Staff Picks

Bright Beginnings Booklist: Toddlers (2-3 years)

Recommended reading for toddlers (2-3 years)

Christina Jones
All in a Day     All in a Day    
Cynthia Rylant
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ry)

Illustrations and rhyming text pay homage to a new day, with promises for the future.

Alphabeep: a Zipping, Zooming ABC     Alphabeep: a Zipping, Zooming ABC    
Debora Pearson
    (Juvenile Picture Books Nonfiction -- Ej 411 Pe)

Describes a vehicle for every letter of the alphabet.

And the Train Goes--     And the Train Goes--    
William Bee
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Be)

As passengers board, they add to the sound of the train, which goes "Clickerty click."

Bark George     Bark George    
Jules Feiffer
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Fe)

When When George's mother asks him to bark, some surprising sounds come out.

Bear Snores On     Bear Snores On    
Karma Wilson
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Wi)

On a cold winter night many animals gather in the cave of a sleeping bear.

Birds     Birds    
Kevin Henkes
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej He)

Fascinating colors, shapes, sounds, and movements of many different birds.

Book!     Book!    
Kristine O'Connell George
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Oc)

A small child discovers the magic of books for the first time.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom     Chicka Chicka Boom Boom    
Bill Martin, Jr.
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ma)

In an alphabet chant, all the letters race one another up the coconut tree.

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus     Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus    
Mo Willems
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Wi)

A wild and wacky pigeon begs the reader to let him drive the bus.

Ella Sarah Gets Dressed     Ella Sarah Gets Dressed    
Margaret Chodos-Irvine
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ch)

Despite advice from her family, Ella Sarah insists on her own outfit.

From Head to Toe     From Head to Toe    
Eric Carle
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ca)

Bold illustrations encourage the reader to follow the movements of various animals.

George, the Dragon and the Princess     George, the Dragon and the Princess    
Christopher Wormell
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Wo)

Find out how a timid mouse defeats a loathsome dragon.

Go Away Big Green Monster!     Go Away Big Green Monster!    
Ed Emberley
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Em)

Cut-out pages reveal a monster piece by piece, until the reader tells him to go away!

Good Night Gorilla     Good Night Gorilla    
Peggy Rathmann
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ra)

A sleepy zookeeper is followed home by all the animals he thinks he has left behind in the zoo.

I Ain't Gonna Paint No More!     I Ain't Gonna Paint No More!    
Karen Beaumont
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Be)

Set to a familiar folk song, a child adds paint in surprising places.

I Can Do It Too!     I Can Do It Too!    
Karen Baicker
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ba)

A little girl displays confidence as she helps a younger family member.

Is Everyone Ready for Fun?     Is Everyone Ready for Fun?    
Jan Thomas
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Th)

Chicken's visitors jump, dance and wiggle on his couch -- which is too tiny for them!

Is Your Mama a Llama?     Is Your Mama a Llama?    
Deborah Guarino
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Gu)

Rhyming text in which a young llama asks his friends if their mamas are llamas.

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale     Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale    
Mo Willems
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Wi)

After Trixie and her daddy leave the Laundromat, something important turns up missing.

Love Waves     Love Waves    
Rosemary Wells
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej We)

Sweet, reassuring text describes feelings of love while the parent is away at work.

Maisy Takes a Bath     Maisy Takes a Bath    
Lucy Cousins
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Co)

When Tallulah comes to visit at bathtime she decides to join Maisy in the bath to play.

Mama Cat has Three Kittens     Mama Cat has Three Kittens    
Denise Fleming
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Fl)

While two kittens copy everything their mother does, their brother naps.

Mother Goose Picture Puzzles     Mother Goose Picture Puzzles    
Will Hillenbrand
    (Juvenile Picture Books Nonfiction - Ej 398.8 Hi)

Delightful illustrations encourage your toddler to predict words in these traditional rhymes.

Mr. Gumpy's Outing     Mr. Gumpy's Outing    
John Burningham
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Bu)

Mr. Gumpy accepts more and more riders on his boat until the inevitable occurs.

My Car     My Car    
Byron Barton
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ba)

Sam describes in loving detail his car and how he drives it.

Over in the Meadow     Over in the Meadow    
Olive Wadsworth
    (Juvenile Picture Books Nonfiction - Ej 398.8 Wa)

A tender song that describes the activities of various animals from one through ten.

Please, Puppy, Please     Please, Puppy, Please    
Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Le)

Two toddlers have fun with their puppy.

RRRalph     RRRalph    
Lois Ehlert
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Eh)

Meet Ralph the dog and his amazing vocabulary! Bright, bold illustrations.

She'll be Coming 'Round the Mountain     She'll be Coming 'Round the Mountain    
Jonathan Emmett
    (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 782.42162 Emm)

A silly new version of the traditional American folk song.

The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear     The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear    
Audrey Wood
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Wo)

Little Mouse worries that the big, hungry bear will take his freshly picked, ripe, red strawberry for himself.

The Three Bears     The Three Bears    
Jim Ayelsworth
    (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 398.2 Three Bears Ayl)

While three bears are away, Goldilocks sneaks into their house and makes mischief.

There are Cats in This Book     There are Cats in This Book    
Viviane Schwarz
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Sc)

The reader lifts the flaps and follows the cats as they play with yarn, boxes, and fish.

Time for Ballet     Time for Ballet    
Adele Geras
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ge)

Tilly, who loves ballet, plays the part of a cat in her dance recital.

Twenty-Six Letters and Ninety-Nine Cents     Twenty-Six Letters and Ninety-Nine Cents    
Tana Hoban
    (Juvenile Picture Books Nonfiction - Ej 411 Ho)

Color photos clearly and simply introduce the alphabet, money, and the counting system.

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star     Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star    
Jerry Pinkney
    (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 821.7 Pin)

Glorious illustrations follow a dream-like story set to this familiar tune.

Waiting for Wings     Waiting for Wings    
Lois Ehlert
    (Juvenile Picture Books Nonfiction - Ej 595.78 Ehl)

Bold illustrations depict the life of butterflies.

We're Going on a Bear Hunt     We're Going on a Bear Hunt    
Michael Rosen
    (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 398.2 We're Going Ros)

A family embarks on a bear hunt in this traditional chant.

Who Hops?     Who Hops?    
Katie Davis
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Da)

A funny book that lists creatures that hop, fly, slither, swim, and crawl, as well as some others that don't.

Whose Mouse Are You?     Whose Mouse Are You?    
Robert Kraus
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Kr)

A lonely little mouse uses his wits in order to bring his family back together.