30 Best Books For 3 Year Olds In UK

Best Books For 3 Year Olds in UK

Best books for 3 year olds in UK- One way to get a child’s attention apart from offering him or her snacks is by reading a story to that child. Kids love to hear story a lot. So you can never go wrong getting some interesting books for your 3 year old.

 I know the challenge you may have now is, how do I know the books that will catch my little one’s attention? Well, no worries because this article was put together to solve that problem for you. You will be getting to know about 23 best books for 3 years old in the UK.  

Best Books For 3 Year Olds In UK

Is it possible for a three year old to start reading? Yes . Though this is not the norm. Averagely, a child starts reading at age 5. But it is not really a bad idea if they start learning from age 3. Most especially if the child is always interested in the written word. Listed below are 23 best books for 3 year olds in UK. You can get some of these books and start putting your 3 year old through reading. These books include:

  1. Don’t Hug Doug (He doesn’t like it)
  2. Hey Duggee:123
  3. Hey Duggee: The Handwashing Badge
  4. Magic Windows: My Body
  5. Peppa Pig: Yum! Yum! Yum!
  6. Pirate Polly’s Potty
  7. Hey Duggee: ABC
  8. Pirate Pete’s Potty sticker activity book
  9. Pirate Pete’s Potty
  10. Princess Polly’s Potty Sticker Activity Book
  11. Ten-minutes to Bed: Little Dragon
  12. My Big Boy Bed: A Pirate Pete Book
  13. Ladybird Bedtime Stories for 3 Year Olds
  14. Ladybird Funny Stories For 3 Year Olds
  15. Bog Baby
  16. The Gruffalo
  17. Lost and Found
  18. Little Bear’s Trousers
  19. Meg and Mog
  20. The Elephant and the Bad Baby
  21. Harold and the Purple Crayon
  22. Ada Twist, Scientist
  23. Rhyme Crime

Preschool Books For 3 Year Olds

#1   Don’t Hug Doug (He doesn’t like it)

The book was written by Carrie Finison and Daniel Wiseman (2021). It is ideal for preschoolers. The book encourages conversation; seeking consent, setting boundaries, standing out, etc.

#2   Hey Duggee:123

This book help kids of pre-school age to learn numbers. Duggee and the Squirrels will guide your little kids through numbers 1-10. This book is a great companion for toddlers as they learn how to count.

#3   Hey Duggee: The Handwashing Badge

In this book, kids learn from Duggee –the Squirrels  the process of handwashing before eating snacks so they can earn their handwashing badges. Kids get to learn the significance personal hygiene most especially in the post-covid 19 era. They also get to learn the handwashing song.

#4   Magic Windows: My Body

Inquisitive learners will really love this book. In this book written by Libby Burns, the littles ones will learn how their body moves.  They will get to know the importance of food to the body and also why sleep is necessary at the end of a day. They will really love to pull the sliding mechanism to see the surprise in each magic window.

#5   Peppa Pig: Yum! Yum! Yum!

There are over 100 stickers in this  activity book . There are so many delicious things to eat in this activity. Children can help Peppa decorate a delicious pizza. This book can actually spur up your little one’s appetite for varieties of food.

#6   Pirate Polly’s Potty

The book is just perfect for preschoolers that are going through potty training. This book is full of funny and colorful pictures that will assist the little ones to start embracing the idea of potty instead of diapers. This brilliant book comes with a noisy red cheer button which the teacher can press to reward a successful potty or toilet trip. The button when pressed gives a resounding cheer.

#7   Hey Duggee: ABC

Duggee and the Squirrels in this book help the little ones  learn ABCs in a fun-filled manner.  It includes bright and colorful stickers and characters from the BAFTA-Winning CBeebies show.

Potty-Training Books For 3 Year Olds

#8   Pirate Pete’s Potty sticker activity book

This book will motivate the child with the highest potty-resistant. It is an activity and sticker-reward book. In this book, Pirate Pete is moving out of nappies into the potty with a lot of adventurous events along the way. There are also rewards for kids as they stay consistent with their potty training.

#9   Pirate Pete’s Potty

In this lovely book, Pirate Pete is learning to use the potty and he needs to be cheered along the way. The book is designed in such a way that makes potty training an interesting experience for both the toddlers and their parents.

#10   Princess Polly’s Potty Sticker Activity Book

The book describes the potty-training adventures of Princess Polly, how she moved out of diaper unto her throne of potty. There are over 70 colorful stickers that can be used to decorate a special reward chart. The book is very interactive and fun-filled, creating a lot of opportunities to educate toddlers about potty training. The book also builds up the confidence of these toddlers.

Bed-time Books For 3 Year Olds

#11   Ten-minutes to Bed: Little Dragon

The two little dragons in this book are never sleepy. They are always looking for excuse not to sleep and one day they found a genuine reason. It was an egg that has lost its mother. Can they get the egg safely back to its mother in good time before bedtime? Well, you will have to read to book to find out.

#12   My Big Boy Bed: A Pirate Pete Book

In this story, Pirate Pete is changing his bedding from a baby cot into a big boy bed. The new bed is quite lovely and comfortable, but the idea of moving over to a big bed is a scary one.  This book will help youf toddler in transiting from a baby cot to a new and bigger bed, one that will make them sleep the whole night. It’s a whole lot of fun pushing the reward button to cheer Pete on.

#13   Ladybird Bedtime Stories for 3 Year Olds

This audio book is just perfect in making your toddler switch off their mind on time and get to sleep after a long and busy day. There are lots of original tales and some music to help kids relax and sleep off after a long, busy day.

Audio Book For 3 Year Olds

#14   Ladybird Funny Stories For 3 Year Olds

It is an audio book that was written by Serena Paul and read by Katy Wix  and Rhashan Stone. It contains lots of interesting stories and funny sound effects that will not only entertain your toddler but also the entire family. The book is a great companion for long trips.

Other Story Books For 3 Year Olds

#15   Bog Baby

Bog baby is a story written by Jeane Willis and illustrated by Gwen Millward. The story is about two sisters who went fishing in a magic pond and discovered a bog baby (a very cute little thing). They took it home and tried to keep it to themselves and not tell anybody. But one day, the baby bog fell ill and they had to tell their mum who then gave them a valuable lesson about giving up something or someone so dear to you.

#16    The Gruffalo

The Gruffalo was written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. The book has gotten an award for being the best book to read aloud. The story is about a witty mouse who feel he could make a meal out of his predators. Until someday he came across an hungry beast that he had always thought was an imaginary one.

#17   Lost and Found

The story was written by Oliver Jeffers and published by Harper Collins. This is one story your kids will want to read over and over again.

The book is about a tale of friendship and loneliness. A penguin suddenly lands in the front of the house of a small boy. The boy feeling that the penguin was lost decides to take it home only to realize that no one really cares about the penguin.  Then the duo decides to set off to the south poles. It was later realized that the penguin wasn’t lost after all.

#18   Little Bear’s Trousers

Little Bear’s Trousers was written by Jane Hissey and published by Red Fox.

The story is about a little bear and his toy friends. So many odd things were done by these toy friends including using the little bear’s trousers as a piping bag for icing a cake. 

#19   Meg and Mog

The story was written by Helen Nicoll and illustrated by Jan Pienkowski..

In the story, Meg is a witch who has a black and white cat called Mog. This duo has many adventures together and the spells they cast always go BOOM!

#20   The Elephant and the Bad Baby

The story was written by Efrida Vipont and illustrated by Raymond Briggs.

In the story, the elephant decided to give Bad baby a ride and as they skipped up and down the street with a ‘rumpeta, rumpeta, rumpeta rhythm all around town, the journey soon turned sour. Everyone started chasing them. Bad baby had forgotten his manners! Eventually the chase ended with a BUMP… and everyone got tea.

#21   Harold and the Purple Crayon

The story was written by Crockett Johnson and published by Harper Collins.

Harold, a very creative kid drew his way into adventure using his beloved purple crayon. He drew roads, dragon, apple trees and wavy trees. And one day, he drew his bedroom window so he can quietly crawl in and go to bed.

#22   Ada Twist, Scientist

The story was written by Andrea Beaty and illustrated by David Roberts.

Ada Twist is  an hero, a smart and inquisitive young girl . She talks and thinks like a scientist, always preferring to find out things herself rather than accepting what others say. In addition she wreaks a lot of havoc with her odd experiment.

#23   Rhyme Crime

The story was written by Jon Burgerman.

The story is about a thief who swipes items and replaces with other things that rhyme. It is a very interesting and witty book to read.


Aside kids getting thrilled and entertained by the stories they read in books, reading also help develop the child mentally. So let your toddlers start reading today! Your kids would surely love at least one of the best books for 3 year old in UK listed in this article. So Dad and Mums, start shopping for books for your little ones now!

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