What children's books are helpful to build language for a 3 year old? 📚

My daughter really loves when I read to her. Does anyone have recommendations of good books for a 3 year old-I want to make sure they are easy for her to understand and also helping to build her vocabulary (nice messages like sharing and being kind are a big plus!)

Here are some of my kids favorites. :slight_smile:

Little Blue Truck https://amzn.to/2OTINIX - about helping friends

All by Myself https://amzn.to/2UVXu1V - talks about independence

If Animals Kissed Goodnight https://amzn.to/2uPyJK7 - just a sweet story :slight_smile:

The Little Engine that Could https://amzn.to/2uPyJK7 -a classic book

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These books are good for vocabulary as well and talking about emotions/being a good friend/social skills. My kids love them!!

Little Excavator by Anna Dewdney
The Elephant and Piggie books by Mo Willems
The Bear Books by Karma Wilson
Llama Llama Books by Anna Dewdney

I love Anna Dewdney :grinning:

I am not a speech therapist, so I would really like input from my speech colleagues here as a physical therapist. But I recently started using this book in my practice for a break time. I work predominantly with 0 to 3 and was wondering about the age appropriateness of this book for a 2 to 3-year-old child? I love the texture and 3D props of this book. Thought it would be good for phonics and then maybe words too ? Asking the experts:))) will post picture and video next :)))

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I’ll tag one of our favorite speech accounts to see if she’ll weigh in! :slight_smile: @Twowayspeech

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Pedipt is Jennifer @magicmomentstherapy


The insta post has a video where you can zoom in to see more detail of the book :books::slight_smile:

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Trying to copy video link . He he he

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Hi Jennifer,

That book looks really cool. I love all the textures in the book, how it shows multiple pictures with each letter, and the flaps that open. The best way to develop speech and language skills is by interacting back and forth with the child and modeling and expanding language. There are so many ways to use a book to help with speech and language then just reading the words of the book. Here are some ways I may use it:
-touch each texture the way you were doing in the video. Then talk about how the texture feels (soft, smooth, bumpy)
-show and tell each letter and each picture.
-work on following directions by having the child “point to the___” or “where is the_____”
-Describe each picture. (ex: The zebra is an animal, look at the black and white stripes, he lives at the zoo, what is your favorite animal)
-requesting to open each flap or turn the page and make it into a back and forth game.

One thing I like to remind parents is that young toddlers are not yet developmentally expected to know and name letters, and there is a wide range of development in identify letters. However, it is always wonderful to continue to expose a child to letters in various ways to make it easier for the child to start learning them. This book is good for exposing a child to letters but don’t expect a 2-3 year old to know all the letters yet.

One thing I look for when I choose letter books is, the picture they have really starts with the sound the letter makes. For example I want a book that say /c/ is for car or circle NOT /c/ is for chimpanzee since chimpanzee’s sound starts with a /ch/. When learning letters it is just as important or even more important to be learning the sound the letter makes rather then just the letter name. I hope this helps you pick out letter books.

I agree with all of the book recommendations above, and would choose the same ones. Here are a few more:

Caps for sale

Giraffe’s can’t dance

I like myself

Please, Mr Panda (and all the other Mr. Panda books)

I hope this helps!
-Janice SLP


Wow , thanks so much @Twowayspeech!!! Such a thorough and awesome :sunglasses: response !!!
I will use all those suggestions and keep in mind . I was worried letters were too advanced for a 2-3 year old but you gave me great guidance !!!


@Twowayspeech Thank you, this was so helpful! :smiling_face_with_three_hearts:

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I’m going to check this book out, thank you!