Lindsay Bayer

Children's Author, Child/Family Yoga Instructor, Curriculum Developer, Education Consultant

Book Ideas for Toddlers and Preschoolers

A wonderful pal of mine, with two young sons, asked me to suggest some new page-turners for her growing toddler and preschooler. This request was like handing me a beautifully wrapped box with a huge bow on top: I LOVE making book lists…and lists of books for kids and families are my favorite lists to make (she said as she pushed her glasses back up the bridge of her nose).

Despite my passion for book-list-making and overwhelming nerd status, I’m always happy to talk to anyone about children’s books. So for this task, I thought of some of my favorite humor, action and emotion-oriented picture books that I’ve read lately (admittedly, not always with my kid) and also asked some of the educators I work with to do the same. Here are the titles we came up with after receiving this request this morning. And, of course, these books are wonderful for both boys AND girls and most would probably be suitable for toddlers through kindergartners (but books that MAY be more enjoyable for toddlers, I’ve marked with *; those that MAY be more appealing to preschoolers and up with **).

Parts by Tedd Arnold**
Being a Pig is Nice by Sally Lloyd-Jones**
Pete’s a Pizza by William Steig
The Quiet Book by Deborah Underwood
The Loud Book by Deborah Underwood
Be Happy by Monica Sheehan
One Naked Baby by Maggie Smith*
Little Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Press Here by Herve Tullet (A book/game/activity/sensory experience)
This Book Just Ate My Dog by Richard Byrne