Amazon Vetted- The Best Kids Books
What do people do all day
This one is a classic, gifted to me by a friend. It keeps my toddler entertained with so much detail, and it explains things like building a house or planting seeds. I just wish it would explain email rather than snail mail, but I'll take it. $11 for the hardcover.
Those Darn Squirrells
Picked this up at the library and have been laughing every time I read it. And the 3 year old has requested it pretty much every night since we picked it up. So this one's a keeper. Can't wait to get the whole series. Paperback is $7
Elmo's Potty Book
This is my one exception to the "these books don't drive me to the point of insanity" rule. My toddler LOVES this book. And it got him beyond excited about potty training. So, this is his potty time book. He loves it. I...tolerate it. It's really not terrible, and it explains the potty process so well. I just think I've overdosed on it. But, if you're looking for a good potty time book, this one is one of the best.
The Way Things Work
You might think this is too advanced for a small child, but the way it's illustrated, my son loves looking at this one. Granted, I have to explain how the things actually work in terms he can understand, which is a challenge. But I think this is one that will grow with him. There are tons of used copies of this at this point, so go with a used option and you can get it for cheap.
Little Blue Truck
My son loves this book because it's about trucks and animals. I love it because it teaches a great message about not being a jerk. $7.99 for the board book.
Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction S
Maybe it's because I'm a boy mom, but to me, this book is more of a classic than Goodnight Moon. What's cuter than tucking in a bunch of construction equipment? Nothing, that's what.
This is the cutest book. The idea is that there are dots on the page your kids can "press" and then when you turn the page, something new happens to each dot they press. In the iphone touch screen age, this is a nice hybrid. My toddler loves this one. $9.20.
I will forever love this book because it was the book we were reading when my son really started communicating. Granted, he was making the animal sounds instead of saying their names. But it was a big deal. It's a classic and for $4.99 I think every library should have this.
In the Town All Year Round
Our friend gave us this book upon the birth of our second child to entertain our toddler, and I have to admit, when I first got it, I was confused. There are no words. But, I quickly realized there are no words that I can get tired of. And there are SO MANY things going on on every page. It keeps both my toddler and I entertained for, if not hours, then many minutes (which is an eternity in toddler time). $13
A Year at the Construction Site
Similar concept to "In the Town All Year Round", this has a lot going on in every page. It's part "I spy" book, and part education about building a construction site. My toddler loves learning about all the different tools and machines. $5.80 for the paperback.
Star Wars Encyclopedia
Perhaps unsurprising from a woman who named her son Chewbacca, we love this encyclopedia. If Star Wars isnt'your thing, check out DK reader for any of their other encyclopedia books. They do a fantastic job. This one is $16.
Pete The Cat
Pete the Cat is a fan favorite in our house. Interesting stories, funny rhythms, and not too annoying. I found out they have a 7 pack of stories for only $7,
We love Star Wars, but more importantly, we LOVE the DK Readers book. Level 1 and Level 2 seems to be what keeps his interest (level 3 is a bit too much detail at this point for our 3 year old). We stick pretty exclusively to the Lego Star Wars series, but DK readers books have TONS of subject matter, so you can find whatever you like to learn about.
Curious George PBS Series
My son loves Curious George. Probably because a smarter than average monkey is about the same developmental level as a toddler. PBS has a great set of books that have "lift the flap" where it's actually the entire half of the page that lifts and tells the next part of the story. This is a step up from your basic lift the flap books. They run around $4