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14 books that are perfect for children aged 2 to 3

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Mum and daughter reading together - the best books for children aged 2-3

Between the ages of 2 and 3, your child's language is developing quickly and they probably know around 200 or more words. 

Encouraging reading is a great way to get your little one to expand their knowledge, enabling them to learn new words and start making connections between books and real life.

Books that you can link to challenges your toddler might be facing in real life, such as potty training or brushing their teeth, are a good way to get your toddler interacting with books and seeing the positives to each story. 

Take a look at our pick of books that are perfect to read to your 2 to 3 year old:

This classic book about a tiger who came to tea will be loved by toddlers! 

Giraffes can't dance, can they? This funny book is a joyful read for children, with a simple moral of confidence and daring to be different. 

2 little chiddlers waiting for their friend. Can you spot 1 enormous crocodile hiding in the grass? This book is a great way to teach children all about numbers and counting, with a fun little storyline. 

Max makes mischief of one kind and another, so his mother calls him a 'Wild Thing' and sends him to bed without his supper. But what happens next?

This book is great for little ones who might be starting to potty train! It's easy to following along, and when Pirate Pete uses his potty correctly, tots can press the 'cheer' button for a noisy reward. 

There's even a Princess Polly's Potty if your little one prefers this character.

The witch and her cat fly happily over forests, but when a stormy wind blows away the witch's hat, bow and wand, who will retrieve them for her? 

We're going on a bear hunt, will your toddler join? This fun, repetative book is a great way to encourage children to repeat phrases! 

This board book about brushing teeth is a lovely way to encourage tots to brush their teeth, with the help of the lovely crocodile!

Can your little one find the missing dinosaurs? This lovely book tests childrens puzzle solving stills in a Where's Wally kind of way! 

You can't take an elephant on a bus, or ask a whale to ride a bike! This book will definitely have your little one in fits of giggles! 

What toddler doesn't love Peppa Pig? Join Peppa on her class trip to the zoo! What animals will she see?

This book encourages children to repeat the sounds they hear in the book, with a moo moo! Hoo hoo! And a cocker-doodle-do, what else can Mr. Brown do? 

This lift-the-flap book will help your tots discover all the colours of the rainbow.

Join Winnie the Pooh as he gets ready for bed, in this delightful story with peep-through holes to play peepo! 

Top tips for encouraging your 2-3 year old to read

1) Let them choose the book

By letting your little one choose their own book, they're more likely to sit and join in reading it. Repetition and rhyming words are easy for children to remember too, so even if they pick the same book each story time, they'll eventually start helping to re-read the book back to you and correct you if you read the story wrong, (especially if you skip a page to speed up story time - we've all done it!) 

2) Set an example

Children learn through watching what you do and trying to copy you, which is why toy kitchens and cleaning toys are perfect gifts for children, as it teaches them social skills and how to use their imagination. With this in mind, it's a good idea to start reading while your toddler is playing. If they see you reading a book at least once a day, they'll see you doing it and be happier to join in on story time. 

3) Choose funny books

Choosing books with funny rhymes and silly storylines is a guaranteed way to keep little ones engaged with reading and eager to turn the pages! Who doesn't love a book that gives a good giggle?

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  • Author: Samantha Ball Samantha Ball
  • Job Title: Freelance writer

Samantha is a mum of one, in a house full of boys. Her hobbies are long hikes, coffee tasting, and being a bit of an *obsessive* cleaner.

She also runs a blog Student Mum Diaries about what it’s like to be a student mum. 


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