Top 7 Books for 4 Years Olds

Books for preschoolers: How they interact with books at this age

We’ve got 7 books for preschoolers we’re eager to get in front of them! According to Nemours Kids Health, children in this age range are able to listen to longer books read to them; look at books on their own; re-tell a story you read often; recognize words that rhyme; and even understand that print is read from left to right, top to bottom! Plus, it’s a great opportunity to bond with your child and get in some much needed cuddle time. With that being said, let’s get started!

1. Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons

The optimism in this book is contagious! Pete’s buttons keep popping off his shirt and instead of being frustrated, he sings, ‘buttons come and buttons go.’ It’s nice to find books for preschoolers that model ways to handle emotions. This book is a nice way to introduce subtraction as well.

2. Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes

If your preschooler likes singing while reading, this book is for them! Pete keeps stepping on things that change the color of his shoes but instead of crying, he sings. Great book to reinforce colors!

3. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

This rhyming book has quite the beat! What a creative way to use the letters of the alphabets as the main characters in a story. Ask your preschoolers to snap, clap or tap a drum while you read.

4. The Snowy Day

A young boy goes for a walk on newly fallen snow. We follow his adventures as he crunches through the snow, has a snowball fights and saves a snowball for later. Growing up, I remember reading this book because it featured someone who looked like me.

5. Whistle for Willie

The same young boy (Peter) from The Snowy Day is trying to learn to whistle. We follow him exploring outdoors and trying his very best to whistle so his dog would be surprised. This story does a nice job of showcasing the rewards that come from practicing! That lesson alone makes it one of our favorite books for preschoolers.

6. Giraffes Can’t Dance

Another rhyming book! This one explores emotions one might feel when they are made fun of plus highlights the unique qualities each of us brings to the table. It also touches on how a talking to a friend can change your perspective…for the better. Definitely one of the must-read books for preschoolers.

7. We Don’t Eat Our Classmates

This is one of the best books for preschoolers because it is relatable. The story describes first day of school jitters; explores getting along with others at school, and empathy. The main character is a dinosaur and her antics will elicit a chuckle or two from your preschooler!

Pro Tip:

  • Don’t give away the books you read to your preschooler when they were younger. At age 4, they might start reading those books to you! Time to bring back some of the classics–Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See and Goodnight Moon!
  • Feel guilty about your preschooler being in front of a screen? But need to take a shower and have them stay in one place? Here’s a compromise you might be happy with:
    • On YouTube there is a preschool class (SCOPE Preschool) re-enacting Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons and Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes. The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation has a beautifully animated reading of One Snowy Day, as well.

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