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Good books for the 2-3 yr. old set

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So we are HUGE book people...we constantly are reading and going to bookstores/libraries/etc. I am looking for some good books for the 2-3 yr old set. I looked at Five in a Row and some of their suggestions but aren't familiar with many of them (the ones I am familiar with we already have). Do you guys have any suggestions for some good books for that age set...or older preschool age since we read to her. I am planning on spending about $100-130 on new books for her for Christmas.


I am thinking at least some Mother Goose fairy tales (already purchased a toddler version of Aesop's Fables for her).

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My 3 yr old loves:


anything by Rosemary Wells (especially the Max and Ruby books)

Eric Carle books

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.

Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle

Curious George books

Nancy Tafuri books

Karma Wilson bear books (Bear Snores On, Bear Wants More, etc)

the Jane Yolen dinosaur books (How do Dinosaurs say Good Night, etc)

Lois Ehlert books


You could also check out the list from Before Five in a Row that are more for that age. I use that with my 3 yr old and he loves it. Books from there that have especially been winners with him are:


We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen

the Jesse Bear books by Nancy Carlstrom

Caps for Sale

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I am currently buying books for my grandchild that my kids loved when they were kids. Many of the same authors Alice listed.


Anything by Eric Carle but we are epsecially fond of The Very Hungry Catapillar.


The Bill Martin/Eric Carle books


Dr. Suess of course


Runaway Bunny


My First Real Mother Goose by Blanche Fisher Wright (this is a board book but she also makes an extended hardback that is good as well)


Goodnight Moon


The If you Give a Mouse a Cookie series


There are Madeline and Curious George board books.


The Bright & Early board books series.


Harold and the Purple Crayon (be prepared for copies on your walls)


The Clifford board books


Guess How Much I Love You


The Tale of Peter Rabbit


These ought to get you started. Try to pick ones that you like because you will read them five billion times. My whole family knows some of these by heart so we can read in chorus to the grandbaby. :)

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