Seven Essential Children’s Books for Ages 1-3

There’s no better way to start your baby’s library than with classic board books. Your little one will love having the freedom of turning the pages themselves as they learn to recognize colors, sights, and sounds. Help them develop their imaginations with fun, relatable stories they’ll cherish for years to come.

Here are seven essential children’s books for ages one to three, all available in board book form. Start building your library today!

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Good Night, Gorilla

Called “a must have board book for all babies”, this charming story follows a night watchman as he makes his rounds at the local zoo. The night gets interesting when a gorilla slips the watchman’s keys from his pocket and starts to unlock the animals’ cages one by one.


A timeless story of a bear in a department story, Corduroy has been a family favorite for generations. Don’t miss Corduroy’s nighttime adventures while he waits to be taken home by some lucky boy or girl.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

You and your child will love following the caterpillar as he eats his way to becoming a beautiful butterfly. This modern classic will also help your child develop their counting skills and learn the days of the week as they grow older.

Good Dog Carl

The first in a series of picture books, the charming story of Good Dog Carl is told almost entirely with vivid illustrations. It will capture your baby’s attention from the very first page.

Dear Zoo

Who could resist a story that begins: “I wrote to the zoo to send me a pet. They sent me an…”? Your little one will love discovering what animals the zoo has sent with this interactive, lift-the-flap book.

Goodnight Moon

No children’s book list would be complete without this beloved classic. Goodnight Moon is the perfect bedtime story and one that your child will ask for again and again.

The Going To Bed Book

Another bedtime story favorite, this book is about an ark of animals getting ready for bed. Follow along as these goofy jokesters do everything from exercising to brushing their teeth.

About the Author: Clarissa Fidler is a 20-something trying to find her place in this world. She grew up in Seattle, attended college in Utah, and now calls Chicago home. In her free time you’ll find her reading the New York Times, cuddling with her cat Harper, catching up on her favorite blogs, running along Lake Michigan, or checking out a new restaurant.  If you’d like to read more by Clarissa, check out her blog West Hawthorne Place.

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