Saturday, 3 May 2014

10 Great Reads for Children under 3

I don't know about you but sometimes we get to the children's section of the library and it's just a sea of books. I randomly scan through the shelves and pick out any title or cover that catches my eye. Take them home along with any other ones the kids have thrown into the bag and upon reading them are so disappointed! The story is either boring or badly written to the point where I end up skipping pages and making the story up.

So I have put together a quick list of some recommendations for your next story time with your toddler. Pre-requisites to make my list? Something that I enjoy reading as much as the kids do, nothing too long and a good message or lesson. (I am also a sucker for a book that rhymes!). Enjoy!

1. We're going on a bear hunt, by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury.
What's not to love, both of our kids adore this book!

2. Where the wild things are, by Maurice Sendak.
A classic, may be a bit over our little one's heads but we all love the 'wild things'!
3. Climb, by Caroline Tuohey.
A cute book for when they start moving around. This was one of the first books Miss M requested over and over and over...

4. Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge, by Mem Fox
This one may be more for me than for the kids, the story is so heartwarming, bit of a tear jerker for a children's book. A Mem Fox classic.

5. The Very Cranky Bear, by Nick Bland.
I think I love this one more than the kids! Gotta love a cute book that rhymes!

6. Big Mouth - Wild Water Pop-ups
This may not be literary genius (as you can guess from no author sited!) but all kids love a pop-up book and I do hilarious voices (if I do say so myself!) for each animal which the kids think is funny. It is educational as well, (and rhymes!) so I think deserves to be on the list. (Ironically you can usually find them at your local 'pop up' book bargain store!)

7. My Adventure Island (for the boys) and Princesses love to share (for the girls) by Timothy Knapman
I read a review of these books after reading them and I couldn't believe the depth to which some parents have analysed (or over-analysed) the issues with the messages in these books! Seriously, they rhyme, they DO have a message and the pictures are cute. The End.
8. Ten little fingers and ten little toes, by Mem Fox and Helen Oxenbury
Every toddler loves this book at some stage, beautiful illustrations and a simple, sweet story. A must for every children's library.

9. Dear Zoo, by Rod Campbell.
This was one of the first books given to Master Q, he loves this book, just have to keep him from ripping the flaps off!

10. The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle
I had to include this one as it is the only one from the list that I remember from my childhood, it was something about the delicious looking illustrations and the holes in the pages that made it so memorable, and probably why it has been so popular for so long!

Are any of these your family favourites also? What do your children love reading a million times over?


  1. Nicole - yes some of these are among my family's favourites - and one I bought for my nephew. Although there are some titles here that I haven't heard of - although it has been a while since my kids were under 3 :-)

    1. Oh it's a new world of books for children, great when you chance upon everyone enjoys!

  2. As the Author of 'Climb' I wanted to say how pleased I am to discover another reader/listener who has enjoyed my story. I loved writing it and have spent many happy hours in pre-schools, libraries and schools sharing my love of picture books with children. I am truly humbled to be included on your reading list. Thank you.

    1. How lovely of you to drop by Caroline! I was really excited to see your comment. You should be proud of your lovely book it really is a delight! Thanks again!


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