I’ve always been an enormous book lover and I’m ecstatic that my sweet boy seems to be following suit, so I thought for today’s Caterpillar Corner I would share some of his (and my!) firm favourites.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
This Eric Carle classic has been a favourite of mine ever since I was a child myself. Even before I was pregnant it was the book I imagined reading to my kids (and subsequently I ended up being gifted three copies!). The board book version is the best in my eyes as it’s robust and perfect for little hands (my son especially enjoys poking his finger in the little holes the caterpillar has eaten through). This book has everything – beautiful illustrations, learning and repetition, food (!) and, most importantly, a wonderful story of transformation.
We’ve read this one so often that Caterpillar (my Caterpillar – this is getting confusing!) likes to read it to himself too, and especially enjoys reeling off all the food that is eaten on the Saturday!
Edward Built A RocketShip by Michael Rack
My mother-in-law found this in a charity shop and picked it up because it matches Caterpillar’s real name, it’s since been read many times. I love rhyming in a children’s book as it makes it a real pleasure to read (and hear, I should think). I particularly like the story of how Edward makes a rocket ship from household items and takes it on an adventure as it encourages imaginative play. Caterpillar loves the part “when the engines went KABOOM!”
The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson
We were quite late to this classic but have recently discovered why it’s so popular. Again, the rhyming is brilliant and Caterpillar seems to be at the perfect age to enjoy the story of the clever mouse who outsmarts all the other creatures.
Our copy actually came as part of a bumper pack of ten Julia Donaldson books I bought from The Book People for only £10, so a real bargain too.
Night Monkey, Day Monkey by Julia Donaldson
We’ve read this book dozens of times and it was only when compiling this list that I realised it’s also from Julia Donaldson! We originally found it at the library and all of us enjoyed reading it so much at bedtime that we kept renewing it for months. By a fortunate stroke of luck when I did eventually bring myself to return it the library said since this copy was so old and worn it would be going out of commission and did we want to keep it? I never imagined receiving a children’s book as an adult would make my day!
The words and illustrations are fabulous and I think the plot of two monkeys who experience the world at opposite times of day offers a great message to children about embracing each other’s differences.
That’s Not My…series by Fiona Watts and Rachel Wells
These textured picture books are brilliant for babies and Caterpillar has several. His favourites are That’s Not My Elephant and That’s Not My Dinosaur. They are really engaging, even from only a few months old, and the sensory element of the vividly different textures really captures their attention (and mine too frankly, I don’t know an adult who can read them without touching!)
Aliens Love Underpants series by Claire Freedman
Another steal from The Book People, Caterpillar has a five book set for only £7. They get read again and again thanks to the bright and comical illustrations and the really imaginative story of aliens stealing underpants from earthlings. The idea and writing is so creative that it’s a joy to read for Hubs and I, as well as for Caterpillar.
Sleepy Farm by The Gro Company
This isn’t actually a standalone book at all, but instead comes as part of the Gro Clock system from The Gro Company. When I heard about a clock that helps your toddlers to stay in bed I couldn’t resist!
The book is an integral part of the product as it tells the story of a grumpy pig who never has the energy to play with the other farm animals because he doesn’t sleep well at night. To help, the other animals buy him a special clock that displays a blue star at nighttime and a yellow sun when it’s time to wake up, which ultimately helps Percy Pig to feel happier and well-rested.
It’s a great tool for any toddler learning to sleep better and really helps get the message of the clock across. Plus, it’s a cute story with lovely illustrations, and is tiny and light which makes it great for taking in a overnight bag if you and your little one are staying away from home.
Busy Farm by Lego Duplo
This one was a gift from a friend and is such a cool, unique idea. It’s a board book farm animal story that actually comes with Duplo bricks to build the different animals (and clear instructions on how for Lego virgins like me!). It’s a great way to introduce your little one to Lego Duplo and would be a really unique present too.
Toddler Hide and Seek published by DK
A third and final bargain from The Book People, this large, sturdy book is excellent for encouraging your toddler to speak. It includes an enormous range of words and vivid pictures and photos, all divided into clear subject sections. It goes from simple first words all the way up to specific technical names that even I wasn’t sure about (the difference between a grader and a loader anyone?). Because of this wide range of difficulty level I can see us getting use out of this one for a really long time.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this list and are inspired next time you’re in the book store. Let me know your own recommendations in the comment box below!
74 comments on “Favourite Books for Toddlers”
Some great books here. We love the underpants series too and have the audio version of dinosaurs love underpants read by the late great Ric Mayhall. My boys have read these over and over. You can’t beat a good book #coolmumclub
It’s funny how some become such favourites and are read over and over isn’t it? Love books too. Thanks for commenting x
Some classics in there that we love to. Anything by Julia Donaldson is always a winner in our house…plus Dangermouse loves the ‘Thats not my…’ books too. Thank you for sharing with #coolmumclub
Julia Donaldson is brilliant. Thanks for commenting x
We love most of these books too, and I’ll make an effort to find the ones that we haven’t read yet as they sound great too. We love Julia Donaldson’s rhymes, and have just started with Aliens and their underpants obsession. My little lady now makes me check her pants before taking them out of the drawer each morning…. you know, just in case. If I find an alien I have to catch it and carefully let it out of the window hehe x
Aww, that’s so cute! I love books that capture their imaginations like that 😀 Thanks for commenting x
Love this! We are very into Julia Donaldson at the moment, and have a few of the same that you list. I’m going to look out for Edward Built a Rocketship…i like rhyming too and it sounds like a good’un. My son is also very into You Choose at the moment…have you heard of it? It’s a picture book where they can choose everything, it involves lots of conversations and parents writing a story with the child but it really gets the imagination going.
This post is also fab becuase it reminds me I really need to fill my book section on my blog!!! #coolmumclub
You Choose sounds great! I’ll make sure I look that up, thanks x
We love books and can’t seem to stop buying them! There is nothing much better than sat sharing a good book in my view. We love the Eric Carle too and the endless Julia Donaldson collection. Stick Man is currently the favourite 🙂 #TheList
We haven’t read Stick Man yet but loved the televised version at Christmas so must buy it. I know what you mean, I can’t resist buying kids books either. Thanks for commenting x
We have 3 of those books too! Day Monkey and Night Monkey is our favourite! #TheList x
It’s great, isn’t it? Lost count of how many times we’ve read it. Thanks for commenting x
What a great selection of books. My 2year old loves The Gruffalo, I am pretty sure he would love that one about Aliens stealing underpants too. My mum got him the big HIde and Seek book for Christmas, I haven’t got around to reading it to him yet but it looks really good.xx #TheList
It’s really great once you get your little one engaged, so many topics and words! Thanks for commenting x
These are great. I am starting to put together books with seasonal themes for my daughter. So far have The Gruffalo for Autumn/Winter. #TheList
I love the idea of collecting them into seasonal themes, going to steal that one I think! Thanks for commenting x
My youngest son is obsessed with Toddler hide and seek. He is 3 and a half and I think a bit old for it already but he just loves it.
Great selection of books, the underpants series is great
It’s such a great one. Thanks for commenting 😀
These are some of our favourites too, especially aliens love underpants and the gruffalo. Got to say I love children’s books. Thanks for linking up to #justanotherlinky xx
Me too! Thanks for commenting 🙂 x
These are great books 🙂 My girls love reading books
Thanks for linking up with #justanotherlinky
No problem, thanks for commenting x
That’s a great selection – lots of favourites on there!
The Hairy Maclary series is another fab rhyming one that both my little ones adored.
Thanks! Oooh that’s for the tip, I’ll look that one up 🙂
That’s so funny. I have just rotated Matthews books tonight because there are still Xmas ones in his room and two of them were the gruffalo and the one you get with the gro clock. #thelist
The Gruffalo is just so imaginative and well written. Thanks for reading 🙂
Great round up, I will look at the Julia Donaldson book as we have one by her and Baby loves it. Thanks for linking up to #TheList x
I recommend The Book People as I just bought a pack of ten Julia books for only £10 from them 🙂 Thanks for commenting x
I love the ones that stand the test of time, my 17 year old loved the Gruffalo and it seams as popular today #KCACOLS
It’s definitely a classic in my mind, it has a fairytale feel (woods, monsters, avoiding being eaten etc) but with an interesting, modern twist. A perfect combination really. Thanks for reading x
I was surprised to find a Julia Donaldson book we haven’t read here!
Monkey Puzzle is a big favourite. I’m a fan of her books because for the most I can recite them from memory so can get a way without having to put the light of for emergency story time in the middle of the night.
My son adores Bear Hunt and How to Grow a Dinosaur.
I’m also inflicting my love of Neil Gaiman on them with Crazy Hair and Blueberry Girl.
Thanks for the suggestions, I’m always on the look out for new books 😀
Some brilliant books here. The Hungry Caterpillar is also one of my all time favourites too! We also LOVE The Gruffalo and the Underpants series.
Thanks so much for linking up to #KCACOLS. I hope to see you back again next week! X
Thanks for having me! And for reading x
These really are excellence suggestions. My toddlers love pretty much all of them. I would have to add The Snail and the Whale by Donaldson too. My son won’t go to bed without having heard it! #KCACOLS
We just read that one the other night actually, such an adorable story. Thanks for commenting x
I love the Hungry Caterpillar as a child and I still have my battered and ripped copy that I owned as a little girl! It’s such a fantastic book that has stood the test of time. The Gruffalo is my favourite childrens book these day, it was the first book I bought for my son and I used to read it to him as a baby 🙂 xx #justanotherlinky
Aww, I love that you still have your old copy – wish I had mine. Thanks for reading and commenting x
Wonderful suggestions! Thanks so much for sharing – I’ll be looking out for these! Visiting from #TheList
No problem, thanks for reading 🙂
Fab choices! We love “The Gruffalo” and the “That’s Not My…” series. We recently found that a lot of Julia Donaldson books have been translated into Welsh, which is really helping with raising SB bilingually! Some fab suggestions here, will have to check them out! #KCACOLS
Oh that’s wonderful about the Welsh translation 🙂 Thanks for commenting x
Oh this is a great list of books! We’re big book worms over here but I’m yet to introduce Luke to the Aliens love Underpants books. I’ll have to see if I can find any in the library! Ray xx #thelist
He’ll love them, I guarantee it. Thanks for commenting 🙂
This is a fabulous post and some awesome choices here. I’d love you to link this up to the #KLTR Kids Love To Read linky which is open all week at Daysinbed. Angela x
Oh I didn’t know about that one! I will hop over. I’m starting a regular book review feature so this linky would be perfect going forward too. Thanks for the heads up x
your welcome and thanks so much for linking up! have a fab week. Angela
We love The Gruffalo! We’re late to the Duplo books but Darcey had one on her stocking for Christmas and we’ve had great fun with it! Fabulous recommendations! #KLTR
It’s a great way to get them involved in Duplo and Lego 🙂 Thanks for commenting x
Some lovely choices here, some we have read, some are new to me. I really want Toddler Hide and Seek for my daughter now, it sounds like something she’d love! #kltr
It’s really cool, and will last them a while. Thanks for commenting x
These sounds great, I especially like the sound of the aliens love underpants – we have seen in a couple of time in our local book store =)
They are fab! So funny and good illustrations 🙂
There are some favourites of ours on here too – The Hungry Caterpillar, The Gruffalo, we have Dinosaurs love Underpants. Great choices thanks for linking up to #kltr
Thanks, they are all so much fun 🙂
The only book I know from this selection is the Hungry Caterpillar which was also one of my favourites when I was little, but we don’t have a copy of it now, only a version in a story compilation book, which isn’t the same as it doesn’t have the holes in the pages! I must get a copy for Emma now. I’m sure she’d also love the other books listed, they sound great. I really want the duplo book, and the Julia Donaldson. I’ll have to make a book wish list! #kltr
Thanks for reading, hope you enjoy them as much as we do x
We enjoy the very hungry caterpillar too – as well, of course, as the Gruffalo, room on the broom etc 🙂
The Hungry Caterpillar is just so timeless. Thanks for reading x
Some great books there. We are huge fans of Julia Donaldson and the That’s not my books. One of M’s favourite books is a hide and seek book. #weekendbookclub
Awesome! JD is so consistently great x
We used to love most of those books too, especially the hungry caterpillar and Julia Donaldson books.
Thanks for sharing with #LetKidsBeKids
No probs, thanks for commenting x
We like the Very Hungry Caterpillar, too! And Day Monkey, Night Monkey might be a book we need to find! Thanks for the list 🙂
It’s really great, enjoy! x
Thanks for introducing it to us! 🙂
I love these! Julia Donaldson is amazing and my kids love the Usborne ‘That’s not my’ books – we’re building quite a collection! #LetKidsBeKids x
Thanks for commenting x
we have a few of these books. love the ‘that’s not my..’ series #ToddlerApprovedTuesday
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I bought that toddler hide and seek from the Book People recently. It’s great isn’t it? I think it has really helped to develop my daughter’s speech. There are some books that I have never heard of on this list so I will be sure to check them out. #ToddlerApprovedTuesday
Yay we have all bar Edward Built a Rocket Ship so guess what I’m off to buy. A great list of always popular books. Thanks for sharing on #ToddlerApprovedTuesday
Great selection of books! I’m a speech therapist and I use some of these books when working to increase a child’s language skills. I recently started a blog and post a lot about how to use books for improve language skills. Check it out if you have a chance: buzzspeech.com
Thanks for sharing these. I’m always looking for new books to share with my girls. I think they’d really like Aliens Love Underpants.