36 Favorite Picture Books for Toddlers and Children

Are you looking for new books to read to your children or to give as baby shower or birthday gifts? You’ve come to the right place!

When I shared the photos of Libby’s bedroom update, I mentioned that we are big lovers of books in our house. I love to give (and receive) books as gifts, especially to first-time parents, so thought I’d share the books that have become favorites of our 1- and 3-year-olds here at Heardmont.

Bed and Bookshelf

These are the books we read to our girls nightly, take with us on vacation, and can recite by memory. They’re the tried-and-true favorites we come back to again and again. I’ve included a few notes about our favorites and books for older kids below. Enjoy!

Reading Nook

The Wonderful Things You Will Be (gorgeous illustrations – pictured above!)

The Rainbow Fish (great story about sharing)

What Do People Do All Day? 

Atlas of Adventures (gets the discussion going about other parts of the world)

Oh, the Places You’ll Go! 

The Book With No Pictures (hilarious!)

Little Bear (a definite favorite)

Press Here 

On My Way to the Bath

Guess How Much I Love You 

Sleep Like a Tiger (read every night at bedtime for a solid month)

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt 

GALLOP! (really cool “moving” pictures)

In the Night Kitchen 

I Heart You (another with beautiful illustrations)

Little Critter Just a Storybook Collection

The World in a Second 


HOOT (great for learning colors and counting)

Blueberries for Sal

The Story About Ping 

Go, Dog. Go! (for babies)

Go, Dog. Go! (for toddlers – different from the board book)

Silly Suzy Goose 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar 

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

Here are a few other stories we are excited to start reading to our girls as they get a little older. I’ve mentioned that we also love books with beautiful covers and illustrations, and these definitely hit that mark.

The Complete Tales of Winnie-The-Pooh

Beatrix Potter the Complete Tales 

The Adventure Collection (a beautiful heirloom set)

The Hobbit: Illustrated Edition 

Little Women 

Where the Sidewalk Ends (one of my childhood favorites that Libby is just starting to appreciate)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: The Illustrated Edition

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Anne of Green Gables (have you seen “Anne with an E” on Netflix? Soooo good!)

The Little House Series 

We are always looking for recommendations for other great children’s books, so I’d love to hear your favorites. Chime in below to add to our list, and thanks for reading!


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3 Responses to 36 Favorite Picture Books for Toddlers and Children

  1. Jenny B says:

    Great list! You’ve got a lot of classics! For babies and toddlers, my favorite board books are I Spy Little Letters by Jean Marzollo, Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown, The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton, and My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss. For older kids, I would add The Boxcar Children series to your list. 🙂

    • Meredith says:

      We actually just picked up My Many Colored Days at the library last week, and we LOVE Goodnight Moon! Great recommendations – I’m adding a few of these to our wish list!

    • Thank you for the suggestions Jenny! We love Goodnight Moon, but I need to check out a few of these next time we’re at the library!

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