Bestselling Classics Books for 3 Year Olds

Here are the top 30 bestselling classics books for 3 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: Mar 23, 1994
Number of Pages: 26
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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?

“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…”
The New York Times Book Review

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Children’s Books > Animals > Bugs & Spiders

2. Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

by: Dr. Seuss
Release date: Jan 22, 1990
Number of Pages: 56
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Dr. Seuss’s wonderfully wise Oh, the Places You’ll Go! is the perfect send-off for grads—from nursery school, high school, college, and beyond! From soaring to high heights and seeing great sights to being left in a Lurch on a prickle-ly perch, Dr. Seuss addresses life’s ups and downs with his trademark humorous verse and illustrations, while encouraging readers to find the success that lies within. In a starred review, Booklist notes, “Seuss’s message is simple but never sappy: life may be a ‘Great Balancing Act,’ but through it all ‘There’s fun to be done.’” A perennial favorite and a perfect gift for anyone starting a new phase in their life!

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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Poetry > Dr. Seuss

3. Guess How Much I Love You

by: Sam McBratneyAnita Jeram
Release date: Oct 14, 2008
Number of Pages: 24
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“Guess how much I love you,” says Little Nutbrown Hare. Little Nutbrown Hare shows his daddy how much he loves him: as wide as he can reach and as far as he can hop. But Big Nutbrown Hare, who can reach farther and hop higher, loves him back just as much. Well then Little Nutbrown Hare loves him right up to the moon, but that’s just halfway to Big Nutbrown Hare’s love for him.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Rabbits

4. The Christmas Wish

by: Lori EvertPer Breiehagen
Release date: Sep 10, 2013
Number of Pages: 48
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In the tradition of The Snowman, The Polar Express, and the many books of Jan Brett this cozy Nordic tale filled with extraordinary photographs will have readers of all ages believing in the magic of Christmas. This is one to pull out every year and savor.

Long ago, a brave little girl named Anja wanted to be one of Santa’s elves. So she leaves a note for her family and helps her elderly neighbor prepare for the holiday, then she straps on her skis, and heads out into the snowy landscape. From a red bird to a polar bear to a reindeer, a menagerie of winter animals help Anja make her way to Santa. A generous trim-size, matte cover, and foiled title make this a special book for the holiday season.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Mammals

5. They All Saw a Cat

by: Brendan Wenzel
Release date: Aug 30, 2016
Number of Pages: 44
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A New York Times bestseller
?”An ingenious idea, gorgeously realized.” —Shelf Awareness, starred review
“Both simple and ingenious in concept, Wenzel’s book feels like a game changer.” —The Huffington Post

The cat walked through the world, with its whiskers, ears, and paws . . .In this glorious celebration of observation, curiosity, and imagination, Brendan Wenzel shows us the many lives of one cat, and how perspective shapes what we see. When you see a cat, what do you see?

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Children’s Books > Animals > Cats

6. Richard Scarry’s Cars and Trucks and Things That Go

by: Richard Scarry
Release date: Jun 01, 1998
Number of Pages: 72
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The station wagon, the tow truck, the garbage truck and the bulldozer. Every manner of machinery that moves is riotously depicted in this classic favorite. As the pig family head to the beach for a picnic, they encounter every vehicle known, from the forklift to the locomotive, and many vehicles that are not as common, from the pumpkin car to the broom-o-cycle. Each detailed spread provides tremendous opportunity to make up stories and describe situations. Will Officer Flossy catch Dingo? Will Rollo Rabbit catch his runaway steamroller? And with literally hundreds of things to look at, youngsters will spend hours trying to find Goldbug on every page.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Pigs

7. Doggies (Boynton on Board)

by: Sandra BoyntonSandra Boynton
Release date: Oct 11, 1984
Number of Pages: 14
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Count—and bark—with a fun pack of pups in this Sandra Boynton classic.

Serious silliness for all ages. Artist Sandra Boynton is back and better than ever with completely redrawn versions of her multi-million selling board books. These whimsical and hilarious books, featuring nontraditional texts and her famous animal characters, have been printed on thick board pages, and are sure to educate and entertain children of all ages.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Dogs

8. The Monster at the End of This Book

by: Jon StoneMichael Smollin
Release date: May 13, 2003
Number of Pages: 24
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By all accounts, this book is a favorite among toddlers and adults alike. Generations will recall their first time reading along as lovable, furry old Grover begs the reader not to turn the page . . . for a monster is at the end of the book! But, of course, the monster is none other than Grover himself.

A classic, not to be missed.

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Children’s Books > Activities, Crafts & Games > Activity Books

9. Are You My Mother? (Bright & Early Board Books(TM))

by: P.D. Eastman
Release date: Sep 08, 1998
Number of Pages: 12
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A baby bird goes in search of his mother in this hilarious Board Book adapation of P.D. Eastman’s classic story, perfect for babies and toddlers!
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Children’s Books > Animals > Birds

10. The Little Blue Box of Bright and Early Board Books by Dr. Seuss (Bright & Early Board Books(TM))

by: Dr. Seuss
Release date: Aug 07, 2012
Number of Pages: 24
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Hit the road reading with Dr. Seuss! Tucked inside this cute little blue box topped with a plastic handle and secured by a tuck closure are board book editions of the classic Dr. Seuss titles Hop on Pop; Oh, the Thinks You Can Think!; Ten Apples Up On Top!; and The Shape of Me and Other Stuff. Ideal for the holidays, new mothers, and happy occasions of all kinds, this is a literacy-nurturing gift that babies can literally sink their teeth into!
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Poetry > Dr. Seuss

11. Curious George Four Board Book Set

by: H. A. ReyH.A. ReyMargret
Release date: Sep 24, 2001
Number of Pages: 150
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Curious George, the beguiling little monkey, is one of the most beloved of all children’s book characters. Now this collection of four board books featuring Curious George is available in a sturdy, reusable, carry-along box. Brightly colored and suitably scaled for the youngest readers, the books feature art from the original storybooks by H. A. Rey.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Apes & Monkeys

12. Dr. Seuss’s ABC: An Amazing Alphabet Book!

by: Dr. Seuss
Release date: Nov 26, 1996
Number of Pages: 24
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With Dr. Seuss as your guide, learning the alphabet is as easy as A, B, C.  
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Poetry > Dr. Seuss

13. The Sweet Smell of Christmas (Scented Storybook)

by: Patricia M. Scarry
Release date: Sep 23, 2003
Number of Pages: 36
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It’s time to celebrate the sights and smells of Christmas in this classic scratch-and sniff book. Join Little Bear as he prepares for the holidays, all the while giving readers a chance to smell six wonderful scents including apple pie, christmas tree, hot chocolate, and more! This delectable treat is a perfect way for families to spend the yuletide season.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Bears

14. I Wish You More

by: Amy Krouse RosenthalTom Lichtenheld
Release date: Mar 31, 2015
Number of Pages: 40
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A New York Times bestseller!
Some books are about a single wish. Some books are about three wishes. The infallible team of Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld have combined their extraordinary talents to create this exuberant book of endless good wishes. Wishes for curiosity and wonder, for friendship and strength, laughter and peace. Whether celebrating life’s joyous milestones, sharing words of encouragement, or observing the wonder of everyday moments, this sweet and uplifting book is perfect for wishers of every age.
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Children’s Books > Activities, Crafts & Games > Activity Books

15. Penguin Problems

by: Jory JohnLane Smith
Release date: Sep 27, 2016
Number of Pages: 32
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? An Amazon Best Children’s Book of the Year selection
?
“Well-paced, bursting with humor, and charmingly misanthropic.”– Kirkus Reviews starred review

A penguin levels with human readers about what penguin life is really like–and it isn’t all fun and games. A hilarious first collaboration from Jory John (All my friends are dead. and Quit Calling Me a Monster!) and Lane Smith (The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales).
 
Have you ever considered running away to Antarctica? Of course you have! Because it’s a land free of worries and responsibilities! All of your problems will surely be blown away by the icy winds of that lawless paradise! . . . Won’t they?
 
Think again, my friend. This penguin has come to tell you that his life down there is no more a picnic than yours is here. For starters, it is FREEZING. Also, penguins have a ton of natural predators. Plus, can you imagine trying to find your mom in a big ol’ crowd of identical penguins? No, thank you.
 
Yes, it seems there is no escaping the drudgery of your daily grind, whatever it might be. Or perhaps we’ve just learned that grumps are everywhere. . . .
 
Jory John and Lane Smith let us decide. This book is sure to tickle kids’ funny bones and will elicit appreciative sighs from the adults reading it aloud.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Birds

16. Little Mommy (Little Golden Book)

by: Sharon KaneSharon Kane
Release date: Apr 08, 2008
Number of Pages: 24
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THE “LITTLE MOMMY” in this story is an adorable little girl. We spend the day in her charming company as she cares for her dolls, treats their ills, gives them a tea party, feeds them dinner, and puts them to bed. Beautifully illustrated, this book has a timeless feel.
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > Parents

17. The Story of Ferdinand

by: Munro LeafRobert Lawson
Release date: Mar 31, 2011
Number of Pages: 32
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Soon to be a major motion picture!

Ferdinand is the world’s most peaceful–and–beloved little bull. While all of the other bulls snort, leap, and butt their heads, Ferdinand is content to just sit and smell the flowers under his favorite cork tree. Leaf’s simple storytelling paired with Lawson’s pen-and-ink drawings make The Story of Ferdinand a true classic. Commemorate the 75th anniversary of the book’s original publication with this beautiful and affordable 8×8 paperback edition.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Farm Animals

18. Moo Baa La La La

by: Sandra Boynton
Release date: Nov 30, 1982
Number of Pages: 14
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This raucous story about the sounds animals make—including three pigs who say “la la la!”—is just right for reading aloud.

Serious silliness for all ages. Artist Sandra Boynton is back and better than ever with completely redrawn versions of her multi-million selling board books. These whimsical and hilarious books, featuring nontraditional texts and her famous animal characters, have been printed on thick board pages, and are sure to educate and entertain children of all ages.

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Children’s Books > Animals

19. Just Me and My Dad (Little Critter)

by: Mercer MayerMercer Mayer
Release date: Mar 02, 2001
Number of Pages: 24
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A small creature describes a camping trip that he and his father take.
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Children’s Books > Animals

20. Pat the Bunny (Touch and Feel Book)

by: Dorothy Kunhardt
Release date: May 01, 2001
Number of Pages: 20
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The original classic touch and feel book that has been entertaining babies for over 60 years.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Rabbits

21. All by Myself (Little Critter) (Look-Look)

by: Mercer MayerMercer Mayer
Release date: Mar 13, 2001
Number of Pages: 24
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All the many things a young child can do independently are demonstrated, (tying shoes, riding bike, kicking ball), but there is one thing one cannot do alone.
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Children’s Books > Animals

22. Good Night, Gorilla

by: Peggy Rathmann
Release date: Feb 21, 1996
Number of Pages: 32
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A must-have board book for all babies.

Good night, Gorilla.
Good night, Elephant.

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 key in his hand and the mischievous grin?

Good night, Giraffe.
Good night, Hyena.

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

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Children’s Books > Animals > Apes & Monkeys

23. Merry Christmas Mom and Dad (A Golden Look-Look Book)

by: Mercer Mayer
Release date: Sep 10, 1999
Number of Pages: 24
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Mercer Mayer’s very popular character stars in a getting-ready-for-Christmas picture book. Little Critter approaches Christmas with the intention of being a good helper. When he makes a mistake, he has a logical explanation. He couldn’t wrap the Christmas package because the tape got too sticky. He couldn’t buy his parents a present because there were too many toys to look at. He couldn’t put up the tree lights because they were just too tangled. Little Critter means well, but every funny illustration shows him as tangled up as the Christmas lights.
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Children’s Books > Animals

24. Richard Scarry’s Best Word Book Ever (Giant Golden Book)

by: Richard ScarryGolden Books
Release date: Sep 01, 1999
Number of Pages: 70
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Words, words, words! They define everything and kids want to define their world. Richard Scarry’s Best Word Book Ever is frankly the best word book ever!!! From the Bear’s home to the beach, from the airport to the zoo, verbs, numbers, parts of the body, every oversized spread has hundreds of things  to look at, point to, and identify. 

Pigs, cats, rabbits, and bears, all doing what we do every day—playing with toys, driving fire engines, and experiencing life, just like the avid readers of this classic favorite.

In print for fifty years, this book has sold over a half million copies. . . . That’s over a billion words learned by children all over the world. 
Learning has never been more fun!

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Children’s Books > Animals

25. The Poky Little Puppy (A Little Golden Book Classic)

by: Janette Sebring LowreyGustaf Tenggren
Release date: Apr 01, 2001
Number of Pages: 24
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The bestselling picture book of all time!

Five little puppies dug a hole under the fence and went for a walk in the wide, wide world. . . .

The Poky Little Puppy was one of the original twelve Little Golden Books published in 1942, and went on to become the bestselling picture book of all time. The story of a curious puppy, who digs holes under fences and who has to go to bed without any strawberry shortcake, has delighted families for generations. it is, quite simply, an icon. Delightful to read aloud, The Poky Little Puppy is a cherished story that every child should know.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Dogs

26. Ghostbusters (Ghostbusters) (Little Golden Book)

by: John SazaklisAlan Batson
Release date: Sep 13, 2016
Number of Pages: 24
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For over 30 years the original Ghostbusters movie has been giving fans of all ages laugh-out-loud thrills and chills. Now, for the first time ever, boys and girls ages 3 to 7 can enjoy the classic Ghostbusters in a lighthearted Little Golden Book retelling that will introduce them to Slimer, Ecto-1, and, of course, the Ghostbusters!
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Children’s Books > Action & Adventure

27. The Little Engine That Could (Original Classic Edition)

by: Watty PiperGeorge HaumanDoris Hauman
Release date: Jul 31, 2001
Number of Pages: 48
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The story of a train filled with toys and gifts for little boys and girls that breaks down before reaching the children. After asking several passing trains for help over the hill, a little blue train agrees to help the stranded toys. Even though she is small, the blue train tries her best to bring the toys to the children on the other side of the hill.
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction

28. The Mitten, 20th Anniversary Edition

by: Jan BrettJan Brett
Release date: Oct 05, 2009
Number of Pages: 32
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A bestselling modern classic that has been a family favorite for over 25 years.

When Nicki drops his white mitten in the snow, he goes on without realizing that it is missing.

One by one, woodland animals find it and crawl in; first, a curious mole, then a rabbit, a badger and others, each one larger than the last. Finally, a big brown bear is followed in by a tiny brown mouse and what happens next makes for a wonderfully funny climax.

As the story of the animals in the mitten unfolds, the reader can see Nicki in the borders of each page, walking through the woods unaware of what is going on.

In her distinctive style, Jan Brett brings the animals to life with warmth and humor, and her illustrations are full of visual delights and details faithful to the Ukrainian tradition from which the story comes.

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Children’s Books > Animals

29. I’m a T. Rex! (Little Golden Book)

by: Dennis ShealyBrian Biggs
Release date: May 11, 2010
Number of Pages: 24
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A dinosaur book with humor and fun facts—perfect for the youngest dino fans!

“I’m a T. rex!
I ROARRRR and I romp!
I GRRROWWLLL and I stomp!
I’m a T. rex.”

In this brand-new Little Golden Book, a T. rex tells all about his great and terrible self. Facts about the T. rex are humorously presented: “Does the T stand for toothy? Does the T stand for tall? Does the T stand for terrible? I am known as them all!”

The ending reveals a surprise: the T. rex is still a baby in a nest, watched over lovingly by his “great BIG MAMA T. rex!”

This Little Golden Book is illustrated by Brian Biggs, one of today’s most in-demand illustrators. He brings to life the popular Shredderman books by Wendelin Van Draanen.

Author Dennis Shealy is a children’s book editor and the author of the popular Little Golden Book I’m a Truck, illustrated by the award-winning artist Bob Staake.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Dinosaurs

30. The Little Mermaid (Disney Princess) (Little Golden Book)

by: Michael TeitelbaumSue DiCicco
Release date: Sep 23, 2003
Number of Pages: 24
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Ariel is a curious young mermaid. She likes to explore sunken ships, swim up to the surface, and learn all she can about the world above the sea. Children ages 2–5 will love finding out what happens when this Disney Princess falls in love with a human in the full-color Little Golden Book retelling of Disney The Little Mermaid, releasing on Diamond Edition DVD and Blu-ray October 2013!
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > Girls & Women

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