Looking for children’s books for 3 year olds? This comprehensive list includes 52 books to read with your child, perfect for the whole year!
Your 3 year old likely enjoys reading—no surprise there. In fact, a kindergartener’s interest in reading a book outside of school is 100%. But by fourth grade, that interest drops to 54%. That’s almost half. What changes in fourth grade?
Parents stopped reading to their kids.
At some point, your child won’t “need” you to read to her. When she can read every word in a book, you might assume that the next logical step is to leave reading to her. Almost like it’s potty training—once she masters it, she’ll no longer need your help.
But that’s not the case with reading aloud. The more you read to her, especially at a young age, the longer her interest in reading will hold. She’ll associate reading with something special and positive.
So here’s a challenge I’d like to extend to you: Read aloud to your child. Even when she gets to the age where she can read every word in the book, keep reading to her. She’ll love the bonding experience of sitting next to you, hearing your voice.
52 children’s books for 3 year olds
Around 3 years old, my kids entered that neat stage of reading where they’re able to comprehend story lines. They move from simple baby books to those with more complex words and clear stories to remember.
I’ve compiled 52 books a 3 year old would love to read. It’s surprisingly tricky to find books that fit this age. You want the books to be hard enough to challenge your child, but not too difficult that she loses interest.
These 52 books fit that criteria. And they’re also books kids love and enjoy. In fact, check out what fellow mom Lexi had to say about the list:
“Hi Nina! I loved this list. My child is heading into 3 and loves reading. This was super helpful because it gives me an idea as to what he might like! Thank you!” -Lexi
And why 52? I like preparing for the year with 52 books I recommend, one for each week. Think of it as your weekly guide to fantastic books your 3 year old would love to read. So take a look at these amazing reads for a year’s worth of reading material for your little one:
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Source: The Read Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease
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