Awesome Books for Toddlers & Above

I had no idea before I had a kid what books would be age appropriate or even a good read. In fact if you ask me about what’s good to read for 8-10 year olds, I honestly couldn’t tell you… as I don’t have an 8-10 year old. But I can tell you what I think are great books for toddlers to read.

All I knew was that I wanted my son to enjoy reading and I wanted to make reading a regular part of our quality 1-2-1 time.

Dylan is 3 now and has a collection of books that rivals my own in terms of numbers… Though my little man certainly has his favourites and here they are.

*Note, all these books we own or have borrowed from the library, so we definitely know they are awesome 🙂

Truck Town 

One of the first books my son would let us read in full from start to finish and all of us know by heart, word for word. “Grind grind grind, whir boom crash, this chatty truck grinds up the trash… who is this motor mouth?” You only need to look at the condition of this book (despite my best efforts to sticky tape it together!) to appreciate how ‘much loved’ it is and has been in our home.

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Room On The Broom – Julia Donaldson

We love this author and own many of her books, and find that in particular her stuff that is illustrated by Axel Scheffler are awesome reads. Room on the broom is simply one of them!

toddler books for 2 and 3 year olds

Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book

A Squash & A Squeeze

Tabby McTat
toddler books for 2 and 3 year olds
Cave Baby best books for young children

The Princess & The Wizard toddler books for 2 and 3 year olds

Stick Man toddler books for 2 and 3 year olds


The Snail & the Whale
One of our birthday gifts to Dylan.

The Gruffalo

The Guffalo’s ChildA Gold Star for Zogtoddler books for 2 and 3 year olds

The Green Sheep – Mem Fox
I love this book as it’s awesome for teaching kids describing words, green sheep, near, far, wide, thin, scared, brave, green!

awesome books for toddlers- 2 and 3 year olds

Steam Train Dream Train
A gift from Dylan’s Aunty Erica, perfect for toddlers in the card page type and a big favourite. Actually just looking at the cover I think I will pay closer attention reading it next time as the man just told me I didn’t put the Christmas Train carriages in the right order… LOL

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Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site
Favourite, favourite, favourite.

toddler books for 2 and 3 year olds

Aliens Love Underpants

This was regular reading master while Master 3 was toilet training. Though it’s not about potty training really!

Pirates in Pyjamas
Loaned from the Library, we don’t need to wear skulls and cross bone PJ’s to be a pirate!

toddler books for 2 and 3 year olds

One Cheeky Monkey
Gifted to Dylan from my other sister in law, Bronwyn, much love.

toddler books for 2 and 3 year olds

The Wonky Donky
Once you listen to the CD of this, it will totally change how you read it to your little person, ha!

best books for young children The Brave Bear – Nick Bland
I think the Nick Bland books were birthday gifts to Dylan from Aunty Lee, and he, we! love love love them. We have ‘The Very Noisey Bear’ sitting under the Christmas tree!

toddler books for 2 and 3 year olds

The Very Hungry Bearbest books for young children

The Very Cranky Bear


George’s Dragon
toddler books for 2 and 3 year olds

Pee Wee The Lonely Kiwibest books for young children

Love Monster & The Last Chocolatebest books for young children
Wombat Jumped Over the Moon best books for young children
Pete the Sheep best books for young children
Cinder the Bubble Blowing Dragontoddler books for 2 and 3 year olds

Shh! Don’t Wake the Baby toddler books for 2 and 3 year olds

Piranhas Don’t Eat Bananas
Don’t Call Me Bear! best books for young children
Father Christmas Needs A Wee

We’re Going On An Egg Hunttoddler books for 2 and 3 year olds

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