Top Ten Books for 2 – 3 years olds

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    Children between ages 2 and 3 are now old enough to follow story lines. Your toddler may even start demanding books that are a little more complicated than those that simply describe things but don't do much else.

    Some children at 2 or 3 years old have quite a long attention spans while others do not, so adjust your reading sessions accordingly. Your goal now is to share the joy of reading with your child; the best way that you can promote reading with your children is to read every single day starting as soon as possible.

    Read on for suggestions of the best books for 2-3 year olds.


    Paddington – Michael Bond
    For more than five decades, stories of Paddington Bear have delighted children all over the world.  The classic story of the bear from Darkest Peru who arrived at Paddington Station with nothing but a suitcase, a half-empty jar of marmalade and a label that read, ‘Please look after this bear. Thank you.’
    Giraffes Can't Dance

    Giraffes Can’t Dance – Giles Andreae
    Gerald would love to join in with the other animals at the Jungle Dance, but everyone knows that giraffes can't dance . . . or can they? A funny, touching and triumphant story from an award-winning creative team. 

    The Snail and the Whale
    One tiny snail longs to see the world and hitches a lift on the tail of a whale. Together they go on an amazing journey, past icebergs and volcanoes, sharks and penguins, and the little snail feels so small in the vastness of the world. But when disaster strikes and the whale is beached in a bay, it's the tiny snail who saves the day.
    Cars and Trucks

    Cars and trucks and Things That Go – Richard Scarry
    This children’s classic is bursting with all kinds of fun vehicles from the magical world of Richard Scarry. From tractors to trucks, sports cars to unicycles, and fire engines to mouse beach buggies, there’s lots to see and talk about on every page.
    Hairy Maclary  Hairy Maclary – Lynley Dodd
    Hairy Maclary felt bumptious and bustly, bossy and bouncy and frisky and hustly" Hairy Maclary, everyone's favourite dog, is busy chasing and hustling all the neighbourhood cats from Slinky Malinki to Pimpernel Pugh. But when he comes face to face with Scarface Claw, the toughest tomcat in town, it's Hairy Maclary's turn to be bustled, rustled and hustled! 
    The Cat In The Hat Dr Seuss

    The Cat In The Hat – Dr Seuss

    The wonderfully anarchic Cat in the Hat is one of the most popular characters in children’s fiction, and this book is ideal for budding readers to tackle on their own.
    The Gruffalo Julia Donaldson.

    The Gruffalo – Julia Donaldson

    The nation's favourite bedtime story! A mouse took a stroll through the deep dark wood. A fox saw the mouse and the mouse looked good.' Walk further into the deep dark wood, and discover what happens when the quick-thinking mouse comes face to face with an owl, a snake and a hungry gruffalo.
     The Tiger Who Came to Tea Judith Kerr

    The Tiger Who Came to Tea – Judith Kerr

    This classic story of Sophie and her extraordinary tea-time guest has been loved by millions of children since it was first published over 30 years ago.
    Thomas The Tank Engine series Rev W Awdry

    Thomas The Tank Engine series – Rev W Awdry

    Thomas and his friends remain as popular as ever, loved by millions all over the world; the original Railway Series books continue to delight Thomas fans of all ages.
    We are Going On A Bear Hunt Michael Rosen

    We’re Going On A Bear Hunt – Michael Rosen

    Follow the family's excitement as they wade through the grass, splash through the river and squelch through the mud in search of the bear. What a surprise awaits in the cave on the other side of the dark forest.

    The Top Ten Books for 2 to 3 year olds and other book are available from all good book shops as well as online at;

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    Books for 1 to 2 year olds
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    or audio books for toddlers

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