Our top selection of books your 1 year old will enjoy reading (or chewing) again and again.

We have tried to select some old favorites and some books you may not have seen before.

Quiet Loud

Quiet Loud by Leslie Patricelli
“Crayons are quiet, Pots and pans are loud!” You can have a lot of fun with your toddler reading this book. Before long I am sure they will be joining in (especially the loud). One of many in a series by Leslie Patricelli starring the same funny, bald toddler. Make sure you take a look at the others.

Everywhere Babies

everywhere babies book by susan meyers
Toddlers are fascinated with babies, this book has beautiful, detailed illustrations of diverse families.

My Big Animal Book

My big animal book
This big, sturdy book has photographs of all sorts of animals! Great opportunity to learn the names of animals and the noises they make.

Hands Can

Hands Can board book cover 

All the things our hands can do: Play peekaboo, catch, throw, clap, wave ‘hello’ and ‘bye-bye’… Vibrant full-color photos capture children at play. Your toddler will enjoy joining in with his or her hands.

Daddy Hugs and Mommy Hugs

daddy hugs mommy hugs

These books by Karen Katz use bright, colorful illustrations to depict family life – especially hugs! Very sweet books.

Bedtime Peekaboo

bedtime peekaboo
Sturdy lift-the-flaps and textured pages makes this book a must for toddlers. Can your toddler find all of the soft toys?

Ten Little Monkeys

ten little monkeys board book
Illustrated by Annie Kubler, this is another from the ‘book with holes’ series. Colorful pictures and repetitive text make this an attractive book for toddlers.

My First Busy Day

My first busy day - let's start learning
Filled with the familiar and everything that toddlers love: getting dressed, playtime, noisy animals, cars and trucks, around the house, in the yard, out and about, colors and shapes, numbers and counting, mealtime, bath time, and bedtime.

Baby Cakes

This book shows a variety of babies—boys and girls of various ethnicities kissing, hugging, and playing with their favorite soft toys.

Each Peach Pear Plum

This book is probably more for an older 1 year old (18mths +) with a fairly good attention span, as the illustrations and language are a little more complicated than some board books. The rhyming text is wonderful, and as your toddler gets older he or she will start to anticipate and join in the words.

By Michelle Hutchison