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10 Wonderful & Unknown Children’s Books for 3 Year Old Girls

Three is a wonderful age where your child will be learning new words each day and be full of wonder. This desire to learn and discover, can be joyously explored through reading. Reading to your child will unlock new vocabulary, as well as being a beautiful bonding activity. A love of literature starts young, so picking out engaging, exciting and inspiring stories at this age will set your child up for a lifelong love of books.

Books That Educate and Amuse

Because 3 year old latch on to new words so quickly, there is no need to feel like you have to teach them rigidly. Let books amuse them, delight them and entertain them. They will pick up words anyway.

Choose a variety of different children’s books to keep their vocabulary rich and varied.

10. ‘How The Sun Got to Coco’s House’ (Bob Graham, 2015)

The sun tumbled end over end. It was caught briefly in the eye of a whale…

The pairing of beautifully poetic prose and atmospheric watercolours make this book one that will be treasured for years to come. Children will delight in following the path of the sun, and will start to think about how the things that they see and experience will be experienced all around the world.

A lovely, warm and affectionate story that is perfect for bedtime reading, and relaxed snuggles.

A magical story about shared experiences.

9. ‘Goodnight Already!’ (Jory John & Benji Davies, 2015)

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I’ve never been so tired. I could sleep for weeks. Months, even.

All Bear wants to do is go to sleep, but his excitable neighbour, Duck wants to hang out. Will Bear ever fall asleep? A warm and witty tale about exhaustion, friendship and learning to look after each other.

Sleep-deprived parents will relate to tired Bear, especially if their little ones have the endless sort of energy that Duck possesses.

The quirky illustrations add even more personality to this lovable pair of characters.

A hilarious story about a grumpy tired bear, brought to life with vivid illustrations.

8. ‘I Want My Hat Back’ (Jon Klassen, 2012)

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My hat is gone. I want it back.

This book will make toddlers squeal with laughter but will also delight and amuse parents and older siblings. This comical tale was made to be shared. The story is told completely in dialogue, and has a cast of delightful characters.

The illustrations have a beautiful bleakness to them that makes this a very unusual children’s book but it typical of Jon Klassen’s work. There is a visual humour that provides an exquisite joke that the bear is blissfully unaware of but eagle-eyed toddlers will latch on to instantly.

A sharply observed and hilarious book with quirky illustrations.

7. ‘Oi Frog!’ (Kes Gray and Jim Field, 2015)

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Cats sit on mats, hares sit on chairs, mules sit on stools and gophers sit on sofas, but Frog does not want to sit on a log!

When it comes to books for kids age 3, you can’t beat something that will make your little one laugh. The slick rhymes and interesting cast of animals make this a beautifully engaging book that is packed with humour and personality.

All of the animals have a special place to sit, but Frog doesn’t want to sit where everyone expects him to and why should he? The catchy words are easy to grasp hold of and recite along with the reader. This is a book that the whole family will soon have learnt by heart, and will be the source of endless giggles and silliness.

A charming and heart-warming tale about differences.

6. ‘Walter’s Wonderful Web’ (Tim Hopgood, 2015)

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Walter wished that he could spin a perfect web, just like his friends.

This is a delightful tale about a very determined little spider who wants nothing more than to be able to spin a truly perfect web. His friends don’t seem to have any trouble at all, but for Walter every web looks completely unusual.

The lively illustrations and energetic story, will help toddlers to learn their shapes without even realising it. There’s a deeper message about being proud of being different, but it isn’t forced. The whole book is full of sunshine and Walter is a lovable lead.

An interesting and innovative way to learn about shapes (as well as spiders).

5. ‘T-Veg: The Tale of a Carrot-crunching Dinosaur’ (Smriti Prasadam-Halls & Katherina Manolessou, 2015)

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Reginald the T-rex had a fierce and mighty roar! His fierce and mighty footsteps thundered through the jungle floor.

Reginald the T-rex isn’t quite like other dinosaurs. He is huge, strong and terrifying just like all the other T-rex but one startling difference sets him apart. Reginald loves crunchy carrot cake.

Feeling like he doesn’t belong with the other steak-eating T-rex. Reginald decides to go it alone, only to find that life without friends can be quite scary. Things back home are no better, as danger strikes. Will Reginald make it back in time to save his friends and family?

 This is a story about making choices, celebrating differences and how we all depend on one another. The busy, lively illustrations bring each page to life. This is a gently empowering story with a T-rex-sized heart.

A colourful story about a courageous dinosaur who dares to be different.

4. ‘Wanted! Ralfy Rabbit, Book Burglar.’ (Emily MacKenzie, 2014)

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Some rabbits dreamed of lettuces and carrots. Others dreamed of flowering meadows and juicy dandelions.

This is an adorable story all about Ralfy Rabbit and how he is positively obsessed with books. The simple illustrations are fun and full of character, and the story is a lovely adventure which is perfect for budding bookworms.

Ending with the magical discovery of the joys of a library, this story makes the world of books seem even more enchanting.

A funny, sweet, charming tale about one bunny’s love of books.

3. ‘The Fearsome Beastie’ (Giles Paley-Phillips & Gabriele Antonini, 2011)

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On a dark and snowy winter’s night, when folk switch off the bedroom light, from far away, a ghastly noise, wakes up sleeping girls and boys.

Creepy tales are a wonderful indulgence when you are snuggled up safe at home. Luckily this story has a happy ending too, so toddlers aren’t left feeling terrified. This is a highly imaginative tale told by a renowned poet and accompanied by illustration that will enchant the whole family.

Little ones will love being read this story by any adult, but as Granny saves the day in the story, I think this is the ideal book for grandmas to share with their treasured granddaughters.

A spooky tale, with a joyous ending and an adventurous heart.

2. ‘Little Gorilla’ (Ruth Bornstein, 2001)

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Even when he was only one day old, everybody loved Little Gorilla.

This is a tender tale about how your family will always love you, no matter how quickly you grow or how you change. A lovely reassuring story for little ones who are no longer babies.

The beautiful naturalistic pictures and cast of exotic animals make this book a very precious addition to any toddler’s library. Available as a board book too, so tiny restless fingers can explore the pages without the worry of damaging the paper.

A gentle story about how your family’s love only grows.

1. ‘Elephant’ (Petr Horacek, 2010)

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I asked Grandad to play football with me, but he was too busy.

It doesn’t really matter that this little boy’s grandparents are too busy to play with him, because he has the most majestic friend to play with. Elephant is the perfect playmate. This is a delightful story that will spark the imagination in every little reader.

This story celebrates the magic we find in imaginary friends, as well as in books. Petr Horacek is an award-winning author who never fails to capture the wonder of childhood in his beautiful stories. ‘Elephant’ is one of the best books for 3 year old girls out there and Petr’s whole catalogue is ideal for this age group.

Stunning illustrations add a magical touch to this creative tale.


Exploring Words and Growing Imaginations

It is thought that most three year olds learn up to ten new words each day. This is why books for 3 year olds are such a vital resource. The books that I chose are all full of interesting words but they are also rich in story and packed with unusual and eye-catching illustrations.

These books will expand your little one’s imaginations as well as cementing the vocabulary and understanding they already have. I picked a mixture of rhyme-based books, ones that consist purely of dialogue and ones that are story heavy. Featuring humans, animals, monsters and dinosaurs there is plenty in there to entertain, amuse, educate and inspire.

What other great books can you recommend?

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