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Our Favorite Award-Winning Books for Babies and Toddlers
Updated on
October 31, 2023

Our Favorite Award-Winning Books for Babies and Toddlers

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Our Favorite Award-Winning Books for Babies and Toddlers.
Our Favorite Award-Winning Books for Babies and Toddlers

From Caldecott winners to Theodor Seuss Geisel Award honorees, these award-winning books are adored by kids and adults alike. Many of them are also recognizable classic books, adorable animal books and books that teach kids diversity. To help you add some celebrated titles to your shelf, we’ve gathered a list of inspiring stories that tug at your heartstrings, beautiful art that you can’t forget and priceless lessons that last a lifetime.

The Velveteen Rabbit - $10.98.

This classic has filled countless hearts with warmth and countless eyes with tears. A stuffed bunny that wants to become a real bunny, but how do toys become truly real? Through the love of a child.

The Velveteen Rabbit

The Snowy Day - $8.99.

No matter what season it is where you live (and even if you don’t get any snow in winter), this book will transport you and baby to a snowy wonderland. Follow the story’s small child through the hushed city as they experience their very first snow day.

The Snowy Day

The Day the Crayons Quit - $17.99.

All of the crayons are exhausted with their jobs, so they leave letters of resignation for their owner. This hilarious book helps teach young readers about conflict resolution and that sometimes it’s good to change things up a bit.

The Day the Crayons Quit

Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type - $10.92.

When Farmer Brown starts getting typewritten notes from his farm animals, what’s he to do? This hilarious story is a fun opportunity to teach little ones about communication and conflict resolution.

Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Board Book - $10.99.

A classic book about a tiny caterpillar whose eyes are bigger than their stomach. Littles will love reading what the caterpillar eats next. With its unique, interactive pages and colorful illustrations, this story both encourages counting and teaches about the magic of transformation.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Board Book

Harper Collins Goodnight Moon  (Hardcover) - $21.99.

From quiet, lulling poetry to gentle illustrations, Goodnight Moon has been a favorite bedtime story for years. Join the little bunny in their bedtime routine of saying goodnight, one by one, to all of the things in their room.

Harper Collins Goodnight Moon (Hardcover)

Madeline - $19.99.

One brave little girl’s trip to the hospital has become a well-loved story for over 80 years, inspiring a whole series of books and cartoons. This simple, cheerful tale and its spunky heroine are sure to delight readers of all ages.


We Are Water Protectors - $17.99.

Native tribes across North America have long been dedicated protectors of the natural land, so when the water—the sacred source of life—is threatened, they’ll do whatever they can to keep it clean and uncorrupted.

We Are Water Protectors

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus - $10.93.

In a surprising role reversal, it’s kids who are left in charge of this story. When a bus driver leaves his bus in the hands of young readers, it’s up to them to make sure the pigeon doesn’t drive the bus. Will your little one follow the rules, or will they let the pigeon have his way?

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus

A Sick Day for Amos McGee - Hardcover - $10.59.

When the zookeeper takes a sick day, the animals he’s conscientiously cared for all this time decide it’s their turn to care for him. Aww.

A Sick Day for Amos McGee - Hardcover

Bear Came Along - $12.79.

The river didn’t know it was a river…until bear came along! This lively story about forest animals on an adventure down a river shows that everything is better with friends. At the center of the silliness are the concepts of building community and how interacting with others can show us new things about the world (and about ourselves!).

Bear Came Along

Owl Moon  - Hardcover - $12.49.

This is the story of a young girl’s magical search with her father for the Great Horned Owl. The words of the story are gently poetic, making this a perfectly soothing bedtime read.

Owl Moon - Hardcover

All the World - $7.99.

From the biggest things to the smallest, all the world is the same. This sweet, poetic book takes a moment to appreciate all the little things in life and how they relate to a larger world and community, ending with a beautiful message: “Hope and peace and love and trust. All the world is all of us.”

All the World

Last Stop on Market Street - $18.99.

Follow a boy and his nana as they run errands around San Francisco and he learns that beauty can be found in the most unexpected places.

Last Stop on Market Street

Little Feminist Celebrating Differences Book Set - Families, Hair And How We Eat - $29.97.

Families (part of the Celebrating Differences box set by Little Feminist) uses vibrant, real-life photos to depict all the different ways families can look, including BIPOC families, LGBTQIA+ families, families with disabilities, families with grandparents, families of all shapes and sizes. And as an added bonus, this set comes with two other Little Feminist titles: Hair and How We Eat.

Little Feminist Celebrating Differences Book Set - Families, Hair And How We Eat


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