10 Great Picture Books for Toddlers 2016

10 Great Picture Books for Toddlers 2016

Looking for picture books for toddlers? There are numerous classic books to read to your toddler. It’s always nice to share something from your childhood with your children. However, in this blog we’ll showcase some great modern picture books from 2016.  Whether your kids like funny, whimsical, or clever stories, these ten books are sure to become new classics to add to your collection. They’re also perfect items to give during the upcoming gift-giving season. Give the joy of reading – the gift of learning!

Snappsy the Alligator

Snappsy the Alligator Author: Julie Falatko Illustrator: Tim Miller

This book is for kids that like to laugh. Snappsy the alligator is having a normal day when a pesky narrator steps in to spice up the story. Is Snappsy reading a book … or is he making CRAFTY plans? Is Snappsy on his way to the grocery store … or is he PROWLING the forest for defenseless birds and fuzzy bunnies? Is Snappsy innocently shopping for a party … or is he OBSESSED with snack foods that start with the letter P? What’s the truth? This is one of the great picture books for toddlers.


lionheartAuthor: Richard Collingridge

Richard hears something in his room before bedtime. Is it a monster? He doesn’t wait to find out and sets off running through the streets, over the hills, through the forest, and into the fields until he finds himself in a magical jungle. With the help of his stuffed lion Lionheart, Richard finds the courage he needs to face his fears.


Mini Myths: Good Job, Athena!

top 10 best picture books for toddlersAuthor: Joan Holub   Illustrator: Leslie Patricelli

This is one of the great picture books for toddlers. After Athena ties Arachne’s shoes for her, Arachne takes the credit for Athena’s hard work. But when their friends ask Arachne to teach them how to tie their shoes, Arachne must admit the truth. So Athena comes to the rescue and teaches everybody this important skill. All is forgiven, and the girls are friends again. Conceived and crafted by Greek-mythology expert Joan Holub and illustrated by the bestselling Leslie Patricelli, this book also includes a summary of the original Arachne myth.

The Bear and the Piano

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Authors: David Litchfield and Frances Lincoln Ltd

One day, a bear cub finds something strange and wonderful in the forest. When he touches the keys, they make a horrible noise. Yet he is drawn back again and again. Eventually, he learns to play beautiful sounds, delighting his woodland friends.

Then the bear is invited to share his sounds with new friends in the city. He longs to explore the world beyond his home, and to play bigger and better than before. But he knows that if he leaves, the other bears will be very sad . . .

This gorgeously illustrated tale of following one’s dreams reminds us of the value of friendship, wherever we go.

One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree

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Author: Daniel Bernstrom Illustrator: Brendan Wenzel

A sneaky snake has no idea that the captives in his belly are planning their escape! In the spirit of There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly by Simms Taback, the reader sees a cutaway of the snake’s belly and can even guess how the tale ends! Classic and contemporary, timeless and fresh, One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree has a syncopated and rhythmically delightful text perfect for reading aloud.

Daniel Bernstrom’s debut picture book is nothing short of splendid, and is acompanied by magical illustrations from rising star Brendan Wenzel (They All Saw a Cat, Some Pets, Some Bugs, Beastly Babies). It has received three starred reviews and was named one of the best read-alouds of the year! This is one of the great picture books for toddlers.

A Dark, Dark Cave

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Author: Eric Hoffman Illustrator: Corey R. Tabor

On a cold night, under a pale moon, a brother and sister explore a dark, dark cave. Strange creatures skitter along the walls while bats brush past. A wild howl makes the cave feel just a teensy bit darker. But readers are in for a delightful surprise when a beam of light reveals a softer side of the cave.

Told in spare rhyming text alongside stunning illustrations, A Dark, Dark Cave will ignite a young reader’s imagination and inspire creative play. This just-spooky-enough story is sure to become a read-aloud favorite.

Hensel and Gretal: Ninja Chicks

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Authors: Corey Rosen Schwartz and  Rebecca J. Gomez Illustrator: Dan Santat

This is one of the great picture books for toddlers. New from the team behind The Three Ninja Pigs and Ninja Red Riding Hood
These ninja chicks are anything but chicken! When Hensel and Gretel’s dad gets snatched by a fox, the sisters put their ninja skills to work to track him down before he can be stir-fried.
But are these two little chicks ready to take on a dark tangled forest, a tricky house made of corn bread, and an even trickier fox?

This plucky pair isn’t giving up without a fight! Kiya!

This Is Our Baby, Born Today

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Author: Varsha Bajaj Illustrator: Eliza Wheeler

A baby is born and the world rejoices!
With a loving mama, a trumpeting herd, curious cousins, and even some dancing peacocks heralding this little one’s arrival, it is apparent that the joy and wonder a new baby brings is shared by all!
Varsha Bajaj’s lilting prose and Eliza Wheeler’s enchanting scenes of a wide-eyed baby elephant and its smitten family celebrate the importance of family and community in every child’s life. Set in the lush wilds of India, this is an endearing, beautifully illustrated tribute to little ones getting their first warm welcome to the world.

Where is Owl’s Scarf?

top 10 best picture books for toddlersAuthor: Brandy Cooke Illustrator: Valentina Belloni

Little ones can lift the flaps in this adorable book to reveal cute forest critters, including a chipmunk, a fox, a deer, crows, a raccoon, a frog . . . and finally a turkey, who has Owl’s scarf! The large, easy-to-lift flaps are perfect for parents and children to share. This is one of the great picture books for toddlers.


ABC’s of the Web

top 10 best picture books for toddlersAuthor: John C. Vanden-Heuvel Sr and Andrey Ostrovsky MD Illustrator: Tom Holmes

The perfect introduction to basic coding and web concepts for children in the form of the alphabet!

This book will teach you that learning coding concepts such as Anchor Tag, Browser, and Cookie are as easy as learning your ABC’s! Young web developers will have fun learning essential words in this fun, fascinating foray into the worldwide web, complete with rhyme and illustrations! Other concepts included are: Domain, Elements, Function, Google, HTML, Internet, JavaScript, Keyword, Link, Mozilla, Node.js, Open Source, PHP, Query, Ruby, SEO, Tag, URL, Virus, WordPress, XML, YouTube, and Z-index.


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