Before You're 3 Book Covers


The State Library of WA as part of their Better Beginnings Programme have come up with the thirty books they believe are essential to read to babies and toddlers before they reach 3 years old.

You can reserve them by clicking on the links below or you can grab one of the flyers from the library and work your way through the list.

There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly illustrated by Pam Adams
Peepo! written & illustrated by Janet and Allan Ahlberg
Who Sank The Boat? written & illustrated by Pamela Allen
W is For Wombat written & illustrated by Bronwyn Bancroft
The Very Hungry Caterpillar written & illustrated by Eric Carle
Snap! Went Chester written by Tania Cox and illustrated by David Miller
Hairy Maclary From Donaldson’s Dairy written & illustrated by Lynley Dodd
Miss Llewellyn-Jones written by Elaine Forrestal and illustrated by Moira Court
Hug written & illustrated by Jez Alborough
Baby Ways written by Nola Allen & Margaret Robson Kett with photographs by Frances Adrijich
Mr Gumpy’s Outing written & illustrated by John Burningham
Dear Zoo written & illustrated by Rod Campbell
Ten in the Bed written & illustrated by Penny Dale
The Orchard Book of Nursery Rhymes for Your Baby illustrated by Penny Dann
Where Is The Green Sheep written by Mem Fox and illustrated by Judy Horacek
Where’s Spot written & illustrated by Eric Hill
Rosie’s Walk written & illustrated by Pat Hutchins
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? written by Bill Martin Jr. and illustrated by Eric Carle
Dig, Dig, Digging written by Margaret Mayo and illustrated by Alex Ayliffe
Look See, Look At Me written by Leonie Norrington and illustrated by Dee Huxley
Tickle, Tickle written & illustrated by Helen Oxenbury
The Elephant and the Bad Baby written by Elfrida Vipont and illustrated by Raymond Briggs
Itsy Bitsy Babies written by Margaret Wild and illustrated by Jan Ormerod
Growl Like a Tiger written & illustrated by Alison Lester
I Went Walking written by Sue Machin and illustrated by Julie Vivas
Meg and Mog written by Helen Nicoll and illustrated by Jan Pienkowski
Annie’s Chair written & illustrated by Deborah Niland
Rudie Nudie written & illustrated by Emma Quay
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt written by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury
My Dog, My Cat, My Mum and Me! written by Nigel Gray and illustrated by Bob Graham

If you have a favourite that’s not on the list we’d love to hear about it.

Keep an eye out for the other lists – 30 Books to Read for 4 and 5 Year Olds and Deadly Books for Little Kids.