Toddler Summer Reading List

Since we have been trapped indoors a lot of the day lately because of the heat, we’ve spent a lot of time doing one of J’s favorite things- reading! A lot of our reading is done at home, but we also love spending mornings at our local library discovering new books. I thought it would be fun to share with you some of Jack’s favorite books!


Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey – This is a classic and one of my personal favorites to read to Jack so I’m glad he loves it as much as I do. I love it since I have a lot of family in Boston and it tells the story of ducks looking for the perfect home in Boston to raise their ducklings (they end up settling in the Boston Common.) It’s super sweet and the illustrations are great too.

Planes by Byron Barton – This is a great simple little book! It highlights different planes and their different jobs, but does it more in a storytelling way instead of just pictures and names. The book also talks about a few different airport jobs like loading the luggage on the plane and the control tower. The author Byron Barton has several other books the same idea but with different vehicles and I’d really like to get my hands on more!

Go, Dog. Go! By P.D. Eastman – The original is great, but I really like the shortened board book version because of its perfect little size (there are a ton of Dr. Suess board books in this size.) It’s great for throwing in our backpack for Disneyland as waiting in line entertainment or putting in Jack’s busy box for when we are out. As for the story, Jack loves looking at the dogs using all different kinds of transportation like scooters, bikes, boats, and cars- they are all headed to a giant dog party you see at the end of the book.

Little Blue Truck Leads the Way by Alice Schertle – Equally cute is the original Little Blue Truck, but Jack prefers all the action going on in this book and reaches for this one more often. He loves looking at all the vehicles, the rhyming text makes it fun to read, and the story is a sweet lesson on how to be patient, take turns, and help each other out.

A Fish Out of Water by Helen Palmer Geisel – I remember enjoying this book so much when I was younger so I love that Jack likes when I read it to him now. It’s about a little boy who feeds his fish too much and the fish keeps growing bigger and bigger. The little boy has to keep finding bigger things to put the fish in like a big pot, the bath tub, and eventually the fish ends up in a swimming pool where the man who sold the boy his fish has to come and get the fish back down to its original size.

Bright Baby At the Zoo by Roger Priddy – This is just a really simple touch and feel book that Jack continues to love. The pictures are great, it rhymes, and gives a little fact or two about the animals in it.

First 100 Trucks by Roger Priddy – We’ll, there isn’t much story here but this book is in Jack’s hands all the time. He loves reading it at home, in the car, while we are out running errands- he always requests to take it with him. It has pictures of all sorts of vehicles and their names including construction, emergency vehicles, and even has boats, planes, and trains and so much more. Jack could look at this book forever.

The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle – This is the first book we ever got for Jack and I’ve been reading it to him since he was still growing inside of me! I love that this book is a little more lengthy than other children’s books we have and it follows the life of a tiny seed who has to get through many obstacles to eventually turn into a flower. I also like how this story takes place over the course of all four seasons so it’s a little lesson on those, and Jack always loves Eric Carle illustrations.

Curious George’s 5-Minute Stories by H.A. Rey and Margret Rey – I ran out and bought this when Jack started watching and loving the Curious George movies and shows and I wanted him to appreciate where it all came from- books! I was originally just going to get him one or two books but ended up loving this collection of stories. There are 13 adventures to read including ‘Curious George Visits the Library’, ‘Curious George at the Aquarium’ , and ‘Curious George and the Ice Cream Surprise.’ It makes me so happy that Jack’s attention span is big enough now to actually get through an entire story or two in here when he’s in the mood instead of just looking at the pictures. We usually end up reading from here before bed.

Bright Baby Colors, ABC, Numbers by Roger Priddy – We’ve spent hours looking at this book together. Jack really enjoys being taught concepts like this book covers- numbers, letters, colors, even concepts like “big vs. small” or “long vs. short.” When he was learning all these things he used to always bring me the book and ask “Cs?” which was his way of asking me to go over the alphabet and everything else with him. Even though he’s pretty much learned everything in the book now he still loves looking at it constantly.

Well, those are some of are current favorites! Some have been around a long time, and some are more recent additions to our bookshelf. What are some of your favorite toddler books? We are always looking for new books to love!

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