Children's Books

5 Books for 4 Year Olds

My goddaughter is now 4! And while we still enjoy many of the same titles from my (esp. Biscuit) I thought I’d do an update on some of the books we’ve recently found enjoyable.

1. Step Into Reading Disney Princess Books – Titles we enjoy are Winter Wishes, A Pony for a Princess, Surprise for a Princess. At our house we enjoy princesses equally with dinosaurs. Both are enchanting for the imaginary thinking of a four year old. These step into reading books are colorful and quick reads with characters she already knows and enjoys.

2. The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? We found this one at our library, and being by one of our favorite authors Mo Willems, we knew we’d enjoy it. However we absolutely LOVED it! Willems does it again with hot headed Pigeon and a very polite duckling teaching kids about asking nicely for something and sharing. We also enjoyed the newest Pigeon book The Pigeon Needs a Bath!(Which is the Goodreads choice for best picture book of 2014.)

3. Amelia Bedelia Now that she’s older and can understand why the things that Amelia Bedelia does are silly she really enjoys these books. Dressing the chicken is esp a favorite part for us. You have to watch what you say to Amelia Bedelia because she takes everything literally, but at least she makes a great lemon meringue pie.

4. The Great Fairy Race This is the only Tinkerbell book that we come back to again and again. I’ve read it to her so many times I can practically recite it. I don’t know if it’s the diversity of the Fairies and their “rides” for the race or the way that the races ends (a twist on the tortoise and the hare story) but she loves this book.

5. Cap’n Smudge – A great story about bullies and revenge and the consequences of our actions with the amazing art of Robin James. Now out of print like many of the Serendipity books that I remember as a child. I pick them up whenever I see them at thrift stores or garage sales because they are so dear and the art is so amazing. Cap’n Smudge and The Dream Tree are our two favorites.

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