Top Books for a 2-3 year old boy

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A good friend of mine has a little boy who is approaching his second birthday.  She is keen not to get too many large toys (from well meaning relatives) due to the lack of space in their flat so she asked me what would be my top recommendations for books for a little boy between the ages of 2 and 3.

The Bear (who is almost 3) is a huge book lover and has heaps of books on shelves in his room.  The elite of his book collection is however kept hidden (from Bollie!) in the top drawer of his bedside table.  I have picked out these ‘special books’ (i.e the books LSH and I have read so often we can recite them!) and in no particular order they are listed here.  (You may notice that Julia Donaldson features heavily!)


1)    Tiddler – by Julia Donaldson

2)    Monstersaurus – by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort

3)    The Gruffalo – by Julia Donaldson

4)    The Gruffalo’s Child – by Julia Donaldson

5)    The Hungry Caterpillar – by Eric Carle

6)    The Tiger who came to Tea – by Judith Kerr

7)    Zog – by Julia Donaldson

8)    We’re Going on a Bear Hunt – Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury

9)    Hairy Maclary’s Caterwaul Caper- Lynley Dodd

10)The Snail and the Whale – by Julia Donaldson

11)Lost and Found – by Oliver Jeffers

12)Stickman – by Julia Donaldson

13)The Boy Who Lost his Name – by see

14)Calm Down Borris – by Stella Gurney

15)Monkey Puzzle – by Julia Donaldson

And just in case you were wondering my personal favourite is Sometimes, by Emma Dodd (it makes me cry every time they let me read it to them!)


For fear of missing anything I also asked this questions of my followers on twitter and facebook.  The response was fantastic and the top suggestions are listed for you here:

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1)    The Cat in the Hat – by Dr. Seuss

2)    Meg and Mog – by Helen Nicoll

3)    The Jolly Postman – by Janet and Allan Ahlberg

4)    The Moomins – by Tove Jansson

5)    Pirates Who Lived Next Door – by Johnny Duddles

6)    Yoga Ogre – by Peter Bently

7)    The Man on the Moon – by Simon Bartram

8)    Not Now Bernard – by David McKee

9)    Hugless Douglas- by David Melling

10)The Boss Baby – by Maria Frazee

11)Don’t let the Pigeon Drive the Bus – by Mo Willems

12)Room on the Broom – by Julia Donaldson

13)Anything by Mick Inkpen

14)Big Red Bath, by Julia Jarman

15)The Charlie and Lola books, by Lauren Child

16)Dinosaurs Love Underpants, by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort

17)Hooray for fish, by Lusy Cousins

18)The Thomas the Tank Engine books

19)Did dig digging – by Margaret Mayo

20)The Elephant and the Bad Baby – by Elfrida Vipont

21)The Little Red Train books – by Benedict Blathwayt

22)Owl Babies – Martin Waddell

23)Mr Men Books

24)Peppa Pig books

25)    Scaredy Squirrel – by Melanie Watt

26)    Eat Your Peas – by Kes Gray and Nick Sharratt

27)    Funny Bones – by by Janet and Allan Ahlberg

28)    Super Duck – by Jez Alborough

29)  Dinosaur Roar – by Henrietta and Paul Stickland

30)  Paddington Bear – by Michael Bond

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