Picture Books for One- and Two-Year Olds

These are some favorite picture books for toddlers. Additional titles are on the Classic Picture Book list and in JE Mother Goose. Click here for a print-friendly version of this list.
Craig Dancing Feet    (Easy rhyming text depicts different animals dancing.)
Light Have You Seen My Dragon?    (A small boy travels uptown and down, searching for his friend.)
Ward Mama Built a Little Nest    (Illustrations and rhyming text introduce different kinds of birds and their nests.)
Allen I'm Not Cute!    (Fluffy Baby Owl wants others to think of him as a "huge, scary, sleek, sharp-eyed hunting machine." )
Baker Big Fat Hen    (Big Fat Hen counts to ten with her friends and all their chicks.)
Barnett Dam and Dave Dig a Hole    (What will Same and Dave discover underground?)
Blackstone Bear on a Bike    (A little boy accompanies Bear on a variety of vehicles.)
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.)
Christelow Five Little Monkeys    (Illustrates the classic bed-jumping rhyme.)
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    (Ainmal faces emerge out of shapes and colors.)
Fleming Oh, No!    (Five animals, flustered by a grinning tiger, each fall into a hole.)
Gibbs I Spy with My Little Eye    (Peeking through the pages, children use visual clues to spot different animals. )
Hill Where's Spot?    (A mother finds eight other animals before finding her lost puppy. Flaps conceal the animals.)
Klassen This Is Not My Hat    (The big fish wants his hat back from a little fish who took it.)
Lee Wave    (Celebrates a first visit to the beach.)
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.)
McQuinn     (Leo loves going to his play group.)
Mouy Naptime    (A little girl knows how to get the jungle animals to take a nap!)
Raschka A Ball for Daisy    (A story without words about a dog and her ball.)
Rathmann Good Night, Gorilla    (A zookeeper is followed home by all the animals he thinks he has left behind.)
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.)
Thomas Is Everyone Ready for Fun?    (Chicken's cow visitors try to jump, dance, and wiggle on his tiny couch.)
Ward Mama Built a LIttle Nest    (Illustrations and rhyming text introduce birds and their nests.)
Wong Buzz    (A child observes morning activity including the buzzing of a busy bee.)
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: 7/15

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