Our 15 Favorite Read Out Loud Books For Toddlers

Disclosure: The following books were gifted: Benji And The Giant Kite, Stir Crack Whisk Bake, How To Catch series. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Affiliate links are also used in this post. You can read my full disclosure here.

We have been reading to our daughter since the day she was born. As a baby, we could pretty much read whatever we wanted to her, but as a toddler, she has started choosing her own books. Here are 15 of her favorites that we often read to her.

1) Pinkalicious by Victoria Kann


This is a cute story about a girl who eats too many pink cupcakes and turns pink! It's so much fun to read and makes our daughter laugh each time.

2) Benji And The Giant Kite by Alan C. Fox

This was originally a book I had gotten in exchange for a review, but it quickly became one of our daughter's favorites. It's about a boy who loves kites. She loves the dog and points it out on each page he is on. See this post for the full review!

3) Duncan the Story Dragon by Amanda Driscoll 

Duncan is a dragon who loves to read, but he has one small problem, every time something exciting happens, he burns the book! He sets out to find someone to read to him. Our daughter loves the dragon and feels bad for him when the animals won't help Duncan because they are afraid of him.

4) Goodnight Unicorn: A Magical Parody by Karla Oceanak

Our daughter loved unicorns, and she usually picks this one over Goodnight Moon (which we also have and enjoy reading to her). It's a cute little parody for unicorn lovers!

5) Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. 

For parents who have to read the same thing over and over again, this is a super easy one to memorize, haha! Our daughter loves this one and will even "read" along with me.

6) A Tale of Two Beasts by Fiona Roberton

This is such a fun and unique book from Usborne. It features the same story but told from two different points of view. There is a great lesson in this book about how we may see situations differently depending on what side we are on. Our daughter loves the "strange little beast."

7) I'll Wait, Mr. Panda by Steve Antony

Mr. Panda is making something special, but no one wants to wait except for a penguin. A great book to teach little ones about being patient and waiting. I think our daughter loves this one because my husband and I have too much fun reading it and yelling "I'll wait, Mr. Panda!" So much fun to read!

8) Harold and the Purple Crayon: Dinosaur Days by Liza Baker

Our daughter became obsessed with dinosaurs when she was 2, so this quickly became her favorite book as it was the only dinosaur book we had on hand! She loves pointing out all the dinosaurs she sees.

9) Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson

The first Harold and the Purple Crayon book, which our daughter loved for us to read to her before she discovered dinosaurs and prefers the Dinosaur Days book.

10) Uni the Unicorn by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Our daughter fell in love with this book when she was one. We believe it was the colorful and cute illustrations that got her attention. We had the hard book version, but she ripped a couple of the pages, so we ended up getting the board book for her as she loved it so much.

We recently added the sequel: Uni the Unicorn and the Dream Come True to her library and she loves that one too.

11) Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin

This book is so much fun to read. Our daughter likes to say the "click clack moo" part with us when we read it. Such a unique and funny story about cows typing to the farmer!

12) Stir Crack Whisk Bake by America's Test Kitchen

I just love how interactive this book is! There aren't flaps or any touch and feel, it's just a regular old board book, but it has you pretend to move eggs into a mixing bowl and frost cupcakes (our daughter's favorite part!), so simple and imaginative! Our daughter loves to also take this one with her to bed and we can see her on the monitor doing the motions with her hands on each page.

13) How To Catch a Dinosaur by Adam Wallace

The How To Catch series is so much fun to read. We have the dinosaur, unicorn, dragon, and elf books, but our daughter's favorite is the dinosaur one as dinosaurs are her current obsession. 

14) Five Little Kittens by Nancy Jewell

Our daughter went through a phase of loving cats, and this was one of the few books we had about cats that she loved! A very simple, but a cute story about five little kittens and their toy mouse.

15) Are You There Little Fox? by Sam Taplin

This is a great series from Usborne, and her favorite was the fox. We also have the bunny, elephant, and unicorn books. Short, but a lot of fun to read with some fun finger trails for toddlers.

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  1. I love your selection of books especially that version of "Good Night Moon" and the dragon story. These are all fantastic selections, thanks for putting this together.

  2. I'm just as obsessed with kid books as my kids. You shared so many wonderful titles! I will be saving this to reference next time we hit up the library.

  3. What a great list. Stir, Crack, Whisk, Bake looks like such a fun one to add to our collection of books. Thanks for sharing!

  4. So many great books! I still love to read to my kids even now that they are older.

  5. We love goodnight moon! My son would read this every night if he could.

  6. What cute books. It's so nice to read to your kids at bedtime. Such a fun ritual.

  7. Thank you for sharing. My daughter LOVED the Brown Bear books.

  8. I have never heard of Goodnight Unicorn. That sounds cute! Lots of great books on this list, and some I am not familiar with.

  9. What a fun selection. Reading is so much fun. My kids are a bit older and they are loving the Roald Dahl books

  10. Reading with kids is so important, and fun. I love the bonding time at bedtime when we read our stories together.

  11. Thank you for sharing this book list. We actually have the Pinkalicious book and yes, my daughter loves it too. Can't wait to check the other titles you mentioned.

  12. Harold and the Purple crayon really takes me back. I usually love more colorful books, but focusing on the purple alone made for some really interesting illustrations.

  13. My granddaughters would enjoy Stir Crack Whisk Bake. They all love to bake cupcakes and cookies.


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