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Best Books For 3 Year Olds

Foster a love for reading early with the best books for 3 year olds, compiled from the favorite choices of literary experts across the web, and ranked by popularity in featured articles.

Recommendations from 41 articles, Jimmy Fallon, Richard Branson, Sarah Silverman and 46 others.
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The Wonderful Things You Will Be
Emily Winfield Martin - 2015-08-25
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Celebrate the boundless love parents have for their children with this New York Times bestseller. With beautiful illustrations and rhythmic rhymes, this book captures the dreams, acceptance, and love that parents feel for their children. From bravery to creativity, the author beautifully encapsulates all the loving things that parents think of when they look at their children. A perfect book for all occasions, The Wonderful Things You Will Be has a heartfelt message that will resonate for lifetimes.
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Grumpy Monkey
Suzanne Lang - 2018-05-15
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A hilarious picture book tackle the important lesson of dealing with unexplained emotions and the dangers of suppressing them. Follow Jim the chimpanzee as he navigates a bad mood for no good reason and discovers the value of allowing himself to feel grumpy. With levity and humor, this story encourages children to embrace their feelings and be careful not to hurt others in the process.
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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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Dragons Love Tacos
Adam Rubin - 2012-06-14
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Dragons love tacos of all kinds, but be careful with the salsa! This scrumptious New York Times bestseller is a hilarious tale of dragons, tacos, and the trouble spicy salsa can bring. From the award-winning team behind Those Darn Squirrels!, this laugh-out-loud book is perfect for sharing with new friends and enjoying a tasty snack.
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Eric Umansky
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The Gruffalo
Julia Donaldson - 2001-04-05 (first published in 1999)
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A clever mouse invents a scary gruffalo to avoid becoming dinner for a hungry fox, owl, and snake. But is the gruffalo even real? This rhyming read-aloud is perfect for preschoolers and won the prestigious British Smarties Prize. Sturdy pages and a cozy trim ensure it will be a favorite for storytime.
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Simon Smith
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The Day the Crayons Quit
Drew Daywalt - 2013-06-27
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This playful, imaginative story will leave children laughing and playing with their crayons in a whole new way. Debut author Drew Daywalt and New York Times bestseller Oliver Jeffers create a colorful solution to poor Duncan's problem: all of his crayons have quit! Each color has its own hilarious reason for no longer wanting to be used. What will Duncan do without his crayons? Find out in this charming book.
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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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Lost and Found
Oliver Jeffers - 2005-12-29 (first published in 2004)
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A boy's journey to return a lost penguin to its home in the South Pole becomes a heartwarming tale of friendship in this beautifully illustrated book. As they brave storms and dark nights together, the boy tells the penguin stories and learns that the penguin was never truly lost, just lonely. Laugh and cry with the lovable characters in this child-friendly story.
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If Animals Kissed Good Night
Ann Whitford Paul - 2008-04-01
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Discover a charming bedtime story about how animal families might say good night. Through whimsical illustrations and playful verse, explore how a young girl imagines different animal pairs would kiss good night, including Sloth and her baby who move so slooowwwww. Perfect for bedtime snuggles, now available in board book format.
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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!
All by Myself by Mercer Mayer
Oh No George by Chris Haughton
Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae
Green Eggs and Ham by Seuss
Corduroy by Don Freeman
How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? by Jane Yolen
The Wonky Donkey by Craig Smith
The Rabbit Listened by Cori Doerrfeld
The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen
Richard Scarry's Cars and Trucks and Things That Go by Richard Scarry
National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Why by Amy Shields
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie Book by Laura Numeroff
Richard Scarry's Best Word Book Ever by Richard Scarry
Owl Babies by Martin Waddell
Where Do Diggers Sleep at Night? by Brianna Caplan Sayres
Each Peach Pear Plum by Allan Ahlberg
My First Learn to Write Workbook by Crystal Radke
The Monster at the End of this Book by Jon Stone
Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas
Animalphabet by Julia Donaldson
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems
The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
If I Built a Car by Chris van Dusen
Olivia by Ian Falconer
Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson
Here We Are Notes For Living On Planet by Illustrated Oliver Jeffers Oliver Jeffers
We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
Tiger Who Came To Tea by Judith Kerr
Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Beautiful Oops! by Barney Saltzberg
Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
You Choose by Pippa Goodhart
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
School Zone - Big Preschool Workbook - Ages 3 to 5, Colors, Shapes, Numbers 1-10, Early Math, Alphabet, Pre-Writing, Phonics, Following Directions, and More by School Zone
P is for Potty! by Naomi Kleinberg
My First Library by Wonder House Books
The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson
National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Dinosaurs by Catherine D. Hughes
Guess How Much I Love You BOARD by Sam McBratney
The World Needs More Purple People by Kristen Bell
Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney
What Should Danny Do? by Adir Levy
Blue Hat, Green Hat by Sandra Boynton
Dogger by Shirley Hughes
Not a Box by Antoinette Portis
Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann
The Incredible Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers
The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper
Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
Bear Feels Sick by Karma Wilson
Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed Deluxe Edition by Eileen Christelow
Go, Dog. Go! by P. D. Eastman
Tiny T. Rex and the Impossible Hug by Jonathan Stutzman
Ten Apples Up On Top! by Theo. Lesieg
Don't Push the Button! by Bill Cotter
Tree by Britta Teckentrup
Meerkat Mail by Emily Gravett
Cityblock by Christopher Franceschelli
Colin & Lee Carrot & Pea by Morag Hood
Red House, Tree House, Little Bitty Brown Mouse by Jane Godwin
Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson
Calm Down, Boris! by Sam Lloyd
Julián Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr.
I Love You to the Moon and Back by Amelia Hepworth
Oh say can you say di-no-saur? by Bonnie Worth
Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.
Barnyard Dance! by Sandra Boynton
From Head to Toe by Eric Carle
The Seven Silly Eaters by Mary Ann Hoberman
The Complete Adventures of Curious George by H. A. Rey
Little Dinosaur by Rhiannon Fielding
One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss
Sophie's Squash by Pat Zietlow Miller
Wolfie the Bunny by Ame Dyckman
Noisy Dinosaurs (Noisy Touch-and-Feel Books) by Jonathan Litton
TouchThinkLearn by Xavier Deneux
Baby Goes to Market by Atinuke
I Am Stronger Than Anger by Elizabeth Cole
The Witch's Cat and The Cooking Catastrophe by Kirstie Watson
Countablock by Christopher Franceschelli
Pants by Giles Andreae
Almost Anything by Sophy Henn
Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
Mail Duck by Erica Sirotich
A B See by Elizabeth Doyle