I read at least five books a day to my daughter; more if she's feeling particularly snuggly. My toddler is a huge bookworm and absolutely loves every book, pamphlet, magazine, and DVD insert she can get her hands on. Anything with words is fair game, but she definitely has her favorites. There are just some books your toddler will be obsessed with from the first line and, no matter what else you try to read to them, they'll have their own list of favorites.
Luckily, most children's books are pretty incredible. In fact, building your toddler's library should be easy with the number of amazing books out there. Barnes & Noble Jr. is one of my favorite places to be these days, especially when I have my little girl with me. Toddlers may be drawn to bright, happy illustrations, but they are also drawn to words and stories. The older my girl gets, the more she understands of each book, and introducing new ones is so fun. You can instantly tell when your kid has latched on to one book in particular, and it usually happens within the first couple of lines, like with these 17 books. If you want your little one to have a favorite from the start, pick any of these titles to get their collection going. I promise, you'll be reading each of these books several times over the course of toddlerhood.
1. 'Chicka Chicka Boom Boom' by Bill Martin Jr. & John Archambault
2. 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' by Eric Carle
3. 'Where The Wild Things Are' by Maurice Sendak
Are you noticing a theme with adventure books here? It's because their text will make your child absolutely smitten. When I tell you that Where the Wild Things Are is one of my daughter's top ten favorite books, I'm telling you that you will read this at least a dozen times a day. And you will love it.
4. 'Olivia' by Ian Falconer
5. 'Goodnight Moon' by Margaret Wise Brown
6. 'Corduroy' by Don Freeman
7. 'Madeline' by Ludwig Bemelmans
I can recite Madeline, OK? Again, I don't know what it is about this book; whether it's the cute rhymes, the story of a brave little girl, or the fact that it flows like a perfect prose, but my kid is seriously obsessed. Luckily, it's fun to read and a classic, so I don't mind too much, and neither will you.
8. 'Gaston' by Kelly DiPucchio
A fairly new book, but one that will quickly become timeless in your house. Gaston is an adorable story about four puppies and the adventures of one of them trying to find his way back home. I'll just go ahead and say it — you can't go wrong with a story about puppies when it comes to toddlers.
9. 'The Monster At The End Of This Book' by Jon Stone
Did you read The Monster At the End of This Book as a kid? If you did, you'll know why this is such an easy obsession. If you didn't, pick up a copy and find out for yourself. Sweet Grover is so scared of the monster at the end of this book that he'll do anything to keep the reader from reaching it, and it is absolutely adorable and hilarious. Your kid doesn't have to be a Sesame Street fan to appreciate it, but you may get them interested anyway.
10. 'One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish' by Dr. Seuss
11. 'Little Blue Truck' by Alice Schertle
12. 'The Wonderful Things You Will Be' by Emily Winfield Martin
Another one of my daughter's favorites, The Wonderful Things You Will Be is perfectly sweet and will make you cry every time your toddler requests it. (So like, every day.) It has a great rhyme to describe what all parents see when they look at their kids and think of them, but it's also creative and fun to read.
13. 'Eloise' by Kay Thompson
14. 'On The Night You Were Born' by Nancy Tillman
All of Nancy Tillman's books are incredible, but On the Night You Were Born is my daughter's favorite. Our copy is so worn, it's nearly falling apart, but we just keep flipping the pages. You will cry your eyes out as the book describes how the world rejoiced when your little one was born, and they'll love how important it makes them feel.