These are the most simple, well-loved books for babies and toddlers. If you have a baby or toddler, I’d definitely make sure you try to read these books during the first few years of life as an older preschooler may no longer enjoy them. (Then again, my almost 5 year old still loves many of these books.) However, please don’t feel limited to this list. My toddlers have enjoyed many of the books on the Best Books for Preschool page as well, there are just some aspects of those books that went over their heads.
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Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Where’s Spot? by Eric Hill
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr.
Mr. Gumpy’s Outing By John Burningham
Freight Train by Donald Crews
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
Each Peach Pear Plum by Allen Ahlberg
Rosie’s Walk by Pat Hutchins
Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt
More More More Said the Baby by Vera B. Williams
Ten, Nine, Eight by Molly Bang
Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
The Everything Book by Denise Fleming
Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
My Very First Mother Goose by Iona Opie
Own Babies by Martin Waddell
The Napping House by Audrey Wood
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