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The best books for toddlers

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If it’s getting tedious reading your child the same story again and again, why not take a look at our round-up of the best children’s books for toddlers to find a new favourite? Our varied selection will delight both young readers and parents too, filled with exciting stories and gorgeous illustrations to curl up and enjoy together.

The best books for toddlers

A great book if you're about to start potty training, the story introduces Millie and Mo,  two toddlers who are ready to ditch their nappies and learn how to use the potty. Each page contains helpful potty-training tips for parents.

Oh Dear!

£5.03 - RRP: £6.99

A classic story in a lift the flap book, your toddler will love lifting the flaps as they turn the pages to follow Buster around Grandma's farm.

If your expecting a baby, this book is a lovely way to get your toddler used to being a big brother or sister and help them feel excited during the wait to meet their new sibling. The simple conversational text and illustrations are designed to encourage dialogue between you and your little one.

Wetting the pages of this bath book will bring the playful scenes to life in full colour, helping to make bath time an exciting experience for your toddler as they discover what cute baby animals do at bath time.

This funny rhyming story about dealing with change and overcoming worries, following Kevin the Koala who discovers the importance of stepping outside your comfort zone.

 A laugh-out-loud rhyming picture book that will have your youngster giggling, this supersonic space adventure follows Danny and Dinosaur and their adventure in space. 

An extremely relevant book for current times, in this Peppa tale, Peppa and her friends get a visit from Dr Brown Bear and Nurse Fox who come to show the children how to keep fit, eat healthily and remember to wash their hands.

A book that has been loved by families for over 30 years, this is the story of Mrs Large the elephant – who just needs five minutes of peace and quiet away from her children! Sound familiar? 

Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler books are a must for any toddler's bookshelf. In this story, one small snail longs to see the world and hitches a lift on the tail of an enormous whale. Together the pair go on an amazing journey.

Your tot may not be reciting all of the planets just yet but this board book is a great place to start, teaching toddlers all about the sun, moon, stars, and planets, alongside colours, shapes, sizes, and super-simple facts.

A book that needs no introduction, if you haven't already got your toddler The Very Hungry Caterpillar, what are you playing at? Snuggle up wand read as one very hungry caterpillar eats his way through the week.

Team M&B are huge fans of the Little People, Big Dreams books and we know you will be too. There are lots of inspiring people to choose from in the series but this one about the incredible civil rights activist Rosa Park has to be one of our favourites. 

Part of a series of storybooks co-written by Dr Sharie Coombes, Child and Family Psychotherapist, A Dragon Called Worry contains plenty of advice and reassurance for little ones and their parents managing childhood worries.

What is Poo?

£6.55 - RRP: £7.99

Like it or not, most kids find poo hilarious which is why they will love this book where they can lift the flaps to discover how much poo an elephant does, and what you can do with it. 

Another classic which has truly stood the test of time, these beautiful illustrations and the story of Little and Big Nutbrown Hares’ efforts to express their love for each other will have you cuddling your toddler close.

This classic story is full of rhyme and repetition with beautiful, bright and colourful pictures and clear large print text, making it easy for your tot to enjoy. The lift-the-flaps on each page are ideal for little hands to explore.

The Last Garden

£6.46 - RRP: £12.99

Packed with stunning illustrations, this tender story is inspired by true events in Syria and war gardens around the world and throughout history. Gently touching on issues of conflict and migration, this is a story of hope that deserves to be bought immediately. 

  • Author: Emily Thorpe Emily Thorpe
  • Job Title: Digital Writer

Having written for Mother&Baby magazine for four years where she wrote news, product pages, features and interviewed celebrities such as Paloma Faith and Fearne Cotton, Emily now works as Digital Writer for Mother&Baby online where she specialises in travel and product reviews. 


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