Good 4 Year Old Reading Books They’ll Love
Did you know that reading to your 4-5 year old now gives them a significant advantage?
In fact, reading to 4-5 year olds for 3-5 days a week has the same effect on their reading skills as being 6 months older. Reading to them for 6-7 days a week pushes that up to 12 months older. (source)
That’s incredible! And what a great reason to dig into these best reading books for 4 year olds.
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40 Best Kids Books for 4 Year Olds
First, these books 1-20 are great for all types of kids and fun to read aloud.
1. The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt (Ages 3-7)
#1 New York Times bestseller
Duncan just wants to color, but when he opens his box of crayons, he discovers all of his crayons have quit!
Black doesn’t want to be used just for outlines. Blue is tired of coloring only water. And yellow and orange are no longer on speaking terms.
In this uniquely original story, you’ll explore funny personalities and colorful illustrations with your little one.
2. The Rabbit Listened by Cori Doerrfeld (Ages 3-5)
“A New York Times bestseller and a perfect gift for any special occasion.”
This is a moving book for both young readers and adults to learn about kindness, empathy, and the importance of just listening.
When something sad happens, Taylor doesn’t know how to feel. So, he turns to his animal friends for guidance. But it’s his rabbit friend who comforts him by simply listening when Taylor needs it most.
3. The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson (Ages 3-7)
A silly and outrageous story of a mouse and his creative imagination! When mouse is feeling afraid of others, he invents the Gruffalo.
But when alone in the woods he should have “no worry to show, after all there’s no such thing as a Gruffalo…”
See The Gruffalo here >>
4. How to Catch a Dinosaur by Adam Wallace (Ages 4-10)
#1 Best Seller
Do YOU have what it takes to catch a prehistoric creature?! Join the Catch Club Kids on another daring adventure to seek out the alluring dinosaur. Discover if they can prove these animals do still roam among us!
5. I’ve Loved You Since Forever by Hoda Kotb (Ages 4-8)
*New York Times #1 Best Seller
You’ll love this beautiful and poetic anthem of a parents’ love for their child.
Snuggle up with your kid as you read the lyrical text and enjoy the colorful illustrations. This story is inspired by the Today Show host’s journey and timeless love for her adopted daughter.
6. Preschool, Here I Come! by D.J. Steinberg (Ages 3-5)
Preschool can be a year full of “firsts” so make sure to celebrate with your little scholar!
Enjoy these funny, joyful poems with your soon-to-be preschooler to make sure you’re both ready for the school year. Now includes a sheet of stickers!
7. Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri
*New York Times Bestseller
Dragons love every type of taco you could imagine. But did you know they don’t like spicy salsa? In fact, if they have even the tiniest amount, you’re in trouble.
Follow this hilarious story of a dragon party full of tacos, and an ending you’ll never forget.
8. Biscuit Visits the Doctor by Alyssa Satin Capucilli (Ages 4-8)
Follow along with our favorite puppy to visit the doctor’s office. The doctor’s office can be scary, but with Biscuit we can learn and have fun together! This book is also great to prepare your toddler for their first visit to the doctor’s office.
9. World of Eric Carle, Around the Farm 30-Button Animal Sound Book (Ages 3-5)
#1 Best Seller
Around the Farm features the art of Eric Carle, writer and illustrator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar. It’s a multisensory reading experience that will keep young readers engaged for hours! Stroll around the farm while learning the sounds of all their favorite farm animals.
10. Big City Adventures: Paw Patrol the Movie (Ages 3-7)
*Includes fun stickers!
Join the Paw Patrol crew, Marshal, Zuma, Rocky, Rubble, Sky, & Chase as they save the day in Adventure CITY! You’ll also meet the newest pup member–Liberty!
This exciting story is direct from the new Paw Patrol Movie.
11. Disney Encanto Little Golden Book by Naibe Reynoso (Age 2-5)
Disney Encanto tells the magical tale of the extraordinary Madrigal family, their enchanting house, and the powerful magic that surrounds them all. Well, almost all of them…
Join the millions who have fallen in love with this unique family and discover why we don’t talk about Bruno!
12. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Helen Oxenbury & Michael Rosen (Ages 2-5)
*Best classic books for 4 year olds
“We’re going on a bear hunt. We’re going to catch a big one.”
Are you brave enough to join a father and his children on an adventure through the wilderness in search of a bear cave? Do you think they’ll find what they are looking for?
13. I Love You to the Moon and Back by Amelia Hepworth (Ages 2-5)
#1 Best Seller
Follow along with a bear and cub as they go about their day and show each other, with simple loving gestures, just how much they care. It’s a beautiful reminder that you can show your child your love any time of the day or night!
14. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff (Ages 4-8)
#1 Best Seller
Introduce your little one to Mouse and discover what can happen if you give a mouse a cookie! With rhythmic text, funny adventures, and bright illustrations, young children will ask to read this classic story again and again.
15. The Pigeon Needs a Bath! by Mo Willems (Ages 3-5)
*Goodreads Choice Award Winner
Pigeon really needs a bath. Pigeon doesn’t want to take a bath (he took one weeks ago and isn’t that enough?!). It’s going to take some work with the help of our reader to get Pigeon into the water! Can you do it?
Other gems in the popular pigeon series include: The Pigeon HAS to Go to School & Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!
16. See You Later, Alligator by Sally Hopgood (Ages 3-6)
Watch as tortoise says goodbye to all of his animal friends. Then, giggle as he gets more and more creative with each farewell. The expressive pictures and silly story make See You Later, Alligator a treat that children will love for years.
17. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss (Ages 3-7)
*Great beginner rhyming book: fun, funny, & easy to read
In this iconic classic, we find Sam-I-Am trying to get the main character to try something new. You’ll discover the best tongue twisters and silly rhymes to keep you and your child entertained. Plus, you’ll find out if he ends up liking those green eggs and ham!
18. The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
*Great classic book for the start of preschool and kindergarten
While school is about to start for Chester the raccoon, he’s scared and doesn’t want to go. To help, Chester’s mother shares a family secret called the kissing hand. The simple gesture helps Chester know that she’ll always be with him.
19. A Collection of Stories: Books for 4 Year Olds
Enjoy your favorite nursery rhymes together in this unique collection of The Ugly Duckling, Jack and the Beanstalk, and The Princess and the Pea along with new and exciting stories that your child hasn’t heard before.
20. The Beginner’s Bible: Timeless Children’s Stories (Ages 0-4)
With more than 90 memorable bible stories, this children’s edition is perfect to start their faith filled journey.
Easy-to-read text with beautiful and colorful illustrations create the perfect gift for religious holidays and first communion/baptisms.
Good 4 Year Old Books for Boys
Next, while these books for 4 year olds can be loved by girls too, they feature some things that boys especially love.
21. Mighty Monster Machines (Blaze & the Monster Machines) By Golden Books (Ages 2-5)
This book stars Blaze from the new action-packed Nickelodeon series! Boys will be thrilled as the truck transforms into multiple machines on an adventure alongside his friend (and driver) AJ.
22. A Day At the Fire Station by Richard Scarry (Ages 3-7)
Fast fire trucks make it fun to save the day! Kids everywhere will enjoy this engaging story and learn about all the cool things at the fire station.
See A Day at the Firestation here >>
23. Once There Was a Boy Boxed Set by Oliver Jeffers (Ages 2-8)
*Sweet book series for 4 year olds
Read three popular picture books in one fun collection. Follow the sweet unnamed boy in How to Catch a Star, Lost and Found, and The Way Back Home.
This boxed set makes a great gift for your favorite little boy!
Great Books for 4 Year Old Girls
These reads will delight little girls (and some boys) too!
24. How to Catch a Unicorn by Adam Wallace (Ages 4-10)
#1 New York Times Best Seller
Is your little girl obsessed with unicorns?
Read this silly story as the author explores STEAM concepts and crazy traps, all in the hopes of catching that elusive rainbow unicorn.
25. Pinkalicious: 5-Minute Pinkalicious Stories by Victoria Kann (Ages 4-8)
*It’s only 5 minutes!
Fans of the Pinkalicious television show will adore these short stories for 4-year-olds. Not only is it fun to follow along on the adventures, but they make for great bedtime stories that don’t drag on before bed.
26. I’m Ready to Read with Minnie Interactive Read-Along Sound Book (Ages 3-7)
*Great for early readers!
Help your child take their first steps towards reading with Minnie Mouse! The book features 10 sound buttons that make for an interactive experience and keep your young reader coming back for more.
Best Learn to Read Books for 4 Year Olds
This list includes great books for 4 year olds to read themselves. They cover basic sight words, phonics, and more.
27. I Can Read Phonics: Pete the Cat by James Dean and Kimberly Dean (Ages 4-8)
*Learn to read with Pete the Cat!
Use these 12 beginner Pete the Cat books to start your child on their reading journey! This set was reviewed by a phonics expert, and features examples of long and short vowel sounds, as well as common sight words.
28. Learn to Read: Phonics Storybook: 25 Simple Stories & Activities for Beginner Readers (Ages 3-5)
These simple stories use phonics and colorful pages to help your young reader gain confidence and skill. You’ll find 25 funny stories, essential word families, and educational activities that help kids remember the sounds they’ve learned.
29. How Rocket Learned to Read by Tad Hills (Ages 3-7)
*New York Times Best Seller
Make reading fun to your beginning reader with this heartwarming story that follows your favorite dog Rocket, and his yellow bird friend. In this book, Rocket learns his alphabet and how to sound out words all on his own.
30. There is a Bird on Your Head by Mo Willems (Ages 3-6)
*Award winning books for 4 year olds
Gerald discovers first one, then two birds on his head! Will Piggie be able to help her friend?
Read There is a Bird on Your Head to find out! >>
Non Fiction & Educational 4 Year Old Books
Need an introduction to educational and activity books? This is a great list!
31. My First Book of Planets: All About the Solar System for Kids by Bruce Betts PhD (Ages 3-5)
This book is perfect for your space explorer at home! With big beautiful images, easy-to-understand descriptions, and fun facts, your young astronomer will be captivated by the wonders of space.
32. The Backyard Bug Book for Kids by Lauren Davidson (Ages 3-5)
#1 Best Seller
The Backyard Bug Book is the ultimate educational adventure!
Through the pictures, facts, stories, and activities your little one will be excited to crawl into the sensational world of bugs. Plus, they’ll learn about common bugs they’re likely to find during the day.
33. My First Book of Pencil Control: Practice Pattern Writing by Wonder House Books
See this fun activity book that’s perfect for the early learner! By following arrows, dotted lines, and patterns, your little one will develop pencil control and fine motor skills.
34. In My Heart: A Book of Feelings by Jo Witek (Books for 2-4 Year Olds)
Our hearts can have so many feelings–angry, sad, excited, happy, disappointed, scared–and each child should celebrate their feelings of all kinds.
This whimsically written and illustrated book helps children identify their emotions and articulate how they are feeling.
35. First 100 Animals Sticker Book by Roger Priddy (Ages 3-6)
*Over 500 stickers!
Help your preschooler learn about animals with this fun activity book! Increase their vocabulary and improve hand-eye coordination with interactive stickers, colorful images, and animal names.
36. Kindness is My Superpower by Alicia Ortego (Ages 3-7)
“The best social-emotional learning (SEL) book for raising kind children.” – Amazon
Over 90 percent of parents say they want their kids to be caring, but how do we help them see the power of empathy and compassion? This book will help!
Follow Lucas as he learns about what it means to be kind through everyday examples.
37. Ocean Animals Preschool Activity Book: 75 Games to Learn Letters, Numbers, Colors, and Shapes (Ages 3-5)
*Vibrant ocean activities that make learning fun
Go on underwater adventures with your favorite sea creatures to learn about colors, numbers, shapes, patterns, and more.
38. Carson Dellosa Trace Numbers Workbook for Preschool-Kindergarten—Number Tracing Practice Book (Ages 3-5)
*Great price and value!
This fun activity workbook features 32 pages of focused practice on early writing and phonics skills. This book is perfect for the classroom, at daycare, and in homeschool settings.
39. Little Kids First Big Book of Reptiles and Amphibians (Ages 4-8)
Explore the exciting world of reptiles with your child!
This reference book for young kids answers fun questions like “what’s the biggest reptile in the world?” and will have your young one coming back to it again and again.
40. Fun to Find!: Search the Page by Krissy Bonning-Gould (Ages 3-5)
And finally, this Fun to Find book will keep kids busy as they explore colorful scenes. They’ll search and find things like a shooting star or a dog with a frisbee. Every page is a new adventure!
Tips on Making Reading Fun
Now that you have your good books for 4 year olds, these tips will make your kids’ reading experience exciting.
Bookmarks – Have kids color these fun bookmarks to use when they read their books (prints from the post). Or buy a special bookmark that highlights an interest of your child.
Coupons – Challenge your kids to read for so many minutes a day or a certain number of books. When they hit the number, let them pick out one of these free coupons.
Go to a different library – Instead of going to the same library each time, switch it up occasionally. Kids will love exploring new surroundings.
Read together – Finally, don’t forget the study in the introduction! Reading aloud at any age is great for kids’ development – and can be a fun family thing too. (And if it seems like too much work, try an audiobook instead. There’s no shame in making things easier.)
*For more reading templates to get kids hooked on reading, see the bonus section of the Kids Routine Pack.
Free Pdf of the 4 Year old kids!
To Consider With Books for 4 Year Olds
That’s it! I hope you enjoyed this big list of 4 year olds books for kids. Use the list for your birthday and holiday gifts, or take the list to the library to keep your kids reading all the time.
What’s your favorite book to read to your little one? Leave a comment below and let me know.
Do you have a child who’s a different age?
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