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Best Books for 2-Year-Olds

Welcome to our carefully curated guide to the best books for 2-year-olds to help develop a love of reading from an early age. We’ve put together a selection of books that strike the perfect balance between engaging stories and early developmental benefits, with captivating picture books and magical board books. Join us as we discover the titles that capture the attention and imagination of 2-year-olds, making each story-time a valuable and enjoyable experience for both little ones and their grown-ups!

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If It’s Christmas and You Know It . . .

Written by Katrina Charman Illustrated by Angie Rozelaar
0-2
It's Christmas and it's time to celebrate in this festive sing-along book with sliders! Bring this board book to life as the little children take part in four fun Christmas activities. Pick a tree, bake a cake, sing a song and give a gift - with robust sliders that are…
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Listen to the Four Seasons by Vivaldi

Illustrated by Marion Billet
0-2
An internationally bestselling series of board books with amazing real-life sounds! This brand new title includes replaceable AAA batteries and an exciting 'Look and Find' game on the final page. Press the button, recognise the sounds, then point at the right picture! What do Vivaldi's Four Seasons sound like? Push…
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Let’s Go Home, Baby Lion

Written by Carolina Búzio
2-5
Help the baby animals find their way home in this fun new sliding counter series! Meet lion, monkey, hippo, zebra - four adorable baby animals who are lost on the savannah! With easy-to-use moving parts and four unique tracks to develop hand-eye coordination and concentration, babies and toddlers will enjoy…
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Goodnight Babies . . .

Illustrated by Charlotte Trounce
0-2
The perfect first bedtime book to share with a new baby - with a mirror on the final page! Little babies everywhere sleep softly through the night. So now, my little baby, it is time to say goodnight. Get ready to say goodnight to all kinds of animal babies -…
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Bizzy Bear: Ship’s Captain

Illustrated by Benji Davies
0-2
Five easy-to-use sliders, a rhyming story and lots to spot and say in this series of bright, interactive board books for toddlers! An engaging little story with loads of details to spot and chat about. This story needs YOU! By pushing, pulling and turning the mechanisms, little hands can move…
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Eggs!

Written by Katie Dale Illustrated by Jenny Løvlie
0-2
Can you guess what's inside these eggs? Lift the card flaps to discover all kinds of baby animals! This book encourages children to count the eggs from one to five, while lifting the sturdy flaps to discover some surprising little creatures that hatch from eggs. Illustrated by the Waterstones Children's…
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Where’s Mr Snowman?

Illustrated by Ingela P Arrhenius
0-2
The original, award-winning Felt Flap series - perfect for babies and toddlers! Each title in this stylish series has five spreads with friendly characters to find behind colourful felt flaps. In Where's Mr Snowman?, you're on the look out for Mrs Angel, Mr Gingerbread man, Mrs Robin and Mr Snowman…
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My First Lift-The-Flap Nursery Rhymes

Illustrated by Ingela P Arrhenius
2-5
From Humpty Dumpty to Hey Diddle Diddle, introduce little ones to the joy of nursery rhymes with bright, beautiful artwork and easy-to-lift card flaps revealing a hidden surprise on every page! Featuring 14 favourite rhymes to read together - and a QR code to scan with rhymes to listen to…
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National Trust: Big Outdoors for Little Explorers: Countryside

Illustrated by Anne-Kathrin Behl
0-2
Explore the big outdoors in these action-packed animal board books with sliders on every page. Published in collaboration with the National Trust, this brand new series of board books will inspire a love of nature in even the littlest of animal lovers. With vibrant artwork printed on white board, robust…
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Wish

Written by Emma Dodd
2-5
This brave little wolf has someone special who always wants the very best for him. Daddy wolf loves teaching his little one the ways of the world and, side by side, they make a super team!
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Animal Families: Snow

Illustrated by Jane Ormes
2-5
Exciting series of vibrant neon lift-the-flap board books introducing the concept of family Find out the different names for mummy and daddy animals in the snow - and then lift the big, sturdy flaps to find the babies, with a double flap and peekaboo holes on the final spread! A…
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Axel Scheffler’s Flip Flap Zoo

Illustrated by Axel Scheffler
2-5
Crazy creatures in this bonkers book of zany zoo animals from bestselling, award-winning illustrator, Axel Scheffler What do you get if you cross an alligator with a moose? It's an alligoose, of course! And how about a camel with a hippopotamus? Why, that's a camotamus! With over 121 possible creations,…
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Sing Along With Me! Five Little Ducks

Illustrated by Yu-hsuan Huang
0-2
An adorable Sing-Along board book story, with five robust board sliders - easy for little hands to use! Each board book comes with a free instrumental and vocal version of the nursery rhyme - simply scan the QR code for little ones to listen and sing along! With bright illustrations…
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Peekaboo Apple

Written by Camilla Reid Illustrated by Ingela P Arrhenius
0-2
Easy-to-use peekaboo sliders, a funny rhyming text and surprise mirror ending combine in this stylish and interactive board book for babies and toddlers! With a total of 10 smooth mechanisms to push, pull or turn on every spread this beautiful book is packed full of fun! From Camilla Reid and…
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Meekoo and the Little Nursery

Written by Camilla Reid Illustrated by Nicola Slater
0-2
A charming and interactive board book with five funny sound-buttons to press! Meekoo is going to nursery today and there's just so much to do. All little readers will love to hear the nursery sounds as the children play music, bounce the ball, and even flush the loo! But when…
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Farmyard Friends: Cuddly Cow

Illustrated by Axel Scheffler
2-5
A friendly, rhyming farmyard tale from bestselling, award-winning illustrator Axel Scheffler Cuddly Cow is ready for bed, but she can't get to sleep anywhere! As she visits her farmyard friends, will she find the perfect place to get a good night's rest? Take a trip to the farm with these…
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A Book About Betsy Rabbit

Illustrated by Melissa Crowton
0-2
This cute little park-themed title introduces the concepts of greetings (saying hello and goodbye), opposites and colours. With busy, detailed scenes, lots to point at and name and a straightforward story-arc, this is the perfect introduction to a lifetime of reading.
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National Trust: Who’s Hiding in the Woods?

Illustrated by Katharine McEwen
0-2
A beautiful lift-the-flap board book from the National Trust for little nature lovers everywhere! There are lots of animals in the woods, but where are they hiding and what are they doing? In this charming lift-the-flap book, little ones can pore over the beautiful collaged pages and explore under leaves,…
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Alphabet Street

Written by Jonathan Emmett Illustrated by Ingela P Arrhenius
2-5
There's so much to discover in this ingenious little book! Read the story, lift the flaps, enjoy the funny rhyming text, learn the letters of the alphabet and, then, when you're finished, flip the book and have fun with the playscene on the reverse!
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Lois Looks for Bob at Home

Illustrated by Gerry Turley
0-2
A brilliant board book series with bright artwork, big flaps to lift and quirky retro names to get babies, toddlers, and their adults laughing along! This is Lois. She's looking for Bob. Is Bob behind the guitar? No, that's Clifford! He's munching on a crunchy carrot!' Little readers will love…
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What Does An Anteater Eat?

Written by Ross Collins
2-5
This absurdly funny story, from the bestselling and award-winning author and illustrator, Ross Collins, will have children rolling with laughter. Anteater is hungry, but he has completely forgotten what anteaters actually eat! Baffled and with his tummy rumbling, he consults the other animals. But Sloth is too busy, Toucan is…
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British Museum: Colours

Written by Nosy Crow Ltd
0-2
With amazing objects from the British Museum, this first colours book is a treat for curious little ones! This series of captivating board books encourages children to engage with early learning concepts. Part of Nosy Crow's list of publishing in collaboration with the British Museum, these stunning photographic board books…
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British Museum: 123

Written by Nosy Crow Ltd
2-5
With amazing objects from the British Museum, this first counting book is a treat for curious little ones! This series of captivating board books encourages children to engage with early learning concepts. Part of Nosy Crow's list of publishing in collaboration with the British Museum, these stunning photographic board books…
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The Big Bug Log

Written by Nosy Crow Ltd Illustrated by Sebastien Braun
2-5
Little Bugsy has come to visit his grandparents in the Big Bug Log, but he's not quite sure how to find his way to their house. With the reader's help - solving puzzles, following mazes and looking behind the flaps - Bugsy follows the right path all the way to…
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Bizzy Bear: DIY Day

Written by Nosy Crow Ltd Illustrated by Benji Davies
0-2
Bizzy Bear has a very special DIY project planned and he needs lots of tools, and help, to do the job. Young children will love helping Bizzy, Eric, Ralph and Freddy measure, hammer, saw and paint. But whatever can they be making?
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