Books for Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers

Books for BABIES

Research shows that it is never too early to start reading to a newborn. Babies may not understand the meaning of the words being said but they still benefit from the reading experience.

According to the Public Library Association, “Research has found that parents who start sharing books with their babies early on have children with better language skills. In addition, children whose parents begin sharing books with them early in life develop a greater interest in books.

So cuddle and love your baby as you read, chant or sing the words from a book. In doing so you will lay a foundation for later reading success!

Ashman, Linda – Babies on the Go Illustrations and rhyming text show how different animals carry their babies when they are on the move.

Baker, Keith – Big Fat Hen Big Fat Hen counts to ten with her friends and all their chicks.

Campbell, Rod – Dear Zoo Each animal arriving from the zoo as a possible pet fails to suit its perspective owner, until just the right one is found.

Katz, Karen – Counting kisses How many kisses does a tired baby need to change her from a crying baby to one that is asleep?

Katz, Karen – Where is baby’s belly button? “Where are baby’s hands?... under the bubbles! Where are baby’s eyes?..Under the hat!”

Miller, Margaret – Baby Faces Presents color photographs of various facial expressions.

Books for TODDLERS

The more often you read to your toddler the more likely he or she is to develop a love of books and reading. Toddlers grow into children that love to read when they experience the security and pleasure of cuddling with parents and listening to books, songs and rhymes. Share a book or two at naptime, bedtime or anytime.

Carle, Eric – The Very Hungry Caterpillar A hungry caterpillar eats his way through a very large quantity of food until full at last he forms a cocoon around himself and goes to sleep.

Christelow, Eileen – Five Little Monkeys Jumping On the Bed A counting book in which one by one the little monkeys jump on the bed only to fall off and bump their heads.

Cousins, Lucy – Hooray for Fish! Little fish has all sorts of fishy fish in his underwater home but he loves one most of all.

Isadora, Rachel – Peekaboo Morning A toddler plays peek-a-boo throughout the day.

Williams, Sue – I went walking During the course of a walk, a young boy identifies animals of different colors.


Inspiring your child to read could be the single most important thing you can do to help him or her succeed in school. Stories are an excellent way to stimulate the mind and expand the imagination for all of us.

Read to your child every day. Make this a warm and loving time when the two of you can cuddle close. Talk about books as you read. Ask your child to describe pictures, answer questions, repeat phrases and predict what will happen next. This gets the child involved in the story and interested in reading.

Cabrera, Jane – Ten in the bed Each of the sleepers who roll over and fall out of bed represent a different profession.

Dewdney, Anna – llama, Llama Red Pajama At bedtime, a little llama worries after his mother puts him to bed and goes downstairs.

Dunbar, Joyce – Shoe Baby A baby takes a journey in a shoe and after falling asleep awakens to a big surprise.

Simmons, Jane – Come Along, Daisy Daisy the duckling becomes so engrossed in playing with dragonflies and lily pads that she temporarily loses her mother.

Walsh, Ellen Stoll – Mouse Paint Three white mice discover jars of red, blue and yellow paint and explore the world of color.