Books For Children: 2 – 3 years

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Fiction books for 2-3 year olds

Our favourite books for children, aged 2 – 3 years, as part of our books for children list.

The Tiger Who Came To Tea by Judith Kerr
A truly timeless children’s book, both written and illustrated by the wonderful Judith Kerr, based upon a story that she told to her daughter, Tacy, when she was 2. I remember this story well from my childhood, and our sons have never tired of hearing it, neither have we tired of reading it. This is a huge must for your bookshelf!

Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers
The idea of finding a true friend hiding in plain sight is one that appeals to young and old. That you can have the most unlikely of adventures but learn something about yourself and, more importantly, remove judgement from your views on others, is an important theme. Bind it with a heart-warming tale and superb illustrations and this book is one that we will treasure for a long time. (As a side note, this has also been made into a short film which is available on DVD. We love that too!)

Big Blue Train by Julia Jarman
Every one of our children has enjoyed the tale of Ben and Bella and the Big Blue Train. We have bought copies for presents and recite the text when on fairground rides, on a real train, or playing pretend. Such a wonderful, imaginative story which is regularly chosen during the day or at bedtime. “Huffa puffa, Chuffa Luffa! Blow the whistle, Bella! Pull the handle, Ben!”

Farmer Joe and the Music Show by Tony Mitton and Guy Parker-Rees
To be honest, this book could go into a number of categories. We have placed it in the 2 – 3 bracket purely because that is when we first started reading it to our sons. They continued to love it for years though and I particularly enjoy the lyrical rhythm of the text and the bright illustrations which bring the excitement to life. This duo have created so many wonderful books, with this one only coming in front in our ordering by a whisker, so we would highly recommend looking out for others too (we also enjoy Jolly Olly OctopusDown by the Cool of the Pool, and Spookyrumpus).

The Lion Who Wanted to Love by Giles Andreae and David Wojtowycz
Put to one side any facts you know about a real lion’s natural instinct to hunt, and you will find a sweet and enduring story about accepting each other for who we are. Poor Leo had to make his own way in the world after being rejected by his pride, but his unwavering strength of character and belief in himself wins through by the end. Our boys enjoyed talking about little Leo, and as parents we love the conversations that this book starts.