Books for Talkers

(Two- and Three-Year-Olds)

Barry, Frances
Duckie’s Rainbow
Narrative skills, print motivation, vocabulary
2004

Barton, Byron
My Car (and other similar titles)
Print awareness
2001

Bornstein, Ruth
Little Gorilla
Print motivation
1976

Burningham, John
Mr. Gumpy’s Outing
Narrative skills
1970

Cabrera, Jane
If You’re Happy and You Know It!
Phonological awareness
2005

Campbell, Rod
Dear Zoo
Narrative skills, print motivation, vocabulary
1982

Christelow, Eileen
Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed
Phonological awareness, narrative skills
1989

Curtis, Jamie Lee
Today I Feel Silly and Other Moods that Make my Day
Vocabulary
1998

Dewdney, Anna
Llama, Llama Red Pajama and Llama Llama Mad at Mama
Phonological awareness, print motivation

Doyle, Malachi
Splash, Joshua, Splash!
Print awareness
2004

Emberley, Ed
Go Away, Big Green Monster
Print motivation
1992

Fleming, Denise
Lunch
Narrative skills
1992

Hoban, Tana
26 Letters and 99 Cents
Letter knowledge
1987

Kalan, Robert
Jump, Frog, Jump!
Phonological awareness, narrative skills
1981

Lewis, Kevin
Chugga Chugga Choo Choo
Narrative skills
1999

MacDonald, Suse
A Was Once an Apple Pie
Letter knowledge
2005

Martin, Bill
Chicka Chicka ABC
Letter knowledge
1993

Massie, Diane Redfield
The Baby Beebee Bird
Phonological awareness, print motivation
2000

McDonnell, Flora
Splash!
Print motivation
1999

Rathmann, Peggy
Good Night, Gorilla
Narrative skills
1994

Seeger, Laura Vaccaro
First the Egg
Narrative skills
2007

Shannon, David
No David!
Narrative skills
1998

Smee, Nicola
Clip-Clop
Phonological awareness
2006

Walsh, Ellen
Mouse Paint
Print awareness
1989

Webb, Steve
Tanka Tanka Skunk
Phonological awareness
2004

Weeks, Sarah
Overboard!
Print awareness
2006

Wells, Rosemary
Max’s ABCs (and other Max titles)
Letter knowledge

Whippo, Walt
Little White Duck
Phonological awareness
2000

Williams, Sue
I Went Walking
Phonological awareness, print motivation
1989

Wood, Aubrey
The Napping House
Phonological awareness, print motivation
1989

Yolen, Jane
How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night
Print motivation
2000

More book suggestions for two- and three-year-olds are available at www.wccls.org under the Kid’s Place link, as well as bilingual book suggestions.

Ask a librarian for the accompanying Every Child Ready to Read @ your library brochure for more ideas about how you can help your child be ready to read.