My toddler recently hit the 18 month mark and has become very interested in books! Today, I wanted to share some of our favorite toddler books.

1 // The Little Horse Finger Puppet Book

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My toddler loves these books! They are basically little finger puppets in a book. The horses head will move around and you can pretend that it is nibbling the grass or nibbling your toddler. A total crowd pleaser. Either way, your toddler will love it! These books have a variety of animals to chose from and they even have seasonal options. The books are also small, making them easy to throw in the diaper bag and break out if your toddler is somewhere and getting bored!

2 // Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr./Eric Carle

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Brown Bear will always have a special place in my heart. It was one of the first books that I really read to my oldest daughter and she had every word memorized. It was so sweet to listen to her whispering the words along with me and was a great tool in helping her learn her colors.

3 // On the Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman

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I received this book at my oldest daughter’s baby shower. It was the guest book and was signed by all of our family and friends. The copy that we have is filled with warm wishes for my daughter and sweet notes of love and excitement. The words are enchanting and the last page gets me all teary every time that I read it.

For never before in story or rhyme
(not even once upon a time)
Has the world ever known a you, my friend,
And it never will, not ever again…
Heaven blew every trumpet
And played every horn
On the wonderful, marvelous
Night you were born.

Que the tears. Three kids later, this one is still a toddler (and big kid) bedtime favorite.

4 // Baby Touch and Feel: Animals 

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Anything that engages my toddler is a winner in my book. See what I did there? I used the word book in a different phrase and this post is about books. – so clever. Touch and feel books are a favorite of my toddler because all of the new textures that she is exposed to. Plus, she loves the “buddies” aka bunnies on the front.

5 // A is for Apple by Georgie Birkett

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Flip-a-flap books are another favorite in our home. This particular book was gifted to us by my daughters day care teacher. It is a great tool to use when starting to expose your toddler to the alphabet and you can encourage them to trace the letters with their fingers. Hello fine motor skills!

6 // Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

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Goodnight Moon is a classic that I originally thought was completely over rated. I did not like the art or the colors. The more I read it though, the more I liked it. I don’t know what converted me, but I find the words to be very soothing. My toddler also likes to point out all of the different little details in the rooms. One page has a little mouse that she loves to find.

7 // Potty Time with Elmo 

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I might be jumping the gun on this one but being that this is my last baby, I am eager to be done with diapers and have her potty trained. My older two kids didn’t potty train until they were 3 and I didn’t really push it too much. I would love to get my toddler potty trained by 2. Fingers crossed. I don’t know if this book will encourage her at all but it doesn’t hurt to try! Also, she likes pressing the buttons and hearing all of the different sounds so even if she doesn’t potty train early at least she is having a great time!

What are some toddler books that you love?

– Stephanie

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