I am a first time mom, what is the books for toddlers?
Do you mean books about toddlers or books to read with toddlers?
I just read Peaceful Parents, Peaceful Kids (http://www.learningpeace.com/) which wasn't exactly about toddlers, but has really helped us navigate the whole autonomy and choice vs. balancing the needs of the whole family. And our doctor gave us this this book from the American Pediatric Association (which I would take with a grain of salt, but it's still a nice overview of common illnesses, and toilet, food, sleep, etc).
For books to read to toddlers - I really like the books here at www.barefootbooks.com and you can search by age. I also think anything with classic nursery rhymes or the Alphabet. My daughter just found The Construction Alphabet by Jerry Pallotta at the library and it was really rich in content. I guess he does a whole series of alphabet books.
My aunt sends us the Babybug magazine, so we get a new one every month.
My #1 suggestion regarding reading material for toddlers is to just walk into the library, cruise on over to the children's section, look for the board book section, and pick up whatever seems colorful and interesting. Once you get a feel for what your child enjoys the most, then consider buying a few favorites.
Things my kid loves: Richard Scarry books, Eric Carle books, Mo Willems (one of my favorites too), and various ABC/counting books. Being a boy, anything with vehicles in it is a crowd pleaser, but he's also into nature, and those baby signing books. I like to do a mix of fiction (things with a plot) and non-fiction (vocabulary building books). I also check out a lot of the DK picture reference books on different topics. They're really for older kids, but he seems to enjoy looking at them.
My kid loves to read, so I couldn't survive without the library. I have plenty of books at home that other people have passed on, but I get sick real fast of reading the same stuff over and over, so a 2-3 week checkout period with hundreds of new possibilities is just the thing to keep me sane. The beauty of board books is they hold up well to toddler abuse.
Books are kind of a special thing at our house (an incentive for getting ready to go to sleep) so I keep the old familiar ones out where he can look at them whenever he wants, but have a special stash of "fresh books" new interesting things from the library that I dole out a little bit at a time and read to him every day before nap/bedtime.
Also worth considering are magazines with lots of pictures. It's fun to treat those as a scavenger hunt ("Can you find the...?").
My 22 month old has always been obsessed with books. Kids like different things (as do parents), so it's hard to say what yours might like. I agree with the PP who suggested taking a few trips to the library with your toddler first before you start making any investments.
Here are just a few of our favorites broken down into categories...
Two Eyes, a Nose, and a Mouth by Roberta Grobel Intrater
Lots of Feelings by Shelley Rotner
Eye Like Nature: Stones by PlayBac Books
Eye Like Nature: Sticks by PlayBac Books
Eye Like Natre: Leaves by PlayBac Books
Hands Can by Cheryl Willis Hudson
Good Night by Debbie Bailey
Shoes by Debbie Bailey
My Mouth by Lloyd G. Douglas
My Legs and Feet by Lloyd G. Douglas
Busy Chickens by John Schindel and Steven Holt
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Head to Toe by Eric Carle
Are You My Cat? by Eric Carle
Bear Says Thank You by Michael Dahl
Good-Night Owl by Pat Hutchins
Go Away Big Green Monster by Ed Emberly
The Best Nest by P.D. Eastman
Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman
The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
Where's Spot? by Eric Hill (Lift the Flap)
Around the Farm by Eric Carle (make sounds of various farm animals)
Dr. Seuss's ABCs by Dr. Seuss
My Big Animal Book by Roger Priddy
Big Board 1st 100 Machines by Roger Priddy
My 28 month old loves P.D. Eastman books - Go Dog, Go, Are You My Mother?, Big Dog Little Dog, Fred and Ted Like to Fly.... She liked alphabet books best at 16 - 18 months. She's also into Amelia Bedelia and Curious George books, but those are pretty long and complex if your toddler is a little younger. Some board book "series" we really liked were Sheep in a Jeep (there's a bunch of others), and Cleo the Cat (from Barefoot Books, as PP mentioned). Board book versions of The Snowy Day and The Mitten were big last winter, and Caps For Sale has been a perpetual favorite.
Forgot to mention - anything by Leslie Patricelli. Very simple books, and very easy for little ones to relate to at a young age. Our favorite is "Tubby."
Babybug is a magazine (mostly) full of short poems with lots of illustrations. I check it out free at the library once in awhile. Kiddo doesn't seem too excited by it, but likes looking at the pictures a bit here and there.
A few more books I've remembered:
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
The Good Dog Carl Series
Oh, I almost forgot, speaking of poetry: Robert Louis Stevenson: Child's Garden of Verses. Granted, some of these are iffy from a modern perspective (views on childrearing and multiculturalism have changed a lot since this was written!), but there's a few that I feel have stood the test of time.
Our DD is 3.
She has LOVED books since about 6 months old. We go to the library at least once a week and take out a bunch.
She loves anything by Shirley Hughes. (very charming British sotry books. She has many series, we are found of the Alfie books).
She also loves anything from the Stella and Sam books by Marie Louis Gay. Great series.
She also loves Curious George, Little Critter Books, Fancy Nancy Series, Angelina Ballerina.
And then basically anything with pages to turn and words to read.