime
Written & illustrated by Rosemary Wells
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

These irresistible Max & Ruby board books will introduce the youngest readers to the beloved bunny pair, who star in their own show on Nick Jr. and Noggin.

In Max’s Bedtime, even though Ruby offers Max her stuffed animals, he can’t sleep without his red rubber elephant.

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Max's Birthday
Written & illustrated by Rosemary Wells
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

These irresistible Max & Ruby board books will introduce the youngest readers to the beloved bunny pair, who star in their own show on Nick Jr. and Noggin.

In Max’s Birthday, the siblings celebrate Max’s special day!

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Leo Can Swim
Written by Anna McQuinn & illustrated by Ruth Hearson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Leo, Lola’s little brother from Leo Loves Baby Time, is back in a new adventure at the pool.

Leo and Daddy go to swim class where they kick, bounce, and dive like little fish. Joining other babies and their caretakers in the pool is a guarantee for unforgettable fun.

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Ten Little Fingers, Two Small Hands
Written by Kristy Dempsey & illustrated by Jane Massey
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Count each little finger one by one in this sweet book now available as a board book! Ten little fingers, one hand . . . two. Two small hands belong to you! Join a group of multicultural toddlers as they enjoy delicious treats and count one by one as one little finger points to cake, two little fingers tap a plate, three little fingers pinch a bite, and four little fingers squish it tight! Now available as a board book for the youngest of readers!

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Bedtime, Ted!
Written & illustrated by Sophy Henn
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

Ted is a sweet but willful toddler. In Bedtime, Ted! his parent tells him it’s time for bed, but Ted’s not ready yet! First he has to take a bath, have a snack, brush his teeth, and get all the wiggles out. In this book, each spread has a gatefold with big flaps perfect for little hands. When the gatefold is closed, Ted tells his parent that he can’t go to bed just yet because he has something to do first. When the gatefold opens, readers can see what that something really is. The second book in the series, Let’s Go, Ted! will release in Fall 2018.

My Big Boy Undies book
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  • My Big Boy Undies - Get toddlers excited for potty training with this Karen Katz board book just for boys! When little boys graduate from diapers to underpants, it’s a very big deal! Bright illustrations and fun, simple text from Karen Katz will show toddlers that saying goodbye to diapers can be fun–and even a special occassion! It’s the perfect gift for potty training toddlers, and a wonderful way for parents to celebrate this much-anticipated moment.

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