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Are you tired of reading the same books over and over to your 3 year old? See our list of best books for 3 year olds.
What are the best children’s books for 3 year olds? It’s important to consider the developmental milestones. By age 3, kids have a longer attention span and bigger imaginations, which means they can concentrate on longer storylines. Board books were great when your toddler put everything in her mouth, but now she is ready to move on to picture books with simple narratives.
Look for books that teach introductory learning topics like colors and numbers. Anything with cute characters is sure to be hit.
It’s never too early to make your child fall in love with books so we’ve sifted through the best. To make things easier, we’ve broken the list into categories to cover a wide spectrum of books and interests. Some are new releases but others are classic stories that have been told generation after generation.
Here are the top books for 3 year olds that both parents and kids will love reading over and over again.
Workbooks for 3 Year Olds
Is your 3 year old ready for preschool? Children learn best by doing. Reinforce what they are learning with these workbooks. When choosing workbooks, it’s always better to start at a nice slow pace and gradually build up in difficulty. From numbers to cutting, these workbooks make doing “homework” fun.
Big Preschool WorkbookAges 3-5
This Big Preschool Workbook is a fantastic educational resource teaching Pre-writing, Phonics, Alphabet, Colors & Shapes, Following Directions, Numbers, Early Math, drawing, coloring, matching, opposites, feelings, and more. It starts off simple by tracing lines and the activities become increasingly more challenging as you go through the workbook. The pictures are bright and engaging for little one with the perfect amount of content on each page. We love the variety of activities, how it engages kids, and it develops speech and writing and improves concentration. Developing speech, writing, and more, it’s perfect for giving your 3 year old a head start on preschool. Best of all, kiddos have fun while learning. What’s not to love?
My First Learn-to-Write WorkbookAges 3+
My First Learn-to-Write Workbook teaches kiddos letters (Upper/Lower Case), numbers (1-10), shapes. Kids can practice pen control, line tracing, letters, new words, and more. This book really helps with pen control and it’s designed to help with memory and retention. It’s a great resource for developing fine motor skills to go from simple strokes to letters and shapes. After completing pages, kids feel a great sense of accomplishment. They love learning to write with it. If you want your 3 year old to learn to write, this is a fantastic learning tool that delivers results.
Alphabet Flash CardsAges 3+
This 56-card Alphabet Flash Cards set is perfect for engaging early learners and teaching them the alphabet, letter-picture recognition, and word-picture recognition. It’s an amazing feeling to see your 3-year-old relate a letter to the picture they know from memory, and you can even turn it into a fun game. The set includes 26 upper and 26 lower case letters. The cards are colorful, sturdy, and perfectly sized for little hands. Depending on your child, you may want to start with upper case letters first rather than the whole deck and start off by giving the answers. Then later, rather than saying ‘no,’ say ‘try again’ to promote learning. You can even use rewards to help your child learn. The best part? Kids will be learning while having fun.
First Words Flash CardsAges 4-7
Your preschooler can learn their first words with this First Words Flash Cards set. Each of the 56 cards features a word on one side and an image with the same word on the other side to reinforce learning for your little one. Example first words include: duck, sock, cow, key, girl, egg, flower, tree, circle, goat, ring, house, turtle, sun, fox, and more. The pictures are bright and the cards are durable. It’s a great educational tool for building confidence and developing reading readiness.
Wipe-Clean WorkbookAges 2-4
This Pre-K Wipe-Clean Workbook lets your 3 year old practice their ABCs, numbers, colors, and shapes. Kids also benefit from learning through letter tracing (Upper/Lower Case), number tracing, word tracing, shape tracing, reward chart, and more. It’s great for learning to write and kiddos love it. The best part? The wipe-clean surface means you can wipe it clean with your finger or a dry cloth and reuse it again and again. That means that the learning fun never ends. Dry erase markers make cleanup a breeze. The package includes a wipe-clean pen. Kids love it and the pen is perfectly sized for little hands. It’s a great beginning workbook for toddlers/preschoolers and much more fun than a paper workbook.
Preschool Scholar WorkbookAges 3-5
This Preschool Scholar Workbook focuses on reading readiness, early math, counting (0-10), science, ABCs, writing, shapes, colors, cause-and-effect, matching, patterns, spatial reasoning, sounds, and more. The bright, cute pictures engage little learners. There’s quite a bit of alphabet letters and tracing with good variety in numbers, letters, and shapes. The activites keep little ones busy and hold their interest. Most importantly, it builds confidence it your preschooler. The content covers all the basics preschoolers should learn.
Scissor Skills Preschool Workbook for KidsAges 3-5
Little ones can practice their scissor skills with this fun activity book designed for toddlers. With 40 different exercises — including animals, patterns, and shapes to cut out on thick, high-quality paper — kids will master the art of cutting in no time. It’s starts off easy — cutting shapes and practicing lines — and gets progressively more challenging with curved objects and animals with small details. We love how there’s a variety of difficulty levels and how kids can color the pictures. We only wish the pages were perforated for removing from the workbook. Just note that safety scissors are not included. It’s great for developing your 3 year old’s motor skills and helping them learn to safely cut. You’ll be so proud to see your little one’s cutting skills improve.
The Outdoor Toddler Activity BookAges 1-3
The Outdoor Toddler Activity Book presents over 100 fun early learning activities and games for outdoor play. It has a lot of simple ideas for all seasons to keep kiddos busy. Your toddler will be running, exploring, making noise, be messy, challenging their brains, and even practicing fine motor skills. We love how each activity is carefully thought out — outlining materials, preparation time, and sequenced events. Kids love playing the games. Parents are pleasantly surprised at how fun and educational the activities are. It’s a must-have resource for any parent or teacher of young kids.
The Ultimate Toddler Activity GuideAges 1-3
The Ultimate Toddler Activity Guide is a wonderful resource with fun and educational activites to do at home or preschool. This guide presents 200 fun, age-appropriate activities for your toddler. Parents are busy so there are over 100 activities requiring minimal prep. We love that kids learn through play and you can easily find activities by category of interest. It’s really designed with usability in mind. Most importantly, these quality activities keep my 3 year old engaged and stimulated. If your toddler loves to learn through play, this is a highly valuable resource for parents.
My First Book of CuttingAges 3-5
My First Book of Cutting teaches preschoolers how to cut. It teaches by allowing kids to practice his cutting skills with scissors. It helps develop your child’s manual dexterity.
My First Book of TracingAges 2-5
Want to learn how to trace? Kumon’s My First Book of Tracing helps kiddos learn and master basic pencil skills for writing letters and numbers. Kids start off with straight lines and progress to curved, zigzag, and diagonal lines. A helpful tip is to slip it into a page protector and have your child use a dry erase marker so you can make the most of it. It’s wonderful to see your child make progress. It’s a great workbook for teaching toddlers how to hold their pencil and write. It’s also great for building confidence and developing their motor skills.
Educational Books for 3 Year Olds
With curious minds, 3 year olds are constantly learning and growing. What better way to grow their minds than with books? It’s never too early to introduce counting, the alphabet, shapes and colors to your 3 year old. Give them a head start on school with these learning books.
Chicka Chicka Boom BoomAges 1-4
This charming rhyming book is a fun way to introduce the alphabets to your 3 year old. The story revolves all of the alphabets, A through Z, climbing up a coconut tree. When all of the letters make their way up the tree, the tree goes “Chika Chicka Boom Boom”. With fun sound effects and rhymes, it’s an entertaining story that young children will love.
First 100 WordsAges 1-3
Introduce your 3 year old to 100 essential first words and pictures with First 100 Words. With simple words, amazing imagery, sturdy board pages, and a soft, padded cover, kids will be engaged while learning all sorts of new words every day and building their vocabulary. A few of the words are repeated, but it’s not a deal-breaker. It’s a great educational book every toddler should have in their collection.
We’re Different, We’re the SameAges 3-7
In We’re Different, We’re the Same, Elmo and friends teach little ones that although we look different on the surface — we’re actually alike with shared needs, desires, and feelings. We learn that it’s our differences that makes our world wonderful and special. It deals with racial diversity better than most books, but it falters with addressing gender and fails at disability issues. However, most of the content is great. The pages are full of diverse images. It makes you realize how boring the world would be if we were all the same. It’s an essential in your library for teaching kids about diversity.
Pinkfong Baby Shark Sound BookAges 3-6
Love the Baby Shark song? Now toddlers and preschoolers can enjoy this officially licensed interactive Sound Book. Explore the world of Baby Shark with vibrant illustrations and 10 interactive songs. Get ready to do the Baby Shark!
BIG Letter Tracing for Preschoolers and ToddlersAges 2-4
For toddlers and preschoolers, tracing letters and numbers is not easy. Toddlers can learn letter tracing, number tracing, and basic shapes with this resource. Each alphabet or number is printed large on a single page, providing kids with plenty of space to form letters. The number and dotted line guidelines indicating the direction and path to take are really helpful for kids. If you laminate all the pages and use try erase markers, you’ll get the most out of this activity book. It’s an excellent resource for homeschooling that builds confidence and helps with pen control.
Ten Apples Up On Top!Ages 3-7
Teach your little one to count from 1 to 10 in a fun way with Ten Apples Up On Top! In this Dr. Suess classic, three animal friends — a dog, lion, and tiger — practice balancing and stacking apples on their heads. Just don’t let those apples fall! Everyone competes to see who can stack the most apples on their head, until the eventual climatic crash at the end. It’s an easy read and a fun little counting book for young readers.
Are You My Mother?Ages 3-7
Are You My Mother? is a Dr. Suess classic about a baby bird searching for its mother. A mother’s egg jumps, so she quickly grabs something for her baby to eat. The baby hatches and sets out to search for its mother — asking a kitten, hen, dog, cow, plane and a Snort if they’re his mother. Eventually, the baby bird is reunited with his real mother. Kids can relate to the baby bird’s plight. With a timeless message of the bond between a mother and child, it’s perfect for baby showers, beginning readers, and Mother’s Day. It’s engaging for kids and amusing for parents.
Discovery: Rumble with the Dinosaurs!Ages 3-5
Got a dino lover? Dino lovers get ready to Rumble with the Dinosaurs! This book features 10 interactive dinosaur sounds. Press the button to hear the dinosaurs come to life. It’s quite sturdy for little learners. We only wish the buttons were in the same order as the book. Dinosaur lovers will LOVE this book and love mimicking the sounds they hear. It’s a fantastic interactive, educational book worth adding to your little dino-lover’s collection.
One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue FishAges 3-7
Dr. Seuss makes wonderful children’s books. One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish is a classic. Using rhythm, rhyme, and silly illustrations, this is a great book to teach 3 year olds how to read on their own by sounding out the words. Even reading it hundreds of times, it never gets old.
Baby Up, Baby Down: A First Book of OppositesAges 0-3
Babies and toddlers can learn their opposites with this adorable read, Baby Up, Baby Down: A First Book of Opposites. Opposites covered include up/down, clean/messy, wet/dry, near/far, quite/loud, and awake/asleep. What’s cool? It features adorable babies of various races demonstrating the opposite concepts. There’s one baby for each pair of opposites. It really helps kiddos understand opposites. We just wish they had even more opposites.
Just Ask!: Be Different, Be Brave, Be YouAges 4-8
Written by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sonia Sotomayor, Just Ask!: Be Different, Be Brave, Be You is a book highlighting how our differences make us unique. Different people make our world wonderful, interesting, and richer. She examines children with various challenges, including disabilities. We love the inclusion of characters with diabetes, asthma, physical disability, hearing/vision impairment, dyslexia, autism, stuttering, Tourette’s syndrome, ADHD, nut allergies, and Down syndrome. Just as in the garden story, Sotomayor encourages kids to ‘Just Ask’ when we meet someone who is different from us and we’re not sure why. Although the book is a bit wordy, it’s presented in a child-friendly manner that’s suitable for a 3 year old. We commend her for delivering a thoughtful, inclusive story and addressing topics that are often overlooked. It offers an important message to teach your child that everyone has something special to contribute to our world. With its profound message, every child should have this in their library.
First 100 Board Book Box SetAges 1-3
This First 100 Board Book Box Set includes 3 books: First 100 Words, First 100 Animals, and Number Colors Shapes. The books are sturdy, well-built, and provide great educational value for your 3 year old or toddler. Kids learn words and key concepts. They love the animals book and looking at all the pictures. The photos coupled with words facilitate your child’s learning. We love that these are perfectly sized for little hands.
First 100 Words BilingualAges 1-3
Want to teach your child in both Spanish and English? Introduce your 3 year old to 100 essential first words in Spanish and English with pictures in First 100 Words Bilingual edition. With simple words, amazing imagery, sturdy board pages, and a soft, padded cover, kids will be engaged while learning all sorts of new words every day and building their vocabulary. The bright colored photos will appeal to young kiddos. It’s a must-have educational book every toddler should have in their collection, and we love the bilingual learning aspect.
Dr. Seuss’s ABC: An Amazing Alphabet Book!Ages 2-3
Make learning the alphabet fun with the Dr. Seuss’s ABC: An Amazing Alphabet Book! It covers everything from Aunt Annie’s Alligator to Fiffer-Feffer-Feff to Zizzer-Zazzer-Zuzz. The alliteration is a fun and cute way for your 3 year old to familiarize themselves with letters and sounds. It will certainly amuse them, while teaching them their ABCs.
Mighty, Mighty Construction SiteAges 2-5
From the creators of the bestselling Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site, Mighty, Mighty Construction Site focuses on team building, friendship, and teamwork. Our favorite truck characters are tasked with their biggest project yet — requiring the help of new friends to complete it. This sequel introduces two lady trucks. Kids learn that by working as a team — even a big job can seem small and that it’s okay to ask for help on a big job. The artwork is beautiful, and 3 year olds will demand it be read over and over. It’s a real treat for vehicle lovers and those who loved the original. It’s actually better than most sequels — your toddler will love it.
I Love You, Stinky FaceAges 4+
I Love You, Stinky Face is a story of a mother’s unconditional love. A mother tells her child that her love would not waiver even if her child were a smelly skunk, scary ape, or green alien. It’s the sweetest bedtime story and the message is profound. The beautiful illustrations elevate the story to a whole new level. It’s the perfect gift for baby showers and for any child’s collection. It’s a heart-warming family-favorite!
Fox in SocksAges 3-7
Fox in Socks is a Dr. Suess classic that’s fun to read. Kids will be giggling when you read the tongue-twisters. We don’t recommend reading it fast the first time. The wonderful illustrations and rhymes hold 3 year olds’ attention. Parents and kids alike will enjoy this book. It’s a great gift for birthdays and baby showers.
Simple First Words Let’s Say Our ColorsAges 1-4
Who’s ready to learn their colors? Simple First Words Let’s Day Our Colors introduces young readers to the wonderful world of colors. Press the interactive buttons to hear the color’s name. Each color is shown with many objects on a single page, while the last page shows an object with each color. It’s great for learning to identify colors and developing your 3 year old’s speech. There’s a great feeling of satisfaction when you see your child say each color and point out each color.
Hop on PopAges 3-7
Hop on Pop is a Dr. Suess classic rhyming picture book for early readers. With simple words and silly rhymes, your kiddos are sure to be full of giggles. Although there’s not much of a story, the sheer wackiness is entertaining for little ones. The repetitive, poetic cadence appeals to little listeners and helps facilitate learning to read. The illustrations keep kids engaged. They’ll beg to read it again and again. It’s the perfect gift for Father’s Day.
But Not the HippopotamusAges 2-5
Sandra Boynton’s But Not the Hippopotamus is a story about a shy hippo. The hippo experiences life going by with everyone busy with their social lives and activities. She wants to do all the things they’re doing but she’s afraid to ask. When other animals notice her at the end, they invite her over — but since she’s shy, she’s not sure whether she should stay or go. When she eventually decides to jump in, she has a blast. It’s an adorable story with charming illustrations. The board books hold up quite well to little ones. Teaching good values, it makes for a wonderful baby shower gift. It’s one of Boynton’s best books — kids love it and you won’t get tired of reading it hundreds of times — and that’s quite a remarkable feat!
There’s a Wocket in my Pocket!Ages 2-5
There’s a Wocket in my Pocket! is pure silly fun for kiddos! A young boy explores his house and discovers many fun, inventive characters. It beautifully combines funny stories, catchy rhythm, and fun illustrations. I think it’s rather funny that the made-up words are actually creature names. These names are pretty funny to say and the rhyming sounds quite pleasing. Just note that this is an edited, abridged version for younger kids. Most notably, it’s missing the ending and some of Dr. Suess’ magic from the original. For older kids this may matter, but for your 3 year old it might not.
From Head to ToeAges 1-4
Written by the same author as The Hungry Caterpillar, this fun animal book encourages your little one to move. All the different animals in the book move their bodies and ask children to do the same. Children will love stretching and bending their bodies with the animals, using their whole body from head to toe.
Counting KissesAges 1-5
Counting Kisses is a beautiful interactive book that counts down starting from 10 kisses to 1 final kiss. You’ll eventually kiss your 3 year old from head to toe. And who doesn’t love extra kisses? The illustrations are bright, colorful, and beautiful. It’s a wonderful bedtime book and perfect for early math learning. It’s helps you bond and create lasting memories with your child.
Mouse PaintAges 0-3
Mouse Paint introduces kids to basic color theory — primary colors, secondary colors, and mixing colors — with an adorable story. Kids love the story and the cute mice throughout the book. It’s a fun way for kiddos to learn about colors. Kids will be encouraged to experiment with mixing their own paint.
Eating the AlphabetAges 0-3
Eating the Alphabet beautifully combines the alphabet with fruits and veggies. Kids learn about a variety of fruits and vegetables for every letter of the alphabet. Three year olds will love learning their ABC’s as well as the vibrant collage illustrations. Some may even be encouraged to try new healthy foods.
First 100 Numbers Colors ShapesAges 1-3
First 100 Numbers Colors Shapes is an essential that belongs in every toddler’s library. It teaches numbers, colors, shapes, opposites, times of day, routines, places, and even 100 simple first words. Three year olds love the vibrant pictures. Surprisingly, not all the colors are represented. We just love how these books are packed with so much information for your little one. It’s an excellent teaching tool for kids we can’t recommend highly enough.
ABC’s for Boys Ages 0-5
Looking for an ABC book for your 3 year old boy? Packed with airplanes, dump trucks, boats, tractors, and more, this ABC book keeps your 3 year old’s interest. They’ll be learning while having fun. While it’s designed for boys, even girls may like some of the things in this book. Most importantly, it really sparks learning new letters. The pictures are nice, large, and colorful. As it’s a precious way to learn the alphabet, it’s a must-have for your child’s book collection.
Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?Ages 2-3
Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? is a Dr. Suess classic with rhymes introducing your 3 year old to various sound words. He emulates the sounds of everything from popping corks, horse feet, and a goldfish kiss to eggs frying in a pan and a hippo chewing gum! Although there’s no underlying message, it’s a fun and silly story with fun characters and vibrant illustrations that will appeal to your 3 year old. Toddlers will have fun trying to mimic the various noises from the book. It’s all in the name of playful fun and encourages kids to use their imagination. It’s wonderful for creating lasting memories with your child and it’s a go-to for baby showers.
Richard Scarry’s What Do People Do All Day?Ages 3-7
Wondering What Do People Do All Day? Take a tour of Busytown and see what construction workers, fire fighters, farmers, doctors, and more do to keep the community running smoothly daily. Kids will learn about building roads and houses, how trains/planes and the postal service work, electricity, paper-making, farming, and more. Although some things have changed in society and are now considered politically incorrect, the stories explain how things work and who does what. You can use this as an opportunity to explain the changes to your child. The stories and illustrations are fantastic with tons to explore and enjoy. Kids love checking out all the amazing details on each spread. Both endearing and educational, it’s a children’s classic worth adding to your collection.
I Love You Through And ThroughAges 2-3
I Love You Through and Through is a wonderful book about a toddler who declares his unconditional love for his teddy bear. The message is touching and it’s about loving your loved one from head to toe. The text is simple and sweet, the pictures are beautiful, and the rhymes are thoughtful with a beautiful cadence. It’s a favorite of toddlers that will get many requests for re-reads. Kids will also learn various body parts. It’s a simple, adorable book without a story but the message is profound. We love this book through and through!
Hand, Hand, Fingers, ThumbAges 0-3
Love monkeys? In Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb dancing monkeys teach kids about hands, fingers, and thumbs. Yes, dancing monkeys! The board book version is abridged and removes pages from the original classic. However, this version is sturdy for rough readers. Kids love the funny monkeys and the repetition. The repetition makes it easy to memorize after just a few readings. It’s fun to read and the rhythm is infectious.
Yummy YuckyAges 1-3
Yummy Yucky is a fun way for your year old to learn about opposites and what they should and should not eat. The mix of clever pairings, bold artwork, and expressive, comedic toddler make this a fun, funny, and amusing book. And who can complain when they’re learning and having fun?! The illustrations are simple and fun, and it’s a great learning tool.
Press HereAges 3-5
Press Here is one of the most unique books you will ever read with children. With technology so infused in our lives, it amazing that Herve Tullet managed to create a book that is just as interactive as an app. Each of the pages instructs the reader to press, shake, and tilt the book. On the following page, something magical will happen.
VTech Touch and Teach Elephant BookAges 1-3
Designed for kids ages 1-3, the Touch and Teach Elephant book is interactive and educational. Kids will learn letters, shapes, and more. Learn about animals, numbers, and hear piano sounds. The book also features 150 songs, melodies, and sounds to entertain your child. A built-in question button tests your child’s reading comprehension.
Who Has What?: All About Girls’ Bodies and Boys’ BodiesAges 3-7
Let’s face it — kids are curious and have questions about practically everything. Who Has What?: All About Girls’ Bodies and Boys’ Bodies is a great introduction for little ones about male and female anatomy. On a family outing to the beach, Nellie and Gus have conversations — teaching kids that regardless of whether they have a boy’s or girl’s body, they’re perfectly normal, healthy, and wonderful. Some female parts aren’t labeled and some are ignored, but overall we love that it doesn’t overwhelm little ones with an abundance of medical terms. Entertaining, easy to understand, and executed in a healthy way with cute illustrations, this book makes a somewhat uncomfortable subject easier to share with your curious little one.
Never Touch a Polar Bear!Ages 2-4
Never Touch a Polar Bear! is a touch-and-feel book that shares the message of being careful not to touch animals. It’s a hit with kids, keeping them entertained and engaged.
The Mixed-Up ChameleonAges 0-4
From Eric Carle, the author of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Mixed-Up Cameleon is a heartwarming story of a chameleon that isn’t happy with itself and tries to change itself. It realizes it can alter its color, shape, and size. It wishes to be as handsome as a flamingo, as smart as a fox, and as funny as a seal. Eventually, it becomes a chameleon made of all different zoo animals. Kids love seeing what new mixed body part is added to the chameleon. They’ll have a crazy good laugh. By the end, the chameleon learns that being yourself is best. We love that it’s a beautiful story with wonderful illustrations and a profound message for kiddos.
The Cat in the Hat Comes BackAges 3-7
The Cat in the Hat is back in the sequel, The Cat in the Hat Comes Back! Cat comes to visit Dick and Sally. He takes a bath, eats cake in the tub, and stains mom’s white dress, dad’s shoes, the floors, the walls, and the entire yard full of snow. How will the kids clean up this mess?! They team up with Cat and 26 Little Cats A-Z, who live inside Cat’s hat. The gun killing spots can be edited out for your little one, as they may seem violent to some. The story, funny pictures, and interesting rhymes are all captivating for kids. It teaches kids the importance of responsibility, and kids love it.
A Fish Out of WaterAges 3-7
Written by Mrs. Dr. Suess, A Fish Out of Water teaches kids that getting a pet is a big responsibility. It also provides a lesson on obedience. A young boy fails to follow directions and feeds his goldfish too much, resulting in it growing into a whale! What?! Kids absolutely love the silliness of it all — bursting into a case of the giggles. Your 3 year old will want it read again and again. The illustrations help breath life into the story. This timeless classic is short, sweet, and memorable with a good moral and happy ending, making it great for birthdays, Christmas, and other occasions.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s ABCAges 1-3
Young readers will love exploring Eric Carle’s wonderful creatures in this awesome alphabet book. With bright, vibrant colors, each letter is comprised of big and small animals. It’s one of the better ABC books with a letter and an animal corresponding with the letter on each page. There’s an interesting and diverse set of animals representing the alphabet albeit some are obscure. We love Eric Carle’s illustrations. The book’s size is perfect for little toddler hands. It’s a perfect gift for fans of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and a great tool for those seeking to learn their ABCs in a fun way.
With simple vocabulary, retro-inspired illustrations, and cutout letters, Alphablock is a wonderful package that delights both kiddos and parents alike. Kids will love flipping through the book on their own, interacting with the alphabet, and looking at all the lovely pictures. We love how the pages are cut to the shape of the letter of the alphabet. We only wish it had thicker and more solid pages like a traditional board book for little ones. There are a handful of words you won’t find in other ABC books. As one of the best alphabet books, it’s a great educational tool for developing your 3 year old’s vocabulary.
The Little IslandAges 3-7
A Caldecott Medal winner, The Little Island is a book about the wonders of nature. When a kitten visits the island, readers learn that no matter how small we are — we are all an important part of this world. While it’s not heavy in the plot department, it’s a fantastic bedtime book for little ones with beautiful illustrations. We love the message and the author’s rich descriptions of the island. With an engaging story and great message, we have no reservations in highly recommending it.
Not A BoxAges 2-4
Honored with a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Award, Not A Box is an imaginative book for toddlers. When is a box not just a box? It shows kids the power of the imagination with virtually limitless possibilities. It will stretch your traditional notion of a box. Kids will have fun guessing what the box is in each picture. Although the story is rather short, it’s very imaginative and encourages kids to think outside the box. We love the clever concept of this book.
Goodnight, NumbersAges 2-5
Danica McKellar puts her own twist on the classic bedtime story. In this book, children will enjoy counting as they say goodnight to everything. Each page in the book centers on a number all the way up to 10. It’s the perfect introduction to early math skills.
TouchThinkLearn: WigglesAges 2-4
TouchThinkLearn: Wiggles is a fantastic book combining directions, color, shapes, and fine motor development in a fun read for both kids and parents alike. The basic idea is you hear an instruction, repeat the words, and trace out its action with your hands. Kids love interacting with the book, touching each line and dot on each page. We love the hands-on learning approach. It’s a sturdy book that should last in your library for a long time.
Countablock is a wonderful companion to Alphablock that lets kids count from 1 to 10, and up by 10s to 100. Like Alphablock, the pages are cut to the numbers. Not only is it a counting book, but also it’s an educational book with fun concepts to explore. If your child is rough with books, the cutouts may be a concern. I only wish they had counted to 20, then gone up by 10s. In any case, your 3 year old will learn to count to 10 and by 10s in no time.
Hello HelloAges 3-5
Hello Hello is a celebration of all types of animals that inspires kids to care for wild creatures. Its message about endangered species is powerful. Three year olds will love learning opposites and seeing all the animals. It’s easy to read and beautifully illustrated. Kids will want you to read it over and over. This is the perfect gift for animal lovers.
Duck & Goose, 1, 2, 3Ages 2-3
Duck & Goose, 1, 2, 3 is a great counting book with pure cuteness overload. The illustrations are bright, colorful, and wonderful overall. The book is not filled with a lot of words but instead beautiful pictures. We love how it’s a story of what these friends do and see. This is perfect for little ones learning to count as well as duck lovers.
Your Nose!Ages 0-4
Celebrate the love between parent and child and the beautiful noses we love with the book Your Nose! It’s a fun, super-cute book that kids love. Interestingly, it comes bundled with a free online song. The song is a welcome complement to the book that makes it even better. After reading this, your child will see noses in a whole new light.
Where Is the Green Sheep?Ages 0-3
Where Is the Green Sheep? is a bilingual book written in English and Spanish. In addition to learning English and Spanish, kids learn colors and opposites. Kids will love when the green sheep is found at the end as well the rhymes and opposites. They love listening to this book, and the size is perfect for little hands. Some of the Spanish translations are inaccurate. Although there are a mistakes, it’s a simple, cute story and the repetition helps with remembering the words.
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a FlyAges 3-7
You may have heard the classic Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly song, but do you know about what happened inside her body? With this Caldecott Honor book, kids will have fun laughing while learning the moral: never swallow a horse. A die-cut hole lets you see inside her belly. These cutouts are really fun! This is the original story, and we love the ending. It’s hilarious fun that kids will want you to re-read over and over.
Blue’s Clues & You Skidoo into ABCs BookAges 2-5
Go on a skiddo scavenger hunt to find words and letters like the show. Fans will explore a farm, present store, haunted house, and more. Press the lighted buttons to hear letter names, letter sounds, and the names of things in different locations.
Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now!Ages 2-5
Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now! is a Dr. Suess early reader book where the main character’s welcome has worn out. He’s asked to leave in a variety of ways — by lion’s tail, stamp himself, go by mail, by stilts, Crunk-Car, Zumble-Zay, and more. There’s absolutely no shortage of ideas! But will Marvin ever figure out that his welcome has worn out? Kids love the wild rhymes, imaginative vehicles, and Marvin who is funny. The length is perfect for little ones’ short attention span. It’s a fun story to read to your 3 year old and one that’s worth passing on to future generations.
Hooray For Fish!Ages 2-3
In Hooray For Fish!, join Little Fish on an undersea adventure that you won’t soon forget. It teaches patterns and shapes in a fun way. The rhythmic pattern is perfect for reading and kids love the vibrant illustrations. Best of all, it’s short yet entertaining for kids. It’s a favorite of 3 year olds.
Chomp Goes The AlligatorAges 2+
Chomp Goes The Alligator is a cute interactive counting picture book about a hungry alligator who loves to eat. Kids will learn animal names, colors, and counting from 1 to 10. Kids will be delighted by the grand finale pop-up scene. Just be aware that the pull tab with the moving alligator head is delicate and can easily rip with younger audiences.
A B SeeAges 2-5
A B See is a beautifully illustrated alphabet book with a fun search and find twist. Look closely and you’ll discover several images that make up each letter like a collage. Can your 3 year old identify all of the images correctly? Toddlers will enjoy naming all the letters and images. What we love most is that it’s a book that can grow with your child.
Seven Blind Mice Ages 3-7
Seven Blind Mice, a Caldecott Honor Book, is based on a classic tale involving 7 blind mice who investigate something peculiar by the pond. Each one has a different take on what they saw. Interestingly, only when the 7th mouse explores it, the female mice discovers the real truth as an elephant. The beautiful illustrations elevate this to another level. We love the lesson of individual perception versus seeing the bigger picture.
Jambo Means Hello: Swahili Alphabet BookAges 3-5
Jambo Means Hello: Swahili Alphabet Book, a Caldecott Honor Book, teaches children the Swahili alphabet and a few Kiswahili words. In addition to introducing young readers to the alphabet, it helps with pronunciation with guides and showcases East African culture and lifestyles. Bear in mind, it focuses on rural life, rural traditions, and rural culture — not on modern aspects of African life or city life. It’s beautifully presented and you can tell great care and thought was put into its creation. We love its simple yet beautiful approach to teaching kids about a different culture. It’s a great companion to Moja Means One: Swahili Counting Book.
ABC DreamAges 3-7
ABC Dream is a beautiful picture alphabet book. It takes an innovative approach on teaching the alphabet. It offers a unique blend of animals, insects, and nature. The artwork is stunning and creative, and kids love looking at the artwork and learning the words that describe each picture. It’s truly a unique gift that will be cherished for years to come.
Alphabet CityAges 3-7
A wordless alphabet book? Alphabet City is a wordless alphabet book and a Cadecott Honor winner that appeals to young and even adult audiences. Using photorealistic still life with pastels and watercolors to create the letters of the alphabet, it’s great for learning letter formation and identification. Examples of pictures of real things include a sawhorse at a work sight, an angle of a sign, a building, lamp posts on a highway, and more. The pictures are excellent and kids love not only looking at the pictures, but also pointing out the letters on every page. It teaches little ones to observe the world around them and that art is practically in everything. Don’t be surprised if your kiddo starts looking for letters in the real world. It’s a beautiful mix of art and learning.
Moja Means One: Swahili Counting BookAges 3-5
Moja Means One: Swahili Counting Book is a Caldecott Honor Book that teaches counting in Swahili with pronunciation guides. The drawings beautifully capture the essence of rural East African culture and life. A fact about Africa is revealed with each number. It’s great for all cultures, but a real treat for Swahili-speaking kids. It’s a fun and exciting language — and a great start for early learners. Jambo Means Hello: Swahili Alphabet Book is a great companion book for learning the alphabet.
First the EggAges 2-6
What came first — the chicken or the egg? First the Egg, a Caldecott Honor Book, explores transformations in nature as well the development of a story. It presents various transformations: egg to chicken, seed to flower, tadpole to frog, caterpillar to butterfly, and more with a one to two words per page. The die-cuts are cleverly and creatively executed. With the cutouts, kids will love predicting what will come next. You have to read it yourself to see what we really mean. A simple book with fantastic illustrations, it’s a great introduction to science, nature, and critical thinking. Both kids and parents will enjoy it. We especially love its creative ending that comes full circle and ties the book beautifully together.
How Do You Say I Love You?Ages 2-4
Want your child to learn to say ‘I Love You’ in 10 different languages? Then you’ll want to read How Do You Say I Love You? Children from around the world tell you how to say ‘I Love You’ in different languages. No matter what part of the world you’re from, the meaning remains consistent. It’s a sweet board book with beautiful illustrations, and it’s a fantastic book for kids.
At its core Hippopposites is a book of opposites, but it’s unlike any other. Opposites are shown with hippos and a slick visual aesthetic. Although some of the pairings aren’t ideal, it offers words you don’t often find in other books and it’s refreshingly presented. Pairings include squared/rounded, invisible/visible, in front/behind, and soft/rough. Three year olds will love learning about opposites along with the tactile element. The book is sturdy for younger patrons. Your little one will love this book.
Little Quack’s Hide and SeekAges 2-5
Little Quack’s Hide and Seek is another great addition to the series. Mama Duck counts to 10 in a game of hide-and-seek. Everyone hides except for Little Quack. Where should he hide? The pictures are bright, colorful, and engaging. Kids will be laughing and shouting at mom duck when Little Quack hides right behind her. It’s a cute story that kiddos will love you to read again and again.
Ten, Nine, EightAges 4-8
A Caldecott Honor Book, Ten, Nine, Eight is a bedtime counting book. The pictures are beautifully illustrated and nicely detailed. We love the picture of the bond between the daughter and father. It’s a comforting and delightful read. Don’t be surprised if your 3 year old wants you to read it every night.
Growing Up & Facts Of Life
Giraffes Can’t DanceAges 4+
Can giraffes really dance? Giraffes Can’t Dance is a board book starring Gerald the giraffe. He wants to be able to dance. The problem is he has crooked knees and thin legs. How could he possibly dance? Eventually Gerald dances thanks to encouragment from a surprising friend. It serves as inspiration for every child who has dreams of greatness.
I’ve Loved You Since ForeverAges 4-8
From Emmy Award-winning co-host Hoda Kotb, I’ve Loved You Since Forever celebrates the unconditional love between a parent and child. You’ll want to snuggle up with your loved one and read it again and again. It’s beautifully written with gorgeous illustrations. With a beautiful, heartwarming story, it’s perfect for parents who’ve adopted children or struggled to conceive. While it’s not heavy on words, it can make you teary-eyed. Just know that it’s not much of a story but more of a loving keepsake. Precious and beautiful with stunning artwork, it makes for a lovely gift for Mother’s Day or baby showers.
I Love You to the Moon and BackAges 2-5
I Love You To The Moon and Back is a sweet, classic bedtime story about a bear and cub waking up together, going on adventures together, and sharing their love for one other. They touch noses, play chase, and hug each other. It’s a wonderful story about unconditional love. Parents will love that it offers an easy read and it’s the cutest book ever with beautiful illustrations. We only wish it had the title’s name in the verses. It’s the perfect book for reading before bedtime and makes for a great baby shower gift.
Lucy’s MaskAges 0-12
Lucy’s Mask is a simple story that helps make the pandemic more relatable and less scary for little ones. Why’s everyone wearing a mask? Why can’t we see our friends? These are real questions on kids’ minds that they can relate to. Lucy’s entire world has been turned upside-down and she feels bored. She gets excited when her mom informs her that she’s making her a mask. Lucy doesn’t know that the mask is not a costume but a way to keep her safe and allow her to play out fun adventures as a superhero. We love its kid-friendly, positive message without overwhelming and scaring kids. It’s great for reinforcing the importance of wearing a mask during the pandemic.
What Should Danny Do?Ages 3+
What Should Danny Do? is a fun and interactive book featuring 9 different stories in one book. It empowers kids to learn how their choices impact their days and lives in what they’ll be. Danny, a superhero-in-training, faces choices your kids can relate to. Kids have fun making choices for Danny in the story and seeing how their decisions impact the story. You flip to different parts of the book depending on your child’s decision. This interactive element sets this apart from others. We love how it encourages positive choices, while also showing the result of negative choices. A fun way to teach your 3 year old about responsibility and the power of decisions, it’s a must-have for any child’s collection.
The Pigeon HAS to Go to School!Ages 3-5
From Mo Willems, The Pigeon HAS to Go to School! is about a pigeon who thinks he knows everything. He has so many questions regarding school: Why does the pigeon have to go to school? What if he doesn’t like it? What if his teacher doesn’t like him? And what if he learns too much! This is an awesome first day of school book to fend off those jitters. Kids can relate to it because it tackles the emotional journey full of anxiety and fear of the first day of school in a humorous way. Your kiddo will be laughing and giggling. It lives up to the high standards of the Pigeon series books and deserves a spot in your collection.
Sesame Street P is for Potty! Ages 3+
Toddlers will love learning to use the potty with Elmo in Sesame Street P Is for Potty! Packed with paragraphs of text, the book could have opted for a more simplified version for the target audience. Still, it gets toddlers excited about potty training. Kids love peeking under the flaps. Although the lift-up flaps reveal surprises, they don’t close and they can tear pretty easily. This is a great gift for your Elmo-obsessed fan who’s ready for potty training. Otherwise, a better option is Potty.
The Pout-Pout FishAges 0-4
“Blub, Bluuuub, Bluuuuub.” With a catchy song, rhyming, and repetitive phrases, this book offers silly fun. It is the story of a fish that loves to “pout.” All of the other animals in the ocean tell him that he needs to cheer up. It has a good message about staying positive even when things are looking down.
All Are WelcomeAges 4-8
All Are Welcome celebrates diversity and inclusion. Everyone is welcomed with open arms, loved and celebrated at this school regardless of background. The book shows various race, religions, ethnicity, and body types and stands by the message of ‘all are welcome’. At this school, students learn from each other’s backgrounds and traditions. It’s a reassuring and vital message in our polarized time, making it an essential for any library. We love its powerful, positive message and how it celebrates diversity and inclusion. It teaches kids that everyone is welcome and that a classroom can be a haven for sharing.
The Wonderful Things You Will BeAges 3-7
Written for younger audiences, this best-selling book is a modern take on “Oh, the Places You Will Go.” Authored and illustrated by Emily Winfield Martin, it’s beautifully illustrated with a whimsical style. With a moving message, this love letter to your 3 year old boy imagines the things he will become. It makes a great birthday gift.
If You Give a Mouse a CookieAges 4-8
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie is a perennial children’s favorite. Kids will learn lessons on cause-and-effect. If you gave a mouse a cookie, it would also probably need a glass of milk and a straw. It may even need to check a mirror for a milk mustache, and a pair of scissors for a trim. Haha! After all of the mouse’s requests, his head feels heavy. We love how the story comes full circle. It’s a delightful, entertaining, and funny classic worth adding to your child’s library. Toddlers love the cute story and amazing illustrations.
Waiting Is Not Easy!Ages 6-8
A Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor winner, Mo Willems’ Waiting Is Not Easy! is a story where Piggie has a surprise for Gerald. The catch? But Piggie says he has to wait for it … wait … and wait some more. Although Gerald is anxious about the surprise, he remains patient. The surprise proves to be worth the wait. We love the ending where Gerald has a surprise for Piggie. Your kids will love these books and will want them read over and over. Kids will giggle over Gerald’s impatience. The illustrations help move the story forward. The message is that good things come to those who wait.
The World Needs More Purple PeopleAges 3-7
Written by Kristen Bell and Benjamin Hart, The World Needs More Purple People challenges people to become purple people by embracing their unique qualities and finding similarities with others. It delivers a message of embracing what brings us together. The moral is to nurture open minds, empathy, accept others with different color skin/hair/styles, care, work hard, and help those in need. It’s a great way to teach empathy and kindness. Given today’s divided society, we could definitely use more purple people. With a powerful message that resonates today, it’s worth sharing with your child.
Skin Like MineAges 1-12
Celebrate the diversity in our world with Skin Like Mine. It explores different shades of brown skin and fuels kids with self-love. We love the profound message that people of color are beautiful, too. With its powerful message, it’s a book that every child should have in their library. Everyone stands to benefit from this book.
I Am a Big BrotherAges 2-4
If a new baby is on the way, this light hearted book is a must have. Most young children have a bit of difficulty with the arrival of a new one. In the book, the main character becomes a big brother. This book shows how cool it is to have a younger sibling and the responsibility that comes with it. The big brother in the story feeds the baby, changes its diapers, and even plays with the baby. Your little guy will do the same. He will be so excited!
When Virona the Corona Came to TownAges 2-11
Looking for a book to teach your child about the Coronavirus pandemic? When Virona the Corona Came To Town tells the story of MaryEllen, who lives through the pandemic. In a child-friendly manner, it shares how to cope with difficult feelings during this unprecedented and uncertain time. It spotlights the true heroes and shows the power of positive thinking. Not only does it explain what happened during the pandemic, it also explains key terms like ‘social distancing’ and ends with powerful advice. With an authentic story, timeless message, and impactful illustrations, this is a must-have for anyone living through the pandemic. What we love most is that it shines a light on this topic in a fun way — addressing kids’ emotions and many of their questions.
The Day the Crayons QuitAges 3-7
Kids will love this funny and adorable story. It’s the story of a boy who goes to get his crayons but find that they are gone. In their place, he finds a stack of letters from the crayons about why they quit. Each letter is sure to bring plenty of laughs.
Grumpy MonkeyAges 3-7
A #1 New York Times best-selling picture book, Grumpy Monkey focuses on inexplicable feelings and the danger in suppressing them. Jim the chimpanzee is in a terrible mood even though it’s a beautiful day. His friends try to give him advice, but he melts down. Kids learn that they can be in touch with their feelings and that it’s okay to have a grumpy day once in a while. The book’s message is powerful and delivered well through the funny illustrations.
I Am a Big SisterAges 2-4
Is she going to be a big sister? With beautiful illustrations, this is such an adorable book on how to take care of a new baby. She will love repeating the words to her baby brother or sister.
On the Night You Were BornAges 1-4
Here’s a book that celebrates the day your 3 year old came into this world. On that miraculous day, a beautiful baby boy was born. “The moon smiled … Polar Bears danced … and life will never be the same.” With breathtaking illustrations and an almost musical tone, this is one book that will make you teary eyed as you read it to your child.
The Rainbow FishAges 4-8
The Rainbow Fish is a tale about a beautiful fish who learns to make friends by sharing his most prized possessions. The fish gives parts of itself to make friends. The message is about not being selfish, giving ourselves, putting others first, and being a friend. You may want to explain to your child that you don’t necessarily need to give parts of yourself or things you cherish to make friends. Of course, there are many other ways to make friends. The foil stamping glittering on every page will appeal to little ones.
The King of KindergartenAges 3-6
In The King of Kindergarten, a confident boy celebrates his first day of kindergarten. He’s dressed up, eaten pancakes, and is ready to meet his new classmates. He’s ready for new experiences and ready to share his accomplishments with his proud parents. It’s a great tool for helping future kindergarteners see what a typical school day is like. We loved seeing the encouragement from his family, teacher, and friends and how it engages the reader about what they’ll do on their first day of school. It’s a joyful and reassuring book that empowers kids, so they can crush it on their first day of school.
Potty training just got a little easier with this fun book. The story is told from a young child’s point of view with fun colors, a loveable character, and a great deal of humor. Before you know it 3 year boys will be saying, “Tinkle, Tinkle, Toot. I did it.”
Masked NinjaAges 3-11
From the Ninja Hack book series, Masked Ninja is a book introducing your children to kindness and preventing the spread of racism and viruses. Masked Ninja helps explain the current pandemic for little ones in a sensitive way while teaching kids how to protect against the spread of viruses and racism. It helps kids understand why masks are important, proper hand washing, and how to deal with sneezes and coughs. It teaches kids to take necessary precautions against the virus to protect themselves. Kids also learn not to blame anyone or bully a person of another race. Instead, we should work together to fight the virus and show love and compassion towards one another. Your kids will be encouraged to wash their hands properly, excited about preventing the spread of germs, and prepared to stop the spread of rumors/racism with kindness. It’s an important book for kids living through the coronavirus pandemic with great lessons.
Pete the Cat: I Love My White ShoesAges 4-8
Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes is a simple story about Pete the Cat strolling down the street with his new white shoes. Along the adventure, Pete’s shoes transform from white to red to blue to brown to wet, as he steps in piles of strawberries, blueberries, and other messes. Oh, my! Nevertheless, he carries on movin’, groovin’, and singing along. The moral is to keep going regardless of what happens in life. It teaches colors and how to roll with the punches and stay positive. It’s an entertaining read for little ones — they love it. Kids love singing along to Pete’s catchy song on YouTube. You can also download the song for free online.
A Is for Awesome!: 23 Iconic Women Who Changed the WorldAges 1-3
A Is For Awesome is an alphabet-themed that introduces young readers to 23 iconic women who changed the world. We love the inspirational message that you can be a superhero, too! It’s a charming story that pays homage to some of history’s greatest women. It’s wonderful to see so many strong women represented and to see books like this out there. A great book with an empowering message, it makes for a lovely gift for any girl.
I Am EnoughAges 4-8
I Am Enough teaches kids to love themselves, respect others, and be kind to others. It’s a simple but powerful poem about self-acceptance, self-confidence, kindness, and embracing those who are different as well as your own individuality. We love the positive message and beautiful artwork. With an empowering message that builds confidence and self-esteem, every child should have this inspirational book in their collection.
In My Heart: A Book of FeelingsAges 2-4
In My Heart: A Book of Feelings explores a wide range of human emotions and show how one feels inside. The artwork is beautiful and engaging, and the book does a great job of exploring feelings for kids with a wonderful story. Toddlers can learn to better express and identify their own emotions, and it can further help as a coping tool. While 2 years old is a great time to introduce little ones to this book, the closer they get to 3, the deeper they relate to the emotions. Kids realize that it’s perfectly normal to have feelings. Because it delivers a great introduction to emotional intelligence, this is an essential that belongs in every child’s library. Bottom line, it’s amazing and a go-to gift for both babies and toddlers alike.
Llama Llama Red PajamaAges 1-3
Llama Llama Red Pajama is a classic that has charmed many readers. Many parents and grandparents can relate to this wonderful story. The story is easy for little ones to understand. The message is that even if a parent isn’t with their child, they haven’t forgotten them, and still love them. It’s the perfect bedtime story with a good message and great rhyming and rhythm.
Antiracist BabyAges 2-3
Empower parents and children to uproot racism in our society and ourselves with Antiracist Baby. It delivers a powerful messsage and lays the groundwork for enlightening conversations with our kids as they grow older. It’s beautifully illustrated, but some of the vocabulary is a bit advanced for younger readers. An adult has to stop and explain things which may interrupt the general flow. Nevertheless, don’t let that stop you from teaching your child to be an anti-racist for a more fair and just society.
I Love You, DaddyAges 2-4
I Love You, Daddy is a sweet story that celebrates the relationship between a child and its father. Daddy Bear believes Little Bear is ready for grown-up adventures. But Little Bear is in need of help. With the sea of mother/child books, it’s great to see a father/child book that shines. In this touching story, we love that Daddy Bear supports, encourages, and teaches Little Bear to be more independent by engaging in more grown-up adventures. It serves as a wonderful example of how positive encouragement is not only important to children, but it’s also key to building strong relationships. Fathers will love reading this to their loved ones. It’s a great gift for Father’s Day or any occasion you want to celebrate your dad. A mothers’ version is also available.
Sofia Valdez, Future PrezAges 5-7
Sophia Valdez, Future Prez is an inspirational book about a kid who stands up for her beliefs. Sophia wonders what can be done about the dangerous Mount Trashmore. She thinks of turning the slimy mess into a park. She takes her idea to City Hall — only to be told she can’t do it since she’s a kid. She may be down but not out. Find out what she does! We love the inspirational and empowering message of how just one voice can make a difference and coming together with your community for the greater good. We also love the message of diversity and inclusion. The illustrations are excellent. Reading it for the first time can make you a bit teary-eyed. It’s that good! The story is fantastic with great rhymes and it’s super funny. Although she doesn’t become the president, we’d certainly vote for her!
Should I Share My Ice Cream?Ages 3-5
Should I Share My Ice Cream? from Mo Willems focuses on sharing, friendship, and making timely decisions. Gerald’s excited for his ice cream, but he wonders whether he should share it with his friend Piggy. He weighs both the pros and cons. The only problem? By the time he decides to share it, the ice cream has melted into a puddle and he says, ‘NOOOOoooooo!!!!’ Even though that’s not part of Gerald’s plan, Piggie shows up with her own cone and shares it. Kids love the comedy and parents love how it sets a good example. It’s sure to be a beloved storytime favorite.
It’s OK to be DifferentAges 3-7
It’s OK to be Different celebrates diversity and kindness. Kids can learn from its message: always be kind to those who are different from you. Through simple charming rhymes, kids learn that they don’t have to look the same or love the same activities to show kindness to another person. Kids learn that everyone is different in their own way and that’s perfectly fine. Delivering a valuable message, it’s an essential for every child’s collection.
Positive NinjaAges 3-11
Positive Ninja is a comedic book about mindfulness and managing negative emotions and feelings. Positive Ninja struggled with negativity and wasn’t always always happy and optimistic. When frustrated over school work, not getting first place, or other negative moments, it’s best to take a step back and think positive thoughts. Kids will love how Positive Ninja always remains positive and uses the balloon to make her bad thoughts go away. When we get bad feelings, kids learn that it’s alright to reflect on them but then let them go. Kids can relate to this story and feel empowered that they can do this. It’s simple and easily implementable with little effort. It’s great for teaching your 3 year old valuable life skills and it shows the power of a positive mindset.
Sesame Street Potty Time with ElmoAges 0-4
Sesame Street Potty Time with Elmo is a great book for toddlers learning to potty train. The book is engaging for little ones, and they love turning the pages and pressing the buttons to hear all the interactive sounds. Rather than having Elmo’s doll learn to use the potty, it should have featured Elmo on the potty. Kids seem to think it’s only about flushing. It’s great for familiarizing kids with the concept, but not actually helping with the potty training. The storyline is adorable and toddlers can relate to it. It’s a great tool for easing your little one into potty training.
A Bad Case of StripesAges 4-8
A Bad Case of Stripes teaches a valuable message of being yourself. The main protagonist, Camilla Cream, loves lima beans but doesn’t eat them since her classmates don’t like them. She’s really worried about what others think of her, and she doesn’t want to be made fun of. In fact, she’s so worried that she’s about to break out in a case of the stripes! Interestingly, she doesn’t actually get sick — but instead she just has pattern-changing skin. It’s great for teaching kids to be themselves and not conform with the crowd. You shouldn’t be afraid of liking things like lima beans just because your friends don’t like them. Not everyone is going to like you or your choices, so it’s best to stay true to who you are.
The Rabbit ListenedAges 3-5
The Rabbit Listened teaches your child about empathy and kindness. Taylor has something sad happen, and all the animals he talks to fail to comfort him. The rabbit is the only one that listens to him. Kiddos learn that the simple act of listening can comfort and heal people in your life. It’s about being the kind of friend everyone desires. It’s the perfect book for developing your child’s emotional intelligence. It’s brilliantly simple, yet so effective in delivering its message.
Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late!Ages 3-5
Everyone’s favorite pigeon is back with Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! by Mo Willems. The bus driver tells you to not let the pigeon stay up late. But he makes every excuse to stay awake. Eventually, he falls asleep with his stuffed bunny. Kids will be able to relate to the pigeon’s silly antics. The story and illustrations are engaging and creative, and it will make you little one laugh. Like the others in this series, it’s a charming book that’s amusing to read.
Last Stop on Market StreetAges 3-5
A Caldecott Honor Book, Last Stop on Market Street is an urban story about how grandparents can show kids a new perspective on the world. After church on Sunday, CJ and his grandma ride the bus. CJ has many questions for grandma: Why don’t they own a car like his friend? Why doesn’t he have an iPod like others? Why do they always get off in the dirty part of town? Grandma helps CJ and kids see the beauty and fun in their routine and the world around them. We love seeing this affectionate grandparent/child book, given there aren’t too many out there. Addressing an intergenerational relationship as well as inequities, it’s a heartwarming story with a positive message worth sharing with your loved one.
One LoveAges 3-5
Based on Bob Marley’s timeless song, One Love shares the message of diversity, teamwork, and love with little ones. A young girl gets the help of her community to improve the community. It shows that when we’re united with one love — amazing things are possible. It also shows that even a single person’s voice can make a difference in a community and inspire action. The illustrations are beautiful, depicting diverse families. It has a great message and both kids and parents love it. You can either read it or sing it: “One love, one heart, let’s get together and feel alright.” It also does a good job of depicting colored people in a positive way and preserving Bob Marley’s message and legacy for new generations to experience. One Love!
Angry NinjaAges 3-11
Angry Ninja is a book that teaches kids about managing anger. Angry Ninja is known to get upset like a ticking time bomb. He gets frustrated when his sister takes things without asking permission. His friend shows him how to deal with his hot emotions by saying ‘relax’, taking three deep breaths, and counting to 10. Kids can relate to the character and love how Angry Ninja learned to be patient and not mad. When your child is about to meltdown, this strategy works like a superpower and effectively helps cool them down. It’s a real game-changer for families with little ones and it even works for adults. It’s an essential life skill every child should learn.
I Like Myself!Ages 0-3
I Like Myself! is a book that encourages kids to appreciate themselves inside and out despite what others may think or say. We love how that the little girl eventually learns to love and accept herself with her unique features. It’s a great book focusing on self-esteem and the message is universally appealing. Everyone is unique and should be loved and liked.
Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet EarthAges 3-7
Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth teaches young ones that you’re never alone on Earth and that we’re collectively in this together. It celebrates all types of people and the beauty/mystery of our Earth. Jeffers touches on the fact that despite our differences, we are all people. He also addresses how we all play a part in making the world a better place. With our finite time on Earth, he encourages us to use our time wisely and says we’ll find someone to step up to support us. Kids will love pointing out things in the detailed pictures. With a beautiful message and illustrations, it’s a must-have for parents and their children. It’s one of those gems you’ll want to pass on to future generations.
Snuggle Puppy!Ages 0-4
From Sandra Boynton, Snuggle Puppy! is a like a big hug in book form. Although you can read it, it’s a fun little love song to sing to/with your little one. The pictures are cute and the words have a nice smooth sounding flow. Through the book, the pup is snuggled, danced with, and kissed. You end the book by kissing your loved one. The board book is perfect for little hands. It’s a perfect shower gift or Valentine’s Day gift. It’s such a sweet, loving book perfect for bedtime … kiddos can’t help but smile.
All the WorldAges 2-5
The poetic-like rhythm of All The World is absolutely beautiful. Three year olds love the soothing pictures full of details. Although the message is simple, it’s also deep and important. It’s so beautiful that it may make you tear up. It focuses on an individual’s life, family, and society. The world may be grand in scale, but this book helps you appreciate the smaller things in life. You’ll learn to think from different perspectives. It’s easily one of the best children’s books that deserves a spot in your child’s collection.
The Family BookAges 3-6
The Family Book celebrates the love for our family, multiculturalism, and diversity of families. The message is about embracing our differences and that every family is unique in its own special way. We love how it teaches about diversity appreciation and acceptance. Kids love the bright, fun artwork and fun writing. Not only is it a fun book to read, but it’s also great for educating your kids about different types of families.
Toy Story Storybook CollectionAges 3-5
Got a Toy Story fan? The Toy Story Storybook Collection includes 18 stories based on Disney-Pixar’s beloved Toy Story characters — Woody, Buzz, and the gang. It even contains a Toy Story 4 story with Forky, Ducky and Bunny, Duke Caboom and more. Fans will be happy there are also stories based on the first three Toy Story films. The beautiful illustrations and stories capture little ones’ attention and keep them engaged. The stories are great, fun to read, and discuss with your child. Story lengths vary widely from 5-15 minutes. It’s a must-have for your Toy Story-obsessed fan.
Big Girl PantiesAges 2-5
Big Girl Panties is a adorably illustrated book that encourage girls to switch from wearing diapers to panties. It’s really the next step after potty training. The fun part is the memorable rhymes and cute drawings with a girl in underpants doing all sorts of fun things. After reading it, your 3 year old will want to say goodbye to diapers and hello to being a “Big Girl”.
Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary TaleAges 3-5
Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale, a Caldecott Honor Book by Mo Willems, is a charming story about Daddy, Trixie, and Knuffle Bunny going on an adventure to the laundromat. But the story takes a twist when bunny is left behind! Trixie, a toddler, has trouble getting her dad to figure out the problem. Her mom sees that her bunny is missing, so they head back to the laundromat. Dad finds the toy among the wet laundry, reclaiming his hero status. When Trixie lays eyes on the bunny, she utters her first words: ‘Knuffle Bunny!!!’ How exciting! It’s funny, nicely illustrated, and the illustrations evoke emotions. It’s simple yet brilliant. You have to read between the lines to extract greater value. We only wish the pages were more durable. Kids can relate to the story and it highlights the importance of clear communication. Entertaining, funny, and delightful, it’s one of the best children’s books that will get many re-reads.
No, David!Ages 4-8
No, David!, a Caldecott Honor Book, showcases that parents still love their children even when they misbehave. When David was 5-years-old, he wrote and illustrated his first book. Every page has the words: No, David! along with a picture of David doing mischievous things like writing on walls, stealing cookies, running naked down the street, and more. It’s worth pointing out that this book doesn’t condone bad behavior — instead it provides teachable moments. Three year olds will love explaining what David is doing wrong and how he can hurt himself. This is one of those books kiddos will be asking to read again and again. Kids love it so much because they can relate to it.
The Berenstain Bears and Too Much TVAges 3-7
When I was little I absolutely loved reading the Berenstain Bears books. The Berenstain Bears and Too Much TV teaches little ones an important lesson about watching too much TV. Papa, Brother, and Sister find a new hobby — watching TV. Believing they’re missing out wonderful things, Mom bans TV for one week to get them away from the TV and get them outdoors. When TV is allowed again, they don’t miss it. Even your child can benefit from learning its moral that there’s more to life than watching TV (and obsessing over your iPad).
Calm-Down TimeAges 1-3
Calm-Down Time helps kids learn to deal with meltdowns and temper tantrums. Kids learn to use a quiet space, ask for a hug, and use breathing exercises among other strategies. Sometimes it works during meltdowns and really has a positive impact. It’s great for teaching your child to deal with emotions. It’s a great addition to your toddler’s collection.
How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?Ages 4-8
How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? is a playful and silly fun book. It explores how dinosaurs say good night to their human parents — Do they slam their tail and pout? Do they stomp their feet on the floor and shout: I want to hear one more story!? Do they roar? No, of course! We find out that they give their mom and dad hugs and kisses, tuck their tails in bed, and say, ‘Good Night!’ Kids love the story and the brilliant illustrations. While reading it for bedtime, they can reflect on their own bedtime reactions. Parents love how the dinosaur names are provided on each page. It’s the perfect gift for your little dinosaur lover!
What Brothers Do BestAges 0-3
Celebrate all the wonderful things brothers do with What Brothers Do Best. This is best suited for a sibling who has a brother. It’s short on words, making it perfect for those with short attention spans. The book demonstrates all the great things brothers can do — but, most importantly, brothers can give you lots of love. It’ such a cute book, and we love all the examples of brotherly love.
The Way I FeelAges 2-8
The Way I Feel is a valuable addition to your child’s library. In fact, it’s highly recommended by both parents and teachers. It uses expressive albeit exaggerated imagery to help your child connect words with specific emotions. Emotions covered include Silly, Happy, Angry, Scared, Proud, Excited, and Sad. Note that the board book edition doesn’t include the full array of emotions as the hardback and paperback versions. It’s missing Bored, Jealous, and Frustrated. It’s a great way to teach your 3 year old about emotions, so they can better express how they are feeling.
Thank You, Omu!Ages 4-8
Thank You, Omu!, a Caldecott Honor Book, is a story about a generous woman named Omu, who is rewarded by her community. Everyone dreams of having Omu’s delicious stew. Omu shares her meal with many neighbors, but she has nothing left for herself. With a heartwarming story of inclusivity, sharing, gratitude, and community, you’ll want to share this with your child.
Owl BabiesAges 3-7
Owl Babies is a memorable tale reminding little ones that mom always comes back. One night, three baby owls notice their mother missing. Will she be back? They worry and take care of one another but their mother eventually happily reunites with them. Your 3 year old will love this simple but relatable story with beautiful artwork. With such a lovely story, you can’t help but smile after reading it.
The Relatives CameAges 3-7
A Caldecott Honor Book, The Relatives Came is a story about relatives who came to visit extended family they haven’t seen in a while. They came and went but weren’t sad for long because they’d be visiting again next summer. It’s about summer vacations, road trips, love, laughter, and family. It’s well-written, funny, beautifully illustrated and so true-to-life. Most people will be able to relate to this story. In the wake of the pandemic, it reminds us of how joyous it will be to visit our relatives again. Kids want to read this one — it’s one of those books worth passing onto future generations. It’s a pure delight and you can’t help but smile!
Llama Llama Mad at MamaAges 2-5
Llama Llama fans will enjoy Llama Llama Mad At Mama. Mama takes Llama Llama shopping all day. Because he doesn’t like the yucky music, big feet, ladies smelling so sweet, shopping for groceries, and long lines — he gets mad and throws a tantrum — tossing things out of the cart. Mama calms him down with an ice cream and realizes the need to make shopping more fun for them both. Your 3 year old may be able to relate to this story. The rhythm is catchy and Llama Llama’s facial expressions are priceless. Parents will love that it’s easy to read and helps identify emotions.
I Am Invited to a Party!Ages 3-5
Mo Willems’ I Am Invited to a Party is a story about Piggie being invited to her first party. Hooray! But what will she wear? She asks her best friend Gerald, an elephant, for advice but his advice sounds a bit odd. Surprisingly, he has her prepare for a fancy, pool, and costume party. So Piggie tries out all types of outfits before heading to the party. The story and visuals appeal to little ones. Kids love it because it’s entertaining and the ending is adorable and suspenseful.
You Are LightAges 4-8
You Are The Light is such a well-crafted art book that is not only beautiful to look at, but also beautiful to read. Hold the book up to the light and watch the colors glow. It’s a book about the power and importance of light. It’s also about colors, the sun, our environment and ecology. You really have to experience it yourself to truly appreciate it. It’s simply gorgeous and every child should experience it. It’s my go-to for any gift-giving occasion. With a magical design and lovely message, it’s a must-have for every child’s book collection.
Share a Little KindnessAges 0-11
Share A Little Kindness is an uplifting children’s book inspiring children to be the good in our world. It offers solid life lessons on tolerance, diversity, active listening, and owning one’s own truth. The author encourages young ones to be kind, use their imaginations, assert themselves, revel in nature, and forgive. We especially love the kindness challenge at the end. If more parents read books like this to their children, the world would be a kinder place. Both the story’s words and illustrations are beautiful. The pictures complement the text nicely, and the rhymes are fun. With positive, timeless messages of compassion, forgiveness, and discovering good in others, this is an essential for every child’s library.
Frog and Toad Are FriendsAges 4-8
Frog and Toad Are Friends, a Caldecott Honor Book, celebrates the power of friendship with a variety of stories. The stories involve writing letters, going swimming, telling stories, and finding lost buttons. The similar thread is that they all revolve around relationships — the connection between friends. The illustrations are lovely. Parents love reading this delightful book to their kids over and over because the stories are truly charming, entertaining, and funny. It’s a timeless tale and treasure that all kids should have in their collection.
The Lion & the MouseAges 1-8
The Lion & The Mouse, a Caldecott Medal winner, is a fabulous wordless adaptation of Aesop’s most beloved fables. It’s a tale of friendship, compassion, and kindness. There are a handful of sound effect words, but mostly it’s expressed through pencil and watercolor art. A lion spares a mouse that he planned on eating. Then the mouse rescues him, freeing him from a trap. Their families end up becoming friends. Kids learn that no act of kindness is wasted. The beautiful pictures speak volumes and bring the story to amazing life. You and your 3 year old will have fun adding your own take to the story based on what you see in the pictures.
It’s Okay to Make MistakesAges 3-6
Everybody makes mistakes. After all, we’re all human. It’s Okay to Make Mistakes embraces the notion of mistakes. Whether you’re coloring outside the lines, creating a unique piece of art, or forgetting an umbrella but making a new friend, the author encourages kids to take chances, try new things, and embrace your mistakes. The book presents a pattern of a dilemma followed by a resolution. The colorful drawings capture little ones’ interest. Kids learn that our failures can lead to success and growth — and that’s an important message every child should learn.
Please, Baby, PleaseAges 2-5
In Please, Baby, Please, Spike Lee and his wife, Tonya Lewis Lee, share a sweet story of the chills, spills, and thrills of raising a baby. Most parents of young children can relate to this story. Kids want to read it often; thankfully, it’s enjoyable to read. The vocabulary is perfect for learning toddlers, and we love the beautiful illustrations depicting typical baby activities. It’s a big hit with 3 year olds, making it worth putting on your child’s bookcase.
The Book of MistakesAges 4-8
The Book of Mistakes reflects on the creative process and how mistakes can lead to inspiration. An artist takes you on a journey through the creative process. Kids will be amazed at how the smudges and spills transform into something truly special. The message is that even our biggest mistakes can lead to the brightest ideas and that we’re works in progress. We learn that mistakes change us for the better if we embrace them. It makes a great graduation gift — encouraging a positive outlook in the face of life’s obstacles. It’s one of those books your child can treasure for the rest of their life. With its wonderful, timeless message, this masterpiece is a must-have for every collection.
A Grumpy Bird wakes up grumpy and his friends help him overcome his grumpiness. The message is simple and the illustrations are cute, gorgeous, and capture the attention of a 3-year-old. Kids enjoy the simple writing. It’s the perfect tool for talking to your 3 year old about their feelings. Three year olds love pretending to be the Grumpy Bird.
One Morning in MaineAges 3-7
A Caldecott Honor winner, One Morning in Maine is a story about how Sal looses her tooth. Sal is getting ready for an adventure with her dad to Buck’s Harbour in Maine. But as she brushes her teeth, she discovers her loose tooth. But that’s only the start of a big day. While digging for clams with her dad, Sal loses her tooth. It’s a picture book with a simple story presented from a child’s perspective. There’s a message of not sweating the small things. As an endearing, funny, and delightful classic, this gem is worth adding to your child’s library. If you loved Blueberries for Sal, you’ll also likely love this one. There’s something magical about McCloskey’s stories. Your 3 year old will love it and want to read it over and over.
Perfect NinjaAges 3-11
Perfect Ninja is a perfectionist who cries, screams, or gives up when not meeting his high expectations. A friend shows Perfect Ninja that his mistakes and failures help him learn and grow. Kids learn that it’s alright to make mistakes, learn from them, and perfection is not expected from anyone. It’s an important life lesson that mistakes are part of the learning process and help us grow, making it a solid additon to your child’s library. It’s a fun way to teach your 3 year old important lessons for their development and growth.
Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken IdentityAges 3-5
Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity is the heartwarming sequel to Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale. Trixie wants to show off her unique bunny at school. But Sonja has the same bunny! Chaos ensues and the teacher takes away the bunnies. Trixie gets her bunny after school but eventually realizes she has the wrong bunny. A midnight swap is arranged, and Trixie gains a new best friend. We love the stylish drawings on photos. It’s a wonderful sequel about friendship that lives up to the first. Kids will ask for multiple reads. It’s the perfect gift for your Knuffle Bunny fan.
Little PeaAges 3+
Picky eaters can definitely relate to Little Pea. Here’s the conundrum: If Little Pea doesn’t eat all of his sweets — no veggies for dessert! Oh, no … what’s Little Pea to do? Little Pea loves his spinach but struggles eating candy as the main course. It’s a fun twist on the classic parent predicament and a great way to get your 2 year old interested in veggies. The simplistic illustrations help readers connect to the story.
No Matter WhatAges 0-3
No Matter What is a wonderful, heart-warming book about a mother (Large) and child (Small). The child fears that the mother doesn’t love it. It’s packed with endearing illustrations, good humor, and a great message. It’s a great book for showing your child that you love them unconditionally just like Large in the book. The new version eliminates the line about death from the original, but it reassures kids that love stays with you no matter how far apart you are.
Bear Says ThanksAges 3-8
Bear Says Thanks is a tale about a bear who expresses his gratitude by inviting his friends over for a big dinner. His friends each share a different platter of food. The only problem? His cupboards are bare! Although bear’s sad he can’t make anything, his friends tell him they love his stories and are happy to be with him. As a wonderful celebration of friendship, sharing, and thankfulness, it’s a valuable message worth sharing with your 3 year old. Three year olds will love it, and the illustrations are beautifully done. If you love these Bear books, this one is also worth adding to your collection.
The DarkAges 4-8
Is your 3 year old afraid of the dark? The Dark is a story about a boy name Laszlo who is afraid of the dark but overcomes his fear. The story is really good, and we love how the dark is a character with a voice. The illustrations perfectly complement the story. It teaches kids that although there may be scary things out there, there is a way to deal with them. It’s a sweet book putting the dark in perspective for little ones. Whether or not your child is afraid of the dark, this is a fun and unique read worth putting on the shelf. And if your child is afraid of the dark, it makes a difference.
Otis is a story about unlikely friendships. Otis, a tractor, befriends a calf on the farm. A big yellow tractor replaces Otis. The calf gets stuck in Mud Pond and Otis saves the day. It’s a touching and sweet story with multiple layers about friendship for 3 year olds. With eye-catching colors, the amazing illustrations will engage your little one. Your child will love these characters.
Lost and FoundAges 3-7
Lost and Found is a sweet tale of friendship that is lost and found. One day a lost penguin shows up at a boy’s door. Thinking it is lost, they embark on a journey to the South Pole to return it home. While they travel in the rowboat, he tells the penguin stories. In the end, we discover that the penguin wasn’t lost after all — it was merely lonely and searching for a friend. It’s an entertaining and educational read for your 3 year old with a great message.
A Caldecott Honor Book, Goggles by Ezra Jack Keats is a story about bullies taking things from children. Peter and his friends cleverly rescue themselves. For younger listeners, it’s great for showing how the characters’ feelings change over the course of the story. The story and some illustrations may be a bit scary for some young ones. We love the moral of overcoming obstacles and thinking creatively.
Mr. Tiger Goes WildAges 4-8
Mr. Tiger Goes Wild encourages kids to unleash their inner wildness. One day Mr. Tiger gets bored of all the properness and gets a wild idea. He goes wild! Eventually, his friends accept his uniqueness. We love how Mr. Tiger doesn’t settle for conforming with his surroundings and stays true to himself. We all know that there’s a bit of Mr. Tiger in all of us. Kids learn that it’s alright to be different and be yourself. With a message that wholeheartedly embraces our differences and uniqueness, it makes a wonderful addition to your library.
Ladybug GirlAges 3-5
Ladybug Girl is a book of imagination and empowerment. Donning her Ladybug costume, Lulu transforms into Ladybug Girl, a superhero, for some backyard adventures. With Bingo, her dog, by her side, they explore nature, build forts, and have all sorts of big fun. She lifts rocks to help ants, builds a fort, splashes in a puddle that she pretends is a lake with a shark, and balances on a downed tree. We love how Lulu taps into the power of the imagination to make her own fun. Kids will be able to see themselves through Ladybug’s eyes. It’s the perfect length for a bedtime story.
Dad By My SideAges 0-3
Celebrate the heartwarming father-daughter relationship with Dad By My Side. With a sea of good mother/daughter books, it’s a breath of fresh air to see a great father/daughter book for a change. Kids love this sweet book with beautiful and adorable illustrations. It serves as a wonderful lesson that just because you learn to braid her hair or sew her doll a new dress, that doesn’t make you any less of a man. In fact, you’re more of a man! It’s also a great book for a dad who wants to share and be in touch with his emotions. This is one of the best father/daughter books by far. It makes for a great Father’s Day gift ‘from’ your daughter.
Oh No, George!Ages 2-5
Oh No, George is a story about an owner leaving his well-behaved dog, George, alone for the day. Will George behave himself with cats to chase and flowers to dig up?! Can he possibly resist the temptation? Kiddos who have trouble following rules can relate to George. It’s funny with substance without being overbearing. This is a real crowd-pleaser for dog lovers. It’s easily among the best toddler books ever and likely to become a favorite, requested over and over. It delivers a message of kindness and forgiveness, and we love its open-ended ending that invites conversation.
Hug is a cute little story with an endearing tribute to love and belonging. The story is beautifully captured through its expressive pictures. You have to examine the animal’s faces and body language to fully understand the story. Most toddlers seem to understand the story told through pictures and just a handful of words. Don’t be surprised if your toddler says, “Hug” after experiencing this gem of a book.
That’s Me Loving YouAges 3+
That’s Me Loving You is a touching and lovely book expressing parents’ unconditional love for their children. It reassures little ones that their parents are always with them even by simply observing nature. Affection can also come from a breeze or a shimmering star. It’s perfect for families where loved ones are far apart or for families with those who have passed on. It’s one of the sweetest books with a special meaning that we can’t recommend enough. It’s one of those few books that gets me emotional after reading it.
I Love You, Good NightAges 1-4
I Love You, Good Night is the perfect bedtime book focused on parents’ unconditional love for their child. It’s a super sweet story with delightful descriptions and colorful illustrations. Whether you say I love you in a silly or heartfelt way, this book is perfect for affirming your unconditional love for your child.
Yo! Yes?Ages 2-4
A Caldecott Honor winner, Yo! Yes? is a story celebrating the power of friendship. An African-American and white boy meet on the street and become friends, yelling, ‘Yow’! The story’s cadence and rhythm feels rather pleasing, and the illustrations are fantastic. It’s a great book for sharing with toddlers or preschoolers. They’ll love this simple story with a positive message about making friends. It’s great for teaching your kids about friendship, body language, and expression.
I Love You Because You’re YouAges 3-5
I Love You Because You’re You is a book of unconditional love. A mom tells her little one that she loves him no matter whether he’s wild, angry, or sad. The rhymes are wonderful and the illustrations are beautiful. The story is simple for younger audiences to understand and the message is profound. It’s such a sweet story for bedtime or anytime. Kids and parents alike adore this book because it instills a sense of security that a child can never lose your love — no matter what. Get it, read it, and let your child know every day that they are loved unconditionally.
Bear Feels SickAges 3-7
In a Bear Feels Sick, a bear feels sick and his friends help him get well soon. But his friends become sick. The bear eventually returns the favor. It’s a sweet and charming book with friendship lessons and beautiful illustrations. Honestly, with a good story and word flow, I don’t mind reading it to my 3 year old. Kids get excited when you read it to them, and they love the cute and captivating characters. It’s a must-have for any child’s bookshelf.
Love Makes a Family
Love Makes A Family is a sweet, lovely book that teaches little ones it’s the love that families share that is the most important. Kids will see that love is expressed in many forms. It’s important that this book is inclusive and shows all types of families that do many of the same things as your own family. No matter what your family looks like — it demonstrates that love is a central element to a family.
Just for MeAges 2-5
In Just For Me, the main character Ruby learns a valuable lesson from her parents about sharing with friends after a struggle ensues and a toy evenutally breaks. For the better part of the story, Ruby claims things are just for her. Ruby eventually realizes that she can have even more fun sharing with her friend. It’s a charming story filled with humor and heart and the ending will make you say, “Awww”. Every 3 year old’s collection should have Just For Me in it.
Nelly Gnu and Daddy TooAges 3-5
From the author of the best-selling Llama Llama books, Nelly Gnu and Daddy Too tells an uplifting story of a little girl spending quality time with her father and building a house with her father. It’s wonderful to see a book capturing the sweetness and importance of a father-daughter relationship, given the sheer lack of books in this genre. It’s a must-have for Llama Llama fans, and it’s not one you’ll get easily tired of reading. This book is for the dads taking an active role in spending time with their daughters.
Bear Has A Story To TellAges 2-6
Bear Has A Story To Tell is a story about friendship and patience. With winter fast approaching and Bear getting sleepy, he needs to tell his friends a story but everyone’s too busy doing something or another. Will anyone hear his story? When Bear awakens in the winter, he forgets his story and his friends have to help him recover the tale. There’s an opportunity to teach your child about seasons, migration and hibernation. It’s such a lovely book and we love the beautiful watercolor illustrations. It’s truly a treasure that belongs on your little one’s bookshelf.
Hooray for Hat!Ages 0-3
Celebrate friendship, sharing, and fun hats with Hooray for Hat! Everyone seems to be having a grumpy day. That is until Elephant share his new hats with his friends. It’s a simple story that sheds light on the fact that even smaller acts can lead to a better life. It’s as magical as a smile. There’s true joy in giving and friendship. The story is inspirational and the artwork is fantastic.
Plant a KissAges 3+
Plant A Kiss presents a story of life, kindness, and giving. Kids learn that true happiness comes from being open and unselfish. It’s a simple story that looks at kisses in a unique way and it’s fun to read. It’s beautifully illustrated, contributing to the positivity of the book. The message is impactful and important for all kids.
Mr. Gumpy’s OutingAges 4+
A Boston Globe-Horn award-winner, Mr. Grumpy’s Outing is a classic story about a man who goes on a boating trip and is joined by children and animals. Soon the boat reaches capacity. But somehow it comes to a happy conclusion. The ending demonstrates that even when things don’t go as planned, you can still have fun. It’s a simple, charming, and funny book with a good storyline and beautiful illustrations.
Cami Kangaroo Has Too Many Sweets!Ages 2-10
Cami Kangaroo Has Too Many Sweets! is a book about honesty and self-control. Cami loves nothing more than sweets, but she can’t stop thinking about them. Even after getting caught, she finds ways to sneak in her favorite sweets. This book helps kids learn to deal with common challenges and temptations honestly. It also is a great tool for teaching your kids the benefits of healthy eating as well as teaching them about practicing good oral hygiene. Kids love the beautiful and adorable illustrations, and they can really relate to Cami.
No More Diapers for Ducky!Ages 2-3
No More Diapers for Ducky is a valuable tool and motivator for getting through potty training. Although the book is simple and short, the message is clear. It’s our favorite potty book because it doesn’t make such a big deal about diaper usage. We also like that because Piggy, Ducky’s friend, uses the potty, it encourages and empowers Ducky to also use the potty. Some kids like reading it while on the potty. It’s a welcome addition to any 3 year old’s library.
Will Bear Share?Ages 2-3
One bear has a single ice cream cone. Yum! But ‘Will Bear Share?’ With few words, cute illustrations, humor, and a simple message, it’s a memorable story of sharing, friendship, and compromise.
Mirandy and Brother WindAges 3-7
Mirandy and Brother Wind, a Caldecott Honor Book, is a tale where Mirandy wants the best partner for the junior dancing contest. Who could that be? The wind, of course! If she can catch him, she can get a wish granted. But Brother Wind evades all the tricks her friends tell her. It’s a fun story that’s well-written and magical even for the younger set. The illustrations are well done and the ending is satisfying. It serves as an inspiration for little boys and girls.
Science Books for 3 Year Olds
Why do we have to go to sleep at night? Why does the sun go away? Why? Why? Why? Three year olds love asking a lot of questions. It’s not easy answering all these abstract questions, but these science books can help.
National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of WhyAges 3-7
National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Why delivers everything for your curious 3 year old — interesting facts, simple recipes, crafts, and more. It uses a simple question-and-answer format with lots of questions and simple answers that your kids can easily understand. While it’s not perfect, this book is jam-packed with educational content for your little one. The table of contents helps you easily find information. We love the engaging, big, and informative pictures and the experiments that teach your kids the whys. It does have a handful of erroneous information — but it’s not a deal-breaker. If your toddler is full of ‘why’ questions, this may help quench their thrist for knowledge. Unlike many other encyclopedia-like books, this one’s actually fun to flip through and find random facts.
Inside Your Outside: All About the Human BodyAges 4-8
In Inside Your Outside: All About the Human Body, the Cat in the Hat takes kids on a journey through the human body to learn about the inside of their bodies. While it’s not perfect in terms of information presented, this is an entertaining read for little ones. We love how it doesn’t dumb everything down and includes surprising details without overwhelming young learners. It covers general body functions and vital organs but not reproductive organs. The pictures give kids a good peek at the insides of our bodies. It’s entertaining, engaging, and delightful with a wealth of information — making it a winner in our books. But don’t take it from us — kids love it, and your kids will have fun while learning how the body works.
Save the OceanAges 0-10
Save the Ocean tells the heartwarming and charming ocean tale of two friends — a mermaid and a sea turtle — trying to eat their favorite food — jellyfish — but find plastic bags instead. It’s well-written with gorgeous illustrations. It’s packed with activity pages with ocean facts and a search-and-find game. It shows kids how we can make good choices with every day items. Kids learn the importance of recycling and conservation in a fun way with a mermaid and sea turtle. They also learn the importance of protecting our oceans and planet. It explains how we can reduce, reuse, and recycle to reduce the trash in our oceans. With a powerful conservation message, this book belongs in every child’s library. Hands-down, it’s easily one of the best children’s ocean books out there.
Encyclopedias and Biographies
First Little Readers Parent PackAges 4-7
This First Little Readers Parent Pack features 25 very short books perfect for beginning readers. The books teach children about seasons, birthdays, weather, hibernation, and movement. We love the sheer variety and they’re especially good for practicing sight words and sounding out simple vocabulary. The repetition in each story is particularly helpful for early readers, and the simple drawings provide reading clues for little ones. It helps build confidence and they help in learning to read. This is the perfect educational tool for introducing your 3 year old to the wonderful world of reading.
Baby Signs: A Baby-Sized Introduction to Speaking with Sign LanguageAges 2-3
With Baby Signs, you can teach your toddler to use sign language to communicate their needs, wants, and feelings. This book offers 13 different signs to learn: milk, water, more, all done, diaper, dog, cat, it hurts, help me, mommy, daddy, book and sleepy. We would have also liked to see signs for ‘please’ and ‘thank you’. Each page has a picture along with a description of how to use the sign. It’s good as an introduction to sign language. The pictures are not always easy for kids to figure out the sign. For your child to really learn, you need to apply the signs in a real-world context. It’s an especially great resource for parents if your child doesn’t speak yet.
Wherever You GoAges 0-3
Wherever You Go is an inspiring story about exploring one’s world and knowing that you can always return home. It has a great story with gorgeous illustrations. Kids will be fascinated to explore the detailed illustrations. You can always find something new. We love its positive message and how it encourages adventure. It’s wonderful as a graduation gift or as a bedtime story. Toddlers will ask for it to be read again and again.
National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of DinosaursAges 4-8
Got a dinosaur lover? Then they’ll want to check out the National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Dinosaurs. It’s jam-packed with all sorts of dinosaurs of different sizes and fantastic illustrations with a different dinosaur featured on each spread. Kids will enjoy the fun facts about each dinosaur. The big pictures and large print surely will appeal to little dino fans. We love how they’ve even included the phonetic spellings.The best part? It’s simple without being overwhelming. Parents and kids will learn a lot about dinosaurs. Your little dino love will cherish this book.
World of Eric Carle, My First Library Board Book Block 12-Book SetAges 0-4
Hungry for fun? Eric Carle’s Book Block Library features 12 board books, including 6 seek-and-find books and 6 books exploring concepts ranging from numbers and letters to colors and shapes. We love that these board books are perfectly sized for little hands, sturdily made, and kids love their interactive nature. The seek-and-find books have a hidden caterpillar to find — how cute?! Just know that these are not books you read, but you can certainly make up a story as you go. Delivering good value, it’s a great educational book for little ones.
National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of BugsAges 4-8
Is your 3 year old fascinated with bugs? National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Bugs introduces your bug lover to all sorts of bugs — from big and small, jumping and crawling, and colorful and creepy to backyard bugs and exotic species. Well-organized with colored photos for each insect, kids will learn fun facts about their sizes, diets, homes, and more. The detailed colored photography will capture your little one’s attention. At the end of every chapter there’s a fun game, where you match a larvae picture to its adult forms. It’s a great educational tool with an abundance of opportunities for learning and exploring — making for a fantastic birthday gift.
Disney Baby Mickey Mouse, Minnie, Toy Story and More! – My First Library Board Book Block 12-Book SetAges 0-5
Your little one will love learning with Disney and Pixar characters with this 12-book set. Kids learn words, numbers, shapes, emotions, time, body parts, and more. The case with handle lets you take the learning fun wherever you go. The size is perfect for smaller hands. With few words on a page, it’s perfect for those with short attention spans. Best of all, these book are simple for little ones to understand. Three year olds love the cute Disney characters and this collection. It makes a great birthday gift for babies and toddlers.
Hello, World! WeatherAges 0-3
With a question-and-answer format and happy illustrations, Hello, World! Weather introduces babies and toddlers to weather and seasons. It’s worth noting that this book focuses on clothing to wear for different types of weather. We would have liked to see more scientific facts and fun facts like the other books in the series. Even so, kids can still learn from the content of this book and plan what to wear, their activities, and agendas accordingly.
Disney Frozen My First Library Board Book Block 12-Book SetAges 1-3
This Frozen 12-Book Set teaches little fans letters, seasons, family, and more. The size is perfect for little hands. Kids love hauling them around in their case and looking at the pictures. Not only are the stories short, but also they’re fun to read. Your Frozen obsessed little one will love this.
Hello, World! Construction SiteAges 1-3
Love construction vehicles? Then perhaps you’ll enjoy Hello, World! Construction Site. It takes you on a journey to a construction site to see what all the machines are building. We love how both men and women and people of color are represented in this book, making it great for both little boys and girls and anyone who loves construction. Your 3 year old will probably be able to name most construction vehicles while riding around. Parents will love that it’s an easy read and keeps the kiddos engaged.
Think Big, Little OneAges 0-3
Think Big, Little One is an inspirational book that teaches little ones to pursuit their biggest ideas. The book spotlights 18 aspirational women Dreamers who inspire you to grow up and be as amazing as them. It’s well-written and beautifully illustrated. We especially love the artwork and inspirational message. It’s wonderful to still have gems like these around where you can learn about important historical figures.
In Cityblock, you explore city life from top to bottom. It’s divided into these sections: Things That Go, Things to See, and Things to Eat. It discusses a broad range of topics ranging from traveling in the city, things to do for entertainment, and what to eat and where. We love the cute illustrations and the interactive flaps that let you complete the scene. Three year olds will love reading this again and again. It’s a wonderful addition to any little one’s library. We can’t recommend the Block book series highly enough.
This Little Dreamer: An Inspirational PrimerAges 3-5
With age-appropriate facts and fun illustrations, The Little Dreamer showcases 10 memorable important people who dared to dream big and paved the way. The book is easy to read and understand for a 3 year old. Kids love the bright colors and bold illustrations. It’s fantastic when your 3 year old can correctly identify figures. It’s a fun way to teach little ones about current and inspiring historical figures.
Thank You, Earth: A Love Letter to Our PlanetAges 4-8
Beautifully written and illustrated, Thank You, Earth is a love letter to our planet exploring its natural beauty and complexity. Poetic text and breathtaking photos introduce kids to science, nature, geography, biology, poetry, and community. We love how kids are encouraged to write their very own thank-you notes to the planet. Although there aren’t many words, the message is clear. Not only does it serve as a reminder that we need to preserve and protect our planet, but it also sends a powerful message of appreciating our world. Celebrate our beautiful planet on Earth Day or any day.
Activity Books for 3 Year Olds
Reading to your child everyday helps improve their language skills to prepare them for school. While 3 year olds can’t read on their own, they love retelling their favorite stories through pictures. If you have been reading to your child, your 3 year old has already developed an impressive vocabulary and can easily recognize pictures.
I Am Confident, Brave & Beautiful: A Coloring Book for GirlsAges 3+
I Am Confident, Brave & Beautiful is not your typical coloring book — it’s a coloring book for building your girl’s confidence, imagination, and spirit. With 20+ coloring pages, the book’s pictures complement the sayings on each page. Kids love it and the beautiful affirmations (‘I am clever, bright, powerful, creative, inventive, etc.’) and illustrations serve to boost your little one’s self-esteem and confidence and help them explore their imagination. It’s perfect for use with colored pencils, pastels, and crayons — some gel pens will seep through on the other side. It’s wonderful to have inspirational books like these to show girls how great they are and help build a healthy sense of self-worth.
My First Toddler Coloring Book: Fun with Numbers, Letters, Shapes, Colors, and Animals!Ages 1-3
With My First Toddler Coloring Book, kids get a coloring book that also teaches numbers, letters, shapes, colors, animals, simple words, and counting. Bold lines help toddlers color within the lines. Three year olds love this book. A pro tip is to replace the binding with a coil at Office Depot/Office Max, so you can lay it flat without worrying about it folding over. The pages are fairly thick so you need not worry about tearing. Most importantly, you can beat that the kiddos will be learning and building important skills while having fun.
Peek-A Who?Ages 0-12
With cutout peek-a-boo windows, bright colors, and simple guessing rhymes, this charming book is hard for little ones not to love. Peek-a-boo surprises include a cow, owl, ghost, zoo of animals, train and a mirror to see yourself. Two year olds will be amused by this board book. They’ll love the simple repeating text, bright imagery, and guessing who/what is showing through the window. It’s a go-to for baby showers and first libraries.
Where Is Baby’s Belly Button? Ages 1-4
Here is another cute interactive lift the flap book from Karen Katz. Your little one is on a mission to find “Where’s Baby’s Belly Button.” With plenty of suspense, young readers will flip the flap only to reveal one of baby’s body parts. Where are baby’s eyes? Under her hat! It’s a fun way for your 3 year old to learn the parts of the body.
I Spy Everything!Ages 2-4
Love ‘I Spy’ adventures? Then you’ll love I Spy Everything! We love how this new edition is organized alphabetically. With about 10 pictures per page, it’s not overwhelming for a 3 year old. Each puzzle focuses on a different letter of the alphabet. Most importantly, kids will have fun while learning.
My First Brain Quest, 4th Edition: 350 Questions to Build Your Toddlers Word SkillsAges 2-3
Looking to develop your 3 year old’s vocabulary? Recommended by educators, My First Brain Quest presents 350 questions and their corresponding answers to help you achieve your goal. This product delivers and it’s great for language development. It gets kids talking and creating sentences. It’s fun to be smart.
My First Animals: Touch and Feel Picture CardsAges 1-3
Who wouldn’t want to pet the animals? Children will love learning about animals with these sensory flash cards. The coolest part? On each card, there is a textured area where kids can feel each animal.
Peekaboo MorningAges 2+
Peakaboo Morning is a sweet and fun book for toddlers. Your child is invited to play peekaboo along with the lead character. It’s beautifully illustrated and it’s the perfect book for your morning read. With so many bedtime books, it’s good to see a morning book. It’s adorable and, most importantly, kids love it. After multiple reads, don’t be surprised if your child says, “Peakaboo … I see you!”
I Spy Animals!Ages 2-4
I Spy Animals is a fun I Spy adventure that has you searching for different animals beginning with different letters. For younger kids, we wish that the book was organized alphabetically. Nevertheless, kids will love searching for different animals starting with different letters of the alphabet. We love that it’s educational while being fun.
Hi-Five Animals!Ages 3+
What’s the best way to greet someone you meet? A handshake? A hug? Hi-Five Animals introduces the idea of a high-five as the solution, while developing important socio-emotional skills. It’s a super cute book with cute illustrations, silly text, and fun and catchy rhymes. It’s an engaging book that kids love. And you won’t mind repeat readings. Don’t be surprised if your 3 year old starts giving everyone high-fives.
Count the Animals!Ages 2-5
Love ‘I Spy’ books and animals? Then you’ll love Count The Animals because it combines the best of both worlds! This is perfect for little learners, as it focuses on counting a certain animal, finding common attributes (e.g., tails), and counting sets of animals to see which set has more. Three year olds love looking for the animals. The illustrations are super cute. The best part? Little ones will be having too much fun to know they’re learning. We love how it goes beyond basic counting and delves into differences and greater than/less than.
Classic Books for 3 Year Olds
The classics are always popular books for 3 year olds. Good stories never get old. These inspiring stories have been told to generations for children and are still flying off store shelves. Bedtime doesn’t have to be so difficult. The best way to help your child go to sleep is by reading them a children’s classic at bedtime.
The Very Hungry CaterpillarAges 3+
Here is a classic book that every 3 year old must read. It’s about a caterpillar that eats everything and finally ends up with an upset stomach. The coolest part? As the caterpillar eats the foods, he leaves behind little holes in each page, which helps kids learn to count. So cute!
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?Ages 2-5
This is a must-have book for 3 year olds. The book introduces children to animals, letter, and colors. It contains a lot of repetition that makes it easy for kids to memorize.
Goodnight MoonAges 1-4
This a classic book that has been around for years. Every of parent of a 3 year old must own this book. It’s the perfect bedtime story to fall asleep to.
Where’s Spot?Ages 1-3
Little ones will love lifting the flaps and hunting for Spot in this board book edition featuring a new attractive design that pops. Eric Hill created this charming and adorable book for his 2-year-old son as a bedtime story. Now you can share this most famous adventure with your 3-year-old. It’s perfect for teaching kids, and they’ll never get bored of the teaching nor the story. Can you find Spot?
Where The Wild Things AreAges 4-8
A Caldecott Medal winner, Where the Wilds Things Are is children’s classic. It’s the story of a rambunctious little boy who is sent to bed with no dinner. When he goes to his room, he goes to a magical place filled with monsters. The wonderful illustrations are sure to stir your preschooler’s imagination. As one of the most-beloved children’s books of all-time, it’s a must-have for your 3 year old’s collection.
Love You ForeverAges 4+
Love You Forever is the heartwarming story that touched millions of hearts around the world. It’s about parenting and enduring love and reminds us that no matter our age, we are always someone’s child. Don’t be surprised if you shed a tear reading this beautiful and meaningful book.
Does your 3 year old love teddy bears? Then you can’t miss out on the story of Corduroy, which celebrates 50 years of the teddy bear. It’s an endearing picture book about a teddy bear who loses a button but finds a friend. Nobody wanted this bear but he finds a home with someone willing to embrace his imperfection. Kids will love how adventurous Corduroy is in this classic. It’s almost certain to be among your 3-year-old’s most-loved books.
The Giving TreeAges 1-8
The Giving Tree is a story about caring, giving, and love. It’s about a tree that gives itself to make a child happy. While your child might not be able to see the symbolism yet, parents know that the “giving tree” represents them. It’s a book with such an emotional message.
Oh, the Places You’ll Go!Ages 4-8
At age 3, your toddler is still growing. But it’s never to early to reflect on what their life could be. Dr. Seuss’ Oh, The Places You’ll Go! motivates readers to find the success within though humorous verses and wonderul illustrations. This is one of those all-time favorite books that makes a great gift.
The Monster At The End of This BookAges 3-7
Written by Maurice Sendak, “Where the Wilds Things Are” is children’s classic. It’s the story of a rambunctious little boy who is sent to bed with no dinner. When he goes to his room, he goes to a magical place filled with monsters. The wonderful illustrations are sure to stir your preschooler’s imagination.
Green Eggs and HamAges 3-7
Dr. Seuss’s Green Eggs and Ham is a beloved children’s classic. It has a fun story with simple words, and we love the book’s rhymes, illustrations, and characters. By the end of the story, will Sam-I-Am convince you that green eggs and ham are a delectable treat to be enjoyed everywhere and in every way? Every generation should experience Dr. Seuss’s books, as they inspire creativity, curiosity, and imagination. It’s an important part of their childhood.
The Little Blue Box of Bright and Early Board BooksAges 2-3
This gift set includes Hop on Pop; Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!; Ten Apples Up On Top!; and The Shape of Me and Other Stuff. It’s a good quality set for toddlers. The size is perfect for a 3 year old. These are smaller than the regular versions. We love the little case for toting around. Our favorite book in the set is Oh, the Thinks You Can Think! We only wish they had Green Eggs and Ham and Cat in the Hat in this collection, too.
The Cat in the HatAges 3-7
The Cat In The Hat is one of the most beloved children’s classics. Dick and Sally are trapped indoors with nothing to do, until the Cat in the Hat arrives. They have an adventure that almost wrecks the place. It’s heavy on phonics with charming illustrations. Kids will want you to read it over and over. Compelling, funny, memorable, and full of heart, it deserves a spot in every child’s library.
The LoraxAges 5-9
Celebrate nature and protecting the environment with Dr. Suess’ The Lorax. With a go-green message at its core, The Lorax teaches young readers that we shouldn’t take our Earth for granted — even a small seed or child can make a big difference. Furthermore, it teaches us that we shouldn’t cut down so many trees. It delivers a hopeful and powerful message with fun rhymes, encouraging kids and adults to stand up for what they believe is right. This message is as important today as when it was first published nearly 50 years ago. Will you heed Dr. Suess’ advice and make a difference for the future of our planet and for future generations? Because of its relevancy today and the fact that it teaches responsibility, every child should read this classic.
Richard Scarry’s Cars and Trucks and Things That GoAges 3-7
Your vehicle lover will love Richard Scarry’s Cars and Trucks and Things That Go. This children’s classic is packed with real and fictious vehicles from cars, trucks, and planes to pickle trucks, toothbrush trucks and more. Kids will find it rewarding hunting for the hidden ‘Goldberg’ in each spread … kids get giddy everytime! It’s great for getting your kids into books.
The Poky Little PuppyAges 2-3
The best-selling picture book of all-time, The Poky Little Puppy is a delightful story of a curious puppy that digs holes under fences and goes to bed without strawberry shortcake. The puppy takes longer to leave and return from home each day. He makes out better than his siblings, until he’s outsmarted at the end. We love that it’s short and sweet with good plot development without being overdone. It’s just perfect for little ones. The story, artwork, and flow are all well done. It’s a wonderful classic that belongs in every little one’s collection. It’s one of those books passed on from generation to generation. It’s so good!
Guess How Much I Love You
Guess How Much I Love You is an endearing, classic tale of unconditional love between a father and his child. It’s well-written and parents can to relate to it. Discover how much Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare love each other. It’s wonderful to see a father/child book amidst the sea of mother/child books. It’s such a sweet story and gem that every child should have in their library.
All By MyselfAges 3-7
Teach your 3 year old about independence with All By Myself. Kids can relate to Little Critter tying his shoes, coloring a picture, and riding his bike. It’s suitable for 3 year olds because it’s easy to understand, and the illustrations are adorable. Although he spills juice and creates messes, Little Critter is proud of what he does well and what he’s learning to do. Kids will be able to relate to his mistakes. Like Little Critter kids will feel proud of the things they do. We love the lessons and how it’s encouraging and relatable to kids.
The Runaway BunnyAges 0-4
The Runaway Bunny is a classic children’s book from the author of Goodnight Moon. A mother tells her little bunny if you run away, I will come after you, for you are my little bunny. It’s a story about the love and bond between a mother and her child. The mother lets her child know that she’ll always be there for them — through the good and the bad. Some kids love reading this along with Goodnight Moon. We love how the mother gives her child space to grow while ensuring its safety. We really love the story, and it’s one of the sweetest picture books for kids out there. Every child should own this classic!
The Happy Man and His Dump TruckAges 2-5
The Happy Man and His Dump Truck is a story about a happy, friendly man who takes farm animals on a joy ride in his dump truck. It’s very simple but kids love how the animals get a great ride and have so much fun. Although it doesn’t further explore dump trucks or animals, it’s still a cute book that feels like a classic Little Golden Book and kids can relate to it. We love how the happy man treats everyone like his friends, including the farm animals. It’s a great gift for toddlers who love trucks and/or animals.
The Snowy DayAges 2-5
Do you remember the first time your experienced snowfall? The Snowy Day perfectly captures the magic of that wonder and presents the hope of clenching onto that wonder forever through the adventures of a young boy on a snowy day. Not only is it a classic, but also it’s one of the most important written picture books that 3 year olds will treasure. Joy, wonder, disappointment, and excitement are universally shared emotions, regardless of ethnicity. It delivers an important message about childhood and life and the artwork is beautiful.
Richard Scarry’s Best Word Book EverAges 3-7
Expand your 3 year old’s vocabulary with Richard Scarry’s classic Best Word Book Ever. Packed with hundreds of words and plenty of wonderful pictures, it helps early readers relate words to images. It helps kids better understand how words and what they describe fit together. Word topics range from hygiene to careers and more. There are new delightful things for kids to find with every read. It’s an essential that belongs in every household. It’s one of those books that gets passed on from generation to generation.
I Am a BunnyAges 3+
Richard Scarry’s I Am A Bunny is a beloved classic with a short and sweet story. The bunny character is endearing and we love Scarry’s depiction of the four seasons. The illustrations are absolutely beautiful. Kids will love pointing out various things in the images. It’s one of those books you won’t mind reading again and again, and it’s one that you’ll want to pass on from generation to generation.
The Polar Express 30th Anniversary EditionAges 4-7
A Caldecott Medal winner, The Polar Express is a classic about a boy who boards The Polar Express on a magical trip to the North Pole. It’s the best book about Santa, and it’s beautifully written. The artwork is just as magical as the story. For this special 30th anniversary edition, we love the bonus beautiful ornament and audio recording download option. Discover the favorite that many children adore. It’s perfect for your Christmas collection and wonderful for creating cherished childhood memories. It’s a fantastic Christmas story that every child should have in their library.
Make Way for DucklingsAges 3-7
A Caldecott Medal honoree, Make Way For Ducks is a heartwarming tale about Mrs. Mallard and her 8 ducklings who are trying to find a home at the pond, but they wondered how they would get through the busy streets of Boston. The Boston police actually stop traffic for them to safely get to their new home. This timeless classic is a story of a kinder world that should be passed on from generation to generation. It’s a delightful read for both kids and adults, and the drawings are beautiful.
Owl MoonAges 3-7
A Caldecott Medal winner, Owl Moon is a charming story about a father and daughter who go owling on a winter night. As the father calls out — there’s no answer. It sheds light on the fact that you don’t necessarily need words but hope to succeed. It shows their special bond as well as their connection with the world. Kids love calling out to the owls just as in the story. The beautiful illustrations make it feel like you’re walking in the woods. It’s a real treasure that children love. After reading it, we wouldn’t be surprised if your family goes on its own owl calling adventures.
The Story of FerdinandAges 3-5
The Story of Ferdinand is an absolute classic with a timeless message. Unlike other bulls, Ferdinand doesn’t like to fight. Instead, he’d rather smell flowers. This Viking edition is the best version of the book. The message focuses on being yourself, being kind, and the power of peace. Although the illustrations are in black-and-white and may not appeal to some toddlers, they capture charming details, reflect Ferdinand’s gentleness, and depict mature animals unlike the Disney characters. With its timeless message, it deserves a spot on your child’s bookshelf.
A Caldecott Honor Book, Madeline is an endearing classic that has charmed readers for generations. It’s a story about friendship, sickness, and recovery of an orphan named Madeline living in an orphanage. Kids can relate to Madeline, the brave and adventurous heroine. The book has a beautiful cadence and rhymes with wonderful artwork. As a lovely and delightful classic with a good story, it’s a must-have for your child’s library.
Jamberry is a best-selling and charming classic about a boy and a bear embarking on berry-picking adventures to make jam. Kids love the fun rhymes and silliness of the book. It has good flow, the rhythm is magical, and it’s also gorgeously illustrated with adventure-filled scenes. Encapsulating what childhood should and ought to be — full of joy, love, and trust — it’s a must-have for any young reader’s collection and a go-to for baby showers. It’s one of those few books you won’t mind re-reading to your child. It will almost certainly create many wonderful memories.
The MittenAges 1-3
In The Mitten, Nicki loses a white mitten while walking in the snow. Animals small and big find shelter in the mitten. When a bear sneezes — they all fly out of the mitten, and the mitten flies in the air and Nicki discovers it. The text feels poetic and it’s beautifully illustrated. It’s a beautiful story for children, and kids will love how the animals are portrayed with both charm and humor.
Mike Mulligan and His Steam ShovelAges 4-7
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel is a heartwarming classic about friendship, love, loyalty, hardwork, and ingenuity. Symbolizing industrial America, Mike and his steam shovel, Mary Anne, dig deep canals for boats to travel through, cut mountain passes for trains, and hollow out cellars for city skyscrapers. Eventually, they’re replaced by new machines and lose their work. They have one last opportunity to prove their worth and save Mary Anne from being scrapped. It’s a wonderful story about learning to adapt to the changing world. With loveable characters, brilliant illustrations, and a great message, it’s worth sharing with your 3-year-old.
Whistle for WillieAges 2+
Whistle For Willie is a sweet story of an African-American boy and his dog and learning to whistle for his dog. It’s a timeless classic that still remains fresh today. We love the endearing character and positive vibe. Keats’ bold, vibrant illustrations bring the story to life. It’s a wonderful addition to your 3 year old’s library.
Swimmy, a Caldecott Honor recipient, is about a brave, clever fish who shows his friends that with ingenuity and teamwork, they can overcome any danger they encounter. It’s a beloved classic that deserves to be passed on from generation to generation. Beautifully illustrated with an inspirational message of overcoming fear and helping others, every child should have this treasure in their library. It’s one of my go-to gifts for children.
The Little Red CabooseAges 2-5
All aboard for fun with the classic The Little Red Caboose! This little red caboose wants to be as popular as the big steam engine at the front. It’s an inspiring tale of how the little caboose saved the locomotive until help could come when the mountain was too great. It has a great message with detailed illustrations. It’s truly a timeless classic worth sharing with your child for storytime.
Harold and the Purple CrayonAges 4-8
Harold, equipped with a purple crayon, goes on a fantastical journey in this timeless classic. Harold draws a world complete with excitement and wonder. Preschoolers will enjoy that the book is full of twists and surprises.
A Pocket for CorduroyAges 1-3
A Pocket for Corduroy is the sequel to Corduroy. Get ready for a soapy adventure at the Laundromat with Lisa and Corduroy, her teddy bear. Although the story is not as original as the first, if your child loved the first book, there’s a good chance they’ll love this one, too. It does offer rich vocabulary for little ones. The first story is much more meaningful, but it’s a must-have for Corduroy lovers.
Each Peach Pear Plum
Each Peach Pear Plum is a classic story and picture book. The poetic-like rhyme of the book makes it easy for young ones to learn and remember. Older toddlers will love the “I Spy” aspect that has kids hunting for classic nursery rhyme and fairy tale characters. The pictures are really fun and interesting for kids. Short, sweet, and well-written, the book delivers a fantastic mix of poetry, classic characters, and I Spy. You can literally find new details every time, and parents won’t mind multiple reads. As a classic that kids love, it’s a must-have for your collection.
Richard Scarry’s Best Storybook EverAges 3-7
Does your 3 year old love stories? Richard Scarry’s classic Best Storybook Ever delivers over 80 wonderful stories. It’s packed with stories and nursery rhymes for counting and learning colors, alphabet, and seasons — making it perfect for your 3 year old. It also features exerpts, such as I am a Bunny, Goodnight Little Bear, The Rooster Struts, Mother Goose rhymes, and more. The book offers plenty of lessons and the illustrations are wonderful. It’s a storybook every child should own in their library. We love the variety of content. Your 3 year old will love it, as there’s always something interesting to keep kiddos happy! It’s great for learning colors, alphabets, and simple words. It may well be the best storybook ever.
A Chair for My Mother 25th Anniversary EditionAges 4-6
Celebrating its 25th anniversary, A Chair For My Mother is an endearing classic Caldecott Honor picture book. After their home is destroyed by a fire, Rosa, her mother, and grandmother get a comfy chair for everyone to enjoy. It depicts the joyful spirit of a loving family and teaches the importance of saving. It also shows that although the fire happened, with the help of others they will be safe and loved. It’s a simple story of a family overcoming obstacles in life. We appreciate that it’s well-written with substance to the story. As a touching, heartwarming, and sweet book with an excellent story, it’s a worthy addition to your child’s collection.
Blueberries for SalAges 3-7
A Caldecott Honor Winner, Blueberries for Sal is a charming and sweet story about mothers who go blueberry picking with their little ones. Sal wanders off and meets a mother bear, while Sal’s mom meets a little cub. Both mothers realize the sounds they hear are not from their child. Kids giggle when they discover the mixup. They’re happily reunited. It’s not a story that would be written today. It’s a simple story about enjoying a beautiful summer day with a slower pace. It’s a beloved classic that deserves a spot in your young one’s collection.
Richard Scarry’s Busy, Busy TownAges 3-7
Welcome to Busy, Busy Town! It’s a classic that takes readers on a tour around town — from the school, medical center, and farm to the post office, service station, and more. Kids will see different occupations of people within the community. Young ones will learn so much about their own communities and how a town or city works on a basic level. It’s a delightful book that 3 year olds love. Kids love searching for their favorite animals, and there’s a ton for little ones to learn.
In the Night KitchenAges 4-8
In the Night Kitchen is a Caldecott Honor winner about Mickey’s morning cake baking adventures in the kitchen. Bakers need more milk for the batter, but Mickey falls into the cake. Nevertheless, they pop him into the oven. Luckily, he escapes in a bread dough plane and finds the milk. The illustrations are well done, but note there are a couple of harmless nude moments that may be offensive to some. It’s not inappropriate or sexualized in any way since it’s part of a fantastical dream world full of imagination. It’s a work of creative and imaginative genius that deserves all its praise. Three year olds will be delighted by it and will want it read multiple times. As one of the most unique, fun, and imaginative stories, this gem deserves a spot in your collection.
The Tale of Peter RabbitAges 3-7
The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter is a beloved classic about a mischievous rabbit who gets into trouble in Mr. McGregor’s vegetable garden. Three year olds love hearing this story. With more extensive vocabulary than today’s children’s books, it’s great for building your little one’s vocabulary. The book is perfect for little hands. As one of the finest children’s stories, every child should read it and have it in their library. It’s worth passing on from generation to generation.
Frederick, a Caldecott Honor winner, is a story of a poet mouse who warms his friends and cheers them with his words. All the other mice are gathering food for the winter except for Frederick. Its powerful message highlights the fact that everyone has their own way of making a contribution, and that it’s perfectly acceptable to be different. Readers also learn it’s also fine to stop and bask in the beauty of the world around us. We love the sweet poem project that you can craft with your child. Although some of the words are advanced for younger audiences, it’s great for building their vocabularies. As a timeless classic, it’s one of our favorite children’s books that every generation should experience.
The Very Lonely FireflyAges 1-3
From the creator of A Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Very Lonely Firefly is a story about a firefly searching for fireflies in the night. Along its journey, it sees a lantern, candle, eyes of a dog, cat, and owl glowing in the darkness as well as a celebration of light. When it discovers other fireflies, discover the surprise that’s likely to make your 3 year old smile. Kiddos are always excited to reach the end and see the fireflies light up. It’s simply a magical experience! This classic is a work of art with a nice story that makes a great gift.
Madeline’s RescueAges 3-7
Madeline’s Rescue, a Caldecott Medal winner, is an excellent second Madeline book that stays true to the original. It’s a dark story where Madeline nearly drowns, she is saved by a dog, the dog gets kicked out of the house, but it ends happily. With an interesting storyline with lovely illustrations, it’s a classic kids love listening to again and again.
The Little Engine That Could: 90th Anniversary EditionAges 3-7
The Little Engine That Could is a beloved classic loved for generations. It’s about a small, kind train through determination moves a train with wonderful things to children on the other side of the mountain. It’s a true classic with beautiful illustrations. With its message and the fact that kids adore it, it’s a must-have for your little train lover.
Time of WonderAges 3-7
Time of Wonder is a Caldecott Medal winner and a children’s literary masterpiece with beautiful storytelling and artwork. On a summer adventure in Maine island, it depicts a simpler world with a love of nature. We love that it celebrates nature and its beauty. With our fast-paced world, it serves as a reminder that we can enjoy life at a slower pace. The beautiful poetry and illustrations conjure up feelings of wonder and sadness. As it brings back good childhood memories, this touching book holds a special place in my heart.
Joseph Had a Little OvercoatAges 3-7
A Caldecott Honor book, Joseph Had a Little Overcoat is a story about Joseph’s worn-out overcoat that he transforms into a jacket and much more. Kids will be enamored by looking through the die-cast holes to guess what he’ll make next out of his overcoat. As his overcoat gets older, more holes form, revealing clues for the reader. What will he make next? Kids learn the moral that even with seemingly nothing, you can always make something. With our throwaway society, it highlights the beauty in reusing. It’s a delightful, warm story with an environmentally-friendly concept that’s worth sharing with your child.
Millions of CatsAges 2-5
A Newberry Honor winner, Millions of Cats is a tale of a lonely old man and woman who want a cat. But when they searched for a cat, incredibly they found millions and billions and trillions of cats. Since they couldn’t decide on any one cat, they took them all home. Surprisingly, the cats end up killing each other, leaving one scruffy cat needing a bath. The illustrations are brilliant and memorable. It’s a fun story to read with a startling twist at the end. It’s entertaining and fun to read, but its unusual storyline is understandably not for everyone. However, if you’re looking for something different, this may be worth considering.
Always Room for One MoreAges 3-8
A Caldecott Medal winner, Always Room for One More is a hilarious tale of kindness, charity, and sharing. Although Lachie lives with a large family of 12, he still welcomes every traveler on a stormy night saying, ‘There’s always room for one more.’ What’s unique? You can read it or sing it to your child. With a timeless story and message, it’s worth placing on your child’s bookshelf and sharing with them.
Alexander and the Wind-Up MouseAges 3-7
Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse explores the magic of friendship in this Caldecott Honor book. Everyone loves Willy the mechanical wind-up mouse, but Alexander, a real mouse, is chased away with brooms and mousetraps. All Alexander wants is to be loved and cuddled, so he wishes to be a wind-up mouse like Willy. It’s well-written with wonderful illustrations, and 3 year olds love it. Three-year-olds will be hooked by the story. The true beauty lies in the selfless act at the end. It’s one of those timeless classics that never gets old.
May I Bring a Friend?Ages 3-8
A Caldecott Medal recipient, May I Bring a Friend? is a story about a King and Queen who invite a small boy over for tea. He accepts, but asks: ‘May I bring a friend?’ It’s a simple yet fun story, and kids will love the animals and the animal friend twist. The rhyming and cadence are just perfect and the poetry is downright pleasing. Kids find the story to be amusing and entertaining. The lessons of being polite and reciprocating invitations to your home are great for sharing with your 3 year old.
The Rooster Crows: A Book of American Rhymes and JinglesAges 3-7
Experience classic American rhymes, songs, and jingles with The Rooster Crows: A Book of American Rhymes, a Caldecott Medal winner. This book is packed with nursery rhymes, counting-out games, skipping-rope songs, finger games, and other schoolyard classics enjoyed by countless generations. The illustrations are full of detail and color, and kids will enjoy multiple read-throughs. It’s a treasure worth adding to any child’s library.
Dinosaurs, Monkeys, and Animals! Oh My!
Who can resist dinosaurs, monkeys, and animals? Because small children have a fascination with cute characters, many stories for children feature animals that are given human qualities. Through stories with animals, children actually learn empathy and how to communicate.
If Animals Kissed Good NightAges 3-6
A best-selling children’s book, If Animals Kissed Good Night, imagines how animals would kiss their loved ones good night. How do different animals kiss good night? The story is cute with beautiful rhymes and good flow — depicting how a variety of animals would kiss their loved ones good night. Three-year-olds will learn animal baby names, animal body parts, and animal sounds. The charming illustrations help bring the story to life. We love how it sheds light on both moms as well as dads. It’s the perfect bedtime story for little animal lovers, and a sweet addition to their book collection.
Llama Llama Loves CampingAges 4-6
Based on the Netflix animated series, Llama Llama Loves Camping has Llama Llama going on his first camping trip and learns the lesson that what seems scary can actually be incredibly fun. The message is that we should break away from our gadgets and enjoy nature. It covers basic camping concepts and discusses hiking, s’mores, and appreciating the sounds of the woods. Although its missing the sing-songy lyrics and rhymes fans loved from other Llama Llama books, kids still love the story.
The Backyard Bug Book for KidsAges 3-5
Got a little bug lover? The Backyard Bug Book for Kids combines stories, interesting bug facts, amazing pictures, and exciting activities in one book. The real photographs help little bug lovers identify various bugs in the real world. The activities are cute and fun. It allows kids to explore the world of bugs with a kid-friendly book. Both educational and entertaining, this is a must-have for any bug lover or aspiring entomologist.
Moo, Baa, La La LaAges 0-3
Moo, Baa, La La La is a silly book that teaches little ones about animals and their sounds. Cow says ‘Moo,’ Sheep says, ‘ Baa,’ and 3 singing pigs say, ‘La La La’. No … no … of course, pigs go ‘Oink Oink Oink’! Although it’s a simple story, kids ask for multiple readings. Parents will love that it’s easy to read and short and sweet. If you haven’t already received this as a shower gift or first birthday gift, this gem is worth adding to your child’s collection. Every baby and toddler should have this treasure in their collection.
Dear Zoo: A Lift-the-Flap BookAges 1-4
Written and illustrated by Rod Campbell, this cute flip the flap book is perfect for the 3 year old animal lover in your life. When a kid writes to a zoo that he wants a pet, hilarity ensues. The zoo sends the child all sorts of animals like a giraffe, lion, snake, and more. Each animal is revealed by pulling back the flap and peeking inside. If you have little animal puppets, this is the perfect book to act out.
Baby Touch and Feel: AnimalsAges 3+
Who doesn’t love animals? Your little animal lover will love touching and feeling adorable puppies, cuddly bunnies, and other soft animals like kittens, penguins, and more. Kids can learn animal recognition and animal noises. The book is perfectly sized for little hands. Kids love the bright colors, petting the soft fur, and pointing at various animal parts. Surprisingly, not all of the animals feature touchable fur, but every page has something to touch. We only wish every animal had a touchable area. With that said, it’s still wonderful for delivering a captivating learning and sensory experience for young ones.
World of Eric Carle Hear Bear RoarAges 3-7
Your little animal lover will love World of Eric Carle Hear Bear Roar. It’s an interactive animal book featuring 30 animal sounds. Press the buttons to hear howling, hooting, buzzing, barking, and more. Packed with beautiful pictures and sounds, it’s a must-have sound book for your 3-year-old. Kids love following the animal stories, mimicking the animal sounds, and you can play matching the animal to the story. It’s a hit … toddlers simply can’t put it down!
Dragons Love TacosAges 3-7
While some parents have mixed feelings about the story in Dragons Love Tacos, kids absolutely love it. It’s a story about dragons who love tacos and what ensues if they have spicy salsa. With a fun, silly, and hilarious story, it’s a great way to spice up and mix up your child’s library. The length is perfect for bedtime reading.
Puppy Birthday to You! Ages 2-5
Paw Patrol is the hottest thing right now for 3 year olds. If it is his birthday, he will love seeing all of his favorite characters from the show in a book. The pups are trying to throw a surprise birthday party for Chase, but the power suddenly goes out. It’s up to the pups to come to the rescue. With a cute birthday storyline, it’s the perfect gift for his birthday.
Curious George and the RocketAges 0-3
While it’s not the best Curious George story, Curious George and the Rocket is perfect for fans of monkeys and space. Curious George becomes the first space monkey. Kids who love Curious George and space travel love it — asking for it to be read again and again. It’s a great story and the size is perfect for little hands.
The GruffaloAges 3-7
The Gruffalo is a humorous, preposterous, and wonderful story that delights kids. A mouse strolls through the woods and runs into a hungry fox, owl, then snake. The mouse seems like a tasty treat, but he invents a big, bad Gruffalo creature. We love the rhymes and cadence. The length is perfect for a 3 year old. It teaches the importance of staying calm under pressure and thinking creatively. This is a must-have for any child’s literary collection.
The Pigeon Wants a PuppyAges 3-5
Your favorite pigeon is back in Mo Willems’ The Pigeon Wants a Puppy. Mo Willems has done it again! This time the pigeon is demanding a puppy and it’s as funny as ever. Your kids will be laughing, and the illustrations are well done. You know it’s a great children’s book when your kids demand that you read it over and over again to them. Kids absolutely LOVE these books! In fact, you owe it to yourself to get the complete pigeon book series for your 3 year old.
The Very Busy SpiderAges 3+
The Very Busy Spider is a classic from Eric Carle about a spider that spins a web that is not only beautiful — but also useful. Farm animals attempt to distract her, but she doesn’t lose her focus. What’s cool? The board book version offers a unique sensory experience where kids can FEEL the raised webs on the pages. It would’ve been icing on the cake if the spider web was textured. It’s worth noting that the hard cover edition has the web ridges, but they’re not as pronounced. We love the story, and kids love making the sounds of animals on each page. It’s a simple, lovely story with beautiful illustrations. The size is perfect for toddlers’ little hands. We recommend this for anyone who loved The Very Hungry Caterpillar book — it’s a great complement.
Dinosaur Dance!Ages 1-5
Dino lovers — get ready for a roaring good time with Dinosaur Dance! from Sandra Boynton. Have you ever seen a dinosaur boogie? Well, now you can! Kids laugh and giggle when these dinos dance the Shimmy Shimmy Shake, the Quivery Quake, or the Cha-Cha-Cha. Kids love the funny sound effects. It has simple rhymes with adorable illustrations. If you act this out with silly dances, you’ll make it even more entertaining for your 3 year old. Encourage your toddler to follow along. Kids will be exposed to different dinosaurs. For dino lovers or Boynton fans, this hit makes a worthy addition to your collection.
Good Night, GorillaAges 1-3
Good Night, Gorilla is one of our favorite children’s books. It’s a wonderful book for early development about a mischievous gorilla with a key. All the animals at the zoo go to sleep for the night except for the Gorilla. The illustrations help drive the story forward. It’s a funny and delightful story with a fun surprise. The images are cropped in the Board Book edition. We wish they scaled the images to better fit the format, but it doesn’t detract from the experience. It’s a must-have for any toddler’s library that’s likely to be a new favorite.
We’re Going on a Bear HuntAges 2-5
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt is a delightful tale about a family going on an adventure — full of obstacles — to find a bear. The twist? They pretend to look for a bear, but don’t expect to actually find one. There is even an exciting bear chase scene where the family races back home. We love the poetic rhythm of the story, and the book is beautifully illustrated. The repeating language is perfect for developing little ones’ vocabulary. This is one of those stories kids will love repeated again and again. Parents love it, too. It’s that good! It’s almost certain to become a new family favorite. Some kids even love acting out the story with their imaginations on full display.
There is a Bird on Your Head!Ages 3-5
A Theodore Suess Giesel Award winner, There is a Bird on Your Head! by Mo Willems is a story about two friends — Gerald and Piggie — an elephant and a pig, respectively. The entire story is told through conversation word bubbles. Gerald discovers something worse than a bird on your head — two love birds, a nest, and 3 hatchlings on his head! Can Piggie help out her best friend? Thanks to Piggie’s help they move, but now it seems to be Piggie’s problem. Parents and kids alike will love the silly story with a plot that engages young listeners/readers. The mix of simple story, funny plot, and fun illustrations make this a winner! Because it’s adorable, amusing, and delightful — you would be doing your child a huge disservice to not add it to their collection.
Go, Dog. Go!Ages 3-7
With simple words and illustrations, Go, Dog. Go! shows the busy life of dogs. Your little one will see big, little, red, green, and blue dogs as well as dogs going up, dogs going fast, dogs preferring cars, dogs favoring skis, and dogs trying on different hats. There’s so much diversity. Your kids will giggle every time they say, “Do you like my hat?” It’s great for sparking your child’s imagination. Kids will be fascinated with dogs driving cars and their big dog party up in a tree. Kids will learn about opposites and diversity. With a simple story and fun illustrations that engage young ones, it’s a classic that deserves a spot in your child’s library.
Open the Barn DoorAges 2-3
Your 3 year old can explore life on a farm with Open the Barn Door. You’ll find cows, pigs, chickens, horses, ducks, goats, dogs, cats, roosters, and owls at this barn. Lift the flaps to reveal what animal makes the sounds. Kids will love this peek-a-boo feature. It’s perfect for kids who love animals and those who love making their sounds. Its super small size is perfect for purses and bags.
First 100 AnimalsAges 1-3
Discover and learn 100 different animal names with words to read and awesome photographs in First 100 Animals. Kids love pointing to the pictures and saying what they are. Although there are a few duplicates, it’s a top choice that we don’t hesitate in recommending. The size is perfect for little hands. It’s the perfect gift for 3-year-old animal lovers.
Big Red BarnAges 2-3
Big Red Barn is a story about farm animals that play and sleep peacefully. As the sun sets, the animals fall asleep. The text flows nicely, it rhymes in a sing-song type rhythm, and the story includes size, color, and number concepts. Since the animals fall asleep, it’s perfect for bedtime reading. It’s a hit for kids who love animals, making it a wonderful addition to any preschooler’s library.
Pat the Bunny Deluxe EditionAges 3-7
Pat the Bunny Deluxe Edition brings touch-and-feel features to this classic. The story is good with cute illustrations and kids love the interactive elements — squeaking ball, rattling trinket box, and more. Other fun activities for kiddos include a furry bunny to pet, a piece of cloth to play peek-a-boo, a mirror to look at, Daddy’s scratchy face to feel, a cut-out in Mummy’s ring to stick your finger through, and a short little book-within-the-book for your kiddo to read. The plastic comb binding edition is terrible, as it easily falls apart. Even the hardcover edition has comb binding so you’ll want to be careful. It’s a true classic worth adding to your bookshelf.
The Napping HouseAges 0-3
The Napping House is a tale about a snoring granny, dreaming child, dozing dog, snoozing cat, and a slumbering mouse that are piled up sleeping on a cozy bed. They are peacefully sleeping until they have an unexpected visitor. Who could that possibly be? Kids will be amused and love the repetition with beautiful illustrations. This repetitive cadence makes it perfect for lulling your young one to sleep. In fact, the illustrations nicely complement the story. As a modern classic with a fun and sweet story, it belongs in your child’s collection.
Stellaluna 25th Anniversary EditionAges 4-7
Stelluna, a classic bestselling picture book, is a sweet story about a baby fruit bat that gets attacked by an owl and lands in a bird nest. Her mother accidently drops Stelluna during the attack. Stelluna is adopted by a family of birds and adapts to their bird habits. She eventually accepts herself and stops trying to be a bird. This 25th anniversary edition features expanded artwork with color and two pages worth of bat facts. You also get a bonus downloadable code for a crafts and activity kit. The story is great — both touching and engaging — and it’s beautifully illustrated. Its message is about accepting others and self-acceptance despite differences. Parents and their kids will love it. With a powerful message, it’s a beloved classic that everyone should read and a great way for your 3 year old to learn about animals.
Babies in the ForestAges 0-5
Babies in the Forest introduces kiddos to a variety of forest animals from foxes and deer to bears, beavers and more. It has cute, beautiful, charming artwork with realistic animal depictions with thick flaps that reveal special surprises. The flaps hold up to lots of little tugs. The story revolves around Rusty and Ruby — two fox siblings. Rusty greets a deer in the forest, while Ruby is nowhere to be seen. Then it asks, “Where’s Ruby.” Lift the flap to see “There she is!” The book continues to switch between the siblings in this manner. It’s fantastic if your little one loves forest animals.
The Snail and the WhaleAges 3-7
The Snail and the Whale is a heartwarming story about a snail that meets a humpback whale, and they travel on an epic journey to a world far away beyond the little rock. It’s like a dream come true for the snail who has never left his little rock home. When the whale swims too close to shore, can the snail save her friend? The snail saves the whale and they return home. Witnessing the happiness, all the other snails hop on the whale to see the world. It’s beautifully written and a pleasure to read. The story encompasses so many themes: unlikely friendship, creative problem-solving, and thinking beyond your limitations. The rhymes are perfect, the flow is beautiful, and the illustrations are vibrant and engaging. The book has an environmental message and shows that friendship can come in many forms. It also shows that just because you’re smaller that doesn’t hinder your ability to achieve greatness. All you need is the will and persistence to succeed. Kids will want it re-read this treasure multiple times. It’s truly a beautiful children’s book worthy of your collection.
Written by Sandra Boynton, Dinosnore is a great bedtime story with dinosaurs. The story is adorable, it has good flow and rhymes like a song, and the artwork is fantastic. It’s one of my 3 year old’s favorite bedtime stories. Dino-loving kiddos will love going to sleep with these dinos. It’s a fun read!
Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the BedAges 0-3
The Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed story tells of 5 cute little monkeys who jump on the bed after brushing their teeth, wearing their PJs, and saying good night to mom. The twist? While jumping on the bed, they all fall down and bump their heads. Ouch! Mom calls the doctor and he says, ‘No more monkeys jumping on the bed!’ Everyone loves this modern classic with repetition and rhymes. The illustrations are so adorable. Kids love the fun story and will be giggling and having so much fun. They also love interacting with the story through gestures and singing the song — it takes the fun to a whole new level!
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!Ages 2-6
Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus! is a Caldecott Honor Award winner. When the bus driver takes a break and asks your child to watch over things, a pigeon pleas, bribes, and demands to drive the bus. It’s interesting to see how your child reacts to the pigeon, and it’s a great for teaching your 3 year old how to appropriately say no. The style of speaking directly to the reader is brilliant. It’s hilarious and funny with memorable characters and nice illustrations. As it holds little one’s interests, they’ll want you to read it over and over again.
Bear Snores OnAges 2-5
A Bear Snores On is an adorable story about a bear that sleeps in a cave for the winter. Soon several uninvited guests — animals and birds — join the bear to stay warm. Even after brewing tea and popping corn, the bear continues to snore. Watch what happens when he awakens. It has a nice cadence and kids love the rhyming verses. It’s beautifully written and illustrated. Since the book is entertaining, you won’t mind repeated readings at all. It’s a great book that deserves a spot in every little one’s library.
Hello, World! Backyard BugsAges 0-3
Your insect lover will love Hello World! Backyard Bugs. It introduces babies and toddlers to all sorts of insects. This is a favorite of my 3-year-old. After reading this book, he loves spotting bugs. Overall, it’s very informative with some simple activities and colorful pictures. The only problem is that it erroneously mentions that ladybugs eat leaves, when they eat aphids. Other that that, we love the facts on each page, and the size is perfect for little hands.
Night Night FarmAges 1-3
Night Night Farm is the perfect bedtime book to read to your 3-year-old. As nightime falls on the farm, you can say ‘Night Night’ to all the animals on the farm and watch them go to sleep. It’s a cute story with beautiful illustrations. If there is any downside, it’s the choice of dark fonts against dark backgrounds isn’t ideal for reading in a dimly lit room. It’s cute how the animals go to their respective place to sleep. It’s the perfect story before your child goes to bed.
Bear Came AlongAges 4-8
Bear Came Along, a Caldecott Honor Book, is a story of friendship and community. It’s an amazing story with beautiful illustrations and important messages. There’s a river flowing through a forest. A Big Bear came along and made the river realize that it was capable of adventures. Soon Froggy, Turtles, Beaver, Racoons, and Duck join the adventure. These animals are taken downstream. They never knew they needed each other until the river came along. It delivers messages of seizing the day, the importance of friendship, and learning from one another. Life’s certainly a ride — you don’t want to miss this brilliant gem.
The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry BearAges 2-4
The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear is a simple story about a little mouse who freshly picks a ripe strawberry, but he’s worried that the big hungry bear will take it from him. You’ll sympathize with the little mouse who wants to eat that delicious, ripe, red strawberry all to himself. The pictures help bring the story to life — they’re both amusing and cute. The rhythmic text makes it easy to remember. With a lovely message of sharing, it’s a children’s classic that will hold your 3 year old’s interest.
A Sick Day for Amos McGeeAges 2-6
A Caldecott Medal recipient, A Sick Day For Amos McGee is a charming friendship story about Amos who makes time for his friends at the zoo, making them feel comforted and loved. When he’s sick, his friends return the favor. Amos is an endearing character and the illustrations are well done. Although the publishers recommend a higher target audience, younger readers can also enjoy it. It’s a must-have for your 3 year old’s bookshelf, teaching kids about friendship, loyalty, kindness, caring, and selflessness. It’s one of those books you’ll never get tired of, and you’ll discover new details in the pictures with every read.
Hello, World! BirdsAges 0-3
Hello World! Birds introduces babies and toddlers to the world of birds. It’s written in simple terms with fun, bright illustrations. Kids learn about all sorts of feather friends. This is perfect for your bird-loving child. Three year olds love the book because it’s both engaging and interesting.
A Stone Sat StillAges 3-5
A Stone Sat Still, a modern children’s classic, is a story of a seemingly ordinary rock that never changes as the world around it evolves. Animals use it as a resting place, kitchen, safe haven, and even an entire world. You learn about the stone’s place in the world and the evolving environment. It delivers an environmental message with a focus on perspective, perception, and the passing of time. The illustrations are truly captivating for young ones. Kiddos will learn concepts like color, size, function, and time. Younger audiences can enjoy this book, but slightly older kids will be able to pick up on its multi-layered message. It’s an excellent book for teaching kids about perspective and developing their curiosity and imagination. You’ll love reading it over and over and discussing it with your 3 year old.
The Best NestAges 3-7
In The Best Nest, Mr. and Mrs. Bird are seeking a better home. Find out where it leads them! It’s a sweet and lovely story that your kids will be begging to be read over and over. The strong narrative and simple words with big text are perfect for listeners and early readers. It teaches the lessons that there’s no place like home and a woman can change her mind. It’s a classic with fun illustrations, and it’s even more fun when you do the voices of the characters.
Horton Hatches the EggAges 5-9
Dr. Suess’ Horton Hatches the Egg is a timeless classic enjoyed by generations of children. Kind and loyal Horton the elephant is convinced to sit on a lazy bird’s (Maysie) egg. Maysie is planning a permanent vacation to Palm Springs but Horton isn’t aware of Maysie’s plan. Horton’s famous line of loyalty is: ‘I meant what I said, and I said what I meant. . . . An elephant’s faithful, one hundred percent!” Horton remains loyal to his words even through a freezing winter and insults from his friends. Horton’s patience pays off with a surprising ending … an elephant-bird is born. We love the rhyme style of writing and how it all flows well. Teaching perseverance and inner strength, it’s one of those classics you’ll want to pass onto future generations. Kids love the story and artwork.
Never Touch A Dragon!Ages 2+
Never Touch A Dragon! teaches kids the danger of touching a dragon and ignoring that advice. This touch-and-feel book features a different silcone texture on each page. Little ones enjoy the storyline and feeling the different textures. The story is short enough to keep their attention.
A Fly Went ByAges 3-7
With fun writing and pictures, A Fly Went By follows the funny story of a fly following by several animals. A young boy sees a fly buzzing by and asks where it’s going and a chase ensues with a fly, frog, cat, dog, pig, cow, fox, and hunter. Who’s causing all the commotion? It’s a fun story with a happy, sweet, and surprise ending. The growing animal collection gives your little one memory practice. There are morales related to fake news, never assume the worst, ensuring you gather all the facts before drawing conclusions. Additionally, it teaches kids about sound, rhythm, and repetition in poetry. The repetition helps little ones to read. It’s a long book with a delightful story that makes a wonderful addition to your child’s library.
The Tiger Who Came to Tea
The Tiger Who Came To Tea is a tale about a tiger coming over for tea. Sophie and her mom are enjoying a cup of tea and the doorbell rings. Who could that possibly be? They find a hungry tiger at the door and invite him in for tea. The rude tiger eats all their food and drinks and leaves without returning. It’s an imaginative story teaching kids about tolerance and creating solutions to everyday challenges. The length is perfect for little ones and the illustrations are simply charming. As a timeless modern classic that’s amusing, exciting, and fun, it makes for a great gift. Your childhood would be incomplete without it.
Little GorillaAges 0-3
Everybody loved Little Gorilla until one day he kept growing. Even though he eventually grows big, everyone sings, dances, wishes him Happy Birthday, and still loves him. The message that love is never-ending is clear. It’s a beautiful book with a wonderful message and it’s charmingly illustrated. Quite many 3-year-olds are obsessed with this really sweet book.
Bark, GeorgeAges 4-8
Bark, George is about a dog who can’t bark. When his mom tells him to bark, George meows. But wait … George is a dog! She tells him cats meow and dogs go arf — now bark. He quacks, oinks, and moos. My, oh my … what’s wrong with George? His mom rushes him to the vet where they find a cat, duck, pig, and a cow inside his mouth. Thankfully, George is cured and barks. On their way home, George’s proud mother wants to show everyone on the street her dog-like son — she says, ‘Bark, George’ and he says, ‘Hello’. It’s a charming, engaging, and delightfully funny story to read — your kids will be full of giggles and smiles. It’s a hit with 3 year olds, making this gem a worthy addition to your child’s collection.
Noni the PonyAges 2-5
Noni The Pony is a simple and sweet story about a happy pony. It’s about friendship and play. We love the sweet message, endearing character, rhythm, rhymes, and length. Three-year-olds love the story — it really holds their attention. It’s easy to read with colorful illustrations, and the soothing ending will appeal to young readers. You get good bang for your buck. This is the perfect gift for your pony-loving toddler’s library.
Curious George Goes to the HospitalAges 4-7
Curious George Goes to the Hospital sees our beloved friend George head to the hospital to remove a puzzle piece he ate. Eventually, after George’s operation, George is sent home with the puzzle piece and he uses it. We love that it has plenty of practical details about the hospital experience — needles, going under during anesthesia, and waking up in the recovery room. However, given this is a classic, there are a number of things out of date. Although it’s a long book, it’s an essential tool for helping calm your kid’s fear of going to the hospital. The illustrations have that classic look. It’s a timeless classic for any Curious George fan worth sharing with your loved one.
Sometimes I Like to Curl Up in a BallAges 2-5
Sometimes I Like To Curl Up in a Ball is likely to be a bedtime favorite often requested. It offers a sweet and fun story with beautiful pictures. Your toddler may want to act out parts of the book and then end up curling up and going to sleep. The rhyming text has a smooth flow, and it’s so cute seeing your child act it out. Bottom line, it’s entertaining and keeps kids engaged, making it a worthy addition to your 3 year old’s library.
Hondo & FabianAges 3-6
In Hondo & Fabian, a Caldecott Honor Book, Hondo, a dog, and his friend Fred are gearing up for a fun day at the beach. Meanwhile, Fabian the cat stays home with the baby. Who’s going to cause the most trouble and who’s going to have the most fun? The story is short and simple with the contrast between dog and cat life. These good friends spend the day apart while having fun on their own adventures and they get together at the end. The illustrations are beautifully done. Although it’s simple, there’s something so captivating and charming about this book for young readers. It’s perfect for kids who love puppies and kitties.
Wolfie the BunnyAges 4-8
Wolfie the Bunny is a story about new babies, sibling rivalry, bravery, and unconditional love. The Bunny family adopts a wolf son. His sister, Dot, thinks Wolfie may eat them all. She tries to inform her parents but they don’t listen. The twist? But when Wolfie is threatened, Dot saves Wolfie by scaring the bear with talk of eating him. Wolfie thanks Dot with a big hug. It’s a sweet and funny story with adorable illustrations and parents will love reading it to their kids. It shows kids family is what you love and don’t fear those who are different. Kids love it and will want it read again and again.
The Fox Went Out on a Chilly NightAges 3-7
In The Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night, a Caldecott Honor winner, join the fox on an adventure to find a meal in a New England town. When the fox kills a duck and goose, a farmer pursues it. The fox provides for his family. The illustrations are bright and beautifully done. Some parents may be taken aback with the book mentioning death and the foxes killing and eating a stolen chicken. You can decide if this story is for your child.
Hooray for Birds!Ages 3+
Hooray for Birds! lets kids imagine that they are birds. It’s a wonderful book of bird rhymes, and kids will love the bright colors, the different birds, and mimicking the birds in the book. It has an engaging story and beautiful illustrations. We love how it ignites the imagination of little ones and encourages interaction.
Adventures with Barefoot CrittersAges 3+
With a charming cast of animal characters, your little one can learn their ABCs. The alphabet story spans 12 months, 4 seasons, and various activities of the critters. The board book is simplified without the cute seasons story and it’s not in order. This ABC picture book teaches through letter identification. Every word on the page beginning with the letter features a different color for easy identification. The illustrations with the little critters are so adorable and make learning fun for little ones. The details really draw readers in. It’s fun to read and kiddos love this cute alphabet book.