Fantastic Frog Books for Toddlers: Best Reads Booklist 2023

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This booklist includes twenty fantastic frog books for toddlers with an emphasis on quality literature. Reading is absolutely one of my favorite things to do with my kids. Foremost, my priority is good literature. Literature that sparks their imagination. I want them to read books that are filled with characters who are strong, brave, and kind. Books filled with colorful illustrations that transport the reader to a new world. It’s a high standard for a booklist.

13 frog books for toddlers all stacked on a wooden table with a pathos house plant in a blue pot.
A Stack of Frog Books for Toddlers

I hope you enjoy this booklist of frog books for toddlers and kids. This booklist begins with some of our favorite picture books (#1-14), followed by books with frog appearances (#15-17), and the list is completed with frog non-fiction (#18-20).

I’m always on the hunt for good literature. I will continue to add my new froggy finds here.

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What are the best frog books for toddlers?

1. A Frog in the Bog by Karma Wilson

This is our all-time favorite frog book. This book is illustrated with splashes of moody watercolors to capture the bog. A frog, sits on a log, eating quite like a hog. He learns a lesson quickly about sitting on a “half-sunk log in the middle of the bog.” The rhyme and rhythm will have you reading it repeatedly.

2. Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame (A Picture Book by Peter Clover)

Little frog lovers will love meeting Mr. Toad in this classic tale. Our reckless friend, Mr. toad, has a fancy for new things. Find out what trouble he gets into.

3. Frog and Toad Together by Arnold Lobel

This book is a collection of short stories of two friends who do everything together, from learning to be brave, binging on irresistible cookies, and planting a garden. The Frog and Toad collection is part of the young readers series “I Can Read Book.”

4. The Classic Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher by Beatrix Potter

One rainy afternoon, Mr. Jeremy Fisher, a frog who loved to get his feet wet, headed to the pond with his basket and rod in tow. He planned to catch fish and invite his friends over for dinner. Whew! What a turn of events, barely making it to dinner with his friends.

5. Little Quack’s New Friend by Lauren Thompson

Two unlikely friends explore the pond and have a day filled with so much fun. Little Ribbit joins Little Quack in adventures in the pond from splashing in the water to squishing in the mud. This book is filled with onomatopoeias (words imitating sounds). And my toddlers love the dramatic reading of playing in the mud. This book enforces kindness and being friendly.

6. There was an old lady who swallowed a Frog! by Lucille Colandro

Oddly, my girls love this book, and it’s always a guaranteed belly laugh. This silly lady must have been in a fog to swallow a frog. But, oh my! The things she gulps down create a colorful garden to welcome spring.

7. Five Speckled Frogs by Steven Anderson

Five Green and Specked frogs sitting on a brown log looking at a big purple dragonfly on a blue sky day.
Five Speckled Frogs Retold by Steven Anderson

This book will have you singing the jolly song “Five Speckled Frogs” all day. We found this little book in our local library. Unfortunately, I could not locate this book online at a reasonable price. But I did find this cute little Pop-Up puppet book. I will not recommend books that I have not personally read or held in my hands. So, I will continue to search for another retelling of this book at a reasonable price.

8. From Tadpole to Frog by Steven Anderson

This book guides the reader through the life of a frog, starting from a teeny tiny egg to a full-grown frog. If you choose, you can set the book to music from Cantata Learning.

9. Peach & Blue by Sarah Kilborne

Blue is a blue-bellied toad who has lost the delight of his pond. He wanders to a peach tree where he meets Peach, who longs to feel the dirt and experience life outside her tree. Along the way, Peach helps Blue see “the beautiful colors of beautiful things.”

This book is one of our favorites. We frequently borrow it from our local library. It’s time this treasure is added to our bookshelf.

10. Bee Frog by Martin Waddell

Little Bee Frog wants to be a dragon. Feeling a little ignored by her family, she heads off to do dragon things. She wonders if dragons feel lonely. Her parents quickly seek after her and remind Bee that she is loved. It should be noted the book references a brief runaway: Bee wanders off and declares she is not coming back.

11. Little Frog and the Scary Autumn Thing by Jane Yolen

With the dawning of autumn, the pond is changing. Sadly, Little Frog’s favorite color is disappearing. Little Frog is not sure of the colors of fall. However, Papa Frog helps her to be brave and see the beauty of change.

12. Little Frog and the Spring Polliwogs by Jane Yolen

Unfortunately, Little Frog is not too happy to see all the tadpoles swimming in “her” pond. Her parents correct her for her rudeness. In the end, she learns these tadpoles are truly special.

13. It’s Mine by Leo Lionni

After a storm and rising waters, three quarreling little frogs turn from their selfish ways.

14. Tuesday by David Wiesner

It’s Tuesday and something wild happens on Tuesday. This book has “Twilight Zone” vibes. With the rise of the moon, the frogs rise on lily pads like tiny, green magic carpets to adventure into the neighborhood. My oldest loved pointing at all the frogs on the page and giggling at their messes and goofy grins. This was my first wordless picture book to read to my toddlers. This book has encouraged us to check out more wordless picture books.

15. Secrets of the Rainforest by Carron Brown

This book is a fun bedtime story. Make sure to turn off the lights and have a flashlight. This book is a fun way to explore the rainforest habitat. There is a brief appearance of a frog and a tadpole. But, the book was too fun and makes a great addition to frog books for toddlers.

16. Good Night Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle

Peek Toad driving the Little Blue Truck. All the animals on the farm shelter together to face the storm and be brave together. When the sky is clear, it’s time to load up in the Little Blue Truck go for a nighttime ride.

17. We Give Thanks by Cynthia Rylant

Rabbit and Frog, a friendly duo, go through their day giving thanks and end their day with a big meal with all of their friends. My little ones love to point out all the different animals throughout the book. This book is a good addition to a Thanksgiving Booklist for Toddlers.

Frog Non-Fiction

18. Frogs by Gail Gibbons

Gail Gibbons writes interestingly educational books. This book addresses many questions that a child might have about a frog. There is a reference to millions of years.

19. The Frog Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta

This book lists various facts about amphibians from A to Z. There is a reference to millions of years. My toddlers enjoyed looking at the pictures. An older child might find this book more interesting.

20. National Geographic Readers: Frogs

We always love flipping through National Geographic Kids. While my toddlers, may not be able to endure the entire reading of the book, we enjoy picking out facts and learning new things. There is a reference to millions of years.

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More book lists coming soon!

Thanks for stopping by!

Finally, I want to thank you for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed this list of frog books for toddlers. Please say Hi in the comment section. What fun froggy reads have you enjoyed with your toddlers?

– With Great Joy, Katie

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  1. #11 looks so cute!! I’m going to have to get that one for my son. He’ll love it. This is a great list!

  2. This is such a cute article! Another good one I liked as a child is Froggy Goes to School by Jonathan London! (I think these are part of a series)

    1. So many great reads here! Frog and Toad is a favorite! As a mom of little ones and a teacher (had second grade for several years—these titles are great:), been in fourth quite awhile now) these are fantastic. Always look forward to your posts.

  3. Great post! Can’t wait to send to my sister who is a teacher! She has a unit on the color green and letter F for frog, so I’m sure this will be a helpful resource for her.

  4. Wow, I never thought there were so many books about frogs. I have two kids under 5, and they love reading. I`ll pick some books from your list for a small Easter gift. Thank you for the suggestion.

  5. These froggy books are adorable! They seem like so much fun to read with young children. I’m going to send the list to my sister-in-law. I bet my niece would love them!

  6. Great recommendations! Now, I have an idea of what to get for my niece. She loves books about frogs. Thank you!

  7. Great list! My girls both love learning about frogs. We have an old copy of Jeremy Fisher that is a favorite bedtime story.

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