4 chapter books to read with a three year old.

4 Chapter Books {I Plan} to Read with my Three Year Old

4 chapter books to read with a three year old.
I set the goal to read four chapter books with my three year old. He loves reading, and I adore reading with him. Sometimes we get out of routine, and it’s several days before we pick up a storybook. However, reading is a natural (and very important!) part of our homeschool preschool.

We read plenty of books that are on my toddler’s level (like the ones from our Before Five in a Row Curriculum). But I also believe in reading books that are above him to expand his vocabulary and work on stretching his attention span. After much hemming and hawing, here are the books I would like to read to him this year.

4 Chapter Books {I Plan } to Read with My Three Year Old

1. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

2. A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond

3. The Complete Tales of Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne

4. Frog and Toad Together by Arnold Lobel

Of course, I hold this list very loosely. I won’t force my toddler to sit and read a chapter book. My goal is for him to love reading! I think he’s ready, and this is my plan. We have already started  Frog and Toad Together, and he is loving it! We read together just before rest time. He’s calm and ready to snuggle by this point, so I’m hopeful this will be a nice routine soon! I will be sure to let you know how it goes.

What chapter books have you read with your toddler? I would love some recommendations!

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  1. Great list! I just started Winnie the Pooh with my 2 1/2 yr old. Some nights are better then others, but it is good practice. We downloaded them from the library, which is convenient.

  2. What a great list! I LOVE Winnie the Pooh and Charlotte’s Web. We got new books at Christmas, and I need to get started reading with my almost-3-year old, too!

    1. I’ve been reading a lot and talking to my neighbor. They’ve been reading chapter books with their two oldest 5 & 3 and highly recommended it. My boy adores reading and will sit for extended periods of time reading stories with me. So far Frog and Toad books are real winners!

  3. Our daughter (3 in a month) like Frog and Toad too and the Little Bear books. I’ve also read her from Animal Adventures (A Little House Chapter Book). We have all three of the others you listed, so I might have to give one of them a try. I’m pretty sure Winnie the Pooh she’d love.

    1. Little Bear books are great! I’m going to look into Little House Chapter books. I just wonder if he’d be interested since he’s a boy? If I choose the right ones I think they would be successful as well. Thanks for the reminder!

  4. Well, Charlotte’s Web and Winnie the Pooh are for sure going to require a bit of vocab. explanation for three year olds. Also Pooh is veddy British, which also requires explanation sometimes. The “My Father’s Dragon” series is very simple and understandable for young children. And there are SO many wonderful picture books. So many. They’ll be six years old before you blink.

  5. I’ve just started reading Fantastic Mr Fox with my 3.5 and nearly 2 year old as their bed time story. They’ve been stuck asking for the same book every night for ages so it was time for a change. I’m hoping they will enjoy trying to remember things about the story so far and forming their own thoughts about the characters. Also want to try Paddington, Aesops Fables and some Enid Blighton books as well as more Roald Dahl books.