The Best Books To Read To Your Two Year Old | World Book Day

In honour of world book day, I’ve listed my favourite books to read to and with my two year old. I’ve always been such an advocate of investing time into reading to your children, it’s so important! I’ve read to Leo since he was a newborn and now he loves books. He could sit at ‘read’ his books for hours and he loves our bedtime stories!

The Snail and The Whale – Julia Donaldson

This is one of Leo’s current favourite books so I thought I’d start with this one. He loves all the pictures in it and the rhyming element to the story. It’s got a beautiful message that no matter how big or small you may feel, you can still make an impact when it counts.


A Sick Day For Amos McGee – Phillip C Stead

We’ve loved this one since he was just a few months old. The message of friendship and good karma is beautiful!

Guess How Much I Love You – Sam McBratney

This book is a great one to read just before bed. For our bedtime stories, I like to fill him with love and positivity before he drifts off to dream land.

The Gruffalo – Julia Donaldson

Hi could we not include one of the best children’s books ever written? This classic from Julia Donaldson will remain within our favourites for many years to come.

The Gruffalo’s Child – Julia Donaldson

The follow up to the Gruffalo, we love this one!

Giraffes Can’t Dance – Giles Andreae and Guy Parker Rees

This story has a beautiful message which shows that everyone is different and everyone learns at their own pace! It also rhymes lovely.

Aliens Love Underpants – Claire Freeman and Ben Cort

Aliens love underpants is a book that always gets us giggling!

Goodnight Digger – Michelle Robinson and Nick East

We love to read this one just before he goes to sleep as our bedtime story, it’s a very relaxing book for little ones. Since he is a car and digger fanatic also, this one always seems to go down a treat!

A Squash and a Squeeze – Julia Donaldson

Another Julia Donaldson classic, this one gets us laughing but has a lovely message to appreciate what you have.

Pop Up Dinosaurs – Fiona Watt

Pop up books are so much fun for a day time read, toddlers always love an interactive story!

Dear Zoo – Rod Campbell

This is a classic story. We have the lift the flap version which he loves! It’s always lovely to get him involved in the reading of the story, even if he can’t read the words just yet!

The Lorax – Dr Seuss

This one is another repeat from last years post but with good reason! The story shows us the importance of loving and respecting our environment and the consequences if we don’t.

The Dinosaur Department Store – Lily Murray and Richard Merritt

This book is fairly new to our collection but we’ve really enjoyed it so far. The quirky illustrations and beautifully written narratives make great, fun reading!

We also love the Large Family books and of course anything Peppa Pig. I could go on all day but these are my top favourites. I hope this helps anyone who is looking for new books to read to their toddler – I know how repetitive it can feel sometimes!



The Best Books To Read To Your One Year Old

If you read one book to your child each day, they will have read 1,825 books by their fifth birthday.

One of my favourite parts of my day is reading to my little boy. It’s such a great time to bond and spend time together at the end of a busy day.

I read a quote online not so long ago that said “if you read just one book to your child each day, they will have read 1,825 books by their fifth birthday”

I love that!

The Gruffalo

A classic, this is Leo’s favourite book! He loves anything Julia Donaldson for the rhyme and the fun throughout!

A Gruffalo? What’s a Gruffalo?


A Sick Day for Amos McGee

This is a lovely short story about friendship and the importance of helping out others when they need it most.


The Very Hungry Caterpillar

I remember having this read to me when I was a little girl so I love now reading this to Leo.


Where the Wild Things are

Leo LOVES the photos in this one, it’s been around for so long but never loses its spark to keep children interested.


The Lorax

Leo loves this because of the rhyming, but I love it because of the amazingly beautiful story each world tells about saving the planet one step at a time, and the consequences if we don’t. I feel that’s very important in this day and age. The story demonstrates how one person can be responsible for the condition of this earth and so we all must take care of it in every way we can.

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.


Guess How Much I Love You

We adore this book, it’s a great one before bed so that your little one knows just how loved they are and they can go to sleep feeling secure and confident.

Then he lay down, close by and whispered with a smile, ‘I love you right up to the moon … and BACK’



I have a Peppa Pig obsessed little boy so he loves peppa pig books! We have 27 Peppa Pig books so far … and counting.

The Very Funny Frog

This is a pop up book and I feel like these type of books always have an ability to make children smile! Although, he does like to rip out the pages!


Hope you enjoyed this post!

All my love,

Becca x