The Best Tried-and-Tested Nursery Rhyme Books for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Singing nursery rhymes to your baby and toddler is so important for their development. Finding the best toddler nursery rhyme books for you both to enjoy is the best place to get started.

Spending time singing together really helps your toddler’s speech, language and cognition as they grow.

One of the best ways to get started is by choosing one, or two, lovely nursery rhyme books to share together. Check out this list for the best 10 toddler nursery rhyme books on the market.

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The Best Nursery Rhyme Books for Toddlers and Preschoolers

1. My First Lift-The-Flap Nursery Rhymes

This is a beautiful board book featuring the best known nursery rhymes, with flaps for your little one to lift.

The toddlers I childmind absolutely love lift-the-flap books, and my four year old secretly loves them too! This is a great way to hold your toddlers attention and encourage them to interact with books and nursery rhymes.

Check out ‘My First Lift-the-Flap Nursery Rhymes’ on Amazon

2. If you’re happy and you know it!

Here’s a fun book from the well-known Ladybird brand featuring 10 classic nursery rhymes, along with illustrations for the actions. The tabs on the side make it fun and easy for your little one to turn the pages each time too.

Check out ‘If You’re Happy and You Know it’ on Amazon

3. Sing-along Nursery Rhymes by Ladybird

If you’re not much of a singer, or your throat is growing hoarse from singing constantly, then this may be the book for you! Sing-along Nursery rhymes by Ladybird contains 14 favourite nursery rhymes with a CD of the songs included. My little ones love listening to nursery rhymes on car journeys or while they’re drawing or colouring.

Check out ‘Sing-along Nursery Rhymes’ on Amazon

4. Ditty Bird Action Songs (A Sing-Along Sound Book)

Bright, colourful and fun, this book is a winner! With 6 nursery rhymes to sing along to, your little one can press the button on each page and the book will sing the rhyme for them.

This is a great book for some independent time, while you are busy doing jobs or on a long car journey.

Check out ‘Ditty Bird Action Songs’ on Amazon

5. Mother Goose’s Nursery Rhymes: A First Treasury

If you’re a fan of Axel Scheffler (Illustrator of The Gruffalo), then you’ll love this beautiful, hardback, Nursery Rhyme Collection. It includes all the classics and favourites, with his beautiful illustrations on every page.

A special book for any toddler to treasure. They won’t outgrow this one in a hurry!

Check out ‘Mother Goose’s Nursery Rhymes’ on Amazon

6. Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Storybook Rhymes Book

This colourful, interactive book is a great tool to help your toddler learn. It plays 6 nursery rhymes, and teaches your little one numbers, shapes, letters and first words, whilst also being fun.

It’s interactive with buttons to press and light-up sections too. It even comes with a little carry handle, so your toddler can carry it about with them.

Check out ‘Fisher Price Storybook Rhymes’ on Amazon

7. Nursery Rhymes: Finger Puppets and Book Set

Engage your little one with this lovely nursery rhyme book for Old MacDonald, complete with finger puppet animals. They will be learning through song, picking up animal noises, and practicing their fine motor skills, all while enjoying the fun puppets!

Check out ‘Nursery Rhymes: Finger Puppets and Book Set’ on Amazon

8. What Are Little Girls Made of? Nursery Rhymes for Feminist Times

Do you ever find yourself reading some of these nursery rhymes and thinking they are just a little sexist? If you’re looking for some more balanced rhymes, where the girls are brave, strong and capable, then this beautifully illustrated hardback is for you! Teach your little girl that girls can do anything!

Check out ‘What are Little Girls Made of? on Amazon

9. Animal Rhymes

A lovely little lift-the-flap board book from the creator of the well-loved children’s book, Dear Zoo. I don’t know about you, but my kids loved lift-the-flap books as toddlers, my 4 year old still does!

This is a great way to encourage fine motor skills too and develop object permanence.

Check out ‘Animal Rhymes’ on Amazon

10. Knitted Nursery Rhymes

Lastly, for something a little different, check out this knitted nursery rhyme book. The perfect set of nursery rhymes for the toddler with a Mom, Gran, or other family member who loves to knit.

This book includes all the nursery rhymes with lovely knitted photo illustrations, along with the knitting pattern. You can knit the characters from the nursery rhymes for your toddler to act out the nursery rhymes as you sing them. What a cool idea!

Check out ‘Knitted Nursery Rhymes’ on Amazon

I hope this list has helped you find the perfect toddler nursery rhyme book for you and your little one. Enjoy them together as you help your little one develop their speech and language through song.

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