Best Early Learning Books for 2 Year Olds

Here are the top 30 early learning 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. Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site

by: Sherri Duskey RinkerTom Lichtenheld
Release date: May 04, 2011
Number of Pages: 32
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The #1 New York Times bestseller

As the sun sets behind the big construction site, all the hardworking trucks get ready to say goodnight. One by one, Crane Truck, Cement Mixer, Dump Truck, Bulldozer, and Excavator finish their work and lie down to rest—so they’ll be ready for another day of rough and tough construction play! With irresistible artwork by best-selling illustrator Tom Lichtenheld and sweet, rhyming text, this book will have truck lovers of all ages begging for more.

And don’t forget! Crunch, vroom, beep, yawn and snore along with Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site SOUND BOOK. Available now.

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

2. Slinky Malinki, Open the Door (Hairy Maclary and Friends)

by: Lynley Dodd
Release date: Aug 05, 2004
Number of Pages: 32
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A board book version of this bestselling picture book. When Slinky Malinki and Stickybeak Sid are left in the house on their own, they cause absolute mayhem by opening all the craefully shut doorsi the house – a leave a trailof detruction from bathroom to bedroom to kitchen. But then Slinky Malinki opens the final door and comes face to face with his old adversary – Hairy Maclary!
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Children’s Books > Animals > Birds

3. What is God Like? (Little Blessings)

by: Kathleen Bostrom LongElena Kucharik
Release date: Jan 01, 2001
Number of Pages: 76
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This work aims to answer a child’s most important questions about God.
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Christian Books & Bibles

4. Who Will Tuck Me in Tonight?

by: Carol RothValeri Gorbachev
Release date: Apr 01, 2008
Number of Pages: 28
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It’s bedtime, but Woolly the little lamb can’t find his mother. Who will tuck him in? “”I will, I will,”” said Mrs. Cow. “”Don’t you worry. I know how. Everything will be all right. I’ll tuck you in real snug and tight.”” But Mrs. Cow wraps poor Woolly up so tight that he can’t move. “”STOP!”” cries Woolly. “”That’s not right! Oh, who will tuck me in tonight?”” Mrs. Cat, Mrs. Horse, Mrs. Pig, and Mrs. Duck all try, but their efforts prove disastrous, and Woolly grows more and more desperate. Mother Sheep returns at last and tucks her little one in just right–“”as only a mother can. From the team who created the best-selling “”Little Bunny’s Sleepless Night comes another comic, yet sweet and satisfying, bedtime story.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Farm Animals

5. Who Hops?

by: Katie Davis
Release date: Oct 01, 2001
Number of Pages: 36
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From the cow that doesn’t hop to the giraffe that doesn’t crawl, animals on brightly colored page after page offer up giggles galore and a delightfully silly look at the way some creatures do–and don’t–get around.
When the time comes to guess who hops and flies and slithers and swims and crawls, observant young readers just might know the answer!
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Children’s Books > Animals

6. Busy Chickens (A Busy Book)

by: John SchindelSteven Holt
Release date: Mar 01, 2009
Number of Pages: 20
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Hens, roosters, and chicks take center stage in the latest addition to the Busy Book series. Through gorgeous color photographs children will recognize chickens–both familiar and spectacularly fancy–busy performing actions like squawking, perching, leaping, and more.Reviews“Those who don’t love chickens need not apply. This full color photographic board book is all about barnyard birds in action: “cheeping,” and “leaping”; “caring” for their eggs; as well as chickens with elaborate mohawks and an interest in taking naps. For those who wish to move beyond the coop, a series of other “Busy” beasts are available.” —Publishers Weekly
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Children’s Books > Animals > Birds

7. Hush Little Ones

by: John Butler
Release date: Apr 29, 2004
Number of Pages: 12
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Join baby animals from all over the world as they go to sleep at night. Each spread features a tender scene with a mother and her offspring in their natural environments.
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > Sleep

8. Old MacDonald Had a Wedding

by: Ron BermanBrian Gerrity
Release date: Jan 18, 2007
Number of Pages: 24
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Old MacDonald loved Little Bo-Peep,

who found her man but lost her sheep.

He asked for her hand, and what do you guess?

She said, “E-I-E-I-Oh, yes, yes!”

You’ve heard about his farm, but you’ve never heard anything like his wedding! Join famous nursery rhyme characters and children’s song greats for the party of the year! This hilarious, rhyming story with appearances by favorite characters is sure to get a laugh-laugh here and a laugh-laugh there from kids—and their parents!

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Children’s Books > Animals > Farm Animals

9. Click, Clack, 123

by: Doreen Cronin
Release date: Jun 05, 2006
Number of Pages: 24
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1 farmer sleeping. 2 feet creeping. 3 buckets piled high. 4 chickens standing by. Poor Farmer Brown is about to be tricked again by Duck! While the farmer is sleeping the afternoon away, the animals have decided to go fishing (fishing Farmer Brown’s goldfish out of his fish tank, and setting them free in the pond, that is) and getting past Farmer Brown is as easy as 1,2,3! Come along as Duck and friends teach their very young readers how to count. Click, clack, splash!!
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Children’s Books > Humor

10. My Birthday, Jesus’ Birthday

by: Holly DavisNancy Munger Anderson
Release date: Oct 01, 1998
Number of Pages: 16
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All children love birthdays — and all children love Christmas. My Birthday, Jesus’ Birthday helps them understand both days even more. With simple words and colorful illustrations, this book shows children how Jesus’ birth was like their own — and very different. And it affirms to each child that he or she is someone special to Mom, to Dad, and to God.
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Religious Fiction > Christian

11. H is for Horse: the equine paintings of Adeline Halvorson in a fun, rhyming, easy to read Alphabet book with a positive message.

by: Adeline Halvorson
Release date: May 03, 2016
Number of Pages: 30
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Adeline Halvorson shares her passion for painting horses on the pages of this light hearted book. Each letter is showcased on it’s own page with the letter incorporated into the painting and the verse. It is the perfect book to read to your toddler. The horse lover in you will appreciate the fine art illustrations, while the child will enjoy the rhyming verse and colorful pages. What child doesn’t love horses?!
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Children’s Books > Animals > Horses

12. Louis Lion Sings Good Night: Baby Loves Jazz

by: Andy Blackman HurwitzAndrew Cunningham
Release date: Apr 19, 2007
Number of Pages: 16
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Louis Lion comes home after a long day and goes through his bedtime routine with his family. They eat dinner, the kids take a bath, read stories, and brush their teeth. Then Louis sings good night to all. The CD will feature lullabies, with a twist of fun!
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Children’s Books > Animals > Lions, Tigers & Leopards

13. On a Wintry Morning

by: Dori ChaconasStephen T. Johnson
Release date: Oct 23, 2000
Number of Pages: 32
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A father takes his infant daughter for a sleigh ride on a winter’s morning.
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > Parents

14. Run, Mouse, Run!

by: Petr HoracekPetr Horacek
Release date: Dec 07, 2009
Number of Pages: 16
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A sturdy new edition of a classic novelty board book for babies and toddlers. Watch mouse run about the house! Over the chair, across the table, through the shoe…Why is he in such a rush? Turn the cut-away pages and follow mouse all the way to his hole – just in time before the cat arrives!
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Children’s Books

15. Where is My Baby?

by: Harriet ZiefertSimms Taback
Release date: Feb 01, 2002
Number of Pages: 8
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This deceptively simple, excitingly illustrated board book is based on a telling theme – that baby animals are known by names quite different from their parents (cow and calf, goat and kid). The text is perfectly targeted to the youngest children, who will thoroughly enjoy lifting the flaps and matching the baby animals to their mothers. The sumptuously colorful illustrations are sure to catch the rapt attention of the smallest child.
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Children’s Books > Animals

16. Count to Sleep St. Louis (Count to Sleep series)

by: Adam GambleJoe Veno
Release date: Jun 01, 2012
Number of Pages: 10
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Making basic numbers fun to learn, these board books teach kids to count to 10 using famous icons and landmarks from cities and states across North America. Featuring whimsical illustrations, these concept books are a terrific way to introduce young children to cherished destinations while easing them to sleep at naptime or bedtime.

 

Exploring St. Louis, this counting book celebrates many of the city’s most famous features, including the Gateway Arch, St. Louis Art Museum, Missouri History Museum, St. Louis Zoo, symphony orchestra, local sports teams, and the Mississippi River.

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

17. Jazz Baby

by: Carole Boston WeatherfordLaura Freeman
Release date: Apr 01, 2002
Number of Pages: 24
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Millions of children have put their hands together and recited the rhyme that begins “Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker’s man.” But what if the baker’s man were a bebopper? A celebration of music and movement, this story in verse is inspired by the riffs, rhythms, and freedom of jazz. Colorful illustrations show children playing drums, piano, horn, and bass as they swing, sway, and jitterbug to the music.
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Children’s Books > Arts, Music & Photography > Performing Arts

18. Johnny Tractor’s New Friend (John Deere)

by: Susan KnopfTed Williams
Release date: Sep 25, 2007
Number of Pages: 12
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In this new board book with flaps, J.T. has a new friend at Merriweather Farm-a little duck-and what a pair they make! As J.T. goes about his work, the little duck goes too, imitating every job his giant friend performs. They collect apples, gather wheat, and make apple treats-just in time for the Apple Festival. But when apples spill everywhere just before the festival is to begin, will J.T. be able to pull everything together with a little help from his new friend?
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Children’s Books > Animals > Ducks & Other Waterfowl

19. Two to Cuddle

by: Eileen SpinelliLaura Logan
Release date: Mar 15, 2009
Number of Pages: 20
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In Two to Cuddle Eileen Spinelli follows a mother and child throughout their day, celebrating the unique bond shared between the two. The rhyming verse, gentle illustrations, and sturdy board book construction create a book that will be turned to at story time again and again. Ages 2 to 5 years.
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > Parents

20. We Go Together!

by: Todd DunnMiki Sakamoto
Release date: Nov 01, 2007
Number of Pages: 24
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What goes together perfectly? A child and this bubbly, spirited picture book about all kinds of things that belong with each other! It’s filled with rhythm and rhyme that begs to be read aloud, and illustrated with sunshine-bright, joyful art. “We go together like ice cream and cone” shows kids gazing in delight at huge scoops of multicolored ice cream, while a puppy smiles happily at his piled-high bowl in “We go together like dog and bone.” For “fire and dragon,” the appealing green creature toasts marshmallows with his own breath, and adorable cows fiddle, dance, and leap in “cow and moo.” Of course, the satisfying ending has the best pair-up of all: mother and child in a big hug with an “I love you” and two hearts intertwined.
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life

21. ABCs of the Web

by: John Sr. Vanden-HuevelDr. Andrey OstrovskyTom Holmes
Release date: Aug 01, 2015
Number of Pages: 26
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ABC’s of the Web is a Children’s first introduction to the language of the web using the ABC’s, beautiful imagery and fun rhymes. Written by a web designer and a paediatrician, this book introduces children under five to the vocabulary of programming in a developmentally appropriate way.
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Children’s Books > Science, Nature & How It Works

22. Baby Bat’s Lullaby

by: Jacquelyn MitchardJulia Noonan
Release date: Aug 17, 2004
Number of Pages: 32
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Mama and her precious baby bat wake up at dusk ready to take a flight into the sky. Together they soar and explore, relishing each tender moment spent with each other until bedtime at dawn. New York Times best–selling author Jacquelyn Mitchard’s soothing bedtime rhyme and Julia Noonan’s soaring images capture the simple joys and special love shared by a mother and child.

Ages 3 – 6

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Children’s Books > Animals

23. Sneak-a-peek-a-boo!: Where’s My Kitten? (Busy Baby)

by: Sarah Creese
Release date: Jan 01, 2011
Number of Pages: 12
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Bright and lively new series of lift-the-flap board books.

Sneak-a-peek-a-boo! are a fun new series of lift-the-flap board books. Follow the sweet, rhyming text as it asks you to find out where the kitten, puppy, bear and animal mom are hiding!

Each page encourages children to lift the flap and discover what is hiding beneath! A small cut-through hole gives a clue to what’s behind the flap and a small tab on the side of the flap helps little hands to easily lift the flap and find out!

Filled with bright, lively design and beautiful photographic images, Where’s My Kitten?, Where’s My Puppy?, Where’s My Bear? and Where’s My Mom? will engage and entertain children.

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Children’s Books

24. Color Train, Color Train

by: Martin KellyFernando Luiz
Release date: Sep 01, 2009
Number of Pages: 20
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All aboard the color train! Take a ride on a series of magical ribbons and end with a dramatic pop-up surprise!

A remarkable, innovative format provides toddlers a thrilling ride, filled with dozens of point-and-say objects of all the primary and secondary colors. A cheerful engineer guides kids on a magical train whose cars appear amazingly one-by-one on every spread, then disappears into a long black tunnel, only to spring to life in a spectacular 3D finale.

An ultra-sturdy binding, high-quality full-color printed ribbons, and an unexpected ending makes this the perfect example of a play-and-learn book. Ages 2 to 4.

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Children’s Books > Cars, Trains & Things That Go > Trains

25. Dora’s Eggs

by: Julie SykesJane Chapman
Release date: Feb 29, 2000
Number of Pages: 24
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Dora the Hen is proud of her first eggs and wants to invite all her friends over to admire them. But Penny Pig is too busy with her wriggling piglets, and Daisy Dog’s playing with her cute puppies. The more animals Dora visits, the more boring her eggs seem to be.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Farm Animals

26. En las Piernas de Mamá / On Mother’s Lap (Spanish and English Edition)

by: Ann Herbert ScottGlo Coalson
Release date: Feb 19, 2007
Number of Pages: 14
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There is always room on mother’s lap–and this simple tender story is now available in Spanish and English.
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Family Life > New Baby

27. Good Night New York State (Good Night Our World series)

by: Adam GambleMark JasperMark Jasper
Release date: Oct 01, 2013
Number of Pages: 22
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This book is specially designed in Amazon’s fixed-layout KF8 format with region magnification. Double-tap on an area of text to zoom and read.
 

Many of North America’s most beloved regions are artfully celebrated in these board books designed to soothe children before bedtime while instilling an early appreciation for the continent’s natural and cultural wonders. Each book stars a multicultural group of people visiting the featured area’s attractions and rhythmic language guides children through the passage of both a single day and the four seasons while saluting the iconic aspects of each place.

 

From Niagara Falls, Buffalo, Albany, and New York City to the Hamptons, the Finger Lakes, the Adirondacks, and the Catskill Mountains, this children’s book captures all there is in New York state.

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

28. Little Rabbit Lost

by: Harry Horse
Release date: Apr 26, 2005
Number of Pages: 32
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A board book version of Harry Horse’s wonderful story about getting lost. It’s Little Rabbit’s birthday and, as a treat, the whole family go to the Rabbitworld Theme Park. Little Rabbit thinks he’s so grown up that he doesn’t need to stay with his Mama. However, he soon realises that he is just a little rabbit after all and does need looking after.
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Children’s Books

29. Toddle Waddle

by: Julia DonaldsonNick Sharratt
Release date: Sep 01, 2019
Number of Pages: 24
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Hurry scurry, flip flop, toddle waddle—there’s a hullabaloo at the seaside when a toddler takes his friends on a stroll to the end of the pier

A wobbly toddler takes a walk and is soon joined by a joyful troop of human and animal friends. They wander happily along, but where will they go and who else will they meet along the way? Follow-the-leader has never been so much fun. With jaunty rhymes and bright, bold pictures even the youngest child will love this simple, playful story.

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Children’s Books > Animals

30. Little Bo Peep (Charles Reasoner Nursery Rhymes)

by: Charles Reasoner
Release date: Mar 13, 2014
Number of Pages: 10
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This is illustrator Charles Reasonor’s charming version of the traditional nursery rhyme Little Bo Peep. Word balloons add a touch of sweet humor to the familiar tale of a girl and her lost sheep.
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Poetry > Nursery Rhymes

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