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Best picture books for 2-3 year old?


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I'm going to be babysitting a very bright little girl that's almost three, and I'd like to take some picture books with me in hopes that some will be new to her.  I don't remember what books my dc enjoyed at that age.  What picture books would you recommend?


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That's a tough age, and a lot depends on the kid's interests and attention span. I'm going to roughly divide this into two groups, shorter and longer.




The Snowy Day (and other books by Ezra Jack Keats)


Yo! Yes?


Rhyming Dust Bunnies


Things That Are Most In the World


Ben's Trumpet


On My Way to Buy Eggs


Sheep in a Jeep (and other books in this series)


Gossie and Gertie (and other books in this series)


Bee-Bim Bop!


The Rain Stomper





Smelly Socks (and anything else by Munsch)


Big Red Lollipop


The Ugly Vegetables


The Talking Eggs


Sam and the Tigers


Raising Dragons


Harvey Potter's Balloon Farm


The Chicken Chasing Queen of Lamar County


Too Many Tamales


The Hello, Goodbye Window



I likely could think of more, but I'd rather not overwhelm you :) If you want more suggestions, just ask, you know this is my absolute favorite pastime! With the exception of The Snowy Day, I tried not to mention well-known classics on the grounds that, well, they're well-known. But if you've completely blanked picture books from your memory I can do that as well.

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My two year old loves The Napping House, The Runaway Bunny, Good Night Moon, Five Little Monkeys, The House in the Night, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Olivia, Little Blue Truck, Awake to Nap, The Pout Pout Fish, Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes, Everywhere Babies, All the World, I Stink!, Roadwork, Bear Snores On, You Are My Sunshine, Freight Train by Donald Crews, Muncha Muncha Muncha!, My Truck is Stuck, Peek-a-Who?, Baby Beluga, Llama Llama Red Pajama, The Snowy Day, and Time for Bed.

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We're Going on a Bear Hunt


Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

Good Night, Gorilla

Blueberries for Sal

Chicks Chicka Boom Boom

Five Little Monkeys


Little Blue Truck

Silly Sally

Big Red Barn

Peek a Whoo

Caps for Sale

The Very Busy Spider

The Mitten

The Snowy Day

The Three Bears (Galdone)

The Gingerbread Man (Aylesworth)

The Three Billy Goats Gruff

The Rhyme Time Bible for Toddlers

One Duck Stuck

Harry the Dirty Dog

Everywhere Babies

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Chicka chicka boom boom - the kids love this

The Three Billy Boats Gruff - with unique voices for each billy goat and the troll

The Hungry Caterpillar

Brown Bear, Brown Bear

Counting books - Twelve Little Race Cars, How Does a Dinosaur Clean His Room

Wacky Wednesday

Don't Let the Pigeon... Drive the Bus or Stay Up Late - My children love saying, Noooooo!


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Press Here by Herve Tulle


It is interactive and fantastic! I've started buying multiple copies for birthday parties of anyone under 3. In fact I just ordered 2 yesterday for parties we have next week and bought one for a baby gift last week.

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