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Our Top 10 Books For 2 To 4 Year Olds

Here’s our top 10 books for 2 to 4 year olds! If you have a library nearby, most likely you can find these there. Reading books out loud helps kids use their imagination, love books, understand letters have meaning, and it’s the best thing you can do to encourage your kids to read on their own someday! We try to read about 10-15 minutes a day.  More if possible. In reality with short attention spans thats about 2-3 books at a time, about 2-3 times a day. Hope you will love our top 10 books right now!

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When can kids learn to read by themselves?

If you are interested in trying to teach your kid to read, even at 4 or 5 years old, check out my other post How to Teach Your Kid to Read with an easy step by step book. While your kids will learn to read in school, you may find they are excited to learn even earlier if you are up for teaching them how. No pressure all. We have just really enjoyed teaching our son to read.

Our top 10 books right now with a 2 and 4-year-old

Go Dog Go

This book is amazing for teaching prepositions, colors, and ALL kids just love puppies. This may be my favorite book to read out loud to littles.

Are You My Mother

A little bird leaves his nest while his mother is gathering worms and doesn’t know what she looks like.  It’s repetitive which kids love, with great illustration. It’s a classic book with a happy ending.

When I Was Young In The Mountains

My kids LOVE this one.  Gifted to us by my sister in laws, the book talks about simple things in the old days like warming up bath water over a stove and swimming in waterholes and eating grandma’s yummy cooking.

Little Bear

Little Bear just loves his mama and kids seem to like the repetitive language in here.  There are always a few short stories in any Little Bear book, with good photos of what Little Bear is up to.

If You Give A Mouse A Cookie

One thing leads to another and then the mouse is having a party. Of course.

The Little Engine That Could

If your little one likes trains this is a must! The smallest least brave train was the only willing one to pull the dolls and treats over the mountain.  It’s repetitive and I hear my son saying the story to himself in bed sometimes 🙂

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Great for younger kids, even under 2. Short, colorful, and teaches kids about the lifespan of a caterpillar turning into a butterfly!

Ox-Cart Man

The pictures on here make this book SO good.  Kids learn about old-fashioned living and prairie life type adventures in the mountains with their grandparents.


This is a book better for 4 and up.  It’s thick, filled with beautifully illustrated make-believe stories about a world where dinosaurs and humans exist peacefully and help each other.  A lot of the creatures and machines are made up which is so fun. My husband grew up with this book which is how I learned about it!

Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs

A land where food falls from the sky every meal…awesome idea! I loved this as a kid and my kids wanted to read this so much we had to hide it.  But it’s worth having!

What books are in your little library that you recommend? Please let me know in the comments because we do love great books!

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