Mums & Tots Round-up: Best story books for toddlers

Reading is the foundation of all learning. The most important skill a child will ever learn.

It all starts with being read to as a baby, sharing the colourful pictures and filling their little brains with the magic of stories. It may seem silly at first but as a teacher, I can tell you that reading to your child will be the greatest gift you can ever give them. 

I love books, our house is full of them and we read every single day. My children see me read and they now have a love of books and will read to themselves too. Whether that be Gracie reading Roald Dahl or Wills babbling away looking at his board books – they love it and it is fostering their imagination and language development every step of the way. Real Mum Reviews has written a great post explaining the benefits of reading, a great read!

I often see bloggers sharing book reviews or reading lists and so I thought it would be a great idea to round them all up to give you a handy list! So if you are ever stuck for a gift idea or want to top up your book collection, you can come back and choose one that comes recommended by other parents. 


Book reviews

Molly’s Magic Wardrobe review from Boo Roo and Tigger Too  

Interstellar Cinderella review from Odd Socks & Lollipops

Max and Bird review from The Mum Diaries

Disney Animal World books review from Plutonium Sox

The Children’s Meditations In My Heart review from Hodge Podge Days


Best for babies

Best books for babies and toddlers from The Ladybirds’ Adventures

20 board books for babies and toddlers from Little Fish Blog

Top 10 interactive board books from Cardiff Mummy Says


Best for toddlers

A great selection from Rainy Day Mum

Top 10 for little ones from Mummy Alarm

11 Classics for toddlers from Cardiff Mummy Says

Must have books for your toddler from Hello Archie

Top 5 books from Winging It With Two Boys

Best books in 2018 from Me Him The Dog and a Baby

10 Books my toddler loves from Two Hearts One Roof plus a video of what they have been reading in April


Best for older toddlers

Best books for older toddlers Thimble & Twig

Best bedtime stories for older toddlers from Plutonium Sox


Age specific 

Books for an 18 month old Devon Mama

Books for a 2 year old from Devon Mama


Specific topics

20 dinosaur books from The Inspiration Edit

Top 10 books for LGBT families from Lesbemums

5 books about weddings from Hodge Podge Days

Birthday books countdown idea from Here Come The Girls


Using books for play

Pondering Parenthood has some amazing posts around using books to inspire play.


This photo from Quite Frankly She Said shows off her little ones reading The Little Boy Who Lost His Name. But what struck me was the caption – she tells us that if you read with your child every day, by the time they reach their third birthday you will have read over 1,000 stories together. Isn’t that amazing?

If you have any books you love, please do share them in the comments below! 

Next month I will be taking a look at making meal times fun for little ones. Do get in touch via email ([email protected]) if you have a post you’d like to share. 


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Katy is a busy mum of 3 and blogs over at What Katy Said, sharing tips to help other mums get more organised and make more time for themselves. Starting out as a way to help others, her award nominated blog has now become her full time career and she is regularly listed as one of the top 10 baby bloggers in the UK. Connect with her over on Twitter @WhatKatySaidUK.