My daughter Brooke has always had an affinity for books. Maybe it is because both mommy and daddy enjoy reading, or maybe it is because we read to her before she could even keep her head up on her own, but whatever the reason, reading has always been her favorite past time.
Recently I’ve noticed that I am able to recite many of her books from memory, and decided that it was time again to bring in a new wave of books into the library. So I spent some time researching the best books for a 3 year old. Many of the classics she had, yet there were still so many more to get her. Here is the list I have compiled:
Best Books for a 3 Year Old
The Very Hungry Caterpillar – a lovely book, with great illustrations, of a little caterpillar that literally eats its way through the book. Make sure to get the board book, which has different size pages, and holes that the caterpillar ate through. A fun one for the kiddos.
Goodnight Moon – The classic night time book. With its detailed pictures, soothing words, and going to bed theme, this is definitely one book that should be in everyone’s library.
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
– With its catchy rhythm, and bold colors in the illustrations, it is a great book for aiding in teaching colors and animals. Plus, with its repetitive nature, lil’ ones are easily able to memorize the words.
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom – The one alphabet book you must have on the shelf. With all the letters of the alphabet climbing up a coconut tree, its rhyming scheme brings you to the end when the tree can’t hold the weight, and they all come tumbling down. Such a fun book, and the perfect starter book for learning the alphabet.
Guess How Much I Love You – This tender tale of a baby bunny trying to express how much he loves his daddy. It is an endearing story, and with its calming colors, makes for a wonderful night time read.
Corduroy – A delightful story of a little teddy bear named Corduroy. The heartwarming story of friendship and acceptance. This will definitely be one story passed down for years to come.
The Snowy Day – This story of wonder for a young boy experiencing snow for the first time. With its simple to follow story, and its magnificent illustrations, this book really stands out.
Green Eggs and Ham – With its famous character, Sam-I-Am, and his relentless attempts at getting someone to try Green Eggs and Ham, this book is a real fun read. Filled with upbeat rhyming, and its unique pictures, this book is the epitome of what makes Dr. Suess a household name.
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt – An exciting, adventure children’s book. A family goes on a bear hunt, and travel through many different landscapes to get to the bear cave. Kids love this book with its easy rhythmic tune, and the fun sound effect parts throughout.
Bear Snores On – This has always been one of my favorites to read my daughter. With its lovely tale of a bear that snores through his animal friends being around and a snow storm, engaging use of adjectives and wording, and charming pictures, it’s not a book you’ll get tired of reading.
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! – This book is hilarious, and kids just adore it. When a bus driver must leave for a bit, a very insistent pigeon tries to get the readers to let him drive the bus. Interactive, and captivating with its quite simple drawings, kids see a piece of themselves throughout the story, and won’t want to put it down.
Are You My Mother? – A cute story of a baby bird who is born when its mother is away, goes on a journey to find its mother. With its simple use of language, it makes for the perfect early reader for your lil’ one.
Jamberry – This whimsical story of a boy and a bear that venture through Berryland looking for berries is such a fun read. With energetic pictures, and its poetic writing, its a special book that your kiddos will love reading.
Llama Llama Red Pajama – This book is a total hit with kids. It covers the topic of separation anxiety when the baby llama’s mom goes downstairs, and leaves the baby in the bedroom. The baby slowly starts to express more anxious feelings, which lil’ ones can easily relate to. Once the mommy comes back, she shares a wonderful message with her youngster, which will also work to give your lil’ one reassurance.
The Tale of Peter Rabbit – A classic children’s story that I am sure many of us read as children. The lovable Peter Rabbit, and his adventures in Mr. McGregor’s garden, is sure to captivate your lil’ one with its vibrant pictures, and thrilling adventures.
I hope you enjoyed this list of must read books, and you found some new books to add to your child’s library!
What are some of your lil’ ones favorite books?