Best Books for 2’s and 3’s

Tips for Sharing Books with 2’s and 3’s

  • Make it fun! Let your child help tell the story by: Asking questions that start with, “What…?”
  • Extending what your child answers by asking a follow-up question
  • Repeating what your child says
  • Helping your child repeat longer phrases
  • Praising your child for talking about the book
  • Following your child’s interests in the book
  • Choosing a time when you both want to share books

Early Literacy for Birth – Two-Year Olds (PDF will open in new window)

Phonological Awareness The ability to hear rhymes and parts of words is one of the most important pre-reading skills

What Does the Rabbit Say? Hall E HAL
The Neighborhood Mother Goose Crews J 398.8 CRE
A Perfect Day Charlip E CHA
In the Tall, Tall Grass Fleming E FLE
Good for You! Calmenson E CAL
Miss Polly Has a Dolly Edwards E EDW
Summer Beat Franco E FRA
Chicky Chicky Chook Chook MacLennan E MAC

Narrative Skills  Help kids develop language skills by talking about the books, asking and answering questions about the events and pictures

I Went Walking Williams E WIL
Baby Talk Hindley E HIN
Whose Hat? Miller E MIL
Mama Winter E WIN
Cornelius P. Mud, Are You Ready for Bed? Saltzberg E SAL
Bunnies on the Go Walton E WAL
Leaf Man Ehlert E EHL
Time to Get Up, Time to Go Milgrim E MIL
Tall Alborough E ALB

Vocabulary  Help kids learn specific words so they can express themselves and eventually become better readers and writers

My Many Colored Days Seuss COLOR SEU
Trucks Roll Lyon E LYO
Now Soon Later Grunwald E GRU
The Napping House Wood E WOO
How Are You Peeling? Freymann E FRE
Cows Going Past Balan E BAL
Castles, Caves, and Honeycombs Ashman E ASH
In the Small, Small Pond Fleming E FLE
Penguins, Penguins, Everywhere! Barner E BAR

Letter Knowledge  These books help kids learn letters and beginning sounds in fun, interactive ways

A to Z of Ps and Qs Maurer J 395.122 MAU
ABC I Like Me! Carlson ABC CAR
The Dog From Arf! Arf! To Zzzzzz ABC DOG
Me, Me, ABC Ziefert ABC ZIE
B is for Bulldozer Sobel ABC SOB
The A to Z Beastly Jamboree Bender ABC BEN
On Your Toes Isadora ABC ISA
Click, Clack, Quackity-Quack Cronin ABC CRO

Print Motivation 2’s and 3’s learn to love books and language best when a caring adult encourages interaction while sharing a book

How Do You Make a Baby Smile? Sturges E STU
Who Hops? Davis E DAV
I Can Do It Too! Baicker E BAI
Can You Cuddle a Koala? Butler E BUT
Tickle the Duck! Long BOARD BOOK LON
Cornelius P. Mud, Are You Ready for Bed? Saltzberg E SAL

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