Two-year-olds and books are an interesting, but confusing combination for any parent.
They have grown past the stage where guessing games and peek-a-boo don’t always entertain them, but they still love bedtime stories and the odd puzzles.
On the flip side, it is also a great time to start getting your children interested in books, stories, and an imaginary world where they all come to life.
It is also a great vocabulary-strengthening practice and gives the right exposure for 2-year-olds.
If you are not sure about which books you need to go for, here is our list of top 10 must-have books for 2-year-olds.
1. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
by Bill Martin Jr. & John Archambault
If you are someone that’s tired of trying to teach alphabets to your kids with little to no success, then Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is perfect for you!
The book follows a let’s learn format which introduces alphabets to your toddlers in an interesting way thanks to the beautiful illustrations by Lois Ehlert.
All 26 letters of the alphabet are featured in the book and designed in a way as if they are racing to the top of a coconut tree.
The adventure, the struggles, and the twists are what make this book a must-read. We can guarantee you that your two-old will love this book and learn the alphabet in no time!
2. One Shoe Two Shoes
by Caryl Hart & Edward Underwood
When it comes to books for 2-year-olds, the primary objective you need to focus on is to improve engagement and make it fun.
Toddlers, especially children who are in the age group of 1 – 3 years, are usually restless.
Having them sit down and go through a book can be challenging if there is no fun. That’s why One Shoe Two Shoes by Caryl Hart and Edward underwood is perfect.
Its rhythmic structure combined with beautiful illustrations and easy-to-comprehend style introduces children to the world of colors and numbers.
The book shares a lot of components from the age-old One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish making it a popular choice.
3. Guess How Much I Love You
by Sam McBratney & Anita Jeram
If you have a little one that refuses to sleep, then Guess How Much I Love You is a good book for you and your toddler to snuggle up before nap time.
Sam McBratney’s ingenuity is on full display as he guides you through a simple but heartwarming story of parent and child bonding.
The book follows a simple story of a little nutbrown hare and his father as they try to give words to the special love that exists between the two.
This timeless classic can be read and re-read multiple times, and we are sure the children will never feel bored.
4. Dear Zoo: A Lift the Flap Book
by Rod Campbell
Children and curiosity are a great combination, and this is put to great use throughout Rod Campbell’s Dear Zoo: A Lift the Flap Book.
Even though the book deals with a very minimalistic theme of a child writing a letter to the zoo and asking them to send a pet, it maintains the interest and curiosity of the plot until the end.
In response to the request, the zoo sends a pet, but each animal that is sent by the zoo ends up either being too large, too tall, too naughty, or too fierce.
Your children will find it interesting to go through the flaps, trying to guess the right animal until the last page.
The repetitive phrases, colorful illustrations, and unique formatting of texts all make it a must-have for 2-year-olds in any library or collection of books!
5. First 100 Numbers Colors Shapes
by Roger Priddy
When it comes to learning and education through books, there are very few authors as brilliant as Roger Priddy.
Priddy’s First 100 Numbers Colors Shapes is another stroke of brilliance that offers an introduction for your 2-year-old into the world of numbers, shapes, and colors.
With the simple text being used efficiently as connectors to connect pictures to their names, this is one of the best books for children to improve their cognitive development.
As the book covers the first 100 numbers, colors, and shapes, it is also a good access point to improve the vocabulary of children.
6. Whistle for Willie
by Ezra Jack Keats
Ezra Jack Keats’ Whistle for Willie is a great example of simplicity leading to a timeless classic.
The book follows the story of Peter, who wishes he could whistle and call his dog, overcoming the struggles and learning how to whistle.
What makes this book, all the more exciting and interesting is down to the fact that the little boy continues his efforts and eventually learns how to whistle.
This is probably the best inspiration a book could ever give to children who are often frustrated when it comes to learning skills that their older siblings and friends have and show.
Definitely go for this book, as it is a keeper!
7. Press Here
by Herve Tullet
A word of caution – your two old children will fall in love with this interactive book.
Make sure you are all set to go over this book, again and again!
Herve Tullet’s Press Here is a magical book from day one as it tells you instructions on what to do next. Even a grown-up adult can be easily motivated to check out what’s on the next page.
Each page has an instruction that readers and children need to follow to unlock the next page.
There is an endless curiosity about what happens next and this helps children get engaged almost immediately because of their endless curiosity.
8. Where Do Diggers Sleep at Night?
by Brianna Caplan Sayres & Christian Slade
When it comes to toys, vehicles are one of the most popular choices for kids of all ages.
They are easy to move around, help kids improve their mobility, and are easy to throw all over the place without causing a lot of damage.
If you have a two-year-old that’s into cars, bikes, buses, and trucks, then Where Do Diggers Sleep at Night is a must-have book to consider investing in.
The book features vehicles of all shapes and sizes from cranes, to dump trucks and tractors that are perfect for bedtime stories and putting your kids to sleep.
9. Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?
by Bill Martin Jr. & Eric Carle
Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See from Bill Martin Jr has been around for so long, but continues to enjoy its status as a popular children’s book that is loved.
The book which follows a predictable text pattern is one of the easiest books to go through.
Children will quickly become addicted to the book as one animal that’s featured on one page, asks a question to another animal that is only revealed on the next page.
Starting with Brown Bear, the pages go through multiple animals and birds like Red Bird, Duck, and many more.
The colorful illustrations, combined with easy-to-grasp predictable text make it a great choice for your two-year-olds.
10. Where’s Spot
by Eric Hill
There’s just something magical about lift-the-flap books that keep 2-year-olds engaged and hooked to a book.
Eric Hill’s Where’s Spot does complete justice to this theory with its beautiful illustrations and hidden flaps to lift.
The book follows the story of Sally, who has to find her puppy, Spot as it’s supper time.
Sally looks for Spot inside clocks, under the stairs, behind doors, on the piano, and many other hiding spots. But where exactly is Spot?
Teach your child spatial concepts like under, in, and behind as you both go on a journey together with Sally to find Spot.