Team Favourites: Twenty Four of the Best Baby & Toddler Books

What is your absolute, number one, favourite book to read to a baby or toddler? A few years ago Courtney wrote a post about Marlow’s favourite books from 0-3, which I found super helpful as a first time mama. Now, we have compiled the entire Babyccino team’s most read and loved books for babies and toddlers. We had so many favourites in fact that we have two dozen books to share!

The very best baby and toddler books are the ones that are read over and over and never lose their captive audience. I sometimes think I can hear the pages of ‘Brown Bear, Brown Bear’ in my head as I fall asleep these days! And I recently wrote about Jospeh’s obsession of Guess What? books, which he must read about a dozen times a day.

Hopefully our favourites inspire you to update your own child’s library, or perhaps these ideas can become future newborn baby gifts, (see our other Team Favourite Newborn Baby Gift Ideas too). Whether you gift them, or keep them for your own family collection, you simply can’t go wrong with any of these fabulous titles!

Best 24 Baby & Toddler Books :

  1. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown — This was a favourite for all of my children. I’m pretty sure they could each recite the entire book by heart if I asked them. – Courtney 
  2. Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell — My kids all loved this one as well. The lift-the-flap element makes it extra fun for kids. – Courtney
  3. Is Your Mama a Llama? by Deborah Guarino — A charming book that seems to grow with your child. We enjoy it as much now at nearly three years old as we did when my daughter was an infant. – Shannon
  4. Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox — Such a sweet book by one of Australia’s most loved authors (see other favourite Mem Fox titles here). – Courtney 
  5. Peepo! by Allan and Janet Ahlberg — Also known as Peek-a-Boo! in the US, this book is super sweet, ‘Here’s a little baby, one, two, three, … what does he see?’ And the cut out window allows a game of Peepo on each page. So super sweet. — Lara in London
  6. Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Eric Carle — This is the first book that really seemed to captivate my daughter and hold her attention. The bright illustrations and cadence are lovely. — Shannon 
  7. Owl Babies by Martin Waddell — With beautiful illustrations in a nighttime forest, it is an unusual setting, but a lovely one. The story always pulls at my heartstrings. — Lara in London 
  8. Time for Bed by Mem Fox — The perfect book to make a part of your bedtime ritual. — Shannon
  9. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle — This was a favourite for both of my girls. We also have this book in Dutch. Such a classic and fun read. — Vanessa
  10. The Noisy Book  by Soledad Bravi — Our favourite baby book ever! Each page features the description of a noise, next to a bright, colourful illustration. I’ve read it millions of time to each of my girls, they would never get tired of it (the kiss page! the sneezing! mimicking the snail!) It’s super engaging from the youngest age and it gets even more fun when toddlers try to do these noises! Also available in French. – Caroline
  11. Where’s Spot by Eric Hill — Both of my children have loved the classic Spot lift-the-flap books, which are simple and easy to read together. Any book filled with lots of animal friends is always a hit with the little ones. — Vicky
  12. The Soft Book by Wee Gallery — I put this book up to the sides of the playpen and they loved staring at it in their earliest months 🙂 – Esther 
  13. Animals by Ingela P. Arrhenius —  It’s a colorful, big, beautifully illustrated book about animals. Oscar loves the bright colors and simple design. – Lara in Paris  
  14. Taro Gomi Boxed Set — This boxed set contains three Taro Gomi classics is a great introduction to his work. We read all three books countless times. – Shannon 
  15. Counting by Aina-Maija Metsola — Orla’s current favourite, a stunning lift the flap book that she hasn’t managed to destroy! Great from very early and interesting enough for years to come. — Helen
  16. Pat The Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt — A touch and feel book that is sweet, nostalgic, and slightly vintage in it’s style. – Lara in London 
  17. The Baby’s Catalogue by Allan Ahlberg — Florence loves anything to do with babies and this was a delight for her to look through. – Vanessa 
  18. Peek -a-Who? boxed set by Nina Laden — Simple and small each one is good to keep a baby entertained, and we often took on car journeys and to restaurants with us for entertainment! – Lara in London 
  19. Baby’s Very First Faces by Jo Lodge — Both girls loved the black and white series in books. This fabric book was great attached to the side of their bugaboo. – Vanessa
  20. How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers — Such a sweet story and beautiful illustrations. – Kate 
  21. Egon the Elephant Book by Haba — Oscar loves playing with it, especially with the detachable super soft and cute baby elephant. – Lara in Paris 
  22. Fox’s Socks by Julia Donaldson — A great book with a sense of humour. – Helen
  23. Animals Mini Wooden Book — This is the sweetest little book, with lovely illustrations, and without words. Great for telling stories, practicing animal noises, and sparking imaginations. — Lara in London
  24. Possum Magic by Mem Fox — I love this beautiful and captivating classic Australian children’s book by Mem Fox. It was my daughter’s first favourite book that she would be able to recite from beginning to end! And the illustrations are simply gorgeous. — Vicky 

We hope you enjoy these books as much as we do, and if you want to know more about who’s behind these recommendations from our team, find out more here.

Please share your favourite baby and toddler books with us too, because we would love to hear.

Lara x


Comments (2)

September 22, 2017

We love many of those as well, but would also add Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andrae and The Sleepy Little Alphabet (don’t remember the author). The alphabet book I have memorized and it is full of cute illustrations.

I used to teach Preschool and my kids always LOVED hearing Owl Babies because I used to read Percy’s part in a very whiny voice. They thought it was so funny!

December 17, 2017

We love many of those. I would like to add Guess how much I love you by Sam McBratney (such a sweet story and beautiful illustrations) and the very classical Miffy books (our daughter is fascinated by the captivating illustrations and love to play with it). I think for babies also “That’s not my” books are lovely. My daughter loves it and I gave as a present to lots of friends too and all of them loved it!

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