What to read with a two year old

Thursday, 26 May, 2016

Philip Ardagh has written an open letter to Simon Cowell in response to his comments that the books he is reading to his son are “quite boring”. Philip said “A good librarian can point you in the direction of some amazing books for your son. There really are some wonderful children’s books waiting to be shared, and a professional librarian can help you access them”. 

ASCEL never can resist a challenge and we’ve enlisted librarians across the country to provide a list of stories which have been tried, tested and loved by two year olds.

We love to see dads sharing books with their young children. Books for two year olds need to be immediately appealing. They also need to offer reassurance and familiarity, as well as new experiences. They should feature strong, memorable characters to help children build their emotional skills and support speech and language development. Above all they should be fun for children and their parents.


We hope Simon and Eric enjoy some of the great books in this list –available of course -from local libraries.

Sarah Mears

Chair ASCEL: The Association of Senior Children’s and Education Librarians

Books to read with a two year old

Philip Ardagh's original letter