Bestselling Early Learning Books for 3 Year Olds

Here are the top 30 bestselling early learning 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. First 100 Words

by: Roger Priddy
Release date: May 10, 2011
Number of Pages: 26
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Your little one will soon learn some essential first words and pictures with this bright board book. There are 100 color photographs to look at and talk about, and 100 simple first words to read and learn, too. The pages are made from tough board for hours of fun reading, and the cover is softly padded for little hands to hold.

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Children’s Books > Early Learning > Basic Concepts

2. Little Blue Truck’s Christmas

by: Alice SchertleJill McElmurry
Release date: Sep 23, 2014
Number of Pages: 24
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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Little Blue Truck is spreading cheer by delivering Christmas trees to his animal friends. Can you help count each green tree from one to five and back again? Don’t forget to save one for Blue! Beep! Beep!

With the gentle rhythm and signature illustration style that made Little Blue Truck a household name, Blue’s new adventure is full of holiday warmth. Sturdy cardstock pages, a compact and child-friendly text, and flashing colored Christmas lights on the final page come together in a novelty gift book that’s sure to be the favorite treat of the season.
 

 
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Children’s Books > Holidays & Celebrations > Christmas

3. The Day the Crayons Quit

by: Drew DaywaltOliver Jeffers
Release date: Jun 27, 2013
Number of Pages: 40
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The #1 New York Times bestselling phenomenon!

Poor Duncan just wants to color. But when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters, all saying the same thing: His crayons have had enough! They quit! Beige Crayon is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown Crayon. Black wants to be used for more than just outlining. Blue needs a break from coloring all those bodies of water. And Orange and Yellow are no longer speaking—each believes he is the true color of the sun.

What can Duncan possibly do to appease all of the crayons and get them back to doing what they do best?

Kids will be imagining their own humorous conversations with crayons and coloring a blue streak after sharing laughs with Drew Daywalt and New York Times bestseller Oliver Jeffers. This story is perfect as a back-to-school gift, for all budding artists, for fans of humorous books such as Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems and The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Sciezka and Lane Smith, and for fans of Oliver Jeffers’ Stuck, The Incredible Book Eating Boy, Lost and Found, and This Moose Belongs to Me.

Praise for The Day the Crayons Quit

Amazon’s 2013 Best Picture Book of the Year

A Barnes & Noble Best Book of 2013

Goodreads’ 2013 Best Picture Book of the Year 

Winner of the E.B. White Read-Aloud Award

* “Hilarious . . . Move over, Click, Clack, Moo; we’ve got a new contender for the most successful picture-book strike.” –BCCB, starred review 

“Jeffers . . . elevates crayon drawing to remarkable heights.” –Booklist

“Fresh and funny.” –The Wall Street Journal

“This book will have children asking to have it read again and again.” –Library Media Connection

* “This colorful title should make for an uproarious storytime.” –School Library Journal, starred review 

* “These memorable personalities will leave readers glancing apprehensively at their own crayon boxes.” –Publishers Weekly, starred review 

“Utterly original.” –San Francisco Chronicle

tags:

Children’s Books > Arts, Music & Photography > Art

4. Numbers Colors Shapes (First 100)

by: Roger Priddy
Release date: May 10, 2011
Number of Pages: 26
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Your little one will soon learn their first numbers, shapse and colors with this bright board book. There are 100 color pictures which they will love to look at, and 100 simple first words to learn, too. The pages are made from tough board for hours of fun reading, and the cover is softly padded for little hands to hold.

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Children’s Books > Early Learning > Basic Concepts > Colors

5. Where Is Baby’s Belly Button? A Lift-the-Flap Book

by: Karen KatzKaren Katz
Release date: Sep 01, 2000
Number of Pages: 14
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Karen Katz’s adorable babies play peekaboo in this delightful interactive book. The sturdy format and easy-to-lift flaps are perfect for parents and children to share.

“Where are Baby’s hands? Under the bubbles!”

“Where are baby’s eyes? Under her hat!”

tags:

Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works > Anatomy & Physiology

6. Potty (Leslie Patricelli board books)

by: Leslie PatricelliLeslie Patricelli
Release date: Sep 14, 2010
Number of Pages: 28
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A new toddler title charts a crucial achievement. There comes a point in a toddler’s life when going in one’s diaper is only one possible option, and the question must be raised: “Should I go in my potty?”

With pitch-perfect humor and pacing, Leslie Patricelli follows the inner dialogue (sure to have little ones shouting responses) and hilarious actions of everyone’s favorite Baby, winding up with an over-the-top look of surprise and delight that will have both parents and offspring laughing out loud–“I did it!”

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > New Experiences

7. Peek-A Who?

by: Nina Laden
Release date: Feb 01, 2000
Number of Pages: 10
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Colorful pictures and simple rhyming texts help children guess what’s peeking through the die-cut windows in these two fun board books. The anticipation of what’s hiding on the next page and the bright, engaging illustrations will keep youngsters guessing and giggling all the way to the suprise endings.
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Children’s Books > Activities, Crafts & Games > Games

8. Baby Touch and Feel: Animals

by: DK
Release date: Jan 21, 2008
Number of Pages: 14
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This USA Today bestselling board book encourages tiny fingers to explore and develop fine motor skills while building an early language foundation. Babies will meet adorable puppies, kittens, penguins, and other animals throughout the pages of the book.

Filled with real-life animal photographs featuring touch-and-feel textures that help children develop their knowledge while increasing their use of senses, Baby Touch and Feel: Animals is the perfect size for small hands. Its padded cover can withstand biting and throwing while its thick sturdy board pages won’t tear. Your baby can practice animal recognition and perfect animal noises while touching the novelty textures on the pages.   

With over one million copies sold, Baby Touch and Feel: Animals is the perfect book for your child’s bookshelf. 

About the series:
Baby Touch and Feel books are the perfect series for the very youngest readers. These small, padded books excite babies and toddlers with their foil and touch-and-feel covers. Each book in this affordable series contains twelve vibrant interior pages with bold, engaging images. Containing large word labels, each page has foil or glitter to behold or a tantalizing texture to touch. These safe novelty textures intrigue babies and are perfect for little fingers to feel. The Baby Touch and Feel series encourages sensory development, language skills, and early reading skills while teaching colors, shapes, patterns, and opposites.

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Children’s Books > Animals

9. 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.
tags:

Children’s Books > Animals > Pigs

10. 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

11. Thanksgiving Is for Giving Thanks! (Reading Railroad)

by: Margaret SutherlandSonja Lamut
Release date: Sep 11, 2000
Number of Pages: 24
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Sure, Thanksgiving is about pilgrims and history–and turkey, of course!–but most importantly, it’s a holiday all about everything that we are thankful for. Cheerful, colorful illustrations accompany the simple text in this celebration of family, friends, and the holiday that brings them all together.
tags:

Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Chapter Books & Readers > Beginner Readers

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. Wipe Clean: Letters (Wipe Clean Learning Books)

by: Roger Priddy
Release date: Mar 01, 2004
Number of Pages: 28
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Help your child learn to write letters with this amazing wipe-clean book. The outlines to complete and activities to do make writing practice simple! The special pen included allows letters to be written again and again?simply wipe them away with a cloth.

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

14. 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.
tags:

Children’s Books > Animals > Bears

15. Trace Letters, Ages 3 – 5 (Big Skills for Little Hands®)

by: Brighter ChildCarson-Dellosa Publishing
Release date: Mar 01, 2013
Number of Pages: 32
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In Trace Letters, your child will practice holding a pencil or crayon correctly while tracing each letter of the alphabet. Your child will develop the fine motor control needed for Kindergarten while also learning to recognize each letter and it’s sound!
tags:

Children’s Books > Education & Reference > Reading & Writing

16. 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.

tags:

Children’s Books > Animals

17. 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.
tags:

Children’s Books > Animals

18. Mix It Up!

by: Herve Tullet
Release date: Sep 16, 2014
Number of Pages: 56
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PRESS HERE, MIX IT UP! and now LET’S PLAY! Collect all three interactive books from Hervé Tullet!
Accept Hervé Tullet’s irresistible invitation to mix it up in a dazzling adventure of whimsy and wonder. Follow the artist’s simple instructions, and suddenly colors appear, mix, splatter, and vanish in a world powered only by the reader’s imagination. Tullet—who joins such greats as Eric Carle and Leo Lionni as a master of his craft—sets readers on an extraordinary interactive journey all within the printed page. Tullet prompts plenty of giggles in addition to a profound understanding of colors, and once again displays his unique genius and vision in a work that is a glorious and richly satisfying companion to Press Here.
tags:

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

19. Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed (A Five Little Monkeys Story)

by: Eileen Christelow
Release date: Jul 31, 2012
Number of Pages: 30
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As soon as they say good night to Mama, the five little monkeys start to jump on their bed. But trouble lies ahead as, one by one, they fall off and hurt themselves.
tags:

Children’s Books > Animals > Apes & Monkeys

20. My First Touch & Feel Picture Cards: First Words (My 1st T&F Picture Cards)

by: DK
Release date: Dec 05, 2005
Number of Pages: 16
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These sixteen colorful flashcards with tactile elements are perfect for giving toddlers a head start in developing early language skills. The set is packaged in a sturdy box with an adhesive closure.

Featuring subjects that babies love including toys, food, and clothing, My First Touch & Feel Picture Cards: First Words contain photographs and textures on the front of the cards to keep young children engaged, while the back of the cards have related questions for additional talking points. In addition to English, each card includes pronunciations in Spanish, French, German and Chinese.  A parents’ guide that contains ideas for simple and advanced games to enhance the learning experience rounds out the package. 

With more titles available including Animals, Things That Go, and Colors & Shapes, My First Touch & Feel Picture Cards often are recommended by speech language pathologists for building receptive and expressive language skills in children with speech delays.

tags:

Children’s Books > Education & Reference > Reading & Writing > Vocabulary & Spelling

21. 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!

tags:

Children’s Books > Animals

22. Trace Numbers, Ages 3 – 5 (Big Skills for Little Hands®)

by: Brighter ChildCarson-Dellosa Publishing
Release date: Mar 01, 2013
Number of Pages: 32
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In Trace Numbers, your child will practice holding a pencil or crayon correctly and tracing over each number 0 to 25. Your child will develop the fine motor control needed for kindergarten while also learning numbers!
tags:

Children’s Books > Education & Reference > Math

23. Hands Are Not for Hitting (Board Book) (Best Behavior Series)

by: Martine Agassi Ph.D.Marieka Heinlen
Release date: Feb 15, 2002
Number of Pages: 24
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It’s never too soon for children to learn that violence is never okay, hands can do many good things, and everyone is capable of positive, loving actions.

In this bright, inviting, durable board book, simple words and full-color illustrations teach these important concepts in ways even very young children can understand.

Created in response to requests from parents, preschool teachers, and childcare providers, this book belongs everywhere young children are. Includes tips for parents and caregivers.

tags:

Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Difficult Discussions > Violence

24. My Very First Book of Colors

by: Eric CarleEric Carle
Release date: May 19, 2005
Number of Pages: 20
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What color is a bluebird? Easy to answer, but even easier when you have thecolor to match it with. Find the color in the top half of a page that matches the picture on the bottom half. From pink flowers to purple grapes, this colorful book is full of fun and surprises. Children will love solving these color puzzles featuring Eric Carle’s bold and vibrant artwork.
tags:

Children’s Books > Children’s Cookbooks

25. Llama Llama’s Little Library

by: Anna Dewdney
Release date: Oct 03, 2013
Number of Pages: 56
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Wake up, hop, and zoom through the day with Llama Llama until it’s time to snuggle up and say nighty-night! For the first time, Anna Dewdney’s bestselling board books are available in an adorable boxed set. With simple rhyming text and durable pages that take little ones through morning, playtime, and bedtime, these board books are just right for reading aloud again and again!

Included in this set:

Llama Llama Wakey-Wake

Llama Llama Nighty-Night

Llama Llama Hoppity-Hop

Llama Llama Zippity-Zoom 

tags:

Children’s Books > Animals

26. 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.
tags:

Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction

27. Curious George Good Night Book (CGTV Tabbed Board Book)

by: H. A. ReyMargret Rey
Release date: May 23, 2007
Number of Pages: 14
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There is so much to do at bedtime: cleaning up, taking a bath, telling stories, playing peek-a-boo, and more. Will George ever get sleepy?
tags:

Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > Sleep

28. Baby Touch and Feel: Puppies and Kittens (Baby Touch & Feel)

by: Dorling Kindersley
Release date: Sep 01, 2008
Number of Pages: 14
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Meet adorable puppies and kittens in this top-selling board book that encourages tiny fingers to explore and helps develop fine motor skills while building an early language foundation.
 
Filled with real-life puppy and kitty photographs that feature touch-and-feel textures that babies can stroke, tickle, and touch, Baby Touch and Feel: Puppies and Kittens is the perfect size for small hands. Its padded cover can withstand biting and throwing while its thick sturdy board pages won’t tear. Your baby can practice animal recognition and perfect animal noises while touching the novelty textures on the pages.   
 
About the series:

Baby Touch and Feel books are the perfect series for the very youngest readers. These small, padded books excite babies and toddlers with their foil and touch-and-feel covers. Each book in this affordable series contains twelve vibrant interior pages with bold, engaging images. Containing large word labels, each page has foil or glitter to behold or a tantalizing texture to touch. These safe novelty textures immediately intrigue babies and are perfect for little fingers to feel. The Baby Touch and Feel series encourages sensory development, language skills, and early reading skills while teaching colors, shapes, patterns, and opposites.

tags:

Children’s Books > Animals > Cats

29. God Gave Us You

by: Lisa Tawn BergrenLaura J. Bryant
Release date: Sep 19, 2000
Number of Pages: 40
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When a charming polar bear cub climbs into bed one night, she asks her Mama a very important question–one that little “human cubs” often wonder about, too: “Where did I come from?”

As Mama bear tucks her youngest cub under the quilts, she gently, tenderly, and reassuringly communicates the message loving parents everywhere (bears and non-bears alike) want their little ones to hear: “We wanted you very, very much, and we are so very glad because—God gave us you.”

Perfect for bedtime, naptime, storytime or anytime, God Gave Us You provides a valuable opportunity to build children’s self-esteem every day and assure each one that he or she truly is a welcomed, precious, and treasured gift from the Lord.

Also available in the God Gave Us series:
God Gave Us Two
God Gave Us Christmas
God Gave Us Heaven
God Gave Us Love
God Gave Us So Much

tags:

Children’s Books > Animals > Bears

30. First 100 Words Bilingual (Spanish Edition)

by: Roger Priddy
Release date: Feb 19, 2013
Number of Pages: 14
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This must-have for little learners is the ideal tool for teaching new words in both English and Spanish. There are over 100 eye-catching photographs of food, pets, toys and more that children will recognize from their everyday environment, each with big, bold labels printed underneath in both English and Spanish. A great aid for building vocabulary and teaching sight words in both languages.
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Children’s Books > Education & Reference > Foreign Language Learning > Spanish

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