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Best Books For 3 Year Olds

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Grumpy Monkey
Suzanne Lang - May 15, 2018
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A hilarious picture book about dealing with unexplained feelings…and the danger in suppressing them!Jim the chimpanzee is in a terrible mood for no good reason. His friends can’t understand it—how can he be in a bad mood when it’s SUCH a beautiful day? They encourage him not to hunch, to smile, and to do things that make THEM happy. But Jim can’t t...
The Wonderful Things You Will Be
Emily Winfield Martin - Aug 25, 2015
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The New York Times bestseller that celebrates the dreams, acceptance, and love that parents have for their children . . . now and forever!   From brave and bold to creative and clever, Emily Winfield Martin's rhythmic rhyme expresses all the loving things that parents think of when they look at their children. With beautiful, and sometimes humorous...
The Gruffalo
Julia Donaldson - Jan 27, 2005 (first published in 1999)
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When Mouse takes a stroll through the woods, he meets a fox, an owl, and a snake who all want to eat him! So Mouse invents a gruffalo, a monster with "terrible tusks and terrible claws, terrible teeth, and terrible jaws." But will Mouse's frightful description be enough to scare off his foes? After all, there's no such thing as a gruffalo . . . is ...
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The Day the Crayons Quit
Drew Daywalt - Jun 27, 2013
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Poor Duncan just wants to color. But when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters, all saying the same thing: We quit!Beige is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown. Blue needs a break from coloring all that water, while Pink just wants to be used. Green has no complaints, but Orange and Yellow are no longer speaking to each other. Wha...
Dragons Love Tacos
Adam Rubin - Jun 14, 2012
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This scrumptious New York Times bestseller has a whole lot of kick!Dragons love tacos. They love chicken tacos, beef tacos, great big tacos, and teeny tiny tacos. So if you want to lure a bunch of dragons to your party, you should definitely serve tacos. Buckets and buckets of tacos. Unfortunately, where there are tacos, there is also salsa. And if...
If Animals Kissed Good Night
Ann Whitford Paul - Jun 03, 2014 (first published in 2008)
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If animals kissedlike we kiss good night,Giraffe and his calfwould stretch their necks highand kiss just beneaththe top of the sky.In a cozy bedtime chat with her mom, a young girl wonders how animal families might say good night. Would Wolf and his pup "kiss and then HOWL"? Would Bear and her cub "kiss and then GROWL"? But what about Sloth and her...
Press Here
Herve Tullet - Mar 30, 2011 (first published in 2010)
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Great for toddlers, preschoolers, and early readers to learn about cause and effect in a simple and engaging way.Harness the power of imagination and interactivity: Press the yellow dot on the cover of this book, follow the instructions within, and embark upon a magical journey! Each page of this surprising book instructs the reader to press the do...
The Rabbit Listened
Cori Doerrfeld - Feb 20, 2018
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A universal, deeply moving exploration of grief and empathyWith its spare, poignant text and irresistibly sweet illustrations, The Rabbit Listened is a tender meditation on loss.When something terrible happens, Taylor doesn't know where to turn. All the animals are sure they have the answer. The chicken wants to talk it out, but Taylor doesn't feel...
Lost and Found
Oliver Jeffers - Dec 29, 2005 (first published in 2004)
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From the illustrator of the #1 smash hit The Day The Crayons Quit comes a humorously warm tale of friendship. Now also an animated TV special!What is a boy to do when a lost penguin shows up at his door? Find out where it comes from, of course, and return it. But the journey to the South Pole is long and difficult in the boy’s rowboat. There are st...
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Eric Carle - Oct 15, 1981 (first published in 1969)
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THE all-time classic story, from generation to generation, sold somewhere in the world every 30 seconds! Have you shared it with a child or grandchild in your life? One sunny Sunday, the caterpillar was hatched out of a tiny egg. He was very hungry. On Monday, he ate through one apple; on Tuesday, he ate through three plums--and still he was hungry...
Richard Scarry's Best Word Book Ever
Richard Scarry - Sep 01, 1999 (first published in 1963)
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Words, words, words! They define everything and kids want to define their world. Richard Scarry's Best Word Book Ever is frankly the best word book ever!!! From the Bear's home to the beach, from the airport to the zoo, verbs, numbers, parts of the body, every oversized spread has hundreds of things  to look at, point to, and identify. Pigs, cats, ...
Where Do Diggers Sleep at Night? by Brianna Caplan Sayres
All by Myself by Mercer Mayer
The Wonky Donkey by Craig Smith
The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen
Here We Are Notes For Living On Planet by Illustrated Oliver Jeffers Oliver Jeffers
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
Richard Scarry's Cars and Trucks and Things That Go by Richard Scarry
Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae
Corduroy by Don Freeman
Green Eggs and Ham by Seuss
National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Why by Amy Shields
Olivia by Ian Falconer
My First Learn to Write Workbook by Crystal Radke
Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson
Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker
The Monster at the End of this Book by Jon Stone
National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Dinosaurs by Catherine D. Hughes
The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
Guess How Much I Love You BOARD by Sam McBratney
The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson
Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems
Tiger Who Came To Tea by Judith Kerr
Blue Hat, Green Hat by Sandra Boynton
What Should Danny Do? by Adir Levy
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie Book by Laura Numeroff
Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
The Incredible Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers
How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? by Jane Yolen
The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper
Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas
If I Built a Car by Chris van Dusen
Ten Apples Up On Top! by Theo. Lesieg
Oh No George by Chris Haughton
Sophie's Squash by Pat Zietlow Miller
Wolfie the Bunny by Ame Dyckman
Animalphabet by Julia Donaldson
Tree by Britta Teckentrup
Pants by Giles Andreae
Cityblock by Christopher Franceschelli
Henry Wants More! by Linda Ashman