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Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
Little Nutbrown Hare and his dad try to give words to the special love that exists between parent and child. Warm and comforting, this is the perfect book to snuggle up with before nap time. Get it here on Amazon.
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown isn’t an innovative choice but I make babies who love this book. My son could be “Goodnight Mooned ” to sleep as a baby if we simply recited the words and while my daughter isn’t at that point yet she sits happily listening to our voices as we read it to her. I will be the first to admit I didn’t always love this book but as a mom it’s been more than a book, it’s been a signal to my son that it’s bedtime and I hope that it becomes part of my daughter’s routine soon too. The story is simple , it’s not even really a story so much as a baby bunny saying goodnight to all the objects in his room including the moon peeking in the window. Get it here on Amazon.
Duck & Goose, 1, 2, 3 by Tad Hills
Count clouds, feet, and eyes with the help of Duck and Goose. These little birds have won over the hearts of many toddlers, including mine. My kids demanded to read this book so much I can (and do) read it with my eyes closed. Get it here on Amazon.
Wheels on the Bus by Grosset and Dunlap
I've never met a toddler that doesn't like music. This adorable board book is just one of many sing-along stories to get your two-year-old clapping and swaying with the tune. Get it here on Amazon.
You’re Two! is a spirited celebration of a special age. Children will love the personalized feel of this little board book that looks for instances of two in the world — like two thumbs up, and two arms for hugs! Get it here on Amazon.
That’s Me Loving You by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Perfect for snuggle time, Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s moving poem captures the ever-present and endless love parents have for their children. Toddlers are reassured that even when apart, we’re always thinking of them. Get it here on Amazon.
Use Your Words, Sophie by Rosemary Wells
Nobody can understand Sophie when she speaks jellyfish language, and Mama and Daddy can't get the new baby to stop crying. Rosemary Wells's simple story and charming illustrations are comforting and popular with young readers. Get it here on Amazon.
Just for Me by Jennifer Hansen Rolli
This sweet primer on sharing may feel especially timely as you reach the twos. When Ruby has a friend over for playtime, her “Just for me!” catchphrase results in mishap. Luckily, Ruby’s quick to learn that sharing with friends is way more fun. Get it here on Amazon.
Eating the Alphabet: Fruits & Vegetables from A to Z by Lois Ehlert is an alphabet book extraordinaire and perfect for a letter F since it's all about food! Wonderful paintings of fruits and vegetables seem ultra simple and it is but somehow the way the author has pieced this simple book together is brilliant. Maybe it's that children learn about food at the table multiple times a day and feel proud being able to identify not only some of the letters but some of the pictures too! From a teaching standpoint I love that there are both upper and lower case letters on each page. This book will grow with your child, and beware it will also make you hungry. Get it here on Amazon.
Adventures with Barefoot Critters by Teagan White
This is the cutest alphabet book I've ever seen. The adorable illustrations, short sentences, and gentle rhyme make it a favorite with toddlers as well. Get it here on Amazon.
Dog’s Colorful Day by Ema Dodd was a huge hit at our house. My son loved identifying the colors of all the drips of paint, ice cream, and more that Dog gets on him throughout the day. This is a great book not only because it has counting and colors but because of the language it uses while the spots of color are splatting, squashing, and squishing onto his beautiful white fur. My son loved repeating these words with enthusiasm as he noted how poor Dog was getting so messy! It’s a fun book to read and one that I have added to my wish list! Get it here on Amazon.
Some days we just wake up on the wrong side of the bed. Jim’s friends can’t understand why he’s acting so grumpy, but as this comical story teaches, feeling our feelings is often the best way through them. Get it here on Amazon.
Up, Up, Up, Down! by Kimberly Gee
This concept book about opposites is full of energy and surprises. As a little boy goes through his daily routine with his stay-at-home dad, it’s all “no, no, no, yes!” and “yay, yay, yay, uh oh!” Sound familiar? Get it here on Amazon.
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by by Bill Martin Jr., John Archambault
Two year old is a great time for little toddlers to start working learning the alphabet in a fun way. This board book introduces your child to the alphabet without being boring.
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is the story of 26 letters as they race to the top of a coconut tree. The letters climb the tree, and the branches bend under the weight, eventually snapping. Then, the letters come tumbling down! Get it here on Amazon.
Potty – Board Book by Leslie Patricelli
Many toddlers at two years old show interest in learning how to use the potty. This board explores where cats and dogs go to potty, but the baby doesn’t think he can use the outside as a potty.
He ends up trying out the toddler potty and uses it successful. Then, his parents celebrate.
This book is a great way to prepare your toddler for toilet training while still being a gentle introduction. Get it here on Amazon.
Counting Kisses: A Kiss & Read Book by Karen Katz
Babies, toddlers, and even preschoolers think this book is adorable. It teaches numbers and counting; you count all the kisses between the mom and her baby.
So cute! Get it here on Amazon.
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems
Your toddler will love this book about a pigeon who wants to drive a bus, but the bus driver asks the reader – your toddler – to not let the pigeon do so. That means your toddler gets to say no – a lot.
There aren’t too many words, but the illustrations are fun. You also can talk about the feelings the pigeon has based on the pictures. Get it here on Amazon.
Sally the dog has to find her puppy, Spot, because it’s supper time. She looks all over the place but can’t find Spot.
This is a popular series, perfect for teaching spatial concepts, and your toddler will have a find time lifting the flaps to find Spot. Get it here on Amazon.
Opposites with Frank Lloyd Wright by Mudpuppy
If you want to add some more educational books to your bookshelf, grab Opposites. This is a great learning book for 2 year olds, teaching vocabulary and the concept of opposites.
Toddlers learn words like round and pointy, bright and dark, and city and nature. All of the words are based on Wright’s famous works of art. Get it here on Amazon.
There’s a Bear on My Chair by Ross Collins
There’s a Bear on My Chair is a cute story about a mouse who finds a bear in his chair. Then, he tries all sorts of tricks and tactics to get the bear to leave.
The story uses short, rhyming texts with detailed, funny illustrations. It’s a book that inspires conversations about how your child could handle situations. Get it here on Amazon.
Kindness Starts With You by Jacquelyn Stagg
This is a great book for any 2 year old and really any young kid. You can teach concepts of kindness, inclusion, and respect in a simple language. Can it ever be too early to teach children important values? We don’t think so. Get it here on Amazon.
Oh Dear!: A Farm Lift-the-Flap Book by Rod Campbell
This board book by the same creator of “Dear Zoo” let’s children lift the flaps and discover the farm animals underneath hiding. It is sure to be hit among little toddlers as it engages them to interact with the book and not only look at pictures and hear a story. Get it here on Amazon.
I Love You to the Moon and Back by Amelia Hepworth
A cute book with beautiful pictures and nice story to show the love of parents and kids. It makes a nice gift for any parent with really young kids. This one is also nice for a bedtime story. Get it here on Amazon.
Grandma Loves You! by Danielle McLean
This is probably the best book for a grandma to gift to their grandchild. Read this book to your little ones and they will love it. It is super sweet and will remind the child of grandma no matter how far she lives. It is short and simple and the illustrations are great, too.
Maybe it will be your grandchild’s new favorite book? It can definitely be a great good night story when getting ready for bed. Get it here on Amazon.
A Collection of Stories for 2 Year Olds by Parragon Books
If you’re looking for a birthday present for a year old, this is a perfect option. It has 3 short stories (Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Muddypaw’s New Friends, Three Little Pigs) and some nice nursery rhymes. Get it here on Amazon.
Baby University ABC’s Board Book Set by Chris Ferrie
If you want some books in your collection to teach two year olds STEM topics from a young age this might be the set to get. Young readers can grow with them as they understand more and more not only the words but connect them to the images and eventually to the descriptions. Get it here on Amazon.
Hello, World! Ocean Life by Jill McDonald
A great introduction to nature, in this book the ocean and what lives in it. It gives you animal names and fact about them, which makes it more interesting. The adorable illustrations are nice and colorful. Get it here at Amazon.
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle
This is a favorite for your two year old by Eric Carle! If you don’t already have it on your book shelf, get it now! Like other books by the same author, they all have great illustrations and children love it. Get it here on Amazon.
Your child is going to be a big sister or brother soon? This book is simple for 2 year olds, filled with questions about the new baby as well as pictures that can help prepare your little one what to expect from having a baby in the house: The baby will be drinking milk, it will cry sometimes, etc.
It also opens up more questions your child might have and for you to expand on things that might happen with a baby. Get it here on Amazon.
Another parent’s favorite! Having your kid guess what is behind the die cut openings on the pages is fun for everyone. It’s a staple and the best board book for your collection. Few words but engaging for young kids. Board books are great for young children since the pages are so much more sturdy. Get it here on Amazon.
My Magical Words (The Magic of Me Series) by Becky Cummings
If you’re a fan of positive affirmations, this book is perfect to read aloud to your young children! It is filled with positive “I am” statements. As they get older they can repeat after you and you can practice doing positive self talk. Adults struggle often with this so doing it early on might really help kids. Get it here n Amazon.
Never Let a Unicorn Scribble! by Diane Alber
A great message of believing in yourself is shown in this book as a little girl and unicorn learn and discover art through scribbles. You can combine it with a drawing session of your own. It is very sweet for any kid interesting in drawing and art. Get it here on Amazon.
Noisy Baby Animals (My First) Board book – Touch and Feel by Patricia Hegarty
Your child can feel and hear the animals on each page. Each animal has a different texture to touch and you can turn the animal sounds on or off in the back. Sensory books are great for interaction and keeping the attention of kids. Get it here on Amazon.
Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson is the classic story of Harold who draws his own world and goes on great adventures only to realize what he wants to draw most is a home to come back to. This is a story about imagination, problem solving and one really cool and apparently unbreakable crayon. My kids love it and reading it to them takes me back to my own childhood and the inspiration to create my own imaginary worlds. Get it here on Amazon.
Dear Zoo: A Lift-the-Flap Book by Rod Campbell
In this book, a child writes a letter to the zoo asking them to send a pet. The zoo sends a pet, but each animal is returned for either being too large, too fierce, too tall, or too naughty. Will they find the perfect pet?
This interactive book offers minimal clues to help your baby guess which animal is under the flap (container). With repetitive phrases, large text, and bright illustrations, it encourages pre-readers to participate.
The touch and feel elements throughout the book are great for sensory development. It also helps refine children’s motor skills and hand-eye coordination. It’s a must-have for 2-year-olds! Get it here on Amazon.
First Numbers, Colors, Shapes (First 100) Sticker Book by Roger Priddy
This colorful book is an excellent way to introduce your 2-year-old to different numbers, shapes, and colors. It uses simple texts to connect pictures to their names.
The book contains illustrations that your child may be able to identify in their everyday life. This promotes cognitive development and helps them expand their vocabulary. Get it here on Amazon.
My First 100 Words: A Padded Board Book by Roger Priddy
Help your baby expand their vocabulary and communicate better with this amazing book. It comes loaded with pictures and phrases, featuring colors, numbers, pets, and also vocabulary for bed and bathtime.
It has memory games to help your little one practice and remember what they’ve read. By connecting pictures with words, your 2-year-old will learn to communicate better. This book combines fun with the practical elements of everyday life. Get it here on Amazon.
The Going-To Bed Book by Sandra Boynton
This adorable and funny book tells the story of several wild animals on a boat; they watch the sunset then get ready for bed together. They wash, change clothes, and brush their teeth. They then do some silly exercises before rocking to sleep.
Reading this book may help influence your child’s perception of a bedtime routine. They might want to copy the animals and then snuggle up for that final rock-me-to-sleep. Get it here on Amazon.
Yummy Yucky by Leslie Patricelli
Toddlers will often put things in their mouth that they shouldn’t, much like in this book. Take a moment with this book to teach them, while having a giggle at the same time.
If the baby eats something good, like blueberries or sandwiches, the caption reads “yummy.” If they eat worms or crayons, or drink mom’s coffee — you guessed it! The caption is “yucky.”
The last two pages contain more examples of yummy and yucky things, a perfect chance to remind them that some things we eat, and some we don’t. Get it here on Amazon.
Open the Barn Door by Christopher Santoro
Take a trip to the farm with this little book and enjoy the sights and sounds often found in the barn. The book is all about farm animals, such as horses, cows, hens, pigs, ducks, and goats, among others.
One page asks, “Who says…?” On the opposite page, hidden under a unique flap is the animal that makes the sound. The pictures are beautifully illustrated and your 2-year-old will enjoy imitating the various barn animals. Get it here on Amazon.
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