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Shannon Guyton
Contributing Writer

Top 10 Toddler Books (That You’ll Love Too)

Are you going to scream if you're asked to read "Goodnight Moon" one more time? (How creepy is that old woman whispering "hush"?) Try some of these educational, entertaining toddler reads. They won't bore you (even on the 1,000th read!).

Toes, Ears & Nose! by Marion Dane Bauer

Toddlers love body parts and surprises, which is why this clever lift-the-flap book will be a big hit. Hint: Reinforce the flaps with some tape to protect them from overly exuberant lifting! $7,  Amazon.com


Peek-a-Moo! by Marie Torres Cimarusti

Peek-a-who? One of the first things babies and toddlers love to learn is animal sounds, and this colorfully illustrated book turns learning into a fun peekaboo lift-the-flap game (with flaps big enough for toddler hands to unfold!). $10,  Amazon.com


I Love You Through and Through by Bernadette Rosetti-Shustak

Take snuggle time to a whole new level (and grab a tissue) while reading this feel-good book that says just what you feel — how you’ll love your baby inside and out, always. Your toddler will love its silly illustrations and unconditional-love message. $9,  Amazon.com


Curious George at the Zoo by H.A. Rey

Toddlers adore touching, well, everything, right? While searching for the always mischievous George on each page, they can feel a rhino’s skin or a furry zebra mane. $7,  Amazon.com


Go, Dog, Go! by P.D. Eastman

Written in 1961 and just as enjoyable for a kid to hear and a parent to read today — who doesn’t remember getting to the dog party in the tree at the end? Classic! We love the cadence and simplicity of the rhymes as we follow the dogs’ journey and don’t be surprised if your child picks up on the words for some early reading skills. $12,  Amazon.com 


Gallop! by Rufus Butler Seder

As your child turns the pages of this “Scanimation” book, the animals appear to move (so cool!). And your toddler will be inspired to gallop like a horse and strut like a rooster as you read. If your child loves this, look for other Scanimation books, like  Waddle! and _ Swing!. _$10,  Amazon.com


Elmo Loves Hugs! by Reader’s Digest

No toddler book roundup would be complete without the infamous Elmo! The plush arms attached to this book are so fun for blowing kisses, waving and, of course, hugging friends (and don’t forget to get plenty for you, mama!). $10,  Amazon.com


Dog by Matthew Van Fleet

We love these fun, very touchy-feely books from Matthew Van Fleet. The series includes Dog, Cat and Moo, and all are filled with real-life pictures of adorable animals, funny action words, pull tabs, flaps and textures. $12, *Amazon.com


Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr.

Toddlers love to guess who’s coming next in this book that builds suspense (and surprise) on each page. Also great for teaching colors and rhyming! Your kid may have this one memorized within weeks. $8,  *Amazon.com


Yummy Yucky by Leslie Patricelli

“Spaghetti is Yummy. Worms are Yucky!” And so goes the lessons learned by this hilariously bald toddler as he discovers which things are good to eat and which are disgusting. $7,  Amazon.com