10 Best Books for 3 Year Olds in 2017

best books for 3 year old

While it is true that three year olds still cannot read on their own, we can do a lot of things to help them learn some of the fundamentals of reading and help develop their pre-reading skills which usually manifest around 4 years of age. For this matter, we are sharing with you 10 of the best books for 3 year old boys or girls whether you’re going to read to them or let them scan through the pages themselves.

How We Chose the Books for 3 Year Olds in Our List

Just like our section on the best books for 2 year olds, choosing a book for a child who doesn’t have the faculties for reading yet was especially challenging. For the most part we had to rely on the developmental appropriateness of the book wherein we had to make sure that its content is best suited for the cognitive skills of children of this age. The good thing about children who are already on their third year is that their vocabulary is already rapidly expanding. They already know quite a lot of words and their rudimentary meanings. While they may not yet be able to fully read what is written, we can nonetheless read to them. Because of their more developed cognition compared to a 2 year old, they can now begin to have a clear understanding of the essence of the story.

Additionally, we also had to look at the features of the book. For the most part, illustrations, drawings, images, and other visuals can help convey a particular message. We took these to heart. If the item is able to provide other benefits, then we included this, too.

Bestsellers as well as children’s books that are well-received by parents were included. Of course, the comments and reviews of parents as well as other notable critics were factored into the equation to come up with a more comprehensive evaluation of the titles we have in this list.

The Value of Reading to Our Young Kids

Three year olds cannot be expected to read on their own; not yet anyway. That is why it is imperative that we read to them to help them prepare for this very important developmental task. There are many benefits of reading especially to young toddlers and preschoolers. Chief of these is the bond that is built and nurtured especially when you cuddle your child or even sit beside him or her. This is particularly beneficial for 3 year old kids as they begin to shed their negativistic attitude and begin forming closer and stronger relationships with their parents. Trust is nurtured, if not reestablished, which can become the foundation for your kid’s social development later in his or her life.

Additionally, reading to our young children helps them develop their own language and speech skills. They learn the correct pronunciation of words as well as the meaning of such words in the story that you are reading to them. Three year olds are naturally curious. Whenever they hear a word that is particularly new to them, they will ask you to explain it to them in very simple words that they understand. This is how they grow their vocabulary which ultimately forms the foundation of their language development.

By reading to our young children, we are also introducing to them the different human emotions. Unfortunately, this only works if we are able to deliver the story in such a way that we’re reading it from the heart and not some monotonous babble. This can help build the foundation for emotional wellbeing among our kids.

The Bottom Line

Three year olds may not be able to read yet but this doesn’t mean we cannot read to them. We can use very simple sentences to help them get introduced to the joys of reading. With the help of our 10 best books for 3 year olds, you now can start building your kid’s reading skills.

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Selina Marie
Selina Marie is our head of content for MyKidNeedsThat.com, mum of two and a self proclaimed toy geek. When she isn't juggling the madness at home, on a school run or baking her world famous blueberry muffins, you will find her product researching and keeping the site freshly updated with the latest toys and fun for our readers!


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