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Books for Toddlers

The more often you read to your toddler, the more likely they are to love books and reading. Toddlers grow into children who love to read when they experience the security and pleasure of cuddling with parents and listening to books, songs, and rhymes. Share a book or two at nap time, bedtime, or anytime!

Click on the links below to find out if these books are available at your local County Library. If not, place them on hold, and they'll be delivered to your Library where you can pick them up.

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by Jez Alborough
Duck is ready to go for a drive in his truck, but he can't find his keys because his friend Frog is hiding them.
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by Jez Alborough
When a small boy named Eddie goes searching for his lost teddy in the dark woods, he comes across a gigantic bear with a similar problem.
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by Sylvia Andrews
A group of friends dances their way through the neighborhood as they feel every hop, skip, and jump that their bodies make.
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By Jane Ashman
Illustrations and rhyming text show how different animals carry their babies when they are on the move.
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by Robin Ballard
A young boy helps his mother take care of his baby brother.
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by Frances Barry
Duckie is ready to take the family for a swim. But where are her ducklings? Turn the shaped pages to find out!
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by Byron Barton
In prehistoric days there were many different kinds of dinosaurs, big and small, those with spikes, and those with long, sharp teeth.
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by Lizi Boyd
IA boy puts clothes on his black dog and then dresses himself before they go out to play.
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by Tony Bradman
A father takes his baby on a midnight stroll through the house trying to get the baby to sleep.
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by Margaret Wise Brown
Rhymed text and illustrations introduce the many different animals that live in the big red barn.
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By John Burningham
Georgie gets a new bed that takes him on magical adventures.
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by Eric Carle
Encourages the reader to exercise by following the movements of various animals. Presented in a question and answer format.
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by Eric Carle
When a storm strikes a cargo ship, ten rubber ducks are tossed overboard and swept off in ten different directions. Based on a factual incident.
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by Nancy White Carlstrom
Rhymed text and illustrations describe Jesse Bear's activities from morning to bedtime.
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by Dori Chaconas
Woodland animals, from two moles to ten opossums, offer to share their homes with a little mouse who is dissatisfied with his own.
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by Margaret Chodos-Irvine
Fold down flap to discover who is playing peek-a-boo in the barnyard.
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by Eileen Christelow
A counting book in which one by one the little monkeys jump on the bed only to fall off and bump their heads.
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by Lucy Cousins
In a dream Maisy sees different things for each color of the rainbow.
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by Alexandra Day
While his owner gets a new dress, Carl, the Rottweiler, performs many errands of his own, unbeknownst to his owner.
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by Joyce Dunbar
A baby takes a journey in a shoe, and after visiting the zoo, flying, and inviting the Queen to tea, he falls asleep and awakens to two very big surprises.
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by Charles Fuge
A little girl introduces her animal friends and describes the fun she has with them.
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by Deborah Guarino
A young llama asks his friends if their mamas are llamas and finds out, in rhyme, that their mothers are other types of animals.
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by Ginger Foglesong Guy
A brother and sister and their teddy bear go through the house gathering items they will need for their siesta in the back yard.
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by Amy Hest
Even after a story, being tucked in, and warm milk, Sam is not ready to go to sleep until his mother kisses him good-night.
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by Judy Hindley
Children on a farm want to know which creature says, "boo," and learn about animal sounds as they search.
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by Robert Kalan
A cumulative tale in which a frog tries to catch a fly without getting caught itself.
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by Lisa Kopper
Baby tells Little Daisy what to do until Big Daisy comes along and doesn't listen to anybody, not even Mummy.
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by Spike and Tonya Lee
Two toddlers take on the responsibility of caring for their first pet, a young pup.
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by Ethan Long
A duck dares a young reader to tickle him and claims he doesn't like it but invites him to do it again. On board pages.
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by Julie Markes
A young child is encouraged to go to sleep by the thought of everyone else sleeping, from teacher to baker to postman.
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by David Martin
Various animals invite the reader to experience what their different body parts can do, including their tickly belly buttons.
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by Sam McBratney
During a bedtime game, every time Little Nutbrown Hare demonstrates how much he loves his father, Big Nutbrown Hare gently shows him that the love is returned even more.
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by Robert Neubecker
Soon after her second birthday, Izzy took a trip from the country to the big city with her father. This is the story of their exciting vacation together.
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by Janet Pedersen
Millie the cow is awake early in the morning but waits until she hears the other animals making noise before she joins them in play.
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by Phyllis Root
Oliver the bear becomes lost when he chases a leaf to the edge of the woods, but then he comes up with an idea to find his way back home.
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by Michael Rosen
Brave bear hunters go through grass, a river, mud, and other obstacles before the inevitable encounter with the bear forces a headlong retreat.
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by Barney Saltzberg
Cornelius the pig has his own style when preparing for bed, but he does not really feel ready until he gets a hug.
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by Ann Herbert Scott
Michael learns there is room for the new sister as well as himself, and his toys, on mother's lap.
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by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Explores different colors by allowing readers to change an object or animal's color from unusual to common by turning the die-cut pages.
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by Nancy Tafuri
A mother duck leads her brood around the pond as she searches for one missing duckling.
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by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace
Readers are invited to enter the alphabet house and help the family of bunnies find objects starting with the letter A.
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by Virginia Walter
While a young girl waits for the delivery of a hot pizza, she provides the appropriate animal sounds for a variety of pretend animal pizza deliverers.
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by Walt Whippo
Based on the song of the same title, a little white duck causes a commotion in its pond.
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by Audrey and Bruce Wood
Share a mother's lilting love song to her newborn as he turns into a toddler in a pleasing mix of English and Spanish lyrical verse.
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by Andrea Zimmerman
Little by little, can by can, Mr. Gillie the trash man cleans up his town.

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