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.

I Had a Favorite Dress /  Boni Ashburn
A young girl loves her favorite dress, but when it gets worn or small,  her mother makes it into something new.

In a Blue Room / Jim Averbeck
Alice wants everything in her bedroom to be blue.

Mimi / Carol Baicker-McKee
Mimi the pig and her bunny spend a 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 (j Em BARTON)
Sam describes his car.

Shark vs. Train / Chris Barton
A shark and a train compete in a series of contests.

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 (j Em BEE)
A train station parrot listens to every sound a train and its passengers make.

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 (j T BOYNTON)
Learn about different textures.

Goldilocks and the Three Bears / Emma Chichester Clark
A nosy, sassy little girl finds the house of the three bears and helps herself to their belongings.

Yummy: Eight Favorite Fairy Tales / Lucy Cousins
A fresh look at eight classic stories.

Dancing Feet! / Lindsey Craig
Rhyming text depicts different animals dancing.

Bounce / Doreen Cronin
Rhyming text offers advice on the best ways for toddlers to bounce.

Pigs Love Potatoes / Anika Denise
As more and more pigs arrive, Mama asks them to help cook potatoes.

Llama, Llama Red Pajama / Anna Dewdney
At bedtime, a little llama worries after his mother puts him to bed and goes downstairs.

Mother Goose: Numbers on the Loose / Leo and Diane Dillon
An illustrated collection of 24 counting rhymes.

Old Bear and His Cub / Olivier Dunrea
Although they love each other, Old Bear and his little Cub have a tug of war over which one knows best.

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 Mom.

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes / Mem Fox
All babies have 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 different concepts with only 5 simple words.

Cupcake: A Journey to Special / Charise  Harper
Cupcake’s pal Candle has some fresh ideas about how the twosome can become a snazzy new duo.

My Garden / Kevin Henkes
A young girl’s  dream garden has  jellybean bushes, chocolate rabbits, and tomatoes the size of beach balls.

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 story of a girl’s time at the beach.

Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons / Eric Litwin
Pete the cat makes up a song about his buttons .

A Truck Goes Rattley-Bumpa / Jonathan London (j Em LONDON)
Trucks of all sizes, shapes, and colors.

Otis / Loren Long (j Em LONG)
When trouble  occurs on the farm, Otis the friendly old tractor is the only one who can help.

Widget / Lyn McFarland
A dog pretends to be a cat.

I’m Dirty / Kate McMullan  (j Em MCMULLAN)
A busy backhoe loader has fun getting dirty.

Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit / Il Sung Na
While other animals migrate, hibernate, or stay busy all winter, a little white rabbit watches.

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 (j T PATRICELLI)
Explore opposites with situations that make baby happy and sad.

Higher! Higher! / Leslie Patricelli
The giddy glee of being pushed in a swing.

Cold Little Duck, Duck, Duck / Lisa Westberg Peters
A duck’s thoughts of spring bring warm weather to her frozen pond.

Pretty Brown Face / Andrea Pinkney (j T PINKNEY)
An African-American boy discovers the wonderful features that make his face special.

Three Little Kittens / Jerry Pinkney
Three youngsters are careless with their mittens.

The Littlest Owl / Caroline Pitcher
A storm threatens a small owl in his treetop home.

Chloe, Instead / Micah Player
Chloe is not what her older sister expected, but maybe that is just what makes her special.

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 lessons from his Grandfather.

Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site / Sherri Duskey Rinker (j Em RINKER)
When their work is done for the day, a cement  mixer and other pieces of construction equipment go to sleep.

A Kitten Tale / Eric Rohmann
Four kittens anticipate 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.

All the World / Liz Garton Scanlon
Family and friends spend a day discovering the importance of all things great and small.

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.

Green / Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Illustrations and simple, rhyming text explore the many shades of the color green.

Dinosaur vs. Bedtime / Bob Shea
A young dinosaur faces his toughest challenge: bedtime.

Trucks, Trucks, Trucks / Peter Sis (j Em SIS)
A little boy and his trucks clean his room.

Clip-clop / Nicola Smee
When Mr. Horse gives his friends a ride, they urge him to go faster and faster.

Leaves / David Ezra Stein
A curious bear observes the changing leaves & seasons.

I Love Bugs! / Philemon Sturges
A boy LOVES insects!

Me Hungry! / Jeremy Tankard
A hungry prehistoric boy sets out to find dinner.

Press Here / Hervé Tullet
Instructs the reader on how to interact with the illustrations to create imaginative images.

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 loses something important.

Bear Says Thanks / Karma Wilson
Bear thanks his friends for bringing food dishes to his dinner party and finds a way of sharing something of his own.

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.

Trashy Town / Andrea Zimmerman  (j Em ZIMMERMAN)
Mr. Gillie, the trash man, cleans up the town.

Sunny Day / Elizabeth Mitchell (j CD Music MITCHELL)

Whaddaya Think of That? / Laurie Berkner (j CD Music BERKNER)

Clap Your Hands / Gwendolyn and the Goodtime Gang (j CD Music GWENDOLYN)

Love Me For Who I Am / Brady Rymer (j CD Music RYMER)

Suggestions from the Mt. Lebanon Public Library Children’s Department
Updated February 2013