Top 10 Best Animal Books for 3-year-olds

Squeaking and squawking, hooting and hissing, barking and bleating, you'll find all your child's favourite animals in these upROARiously good stories and picture books! For all the best animal books for 3-year-olds, just check out the list below.

1. The Gruffalo

Julia Donaldson

Featuring the famous half-grizzly bear, half-buffalo, this tale follows a brave little mouse, who believes the Gruffalo is nothing but fantasy - until he comes face-to-face with him! Complete with distinctive illustrations by Axel Scheffler, this story is guaranteed to enchant children and be remembered forever.

2. Peppa Pig

These bright, bubbly books star the much-loved (and very sweet!) little Peppa Pig. Peppa has all sorts of fun adventures, such as going on holiday, playing basketball, and even meeting the Queen! Her friends and family have their own exciting stories, too. With so many characters to cherish, and heaps of charm and fun, young animal-lovers will adore these tales.

3. Owltastic Sticker Book

This owl-themed book is packed with colouring and doodling activities to keep little ones captivated, and comes with over 100 3D puffy stickers for decorating the book (or anywhere else in need of a sticker!). The book also contains press-out bookmarks, door hangers, models, cards and postcards to colour and decorate. Full of fun and creativity, it's a hoot!

4. The World of Peter Rabbit

Beatrix Potter

This enchanting series of books features an assortment of adorable animals and the exciting adventures they share. These tales have delighted young readers for generations, introducing youngsters to unforgettable characters like Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle Duck and Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, all illustrated in a gentle and delicate style.

5. Say Hello to the Animals

Ian Whybrow

Introduce your child to a wonderful assortment of amazing animals! They'll get to say hello to all sorts of creatures, from the farm to the jungle to the snow. With charming rhyming text and stunning artwork to pore over, kids will be enthralled by these perfect picture books.

6. Kipper Stories

Mick Inkpen

Kipper the dog has been a favourite with toddlers for over 25 years, and his stories are simply must-haves for little booklovers. Join him on his exciting adventures as he celebrates his birthday, goes camping, chooses a new pet, plays in the snow and much more in these barking brilliant books.

7. Spinderella

Julia Donaldson

This fantastic football story is perfect for kids learning to count and read. Spinderella the spider has a passion for football. She tries to play a match with her brothers but she doesn't know how many spiders should be on each team. Worse than that... she can't count the goals! Luckily for her, her Hairy Godmother has a cunning plan...

8. Flip Flap Jungle

Axel Scheffler

Children can concoct all sorts of crazy creatures in this funny flip-flap book! Featuring flaps on each page so kids can mix and match different animal tops and bottoms, the interactive nature of this bright, bold book will have kids hooked. Create a touger (a toucan tiger), a goeleon (a gorilla chameleon) and lots more!

9. Noisy Dinosaurs

Jonathan Litton

In this brilliant noisy book, kids will not only learn all about some of the mightiest prehistoric creatures, but will hear them roar, too! With bright photographs, touchy-feely textures and a sound button on every spread, kids will be captivated by this roar-some book.

10. Five Minutes' Peace

Jill Murphy

This much-loved story is perfect for sharing with children at bedtime to help them settle down ready for sleep. It tells the tale of the Large family, a family of elephants. Mrs Large just wants a little time to herself, but her excitable children have other ideas! Can she get a moment's peace?

  • OWLT 3 years +
    3 years +
    • £2.99
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    This owl-themed book is a hoot!

    It's packed with colouring and doodling activities and even comes with a sheet of over 100 3D puffy stickers to decorate the book (and wherever else children want...) with.

    The back of this activity book has card pages contains press-out bookmarks, door hangers, models, cards and postcards to colour and decorate. The owl illustrations are fun and eye-catching and it would be a wise purchase to inspire children's creativity.
  • ASYUC
    Julia Donaldson
    • £8.89
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    A special book and CD edition of the bestselling The Gruffalo. "A mouse took a stroll through the deep dark wood. A fox saw the mouse and the mouse looked good." Walk further into the deep dark wood, and discover what happens when a quick-witted mouse comes face to face with an owl, a snake ...and a hungry Gruffalo! Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's The Gruffalo is an undisputed modern classic and has become a best-selling phenomenon across the world with over 13.5 million copies sold. This award-winning rhyming story of a mouse and a monster has found its way into the hearts and bedtimes of an entire generation of children and will undoubtedly continue to enchant children for years and years to come. No home should be without The Gruffalo! The Gruffalo Book and CD Pack features the classic story with a stunning redesigned cover and finish, and a story CD read aloud by actress Imelda Staunton, making it a must-have addition to the bookshelves of all Donaldson and Scheffler fans - big and small! Other available book and CD packs with redesigned covers are The Gruffalo's Child, Room on the Broom, The Snail and the Whale, The Smartest Giant in Town, Monkey Puzzle, Charlie Cook's Favourite Book, and A Squash and a Squeeze.
  • Peppa Pig Collection - 10 Books - Collection - 9780241275771
    PGBG Toddlers
    Toddlers
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    • £12.99
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    This is a new collection of Peppa stories that comes in a big, green bag. It will delight fans of the star of the popular cartoon.

    With 10 stories to read through (all different from our previous collection - which you can find by searching product code PIGB), the books follow Peppa as she plays basketball; goes on holiday; and even meets the Queen. Her friends and family also have a chance to shine - George gets a brand new dinosaur toy; and Grampy Rabbit blasts off into space.

    With bright and bold artwork in every book and the familiar characters, this is an oink-some collection for young children who love all things Peppa!
  • FMPS 3 years +
    Jill Murphy
    3 years +
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    Familiar and very funny, Jill Murphy's Five Minutes' Peace is a picture book that appeals equally to toddlers and their put-upon parents.

    It tells the story of the Large family and, in particular, Mrs Large who just wants to take a moment to get away from the chaos of looking after so many excitable children.

    Now the classic story has been given an extra interactive element in the form of this sound book. It has eight noisy buttons that children will love to press and play as they read through the book.
  • SNJ2 3 years +
    Julia Donaldson
    3 years +
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    A fantastic football story, perfect for children learning to count and read. Written by Julia Donaldson, author of The Gruffalo. Spinderella the spider has a passion for football!

    She tries to play a match with her brothers and sisters but she doesn't know how many spiders should be on each team. Even worse, she can't count the goals! Luckily for Spinderella, her Hairy Godmother has a plan...
  • Kipper Collection - 10 Books in a Bag - Collection - 9781444937046 - Mick Inkpen
    KIPR 3 years +
    Mick Inkpen
    3 years +
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    • Just £1.20 per book
    Coming in a handy carry bag, this is a wonderful collection of 10 of Mick Inkpen's classic Kipper stories.

    A favourite with toddlers for over 25 years, the lovable dog Kipper celebrates his birthday; goes camping; chooses a new pet; and plays in the snow throughout these brilliant books.

    This collection is a barking brilliant gift that is sure to be cherished for a long time to come.
  • Say Hello to the Animals Collection - 5 Books - Collection - 9781509829163 - Ian Whybrow
    SAYH 3 years +
    3 years +
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    • Just £1.40 per book
    These gentle picture books from author Ian Whybrow will encourage children to say hello to a charming array of friendly animals.

    From those who live on the farm to the jungle and snow, these are lovely little books to read over and over again. They have rhyming text and beautiful artwork to pore over.

    There's even a bedtime book that has animals getting set for sleep - perfect for encouraging your little ones to do the same.
  • FLFP 3 years +
    Axel Scheffler
    3 years +
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    Children will love creating crazy combinations of animals by flipping the split pages featured in this interactive book from Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler.

    As well as the eye-catching artwork, the book has funny rhyming text and will help children learn all about different animal names and noises.

    Sure to be returned to again and again, there are over 100 different combinations to make and kids will love making a gorilla-chameleon hybrid known as a goeleon or even a toucan tiger - a touger!
  • The World of Peter Rabbit Complete Collection - 23 Books - Collection - 9780723275923 - Beatrix Potter
    WOPR 3 years +
    3 years +
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    • £34.99
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    • Just £1.52 per book
    Beautifully presented in hardback and featuring the classic white jackets, this complete boxed collection of Beatrix Potter's beloved Peter Rabbit books is a must for every child - and will make the perfect Christmas or christening gift.

    Having enchanted young readers for generations, the timeless books in this charming set also include publisher's notes describing how she worked with her publisher to create the charming stories.

    Format: hardback
    Every hardback book in this collection has dimensions of 140 x 105mm
  • NDNO 3 years +
    Jonathan Litton
    3 years +
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    Children aged 3 plus will love learning all about some of the mightiest prehistoric beasts - and hearing them roar! - with this brilliant sound book.

    A chunky board book packed with bright photographs, tactile textures and a sound button on every spread, it's a touch-and-feel book to take them back in time to an era when dinosaurs ruled the earth.