Best Books for 2 Year Olds

Encourage the budding book lover in your family with this list of best books for 2 year olds. Getting a toddler to sit through an entire book reading can be quite challenging. Their minds are racing at a million miles and a good book needs to have the necessary visual cues, new words and a thoughtful message for them to focus on.

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Whether these books are written by first timers or established authors, they all make great gifts and are sure to become a household favorite because they’ll be appreciated by the parents too.

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Books are a really great way for your 2 year old to expand their vocabulary. It is also a great way to boost their social and emotive abilities because it helps them think about well-being and relationships in general.

Best Value: My First Library Boxset by Wonder House Books

Best Seller: Grumpy Monkey by Suzanne Lang

Teacher’s Pick: Press Here by Herve Tullet

Best Books For 2 Year Olds

This post is all about best books for 2 year olds.

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Did I tell you that this box set comes with 10 BOOKS?! That’s a new books you can give your toddler every day of the week and still have some. This amazing box set comes with 10 books covering an extensive range of topics – ABC, Fruits, Numbers, Shapes, Animals, Birds, Colors, Vegetables, Transport.

At just around a dollar per book, this is the best value deal for your toddler’s book library.

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This is a hilarious book about how an elephant, a centipede and a rhinoceros try to find a cure for their Hippopotamus friend’s hiccups.

Nearly 7000+ readers agree that this book’s bright colors, cute pictures and funny words are universally loved by 2 year olds and even younger toddlers. The book by itself is a fun read, and although the words are quite silly, it is a memorable book that begs to be read over and over.

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This book is a great source of nursery rhymes every 2 year old would have a great time reciting with you. There are more than ten nursery rhymes accompanied with illustrations by different artists which adds to the variety.

In addition, the book also has longer stories like Goldilocks, Three Little Pigs and .Muddypaw’s New Friends.

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This book is an adorable story about how a crocodile swallows a watermelon seed and is now concerned that a watermelon may grow in its belly.

The book length is just right for bedtime reading and the illustrations are great which makes it a great gift for toddlers.


Trucks, construction vehicles, girl power coupled with a memorable tune. What else could one ask for in a book for two year olds?

This clever adaptation of the old folk song starts out with Old MacDonald and his wife driving onto the farm. However, you quickly realize that Old MacDonald also has a plethora of construction equipment in the farm too!

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The Grumpy Monkey is a great book to help children understand that its perfectly fine to feel unhappy sometimes and they’re allowed to have feelings.  It even has amazing illustrations and teaches an important lesson which is why it is well liked by teachers and parents alike.

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This book is an instant classic and just pure magic especially for a two year old. The light and angles of each page design are expertly crafted.

The little see-through color discs on every page make the experience of reading the book truly enchanting, especially when your toddler looks through the wonderful colors as they illuminate. 

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A teacher’s favorite the world over, this book is so simple yet engaging and fun!

Beginning with a generic yellow dot, the amount of dots change as the book moves forward. The colors, patterns and sizes of the dots change too which allow your child to learn the meaning of pressing, rubbing and a myriad other forms of movement

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A firm favorite with toddlers and parents alike ever since it was first published in 1982, toddlers enjoy lifting the flaps to see each animal.

The flaps are quite sturdy and it is also a great way to teach your toddler animal names and sounds.

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The illustrations are geared towards toddler development and can be a springboard for developmental opportunities like counting, facial expressions and so on.

The board book by itself is quite durable and should hold up well with a lot of handling by tiny toddler hands.


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