Top 10 Books for 3 Year Olds 2016

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2016 Best Books for 3 Year Old Children

3 year old girl reading a bookThe list of the top 10 books for 3 year olds includes a mixture that will answer little ones’ big questions, books to make kiddos laugh, keep them interested and enjoying reading – all with colorful and fun pages and subjects.

What’s here: On this page are the ten best books for 3 year old kids for the 2016 spring and summer, based on two factors – overall consumer popularity by sales and high overall consumer ratings.

For shoppers: For each of the books listed on this page, one or more well-known, trusted and safe resources are hand-picked and provided to buy the book online in available formats, and for a great price. (Links to reviews are also provided, where available.)

What’s Here:

1. What Pet Should I Get? by Dr. Seuss
2. First 100 Words by Roger Priddy
3. I Don’t Want to Be a Frog by Dev Petty
4. The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin
5. The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach
6. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
7. The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
8. Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin
9. Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
10. Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle

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1. What Pet Should I Get? by Dr. Seuss

In the #1 spot of the top 10 books for 3 year olds in 2016 – What Pet Should I Get? by Dr. Seuss.

In this Dr. Seuss classic, a brother and sister visit a pet store, both seeking the perfect pet. They can only choose one, but these two siblings have different opinions on what makes the perfect pet. Quirky illustrations and rhymes!

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What Pet Should I Get? (Classic Seuss) by Dr. Seuss (Hardcover)

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2. First 100 Words by Roger Priddy

First 100 Words by Roger Priddy also makes it to a high spot among the best books for 3 year old kids this year.

When your little one has mastered the basics of “mama” and “dada,” this book helps expand their vocabulary. There are 100 words, all with accompanying illustrations or realistic, colorful photographs for picture/word association. The cover is padded for easier grip.

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3. I Don’t Want to Be a Frog by Dev Petty

Hitting third place on the list – I Don’t Want to Be a Frog by Dev Petty.

Frog is the unhappiest frog in the world—or, at least he thinks so. He hates being a frog…a slimy, green, hoppy frog. He wants to be anything else. However, when he meets a ravenous wolf that eats everything BUT frogs, this jumpy amphibian’s views of himself begin to change.

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4. The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin

The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin makes it to the 4th spot among the best books for three year olds this year.

As parents, we want to encourage our kiddos to reach for the stars. We want to create dreamers with big imaginations, but also the hard work and respect to turn those dreams into realities. This book is a quirky, colorful tale about little girls and boys destined for wonderful things.

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5. The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach

Marking its own spot at #5 among the top 3 year-old kids’ books for 2016 – The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach.

What would you do if you came back to a picnic to discover your sandwiches missing? You would ask your friend what happened, of course. In this story, that aforementioned picnic pal weaves an unbelievable tale about a hungry bear.

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6. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Next up on the list – The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.

This book is a childhood favorite of mine that I have loved reading to my son over and over again. Author Eric Carle tells the tale of a very hungry caterpillar, one that eats heaps of delicious, colorful foods to grow plump. Eventually cocooning, he transforms into a beautiful butterfly.

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7. The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt

A returning favorite among books for three year olds – The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt also makes the “best of” list for 2016.

All Duncan wants to do is color and draw. Those are his favorite things—so much so that he uses his crayons every. single. day. One morning, he wakes up to discover his crayons are on strike. They are tired, worn out, and demanding. How can Duncan make them happy?

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8. Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin

Hitting 8th of the top books for kids age 3 – Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin.

Another favorite that I read to my little one on a regular basis. This book is all about dragons. Ones who love tacos of all kinds…but some tacos equal blazing trouble for dragons. Namely tacos with delicious, dragon-luring, spicy salsa.

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9. Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney

Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney is one of my personal favorites on this list. 🙂

If you ever played the “I love you,” “I love you more,” “I love you most,” game with your youngster, then this book is a must-read for you and your babe. In this story, Little Nutbrown Hare and his daddy share their love for one another in sweet, meaningful ways.

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10. Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle

Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle is the final pick of 2016’s top ten list of books for 3 year old boys and girls.

Introducing…Blue! Adorable, reliable, and somewhat clunky, this trusty little pick-up truck is a friend-maker extraordinaire. This trait comes in handy when poor Blue gets stuck in the mud on a mucky, yucky, all-dirt road. His animal friends come to help.

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Update note: This page was modified to reflect current information on 05/09/16.

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