Your Book Suggestions for 2-3 Year Olds

I’m going to make this a sticky post and am hoping people have suggestions on great books for 2-3 year olds.  I’ve gone to three of the public libraries in my area and am overwhelmed by the number of books in the children’s area.  I don’t know where to start and I often find myself picking up books that I later find out are geared towards 4-8 year olds and my daughter doesn’t find interesting.  I know I am probably missing out on a ton of great books so please leave any suggestions in the comments of this post.  Thank you!


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Press Here by Herve Tullet

Daughter’s age when read: 3.5 yrs old

I was fortunate enough to get a preview of this book when I visited the Chronicle Books office in San Francisco.  I knew my daughter would love it so I pre-ordered it and got it yesterday.  We read it for the first time tonight and it was an instant hit that required reading it 3 times.  I had to put my foot down that it was time for bed and we would read it again tomorrow.  The concept was so cute and it’s great for those kids who love interactive books.  It opens up with a yellow dot and instructions to press on the dot.  When you turn the page you now have two yellow dots.  The whole book has step by step directions to do things like pressing dots, tilting the book, shaking the book and seeing what happens as the dots multiply and move around.  My daughter was amazed that pressing a dot would make them multiply or change color and was giggling the whole time waiting to see what would happen on the next page.  She really got into it as it had you clapping your hands to make the dots grow larger.  There are just so many great things about this book.  It definitely lived up to my expectations and was so much fun to read to my daughter.  I highly suggest this book to everyone with kids.  You can check out this post if you want to see a video with more about the book and kids reactions.

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Mo Willems New Series-Amanda and Her Alligator


My daughter is a huge fan of the Piggie and Elephant books from Mo Willems and has also enjoyed the Knuffle Bunny books so I was really excited to see that Mo Willems is coming out with a new series next month!  Here’s the description from the HarperCollins website:

6½ stories about 2 surprising friends.

Having a stuffed alligator for a best friend can be surprising.

Sometimes Amanda surprises her alligator with books. Sometimes Alligator surprises Amanda by eating them.

But what happens when Amanda brings home a special—and not entirely welcome—surprise? The result might be unexpected indeed.

Beloved author-illustrator Mo Willems has created a funny and tender portrait of friendship that readers of any age will love.

It will be available April 26.  I cannot wait to check it out.

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Turtle Time

Not book related but munchkin related.  Here is my first attempt at sewing something for my 3 year old daughter.

It turned out kind of rough but not bad for my first attempt if I do say so myself.  I am totally not a crafty person so I am amazed I didn’t totally botch it.  Hoping she likes it when I give it to her.  I got the pattern from Etsy along with a hedgehog pattern that is so cute!

This will be my second project (the one on the bottom right):

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Zinnia’s Flower Garden by Monica Wellington

Daughter’s age when read: 3 years old

In this book Zinnia starts planting her spring garden and watches as it grows from seeds to a garden full of flowers.  She then talks about what she does in her garden, then as fall and winter come she gathers seeds and dreams of what kind of garden she will plant next season.  Each page is like a scrapbook with a central picture and little drawings, explanations, etc going around the picture.

This is the perfect book for this time of year.  My daughter and I just recently planted strawberry, blueberry and celery plants and are watching them grow.  She has her own little watering can and she helps me weed the yard.  So we have a lot of fun going through each page of this book and talking about what is going on in the main picture as well as what the little pictures in the borders are or what the diagrams are showing.  She now knows the stages of the seed to the sprout, the plant, the bud and the flower.  We just started talking about the picture that shows the different parts of the flower.  The terms are a little technical for her to remember but she still has fun going over it.  If you have a little one that enjoys working out in the yard this is a fun book to pick up.  I think we might be referring to this one as spring and summer progresses.  My daughter has always been fascinated by how plants and trees change throughout the seasons.

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Blue Goose by Nancy Tafuri

Daughter’s age when read: 3.5 years old (also good for younger children)

If you have a child that is trying to learn their basic colors or even if they are an older child who is learning how you can combine two colors to create a third color this is a good book to pick up.  When Farmer Gray leaves the farm one day Blue Goose, White Duck, Red Hen and Yellow Chick decide to add some color to the farm.  We follow them as they paint the barn red, the sky blue and so on. Then we also watch as they mix the colors together to create greens, oranges, light blue and purple to add even more color to the farm.

My daughter loves reading this book because a) she loves the farm animals, b) she can “read” most of the book to herself as she turns the pages and can see what color each animal is going to use to paint and c) we have been working on the concept of mixing two colors together to create a third color.  She does not quite have that idea down but this book along with the Blues Clues video we periodically watch about colors is starting to sink the idea into her mind.  So if your little one is working on colors this is a great book to pick up.

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Hello, Robots by Bob Staake

Daughter’s age when read: 3.5 years old

This book is about four robots that live together in a house and each has their own functions like cooking, repairing steel things, gardening and cleaning. One day they are caught in the rain and that causes them to start malfunctioning. So they start cooking clocks, digging holes in the house and raking the windows. They solve the problem by swapping heads and all the robots go back to their normal functions and are happy again.

It’s a very simple book but the images are colorful. You see a depiction of what each robot does so my daughter and I will sit there at night and talk about what the robots are fixing, cleaning, cooking, etc. It makes it a fun book to read together and it branches off into things we have been doing around our house. Like in one page a robot is tending a lemon tree and at our house we have a cherry tree and just planted some strawberry plants and a blueberry bush. So my daughter talks about caring for those.  We also do the sillies like are you supposed to be cooking clocks? No! Would they taste yummy?  No!  A fun, colorful read that the little ones will really enjoy.

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Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas

Daughter’s age: 3 years old

This was just one of those random books we happen to pick up from the library and I am glad my daughter chose this one.  It opens up with Ed, Ned, Ted and Bob the dust bunnies playing a rhyming game as they try to avoid the broom and vacuum that’s trying to clean them up. Only Bob notices what is going on but he is scolded by the rest of the dust bunnies because he’s not following the rhymes as he tries to warn them.

My daughter found this one hilarious and it was perfect timing because she has been on this rhyming kick.  Every day she asks me if this word rhymes with this other word over and over.  So when one dust bunny throws out a word like “car” I ask my daughter what words she thinks rhyme with it and once she gets that sound we work on recognizing what the first letter is in the rhyming words so she can sound out the words. So this has been a great learning book as well as a fun reading book.

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