100+ books to read with two-year-olds

September 2, 2009

[illustration by Sonia O. Lisker from "The End" by A. A. Milne]

You may have wondered how I choose books for us to read. I really have no method other than to go to the library, stare at the shelves, pull out a book, flip through it, and then pick whatever looks good to me. I know that a library shelf full of books might be intimidating to some people, so I thought I would make a list of the books that we have read and loved. That way, you can choose freely from this list and not have to worry about duds!

The books are listed in alphabetical order according to authors' last names. So, you can print this list out, take it with you, and roam the stacks with a little bit more direction. The * next to some of the titles indicate that we own this book.

These are the books Juliet and I have read together this year. I will be constantly updating it, so check back for an updated version!

Books for two year olds:

A
Anno's Counting Book by Mitsumasa Anno
The Dandelion Seed by Joseph Anthony
The Good Bad Cat by Nancy Antle
*Huggly Takes a Bath by Ted Arnold
Milton by Hayde Ardalan
In a Blue Room by Jim Averbeck
*The Fire Cat by Esther Averill

B
Baby Einstein the ABCs of Art
This is the Sea that Feeds Us by Robert F. Baldwin
The Great Blue House by Kate Banks
Gemma and the Baby Chick by Antonia Barber
*Bears on Wheels by Stan and Jan Berenstain
Louella Mae, She's Run Away by Karen Beaumont
Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
Madeline in America by Ludwig Bemelmans
Madeline and the Gypsies by Ludwig Bemelmans
Madeline's Rescue by Ludwig Bemelmans
Bridget Fidget and the Most Perfect Pet by Joe Berger
Flannel Kisses by Linda Crotta Brennan
The Three Snow Bears by Jan Brett
Gingerbread Friends by Jan Brett
The Mitten by Jan Brett
The Umbrella by Jan Brett
Make New Friends by Nan Brooks
Good Night Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
Give Yourself to the Rain: poems for the very young by Margaret Wise Brown
Love Songs of the Little Bear by Margaret Wise Brown
The Golden Egg Book by Margaret Wise Brown
*The Little Island by Margaret Wise Brown
Snow Moon by Nicholas Brunelle
Where Did Josie Go? by Helen E. Buckley
Christmas Cricket by Eve Bunting
Anna's Rain by Fred Burstein

C
*Where Will the Animals Stay? by Stephanie Calmenson
Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother, Too? by Eric Carle
Draw Me A Star by Eric Carle
Little Cloud by Eric Carle
Pancakes, Pancakes! by Eric Carle
Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me by Eric Carle
The Secret Birthday Message by Eric Carle
The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle
The Very Clumsy Click Beetle by Eric Carle
*The Butterfly Alphabet Book by Brian Casse and Jerry Pallotta
*Because Your Daddy Loves You by Andrew Clements
Bruna by Anne Cottringer
Carousel by Donald Crews
Freight Train by Donald Crews
School Bus by Donald Crews
Truck by Donald Crews
*Life in the Sea by Eileen Curran

D
What is This? by Antje Damm
*Secret Valentine by Laura Damon
The Night is Singing by Jacqueline Davies
Grey Mouse by Anke de Vries
Pancakes for Breakfast by Tomie DePaola
Llama, Llama Mad at Mama by Anna Dewdney
A Dragon in a Wagon by Lynley Dodd
Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy by Lynley Dodd
Hairy Maclary, Sit by Lynley Dodd
Hedgehog Howdedo by Lynley Dodd
Slinky Malinki by Lynley Dodd
One Ted Falls Out of Bed by Julia Donaldson
Leo the Lightning Bug by Eric Drachman
No Bows by Shirley Smith Duke
Shoe Baby by Joyce Dunbar
*Gossie by Olivier Dunrea
Pest Fest by Julia Durango
The Three Bears Christmas by Kathy Duval

E
*Are You My Mother by P.D. Eastman
*Big Dog Little Dog by P.D. Eastman
*Go, Dog. Go! by P.D. Eastman
Serious Farm by Tim Egan
Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert
*Pie in the Sky by Lois Ehlert
Oh, No! Gotta Go! by Susan Middleton Elya
Sophie's Trophy by Susan Middleton Elya

F
*Olivia by Ian Falconer
A Pocket for Corduroy by Don Freeman
Corduroy by Don Freeman
Dandelion by Don Freeman
Norman the Doorman by Don Freeman
Earl the Squirrel by Don Freeman
*Quiet! There's a Canary in the Library by Don Freeman
Ocean's Child by Christine Ford and Trish Holland
Sleepy Bears by Mem Fox
Fast Food by Saxton Freymann
Yip! Snap! Yap! by Charles Fuge


G
*Cat Goes Fiddle-i-Fee by Paul Galdone
Elusive Moose by Joan Gannij
Doing the Garden by Sarah Garland
How Many Mice? by Michael Garland
It's Spring! by Linda Glaser
It's Winter by Linda Glaser

H
Red Truck by Kersten Hamilton
My Cats Nick and Nora by Isabelle Harper
Birds in the Sky by Lucy and John Hawkinson
Toot & Puddle by Holly Hobbie
*Angelina Ballerina by Katharine Holabird
A Good Day by Kevin Henkes
Birds by Kevin Henkes
Kitten's First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes
Oh! by Kevin Henkes
Old Bear by Kevin Henkes
Butterfly Butterfly by Petr Horacek
Goodnight Owl by Pat Hutchins
Rosie's Walk by Pat Hutchins

J
He Wakes Me by Betsy James
My Chair by Betsy James
Next Please by Ernst Jandl and Norman Junge
How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers
Lost and Find by Oliver Jeffers
Violet's Music by Angela Johnson
Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
Harold's Trip to the Sky by Crockett Johnson
*Never Talk to Strangers by Irma Joyce
*A Day at the Beach by Mircea Vasiliu
*Apricot ABC by Miska Miles

K
A Whistle for Willie by Ezra Jack Keats
*Over In the Meadow by Ezra Jack Keats
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
The Little Drummer Boy by Ezra Jack Keats
The Beeman by Laurie Krebs
Miss Spider's ABC by David Kirk
The Twelve Days of Christmas by Hilary Knight
Edward the Emu by Sheena Knowles
Gonna Sing My Head Off: American Folk Songs for Children by Kathleen Krull

L
A Hippo's Tale by Lena Landstrom
*The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
Wave by Suzy Lee
*Ten Apples Up On Top! by Theo. LeSieg
Camp Granada by Frane Lessac
Celeste Sails to Spain by Alison Lester
Tessa Snaps Snakes by Alison Lester
One Lighthouse One Moon by Anita Lobel
Mustang Canyon by Jonathan London
*Put Me in the Zoo by Robert Lopshire

M
Princess Penelope by Todd Mack
Rock it, Sock it, Number Line by Bill Martin Jr and Michael Sampson
Ten Dogs in the Window by Claire Masurel
Lottie's New Beach Towel by Petra Mathers
Lottie's New Friend by Petra Mathers
Dreaming by Bobette McCarthy
Fabian Escapes by Peter McCarty
Hondo and Fabian by Peter McCarty
*Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
*Lola at the Library by Anna McQuinn
Baby Bat's Lullaby by Jacquelyn Mitchard
Once Upon a Tide by Tony Mitton
Aaaarrgghh! Spider! by Linda Monks

N
When Autumn Falls by Kelli Nidey
Setting the Turkeys Free W. Nikola-Lisa
*If You Give a Pig A Pancake by Laura Numeroff

O
*Three Little Kittens by Lilian Obligado
Mother Hubbard's Christmas by John O'Brien
Bake You a Pie by Ellen Olson-Brown
When Johnny Comes Marching Home Illustrated by Todd Ouren

P
What Does Bunny See? by Linda Sue Park
The Farmer and the Dell by Kathy Parkinson
Bear's Picture by Daniel Pinkwater
Not a Box by Antoinette Portis
Not a Stick by Antoinette Portis
Daddies by Lila Prap
Q
*Henry's Awful Mistake by Robert Quackenbush
*Henry Babysits by Robert Quackenbush

R
*Good Night Gorilla by Peggy Rathman
May I Bring a Friend by Beatrice Schenk De Regniers
The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds
Ish by Peter H. Reynolds
Cat Skidoo! by Bethany Roberts
The Little Drummer Boy by Kristina Rodanas
John Langstaff's Frog Went A-Courtin' Illustrated by Feodor Rojankovsky
Beach Day by Karen Roosa
Looking for a Moose by Phyllis Root
Ten Sleepy Sheep by Phyllis Root
*We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
Cinnamon's Day Out by Susan L. Roth
Tulip Sees America by Cynthia Rylant

S
Orange by Sarah L. Schuette
Old McDonald by Amy Schwartz
Splat the Cat by Rob Scotton
*Rain Talk by Mary Serfozo
*Dr. Seuss's ABC
*Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
*Oh, the Thinks you can Think! by Dr. Seuss
*One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss
*The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
*The Foot Book by Dr. Seuss
*Cool Time Song by Carole Lexa Shaefer
Sometimes Moon by Carole Lexa Shaefer
The Squiggle by Carole Lexa Shaefer
White is for Blueberry by George Shannon
Up, Up, Up! It's Apple-Picking Time by Jody Fickes Shapiro
Wombat Walkabout by Carol Diggory Shields
Tell Me A Season by Mary McKenna Siddals
Come Along, Daisy by Jane Simmons
Daisy and the Egg by Jane Simmons
Quack, Daisy, Quack! by Jane Simmons
Where are You? by Francesca Simon
Fireflies at Midnight by Marilyn Singer
*Nine O'Clock Lullaby by Marilyn Singer
A Place to Bloom by Loriann Siomades
*We Were Tired of Living in a House by Liesel Moak Skorpen
*But No Elephants by Jerry Smath
*Elephant Goes to School by Jerry Smath
Shiver Me Letters A Pirate ABC by June Sobel
*Never Tease a Weasel by Jean Conder Soule
Water Voices by Toby Speed
Bath Time by Eileen Spinelli
Do You Have a Hat? by Eileen Spinelli
One Seal by John Stadler
Thesaurus Rex by Laya Steinberg
*The Monster at the End of this Book by Joe Stone
*Is It Time for the Party? by Julia Summers

T
How Much Is That Doggie in the Window? by Iza Trapani
I'm a Little Teapot by Iza Trapani
Shoo Fly by Iza Trapani
A is for Annabelle: A Doll's Alphabet by Tasha Tudor
*Mother Goose by Tasha Tudor

U
A Tree is Nice by Janice May Udry

W
Bee Frog by Martin Waddell
*Doctor Rabbit by Jan Wahl
Seeds! Seeds! Seeds! by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace
*Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh
Over in the Garden by Jennifer Ward
Mrs. McNosh Hangs Up Her Wash by Sarah Weeks
Peter, Good Night by Alison Weir
The Adventures of Louey and Frank by Carolyn White
Sailor Cats by Emily Whittle
I Love You, Mister Bear by Sylvie Wickstrom
*Squirrels by Brian Wildsmith
The Twelve Days of Christmas by Brian Wildsmith
Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems
Whopper Cake by Karma Wilson
Betsy's Fixing Day by Gunilla Wolde
One Wish By Frances Wolfe
Where I Live by Frances Wolfe
A Year of Beasts by Ashley Wolff
Baby Beluga Illustrated by Ashley Wolff
The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Audrey Wood
Quick as a Cricket by Audrey Wood
Daisy the Firecow by Viki Woodworth

Y
*Here's a Little Poem by Jane Yolen and Andrew Fusek Peters

Z
We Three Kings Illustrated by Olga Zharkova


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