A baby bird hatches while his mama is away hunting for food. Unsure what a mama bird looks like, the baby bird sets out to find her, asking a kitten, cow and even a boat and a plane if they are his mother. The funny tale ends with a sweet reunion that is quite touching, especially for moms!
A little stuffed bear who lives in a department store loses the button on his overalls and goes on a wild adventure to recover it. He doesn't find his button, but he does meet Lisa, who makes all his dreams come true when she buys him with money from her piggy bank and takes him home. This sweet story of hope, friendship and love is an enduring classic that toddlers can't get enough of.
Pete the Cat's brand new white sneakers have a rough day as they turn blue from stepping in blueberries, brown from stepping in mud and more. But instead of freaking out, Pete takes these unexpected changes in stride, "walking along and singing his song." Let's hope our toddlers can learn to be resilient and positive like Pete!
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A walking but not yet talking toddler named Trixie accidentally leaves her stuffed bunny at the laundromat and struggles to make her dad understand what’s wrong. This funny and relatable story is especially great for families in urban areas because of the cool way it depicts big city living.
In this gorgeously illustrated celebration of parental love, a grown-up polar bear (could be mom OR dad) and a little polar bear have adventures together in the wilderness. Each page offers an analogy--such as "I love you as deep as the sea" and "I love you as far as a star"--that perfectly conveys the depth of our love for our littles.
As toddlers start to socialize with other kids, they will be fascinated by this story about two goslings who are best buddies. At first, Gertie follows Gossie all over the farmyard while she marches to the barn and sneaks to the sheep. But when Gertie starts to chart her own path, Gossie lets go of being the boss and realizes that being a follower can also be fun.
Toddlers are starting to assert their independence, which can feel both exciting and scary--an idea cleverly explored in "The Runaway Bunny." When a little bunny threatens to run off, his mom comes up with creative ways to follow him and stay together. For instance, if bunny becomes a bird and flies away from mama, she will become the tree that he flies home to. And the illustrations of these imaginative scenarios are simply stunning.
One of the funniest toddler books ever written, "Dragons Love Tacos" is essentially an instruction manual for throwing the world's greatest taco party for dragons. Much like toddlers, dragons prefer mild toppings and absolutely no spicy salsa, or else they start to breathe fire and then you're really in trouble.
Bedtime is hard for toddlers, who are old enough to know that if mama isn't right next to them, she is someplace else. (How dare she?) Llama Llama Red Pajama struggles to fall asleep on his own, wailing for mama, who eventually tucks him in one last time before sleep. This rhyming story is so popular that Ludacris once rapped it on a radio show.
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Go on a search for a lost puppy, lifting a flap on every page to reveal surprising animals like a hippo in the piano and a snake in the grandfather clock. Spot finally turns up in a basket, just in time for supper with his mama. Toddlers love to let their fingers do the walking in this fun lift-the-flap adventure.
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There are many funny and fun-to-read Dr. Seuss books, so why not choose one that encourages toddlers to try a new food? After rejecting every opportunity to eat green eggs and ham in a box, with a fox, on a train, in the rain and so on, our protagonist finally caves to Sam I Am's offer and tastes the breakfast -- yummy!
This book offers a thorough explanation -- with pictures -- of how, where and when animals and people do their business. Since poop is both hysterically funny and a hot topic for potty training toddlers, Everyone Poops Is sure to become one of your toddler's go-to stories.