Recommended picture books to read to 3 year olds

Year Level: Early Years

A recommended reading book list that promotes the development of oral language skills in children aged 3 years old.

The books in this guide outline quality age-appropriate recommendations only and do not align with specific PLD programs. The lists have been created by speech pathologists with the aim of promoting the development of oral language skills. If you are seeking a list of picture books related to a specific PLD program, we recommended that you purchase the PLD program to access the picture books referenced in the program.

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    Recommended picture books to read to 4 year olds

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