Best Baby and Toddler Books of 2016 (So Far)
Best Baby and Toddler Books of 2016

Intro

These books were chosen as the best baby and toddler books of 2016 using a combination of critical reviews (such as those in the American Library Association's Booklist magazine) and Amazon and Goodreads ratings and reviews.

There are more great baby and toddler books set to be published in 2016, so this list will continue to grow.  

If you have favorite baby or toddler books from 2016, please let us know in the comments!

 Seeing stars?  Professional book reviewers only award a star to exceptional books.  More than one star means experts from multiple organizations felt the book was outstanding. 

Baby Animals Book Cover
Baby Animals (TouchThinkLearn)
by Xavier Deneux
Audience: Babies and Toddlers
Published: March 8, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Kirkus Reviews  

Featuring spreads with raised, shaped objects that fit into scooped cutouts on their opposite page, these new TouchThinkLearn books offer the youngest learners an opportunity to explore in a hands-on, multisensory way. Seeing the image, tracing its shape, saying its name—these modes of perception combine to stimulate understanding of essential...READ MORE

My Heart Fills With Happiness Book Cover
My Heart Fills with Happiness
by Monique Gray Smith
illustrated by Julie Flett
Audience: Babies and Toddlers
Published: March 13, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image School Library Journal Star Image Publishers Weekly

The sun on your face. The smell of warm bannock baking in the oven. Holding the hand of someone you love. What fills your heart with happiness? This beautiful board book, with illustrations from celebrated artist Julie Flett, serves as a reminder for little ones...READ MORE

Los Pollitos Book Cover
Canticos: Los Pollitos / Canticos: Little Chickies
illustrated by Susie Jaramillo
Audience: Babies and Toddlers,
Audience: Preschool to Grade 2 -- Picture Books
Published: April 1, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image School Library Journal Star Image Kirkus Reviews Star Image Publishers Weekly  

"Los Pollitos Dicen," or "Little Chickies Squeal" is one of the most popular songs in the Spanish speaking world, akin to "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" in English. This English adaptation of the song is as catchy and lyrical as the Spanish version and sure to engage new audiences not familiar...READ MORE

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Cars Go
by Steve Light
Audience: Babies and Toddlers
Published: April 5, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Kirkus Reviews

Little ones will enjoy revving up their reading with these eight noisy cars as they honk, clank, vroom, and zoom their way through this lively book! The sturdy pages feature a police car, pick-up truck, sports car, monster truck, and many more, accompanied by a cacophony of sounds sure to...READ MORE

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Beach Baby
by Kate Merritt
Audience: Babies and Toddlers
Published: April 5, 2016

Beach Baby is the perfect beach book for baby, telling the sweet story of baby’s day at the beach—and it’s sand-proof, waterproof, and sunscreen-proof, too.

With two million copies in print, Indestructibles are the books built for the way babies read. They are 100 percent baby-proof, chew-proof, rip-proof, and drool-proof. Printed on a...READ MORE

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Leo Can Swim
by Anna McQuinn
illustrated by Ruth Hearson
Audience: Babies and Toddlers
Published: May 10, 2016

Leo, Lola’s little brother from Leo Loves Baby Time, is back in a new adventure at the pool.
 
Leo and Daddy go to swim class where they kick, bounce, and dive like little fish. Joining other babies and their caretakers in the pool is a guarantee for unforgettable...READ MORE

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Little Blue Truck's Halloween
by Alice Schertle
illustrated by Jill McElmurry
Audience: Babies and Toddlers
Published: July 5, 2016

Beep! Beep! It’s Halloween! Little Blue Truck is picking up his animal friends for a costume party. Lift the flaps in this large, sturdy board book to find out who’s dressed up in each costume! Will Blue wear a costume too? 

With the delightful rhymes and signature illustration style that made Little...READ MORE

Tickle My Ears Book Cover
Tickle My Ears
by Jarg Mihle
Audience: Babies and Toddlers
Published: August 1, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Kirkus Reviews

A sweet and simple interactive boardbook that offers a charming new bedtime ritual.READ MORE

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Dinosaur Dance!
by Sandra Boynton
Audience: Babies and Toddlers
Published: August 30, 2016

A brand-new board book about dancing dinosaurs from the beloved and bestselling Sandra Boynton!

ZANG! BOP!
KIDDLY POW!
The DINOSAUR DANCE
is starting NOW!

Join Boynton’s lively prehistoric bunch as they get everyone’s tails shaking for a feet-stomping good time. Whether they dance the Shimmy Shimmy Shake, the Quivery...READ MORE

Cityblock Book Cover
Cityblock (Alphablock)
by Christopher Franceschelli
illustrated by Peskimo
Audience: Babies and Toddlers
Published: September 6, 2016
Starred Reviews: Star Image Publishers Weekly Star Image School Library Journal

Cityblock explores city life in an exciting and unique way, from up in a high-rise building to down in the subway. Divided into three sections—things that go, things to see, and things to eat—it features 24 different aspects of city living. As with the other acclaimed books in the series, die-cut...READ MORE

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Indestructibles: Jingle Baby
by Kate Merritt
illustrated by Amy Pixton
Audience: Babies and Toddlers
Published: September 6, 2016

Jingle Baby is the perfect stocking stuffer or gift for baby’s first Christmas. The tree, the decorations, the gingerbread house, the gathering of family and friends—it’s a lovely story of sharing holiday traditions.

And this book holds up to even the stickiest of candy-caned fingers: It’s 100 percent baby-proof, chew-proof, rip-proof,...READ MORE

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TouchThinkLearn: ABC
by Xavier Deneux
Audience: Babies and Toddlers
Published: September 6, 2016

Using the same innovative production technique and brilliant aesthetic cheered by parents, educators, and children alike in the acclaimed TouchThinkLearn series, here is an alphabet that literally adds a new dimension to learning. Raised die-cut pieces nestled in mirroring indented cut-outs engage readers on both visual and tactile levels. An...READ MORE

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Together (Emma Dodd's Love You Books)
by Emma Dodd
Audience: Babies and Toddlers
Published: October 11, 2016

This little sea otter loves spending time with his parent — learning new things, playing together, or even just holding each other. In fact, every day this little sea otter spends with his parent is special, just because they are together.READ MORE

Llama Llama Yum Yum Yum Book Cover
Llama Llama Yum Yum Yum!
by Anna Dewdney
Audience: Babies and Toddlers
Published: October 18, 2016

Get cooking with Llama Llama in this scratch-and-sniff board book! 

Llama Llama and his Mama are in the kitchen whipping up some delicious treats! Join in the fun by reading along with this super-sweet story and scratching and sniffing the fun scents on each spread, like pickles and ice cream...READ MORE

Vroom Vroom Trucks Book Cover
Vroom, Vroom, Trucks! (Karen Katz Lift-the-Flap Books)
by Karen Katz
Audience: Babies and Toddlers
Published: November 15, 2016

Vroom vroom! Here come the construction trucks in this new lift-the-flap book from Karen Katz featuring the cutest trucks you’ve ever seen.

Rumble! Rumble! 
Here come the big trucks!

Look for bulldozers, dump trucks, and more in this adventurous lift-the-flap book from Karen Katz sure to appeal to any preschooler...READ MORE

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