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The Best Read-Aloud Books for 3-Year-Olds

Explore some of the best read-aloud books for 3-year-olds in this curated book list. These carefully selected story books feature engaging stories, colourful pictures and lots of fun! Read-aloud books are a magical way to connect with your little one, fostering a love for storytelling and language development from an early age. Explore these engaging read-aloud stories, designed to transform story time into an exciting journey for little listeners of preschool age!

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A House for Christmas Mouse

Illustrated by Rebecca Harry
2-5
A touching tale about a little mouse with a big heart, featuring festive silver foil on every page! Mouse is very excited for Christmas, but first she needs to find a home to spend it in! On her way through Treetop Forest, she meets Fox, Bunny and Bear, all in…
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Snow Bunny’s Christmas Show

Illustrated by Rebecca Harry
2-5
A touching tale about a little bunny with a big heart, featuring sparkly silver foil on every page! Snow Bunny and her friends are putting on a Christmas show. Finally, the stage is set and Snow Bunny has helped Bear, Mouse and Fox with their acts, but - oh dear!…
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Pip and Posy: Snow Coaches

Written by Pip and Posy
2-5
A brand-new, snowy picture book based on the award-winning animated series produced by Magic Light Pictures. Pip and Posy are excited to spend the day sledging as fast as they can down the snowy slopes! They both think their way is the best way to sledge as fast as possible!…
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When a Dragon Loves Christmas

Written by Caryl Hart Illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw
2-5
A delightful rhyming picture book perfect for any little dragon getting ready to celebrate Christmas! This festive addition to the When a Dragon . . . series by award-winning creators Caryl Hart and Rosalind Beardshaw is full of recognisable pre-school behaviour. When it's time to celebrate Christmas, does a dragon…
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D is for Dog

Written by Em Lynas Illustrated by Sara Ogilvie
2-5
Bound into this playful and energetic rhyming text featuring an adorable cast of dogs. Whether it's getting marvellously muddy, leaping and lolloping or hiding under the bed with a stolen slipper, a dog's life is so much FUN. This hilarious alphabet celebration of canine capers is perfect for dog lovers…
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This is NOT a Polar Bear!

Written by Barry Timms Illustrated by Ged Adamson
2-5
Get ready for fun, games and BIG bear hugs with a fabulous new friend! This book is NOT about a polar bear. Well . . . OK, maybe it is! But this polar bear can drive a train, roller skate, disco dance and even save the world. And there's one…
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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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When I Became Your Sister

Written by Susannah Shane Illustrated by Britta Teckentrup
2-5
  A heart-warming picture book about the love between siblings, featuring shimmering gold foil on every page! Whether they're adventuring in the forest, sharing berries, or wishing on shooting stars, there's nothing this little raccoon cub loves more than spending time with their big sister. With a gentle rhyming text…
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I’m Going to Be a Princess

Written by Stephanie Taylor Illustrated by Jade Orlando
2-5
A warm and witty celebration of the lives of amazing Black women. What will Maya be when she grows up? A rocket scientist like Annie Easley? An Olympic athlete like Alice Coachman? A brain surgeon like Alexa Canady? In this heart-warming and funny story, Maya discovers the achievements of some…
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Hubble Bubble, Granny Trouble: Three Magical Books in One!

Written by Tracey Corderoy Illustrated by Joe Berger
2-5
A triple helping of magic and mayhem with three hilarious Halloween picture books: Hubble Bubble Granny Trouble, Spells-a-Popping Granny's Shopping and Whizz Pop Granny Stop! Granny is kind of different . . . she wears strange hats and has a huge menagerie of cats, bats and frogs . . .…
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Nabil Steals a Penguin

Written by Nishani Reed Illustrated by Junissa Bianda
2-5
Get ready for this fast-paced and big-hearted rhyming adventure about a penguin who loves curry! When Pierre the penguin tries Nabil's delicious biriyani rice, Pierre decides to leave the zoo and go home with him! But Nabil will be in BIG TROUBLE if his mum finds out. And Pierre is…
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Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam: Train Trouble

Written by Tracey Corderoy Illustrated by Steven Lenton
2-5
All aboard for an exciting new Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam escapade! When Shifty and Sam are asked to bake on board the Pawrient Express, travelling to Venice for Carnival night, they find themselves caught up in a robbery. A sneaky thief has stolen the posh passengers' gems and she's…
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Never, Ever, Ever Ask a Pirate to a Party

Written by Clare Helen Welsh Illustrated by Anne-Kathrin Behl
2-5
Get ready for a fantastical birthday party adventure featuring a dinosaur, dragon, unicorn, pirate . . . and a spaceship full of aliens! If you want the perfect party, never, ever, ever invite this crowd of chaotic guests! The unicorn will demand sparkles and bubbles, the dragon will set fire…
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The Quickest Bedtime Story Ever!

Written by Louise Fitzgerald Illustrated by Kate Hindley
2-5
The speediest bedtime story you will ever read - it's only ten words long! Welcome to the quickest bedtime story ever! Your little one will be asleep in seconds. But wait! There are a couple of things you must do first. Have you plumped up the pillows? And colour-co-ordinated the…
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Make Tracks: Building Site

Illustrated by Johnny Dyrander
2-5
Get to know things that go in these action-packed board books featuring sliding counters! Discover different building site vehicles in this series of interactive board books with easy-to-use moving parts. Learn vehicle vocabulary with simple first words, clear diagrams and helpful text prompts to encourage discussion. Then trace the transport…
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Special Delivery

Written by Polly Faber Illustrated by Klas Fahlén
2-5
Special Delivery: A Book's Journey Around the World is a beautifully illustrated guide following the journey of one book across the globe, from a printing press in a factory far, far away, over land and across the sea, to the hands of a young boy. With stylish, contemporary artwork from…
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Pip and Posy: The Bug Hotel

Written by Nosy Crow Ltd
2-5
A brand-new picture book based on the TV animation series. Jamila is making a bug hotel for her mini friends. Pip and Posy want to help too. But will they remember to be nice and quiet, so that they don't scare the garden visitors away? In this picture book, based…
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The Goat and the Stoat and the Boat

Written by Em Lynas & Matt Hunt
2-5
A raucous, rhyming tale that will have children (and adults) in fits of laughter! Stoat is playing in his favourite boat when suddenly Goat comes bounding in! Chaos ensues as an angry Stoat tries to chase Goat out of his boat. But before long, Goat and Stoat's lively antics make…
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Everything Possible

Written by Fred Small Illustrated by Alison Brown
2-5
A joyful and inclusive lullaby about love, acceptance and following your heart . . . Strong and bold, or quiet and kind, every child is unique and their future filled with possibilities. Based on Fred Small's iconic folk song that became an anthem for generations, and marking its 40th anniversary,…
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Grandpa and the Kingfisher

Written by Anna Wilson Illustrated by Sarah Massini
2-5
Life-affirming and lyrical, this beautiful picture book celebrates the awesome power of nature, while gently introducing young children to the concept of life and death. Over the course of a year, a young child and their dog watch kingfishers by the river with Grandpa. As spring turns to summer and…
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Marvellous Margot

Written by Lou Peacock Illustrated by Ingela P Arrhenius
2-5
Have you met Margot? She is cheerful, helpful and kind - the very best kind of friend! It's a marvellous day in the big city. The sky is blue, the sun is shining, and Margot has made a delicious cake for her best friend, Oscar! Margot takes her little red…
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The Bear, the Book and the Blanket

Written by Lou Peacock Illustrated by Ged Adamson
2-5
A sweet and comical story about the three things a baby needs for the perfect bedtime! What do you need for the perfect bedtime? A beloved bear, book and blanket, of course! Join in the fun with ten enthusiastic and energetic bunnies as they try to find the special things…
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Frank and Bert: The One Where Bert Learns to Ride a Bike

2-5
The hilarious fox and bear double act from bestseller Chris Naylor-Ballesteros is back for a second adventure in the Nottingham Children's Book Award winning series! Bert is CERTAIN he can ride his bike as well as Frank, but he is very wobbly! And even when they BOTH try riding Frank's…
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We Disagree About This Tree

Written by Ross Collins
2-5
A fantastically funny festive story about the Bear and Mouse who ALWAYS disagree from the award-winning Ross Collins, creator of the bestselling There's a Bear in My Chair. Bear and Mouse have finally overcome their differences and are living together in perfect harmony . . . until it's time to…
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Father Christmas and the Three Bears

Written by Lou Peacock Illustrated by Margarita Kukhtina
2-5
A fun and festive Christmas fairy-tale adventure. It's Christmas Eve and Father Christmas has fallen asleep at the Three Bears' cottage but NOTHING will wake him. It's up to Baby Bear and the Fairy-Tale Rescue Rangers to deliver the last presents so EVERY child gets a gift. But how will…
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Ruffles and the Cosy, Cosy Bed

Written by David Melling
2-5
Ruff! Ruff! Meet Ruffles, the playful puppy who faces all the tricksy troubles of pre-school life in this new picture book series from bestselling author and illustrator David Melling. Just like every preschooler, Ruffles the puppy experiences all the ups and downs of daily life as he learns about the…
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I Remember

Written by Jeanne Willis Illustrated by Raquel Catalina
2-5
A poignant story full of love and gentle humour to help young children understand dementia. George's granny is quite forgetful. Sometimes, she can't even remember George's name. But George doesn't mind. Together they play in the garden, dance, and share chocolate biscuits. Granny might not always remember the little things,…
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Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam: Pirates Ahoy!

Written by Tracey Corderoy Illustrated by Steven Lenton
2-5
The detective dogs are back for a swashbuckling pirate adventure! Shifty and Sam have swapped their life of crime for a career in cupcakes. But when they're asked to bake for a pirate party, they find themselves caught up in the middle of a robbery. Uh-oh! Captain Sharpwhiskers and his…
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The Elephant Detectives

Illustrated by Ged Adamson
2-5
A charming, funny adventure about missing elephants and finding friends. It's the perfect kind of day until Alan's elephant goes missing! Lucky for him, Edie's an Elephant Detective and she knows exactly where to look. Together they examine doughnut shops, investigate dinosaur bones, and search the skies from a cable…
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This is NOT a Dinosaur!

Written by Barry Timms Illustrated by Ged Adamson
2-5
Prepare for a hilarious adventure with the funniest dinosaur you've EVER seen! This book is NOT about a dinosaur! Well, not any old dinosaur. THIS dinosaur can become the most amazing things - a footballer, pirate, deep-sea diver, knight, magician and even a hairdresser! Having a dinosaur for a friend…
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Granny Came Here on the Empire Windrush

Written by Patrice Lawrence Illustrated by Camilla Sucre
2-5
This heart-warming and heartfelt debut picture book from multi-award-winning author, Patrice Lawrence, will help ensure that the struggles and achievements of the Windrush generation are never forgotten. One day, Ava is asked to dress as an inspirational figure for assembly at school, but who should she choose? Granny suggests famous…
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Ruffles and the New Green Thing

Written by David Melling
2-5
Ruff! Ruff! Meet Ruffles, the playful puppy who faces all the tricksy troubles of preschool life in this brightly coloured new picture book series. There's a new green thing in Ruffles' bowl and he does NOT like it. Not. One. Little. Bit. But look! Ralph has come to play. Ruffles…
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Rabbit’s Pancake Picnic

Written by Tegen Evans Illustrated by Paula Bowles
2-5
A sweet and funny picture book about friendship - perfect for Pancake Day. Pancake recipe included! It's finally the day of Rabbit's pancake picnic! She's going to make the pancakes all by herself . . . but she can't find her recipe book. Bother! Rabbit decides to try to remember…
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Happy

Written by Emma Dodd
0-2
A heart-melting animal story from Emma Dodd. Little owl loves playing games, trying new things and singing, but what makes little owl happiest of all? Why, when he cuddles close with his mummy and whispers, "I love you". Featuring a tenderly-told rhyming text and heartwarming illustrations. Exploring the loving relationship…
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Charlie Chooses

Written by Lou Peacock Illustrated by Nicola Slater
2-5
A funny, reassuring picture book about dogs, tricky choices and friendship - with artwork by bestselling illustrator Nicola Slater! Charlie does NOT like to choose. He can't make up his mind between chocolate or vanilla ice cream, stripy or spotty underpants . . . or whether he wants the lights…
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When a Dragon Meets a Baby

Written by Caryl Hart Illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw
2-5
A delightful, rhyming picture book that's perfect for any little dragon who is about to become a big sister or brother. This charming follow-up to When a Dragon Comes to Stay and When a Dragon Goes to School is full of recognisable pre-school behaviour, and deals with all those tricky…
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This is NOT a Unicorn

Written by Barry Timms Illustrated by Ged Adamson
2-5
Get ready for a magical and hilarious adventure about the most fantastic unicorn EVER! This book is NOT about a unicorn! Well . . . OK, maybe it is! But THIS unicorn has a horn that can turn into the most incredible things - a magic wand, a helicopter, even…
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A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes and Poems

Illustrated by Frann Preston-Gannon
2-5
Explore an enchanting world of 101 nursery rhymes, poems and songs, illustrated by Frann Preston-Gannon, illustrator of I Am the Seed That Grew the Tree, which won Waterstones Children's Gift of the Year. This is the fourth title in the Nosy Crow Classics series, which includes The Velveteen Rabbit, Peter…
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Wanda’s Words Got Stuck

Written by Lucy Rowland Illustrated by Paula Bowles
2-5
A magic-filled rhyming picture book, perfect for any child who feels anxious about talking. Wanda the witch is so shy she can't talk! No matter how hard she tries, the words won't come out. But when another nervous little witch called Flo joins her class, it seems that Wanda's not…
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What Are Little Girls Made of?

Written by Jeanne Willis Illustrated by Isabelle Follath
2-5
Award-winning author, Jeanne Willis, revamps all the favourite Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes. Think you know your favourite classic nursery rhymes? Read this picture book and think again! In this witty reworking of popular nursery rhymes, Georgie Porgie doesn't dare to make the girls cry, Little Bo-Peep's sheep are all present…
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Super Milly and the Super School Day

Written by Stephanie Clarkson Illustrated by Gwen Millward
2-5
On Superhero Day, Super Milly helps out her school friends with the best superpower of all . . . her super-kindness! It's Superhero Day at school, and Super Milly can't wait to wow everyone with her costume and amazing powers! The only problem is she can't actually fly, climb buildings…
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When a Dragon Goes to School

Written by Caryl Hart Illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw
2-5
The perfect book for any little dragon (or child) getting ready to start school or nursery! This delightful rhyming follow-up to When a Dragon Comes to Stay by award-winning picture book creators Caryl Hart and Rosalind Beardshaw is full of recognisable pre-school behaviour. When a dragon goes to school, will…
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Octopus Shocktopus!

Written by Peter Bently Illustrated by Steven Lenton
2-5
A brilliantly bonkers story about an octopus who lives on the roof, by two award-winning and bestselling picture book creators. When a giant octopus arrives, the children LOVE their new friend; it makes the perfect slide and is fantastic at football! But some of the grown-ups aren't so pleased. Will…
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Bad Cat!

Written by Nicola O'Byrne
2-5
It's not easy saying sorry, and this hilarious picture book about manners proves just how hard it can be. Fluffykins is a lovely cat, isn't he? Just look at him. He wouldn't do anything naughty . . . would he? But what's this? He's knocked over the flowers, tangled up…
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Mr Brown’s Bad Day

Written by Lou Peacock Illustrated by Alison Friend
2-5
A terrifically funny tale about a tiger's very unlucky day! Mr Brown is a Very Important Tiger who works in a Very Important Office. He carries a Very Important Briefcase and does Very Important Things all day long. But when his Very Important Briefcase goes missing, Mr Brown's world is…
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The Best Kind of Bear

Written by Greg Gormley Illustrated by David Barrow
2-5
A humorous and heartfelt picture book by the brilliant Greg Gormley and David Barrow, with gentle messages of inclusion, friendship and the importance of being yourself! When Nelly asks Bear what kind of bear he is, he isn't entirely sure how to answer. So off he goes to find out…
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Heidi

Written by Jeanne Willis Illustrated by Briony May Smith
2-5
The beloved childhood classic by Johanna Spyri is now available in a sumptuous new gift book edition with beautiful new art. When five-year-old orphan Heidi is sent to live in the Swiss Alps with grumpy Grandpa, the rest of the village take pity on her. But Heidi soon discovers that…
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Nuts

Written by Lou Peacock Illustrated by Yasmeen Ismail
2-5
An utterly nutterly book all about sharing! When a little squirrel finds a big pile of nuts, he is VERY excited! But soon he is joined by another squirrel . . . and this squirrel thinks the nuts belong to HER. And when Mouse, Bear and Badger get involved, well,…
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The Princess and the Shoe

Written by Caryl Hart Illustrated by Sarah Warburton
2-5
This sporty re-imagining of Cinderella is the perfect picture book for any princess (or prince) who prefers muddy trainers to glass slippers. Princess Jasmine is not like her stepsisters. She hates long dresses and sitting still and would much rather take part in the big cross-country race. So, when a…
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Suzy Orbit, Astronaut

Written by Ruth Quayle Illustrated by Jez Tuya
2-5
A humorous, inspirational picture book that shows how determination and resourcefulness can save the day! When Suzy Orbit and her boss, Captain Gizmo, hear that aliens have been spotted near their space station, they must act fast! But Captain Gizmo has no batteries for his space pod, his swanky new…
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