The Best Board Books for Toddlers

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Inside: An extensive list of the best board books for toddlers, to keep them engaged and let them learn in a fun-filled way.

With little kids at home, books should become the most important part of the daily routine for families. 

Be it bedtime storytelling or a read-aloud activity, board books for toddlers would be the best option for active toddlers, who need short breaks and more importantly want to connect with their parents often.

The best toddler board books will give them the unmatching magical experience of learning and having fun at the same time, especially when you want to teach them some new concepts.

Here is a curated list of the best board books for toddlers to make the reading journey joyful and worthwhile for you and your kids.

best board books for toddlers

The Best Board Books for Toddlers

Here is an extensive list of board books that have all been read at our family, provided we are a family of book worms. We’ve been reading these books since my first one was 6 months old, and reading these books was our way to passtime when we waited for dad to come home!

These are the exact collection of books that I have used to encourage my kids to love books, since they were little babies.

Beware – you would even catch yourself reading these the 100th time for your baby and yet enjoy it every single time! 

Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker

Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site is one of the best bedtime books for toddlers, especially truck lovers. 

The story is set on a pleasantly chaotic construction site where a variety of trucks are named and their works are described in a soothing way.

Amazing one to let your kids know that even the toughest of the engines shut down and rest at the end of the day waving a Good Night!

Llama llama red pajama by Anna Dewdney

Llama Llama red pajama is a true night-time tale, happening in most homes, between the lights-off and the time when the little ones actually fall asleep.

The little llama’s increasing anxiety about missing the mother in a matter of minutes and mama’s assuring words to the kid is beautifully described. 

A classic story that will probably turn into your family’s favorite comical bedtime read.

The very hungry caterpillar by Eric Carle

The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by far the most preferred toddler board book, can easily become a staple book at your home.

This colorful picture book is about the journey of a caterpillar from an egg to a butterfly.

Let your kids learn the days of the week, various food items, numbers, etc… while having fun poking the fingers in the literal holes in the book.

Alice in the wonderland by little master carrol

Best board book for toddlers - Alice in the wonderland

Little Master Carroll’s ‘Alice in the Wonderland‘ is a color primer by BabyLit Books featuring the classic ‘Alice In The Wonderland’ characters with colors as the primary aspect of the book.

With hardly any text, this book can give a creative storytelling experience for you and your child.

Great book for those who wish to introduce classic literature to kids.

Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae, Guy Parker-Rees

Giraffe Can’t Dance, has the best illustrations, and a great story about being independent and standing out. And realizing everyone has a gift – “all you have to do is listen”

Another great book that rhymes very well to tell the story of a giraffe who can dance but just needs to get over his shyness.

Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell

Dear Zoo is a neat lift-the-flap book about a child who writes to the zoo asking for a pet, followed by humorous events of returning all the pets received, except the last! 

The clear illustration makes it the best for first-time readers. 

An interesting toddler board book to introduce animals to the little ones.

Vroom, Vroom, Trucks! by Karen Katz

Vroom, Vroom Trucks is a cute board book with flaps for toddlers to open!

So many construction trucks to looks into, an amazing book a child into construction vehicles. Very engaging board book for toddlers for sure!

The story is about making sounds and opening the book flap by flap to look for the baby, but it’s always an animal, until you reach the end of the book where the baby is playing with all these construction trucks!

Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson

Our all-time favorite book, Gruffalo, is about how a tiny mouse escapes being eaten by a fox, owl, and snake by making up an imaginary scary creature named ‘Gruffalo’. 

What follows is the things that happen when his imaginary Gruffalo comes in real! 

Extraordinary read for toddlers of all ages.

Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney

The best board book for toddlers - Guess how much i love you

‘I Love You to the Moon and back!’

How do you describe your love for someone? 

The length of your hands stretched out? or the height you can jump? 

That’s exactly what ‘Guess How Much I Love You‘ book is about. A sweet little conversation between a little hare and a daddy hare about how much they love one another.

A classic cuddly bedtime read for readers of any age!

How to catch a star by Oliver Jeffers

How to catch a star is a simple tale having deep lessons about reaching for dreams and the practical discoveries you make at the end.

It’s a story about a boy plotting various plans to catch a star. What follows is how he finds a real star of his own on the verge giving up his hopes.

An engaging book for toddlers who loves to hear long stories.

Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle

Little Blue Truck is an amazing story about the strength of teamwork with lessons on being kind to strangers.

My son’s absolute favourite book at 8 months old. Goodness gracious infinity is the number when it comes to how many times I’ve read this book!

Will make an incredible storytime for toddlers, as they will have fun by making animal and truck sounds along the story.

Little Blue Truck Could most easily be amazon’s most reviewed children’s book!

The Day The Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt

See the world from the eyes of crayons!

Yes! The Day The Crayons Quit is a story of a box of crayons. Each crayon writes a letter to its owner, Duncan, stating how they feel bad about being mistreated and their decision to leave home.

Being one of the best board books for toddlers, this one teaches them how to handle their things with care.

Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman

Are you my mother is a lovely lovely story about how a little baby bird sets out to find her mother after hatching who’s not these when she hatched. On her quest she meets many animals, and at last finds here mother.

The storybook comes in many formats, but the board book is especially lovely for little babies.

Also, get’s repetitive enough for the baby to make connections, but an absolutely heartwarming stories, both my kids loved it, my little one liked it so much she chewed it up.

Only One You by Linda Kranz

The best board book for toddlers - Only one you

The book, Only One You, is about a mama and papa fish passing on their wisdom to their little fish.  Simple, yet deep meaning, inspirational thoughts are summed up with a beautiful illustration.

The visually appealing pages make it easier for kids to connect with the ideas and understand it better.

An amazing book for kids to know the importance of enjoying life while still being ‘you’.

Where Do Diggers Sleep at Night?  By Brianna Caplan Sayres

The best board book for toddlers - Where do diggers sleep at night?

Where do diggers sleep at night can be your go-to book when your ardent truck lover asks for one more good night story.

This is one of the best toddler board books telling stories about imaginary bedtime rituals of little diggers with their mom rocking them to sleep and dads singing them good night songs.

Muddle and Match: Imagine by Stephanie Hinson

Best board book for toddlers - Muddle and Match: Imagine

Usborne’s ‘Muddle and Match: Imagine’ is an interesting toddler board book with multiple stories and split up pages.

Kids can get creative by mixing up the pages and making up hilarious stories from it.

A fun and engaging book for some laughter on any particular day.

Gravity by Jason Chin

Best board book for toddlers - Gravity

Jason Chin’s Gravity is a playful take on the most important concept of science with captivating images and minimal words. 

The invisible force called Gravity is introduced gracefully to the young readers with a detailed yet understandable illustrations.

The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen

Best board book for toddlers - The pout-pout fish

The Pout-Pout Fish is a tale about how a gloomy little fish, with an ever-lasting pout on its face, transforms into a charming one. 

The book is filled with various sea creatures giving ideas to the pout fish to change his expression.

An amazing book to start conversations with your little one about how we are the only ones in control of our own happiness.

Brown Bear Brown Bear What do you See? by Bill Martin Jr., Eric Carle

Brown Bear Brown bear what do you see is a great toddler book, one of the best books to teach young toddlers, “connection”. Since the book flows after one animal to another.

No wonder this is one of the best toddler books all of us have read and love to bring it to own kid’s library!

Infact I would not be surprised if I were told, this was one book most people said they got in their baby showers! I myself have gifted this and the very hungry caterpillar to at least 3 friends.

Hello, World! Solar System by Jill McDonald

Hello, world! Solar System is the best solar system board book to introduce your toddler to our solar system in a simple way from a young age!

Yes, it may seem like they’re too young for solar systems, but really they’re somehow mesmerized by them, and once introduced your toddler will not stop until they know all 8 planets names by heart, and that I say with certainty from experience.

These truly are the best books for toddlers and best books for 2 yr olds. I hope you enjoy them with your toddler.


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