20 Must-Read Books for 2 Year Olds (2022 Picks)

Last Updated on March 18, 2022 by Michele Tripple

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Finding books for 2 year olds can sometimes be a challenge. You want to keep them engaged, but also educate at the same time. These books in our must-read book guide covers all kinds of books from interactive to learning social skills as well as practicing fine motor skills. Check out these awesome finds they will love!

The Very Best Books for 2 Year Olds to Add to Your Collection

I am always on the search for the best products for kids! A few weeks I shared with you the best puzzles for 2 year olds  and the best water tables for kids and you all loved it! So, I decided to share with you today the best books for 2 year olds. These books are some of our absolute favorites in our home and ones you will want to add to your reading collection as well.

What to Look for in Books for 2 years Olds

There is no hard-fast rule as to what to look for when picking books for your two year olds. I try to find books that

  • Have lots of colors
  • Simple illustrations
  • Keep them entertained and engaged
  • We try to have some educational books that teach colors or letters or a skill
  • Rhyming or repetitive phrases. This helps kids learn to memorize and participate in the storytelling.
  • Books that are not loaded with tons of words on the page
  • Great Bedtime books
  • Most importantly, choose age appropriate books. Simple Stories to follow, short, easy to understand, and interactive if possible.

Can 2 year olds read?

A common question asked among moms and dads is, “Can 2 year olds read?” The answer is no.

You might find your child retelling the story or even “reading it to you” but this is through memorization.

Your toddler might be beginning to learn the alphabet, but not quite recognizing words. If you would like to encourage reading a great technique is to point at each word as you read so they can follow along.

The Best Books for 2 year olds

There are so many amazing books for kids. We are sharing our very favorite that you will want to add to your collection. We love that stories are not only great for reading, but they help them learn new skills as well. So, if you are struggling with potty training, we have you covered with these great potty training books as well! Now, on to our favorite books for 2 year olds!

Bizzy Bear Books

Bizzy Bear Books are great because not only are they sturdy, but they are interactive. With pull tabs and wheels to turn your kids will be entertained as you go on Bizzy Bear’s journey together. There are so many different Busy Bear Books in the series there is sure to be a handful your kids will love!

Click here to visit the whole Bizzy Bear Book Series!

But some of our favorites are below!

Pirate Adventures

Join Bizzy bear on a Pirate adventure.

Bizzy Bear: Pirate Adventure

In this book, your child will join Bizzy bear as he sets sail on a pirate adventure as they help steer, dig for treasure, and of course open the treasure chest!

Dinosaur Safari

Bizzy Bear: Dinosaur Safari

Dinosaur Safari is a fun interactive trip as your child and Bizzy Bear discover dinosaurs and their big giant footprints.

Fun on the Farm

Bizzy Bear: Fun on the Farm

Fun on the Farm is one of our favorites. Here your toddler can count ducks, feed the goats, and find the eggs, as they help Bizzy Bear on the farm.

Space Rocket

Bizzy Bear: Space Rocket

Space Rocket is another fun one as your toddler and Bizzy Bear rocket into space and explore!

Race Car Driver

Bizzy Bear: Race Car Driver

Let your toddler help Bizzy Bear in Race Car Driver where together they can try to win the big race!

Sandra Boynton Books

Sandra Boyton books belong on the bookshelf in every home. These books make your child laugh and develop a love for reading! There is no doubt that you will quickly memorize ever book you have as hers because your kids will want to read them over and over again!

Snuggle Puppy

Snuggle Puppy is a song inside a book! This is one of our favorite books to read at night together. We even act it out. The kids love this one. It is a must to add to your book collection.

Snuggle Puppy

Barnyard Dance

Barnyard Dance will for sure get you and your 2 year old up stomping your feet doing the Barnyard dance with the high-spirited animal crew! You’ll see twirling pigs, fiddle-playing cows, and other unforgettable animals!

Barnyard Dance

Birthday Monsters!

Birthday Monsters is a fun read as well! The Monsters come to wreak havoc in the most extraordinarily rude ways and it is so fun to see the surprise of what these birthday monsters do on your child’s face as you read them this book.

Birthday Monsters

Moo, Baa, La La La

This is an all-time favorite book of mine to read to my kids. Moo, Baa, La La La takes basic animal sounds and brings silliness to your reading time together. I promise it is sure to entertain your kids. Also warning you now you will be reciting this book for years to come!

Moo Baa La La La

Guess How Much I Love You

Guess How Much I Love You is another great story to have on hand. This will help them know just how much you love them and it will start the back and forth of “I love you this much with one another!”

Guess How Much I Love You

Peek a Boo Farm

If you are looking for a flap book, then look no further than Peek A Boo Farm. It combines farm animals and peek a boo all in one. Your kids will love reading this book time and time again. As you can tell by the picture it is very loved in our house.

Peek-A-Boo Farm

Pigeon Books

The Pigeon books by Mo Williams are some of the best! The pictures and the simple story will have your kids shouting “No” when the Pigeon wants to do something. (At least my kids do) Every night we are reading a Pigeon book during storytime.

Check out all the Pigeon books here! But we are sharing our favorites below!

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus

That poor pigeon only wants to drive the bus and he tries to convenience your child to help him in Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus. Your child becomes part of the story as they read this entertaining story together.

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus

Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late

All the pigeon wants to do is stay up late, will your toddler let them as they read, Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! Such a fun read for you and your kids!

Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late

The Pigeon Wants a Puppy

The Pigeon Wants a Puppy is another one of our favorites as the pigeon tries so hard to get a puppy! Will your toddler let him through his pleading? Grab this book and see!

The Pigeon Wants a Puppy

The Pigeon Has Feelings, Too

In The Pigeon Has Feelings, Too! Your toddler will help Piegon explore his feelings as he goes through his usual antics in this hysterical adventure!

The Pigeon Has Feelings, Too

Click Clack Moo Cows that Type

Click Clack Moo Cows that Type is a fun-loving story about Farmer Brown and those barn cows that just want electric blankets. In this book, you are guaranteed they will be walking around saying, “click clack moo, click clack moo, clickety-clack, moo!!!!”

I Love you This Much

Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type

I love you This Much is the perfect exploration of just how much you love your 2 year old. One of my favorites to read at bedtime!

Dear Zoo

Dear Zoo: A Lift-the-Flap Book

Oh that silly zoo, keeps sending a little boy animals he can’t keep in Dear Zoo until they finally send him the perfect animal! Your toddler will love this lift flap book as they explore the different animals the zoo sends him.

There you have it! The best books for 2 year olds that you want to add to your collection at home! Which books would you add to the list? Share in the comments!


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3 thoughts on “20 Must-Read Books for 2 Year Olds (2022 Picks)”

  1. I love Sandra Boynton books! Some on this list I don’t have in our collection yet. I’ll put it on my Amazon wish list to remember for Christmas.


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