Favorite books for babies and toddlers

The question I probably get asked most often, after “should I start a blog?”, is about the boys’ books. I’ve posted plenty of photos of Finn’s bookshelf on Instagram and here and people often email me asking about one of the book covers or for a list of what’s on the shelves.

I love children’s books almost as much as the boys do. I love watching their eyes light up when the Little Engine That Could makes it over the mountain, or laugh when we’re reading a silly Dr. Seuss or Mo Willems book.

We’ve been reading to the boys since they were babies. These books are are favorites for age 0 to 3.

(You can find our favorite books for little kids 3 to 6 here.)


(Ages 0 to 3)

Animal Sounds by Golden Books
Baby’s Very First Playbook Animal Words by Stella Baggott
A Book of Sleep by Il Sung Na
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Eric Carle
Boynton’s Greatest Hits: Volume II (The Going to Bed Book, Horns to Toes, Opposites, But Not the Hippopotamus) by Sandra Boynton
Boynton’s Greatest Hits: Volume I (Blue Hat, Green Hat, A to Z, Moo, Baa, La La La!, Doggies) by Sandra Boynton
Busy Airport; Zoo; Park; Fire Station; Beach etc by Rebecca Finn
Clare Beaton’s Garden Rhymes by Clare Beaton
A Day at the Seashore by Kathryn Jackson
Dear Zoo: A Lift-the-Flap Book by Rod Campbell
First Thousand Words in French by Heather Amery
First Thousand Words in Italian by Heather Amery + Stephen Cartwright
From Head to Toe by Eric Carle
The Fire Engine Book by Golden Books
Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
Tilly and Friends Books by Polly Dunbar (Hello, Tilly; Doodle Bites; Where’s Tumpty?; Good Night, Tiptoe; Happy Hector; Pretty Pru)
I Am a Bunny by Ole Risom
If Animals Kissed Good Night by Ann Whitford Paul
The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Don Wood
Little Owl’s Night by Divya Srinivasan
Little Owl’s Day by Divya Srinivasan
The Mitten by Jan Brett
Papa maman bébé by Anaïs Vaugelade (Bought in Paris. Very Fraaawnch of us, non?)
Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me by Eric Carle
Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? by Bill Martin Jr.
Red Truck by Kersten Hamilton
Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox
Ten Tiny Toes by Caroline Jayne Church
Time for Bed by Mem Fox
Trucks Go by Steve Light
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Waiting by Kevin Henkes
Where Do Diggers Sleep at Night? by Brianna Caplan Sayres
Where’s Spot? by Eric Hill

Favorite books for babies and toddlers
Favorite books for babies and toddlers