Recommended reads for a 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 year old

Continuing our series of the best books for babies & children, this blog highlights our favourite reads for 2.5 to 3.5 years.

MEG’S EGGS     Jan Pienkowski

A classic Meg and Mog story and one that we could read and read again.  With the legendary illustrations and simple but engaging story lines, children are soon able to join in and pre-empt what happens next.  This time, one of Meg’s spells goes spectacularly wrong. She is trying to conjure up eggs for tea, but the eggs end up cracking open and revealing dinosaurs!  We won’t give the whole story away as it’s a true delight, but are sure you’ll absolutely love it.


A charming picture book where a Dad leading his three small children on an imaginary bear hunt involving crossing cold rivers, muddy fields and thick forests before arriving at a dark cave.  The illustrations capture perfectly the mix of delight and apprehension within the children.  When the bear is finally confronted, there is a mad dash home (back through the cold rivers, muddy fields … ) and ends with everyone hiding under the duvet, where the story started.  Great Fun.

PUMPKIN SOUP    Helen Cooper

A lovely story for little ones all about friendship and sharing (and all about Pumpkins, so perfect for October !).  Three friends, Duck, Cat and Squirrel, meet every evening to make and cook some delicious pumpkin soup. They each have their own part to play in the process in making the yummy soup. However, one evening, Duck decides he wants to stir the soup rather than adding the salt, which of course,  leads to a tremendous quarrel which ends with Duck leaving in a huff (sound familiar ?). At first Cat and Squirrel carry on and are not too worried about his absence, but after a while, they do start to be concerned as to what might have happened to Duck. Don’t worry, it has a very happy ending !

HOW DO DINOSAURS SAY GOODNIGHT    Jane Yolen and Mark Teague

Part of the fabulous ‘How Do Dinosaurs’ range of books, we love this book for both the brilliant dinosaur images and also the message that we seen to be forever trying to get into our young ones, ie go to bed with no fuss !   Full of humour and all-to-familiar bedtime antics, we take a peek into the homes of young dinosaurs at lights out time.   Does a dinosaur slam his tail and pout?   Does he throw his teddy bear all about?’    You’ll be pleased to know it all ends in plenty of hugs and kisses!

THE SNAIL & THE WHALE   Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

A beautiful tale of a snail who dreams of travelling and the whale who takes her on her dream round-the-world cruise, and together they experience  icebergs and volcanoes, sharks and penguins. As you might expect from some an odd couple, there are adventures aplenty and delightful aspects to the story which will delight young children.  A real gem (and perhaps one of the lesser known stories) in the Julia Donaldson / Axel Scheffler fold.