Top 10 Best Adventure Books for 3-year-olds

Little ones will love going on amazing adventures with these captivating books! Featuring much-loved authors such as Julia Donaldson and Michael Rosen, here's a list of some of the best adventure books for 3-year-olds.

1. The Story of Robin Hood

Rob Lloyd Jones & Alan Marks

This stunning version of the exciting tale stars the much-loved hero, Robin Hood, as he goes on a thrilling adventure to rescue Jack's father, who's been imprisoned in a castle by the sheriff of Nottingham! Can they break in and get him out? With beautiful illustrations and lively text, children will love this enchanting book.

2. King Jack and the Dragon

Peter Bently & Helen Oxenbury

This spellbinding story, illustrated by the wonderful Helen Oxenbury, begins when playtime is nearly over… but brave little King Jack is just starting an adventure. He'll confront sinister beasts and dastardly dragons, but he’s not scared! Children will be captivated by this exciting, make-believe adventure.

3. Where the Wild Things Are

Maurice Sendak

It's bedtime, but Max doesn’t want to go to bed! He ends up travelling to a magical, faraway land, filled with monsters who roar and stomp and generally cause a ruckus! But Max isn't scared, and soon becomes their leader. Can he control these wild creatures, and if so, for how long? This incredible adventure story will delight young children.

4. Q Pootle 5: The Great Space Race

Nick Butterworth

The interstellar exploits of Oopsy the alien will enthral children, particularly those who are already fans of the popular show on CBeebies! Oopsy is desperate to win the Space Race - but what will happen when disaster strikes after she forgets to fix her booster? This heart-warming tale is perfect for little ones.

5. Disney: Magical Story Collection - 30 books

Join a vast array of much-loved Disney characters - from classic figures like Mickey and Minnie Mouse, to more recent stars like Rapunzel and Dory - with this collection of exciting stories. With so many vibrant books to choose from, kids will love discovering the adventures of these fun, famous characters.

6. The Gruffalo

Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler

A little mouse uses his wits to fool his predators into thinking a terrifying monster exists - but it's merely a figment of his imagination! Well, that's what he thinks... but what will happen when he stumbles across the real thing in the deep dark wood? The tale of the brave little mouse is guaranteed to delight little ones.

7. Paddington Little Library

Michael Bond

Follow the adventures of brave little Paddington Bear, as he travels all the way from Peru to London and embarks on all sorts of exciting escapades with the Brown family. These timeless tales have captivated children for generations.

8. We're Going on a Bear Hunt

Michael Rosen & Helen Oxenbury

This beautiful children's classic features fun sing-song verse and stunning pictures. It follows a family going on a walk, squelching through mud and splashing through puddles, in search of a bear! But will they be prepared for the surprise that awaits them in the cave? Kids will love this engaging story.

9. The Detective Dog

Julia Donaldson & Sara Ogilvie

Every Monday, Peter's dog Nell - who has an amazing sense of smell - joins him at school to listen to the children read books. But one shocking morning, the class arrives and the books have vanished! Can Nell sniff out the culprits? This exciting, paw-fect picture book features a loveable canine character that kids will adore.

10. Classic Fairy Tales Collection - 6 books

With vibrant, contemporary artwork, children will be enchanted by these beloved fairy tales, retold in a fun and accessible way. This collection includes Puss in Boots, Hansel and Gretel, Jack and the Beanstalk, Beauty and the Beast, Little Red Riding Hood and Snow White.

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    This sturdy board book version of The Gruffalo will win even more fans for its canny hero and pimple-nosed enemy. With lively rhymes by Children's Laureate Julia Donaldson, and Axel Scheffler's enchanting illustrations, The Gruffalo will charm adult and toddler readers alike.

    The little mouse uses his quick wits to fool a predatory snake, owl and fox, but in doing so he conjures up a scary monster that doesn't just exist in his imagination!

    Young children from 1+ will love The Gruffalo!
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    Many children are left spellbound by Disney's classic stories and this unbelievable value collection gives you the chance to share 30 of them - from tales of Mickey and Minnie Mouse to fairy tale characters like Peter Pan and the Little Mermaid, as well as modern Disney-Pixar classics including Brave, Toy Story and Cars. You could even share out the books as perfect party bag fillers.

    This 30-book collection lets readers delve further into the Magical World of Disney. Coming in a magical slipcase, the books here have simple storylines that follow the famous characters as they head off on a series of exciting adventures. With so many books to choose from, there is plenty of choice for reading at bedtime.

    Whether a child you know loves Snow White, Beauty and the Beast, Dumbo or one of the many other classics featured here, this is a collection for any child aged 3 or over who loves Disney - it even includes a storybook of the latest hit, Finding Dory!

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    A hugely popular show on CBeebies, Q Pootle 5: The Great Space Race is a thrilling extraterrestrial adventure for little readers aged 3 and over!

    Everyone on planet Okidoki is excited about the Space Race. Oopsy is desperate to win, but she forgets to fix her booster... When disaster strikes, Pootle stops to help - have they both lost their chance at a glorious victory?

    Written and illustrated by the talented author Nick Butterworth, this is a gentle tale with a warming message that children will love.
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    Robin Hood famously 'stole from the rich to give to the poor'. This illustrated picture book brings his legend to life for little children. When Jack's father is arrested by the evil Sheriff of Nottingham, Jack enlists the help of Robin Hood to break his dad out of the castle.
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    King Jack and the Dragon is a magical make-believe story illustrated by Helen Oxenbury. Night is falling, bedtime is looming and playtime is nearly over ...but brave King Jack is more than a match for dragons and terrible beasties. This magical make-believe adventure, illustrated by picture book star Helen Oxenbury, is the perfect bedtime tale for little boys and brave children everywhere. This paperback and CD features a wonderful audio retelling of this lovely bedtime story.
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    This is a little library full of four Paddington stories for any fan of the marmalade-loving bear.

    The little board books follow Paddington as he travels all the way from Peru to London to meet the Brown family and go on all sorts of fun adventures.

    The size and format of these little books make them ideal for younger Paddington fans.
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    Peter's dog Nell has an amazing sense of smell. So amazing, in fact, that she can sniff out any crime case...

    Every Monday, she goes to school with Peter and listens to the children read books, but one morning the class arrives and the books have disappeared... can Nell use all her doggy senses to find the culprit?

    Written by Julia Donaldson, the author of The Gruffalo and Superworm, and illustrated by Sara Ogilvie, this is a barking brilliant picture book about a very special dog.
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    With its contemporary artwork, this collection will introduce children to some of the most beloved fairy tales of all time.

    Perfect for sharing, the stories are retold in a fun and accessible manner and the colourful illustrations are sure to delight children who are starting to hear these classic tales for the very first time.

    Included in this bright collection are adaptations of Puss in Boots, Hansel and Gretel, Jack and the Beanstalk, Beauty and the Beast, Little Red Riding Hood and Snow White.
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    One of the classic children's books, Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are is pretty much the perfect bedtime read.

    Max doesn't want to go to bed and finds himself travelling to a faraway, mystical land full of monsters who roar and gnash their terrible teeth. It's a little frightening but so much fun!

    Bold and stylish, funny and ultimately heart-warming, the book is full of toddler appeal and was memorably adapted into a hit film by Spike Jonze.

    This paperback edition of the Caldecott Medal-winning story will be returned to time and time again by toddlers who love mystery and adventure.
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    Written by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury, We're Going on a Bear Hunt is one of the all-time classic picture books and this new format adds a new level of interaction to the family's hunt for a bear.

    Presented in hardback, each spread features a black and white illustration with a tab. Children can pull this tab and watch the images change colour and see the famous 'swishes', 'splashes' and 'squelches' finish off the previous page's sentence... of course, there's a surprise once they enter the cave, too.

    We're Going on a Bear Hunt is set to be this year's must-watch family show on Christmas Day TV so why not fall in love with the story and watch it magically transform with this incredible version.