We want to be transparent: Think Differently About Kids may earn a commission when you purchase through our links.
Most parents know that finding good books for 2 year olds can be a challenge. Their attention spans are short, and they might not be ready for longer stories yet. But don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. We’ve put together a list of the best books for 2 year olds that will keep them entertained and engaged.
From colorful picture books to interactive books, there’s something for every child on this list. There are some classics but also some books that try to teach and educate even at this young age with a deeper message. So don’t wait any longer – get started reading these great books to your little one today!
Kindness Starts With You
This is a great book for any 2 year old and really any young kid. You can teach concepts of kindness, inclusion, and respect in a simple language. Can it ever be too early to teach children important values? We don’t think so.
Oh Dear!: A Farm Lift-the-Flap Book
This board book by the same creator of “Dear Zoo” let’s children lift the flaps and discover the farm animals underneath hiding. It is sure to be hit among little toddlers as it engages them to interact with the book and not only look at pictures and hear a story.
I Love You to the Moon and Back
A cute book with beautiful pictures and nice story to show the love of parents and kids. It makes a nice gift for any parent with really young kids. This one is also nice for a bedtime story.
There’s a Bear on My Chair
Written in simple language for kids to understand, with this book you can show how it can frustrating when you have to share something. Many children love this book and laugh at the story.
Grandma Loves You!
This is probably the best book for a grandma to gift to their grandchild. Read this book to your little ones and they will love it. It is super sweet and will remind the child of grandma no matter how far she lives. It is short and simple and the illustrations are great, too.
Maybe it will be your grandchild’s new favorite book? It can definitely be a great good night story when getting ready for bed.
A Collection of Stories for 2 Year Olds
If you’re looking for a birthday present for a year old, this is a perfect option. It has 3 short stories (Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Muddypaw’s New Friends, Three Little Pigs) and some nice nursery rhymes.
Baby University ABC’s Board Book Set
If you want some books in your collection to teach two year olds STEM topics from a young age this might be the set to get. Young readers can grow with them as they understand more and more not only the words but connect them to the images and eventually to the descriptions.
Hello, World! Ocean Life
A great introduction to nature, in this book the ocean and what lives in it. It gives you animal names and fact about them, which makes it more interesting. The adorable illustrations are nice and colorful.
There are also other topics in the Hello, World! series.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
A favorite and classic book for many parents is this one for sure. Kids love it, too! It is an interactive book for toddlers with the holes in the pages where the caterpillar has eaten through the food. The colorful illustrations teach your child the different foods.
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
This is another favorite for your two year old by Eric Carle! If you don’t already have it on your book shelf, get it now! Like other books by the same author, they all have great illustrations and children love it.
My New Baby
Your child is going to be a big sister or brother soon? This book is simple for 2 year olds, filled with questions about the new baby as well as pictures that can help prepare your little one what to expect from having a baby in the house: The baby will be drinking milk, it will cry sometimes, etc.
It also opens up more questions your child might have and for you to expand on things that might happen with a baby.
Another parent’s favorite! Having your kid guess what is behind the die cut openings on the pages is fun for everyone. It’s a staple and the best board book for your collection. Few words but engaging for young kids. Board books are great for young children since the pages are so much more sturdy.
My Magical Words
If you’re a fan of positive affirmations, this book is perfect to read aloud to your young children! It is filled with positive “I am” statements. As they get older they can repeat after you and you can practice doing positive self talk. Adults struggle often with this so doing it early on might really help kids.
Never Let a Unicorn Scribble!
A great message of believing in yourself is shown in this book as a little girl and unicorn learn and discover art through scribbles. You can combine it with a drawing session of your own. It is very sweet for any kid interesting in drawing and art.
Save the Ocean
Based on true stories, this book is part of a series of books about saving the earth. This story follows a mermaid and what she experiences and sees in the ocean. It’s a great way to teach young kids about the ocean and that we need to work to keep them clean.
Noisy Baby Animals
Your child can feel and hear the animals on each page. Each animal has a different texture to touch and you can turn the aninmal sounds on or off in the back. Sensory books are great for interaction and keeping the attention of kids.
If your 2 year olds love Disney’s “Frozen“, they will love this counting book with Olaf. It is super cute and simply great so you can even try to count together.
For a 2 year old the best choice is still simple books. And similar to books that you want for your 1 year old, a board book and picture book are amazing at these ages since they can hold the book and easily follow along.
We hope you found a new book for your 2 year old. If you think we should add another book to this list let us know in the comments! We always like to hear what you like.