Picture Books for 1- and 2-Year Olds

These are some favorite picture books for toddlers. They are shelved in the JE and Board Book sections. 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.

Atinuke B is for Baby    (A curious baby stows aboard her brother's bike in a West African village.)
Board Book B Your Nose!: A Wild Little Love Song    (A loving ode to terrific noses of all kinds.)
Cabrera Wheels on the Bus    (A lion, flamingos, and a hyena travel on the bus with their animal friends. )
Carle The Very Hungry Caterpillar    (A caterpillar eats his way through food before his transformation to a butterfly.)
Cousins Peck, Peck, Peck    (A little woodpecker peck-peck-pecks through a door and everything on the other side. )
Crews Freight Train    (Minimal text and broad illustrations trace the journey of a colorful train.)
Degen Jamberry    (A boy and a bear go on a berry-picking adventure.)
Dewdney Llama Llama Red Pajama    (A little llama worries after his mother puts him to bed and goes downstairs. )
Dickson Blocks    (What happens when Ruby and Benji won't share their blocks?)
Fox Ducks Away!    (Five ducklings tumble into a river one by one, and Mama follows.)
Garcia Plinka Plinka Shake Shake    (Can you play a tune with instruments to bang, beat, and pluck?)
Gee Up, Up, Up, Down    (Follow a baby and father through a day filled with ups and downs.)
George That Pup!     (After having fun digging up acorns, a puppy buries them all again.)
Gravett Monkey and Me    (A little girl and her toy monkey love to imitate different animals.)
Henkes Sun Flower Lion    (See what a flower, a lion, and the sun all have in common.)
Isadora Say Hello!    (A little girl greets her neighbors in many different languages.)
Iwai Soup Day    (A mother and daughter spend a snowy day together making soup.)
Jenson-Elliott Dig In!    (A little boy digs, plays, and explores in his garden.)
Katz Ten Tiny Tickles    (Family members awaken a baby with tickles.)
Martin Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See?    (A bear cub meets many North American animals during his search for Mom.)
McQuinn Leo Can Swim    (Baby Leo loves swim class with his father and the other toddlers.)
Newson The Same but Different, Too    (Different children and animals all love a good bedtime story.)
O'Connell and Board Book O Baby Parade    (Here come the babies! It's a baby parade! Wave to the babies as they go by!)
Pinkney Time for Kenny    (Follow sweet Kenny through his eventful day with his loving family always near.)
Raschka Mama Baby    (Mama and Baby clap and play hide-and-seek and pat-a-cake. )
Ryan Blue Cat    (A sound in the distance sparks an exploration by a young cat.)
Schofield-Morrison I Got the Rhythm    (At the park, a girl dances to the rhythm of the world around her.)
Board Book S Clip-Clop    (Cat, Dog, Pig, and Duck urge Mr. Horse to go faster and faster.)
Board Book S Clive is a Nurse    (Clive and his friends explore the many responsibilities of a nurse.)
Sperring Your Hand in My Hand    (The reader is invited to join a loved one and share the changing of the seasons.)
Tafuri Five Little Chicks    (Five chicks and their mother peck in the corn patch in search of breakfast.)
Waddell Owl Babies    (Three owl babies try to stay calm while their mother is gone.)
Weeks Overboard    (A child playfully grabs and throws items, including a bath time rubber ducky and raisins. )

Last Updated: 2/21


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