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Best books for 3-year-olds

Everybunny Dance!

When children reach three, they can often follow slightly longer stories but they will still love listening to their old favourites again and again - they might even be able to retell them to you! 

Here are some picture books we think would be perfect for storytime with your 3-year-old.

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  • Almost Anything

    Author: Sophy Henn

    Interest level: 2-5

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  • Almost Anything

    Author: Sophy Henn

    Interest level: 2-5

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    Sophy Henn has the perfect touch when it comes to tapping into childhood emotions and readers both young and old will relate to Ge…

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  • Blue Penguin

    Author: Petr Horacek

    Interest level: 3-5

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  • Blue Penguin

    Author: Petr Horacek

    Interest level: 3-5

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    Blue Penguin wants to belong. But how does he convince the other penguins that he is just like them? A touching story about friend…

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  • Eat Your People!

    Author: Lou Kuenzler Illustrator: David Wojtowycz

    Interest level: 3-5

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  • Eat Your People!

    Author: Lou Kuenzler Illustrator: David Wojtowycz

    Interest level: 3-5

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    Dinnertimes can be difficult in any household - even Monster households. Bright, bold and childlike illustrations accompany this e…

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  • Everybunny Dance!

    Author: Ellie Sandall

    Interest level: 2-5

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  • Everybunny Dance!

    Author: Ellie Sandall

    Interest level: 2-5

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    As a group of exuberant bunnies dance, sing, make music and generally have lots of fun, a fox watches them from afar. The rhyming …

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  • Lost and Found

    Author: Oliver Jeffers

    Interest level: 3-5

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  • Lost and Found

    Author: Oliver Jeffers

    Interest level: 3-5

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    Once there was a sad, lonely penguin who appeared at the door of a young boy. The boy decided he must be lost, so he set off to fi…

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  • Pants

    Author: Giles Andreae Illustrator: Nick Sharratt

    Interest level: 1-5

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  • Pants

    Author: Giles Andreae Illustrator: Nick Sharratt

    Interest level: 1-5

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    From hairy pants, scary pants and fairy pants, to loose pants, tight pants and lighting up at night pants, this must-have picture …

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  • The Gruffalo

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Axel Scheffler

    Interest level: 1-5

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  • The Gruffalo

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Axel Scheffler

    Interest level: 1-5

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    In this much-loved picture book, a little mouse walks through the woods and encounters a fox, an owl and a snake.

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  • You Choose!

    Author: Pippa Goodhart and Nick Sharratt

    Interest level: 3-7

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  • You Choose!

    Author: Pippa Goodhart and Nick Sharratt

    Interest level: 3-7

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    Create your own story with this brilliant interactive book full of detailed, colourful illustrations.

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