Top 7 Best Historical Books for 3-year-olds

Little ones will love delving into the past with these exciting historical books for 3-year-olds. Featuring roaring dinosaurs, classic tales that have enchanted children for generations, and historical facts that will fascinate kids, these brilliant titles are sure to inspire a love of historical books in young readers.

1. Dinosaur Roar!

Paul & Henrietta Stickland

Endorsed by the Natural History Museum, this bestselling picture book features vibrant illustrations, dynamic rhyming text and a colourful cast of dinosaurs! It's perfect for reading aloud, and children will love the eye-catching pictures. The book even includes a brilliant pull-out poster. It's roar-some!

2. The World of Peter Rabbit

Beatrix Potter

This enchanting series of books features an assortment of adorable animals and the exciting adventures they share. First published in 1902, 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.

3. Classic Tales Picture Books

Parents and children alike can enjoy these wonderful classic stories and fairy tales which have entertained children for centuries, now retold in an accessible way with fresh, fun artwork. Fall down the rabbit-hole in Alice in Wonderland; travel along the Yellow Brick Road in The Wizard of Oz; be mesmerised by the music of The Pied Piper of Hamelin, and discover many more thrilling tales.

4. The Wind in the Willows

Kenneth Grahame

Published in 1908, this unforgettable tale stars Mole, who pokes his nose out of his burrow and discovers that the world is a very exciting place. He comes to meet brave Ratty, kind old Badger and the pesky Mr. Toad, and they all set off on a thrilling adventure together. Charming and engaging, little ones will adore this delightful story.

5. My Very First Castles Book

Abigail Wheatley

Little ones can discover just what it's like to be the king or queen of a magnificent castle in this fun and exhilarating book! Find out lots about kings, queens, knights, banquets and jousting, all of which helps to build on children's vocabulary in a fantastically fun way.

6. Peep Inside: Beauty and the Beast


This absolutely stunning and spellbinding book features die-cut artwork, laser-cut holes, flaps, cutaways and lots of sumptuous illustrations. When Belle's father stumbles upon the Beast's castle, he is taken prisoner, and Belle must rush to the rescue. She agrees to take her father's place, but once she gets to know the Beast, she sees beyond his rough, tough exterior, and helps him unearth his human side once more. This tale is sure to enchant little ones.

7. Roar! Roar! Baby Dinosaur


This colourful book is not only wonderfully vibrant and full of appealing illustrations... it also has flaps and makes lots of beastly sounds! This is the perfect book to bring prehistoric fun to all kids who love dinosaurs and develop children's vocabulary.

  • Usborne: My Very First Castles Book - Board - 9781409564157 - Abigail Wheatley
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    My Very First Castles Book will show little ones just what it feels like to be king or queen of the castle!

    There is information about kings, queens, knights, banquets and jousting featured in the non-fiction book and the full-colour illustrations will also help children develop their vocabulary skills before starting school.

    With its de-knight-ful illustrations and plenty of new words for children aged 3+ to learn, the book has many things for the young reader to spot and then discuss as they share with a parent.
  • The World of Peter Rabbit Complete Collection - 23 Books - Collection - 9780723275923 - Beatrix Potter
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    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
  • Peep Inside: Beauty and the Beast - Hardback - 9781474920544
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    Beauty and the Beast is one of the classic fairy tales and this book brings it up to date with stunning die-cut artwork and laser-cut holes and cutaways.

    When Belle's inventor father stumbles upon the Beast's castle and is taken prisoner, she comes to the rescue and agrees to take his place. She manages to see beneath the Beast's exterior and helps him discover his human side once again...

    Perfect for sharing, the intricate images and holes make this book one that will enchant the whole family.
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    Endorsed by the Natural History Museum, Dinosaur Roar! is a bestselling picture book that is widely heralded as a modern classic.

    Full of cheerful rhyming text, it's perfect for reading aloud and the images are truly eye-catching. Ideal for preschoolers who are fascinated by all things prehistoric, the book even includes a pull-out poster.
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    Bring some prehistoric sounds to your children's reading with this brilliantly noisy dinosaur book from the experts at DK.

    Not only are there sounds to listen to but also flaps to lift (with hidden dinosaurs underneath) and a sparkly, touch-and-feel front cover. There are rhyming sounds for parents to read out loud and the funny story will be enjoyed time and time again.

    Designed to develop preschool knowledge and vocabulary, some of the beastly sounds are light activated. Very high quality, this is an excellent early learning book for any child who loves dinosaurs.
  • Classic Tales Picture Book Collection - 12 Books - Collection - 9781787001336
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    These adaptations of classic stories and fairy tales will delight children of all ages. They're perfect for sharing with children at reading time and the likes of The Three Billy Goats Gruff, Beowulf the Brave and The Velveteen Rabbit are all included.

    With their beautifully appealing artwork, they are stories you may remember from your own childhood but they have been retold in an accessible way and with a completely fresh look.

    Children will love falling down the rabbit-hole into Wonderland; following the Yellow Brick Road to meet the Wizard of Oz; and dancing to the tune of The Pied Piper of Hamelin.
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    A classic of children's literature, The Wind in the Willows is written by Kenneth Grahame and this edition features the beautiful original artwork from E.H. Shepard, the illustrator of Winnie-the-Pooh.

    Mole pokes his nose out of his burrow and discovers that the outside world is a very exciting place. On his travels he meets brave Ratty, kind old Badger and the rascally Mr. Toad and they all head off on an adventure together.

    A charming story from start to finish, this is a classic animal adventure full of iconic characters. A must for every child's bookshelf.