Top 8 Best Picture Books for Toddlers

These vibrant, fun and gorgeous picture books are guaranteed to delight little ones. Featuring beloved authors, such as Eric Carle and Julia Donaldson, and plenty of exciting interactive elements, see the list below for the very best picture books for toddlers.

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1. Dear Zoo

Rod Campbell

This engaging book features fun flaps to lift, guaranteed to enthral toddlers! Look under the flaps to find the perfect pet and uncover all sorts of exotic creatures. What will it be next - an elephant, a monkey, perhaps even a lion? With charming repetition and vibrant illustrations, this is a tried-and-tested favourite with little readers.

2. Each Peach Pear Plum

Janet & Allan Ahlberg

Discover beautifully-illustrated characters such as Mother Hubbard, the Three Bears and Tom Thumb on each of the intricate pages of this lovely book. Little booklovers will have so much fun trying to find where each character is hiding! With easy-to-read text and lots to discover on every page, children will be captivated by this exquisite book.

3. Peppa Pig: Peppa's First Sleepover


Peppa Pig and her family star in a range of books designed to introduce little ones to a variety of first experiences. In this exciting book, Peppa is preparing for her first ever sleepover at Zoe Zebra's house. She knows that the most important thing about a sleepover is that you must not sleep! She and her friends listen to music, tuck into a midnight feast, and brave a scary story in their quest to stay awake... but will they succeed?

4. Teletubbies: Pocket Library

Toddlers will discover six sturdy board books in this collection of wonderful stories, starring the adorable and much-loved Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po. These bright, bold books are perfect for little hands to explore!

5. Roar! Roar! Baby Dinosaur


This colourful book is not only full of appealing illustrations, it also has flaps and makes lots of beastly sounds! This is the perfect book to bring prehistoric fun to all children who love dinosaurs and will develop kids' vocabulary.

6. The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Eric Carle

A hungry green caterpillar has a very big appetite and eats more and more food every day. But he eats so much, he becomes ill, and resolves to eat more healthily in future. One day, he spins a cocoon around himself, and two weeks later, he emerges as a beautiful butterfly with gorgeous wings. This classic picture book has enchanted generations of little ones with colourful collage pictures and a simple, sweet story.

7. Guess How Much I Love You

Sam McBratney

This simple but perfectly poignant story follows a Big Nutbrown Hare and a Little Nutbrown Hare, who increasingly use larger and larger measures to express how much they love each other. The book features idyllic illustrations by Anita Jeram and a wonderful message about the boundless love between a parent and their child.

8. Mr. Men Books

Roger Hargreaves

Since 1971, the Mr. Men series has been entertaining children with fun, engaging stories and wonderful characters. The perfect series for adults and little ones to read together, discover all the best-loved Mr. Men characters, including Mr. Tickle, Mr. Bump and Mr. Happy. Kids will love the bright illustrations and simple, funny storylines.

  • DZO2 Toddlers
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    Rod Campbell's Dear Zoo has been published in a sturdy board book format to suit very young children. The lively illustrations, simple story and engaging lift-the-flap fun guarantee the book's toddler appeal.

    With its repetition and appealing illustrations, this is bound to be a favourite choice at bedtime for toddlers from 1 and over.
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    Eric Carle's classic book has enchanted generations of children with its colourful collage illustrations and simple story.

    With die-cut pages and finger-sized holes for little ones to explore, the story of the hungry green caterpillar with a very big appetite is simply one of the best children's books of all time.

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar is perfect for children from 1+ and good for talking with older toddlers about how caterpillars turn into beautiful butterflies.
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    Janet and Allan Ahlberg are the award-winning author-and-illustrator team of Each Peach Pear Plum. This board book version of the best-loved picture book will charm its young readers with a rhyming text and lots of familiar fairy-tale faces.

    On each beautifully illustrated page are characters such as Mother Hubbard, the Three Bears and Tom Thumb and there's tons of fun in store as readers have to find where each one is hiding. This would make a lovely gift for toddlers aged 1+.
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    Ever since the first books were published in 1971, Roger Hargreaves' Mr. Men have been an enduring favourite with children (and parents!) of all ages. The likes of Mr. Happy, Mr. Tickle, Mr. Bump and friends must rank as some of the most famous characters in children's books - and this beautiful box set features them all!

    With a mammoth 50 books to enjoy and a simply gorgeous, foiled display case, this collection will keep young readers entertained for a long, long time to come. The bold, bright illustrations and simple storylines make the Mr. Men stories fun and appealing to return to again and again.

    Familiar characters like Mr. Strong and Mr. Messy's books are also included in this vast box set, which is just perfect for adults and children to read and share together.
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    The story of Little and Big Nutbrown Hare's efforts to express their love for each other has long been a favourite of ours at Red House - and with the book selling over 18 million copies worldwide, many generations of readers also love this touching tale.

    This beautiful 20th anniversary edition of Guess How Much I Love You comes in an enlarged board book format that little ones will cherish forever. The gorgeous story will be enjoyed time and time again - it's a true classic and this version is robust enough to withstand even the most terrible of toddler tantrums.

    Adored by children and adults alike, the simple story and endearing illustrations make this an unbeatable bedtime read 20 years on from first publication.
  • Teletubbies: Pocket Library - Collection - 9781405281133
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    The Teletubbies Pocket Library contains six durable board books starring Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po. All displayed in a smart slipcase they are bright, colourful and perfect for little hands to hold.
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    Let Peppa Pig and her family and friends introduce your children to some of the common first experiences they will encounter in the near future.

    Peppa is getting ready for her very first sleepover at Zoe Zebra's house and knows that the most important thing about a sleepover is you absolutely must not sleep... Peppa and her friends enjoy music, tuck into a midnight feast and brave a scary story in their mission to not sleep/
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    Bring some prehistoric sounds to your children's reading with this brilliantly noisy dinosaur book from the experts at DK.

    Not only are there sounds to listen to but also flaps to lift (with hidden dinosaurs underneath) and a sparkly, touch-and-feel front cover. There are rhyming sounds for parents to read out loud and the funny story will be enjoyed time and time again.

    Designed to develop preschool knowledge and vocabulary, some of the beastly sounds are light activated. Very high quality, this is an excellent early learning book for any child who loves dinosaurs.