14 Must-Have Books for 2-Year-Olds

by Dena McMurdie

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Two-year-olds aren’t terrible. In fact, they’re pretty awesome — especially when they have a book pressed between their chubby little hands. Some of my favorite memories of my kids as toddlers are of them snuggled on my lap with a giant stack of books.

With my youngest child nearing her second birthday, I’m digging out all the books I read with my older kids at this age. We read these books hundreds of times and I hope to read them hundreds more.

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in 2017 and updated in 2023.