The following is a sampling of titles in our children’s collection that three year olds are sure to enjoy!
Books labeled JE can be found in the Picture Book section, arranged in alphabetical order by the author’s last name. Titles listed under JNF can be found in the Nonfiction section of the library, arranged in numerical order based on their Dewey classification. Titles listed under JNF XXX are nonfiction titles on a beginner reader’s level and can be found within the Easy Readers section, arranged in numerical order based on their Dewey classification. An (S) indicates the book is part of a series. Many of the authors listed below have written numerous amazing titles, so make sure to check out more titles by author’s you enjoy!
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JE – Picture Books
Alborough, Jez – Where’s My Teddy? – When Eddie goes searching for his lost teddy in the dark woods, he comes across a gigantic bear with a similar problem. (S)
Barton, Byron – My Car – Sam describes his car and how he drives it in detail.
Brown, Ken – What’s the Time, Grandma Wolf? – A group of animals creep closer and closer to Grandma Wolf as she prepares to fix dinner, with a surprising outcome.
Cannon, Janell – Stellaluna – After she falls headfirst into a bird’s nest, a baby bat is raised like a bird until she is reunited with her mother.
Carle, Eric – Little Cloud – A little cloud becomes all sorts of things–sheep, an airplane, trees, and a hat–before joining other clouds and raining.
Christelow, Eileen – Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed – One by one the little monkeys jump on the bed only to fall off and bump their heads. (S)
Cronin, Doreen – Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type – When Farmer Brown’s cows find a typewriter in the barn they start making demands.
Dewdney, Anna – Llama, Llama, Red Pajama – At bedtime, a little llama worries after his mother puts him to bed and goes downstairs. (S)
Donaldson, Julia – What the Ladybug Heard – Although much quieter than the other farm animals, ladybug is instrumental in foiling a plan to steal the farm’s prize-winning cow.
Fleming, Denise – Mama Cat has Three Kittens – Two kittens copy everything their mother does while their brother naps.
Freymann, Saxton – How Are You Peeling? Foods with Moods – Carvings made from vegetables introduce the world of emotions.
Henkes, Kevin – Chrysanthemum – Chrysanthemum loves her name, until she starts school and the other children make fun of it.
Hort, Lenny – The Seals on the Bus – Different animals make their own sounds as they ride all around the town on a bus.
Hutchins, Pat – The Doorbell Rang – Each time the doorbell rings, there are more people who have come to share Ma’s wonderful cookies.
McBratney, Sam – Guess How Much I Love You – During a bedtime game, Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare gently compare their love for each other.
Numeroff, Laura – If You Give a Pig a Pancake – One thing leads to another when you give a pig a pancake. (S)
Rey, H. A. – Curious George – This classic book tells of the adventures of a little monkey who was always very curious! (S)
Rosen, Michael – We’re Going on a Bear Hunt – Brave bear hunters go through grass, mud, and other obstacles before their encounter with the bear forces a retreat.
Rosenthal, Amy – Duck! Rabbit! – A clever take on the age-old optical illusion: Is it a duck or a rabbit?
Scanlon, Elizabeth – All the World – Follows a circle of family and friends through the course of a day from morning till night as they discover the importance of all things great and small in our world.
Seuss, Dr. – Horton Hatches the Egg – Bored with hatching an egg, a lazy bird persuades Horton the elephant to do the job.
Shaw, Nancy – Sheep in a Jeep – This book records the misadventures of a group of sheep that go riding in a jeep. (S)
Tafuri, Nancy – Have You Seen My Duckling? – A mother duck leads her brood around the pond as she searches for one missing duckling.
Walsh, Ellen Stoll – Mouse Count – Ten mice outsmart a hungry snake.
Willems, Mo – Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale – After Trixie and daddy leave the laundromat, something very important turns up missing. (S)
Wood, Audrey – King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub – Despite pleas from his court, a fun-loving king refuses to get out of his bathtub to rule his kingdom.
Viorst, Judith – Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day – This story recounts the events of a day when everything goes wrong for Alexander.
Zimmerman, Andrea – Trashy Town – Little by little, can by can, Mr. Gillie, the trash man, cleans up his town.
JNF – Juvenile Nonfiction
J 398.2 MCD 1972 – Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti (Gerald McDermott) – In trying to determine which of his six sons to reward for saving his life, Anansi the Spider is responsible for placing the moon in the sky.
J 398.20947 BRE 1989 – The Mitten: A Ukrainian Folktale (Jan Brett) – Several animals sleep snugly in Nicki’s lost mitten until the bear sneezes.
J 398.8 ZEM 2001 – Some from the Moon, Some from the Sun: Poems and Songs for Everyone (Margot Zemach) – An illustrated collection of traditional poems and songs.
J 616 R631 – Going to the Doctor (Fred Rogers) – This book describes what a child can expect to see and do on a visit to the doctor’s office.
J 629.04 MOR 1990 – On the Go (Ann Morris) – This book discusses the ways in which people all over the world move from place to place.
J 636.01 HES 1998 – Farmyard Animals (Paul Hess) – This book introduces animals that live on farms with illustrations and brief poems.
J 793.4 W522 – Peanut Butter and Jelly: A Play Rhyme (Nadine Westcott) – Rhyming text explain how to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
J 811 M369 – The Teddy Bear Book (Jean Marzollo) – Full of songs, cheers and story poems; this title is all about teddy bears!
J 811.008 SID 1988 – Side by Side: Poems to Read Together (collected by Lee Bennett Hopkins) – This is a collection of poems especially chosen for reading aloud, by authors ranging from Lewis Carroll to Robert Louis Stevenson.
JNF XXX – Easy Reader Nonfiction
J 597.96 STE 2009 XXX – Snakes! (Melissa Stewart) – Part of the National Geographic Kids series, this title teaches readers all about slithering snakes. (S)
J 612.84 FOW 1991 XXX – Seeing Things (Allan Fowler) – This title discusses the parts of the eye and how that organ works to give us our view of the world. (S)
J 621.8 MAR 2007 XXX – Cranes (M.T. Martin) – Simple text and supportive images introduce young readers to cranes. (S)
J 628.92 GHI 2006 XXX – This is Daniel Cook: At the Fire Station (Yvette Ghione) – Based on the TV Show, Daniel explores a fire station and learns all about fire safety. (S)
J 808.882 WIN 2011 XXX – Jokes About Animals (Judy A. Winter) – This silly book is full of humorous jokes about all sorts of animals. (S)