Best Children's Books for 4-Year-Olds: Good for your kids

Discover enchanting tales, educational wonders & captivating adventures in the best books for 4-year-olds—spark joy & learning through diverse genres.

Hi, my name is Muhiuddin Alam. Welcome to my blog, or welcome back to my blog. In today's blog, I am going to share with you the recommended books for children around 4 years of age, the books that we read before. I have written a lot.

It's a blog where I do book recommendations and reviews. It mostly has to do with books, and today, that's what I want to do. 

I want to talk about the books that I have read aloud to my kids in the past couple of years when they have been kind of in that four and five-year-old time frame. 

Oftentimes, books read aloud for this age group are quick-paced as well as containing pictures.

You will get different books according to the 3 to 5 age group. Many of them we still read as favorites because books are usually something that children enjoy for a long time.

It's not like the one who liked it at the age of four doesn't like all of the solid boxes today. You might like a three or four, and things like that.

As children grow up, you can usually start introducing books with slightly longer storylines, fewer illustrations, and a little more detail. 

Fewer words from a vocabulary perspective onwards to complexity and themes like that. So, regarding these books, from a date perspective, you can check in all the previous blogs.

These books are highly recommended for 4-year-olds and cover a range of genres and themes, providing an enriching reading experience for young children, including classic stories, comics, look-and-find adventures, fantasy, education, and listening experience.

best-childrens-books-for-4-year-olds

What Books Are Worth Reading For 4-Year-Olds?

Nowadays, parents are paying more and more attention to the issue of early education for their babies. To cultivate their babies' reading ability from an early age, parents may wish to prepare more books for their babies. 

So, what kind of books are good for a 4-year-old baby? What books are suitable for 4-year-old babies? Is it okay for a 4-year-old baby to read? Considering the age specificity of 4-year-old babies, try to choose some books without words.

If they want their 4-year-old children to read, parents can start with the below books to stimulate their children's interest in reading and pave the way for their children's future reading. Parents, don’t think that books are meaningless. In the eyes of a 4-year-old child, a lot can be learned from the pictures and texts.

A collection of book lists for children aged 4-6! All good stuff! Highly recommended!

The following are books that our 4-and-a-half-year-old sister particularly likes. They are great books for parents and children to read together!

Top Picks for Young Readers Around The Age of Four

  • "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle
  • "Where the Wild Things Are" by Maurice Sendak
  • "Goodnight Moon" by Margaret Wise Brown
  • "The Snowy Day" by Ezra Jack Keats
  • "Corduroy" by Don Freeman
  • "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?" by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle
  • "Harold and the Purple Crayon" by Crockett Johnson
  • "Make Way for Ducklings" by Robert McCloskey
  • "Blueberries for Sal" by Robert McCloskey
  • "Caps for Sale" by Esphyr Slobodkina

Book Series Suitable for Preschoolers

  • "Frog and Toad" series by Arnold Lobel
  • "Little Bear" series by Else Holmelund Minarik
  • "Mr. Men and Little Miss" series by Roger Hargreaves
  • "Clifford the Big Red Dog" series by Norman Bridwell
  • "Berenstain Bears" series by Stan and Jan Berenstain
  • "Curious George" series by H.A. Rey and Margret Rey
  • "Angelina Ballerina" series by Katharine Holabird
  • "Llama Llama" series by Anna Dewdney
  • "Pete the Cat" series by James Dean
  • "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" series by Laura Numeroff

Bestsellers for The Early Childhood Age Group

  • "The Gruffalo" by Julia Donaldson
  • "Giraffes Can't Dance" by Giles Andreae
  • "The Day the Crayons Quit" by Drew Daywalt
  • "Dragons Love Tacos" by Adam Rubin
  • "The Pout-Pout Fish" by Deborah Diesen
  • "Press Here" by Hervé Tullet
  • "The Book with No Pictures" by B.J. Novak
  • "We're All Wonders" by R.J. Palacio
  • "The Wonderful Things You Will Be" by Emily Winfield Martin
  • "The Snail and the Whale" by Julia Donaldson

Engaging Story Books for Little Ones

  • "The Gruffalo" by Julia Donaldson
  • "Giraffes Can't Dance" by Giles Andreae
  • "The Day the Crayons Quit" by Drew Daywalt
  • "Dragons Love Tacos" by Adam Rubin
  • "The Pout-Pout Fish" by Deborah Diesen
  • "Press Here" by Hervé Tullet
  • "The Book with No Pictures" by B.J. Novak
  • "We're All Wonders" by R.J. Palacio
  • "The Wonderful Things You Will Be" by Emily Winfield Martin
  • "The Snail and the Whale" by Julia Donaldson

Educational Reads for The Preschool Age

  • "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle
  • "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?" by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle
  • "Caps for Sale" by Esphyr Slobodkina
  • "Blueberries for Sal" by Robert McCloskey
  • "The Snowy Day" by Ezra Jack Keats
  • "Goodnight Moon" by Margaret Wise Brown
  • "Make Way for Ducklings" by Robert McCloskey
  • "Harold and the Purple Crayon" by Crockett Johnson
  • "Corduroy" by Don Freeman
  • "Where the Wild Things Are" by Maurice Sendak

Imaginative Tales for The Young Ones

  • "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle
  • "Where the Wild Things Are" by Maurice Sendak
  • "Goodnight Moon" by Margaret Wise Brown
  • "The Snowy Day" by Ezra Jack Keats
  • "Corduroy" by Don Freeman
  • "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?" by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle
  • "Harold and the Purple Crayon" by Crockett Johnson
  • "Make Way for Ducklings" by Robert McCloskey
  • "Blueberries for Sal" by Robert McCloskey
  • "Caps for Sale" by Esphyr Slobodkina

Timeless Literature for Early Childhood

  • "The Tale of Peter Rabbit" by Beatrix Potter
  • "The Velveteen Rabbit" by Margery Williams
  • "Madeline" by Ludwig Bemelmans
  • "Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel" by Virginia Lee Burton
  • "The Story of Ferdinand" by Munro Leaf
  • "The Little Engine That Could" by Watty Piper
  • "Blueberries for Sal" by Robert McCloskey
  • "Make Way for Ducklings" by Robert McCloskey
  • "Corduroy" by Don Freeman
  • "Harold and the Purple Crayon" by Crockett Johnson

Comic Strips Designed for Little Readers

  • "Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea" by Ben Clanton
  • "Owly" by Andy Runton
  • "Benny and Penny in Just Pretend" by Geoffrey Hayes
  • "Toon Books" series by Various Authors
  • "Silly Lilly and the Four Seasons" by Agnès Rosenstiehl
  • "Benny Breakiron" series by Peyo
  • "A Trip to the Bottom of the World with Mouse" by Frank Viva
  • "Zita the Spacegirl" series by Ben Hatke
  • "Hilda and the Troll" by Luke Pearson
  • "Bera the One-Headed Troll" by Eric Orchard

Interactive Search-And-Find Books for Youngsters

  • "Where's Waldo?" by Martin Handford
  • "I Spy" series by Jean Marzollo and Walter Wick
  • "Richard Scarry's Busy, Busy Town" by Richard Scarry
  • "Look! A Book!" by Bob Staake
  • "Can You See What I See?" series by Walter Wick
  • "The Great Escape: A Lift-the-Flap Book" by Paul Adshead
  • "My Big Wimmelbook—Cars and Things That Go" by Stefan Lohr
  • "Look and Find: Disney Frozen 2" by Phoenix International Publications
  • "1001 Things to Spot on the Farm" by Gillian Doherty
  • "Search and Find Alphabet of Alphabets" by Allan Sanders

Humorous Tales for The Preschool Set

  • "The Book with No Pictures" by B.J. Novak
  • "Dragons Love Tacos" by Adam Rubin
  • "The Pout-Pout Fish" by Deborah Diesen
  • "The Day the Crayons Quit" by Drew Daywalt
  • "Giraffes Can't Dance" by Giles Andreae
  • "The Wonky Donkey" by Craig Smith
  • "Interrupting Chicken" by David Ezra Stein
  • "I Need a New Butt!" by Dawn McMillan
  • "The Dinosaur That Pooped a Planet" by Tom Fletcher and Dougie Poynter
  • "Penguin Problems" by Jory John and Lane Smith

Informative Literature for Early Learners

  • "The Big Book of Bugs" by Yuval Zommer
  • "National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Why" by Amy Shields
  • "The Digger and the Flower" by Joseph Kuefler
  • "What Do You Do with a Problem?" by Kobi Yamada
  • "The Water Princess" by Susan Verde and Georgie Badiel
  • "The Watcher: Jane Goodall's Life with the Chimps" by Jeanette Winter
  • "A is for Awesome!: 23 Iconic Women Who Changed the World" by Eva Chen
  • "The Darkest Dark" by Chris Hadfield
  • "The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind" by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer
  • "The Street Beneath My Feet" by Charlotte Guillain and Yuval Zommer

Engaging Fiction for The Four-Year-Old Audience

  • "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle
  • "Where the Wild Things Are" by Maurice Sendak
  • "Goodnight Moon" by Margaret Wise Brown
  • "The Snowy Day" by Ezra Jack Keats
  • "Corduroy" by Don Freeman
  • "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?" by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle
  • "Harold and the Purple Crayon" by Crockett Johnson
  • "Make Way for Ducklings" by Robert McCloskey
  • "Blueberries for Sal" by Robert McCloskey
  • "Caps for Sale" by Esphyr Slobodkina

Top Picks for Early Chapter Books Suitable for Preschoolers

At the age of 4, children are usually not ready for chapter books. Therefore we will try the below books.

  • "The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend" by Dan Santat
  • "I Want My Hat Back" by Jon Klassen
  • "The Day the Crayons Quit" by Drew Daywalt
  • "The Book with No Pictures" by B.J. Novak
  • "Dragons Love Tacos" by Adam Rubin
  • "The Pout-Pout Fish" by Deborah Diesen
  • "Giraffes Can't Dance" by Giles Andreae
  • "The Wonderful Things You Will Be" by Emily Winfield Martin
  • "The Snail and the Whale" by Julia Donaldson
  • "The Gruffalo" by Julia Donaldson

Faith-Based Stories for Young Children

  • "The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name" by Sally Lloyd-Jones
  • "God Gave Us You" by Lisa Tawn Bergren
  • "The Berenstain Bears Say Their Prayers" by Stan and Jan Berenstain
  • "The Beginner's Bible: Timeless Children's Stories" by Zondervan
  • "The Donkey Who Carried a King" by R.C. Sproul
  • "The Parable of the Lily" by Liz Curtis Higgs
  • "The Tale of Three Trees" by Angela Elwell Hunt
  • "The Oak Inside the Acorn" by Max Lucado
  • "The Prince Warriors" by Priscilla Shirer
  • "The Garden, the Curtain and the Cross" by Carl Laferton
  • "The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name" by Sally Lloyd-Jones
  • "God Gave Us You" by Lisa Tawn Bergren
  • "The Berenstain Bears Say Their Prayers" by Stan and Jan Berenstain
  • "The Beginner's Bible: Timeless Children's Stories" by Zondervan
  • "The Donkey Who Carried a King" by R.C. Sproul
  • "The Parable of the Lily" by Liz Curtis Higgs
  • "The Tale of Three Trees" by Angela Elwell Hunt
  • "The Oak Inside the Acorn" by Max Lucado
  • "The Prince Warriors" by Priscilla Shirer
  • "The Garden, the Curtain and the Cross" by Carl Laferton

Audio Resources for Early Listeners

  • "The Gruffalo" by Julia Donaldson (Narrated by Imelda Staunton)
  • "Room on the Broom" by Julia Donaldson (Narrated by Josie Lawrence)
  • "Where the Wild Things Are" by Maurice Sendak (Narrated by Peter Schickele)
  • "The Snail and the Whale" by Julia Donaldson (Narrated by Imelda Staunton)
  • "Giraffes Can't Dance" by Giles Andreae (Narrated by Hugh Laurie)
  • "The Day the Crayons Quit" by Drew Daywalt (Narrated by Marc Thompson)
  • "The Pout-Pout Fish" by Deborah Diesen (Narrated by Alexander Gould)
  • "Dragons Love Tacos" by Adam Rubin (Narrated by Rob McClure)
  • "The Book with No Pictures" by B.J. Novak (Narrated by B.J. Novak)
  • "The Wonderful Things You Will Be" by Emily Winfield Martin (Narrated by Kate Rudd)

Educational Materials for The Pre-K Age

  • "Elmer's Dragon" by David McKee
  • "Princess Cora's Crocodile" by Laura Amy Schlitz and Brian Floca
  • "James and the Giant Peach" by Roald Dahl
  • "The BFG" by Roald Dahl
  • "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" by Roald Dahl
  • "Pete the Cat" series by James Dean
  • "Elephant and Piggie" series by Mo Willems
  • "My Weird School" series by Dan Gutman
  • "Captain Underpants" series by Dav Pilkey
  • "My Weird School" series by Dan Gutman

Activity-Filled Books for The Little Ones

  • "My First Big Book of Coloring" by Little Bee Books
  • "The Big Fun Kindergarten Workbook" by Highlights Learning
  • "My First Learn to Write Workbook" by Crystal Radke
  • "The Complete Book of Numbers & Counting" by School Zone
  • "The Big Book of Preschool Activities" by Kimberly A. Hutmacher
  • "The Ultimate Kindergarten Prep Guide" by Teacher-Created Resources
  • "My First Book of Mazes" by Kumon Publishing
  • "The Big Book of Shapes and Patterns" by School Zone
  • "The Big Book of Alphabet Activities" by Mary Beth Spann
  • "The Big Book of Kindergarten Puzzles" by Highlights Learning

Inclusive Literature for Children on The Autism Spectrum

  • "All My Stripes: A Story for Children with Autism" by Shaina Rudolph and Danielle Royer
  • "The Autism Acceptance Book: Being a Friend to Someone with Autism" by Ellen Sabin
  • "My Brother Charlie" by Holly Robinson Peete and Ryan Elizabeth Peete
  • "The Survival Guide for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders (And Their Parents)" by Elizabeth Verdick and Elizabeth Reeve
  • "Different Like Me: My Book of Autism Heroes" by Jennifer Elder
  • "The Asperkid's (Secret) Book of Social Rules by Jennifer Cook O'Toole
  • "The Incredible 5-Point Scale" by Kari Dunn Buron and Mitzi Curtis
  • "The Reason I Jump by Naoki Higashida
  • "The Girl Who Thought in Pictures" by Julia Finley Mosca
  • "Uniquely Wired: A Story About Autism and Its Gifts" by Julia Cook

Illustrated Stories for The Preschool Age Group

  • "Nibbles: The Book Monster" by Emma Yarlett
  • "The Day the Crayons Quit" by Drew Daywalt
  • "The Gruffalo" by Julia Donaldson
  • "Room on the Broom" by Julia Donaldson
  • "Where the Wild Things Are" by Maurice Sendak
  • "The Snail and the Whale" by Julia Donaldson
  • "Giraffes Can't Dance" by Giles Andreae
  • "The Pout-Pout Fish" by Deborah Diesen
  • "Dragons Love Tacos" by Adam Rubin
  • "The Book with No Pictures" by B.J. Novak 

Conclusion: Best Children's Books for 4-Year-Olds

The above books can not only meet the reading needs of 4-year-old children but also stimulate their imagination and creativity, while also allowing them to learn from them and feel the beauty of life.

Diverse Children's Book Finder Tool

Looking for Diverse Stories for Young Readers?

Discover and explore children's literature featuring diverse representations to match specific interests.

Get Diverse Book

Reading Rewards

Do you prefer to listen rather than read? If so, here’s a nice opportunity to try Audible for 30 days.

Need a bookish gift? Give the gift of reading to the book lovers in your life.

Get new posts by email

Your information is protected and I never spam, ever.

'ReadingAndThinking.com' content is reader-supported. "As an Amazon Associate, when you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.".

See Disclaimer.
Next Post Previous Post

Related Post

Book Recommender Tool

Looking For More Books To Read?

Explore and find your next good read - Book Recommendations for specific interests.

Get Book Suggestions

Discover ratings, reviews, summaries, and genres.

Book Summary Tool

Instant Any Book Summary

Explore and find your next Book Summary for specific interests.

Get Book Summary

Discover ratings, reviews, summaries, and genres.

Book Series Finder Tool

Looking For Books Series To Read?

Explore and find Book Series for specific interests.

Get Book Series

Recent Post

Book Reviews

Popular Posts