Wow, my oldest son is turning 4 this week! He is amazing in every way and today I’m happy to have him share his favorite preschool books for kids from the past year. Our books for children by age are some of our most popular posts! Let’s dive into the favorite and best books for 3-year-olds.
As I look through the list I notice that his desire for humorous books really blossomed this year. In fact, he has turned into quite the little joke teller. However, he is a well-rounded reader and enjoyed many classics too!
Best of the Best Books for 3-Year-Olds
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My son loves every book he has gotten by Karma Wilson. It’s hard to pick just one favorite, but he decided it should be Bear Says Thanks. Runner-ups included Horseplay, Hogwash and The Cow Loves Cookies.
Another popular and humorous author for this age group is Mo Willems. The Elephant & Piggie books are fantastic and will be some of the first books that your soon to be reader will clamor for. In the meantime, they make great read-alouds. Our all time favorite was There is a Bird On Your Head!
Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas was solely responsible for igniting the desire to want to rhyme. Love when a book encourages pre-reading phonemic awareness skills. Get ready for your little one to rhyme all the time!
In Xander’s Panda Party Xander decides to throw a panda party at the zoo. But, he is the only panda at the zoo so he decides to invite all the bears. When the koala bear informs him that she is a marsupial not a bear, Xander ponders what to do. He decides to expand his guest list and before he knows it, all the animals are invited to the party. Xander is even more delighted when a special guest arrives at the last minute to his party.
Books that required the reader to sing were also a hit this year. We checked out Yankee Doodle Dandy by Hoberman so many times from the library that we really should have purchased it. Other song book picks included, There Once Was a Man Named Michael Finnegan and She’ll Be Coming Around the Mountain.
Truckery Rhymes by Jon Scieszka is a super fun book. Traditional rhymes meet trucks is what you will find. For example, instead of “Pop Goes the Weasel” it’s “Pop Goes the Deisel”. My son recited these rhymes all hours of the day.
Classic titles also dominated many read-alouds in our house this year. Make Way for Ducklings is a delight to read each time. A pair of ducks search for the perfect spot to build a nest. They find a place they love, but it isn’t conducive to building a nest. After the ducklings hatch, they return to that desired location to live.
Another favorite classic was Katy and the Big Snow as well as Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel both by Virginia Lee Burton. In Katy and the Big Snow, Katy is called on, after a large snowstorm, to clear the roads in the town. It’s a tough job, but Katy works day and night to get the job done.
Oh, The Three Billy Goats Gruff has inspired so many fun literacy activities in our house. Almost every time we go to the playground my kids want to act out the story on the bridge. The book also inspired us to make this storytelling sensory bin and wood block props.
Printable List of Best Books for a 3-Year-Old
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