Creating a reading routine with your toddler is a great way to set them up with a life long love of books. But with SO many books out there to choose from, it can be hard to know which one to pick up next! Have a look at our list of the best books for 2 year olds for some inspiration.
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Books and reading are so important for children’s development, as they teach them about the world around them in a fun and interesting way.
From lift the flap, to touch and feel books, they’re are all great ways to get your child engaged and interested in learning.
And the good thing about books is that you can take them with you just about anywhere. On holiday, to the grandparents, or even on a day out. Wherever you are, you can keep the adventure with you.
Books are amazing, and they should form a part of every childs daily routine.
All of the books in our best books for 2 year olds list have been hand picked by my 2 year old, and come straight from his treasured collection. So they are all toddler recommended.
I’ve linked most of the books below to Waterstones, so if you fancy buying any, you can hop straight on over.
Here are the 10 best books for 2 year olds – chosen by a 2 year old
1. The Gruffalo
Everyone knows The Gruffalo. Every loves The Gruffalo. And everyone needs to own The Gruffalo.
With a fun, engaging story line, and beautiful artwork to go with it, The Gruffalo has it all.
There are lots of characters, each with their own voices and personalities, which gives it a old syle fairy tale feel.
This book is perfect for 2 year olds to enjoy and get lost in.
There are lots of different styles of book to choose from, and even toys too, so toddlers can really get involved in this wonderful story.
We have another Julia Donaldson book in the form of Stickman, and this is definitely one of our favourites.
Following the trials and tribulations of a stick family, this story is full of fantasy and adventure.
Santa even makes an appearance too, so it’s a great one to buy for Christmas (which is probably why we couldn’t find it anywhere until January!).
3. Tabby McTat
Carrying on the Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler theme (can you tell we’re fans), we have Tabby McTat. I love the artwork in Tabby McTat. It always makes me feel like I’m right there in the middle of the story as there’s so much to look at.
Another plus about this book is that it has some singing in it too. I wasn’t too sure about it at first (I can’t sing!), but Cupar loves it, so it’s always a good one for bedtime.
And the last Julia Donaldson book that’s perfect for 2 year olds is Superworm. This is a rhyming book and is a great one for practising your silly voices!
This book has a nature theme, and would be a good one to read in the spring and summer.
It’s a fun story to read at bedtime too, and once again, the artwork from Axel Scheffler is spot on.
5. Hurry Up and Slow Down
I picked this book up from a charity shop on a whim, and it immediately became a favourite with us.
It’s a classic tortoise and hare story which plays on the parent and child relationship.
Just a word of warning though, you may want to quickly skip the last page or you’ll end up reading it for hours!!
6. The Very Hungry Caterpillar
The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a classic book, and its one that every child should have in their collection.
Cupar loves his copy so much that I think we’re going to have to get another one due to the pages falling apart.
Just like with The Gruffalo, this book has lots of different book styles and toys that go with it. There is even an app where you get to play through the story and watch your own caterpillar grow.
7. Humphrey’s Jungle Adventure
This is such a beautiful book, and one that we read again and again.
The story is very sweet, and the artwork is gorgeous. It’s the kind of art that would look lovely as a print on a childs bedroom wall.
We haven’t read any of the other Humprey books just yet, but I’m definitely going to be buying some more to add to our collection.
8. Kipper’s Snowy Day
I don’t know what it is about him, but Kipper the dog just brings a smile to my face!
The writing style in this one is lovely and it really captures the magic of childhood. You can’t help but fall in love with Kipper as you follow along with him on his adventure in the snow.
This is another set of books that I’m going to be buying some more of very soon.
9. Peppa Pig
If you have a Peppa Pig mad toddler, then it’s definitely worth investing in some Peppa Pig books. We have Recycling Fun, The Train Ride and Mr Fox’s Shop, and all 3 of them have been read hundreds of times already.
The books we have are all taken straight from Peppa Pig episodes, so as a treat, it can be fun to watch and read along at the same time!
10. Dr Suess
Dr Seuss books are so much fun to read with toddlers.
They capture a child’s imagination really well, and they’re the sort of books that you’ll never get tired of reading.
The ABC book is one of our favourites and its great for toddlers that are learning their alphabet.
Why not watch the film too?
The Gruffalo and Stickman are also available to watch as 30 minute films, which compliment the books really well.
They’re available to watch on Prime Video and BBC iPlayer, and they’re definitely worth a look. Especially for those times when you need to get things done and you need a distraction for the kids.
Most of the books above also have read throughs on YouTube, which again, can be really handy if you need to make dinner or get some work done.
They remind me of the Disney read along books with the cassette tapes that I used to have when I was younger. How fun did they used to be?