Best Books One Year Olds

best books for one year oldsIf you’re trying to find the best books for one year olds, you’ve come to the right place. Encouraging your child to read is one of the most important things you can do for them.


Helping them develop a passion for reading books early on can help them do better in school, find their dream career, and give them access to a wide variety of knowledge.


You’d be surprised how much of an impact early reading can have on a young child.


While your one year old isn’t reading ready just yet, you can start developing that passion for reading now by providing books which combine their love of exploration and bright colors with a story.


Not all books are created equal though. Your baby has a unique personality, and finding a book that matches them is the best way to capture their interest.


Without further ado, here are some of the most popular, toddler approved books parents have been raving about:


Top 13 Favorite Picks For Tots

1. Baby Touch and Feel: Animals

Baby Touch and Feel: Animals

This delightful book lets your child develop fine motor skills while learning about the many, amazing animals our world has to offer.


Each page shows them a new animal, helping your child learn about new animals, and giving them a chance to practice fun animal noises.


The thick, board book style pages are resistant to biting and tearing, so you can let your child explore it without fear of the book being destroyed in the process.


Each page has glitter that sparkles, textures to touch, or shiny foil to capture the short attention span of a baby.


This book has been a popular choice with over one million other one year olds, and is a USA Today best selling board book. If you’re looking for a hands on book for a hands on child, Baby Touch and Feel: Animals is a good choice for your little one.

2. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Bill Marton Jr. has been referred to as “America’s Favorite Children’s Author” and for good reason. He has given rise to several popular children’s classics, and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is one of them.


In this exciting tale, the letters of the alphabet race each other to the top of the coconut tree. With so many letters in the alphabet however, will there be enough room?


Chicka Chicka Boom Boom engages one year olds with a poetic rhythm, bright colors, and an irresistible story line. The book itself has tough pages and rounded corners, perfect for the extra loving young children put their books through.


This book is the #1 Amazon ABC book, and it’s sure to be a favorite in your household as well. If you’re looking for an early start on the ABC’s, this is a great choice for your young one.

3. Where do Steam Trains Sleep at Night?

Where do Steam Trains Sleep at Night?

While every child is unique, there are a few topics that seem to be universally popular. An obsession with trains is fairly common among toddlers, especially young boys.


If your child loves trains, this book is a great way to tie their favorite topic into bedtime. This comforting story explains to youngsters what trains do for bedtime.


In the story, trains go through a similar bedtime routine that your child might expect, including getting rocked gently to sleep with their teddy.


This heartwarming story is a perfect way to prep your child to bed, as they drift through the story with you.


In case you have any trouble keeping your child on track, help him search for the mouse hidden on every page. And if you’re looking for a book that will entertain a future engineer, this might be the way to go.

4. Baby Einstein – My First Library 12 Board Book Block Set

Where do Steam Trains Sleep at Night?

This thoughtfully designed board book set is made just the right size for tiny hands. The small size of these books make it much easier for one year olds to manipulate them, which may encourage them to interact more with the book.


The books themselves cover a variety of topics to help your youngster learn more about the world. Each book is short—just ten pages—which make it easier for your kid to stay focused.


Your baby will learn about colors, shapes, and other concepts like the changing of seasons from the variety of books provided, and they can all be stored in a neat carrying case when not being read or played with.


If you’re looking for something that’s just the right size for tiny hands, these mini board books are the perfect choice for your child.

5. Ten Little Night Stars

Ten Little Night Stars

This beautifully illustrated board book is aimed at the very youngest of readers. The simple bed time story introduces the concept of counting, while at the same time peeking in on cute animals doing their bedtime routines.


Your child can meet cute and cuddly animals, while each little star gets counted. The sturdy board book has a slightly padded cover, giving it a soft and pleasant texture for young readers to experience.


This book is well written and engaging, and many one year olds enjoy identifying items in the highly detailed drawings as part of the reading routine.


While your baby may not be able to name the items yet, try asking your child to point at different things, and watch how quickly they learn. If you’re looking for a great bed time book, Ten Little Night Stars is a great choice.

6. Vegetables in Underwear

Vegetables in Underwear

Children love to be silly, and a vegetable in underwear will probably be hilarious to your child. This story features all sorts of different vegetables, while introducing the concept of underwear, and also opposites.


Your toddler is still in diapers, but discussing a new item of clothing may help pave the road for potty training later.


Even if it doesn’t, you’ll help build your child’s understanding of opposites by comparing dirty vegetables to clean vegetables, and tall vegetables to short ones.


Opposites are very popular with one year olds because their developing brains are at just the right age to understand the concept.


What better way to introduce your child to opposites than through a comical book that pairs the familiar vegetables with less familiar underwear.


If you have a fun loving child who enjoys silliness, Vegetables in Underwear is a good pick for your child.

7. Nature Friends Lift-a-Flap Boxed Set

Vegetables in Underwear

Lift-a-Flap books are one of the most popular style of books for children this age. One year olds love being able to practice their fine motor skills, and a book that allows them to manipulate flaps in order to get a surprise image are a top favorite.


This set of four lift-a-flap books not only let your tot explore, they are especially designed to stand up to your toddlers heavy handling. The titles in the set include Little Red Barn, Little Blue Boat, Little Yellow Bee, and Little Green Frog.


These captivating books will let your child explore the world with these best selling books, once again in a mini size perfect for tiny hands. Your baby will love a book sized just for them that allows them to move and explore each page.

8. Lamaze Peek-A-Boo Forest, Fun Interactive Baby Book

Lamaze Peek-A-Boo Forest, Fun Interactive Baby Book

No list for one year olds is complete without a cloth bound book. Cloth books are perfect for growing babies because they are incredibly durable, stand up to even the most enthusiastic babies, and provide a new texture for them to explore.


Peek-A-Boo Forest is a colorful peek-a-boo lets your child lift flaps to discover who is sleeping in various hiding places. Your child gets to meet fun animals while working on their fine motor skills.


This is an ideal lift-a-flap book for young explorers that are a little bit harder on books than most.


Let your child enjoy all the fun of a lift-a-flap without any concern about how long the book will last with this brightly colored and beautifully written story book about playing peek-a-boo.

9. One: A birthday book

One: A birthday book

This fun birthday book is designed specifically for a child turning one. This uplifting book celebrates all the milestones your young one has achieved, and talks about the growth yet to come.


The message is powerful: That even though your little one is still quite small, they’ve come along way in just one year.


This is a great book to commemorate the first birthday of all the special one year olds in your life, and will give you a keepsake to read with your child as they grow and develop.


This sweet book was written after a new mom tried to find a milestone book for her own son to celebrate with, and didn’t find one. It’s the perfect way to share with your child how very special it is to turn one.

10. Firenze’s Light

Firenze's Light

This sweet book talks about the differences between the character Firenze, and other kids. Firenze has a special light that all of her friends love, but Firenze doesn’t like it. How can she enjoy having a light when she can’t even play hide and seek?


This beautiful book talks about more complex topics, such as how sometimes friends look different, but all those differences are beautiful. This book is about learning to love all of yourself, and what healthy friendships look like.


It’s never too young to start talking about these things. Although your toddler will most likely be focused on the sound of your voice and the beautiful pictures, as they grow books like this will help them know what a great friend looks like.


A heartwarming story for everyone, this book should be on everyone’s list.

11. Pajama Zoo Parade: Funniest Bedtime ABC Book

Pajama Zoo Parade: Funniest Bedtime ABC Book

What’s more fun than snazzy pajamas when you’re getting ready for bed? A hilarious bedtime ABC book of course! This brightly colored and upbeat ABC book shows off dozens of animals as they get ready for bedtime with a pajama parade!


Your one year old will love the bright colors and fast paced rhymes. If you have an energetic child not quite ready for bedtime, this riveting book will help get them in the mood for sleep as they see what animals do in order to get ready for bed.


While your kid is enjoying the fun and bright colors, they’re also learning their ABC’s. This ABC book teaches your little tyke the alphabet, and helps them with the identification skills they’ll need a few years down the road in kindergarten.

12. Arial, the Chef (UnicornPreneur)

Arial, the Chef (UnicornPreneur)

This heartwarming tale tells the story of Arial, the Chef. In this story, Arial wants a new sushi robot.


She works hard to earn the money for it, and saves each penny bit by bit. When she’s saved enough money, she finds out her friend’s dad needs a surgery and can’t afford it.


What will she do? This story teaches your child about showing compassion, and also about delayed gratification.


Studies show that a child who is able to choose delayed gratification over instant gratification will do better across the board as an adult.


Your one year old will love the beautiful colors and fun storyline, and you’ll love how much they learn and develop from this book.


If your child has a ‘can do’ attitude and an interest in cooking, this fun and unique book may be a great choice for their collection.

13. The Wonderful Things You Will Be

The Wonderful Things You Will Be

This book is a true treasure for parents and children alike. The book talks about the hope parents have for their children, and the profound knowledge that even when they’re too young to be anything, they’re going to be someone wonderful.


The bond between a mom, a dad, and their child is a deep and unbreakable one. This heartwarming story touches on those emotions, and talks about how much parents love their kids.


This book is great for children of any age, but they’re a special gift for baby showers, birthdays, and other special occasions. Celebrate the milestone of your baby’s first year with this touching and beautifully written book.

  1. Hi,

    Great resources you provided here. I was looking for some book ideas for my nephew last week for his first birthday, and I think these books you recommended will be amazing. They all look very promising! I am going to place the order now and thanks for this amazing post!

  2. Hi James,

    This list could prove to be the difference we have been waiting for in our home. We’ve been looking for some quality books for our 1 year old son and as he develop we want to make sure we inculcate reading into his routines. All of these books look fantastic and I can’t wait to check them out. Thanks for sharing!

    • Hi Rodarrick,

      My pleasure! It’s nice to know you’re trying to develop a routine early, that’s very smart thinking! Best of luck to you!

  3. Hi James, I really like your selection of book ideas for one year olds. 

    Engagement in a book at this time is so much fun for both parent and child. I do often have trouble with my baby (8 mos) to not try so hard to take the book from me and try to eat it though..

    If you had any great advice to have him more engaged instead of thinking everything is a snack I would love that:)?

    Many Thanks Rob

  4. Hello James, this post is very well put together. I’m sure plenty of people will benefit from it and I know my Grandchildren could definitely use some of these books. Thanks a lot for sharing this!

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