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10 MUST have books for under two’s, with hands-on activities to support

Updated: Oct 22, 2022

This list took me a lot longer to make than my 10 MUST have picture books in a story basket. You may notice there are some on both lists! For this list I had to think about the 5 senses and durability. The other factor I considered was repetition, mine ( can I read it 50 times and not want to ‘loose’ the book) and the children’s (they ask for it many time if not 50 times a day).


1. That’s not my… series

2. Where’s spot?

3. Dear Zoo

4. The very hungry caterpillar

5. Brown bear, brown bear what do you see?

6. Goodnight moon

7. There were 10 in the bed

8. Old MacDonald had a farm

9. Nursery rhyme books twinkle twinkle twinkle little star, 5 little ducks etc.

10. There was an old woman who swallowed a fly


There are no soft or cloth books as I decided these would probably be better in the 10 MUST have books for babies.


Let’s get started on my list and why I selected them.