Best Books for 2-Year-Olds

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Best Books for 2-Year-Olds

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By now, your 2-year-old can sing the ABCs and even pretends to read. Laying the foundation for reading and writing, these Blue Ribbon books have been hand-selected by Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library literacy experts for containing characteristics specific to their age appropriateness including:

  • Wordless books – build your own story (reader and child)
  • Values and character
  • Issues – fear, conflict, love, safety
  • Colors, letters, numbers
  • Nursery rhymes

They also build on concepts such as:

  • Repetition and predictability – generate language
  • Motor skills
  • “Self-help” activities – things children can do, things familiar in their daily life
  • Use of real photo illustration
  • Body awareness
  • Nursery rhymes
  • Colors, letters, numbers

In addition to promoting age-appropriate language and literacy skills, books are chosen to promote a love of reading and learning; regard for diversity of people, their roles, culture, and environment; promotion of self-esteem and confidence, appreciation of art and aesthetics.

Blue Ribbon selections for children born in 2015 are:


Interested in the book list for other ages?