Bestselling Classics Books for 2 Year Olds

Here are the top 30 bestselling classics books for 2 year olds. Please click Read Review to read book reviews on Amazon. You can also click Find in Library to check book availability at your local library. If the default library is not correct, please follow Change Local Library to reset it.

1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar

by: Eric Carle
Release date: Oct 15, 1981
Number of Pages: 32
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THE all-time classic picture book, from generation to generation, sold somewhere in the world every 30 seconds! Have you shared it with a child or grandchild in your life?

Carle’s classic tale of a voracious caterpillar who eats his way through the days of the week and then changes into a eautiful butterfly has been reissued in a sumptuous twenty-fifth anniversary edition with a shiny, silver-coated cover and wonderfully thick, durably pages.
—The Horn Book

“The very hungry caterpillar literally eats his way through the pages of the book—and right into your child’s heart…”
Mother’s Manual

“Gorgeously illustrated, brilliantly innovative…”
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Children’s Books > Animals > Bugs & Spiders

2. The Tale of Peter Rabbit Story Board Book

by: Beatrix Potter
Release date: Mar 01, 1999
Number of Pages: 12
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Finally, The Tale of Peter Rabbit is available in a colorful board book. This generously sized book tells Beatrix Potter’s famous tale of naughty Peter Rabbit’s adventures in Mr. McGregor’s garden. Young children will be enchanted by the simple text and beautiful illustrations, which bring a classic story vibrantly to life. The board book format is sturdy and accessible, perfect for young readers, but adults will enjoy it too for bed-time read-aloud. As a board book, The Tale of Peter Rabbit will captivate children and offer them an early introduction to the world of Peter Rabbit and all his friends.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Rabbits

3. Madeline

by: Ludwig Bemelmans
Release date: Jan 05, 2012
Number of Pages: 34
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Rediscover Madeline, now available in board book format

The story of twelve little girls in two straight lines, the smallest one being Madeline, has delighted children for more than seventy years. Now the beloved Caldecott Honor Book is available in sturdy board book format and a reduced size perfect for small hands. While the text is slightly abridged, none of the charm of the original book is lost as a new format brings this classic title to a younger audience.

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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Poetry > Stories In Verse

4. La oruga muy hambrienta: Board Book (Spanish Edition)

by: Eric CarleEric Carle
Release date: Sep 16, 2002
Number of Pages: 16
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The Very Hungry Caterpillar is inarguably one of the most popular children’s books of all time. Now, here is the Spanish board book version of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, filling an important niche for the youngest of Spanish-speaking children.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Bugs & Spiders

5. Corduroy (40th Anniversary Edition)

by: Don FreemanDon Freeman
Release date: Mar 13, 2008
Number of Pages: 40
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In 1968, a girl named Lisa fell in love with a little brown bear wearing green overalls with one button missing, and thousands of readers followed suit, making Corduroy one of the best-loved children?s books of all time. Now, forty years later, Viking proudly celebrates Don Freeman?s classic with a very special anniversary edition. With an extra-large trim size and special features including an embossed cover and four bonus spreads of never-before-seen materials, this handsome volume is a must-have for any Corduroy fan.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Bears

6. Buenas noches, Luna (Goodnight Moon, Spanish Edition)

by: Margaret Wise BrownClement Hurd
Release date: Mar 19, 2002
Number of Pages: 32
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En una gran habitación verde, arropado en su cama, está un conejito. — Buenas noches, habitación. — Buenas noches, Luna — dice el conejito. Y así sucesivamente, le da las buenas noches a todas las cosas que reconoce en su cuarto: al cuadro de los tres ositos sentaditos en sus sillas, a los relojes y a los calcetines, a los gatitos juguetones y a los lindos mitones. En este cuento clásico de la literatura infantil, adorado por generaciones de niños, la poesía que encierra su texto y la ternura de sus bellas ilustraciones con-vierten a éste en un libro ideal para culminar el día.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Rabbits

7. Winnie-The-Pooh’s ABC Book

by: A. A. MilneErnest H. Shepard
Release date: Jun 10, 2004
Number of Pages: 26
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Learning the alphabet is more fun when the setting is the Hundred Acre Wood. Familiar scenes from the Milne and Shepard classics introduce not only the concepts of letters and words, but also Pooh and his friends. This sturdy board book with an elegant, timeless look has been designed to attract the most discerning Pooh fans and to delight their favorite toddlers.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Bears

8. Good Night, Gorilla

by: Peggy Rathmann
Release date: Apr 13, 1994
Number of Pages: 32
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For a short time, this new larger edition includes a print signed by Peggy Rathmann!

It’s bedtime at the zoo, and all the animals are going to sleep. Or are they? Who’s that short, furry guy with the keys in his hand and the mischievous grin?

Sneak along behind the zookeeper’s back and see who gets the last laugh in this riotous good-night romp. 

The new generous trim size of every toddler’s favorite book is even easier to share. With a warm, funny author’s note highlighting how much this book has meant to kids and families since it was first published and some clever new details hidden in the illustrations, Good Night, Gorilla is the perfect gift for new babies as well as fans young and old.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Zoos

9. Ball

by: Mary Sullivan
Release date: Jan 07, 2015
Number of Pages: 32
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A 2014 Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book

A dog with a ball is one of the most relentlessly hopeful creatures on Earth. After his best little-girl pal leaves for school, this dog hits up yoga mom, baby, and even the angry cat for a quick throw. No luck. Forced to go solo, the dog begins a hilarious one-sided game of fetch until naptime’s wild, ball-centric dream sequence. The pictures speak a thousand words in this comic book-style ode to canine monomania. Ball? Ball.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Dogs

10. Clifford the Big Red Dog

by: Norman Bridwell
Release date: Sep 01, 1997
Number of Pages: 32
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Clifford is a giant dog whose house is bigger than his owners’ – he gets his baths in the swimming pool and occasionally catches the cars he chases. This book introduces the world of Clifford to younger readers.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Dogs

11. Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel: Board Book Edition

by: Virginia Lee Burton
Release date: Mar 06, 2007
Number of Pages: 40
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A modern classic that no child should miss. Since it was first published in 1939, Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel has delighted generations of children. Mike and his trusty steam shovel, Mary Anne, dig deep canals for boats to travel through, cut mountain passes for trains, and hollow out cellars for city skyscrapers — the very symbol of industrial America. But with progress come new machines, and soon the inseparable duo are out of work. Mike believes that Mary Anne can dig as much in a day as one hundred men can dig in a week, and the two have one last chance to prove it and save Mary Anne from the scrap heap. What happens next in the small town of Popperville is a testament to their friendship, and to old-fashioned hard work and ingenuity.
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction

12. The Little House Board Book

by: Virginia Lee Burton
Release date: Mar 16, 2009
Number of Pages: 42
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“Once upon a time there was a Little House way out in the country. She was a pretty Little House and she was strong and well built.” So begins Virginia Lee Burton’s classic The Little House, winner of the prestigious Caldecott Medal in 1942. The rosy-pink Little House, on a hill surrounded by apple trees, watches the days go by, from the first apple blossoms in the spring through the winter snows. Always faintly aware of the city’s distant lights, she starts to notice the city encroaching on her bucolic existence. First a road appears, which brings horseless carriages and then trucks and steamrollers. Before long, more roads, bigger homes, apartment buildings, stores, and garages surround the Little House. Her family moves out and she finds herself alone in the middle of the city, where the artificial lights are so bright that the Little House can no longer see the sun or the moon. She often dreams of “the field of daisies and the apple trees dancing in the moonlight.” Finally a woman recognizes her and whisks the Little House back to the country where she belongs, they will rejoice. For generations, young readers have been delighted by the whimsical, detailed drawings and happy ending.
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Children’s Books > Classics

13. A You’re Adorable

by: Martha AlexanderMartha Alexander
Release date: Dec 13, 2011
Number of Pages: 20
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A You’re adorable
B You’re so beautiful
C You’re a cutie full of charm

D— You’ll be delighted by this delicious trip through the alphabet! Sing along as a lively company of children and assorted pets scamper across the bright pages and through the letters from A to Z. With warm and charming illustrations by Martha Alexander, this popular song of the 1940s has become a captivating picture book for all ages. Complete with the music for the song, A YOU’RE ADORABLE is a ditty for your darling, a song for your sweetheart, a valentine for anytime!

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Children’s Books > Classics

14. Corduroy: Giant Board Book

by: Don Freeman
Release date: May 12, 2011
Number of Pages: 32
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Corduroy has been a children’s classic for over forty years. Now, even the youngest readers can enjoy this story of a bear looking for a home. With a full-sized trim and sturdy pages, this edition is baby – and toddler – friendly, and perfect for the whole family.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Bears

15. The Napping House board book

by: Audrey WoodDon Wood
Release date: Sep 01, 2015
Number of Pages: 32
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“A delightful marriage of words and pictures.” —Los Angeles Times

In the napping house is a cozy bed piled high with a snoring granny, a dreaming child, a dozing dog, a snoozing cat, and a slumbering mouse. All is at peace until the appearance of an unexpected visitor, and before you know it no one is sleeping!

 
This classic, cumulative tale is the perfect story to wake up to. The board book edition is now bolder more beautiful, with enhanced artwork in a larger trim size ideal for reading together. A must-have for every child’s library!
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Children’s Books > Animals > Bugs & Spiders

16. The Gruffalo’s Child

by: Julia DonaldsonAxel Scheffler
Release date: Apr 06, 2017
Number of Pages: 24
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The Gruffalo said that no gruffalo should Ever set foot in the deep dark wood. But one wild and windy night the Gruffalo’s child disobeys her father’s warnings and ventures out into the snow. After all, the Big Bad Mouse doesn’t really exist…does he? The Gruffalo’s Child is the number one bestselling, much-loved sequel to the worldwide picture-book phenomenon that is The Gruffalo. Julia Donaldson’s trademark rhyming text and Axel Scheffler’s brilliant, characterful illustrations combine once more to ensure that the Gruffalo’s Child has followed firmly in her father’s footsteps and that her story is one that children will ask for again, and again…and again! This handy board book format is perfect for younger readers. It features the classic story with a stunning redesigned cover and beautiful finish, making it a must-have for even the smallest Donaldson and Scheffler fans! Also available in board book format and with striking redesigned covers are: The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom, The Snail and the Whale, The Smartest Giant in Town, Monkey Puzzle, Charlie Cook’s Favourite Book, and A Squash and a Squeeze.
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Children’s Books > Animals

17. Jan Brett’s Little Library

by: Jan Brett
Release date: Sep 22, 2003
Number of Pages: 98
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Lively, colorful characters decorate a new slipcase for Jan Brett’s Little Library, home to three favorite board books: The Mitten, The Hat and Gingerbread Baby. This new look is sure to pull in gift-givers who will find this little library the perfect gift year round, especially during the holiday season. It’s the easy, surefire present to give to board book fans and a great way to make future readers of Jan Brett picture books!
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Children’s Books > Animals

18. Travels with the Little Prince (tabbed board book)

by: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Release date: Oct 13, 2015
Number of Pages: 10
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This classic, beloved tale is re-imagined as a beautiful, tabbed board book, with original illustrations and simple text.
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Children’s Books > Classics

19. Curious George’s 1 to 10 and Back Again

by: H. A. ReyMargret Rey
Release date: Mar 22, 2001
Number of Pages: 20
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Help Curious George count ten of his favorite things, first forward and then backward.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Apes & Monkeys

20. Es hora de dormir/Time for Bed (Spanish and English Edition)

by: Mem FoxJane Dyer
Release date: Jun 19, 2012
Number of Pages: 28
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Darkness is falling everywhere and little ones are getting sleepy, feeling cozy, and being tucked in. It’s time for a wide yawn, a big hug, and a snuggle under the covers–sleep tight! “Working beautifully with the soothingly repetitive text, each painting conveys a warm feeling of safety and affection.”–School Library Journal
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Children’s Books > Animals

21. Goldilocks and the Three Bears

by: Jan BrettJan Brett
Release date: Apr 01, 1992
Number of Pages: 40
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Jan Brett’s richly illustrated take on a classic tale—it’s just right!

Everybody loves the story of the curious little girl named Goldilocks, who made herself quite at home in the house of the three bears. Jan Brett’s lavish illustrations for this classic tale, full of details and surprises, gives this edition a special flair. Children will marvel at the enchanted world created herein.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Bears

22. Curious George’s ABCs

by: H. A. Rey
Release date: Jun 07, 2016
Number of Pages: 24
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Read from A to Z along with George in a condensed version of the clas-sic Curious George Learns the Alphabet.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Apes & Monkeys

23. Katy and the Big Snow Lap Board Book

by: Virginia Lee Burton
Release date: Nov 04, 2014
Number of Pages: 38
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Katy the snowplow was always waiting for her big chance to help. But with winters that usually didn’t hold a lot of snow, Katy didn’t have much opportunity to shine. Then a blizzard blankets the city and everyone is relying on Katy for help. This tale from the Caldecott Medal winner Virginia Lee Burton is an enduring winter favorite! Now with large sturdy pages, excellent for reading aloud with little ones. Look for the companion oversize board book Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel.
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Children’s Books > Classics

24. Clifford, el gran perro colorado

by: Norman Bridwell
Release date: Nov 01, 1994
Number of Pages: 32
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Can a dog play hide-and-seek? Not when he’s Clifford, the biggest dog in America. Written entirely in Spanish.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Dogs

25. Curious George and the Bunny

by: H. A. Rey
Release date: Jan 12, 2016
Number of Pages: 24
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Based on a vignette in the classic Curious George Flies a Kite, this story features George finding a hutch of adorable bunnies. He thinks it would be so much fun to play hide-and-seek with one of the baby bunnies, so he lifts it from its cage, sets it on the ground, and closes his eyes. But—oh, no—the bunny runs off, and George can’t find it anywhere! Luckily, Mother Bunny comes to the rescue. This board book with sturdy pages is perfect for little ones who love playing hide-and-seek. The classic artwork of H. A. Rey will make this a favorite to be read again and again.
 
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Children’s Books > Animals > Apes & Monkeys

26. La casa adormecida / The Napping House (Spanish and English Edition)

by: Audrey WoodDon Wood
Release date: Jun 19, 2012
Number of Pages: 32
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In this humorous bedtime story, too many
sleepy people and animals try to fit on one
cozy bed, until the tiniest flea sends them all
tumbling! This beloved picture book by Don
and Audrey Wood is available for the first time
as a bilingual board book.
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > Sleep

27. Meet the Little Prince (padded board book)

by: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Release date: Oct 13, 2015
Number of Pages: 10
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Hello, I am the Little Prince.
 
Bonjour, je suis le Petit Prince.

Meet the Little Prince and read about his tiny planet – in both English and French! This classic, beloved tale is re-imagined as a beautiful, padded board book, with original illustrations and a playful, sweet design.

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Children’s Books > Classics

28. Counting with the Little Prince

by: Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Release date: Oct 13, 2015
Number of Pages: 10
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No story is more beloved by children and grown-ups alike than this wise, enchanting fable. Parents can share this classic tale with their babies and toddlers as it is re-imagined in this beautiful, sturdy board book. The youngest readers will delight in discovering one prince, two sheep, three trees and so on until they reach the final page where they lift the flap for a surprise!
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Children’s Books > Classics

29. Here Comes Mother Goose (My Very First Mother Goose)

by: Iona OpieRosemary Wells
Release date: Oct 06, 1999
Number of Pages: 108
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From the award-winning creators of MY VERY FIRST MOTHER GOOSE, an invitation to the simple joy and the sly humor that are the essence of Mother Goose.

Spread the word—here comes Mother Goose—and with her comes an entire procession of best-loved nursery rhyme characters, including Mary Mary Quite Contrary, Simple Simon, Old Mother Hubbard, Little Tommy Tucker, the Queen of Hearts, and many more. Joining them is an array of colorful folk you may not have met before: Mrs. Murphy, for instance, and My Aunt Jane; Freda the American Beauty, Bonny Bobby Shaftoe, and Dusty Bill from Vinegar Hill—each of them well worth getting to know, as we’re sure you’ll agree!

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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Poetry > Nursery Rhymes

30. Curious George’s Opposites

by: H. A. Rey
Release date: Jun 07, 2016
Number of Pages: 16
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Riding forward and backward on his bicycle and letting pigs in and out of their pen, George, in his typical inquisitive manner, explores opposites in this simple book.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Apes & Monkeys

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