Can you two suggest some good books for two-three year-olds? Want to buy some for our twin nieces. And if you have a blogge post on this topic, link would be great!
Three is a fun age– three year olds understand things and they can talk and they have great senses of humor. That means you can break away from books that are just animal sounds and opposites etc. and into things that parents enjoy as well.
Probably our favorite author for this age is Mo Willems. We especially like Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late!, and Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, and all the others in the Pigeon series!. Knuffle Bunny, while not as much fun for the parents to read, is also enjoyed by the children.
If You Give the Mouse a Cookie– quite popular among the pre-school set, a bit less fun for the parents. There’s a big series of these as well.
As we mentioned in our email to you, 3-4 year olds tend to be dinosaur mad. You can get any book about dinosaurs, fiction or non- and it will be devoured. How do dinosaurs do X? is a cute series– even though it’s not really about dinosaurs (real dinosaurs presumably didn’t clean their rooms), it does have drawings and the names of real dinosaurs in it. Some kids are really into Thomas the Train Engine or Dora the Explorer or construction trucks at this age, but that would be something to ask your relatives about as some kids never really get hooked by these.
And, of course, there is always Dr. Seuss.
If you dislike your relatives (the parents, not the children), you can go a bit more grim. DC1 loved the Gruffalo, but it creeps me out. Laura Vanderkam’s kid thinks that I Want My Hat Back is great, but my DC2 certainly does not need permission to use violence against people who take hir stuff (as that is already hir natural inclination).
If the kids are wunderkinds, 3 is a good time to start The Magic Treehouse. But this series is of chapter books, and most kids aren’t reading, much less reading third grade level. We do have a post on what books a three year old who is reading chapter books would enjoy, but that’s probably not what you’re looking for. The Magic School Bus is another fun series for the more advanced reader.
You may be thinking of chapter books that parents can read to their children at this age. The Wizard of Oz is a good one. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle another good one. Frog and Toad is another good one (who doesn’t love Arnold Lobel?)
What recommendations do you have for CPP?