Picture Books for 1- and 2-Year Olds

These are some favorite picture books for toddlers. Additional favorites are on the Classic Picture Book list and on the shelves in JE Mother Goose and JE Board Books. Click here for a print-friendly version of this list.

Baker Big Fat Hen    (a first counting book includes beautifully colored hens and their chicks.)
Cabrera Row, Row, Row Your Boat    (Expands on the classic song by adding sights and sounds of jungle animals.)
Campbell Dear Zoo    (Zoo animals seek to become pets. Movable flaps reveal hidden animals.)
Carle Head to Toe    (Questions to the reader offer a challenge to move as the animals move.)
Christelow Five Little Monkeys    (Illustrates the classic bed-jumping rhyme.)
Cousins Peck, Peck , Peck    (A woodpecker raps on a rhyming sequence of indoor objects. Each page has one or more die-cut holes.)
Crews Freight Train    (Minimal text and broad illustrations trace the journey of a colorful train.)
Davies Just Ducks    (A youngster watches mallards eat, dive, and swim.)
Day Good Dog, Carl!    (Lively things happen when Carl the dog is left in charge of the baby.)
Ehlert Color Zoo    (Animal faces emerge out of shapes and colors.)
Fleming Lunch    (A hungry little mouse devours everything in sight.)
Gibbs I Spy with My Little Eye    (Peeking through the pages, children use visual clues to spot different animals. )
Gravett Orange Pear Apple Bear    (Explores concepts of color, shape, food, and use of commas using only five simple words, as a bear juggles and plays.)
Henkes Kitten's First Full Moon    (Mischief ensures when Kitten mistakes the moon for a bowl of milk.)
Hill Where's Spot?    (A mother finds eight other animals before finding her lost puppy. Flaps conceal the animals.)
Krug No, Silly!    (Preschoolers describe their favorite things to do.)
Lee Wave    (Celebrates a first visit to the beach.)
Light Have You Seen My Dragon?    (A small boy travels uptown and down, searching for his friend.)
Logue Sleep Like a Tiger    (Parents help a little one get to sleep.)
Martin Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?    (Children see a variety of animals, each one a different color.)
Martin Chicka Chicka Boom Boom    (A jaunty rhyme asks, "Can all the alphabet letters fit on top of the coconut tree?")
McQuinn Leo Loves Baby Time    (Leo loves going to his play group at the library.)
Mouy Naptime    (A little girl knows how to get the jungle animals to take a nap!)
Rosen The Bus Is for Us!    (In rhyming text, kids express their travel preferences.)
Smee Clip-Clop    (When Mr. Horse gives a ride to his friends Cat, Dog, Pig, and Duck, they urge him to go faster and faster.)
Springman More    (A team of mice saves a friend from hoarding too much stuff.)
Wells Sophie's Terrible Twos    (Sophie has a terrible birthday until her grandmother has an inspiration.)
Whiten Chooky-Doodle-Doo    (Rhyming text about two little chicks teaches both rhyming and counting.)
Wood Piggies    (Ten little piggies dance on fingers and toes before finally going to sleep.)
Yuly Early Bird    (Early Bird woke up before the sun. What should he have for breakfast?)

Last Updated: 12/18


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