The best books for two-year-olds - as recommended by parents

These top books for two-year-olds are perfect for early learning. But most importantly, they're also perfect for snuggling up and enjoying together

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We're Going on a Bear Hunt - Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

Mumsnetters say: "A must buy! All my children love this and we regularly go on our own hunts in the woods. Sometimes the children even break into the rhyme independently."

Elmer the Elephant - David McKee

Elmer the Elephant

Mumsnetters say: "Bright and colourful with some good contrast of colours. The Elmer range is a wonderful set of books for young children."

Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy  - Lynley Dodd

Not Now Bernard

Mumsnetters say: "My daughter adores this book. After a couple of reads she was joining in with the rhymes. An added bonus is that I rather like this one too!"

Five Minutes of Peace - Jill Murphy 

Five Minutes of Peace

Mumsnetters say: "Five Minutes' Peace was one of our absolute favourites when my children were small. I'm reading the same dog-eared copy to my four beautiful grandchildren."

Monkey and Me - Emily Gravett

Monkey and Me

Mumsnetters say: "A brilliant book and an absolute favourite with my son. He loves the repetition and rhythm of the language. The text is very simple, but there are lots of layers - great for encouraging toddlers to recognise animals and spot clues in the pictures. I love it too!"

Giraffes Can't Dance  - Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees

Giraffes Can’t Dance

Mumsnetters say: "We love this book for the story, the rhymes, the pictures and the message that even clumsy creatures can be graceful. If you can, get the audio version narrated by Hugh Laurie - it's wonderful."

Dig, Dig, Digging - Margaret Mayo and Alex Ayliffe

Dig, Dig, Digging

Mumsnetters say: "Dig Dig Digging is a huge favourite. It has a nice rhythm to it and ends with them all going to sleep."

"Another vote here for Dig Dig Digging - by far the favourite book in our household." 

Peepo! - Janet and Allen Ahlberg 


Mumsnetters say: "My child loved the rhymes and pictures, and I loved it for the pure nostalgia of a bygone age. There's a lot going on in the pictures, so as well as the rhymes we enjoyed spotting various things and talking about them. A classic book for very small children."

I Want My Potty - Tony Ross

I Want My Potty

Mumsnetters say: "This is a brilliant book for potty training! Our daughter loves the Little Princess series and thought the pictures of her using the potty were hilarious! Great for introducing the idea of the potty to your child - I would really recommend this book."

The Gruffalo - Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler 

The Gruffalo

Mumsnetters say: "Definitely the most dog-eared book in our house. It's witty, clever, and the pictures are fantastic."

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