Great Reads: Ages 1-2

1000 books before kindergarten booklist ages one to two


It’s never too early to begin reading and it's also never too late to start. Reading is a wonderful relationship builder as it strengthens your bond with your child, promotes good communication between the two of you, and helps develop early literacy skills. It’s important for children to have positive attitudes towards reading throughout their lives and this starts at home. So to help you, we have put together some a list of our favorite books for 1-2 year olds.


yummy yucky book cover imageYummy, Yucky by Leslie Patricelli

Spaghetti is yummy, but worms – and blue crayons, and sand, and other things too gross to mention – are definitely yucky when tasted. Leslie Patricelli introduces one of the senses – taste – and the idea of opposites with comically dramatic effect. Plus! – a double spread section featuring “more yummy things” and “more yucky things” in the back of the book!



see touch feel love book cover imageSee, Touch, Feel: Love by Roger Priddy

This book features tactile pages for little ones to touch and feel and sweet artwork throughout created from babies’ handprints and footprints – great examples for you to recreate with your own child. See, Touch Feel is a great sensory-focused series for children created by Priddy Books, take a look in our catalog for more titles!




baby signs book cover imageBaby Signs by Joy Allen

Long before they're able to talk, babies have a whole lot to say. With this adorable board book of essential signs, babies and toddlers can easily learn how to communicate their needs, wants, and feelings--and even make basic observations--with a simple gesture. Studies show that babies who use sign language feel less frustrated, throw fewer tantrums, and often learn to talk more easily.


i love you through and through book cover imageI Love You Through and Through by Bernadette Rosetti-Shustak

This is a beautiful rhyming story of unconditional love and adorable illustrations of a toddler and their teddy bear who declares “I love you through and through!” Babies and toddlers will feel loved all over when they hear this declaration of adoration and affection. Sturdy cardstock pages and a padded cover help to make this book save for handling by little ones.



littles and how they grow book cover imageLittles and How They Grow by Kelly DiPucchio

In this unforgettable love song to babies and how quickly they grow up, readers will find adorable scenes from the busy life of a baby – peekaboo, feedings, tantrums, giggles and more. Sweetly told and beautifully illustrated, this is a wonderful read for every day story times and for celebrating special occasions like baby showers, newborn gifts, first birthdays and other holidays together.


peekaboo morning book cover imagePeekaboo Morning by Rachel Isadora

A toddler plays a game of peekaboo, and you're invited to play too! First there's Mommy to find, with Daddy not far behind. Then Puppy comes peeking around the corner, and a favorite toy train brings the toddler to Grandma and Grandp Isadora's brilliant, joyful pastel illustrations capture the familiar and cozy people, toys and animals that will delight babies.



the crayons' book of colors book cover imageThe Crayons’ Book of Colors by Drew Daywalt

From the creative minds behind the The Day the Crayons Quit and The Day the Crayons Came Home, comes a fun board book introducing young readers to colors. It's Duncan's birthday, and all the crayons want to make him a card! With their fun and quirky illustrations of firetrucks and dragons, these creative crayons each have something different to contribute. When they come together, they can make something truly spectacular to celebrate Duncan's birthday!


counting kisses book cover imageCounting Kisses by Karen Katz

How many kisses does a tired baby need? Bond with your child as you count and kiss along with this bedtime book, now in a sturdy format perfect for sharing stories with your young reader. This book is a great way to introduce numerical value numbers as well as number words and it’s great for those new to reading together because it shows you what to do on each page while keeping reading fun.



pete the cat old macdonald had a farm book cover imagePete the Cat: Old MacDonald Had a Farm by James Dean

Bestselling author and artist James Dean brings us a groovy rendition of the classic favorite children’s song “Old MacDonald Had a Farm,” sung by cool cat Pete and perfect for sing-along time with young readers. In a sturdy paper-over-board format and filled with vibrant, this book is filled with engaging illustrations for even the youngest of Pete fans. Not to mention rhyme and repetition are great tools for building early literacy skills!


my body book cover image My Body by Jill McDonald

Young children are fascinated by their eyes, ears, nose, fingers, and toes. This book teaches little ones all about the human body, with shapes, sizes, colors, and super-simple facts to help them learn. Hello, World! is a series designed to introduce first nonfiction concepts to babies and toddlers, told in clear and easy terms and featuring bright, cheerful illustrations. Plus each sturdy page offers helpful prompts for engaging with your child!


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