Reading to your kids is a good habit, most of the times kids remember the stories they have grown up on. There’s nothing lovelier than cuddling up with your kid with a bedtime storybook. Here are 10 must have books for toddlers library that will spark their imagination. The essential books for toddlers also help them learn basic of language.

Must Have books for Toddlers and Preschoolers

must have books for toddlers

I have been reading to my son, since he was a few months old. And now I often need to read and sing during his bedtime. If I miss out on it ever, he brings his teddy and the rhymes book and snuggles up with me. Yes, he wants his teddy to listen to these stories too! These must-have books for babies encourage them to explore their sensory skills while the books for toddlers and preschoolers help them learn the basics of English language and help them speak.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

must have books for toddlers

This book has been one of the most popular books amongst infants and toddlers since 1969! The Very Hungry Caterpillar has some beautiful mixed media collages of the journey of a baby caterpillar – how it feeds to chocolates, fruits, cakes, leaves and finally transform into a butterfly. This book encourages kids to learn colors, fruits, numbers. Babies little fingers will enjoy poking the holes.

Bedtime Baby Touch and Feel

must have books for toddlers

The Bedtime Baby Touch and Feel book by DK, or Dorling Kindersley, is a very good book to encourage sensory feels in a baby. This board book is specially designed with colorful illustrations and textures that baby can touch and feel. They can feel the textures of wool, blanket, teddy’s coat. This book aims at helping the babies and toddlers with their brain development while they indulge in their favorite bedtime activity: playing.

Baby Touch Peekaboo

must have books for toddlers


The Baby Touch Peekaboo from the house of Ladybird is a fun book for kids. It has large illustrations of animals, helicopters, tractors to almost everything that will wow a toddler. It comes with large and sturdy flaps that a baby loves to turn.

ABC Board Book

There are various board books for kids that has alphabets in it. I like the pocket-sized ABC Board Book that has large alphabets and its corresponding words. The size is perfect for a toddlers hands and they find it easy to flip over. These encourage kids to learn alphabets and words.

Numbers Board Book

Just like the alphabet board books, the pocket-sized Numbers Board Book. This book is in a kid-friendly size. Even if your baby wants to tear the pages, they can’t because these it’s a board book.

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Musical Nursery Rhymes Book

must have books for toddlers

The Musical Nursery Rhymes Board book by Felicity Brooks and Richard Johnson is one of the best books you can get for your toddler’s library. We got it as a gift and it remains my son’s favorite book. Toddlers can press the buttons on the pages to hear the tunes for seven nursery rhymes. It includes Humpty Dumpty, Little Bo-peep, Sing a Song of Sixpence and Hey Diddle Diddle, Old Mother Hubbard, Jack and Jill and Mary Mary Quite Contrary. My son’s favorites are Hey Diddle Diddle and Sing a Song of Six Pence.

First 100 Words

must have books for toddlers

The First 100 Words by Roger Priddy is one of the finest books for your toddler that encourages kids to say words. This padded board book contains first 100 easy words that your toddler can speak with large photos and illustrations.

Three Little Pigs

Toddlers while learning names of animals and rhymes are always fascinated with animals. Books with stories of animals are very popular among kids. Three Little Pigs from the house of Ladybird remains one of the popular books amongst preschoolers. You can read this classic fairy tale during bedtime.

Turn and Learn Farm

must have books for toddlers

We got this Turn and Learn Farm book for a kid’s store and the toddler took a liking instantly. It has a wheel with animal photos that you can turn and match with the corresponding page. It encourages the toddlers to think and match the photos – a very good cognitive skill exercise.


must have books for toddlers

Training toddlers for the toilet is a huge task. It is very difficult unless that toddler is asking himself where he needs to pee or poop in the toilet or the diaper. The book Potty by Leslie Patricelli is a wonderful board book with funny illustrations that encourage kids to sit in the potty instead of doing it in the diaper.

These 10 must have books for babies, toddlers and preschoolers will make your baby’s library quite a colorful one. Books are your best friends after-all. Inculcate the habit of reading books early – it will help them in the long run.

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16 Comments on Building Baby’s First Library: 10 Must Have Books for toddlers, and preschoolers

  1. Imperfect Mum
    October 3, 2017 at 1:23 am (2 years ago)

    Thank you for sharing your favourite books. We love the very hungry caterpillar too and the first words books are very good. #mg

  2. Lisa Pomerantz
    October 3, 2017 at 1:57 am (2 years ago)

    What a lovely trip down memory lane! Mine are 7 and 9, and I literally just donated boxes of these books, all of the ones you have mentioned included! 🙂 #mg

  3. Sanch @ Sanch Writes
    October 3, 2017 at 6:12 am (2 years ago)

    I remember reading the hungry caterpillar as a kid myself. I’m sure this will be helpful for a lot of parents out there.
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  4. Geeta Nair
    October 3, 2017 at 10:08 am (2 years ago)

    A wonderful compilation. Must check them out for my grandson.
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  5. Menakabharathi
    October 3, 2017 at 10:12 am (2 years ago)

    Those are some very interesting books I see. I am one huge books fan too – however the toddler books become so unused after a few months.

  6. Prasanna
    October 3, 2017 at 10:15 am (2 years ago)

    Wow, that’s a nice collection. My daughter is 5 years old and she loves the Julia Donaldson books. Recently I introduced her to the Peter and Jane keyword series hoping that she’ll soon start reading books all by herself. Thanks for sharing the book list 🙂

  7. Michelle Kellogg
    October 3, 2017 at 6:46 pm (2 years ago)

    The only book on this list I didn’t have was the musical nursery Rhymes book but every other book was definitely on their book shelf. I had other Nursery Rhymes books and a bunch of others as well. Great list! #mg

  8. Vishal Bheeroo
    October 4, 2017 at 10:48 am (2 years ago)

    I am sure the books will help new parents to the great delight of their toddlers. Will share the link with my neighbor. I so wanna be back to be a toddler, Tina 🙂

  9. Varsh
    October 5, 2017 at 9:18 am (2 years ago)

    I have a few and must get a few. Nice recommendations!

  10. Mackenzie Glanville
    October 5, 2017 at 6:13 pm (2 years ago)

    we are book obsessed in this household! The very hungry caterpillar is such a classic must read! Mine used to love the touch and feel books. #mg

  11. Anami
    October 6, 2017 at 7:40 pm (2 years ago)

    That’s what I wanted. I was searching something for my 7mo daughter. was gathering information on 1000books before kindergarten. These are good to start with. thanks for sharing.
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  12. Minakshi bajpai
    October 9, 2017 at 7:24 pm (2 years ago)

    Wow this list of books is very interesting and informative for many parents of little ones. Just loving all this. Best collection for starting learning

  13. Paula Allen
    October 26, 2017 at 8:19 pm (1 year ago)

    Thank you for putting the list. Couldn’t agree more on The Very Hungry Caterpillar. That book is definitely our favorite.


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