50 Books For 2 Year Olds

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books for 2 year oldsThe best way that you can promote reading with your children is to read every single day starting as soon as possible. These 50 books are our favorite books for 2 year olds. It was tough to narrow it down to 50 and many of these authors like Eric Carle , Karen Katz , Byron Barton, and Sandra Boynton could have been listed many times over so check out all their titles.  Is your favorite on the list? If not add the title in the comments and we’ll keep this list growing. Click through the links to see our original review!


  1. Planes by Byron Barton
  2. How Big Is a Pig? by Claire Beaton & Stella Blackstone
  3. In the Town All Year ‘Round by Rotraut Susanne Berner
  4. Secret Seahorse by Stella Blackstone
  5. Doggies by Sandra Boynton
  6. Moo Baa La La La by Sandra Boynton
  7. Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown
  8. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
  9. The Very Hungry Caterpillar  by Eric Carle
  10. Peek-a-Zoo! by Marie Torres Cimarusti
  11. Hooray for Fish!  by Lucy Cousins
  12. Ladybug Girl Dresses Up! by Jacky Davis
  13. Dog’s Colorful Day by Ema Dodd
  14. Eating the Alphabet: Fruits & Vegetables from A to Z by Lois Ehlert
  15. Alphabet Under Construction by Denise Fleming
  16. Corduroy by Don Freeman
  17. Babies by Gyo Fujikawa
  18. Tip Tip Dig Dig by Emma Garcia
  19. Is Your Mama a Llama? by Deborah Guarino
  20. Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
  21. The Babies on the Bus by Karen Katz
  22. Hush, Little Alien by Daniel Kirk
  23. The Little Airplane by Lois Lenski
  24. It’s Mine by Leo Lionni
  25. Baby Says “Moo!”by JoAnn Early Macken
  26. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr.
  27. Chicka Chicka ABC by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault
  28. Dig Dig Digging by Margaret Mayo
  29. Everywhere Babies by Susan Meyers and Marla Frazee
  30. I Love Colors by Margaret Miller
  31. Mortimer  by Robert Munsch
  32. The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch
  33. The Family Book by Todd Parr
  34. Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann
  35. Curious George Goes to the Hospital by Margaret and H.A. Rey
  36. One Duck Stuck by Phyllis Root
  37. Yum Yum Dim Sum by Amy Wilson Sanger
  38. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
  39. No, David! by David Shannon
  40. Dinosaur vs. the Potty by Bob Shea
  41. One, Two, Three by Tom Slaughter
  42. Dinosaur Roar! by Paul and  Henrietta Stickland
  43. I Love Trucks! by Philoemen Sturges
  44. The Loudest Roar by Thomas Taylor
  45. Owl Babies by Martin Waddell
  46. Apples, Apples, Apples by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace
  47. Apple Farmer Annie by  Monica Wellington
  48. Mr. Cookie Baker by Monica Wellington
  49. Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems
  50. Trashy Town by Andrea Zimmerman and David Clemesha
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  1. laura says

    Great list, and awesome resource! Two of my children’s and my classroom favorites are It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles G Shaw, The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big, Hungry Bear by Don and Audrey Wood.

  2. Emily. R says

    My son loved “My Truck is Stuck” by Kevin Lewis and “We’re Going on a Lion Hunt” by Margery Cuyler at this age. The repetition in the story was perfect for him and these were the first books he started to “read” on his own.

  3. Maja says

    My daughter loves Julia Donaldson’s books, eg. Chocolate Mousse for Greedy Goose, Gruffalo, Stick Man and also David Wojtowycz and of course Dr Seuss, and Big Red Bath by Julia Jarman.

  4. says

    The Pear in the Pear Tree by Pamela Allen is a current favourite in our house. She is a Kiwi author / illustrator and her books are fantastic to read aloud. They are lots of fun too.

    Thanks for the list and thanks for introducing me to Sandra Boynton. My 2 year old daughter loves her. I love it when she reads Fifteen Animals to me. (Bob, bob, bob, bob and bob….)

  5. KarenElissa says

    I have a class full of two year olds and a huge love of books so we have quite a collection of favorites. In addition to many of the authors already named, here are a few more of our favorites:

    Baby Beluga by Raffi (our absolute favorite, especially fun with the music to go with it)
    Piggies by Audrey Wood
    Freight Train by Donald Crews
    Skip to My Lou by Nadine Bernard Westcott
    Mice Squeak, We Speak by Tomie dePaola
    Mrs. Wishy-Washy by Joy Cowley
    Here Are My Hands by Bill Martin Jr
    Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow

  6. Liz says

    Where going on a bear hunt.
    Ten fingers, ten toes.
    Where is the green sheep?
    You are special -by Max Lucado
    The story of the little mole who knew it was none of his business.
    The Hairy MacLary series

  7. Kim says

    Nancy Tillman
    Where Ever You are My Love Will Find You
    On the Night You Were Born
    It’s Time to Sleep My Love

    My LO kisses the polar bear every night. And knocks out after “It’s Time to Sleep”.

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    How many of these have you read? This is a great list!

  9. Holly Mommaerts says

    Your #2 is actually written by Stella Blackstone & illustrated by Clare Beaton. I was searching our libraries online catalog & no search results were found for ‘laire Beaton’ But when I did a search for Stella Blackstone farther down your list “How Big Is Pig” was listed there.

    • Allison McDonald says

      This has me puzzled because I own this book and there is NO mention of Stella Blackstone at all except in the very small print. She is indeed the author though, how odd that her name would be omitted!

  10. Robin Guyette says

    My kids always loved If You Give A Mouse A Cookie and the others like that. I loved those books. Also, The Rainbow Fish. Too many to list. Now I have 2 14 month old twin granddaughters to start all over again. Love reading to them.

  11. Carrie says

    Thanks so much for putting this together! My daughter goes through books soooo many books and it really helps to have the guidance of a list of good books that are age appropriate rather than just looking through the shelves. I’ve already ordered a bunch of these that weren’t in our local library through our interlibrary loan system. Your work is appreciated.

  12. Tessa says

    I have a 1 year old and a 2 year old. We Love many of those book and among our favorites
    Llama Llama Red Pajama
    The Little Blue Truck books
    King Jack and the Dragon.
    The best part is they are pretty fun to read. If you have kids like mine, who love to read a book over and over, it’s important to me to enjoy reading them too.

  13. Sharon says

    Any books written by Leslie Patricelli (Boo is fun at Halloween time and has nice pictures of faces with different emotions) Tickle makes kids laugh because they’ve been tickled by their parents and siblings.
    Lots of Lambs by Laura Numeroff
    Peek a Who by Nina Laden
    I Kissed the Baby and Say Hello Like This by Mary Murphy

  14. Lu Vail says

    My two to three year old class loves Owl Moon by Jane Yolan, Caps For Sale by Esphyer Slodbodkina, they love saying his name, and Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton. They also love lots of the books on your list. Thanks!


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