Check out the best books for toddlers on and off our platform!
While reading starts to benefit children right from babyhood, once they become toddlers it’s fun on an entirely new level. Digital board books and picture books can help them pick up sounds, words and language while sparking their imagination and developing their social skills. From rhyming books about the ABCs to favorite read-alouds, check out the best children’s books on Epic below!
Best Books for Toddlers on Epic
Written by: Bill Martin Jr.
Illustrated by: Michael Sampson
“A told B,
and B told C,
“I’ll meet you at the
top of the coconut tree!”
All the letters of the alphabet race up a coconut tree in this silly, zany rhyming book for 3-year-olds and older. This video version of the bestselling picture book is so much fun, you’ll find yourselves laughing to the rollicking words again and again.
By: David Ezra Stein
High on our list of favorite toddler books is the hilarious yet instructive “Interrupting Chicken.” This Caldecott Medal Honor book winner is about a young chicken who continually interrupts her father as he’s trying to read a bedtime story. Hilarity ensues as the interrupting chicken jumps (uninvited) into the stories of Chicken Little, Little Red Riding Hood and other fairy tales that her father is trying to read to her.
This laugh-out-loud story is a fun, non-preachy way for parents to teach their kids about etiquette.
By: Sherri Duskey Rinker
Illustrated by: Tom Lichtenheld
On of our favorite books for toddlers and early grade schoolers is “Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site.” This soothing bedtime story is about hard-working trucks saying goodnight after a long day. The vibrant illustrations and gentle rhyming text will delight your truck-crazy tot as they drift off to sleep.
Written by: Audrey Penn
Illustrated by: Ruth Harper, Nancy M. Leak
It’s the first day of school in the forest, but Chester Raccoon is afraid to go. So his mother, Mrs. Raccoon shares a family secret, the kissing hand, to remind him of her love any time things get scary.
This heartwarming book is perfect for reassuring little ones experiencing the anxieties of separation, whether they’re starting daycare, going to camp or attending kindergarten for the first time.
Written by: Robert Munsch
Illustrated by: Sheila McGraw
Get the tissues handy and snuggle up with this nostalgic, long beloved picture book. At times filled with funny antics and at other times touching and sweet, this book tells the story of a mother’s love for her child from cradle to adulthood. It culminates in a gentle twist that reveals the enduring, lifelong and tenderly reciprocal bond between parents and their children.
The soothing rhythmic prose makes this one of the best read-alouds for kids of all time, especially as you’re tucking your little one into bed.
Written by: Amanda Noll
Illustrated by: Howard McWilliam
Ages: 7 & Under
He’s got a monster under his bed, alright. And he’d sure love to find him. A boy who loves monsters draws a picture and compares the sketch with an assortment of silly monsters, until he finds the perfect match—his beloved stuffed green monster toy.
This is a fun, imaginative way for kids to practice comparing colors, not to mention checking whether tails are long or short, if claws are scratchy or if teeth are sharp.
Giraffes Can’t Dance (Audiobook)
By: Giles Andreae
Narrated by Billy Dee Williams of Star Wars fame, this adorable audiobook follows the awkward giraffe Gerald, as he tries and tries to dance. But his long, skinny legs buckle whenever he starts to get down and boogy. Maybe at this year’s annual Great Jungle Dance, he’ll find his own special music.
Where The Wild Things Are (Audiobook)
By: Maurice Sendak
Adult fans of the classic kids’ book, “Where the Wild Things Are,” will remember Max, whose imagination transports him far away to a magical forest filled with wild things after he threatens to eat his mother (eek!) and she sends him to bed without supper.
Fortunately, the wild things don’t eat Max, and instead make him their king. In the end Max realizes that king or not, he still needs the love of his parents.
The story teaches even older kids about love, family and that it’s okay to have strong feelings and still treat others with love and respect.
I Love You, Stinky Face (Audiobook)
By: Lisa McCourt
An imaginative little boy asks his mother if she will love him if he turns into a skunk, a meat-eating dinosaur, a swamp thing and other outlandish, unpleasant creatures in this sweet and humorous book. It teaches kids about unconditional love in a way that will inspire plenty of giggles along the way. This is the first of several titles in the popular Stinky Face series.
Written by: Bill Martin Jr.
Illustrated by: Eric Carle
Ages: 4 & under
From author Bill Martin Jr. and late illustrator of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” Eric Carle comes this endearing animal book. With rhythmic text and the delightful, boldly colored collage illustrations Carle is known for, this endearing Read-To-Me book teaches little ones how to identify colors by looking at the cascade of animals and birds.
Here are a few other great books we love for story time with toddlers! All available on Amazon.
By: Don Freeman
In this 50+ year-old classic, Corduroy has been on the department store shelf for a long time. Yet as soon as Lisa sees him, she knows that he’s the bear for her. Her mother, though, thinks he’s a little shopworn—he’s even missing a button! Still, Corduroy knows that with a bit of work he can tidy himself up and be just the bear for Lisa. And where better to start than with a nighttime adventure through the department store, searching for a new button!
Celebrate 50 years of this irresistible childhood classic, a heartwarming story about a little bear and a little girl finding the friend they have always wanted in each other.
Written by: Alice Shertle
Illustrated by: Jill McEmurry
Little Blue Truck is a joyful compilation of beeps, quacks and lessons in being kind to animals. It shows kids that by being respectful to others, we become more likely to get help when we need it (like if we’re, say, stuck in the muck in a truck). The book is filled with warm, wonderful animal illustrations and cheerful rhyming text.
By: Herve Tullet
This interactive book is the longest-running picture book on the New York Times bestseller list. The premise is cute and simple: press the yellow dot on the cover, and the rest takes your little one on a magical journey. Every page invites young children to push a button, tilt and shake the book and other delightful surprises. This seemingly traditional book will fuel their imagination and get them giggling. Perfect for story time and before bed.
That’s our list of best books for toddlers! For more great reads for preschoolers and younger, check out this list of books in our post: “Best Audiobooks for Toddlers!”