Holiday Gift Guide: Our Favorite Books for Toddlers

Our favorite book suggestions for young children.

Our daughter Leah is 15 months old, and an avid reader. At least five or six times a day, she’ll climb into my lap for a snuggle and a story. It’s one of my absolute favorite things in the world—and here are some of the books that have made our storytime sessions so much fun. They’d make great last-minute stocking stuffers for the little ones you love.

Some Dogs Do – Jez Alborough. A puppy named Sid suddenly discovers that he can fly—but sadly, no one believes him. This beautifully illustrated rhyming book includes plenty of opportunities for silly voices, and a wonderful inspiring message.

When You Are Happy – Eileen Spinelli. This stunning hardcover tells the story of how everyone in the family will help a child—when she is cold, her grandmother will weave her a blanket out of leftover sun. It’s a magical tale to read to the little one you love, and it may even bring a tear to your eye.

Yes Day – Amy Krause Rosenthal. This book may be a bad influence, but it’s a fun one nonetheless. What would it be like if, for just one day, you had to say “yes” to your child’s every request? Find out in this adorable illustrated story of a little boy’s best day ever.

My Wonderful Christmas Tree - Dahlov Ipcar. This Christmas-themed story by a Maine writer and artist will help young children learn their words and numbers, while the accompanying illustrations of woodland creatures will thrill kids and adults alike.