Best Inventive Books For Three-Year-Olds

Your son has reached the last season of the toddler stage. He has a couple of significant changes in store, and reading is one of them. At three, your kid starts to recognize words, thus setting him on the reading path.

With so many stories to choose from today, where do we start? What novel will teach your son the essential lessons of today? Here are some bestselling books for 3-year-old readers to get you started.

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Best Books For Your Boy

The Wonderful Things You Will Be

The New York Times Topseller by Emily Winfield Martin is starting the list strong. This features beautiful illustrations of children and what they can be. It showcases diversity, with kids of different ethnicities. It also avoids portraying stereotypes of girls and boys taking on traditional gender roles. For instance, the book includes an illustration of a kid with a sewing machine, which makes it an excellent contender for being one of the best books for 3-year-olds.

A boy painting with a brush, carefully selecting colors from a palette for his year-end art project.

This book has a lot to teach your kid: bravery, compassion, and creativity. It is also a sign and an excellent book for parents, teaching them to love their children, even from their baby years, as they grow and develop into unique individuals no matter who they are.


Ian Falconer’s book Olivia may not be the first thing parents grab for their young kids. Its main character is a female piglet in a dress. However, introducing your kids to female leads can teach them a lot.

Olivia is the first in a series of Stories that follow the shenanigans and adventures of the titular character. The book is a great way to show your son that girls can have as much fun and be just as interesting.

All By Myself

Until now, our kids have relied on us for almost everything. However, they’re now reaching the age of wanting to try stuff out by themselves for a change. Mercer Mayer’s All By Myself shows what that’s like.

Two boys studying from a book for their class, with a globe and colorful markers on the table.

The book is about Little Critter, a young character who tries to do everyday tasks independently. These include brushing his hair, tying his shoes, and pouring juice for his little sister.
Your kids will love this relatable character as they learn the concept of independence, a sign of their growing maturity.

The Monster At The End Of The Book

Do you love a good build-up in stories? Your son can learn to enjoy one as well. Jon Stone brings beloved Grover from Sesame Street to the printed pages.

Just like in the TV show, Grover directly speaks to your kids. It’s a fun way to make them feel connected to the book. The Monster At The End Of The Book has Grover begging you not to continue to the next page. But how he tells you to do so makes you want to read even more. Your kids will surely love the anticipation and the plot twist at the end of the book. Consider them braver with every page you turn.

Books For Kids: The Family Book

In the 21st century, teaching your kids about inclusiveness, acceptance, and unconditional love in general is essential. Before Modern Family came out, Todd Parr wrote about these in The Family Book.

An elderly woman reading a book to two young boys on a couch, a moment of learning and bonding for the year.

It celebrates diversity and acceptance by showcasing different types of families. Your child will learn that a family doesn’t have to consist of a mom, a dad, and kids. It shows families with two moms or two dads, extended families, adopted kids, and single parents. It also teaches that family is where love, compassion, and understanding can be fostered.

Although the book was the center of controversy from more conservative individuals, it remains on the list of top stories for three-year-old kids.

Books For Kids: A Chair For My Mother

Here’s something that moms will especially love to read for their kids. Vera B. Williams’ book is about a young girl whose family suffered from a house fire. Alongside her siblings, she seeks to save up to buy their mother a new chair.

It’s a heartwarming tale that helps kids appreciate their parents. It also teaches them perseverance and endurance through difficult times.

Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

As kids, a bad day can seem like the end of the world. Instead of thinking that our children are overreacting, take a cue from Judith Viorst’s book.

The titular Alexander goes through a particularly unpleasant day. He wakes up with gum on his hair, his foot gets caught in the elevator door, and his father scolds him for making a mess at his office. His mother tucks him in and assures him that things don’t work out on some days. Although things don’t always work out well, we at least have tomorrow to look forward to.

Green Eggs And Ham

Our list isn’t complete without Dr. Seuss. You can count this top-selling title as a great book for a three-year-old kid.

Green Eggs And Ham follows Sam-I-Am and his friend, who defiantly try to avoid the titular meal. They go through different locations and meet various dining partners. In the end, Sam’s friend gives in and learns to enjoy the dish of green eggs and ham.

While it may seem nonsense, Dr. Seuss delivers with rhyme and a lesson. It teaches your kids to try out new things. They’ll never know whether they like it or not if they never try it out. This one is excellent news for moms with picky toddlers.

Looking for more recommendations? Check out “Dragons Love Tacos” by Adam Rubin, a whimsical book with colorful illustrations that young readers will enjoy. Another classic story to consider is “The Little Blue Truck” by Alice Schertle, a hilarious and fun book with gorgeous illustrations. For a timeless and beautiful bedtime story, “Goodnight Moon” by Margaret Wise Brown is a must-read. If you’re looking for an adorable and interactive book, “Pat the Bunny” by Dorothy Kunhardt is a golden book that will engage your little readers. Lastly, “Fire Engines” by Anne Rockwell is a rhyming read-aloud book that will encourage kids’ fascination with fire trucks and the brave firefighters who drive them.

Final Words


These are only a few novels to get your toddler started reading. From here, taking cues from your son about what he wants to read is a good idea. If you search bookstores and libraries patiently, he’s sure to find something he enjoys. The ideal story for a three-year-old boy reader is one that your son eagerly picks up. It should be a whimsical picture book, filled with silly book characters and entertaining adventures that capture the curiosity of little ones. Look for books that explore themes of being friends, life, and discovery, published in a collection tailored for 3-year-old readers.

These stories should feature familiar situations and delightful pictures that make them easy for young minds to connect with. Consider books incorporating sound or interactive elements to engage your child in the reading experience. Each week, introduce a new story that sparks your son’s imagination and leaves him eagerly awaiting the next adventure.

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Last Updated on April 13, 2023 by Cath Aguinaldo

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