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Best Books For 2 Year Olds

Begin your child's literary journey with these treasured books for 2 year olds, selected from the recommendations of respected book blogs and sorted by their prominence in these lists.

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Press Here
Herve Tullet - 2011-03-30 (first published in 2010)
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A delightful and interactive book perfect for young readers and toddlers! Press the yellow dot on the cover and follow the instructions for an imaginative journey filled with surprises. With each page, children will be encouraged to press, shake, and tilt the book to see what happens next. A fun way to teach cause and effect, this unique picture book will keep kids giggling with delight as the dots multiply and change direction. Perfect for read-aloud fun for all ages, especially children ages 4-8.
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The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Eric Carle - 1994-01-01 (first published in 1969)
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Follow the transformation of a hungry caterpillar as he munches his way through apples, plums, and more in this beloved classic children's book. From his tiny egg to his stunning transformation into a butterfly, experience the wonder of nature with stunning illustrations and a delightful story that has been passed down from generation to generation. Perfect for sharing with the little ones in your life, this audiobook will both delight and educate even the youngest listener.
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Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
Bill Martin Jr. - 1996-09-15 (first published in 1967)
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Adorable animal characters come to life in this charming children's book. With vivid and bold illustrations by Eric Carle, along with catchy and rhythmic writing by Bill Martin Jr., young readers will love joining the parade of a happy frog, a purple cat, a blue horse, and a yellow duck.
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Goodnight Moon
Margaret Wise Brown - 2007-01-23 (first published in 1947)
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Say goodnight to everything in the cozy, softly lit room with the little bunny tucked away in bed. This classic children's book is a perfect lullaby for the end of the day. With its quiet poetry and soothing illustrations, it's no wonder Goodnight Moon is a beloved favorite for generations of readers and a must-have for every bookshelf. Perfect for baby showers and other special events!
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Giraffes Can't Dance
Giles Andreae - 2001-09-01 (first published in 2012)
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A giraffe named Gerald dreams of dancing, but is mocked by the other animals for his skinny legs and long neck. Determined to prove them wrong, Gerald seeks help from a wise cricket and learns to sway to his own tune at the Jungle Dance.
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Dear Zoo
Rod Campbell - 2007-05-08 (first published in 1982)
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A beloved classic, Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell is a delightful lift-the-flap book where young readers discover the animals the zoo sends - from monkeys to lions to elephants. With bold artwork and a catchy refrain, this book is a charming addition to any child's collection.
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Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site
Sherri Duskey Rinker - 2011-04-20
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A vibrant and soothing board book perfect for small hands! This #1 New York Times bestselling children's book is a surefire bedtime favorite for truck-crazy kids everywhere. With gentle rhyming text and vibrant illustrations, even the toughest readers will want to rest their wheels and drift to sleep with this sweet story. Don't miss out on the long-awaited sequel, Mighty, Mighty, Construction Site, available for preorder now!
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Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
Bill Martin Jr. - 1993-09-01
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Get ready to sing and dance with the lowercase alphabet in this rhythmic and rhyming baby book. Follow the adventure of A, B, and C as they climb to the top of the coconut tree, only to be joined by the rest of the gang. But what happens when the palm tree can't handle the weight of all 26 letters? Find out in this delightful tale filled with attitude and humor.
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Guess How Much I Love You BOARD
Sam McBratney - 1996-03-06 (first published in 1988)
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A heartwarming story about the unconditional love shared between a little hare and his father figures. Shortlisted for prestigious awards, it beautifully shows that love cannot easily be measured. Perfect for children and adults alike.
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Where the Wild Things Are
Maurice Sendak - 2000-01-01 (first published in 1963)
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Step into the imaginative world of a wild and mischievous boy who is transported to a land of wondrous creatures. In this story, Max becomes a king among the Wild Things, who were originally planning on having him for dinner. Adventure, friendship, and the power of imagination await you in this classic tale.
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Corduroy by Don Freeman
Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle
The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton
Moo, Baa, La La La! by Boynton
Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann
Where Do Diggers Sleep at Night? by Brianna Caplan Sayres
The Monster at the End of this Book by Jon Stone
We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
Where's Spot? by Eric Hill
Counting Kisses by Karen Katz
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems
If Animals Kissed Good Night by Ann Whitford Paul
Peekaboo Morning by Rachel Isadora
Yummy Yucky by Leslie Patricelli
The Wonky Donkey by Craig Smith
First 100 Words by Priddy, Roger [Priddy Books, 2005] Board book [Board book] by Priddy
The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson
Grumpy Monkey by Suzanne Lang
Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
Theres A Bear On My Chair by Ross Collins
Love Makes a Family by Sophie Beer
Tiger Who Came To Tea by Judith Kerr
Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney
Potty by Leslie Patricelli
Peepo! by Allan Ahlberg
Little Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Go, Dog. Go! by P. D. Eastman
The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin
The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen
I Love You, Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt
From Head to Toe by Eric Carle
Each Peach Pear Plum by Allan Ahlberg
Peek-A Who? by Nina Laden
Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? by Dr. Seuss
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
I Love You to the Moon and Back by Amelia Hepworth
Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson
The Mitten by Jan Brett
Pizza! by Lotta Nieminen
The Baby's Catalogue by Janet Ahlberg
How to Brush Your Teeth with Snappy Croc by Jane Clarke
I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen
[Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy] [Author by Lynley Dodd
The Napping House by Audrey Wood
Not a Box by Antoinette Portis
All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon
Peppa Pig At the Zoo BOARD by Peppa Pig
TouchThinkLearn by Xavier Deneux
Freight Train by Donald Crews
You Can't Take An Elephant On the Bus by Patricia Cleveland-Peck
Little Hoot by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown
Help! My Dinosaurs are Lost in the City! by Webber Books
Princess Polly's Potty by Andrea Pinnington
Pirate Pete's Potty by Andrea Pinnington
Little Green Boxed Set of Bright and Early Board Books by Dr. Seuss
Llama Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney
Whistle for Willie by Ezra Jack Keats
The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle
The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper
Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown
Old MacDonald Had a Truck by Steve Goetz
Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin
Olivia by Ian Falconer
Alphablock by Christopher Franceschelli
Is Everyone Ready for Fun? by Jan Thomas
Winnie Pooh Goodnight Pooh Bedtime Peepo by Egmont Publishing UK
Roald Dahl's 123 by Roald Dahl
Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
Maisy's Bus by Lucy Cousins
Green Eggs and Ham by Seuss
A B See by Elizabeth Doyle
You Are Light by Aaron Becker
Roald Dahl's Colours by Roald Dahl
Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems
National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Animals by Catherine Hughes
Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson
My First Library by Wonder House Books
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
Pete the Cat by James Dean
I Am A Bunny by Ole Risom
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie Book by Laura Numeroff
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly by Pam Adams
Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? by Bill Martin Jr.
My Magical Words by Becky Cummings
Little blue box of brigth and early by Dr. Seuss
Baby University Board Book Set by Chris Ferrie
The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey