Book Gift Ideas for Two Year Olds

My son has fallen in love with some books of late and I wanted to share a few here in case someone is searching for ideas for a birthday or holiday gift for a two year old boys or girls (my four year old daughter enjoys all of these as well).  Books are my favorite gift to take to birthday parties!

R has been read to a lot but I am sure being the younger child he hasn’t had as much one on one reading time as his sister enjoyed when she was small.  Even so, his love of books has been sparked in the last 6 months in particular and these titles put the biggest smile on his face.  A note about the links, they all go through my amazon affiliate tag (you can read more about what that means here) but you can search for them at your library or other site by title as well.

Have You Seen My Duckling? (amazon affiliate link) – A classic for many children, this one used to make R cry when the ducklings went to sleep with their Mom at the end.  I’m not sure if it was because he was anti-bedtime or because it meant the story was over but I had to skip the last page for a while.  All along, however, he has loved looking for the lost duckling on each page.  A little duckling goes missing from his mother but is never far behind her as she searches so on each page you can see the little duckling and point him out.

Trashy Town (amazon affiliate link) – With R’s obsession with garbage trucks I wanted to find him some good library books and with her usual perfect timing, Allison over at No Time for Flashcards did a post about 25 Books About Cars and Trucks as I began my quest.  What appealed to me about her suggestion for Trashy Town was that it talks about garbage trucks in a nice way.  R likes to read this one to me and cried when we had to give it back to our library.  A man goes about town picking up trash until he finally takes his truck to the dump and heads home for a bath.  Really cute, I have this on R’s Christmas List this year.

Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site (amazon affiliate link) – This is a gorgeous book and another to file under the label “charming truck books.”  Each variety of truck finishes his work, gets ready for bed, and says goodnight.  The prose is great for reading aloud and R loves that one of the trucks has a teddy bear.

It’s Not Easy Being Big (amazon affiliate link) – Random choice, I know, but the story is an early reading book that features Elmo and Big Bird from Sesame Street lamenting about being small and big, respectively.  At the end they conclude it can be easy being small and it can be easy being big as well.  I think what R loves about this book are the scenarios he can related to – Big Bird trying to swing, Elmo throwing a football to Grover, etc.  I think I read this to him about two to three times each evening and then tell it to him from memory once the lights are out.  Any little one that loves Elmo (or “Elbow Show” as R calls him) will get a kick out of this book.

Lego Duplo Ultimate Sticker Collection (amazon affiliate link) – Sticker books are an obsession of R’s right now and I actually bought this one for E for when I was in the hospital to give birth to R.  She loved it but he is the one that has pretty much finished putting all the stickers in various places in the book.  I’ve bought other sticker books but this is his favorite and the easiest for his little fingers to manipulate.  The free play areas (scenes where you can put the stickers wherever you want) let him play on his own a little bit instead of always asking for help finding where a particular sticker should go.

Ten Little Ladybugs (amazon affiliate link) – I bought this for R’s 1st birthday and it is still going strong.  There are little plastic ladybugs that are part of the book and they disappear one by one until all of them are home again in the end of this counting book.


Speaking of books, here’s a roundup of my latest reviews at the wonderful (mostly for the pre-school and up set):

Nature’s Patchwork Quilt – A great book about habitats.

Granny’s Clan – I learned so much about Orca whales from this book.

Over in the Jungle: A Rainforest Rhyme – Another cute re-work of the song “Over in the Meadow” that illustrates and counts rainforest creatures.

Going Home: The Mystery of Animal Migration – From the same author as “Over in the Jungle,” this book discusses animal migration in a clear, easy to understand way that kept E’s attention.

Bronto & the Pterodactyl Eggs – I’ll never get used to calling Brontosaureses by their proper name, Apatasaurus, but the author of this book lets me slip up sometimes by calling the protagonist in the book Bronto.


What are some of your favorite books for children right now?

4 thoughts on “Book Gift Ideas for Two Year Olds

  1. Have You Seen My Duckling was a favorite of my kiddo’s too, and I was delighted when the author commented on my review of the book [].

    Kiddo and I just finished a fantastic new chapter book, Tua and the Elephant. It’s a little advanced for your kids, though E’s probably not far away. Stay tuned for a review!


    1. Just requested it from our library based on your recommendation, looks great! I clicked over to read her comment, how neat that she shared that with you – we still read and enjoy the All Kinds of Kisses book I got to review for VegBooks. I never tire of her detailed style.


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