50+ Books for One and Two-Year-Olds

Both of my children have loved books since they were babies. Around the time a child turns one year old, something clicks for them and they begin understanding and engaging with books in a whole new way. So many book lists on the internet are aimed at children ages 3 and up. And while plenty of these books will appeal to a wide age range, I wanted to curate a list specifically for young toddlers. If you are looking for the perfect, age-appropriate books to read with your little one, I hope this list of more than 50 of my all-time favorite books for one-year-olds and two-year-olds is helpful for you!

books for one-year-olds

Nearly all of the books on this list are board books, because toddlers’ little hands are much more likely to tear pages. I love for my kids to have the freedom to hold books and turn the pages themselves without worrying about damage.

I hope you love these books for one-year-olds and two-year-olds as much as we do! If you’re looking for books for younger babies, be sure to check out my list of board books for babies under one year old.


Night Animals (First Explorers) by Jenny Wren

Wild Animals (First Explorers) by Jenny Wren

Light Up the Stars! by Gabriele Clima

Car, Car, Truck, Jeep by Katrina Charman

Touch the Brightest Star by Christie Matheson


Dinosaur Kisses by David Ezra Stein

Little Pookie by Sandra Boyton

Love Monster by Rachel Bright

Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell

Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae


Ten Tiny Babies by Karen Katz

Are You a Cow? By Sandra Boynton

Baby Says Moo by JoAnn Early Macken

My First Word Book by Felicity Brooks

Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy E. Shaw


How to Bathe Your Little Dinosaur by Jane Clarke

How to Brush Your Teeth with Snappy Croc by Jane Clarke

How to Feed Your Cheeky Monkey by Jane Clarke

How to Tuck in Your Sleepy Lion by Jane Clarke


Good Night Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann

Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner

Snowmen all Year by Caralyn Buehner

The Mitten by Jan Brett

199 Animals by Hollie Bathie and Nikki Dyson


Dream Big, Little One by Vashti Harrison

The Bunny Rabbit Show! by Sandra Boynton

Dream Animals by Emily Winfield Martin

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

Little Owl’s Night by Divya Srinivasan

Pouch by David Ezra Stein


Paddington Bear All Day by Michael Bond

Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett

Hedgehugs by Steve Wilson and Lucy Tapper

Jamberry by Bruce Degan

Hippos Go Berserk! by Sandra Boynton


I Want to Be a Lion Tamer by Ruby Brown

I Want to Be an Astronaut by Ruby Brown

Mommy Hugs by Karen Katz

Little Critter: I Am Helping! by Mercer Mayer

Little Critter: Numbers by Mercer Mayer


Tooth by Leslie Patricelli

Huggy Kissy Leslie Patricelli

Potty Leslie Patricelli

Tubby Leslie Patricelli

Yummy Yucky Leslie Patricelli


Daddy Kisses by Anne Gutman

Mommy Hugs by Anne Gutman

I Am a Bunny by Ole Risom and Richard Scarry

Olivia by Ian Falconer

Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker


Leo Gets a Checkup by Anna McQuinn

Leo Can Swim by Anna McQuinn

Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle

Pajama Time! by Sandra Boynton

The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton

How many of these books for one-year-olds and two-year-olds have you read? What are some of your favorite books for toddlers that didn’t make the list? Before you go, make sure to check out my other book recommendations for babies and toddlers!

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