22 books my 2 year old loves

My boy is such a bookworm. It may seem a strange way to describe someone who can’t read a single word but it is true, Leo absolutely loves books. Toys are great and everything but, when it comes to entertainment, nothing can compete with a good book in my toddler’s eyes.

Books are amazing, they are capable of taking us to places no toy car or train set ever could. A story book is the best way of unlocking your child’s growing imagination, their tiny minds thriving on exciting tales and beautiful illustrations. We all know books are also perfect for helping your child’s language and reading skills to develop, as well as being useful tools in teaching children other essential lessons too: colours, numbers, the alphabet and so on.
For a 2 and a half year old, Leo has a pretty large book collection, it would probably put your local library’s children section to shame. I thought I would share some of Leo’s favourite books with you, in case your little one is in need of some new reading material and you need some inspiration.

22 books my 2 year old loves …
1.Old Bear

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The Old Bear story by Jane Hissey is a firm bedtime favourite in this house. Lots of talking cuddly toys go on adventure to save their friend Old Bear from the loft. Think Toy Story, but with cuter, cuddlier toys.

2. The totally terrifying three

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The tale of a not so scary dragon, witch and giant. This book is both exciting and funny and Leo just can’t get enough of it.

3. Room on the broom

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Julia Donaldson is a fantastic children’s author, if you haven’t heard of her then you must have been hiding under a rock in the deep dark wood. This story of a friendly witch, lots of animals and a rickety old broom is sure to ignite the imagination of any toddler. 

4. Dear Zoo

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The classic lift the flap book full of animal fun. This interactive book is great fun, your toddler will love discovering what animal the zoo have sent next.

5. Detective Ted
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Something strange is going on in Edward’s house at night, a mystery only his alter ego Detective Ted can solve. An exciting, rhyming tale of a crime fighting teddy and his hamster sidekick.

6. Peppa Pig ABC

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There are so many A B C books on Leo’s bookshelf but his favourite has to be this Pepa Pig one, of course! Each page has a letter, picture and the corresponding word (A is for apple etc), Leo can recognise nearly all the pctures/letters now.

7. The Gruffalo 

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How could I write a list about books and not include this one? The well known story of a little mouse and his adventure through The Deep Dark Word is a must for every toddler’s bookshelf.

8. Spot goes on holiday

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Spot books are the original lift the flap books and this one is definitely one of Leo’s favourites. Join Spot on his first ever trip to the beach, build sandcastles, go swimming and maybe even make some new friends too.

9. The big monster snoreybook

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A book full of sleepy monsters all in for a big surprise when they are woken up by a mysterious noise. This book is bright, fun and perfect for any monster fanatics out there.

10. Zog

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Yet another Julia Donaldson book here, she is just brilliant. Meet Zog, a young dragon who desperately wants to get a golden star from his teacher at dragon school. Can he do it? You’ll have to read it to find out.

11. Little Bear’s trousers

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This is another story from the Old Bear collection. Little Beat has lost his favourite red trousers, help him and the other toys find them before they are lost forever.

12. Peppa Pig at the fun fair

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I am pretty sure we have the whole collection of Peppa Pig books but this is the one Leo always asks for. Peppa and her family are off to spend the day at the fun fair, expect disasters for Daddy Pig on the helter skelter, lots of prizes for Peppa and lots of snorting from your toddler.

13. The wheels on the bus
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A colourfully illustrated book of the popular children’s nursery rhyme. Leo loves singing along and it is a book that requires very little concentration from me, win win!

14. Not now Bernard

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This story is about the day Bernard finds a monster in his garden. His parent’s ignore his fears of being eaten, with disastrous consequences. It sounds horrible, but Leo loves monsters so he finds this story very entertaining.

15. Peppa Pig: Stomp and roar!

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This is a noisy book all about Peppa and her friends trip to Grampy Rabbit’s Dinosaur Park. There are buttons to press to make snorts, roars and even a song at the end. Your toddler will love this book but it might give you a headache after a while.

16. Mr Daydream

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Just one of the many Mr Men books available. Mr Daydream takes Jack away from his boring history lesson and they travel all over the world, having adventures and getting into trouble.

17. Ruff

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Jane Hissey’s Old Bear collection really is perfect bedtime reading material. Ruff is the story of a little dog who has never had a birthday, that is until he comes bounding into Old Bears house and the toys decide to give him a whole week of birthday parties. A lovely story full of just as lovely illustrations.

18. There’s a shark in the bath

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Dulcie finds a shark in the bath but her parent’s don’t believe her when she tells them. The story sees Dulcie try and out smart the shark before he and his family eat her up for breakfast,

19. Penguin

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A simple little book about a boy Ben and his new penguin. Your toddler will find Ben’s efforts to get his penguin to talk really funny, will they ever be best friends? You will have to wait until the very last page to find that one out.

20. My Grandpa is amazing

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This is one of four books all about different family members (Mum, Dad, Grandpa and Granny). Leo loves My Grandpa is amazing best because, well, they are aren’t they? To a child, grandparents are just the best thing ever.

21. The smartest giant in town

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I know, it’s another Julia Donaldson book but she is definitely Leo’s favourite author. This story has a fun little song, a friendly giant and lots of talking animals as well. Brightly illustrated by Axel Scheffler, Donaldson’s tales are easily recognisable in any book shop.

22. The dinosaur that pooped Christmas.

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This may have a seasonal theme but if your child loves dinosaurs then this book can be enjoyed all year round. When a little boy gets too greedy, Father Christmas decides to send him a dinosaur to teach him what Christmas is really about, a lesson with very smelly consequences!

Does your toddler love a good book too? Have you got any of these books? I would love to know what your little ones favourite book is.

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  1. April 4, 2016 / 10:08 am

    These are brilliant books and some are favourites of my sons too. Old bear is a book I used to read as a child and still have it. My boys love it to when we read it and more so because mummy loved it as a baby. #bigpinklink xx

  2. April 4, 2016 / 1:23 pm

    It's great that your son enjoys reading. I was pleased to spot a few of my childhood favourites on this list 🙂
    Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes

  3. Katy - Hot Pink Wellingtons
    April 6, 2016 / 8:47 am

    I'm always on the lookout for new books! We have a few on this list, but lots we don't, so some good ideas for me! Thanks #bloggerclubuk

  4. April 6, 2016 / 9:00 am

    Love this list – there's quite a few of my children's favourites on there (they're big fans of Julia Donaldson) but also quite a few that we haven't read yet – will have to try some of these books too.

  5. Louise W
    April 6, 2016 / 5:07 pm

    This is brilliant. We are total bookworms too. You've listed a lot of our favourites & a lot I'm going to have to look up. My kids can recite a lot word for word & I think it gives them the key to such excitement when you unlock the world of books for them. Thanks for linking up with us! #bigpinklink

  6. Savannah Noe
    April 7, 2016 / 1:42 am

    This is so awesome! My 12-month-old is still using board books, but I totally know what you mean when you describe your kiddo as a bookworm. My son can be in the middle of a tantrum, and I pull out a book and start reading and the tears immediately stop, it's so great. These are definitely some books I'll be looking into as we build on our collection! #anythinggoes

  7. Talya - Motherhood: The Real Deal
    April 7, 2016 / 11:28 am

    Wow great tot reading inspiration! Not heard of lots of these but the one I loved the sound of the most was the last one – LOL! Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub lovely x

  8. Lucy O
    April 8, 2016 / 11:54 am

    Love this list…we've got a fair few of them but I particularly love it as I had completely forgotten about the old bear collection…I think my son would love them…feeling inspired to get down to the library now (don't think I could justify adding to his already bulging bookcase just at the moment!). #coolmumclub Lucy at occupation:(m)other

  9. April 8, 2016 / 12:57 pm

    That is so good that he likes reading so young. My boy is nearly four now and can't sit still so never was interested, until recently I bought him a book about trains – like for train enthusiasts! He has to have it read to him every night now! xx

  10. Mudpie Fridays
    April 11, 2016 / 8:46 pm

    We have a fair few of these although there are some I have not come across before – its great getting new ideas as we are a bit book mad in our house. Thank you for joining us at #BloggerClubUK hope to see you again next week x

  11. April 15, 2016 / 6:24 pm

    Aww that's do sweet, I love the Old Bear books too xx

  12. April 15, 2016 / 6:24 pm

    I love that he's a little book worm. Yes, I loved a few of these when I was little too xx

  13. April 15, 2016 / 6:25 pm

    You're welcome, happy reading xx

  14. April 15, 2016 / 6:25 pm

    What a child doesn't love Julia Donaldson? Hope you enjoy the books you haven't read before 🙂 xx

  15. April 15, 2016 / 6:27 pm

    I agree, books are amazing for a child's growing imagination. Amazing your kids can recite books to you, my boy can with a few but he makes up the words he doesn't remember xx

  16. April 15, 2016 / 6:28 pm

    Brilliant you have found a way of dealing with tantrums, so good you just calm him down quickly with a story xx

  17. April 15, 2016 / 6:29 pm

    Ohh no I've not heard of them but they sound right up my boys street. I will keep an out next time we're at the library, thanks 🙂 xx

  18. April 15, 2016 / 6:29 pm

    Haha, trust you Talya!xx

  19. April 15, 2016 / 6:30 pm

    The Old Bear stories are lovely, they always have them in our library so hopefully you'll be able to find some at yours 🙂 xx

  20. April 15, 2016 / 6:31 pm

    Aww I love that he loves his train enthusiast book, that's so cute 🙂 xx

  21. April 15, 2016 / 6:31 pm

    Glad we are not the only book crazy family around :).xx

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