Great books for children ages 18 months - 3 years
Unless otherwise noted, all books may be found in
the picture book section under the author’s last name.
Keep love in your heart, little one / Giles Andreae
A parent shares words of love and encouragement as a child drifts off to sleep.
In a blue room / Jim Averbeck
Alice wants everything in her bedroom to be blue before she falls asleep.
Mimi / Carol Baicker-McKee
Mimi the pig and her bunny spend a very busy day together.
And If the Moon Could Talk / Kate Banks
The moon looks down on a variety of evening scenes.
My Car / Byron Barton
Sam describes his car. (j Em BARTON)
Bedtime for little bears! / David Bedford
Mother Bear and Little Bear walk through the snow and see other creatures preparing for bedtime.
Move over, Rover / Karen Beaumont
Rover expects to have his doghouse all to himself during a storm, but other animals come to join him.
And the train goes-- / William Bee
A train station parrot listens to every sound a train and its passengers make. (j Em BEE)
Big Bad Bunny / Franny Billingsley
When Baby Boo-Boo, a mouse pretending to be Big Bad Bunny, becomes lost , his mother finds him.
Little Gorilla / Ruth Bornstein
Everyone loves Little Gorilla, even when he is big.
Fuzzy, fuzzy, fuzzy! : a touch, skritch, & tickle book / Sandra Boynton
Learn about different textures. (j T BOYNTON)
My Red Umbrella / Robert Bright
A girl’s umbrella keeps her and the animals dry.
Hand Rhymes / Marc Brown
Bounce/ Doreen Cronin
Rhyming text offers advice on the best ways for toddlers to bounce.
Ladybug Girl / Jacky Davis & David Soman
A little girl has fun when she dresses as Ladybug Girl.
Pigs love potatoes / Anika Denise
As more and more pigs arrive, Mama asks them to help cook potatoes.
Mother Goose : numbers on the loose / Leo and Diane Dillon
An illustrated collection of 24 counting rhymes.
Gossie & Gertie / Olivier Dunrea
Gossie and Gertie are best friends and everywhere Gossie goes, Gertie goes too.
Animal Crackers: A Delectable Collection of Pictures, Poems, Songs, and Lullabies /
Honey baby sugar child / Alice Faye Duncan
A mother expresses her love for her child.
Snowballs / Lois Ehlert
Snowballs turn into a snow family.
Bark, George / Jules Feiffer
George’s mother tries to teach her young dog to bark.
Ask Mr. Bear/ Marjorie Flack
Danny asks the animals for a birthday gift for his mother.
Ten little fingers and ten little toes / Mem Fox; illustrations by Helen Oxenbury
Babies born in different places all share the commonality of 10 little fingers and 10 little toes.
Snuggle up, sleepy ones / Claire Freedman
Jungle animals settle down to sleep.
Orange pear apple bear / Emily Gravett
Explores concepts of color, shape, and food using only five simple words.
Old Bear / Kevin Henkes
When Old Bear falls asleep for the winter, he dreams of enjoying each of the four seasons.
Hush!: A Thai Lullaby / Minfong Ho
A poetic lullaby set in Thailand.
Rhymes for Annie Rose / Shirley Hughes
Poems celebrating childhood.
Titch / Pat Hutchins
A young boy enjoys a moment of triumph.
Wave / Suzy Lee
A wordless picture book that shows a little girl's first experiences at the beach.
A truck goes rattley-bumpa / Jonathan London (j Em LONDON)
Trucks of all sizes, shapes, and colors.
Guess How Much I Love You /Sam McBratney
A father and son share their love.
Widget / Lyn McFarland
A dog pretends to be a cat in order to fit in with his new home.
I’m Dirty / Kate McMullan (j Em MCMULLAN)
A busy backhoe loader has fun getting dirty.
Who made this cake? / Chihiro Nakagawa
Little people use their big construction equipment to bake a cake.
Who Took the Farmer’s Hat? / Jean Nodset
The wind blows away the farmer’s hat.
Mother Goose's little treasures / edited by Iona Opie, illustrated by Rosemary Wells
A collection of nursery rhymes.
Baby happy baby sad / Leslie Patricelli
Explore opposites with situations that make baby happy and sad. (j T PATRICELLI)
Cold Little Duck, Duck, Duck / Lisa Westberg Peters
A little duck’s thoughts of spring bring warm weather to her frozen pond.
Pretty Brown Face / Andrea Pinkney
An African-American boy discovers the wonderful features that make his face special. (j T PINKNEY)
The littlest owl / Caroline Pitcher
A storm threatens a small but hopeful owl in his treetop home.
Who Said Meow? / Maria Polushkin
Puppy tries to find out which animal makes the new sound he hears.
Not a box / Antoinette Portis
To an imaginative bunny, a box is not just a box.
Harris finds his feet / Catherine Rayner
A small rabbit learns some important lessons from his Grandfather.
I’m Alvin / Elizabeth Rice
The adventures of a little squirrel.
A kitten tale / Eric Rohmann
Four kittens have different levels of anticipation for the coming winter.
Little Pea / Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Little Pea’s parents will not let him have his spinach dessert until he eats all his candy first.
Smash! Crash! / Jon Scieszka (j Em SCIESZKA)
Adventures with the trucks in Trucktown.
On Mother’s Lap / Ann Scott
An Eskimo boy finds enough room on mother’s lap for both him and his sister.
Dog and Bear /Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Three stories reveal the close friendship of Dog & Bear.
Dinosaur vs. bedtime / Bob Shea
A young dinosaur faces his toughest challenge : bedtime.
Trucks, Trucks, Trucks / Peter Sis
A little boy and his trucks clean his room. (j Em SIS)
Clip-clop / Nicola Smee
When Mr. Horse gives his friends Cat, Dog, Pig, and Duck a ride, they urge him to go faster and faster.
Leaves / David Ezra Stein
A curious bear observes how leaves change throughout the seasons.
A Hat for Minerva Louise /Janet Morgan Stoeke
Minerva the hen’s curious choice of hats.
I love bugs! / Philemon Sturges
A boy LOVES insects!
Me Hungry! / Jeremy Tankard
A hungry prehistoric boy sets out to find dinner.
Tanka Tanka Skunk! / Steve Webb
Animal names introduce rhythm.
Jazz baby / Lisa Wheeler
Baby and his family make some jazzy music.
Knuffle Bunny:a cautionary tale / Mo Willems
Trixie looses something important during a trip to the Laundromat.
Bear feels scared / Karma Wilson
Bear's animal friends come to his rescue when he becomes lost in the woods.
Oh My, Baby Bear! / Audrey Wood
Baby bear is not too big for a goodnight kiss.
Umbrella / Taro Yashima
A Japanese girl receives an umbrella and a pair of yellow boots for her birthday.
This little piggy : lap songs, finger plays, clapping games, and pantomime rhymes / Jane Yolen (j CD Kit YOLEN )
Singing games and nursery rhymes. CD with book
Trashy Town / Andrea Zimmerman (j Em ZIMMERMAN)
Mr. Gillie, the trash man, cleans up the town.
Snacktime! / Barenaked Ladies
j CD Music BARENAKED LADIES
If you ever see an owl / The Terrible Twos
j CD Music TERRIBLE TWOS
Mary had a little amp / Various popular performers
j CD Music MARY
I'm growing / Gunnar Madsen
j CD Music MADSEN
Look for these and other great books in
The Children's Library
Mt. Lebanon Public Library
16 Castle Shannon Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15228