What books does your 3 yo like?

(33 Posts)
mammmamia Sat 09-Feb-13 23:35:31

My twins are turning 3 soon and I'd like to supplement their book collection. They both love books and I feel they're growing out of the ones we have at home. What would you recommend for this age? They currently like Maisy, Topsy and Tim, any recommendations would be very welcome.

VeryDullNameChange Sun 10-Feb-13 10:12:41

Winnie the Witch, Charlie and Lola, Kipper, Mr Men, those books about Dazzling Diggers etc that they said were man-porn on Top Gear, Little Red Train books

Grab a load of stuff from local library and see what sticks.

All the Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler books are fab; The Gruffalo, The Snail & the Whale, Monkey Puzzle etc. Great eye-catching pics and the rhyming really helps keep them interested.

BikeRunSki Sun 10-Feb-13 10:21:54

Check out Oliver Jeffers (author) on Amazon. We love "Lost and Found" best. Also, Julia Donaldson of course, but "The Smartest Giant on Town" is a perennial favourite - got ot for his 3rd birthday, now 4.5 and we must read it at least a couple of times a week still!

Gingerbreadlatte Sun 10-Feb-13 10:21:58

Mr Men. Though my daughter is almost 4.

Kyrptonite Sun 10-Feb-13 10:24:44

Julia Donaldson
Charlie and lola
Supermarket zoo and the others by Caryl Hart

Kyrptonite Sun 10-Feb-13 10:25:06

And You Choose

AbbyCat Sun 10-Feb-13 10:27:36

The duck books! Great fun. Duck in the truck, fix it duck, hit the ball duck and captain duck. I love reading them to him. He also likes dr Seuss (I hated it initially but it's growing on me).

McGilly Sun 10-Feb-13 10:31:46

Yes You Choose! Fabulous detail for endless chattering. Also a vote for Little Red Train by Benedict Blathwayt, incredible detail in the illustrations. Dogger and the Alfie books by Shirley Hughes. Little Rabbit by Harry Horse. Peepo and Each Peach Pear Plum also for details ... 3 yos love to "find" secrets in pictures. Meg and Mog.

mammmamia Mon 11-Feb-13 09:25:38

Thank you for all the suggestions! Will definitely look into those. I remember Meg and Mog and Alfie from my childhood so will look forward to reading those again. They love Each Peach Pear Plum - a firm favourite, and of course the Gruffalo and other Julia D.

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tumbletumble Mon 11-Feb-13 11:30:51

The Witch's Children by Ursula Jones and Small Knight and George by Ronda Armitage are both fab.

In addition to the above, anything involving Fireman Sam or Octonauts!

tumbletumble Tue 12-Feb-13 08:22:53

The Tiger Who Came to Tea
The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark
Giraffes Can't Dance
On The Way Home

McGilly Tue 12-Feb-13 10:28:43

The original Octonauts books (pre tv series) are beautiful, again lots of detail and humour.

TunipTheVegedude Tue 12-Feb-13 10:33:38

Mine most loves old Ladybird fairytale books that I get from charity shops - The Little Red Hen, The Three Billygoats Gruff, etc.

I hate reading Octonauts books - the pictures are gorgeous but the prose is really awkward.

McGilly Tue 12-Feb-13 11:28:41

The best old Ladybird books in a shiny app!


My three year old especially loves Tootles the Taxi.

drjohnsonscat Thu 14-Feb-13 20:17:17

Tunip, agree re Octonauts (although I note your name!) DCs adore that programme but the books are tiresome.

DS (3) loves The Giant Jam Sandwich, anything by Mo Willems (currently Leonardo the Terrible Monster but also Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus and all the pigeon series), and anything by Nick Sharratt (Shark in the Park, and Nick Sharratt's retelling of fairy stories - we've got Goldilocks and The Three Billy Goats Gruff) and Shhh! by Sally Grindley.

TunipTheVegedude Thu 14-Feb-13 20:19:07

I adore Don't Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus.
Kids quite like it too.

As well as Julia D...

Owl Babies
Someone Bigger
Kipper books

gaelicsheep Sat 16-Feb-13 19:32:33

DD is 2.5 . She loves Charlie and Lola, also books about animals. And there's a lovely set of three art books by Lucy Micklethwaite that she pours over.

Her absolute favourite book is a handmedown from DH's sister. The Dirty Old Teddy by Enid Blyton. She has that nearly every day!

gaelicsheep - I'm always trying to order those Lucy Micklethwaites from the library to get a look at them, but they seem to be like hen's teeth. I'm sure I personally would like them - interesting that your dd likes them, mine is 2.5 too.

Fishandjam Sat 16-Feb-13 23:09:14

The Mog books by Judith Kerr. And Splat The Cat by Rob Scotton (I think that's his name). DS (age 3) has also started liking longer books - so far the James Herriot kids' stories (Blossom Comes Home) and The Mousehole Cat.

BeaWheesht Sat 16-Feb-13 23:14:44

Dd isn't 3 yet but loves all the Julia Donaldson ones - especially a squash and a squeeze, Tom Thumb, Cinderella, aliens love underpants, jolly postman.

Both kids love 'before you sleep' - great illustrations and written by a bereaved dad BUT not downbeat at all just very very heartfelt and always reminds me to give the kids that extra few minutes for another story / cuddle at bedtime. this is the website about the books but think we got ours from wh smiths. There are more books now in the series but we haven't got round to ordering those.

gaelicsheep Sat 16-Feb-13 23:21:53

TheSurgeonsWife - they're pretty good. I can't say it's always an obvious selection and I keep meaning to do some research on the artists myself. A wide range of styles are represented, not always that easy on the eye. At least one example is plain creepy!

Little Ogre's Suprise Supper by Timothy Knapman

Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper

Wide Awake Jake by Helen Young

The Cow That Laid An Egg by Andy Cutbill

Three By The Sea by Mini Grey

Barry The Fish With Fingers and Norman The Slug With A silly Shell by Sue Hendra.

How to Hide A Lion by Helen Stephens.

Julia Donaldson books.

timtam23 Fri 22-Feb-13 23:51:43

The dog who could dig - Jonathan Long/Korky Paul
Snail & the whale - Julia Donaldson (I have to read this EVERY NIGHT!)
Meg & Mog (Meg's Eggs a big favourite)
Alfie, especially the one about new wellies & jumping in puddles!
Winnie the Witch - Korky Paul/Valerie Thomas
Six Dinner Sid - Inga Moore
Lots of the Charlie & Lola books
Sam Lloyd books - Super Sid/Whose Tail?
A couple of the less well known Dr Seuss books - Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb/The Foot Book

mammmamia Sun 24-Feb-13 22:33:05

Just noticed more posts on thread - thank you everyone!

Thewhingingdefective Mon 25-Feb-13 20:45:23

Hello Mammamia,

My twins are nearly three too. They like Usborne Farmyard Tales, Kipper, Wibbly Pig, My Cat Just Sleeps, The Tiger Who Came To Tea, Owl Babies, A Squash and A Squeeze, Peepo, Each Peach Pair Plum, and those very simplified Ladybird Touch and Feel Fairy Tales.

BendyBusBuggy Thu 28-Feb-13 22:15:20

Emily Brown and The Thing - Cressida Cowell

I love this book...my twins are 5 and I still read it to them. They must be so sick of it

mammmamia Sat 02-Mar-13 20:26:41

Thank you for the suggestions! Have created amazon wish list and my sister is going to get them a few for their birthday smile

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JiltedJohnsJulie Fri 08-Mar-13 20:44:29

Don't let the pigeon drive the bus is great isn't it, I quite like Mr Pusskins too.

Dd loved You fecking choose. I think if I have to read it one more time I will have to hunt down Nick Sherratt and give him a few choices.....

Jelly77 Tue 26-Mar-13 14:59:14

The Pip and Posy books by Axel Sheffler (Gruffalo illustrator) are a big fave with my 3yo...
He also adores the Little Red Train books by Ben Blathwayt
and just about all the picture books by Chris Wormell (especially *George and the Dragon*)
And the Alfie books by Shirley Hughes
and Pants and More Pants by Giles Andreae & Nick Sharratt... smile

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