5 Best Books for 4 Year Olds

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List of Top 5 Rated Books for 4 Year Old Kids



The Barnyard Boogie:  Original Puppet Book

Author:  Jim Post

The Barnyard Boogie is a puppet book where the puppet is the mouth of a donkey and is used to talk during the story.  This book is full of barnyard characters children of all ages will enjoy and, combined with the puppet, will be a favorite book in no time.

This story will have everyone reading along in no time.  The rhyming lyrics and colorful animals will keep attention while providing plenty of opportunities to learn animals and objects on the farm.  A must read children’s book that will have them learning without them knowing.

I Like Myself

Author:  Karen Beaumont

This book is all about self-esteem and knowing what it truly important.  And it takes a little girl to figure it all out.  “I like ME!” she shouts repeatedly throughout the book.  As she changes colors and designs, she doesn’t care what others see because they aren’t seeing all of her.

What a wonderful lesson to learn.  But kids also love the colorful illustrations to keep them interested. Some books teach about animals, or cars, or colors.  But this one teaches about life, making it one of the best books for kids.  If they can grasp the confidence and self-esteem messages in this book, they will be ahead of the game.

How I Became a Pirate

Author:  Melinda Long

One of the best books for 4 year olds, this delightful book recalls the tale of Jeremy Jacob and how he became a famous pirate while digging a sandcastle on the beach one day.  Jeremy always fancied being a pirate, but found out that perhaps the pirate life wasn’t what it was cracked up to be.

Some of the manners are lacking and perhaps following Mom and Dad’s rules aren’t so bad after all. Explore the world of pirates, and learn just how good you have it right here on dry land.

Llama, Llama, Red Pajama

Author: Anna Dewdney

Every little child’s rite of passage begins with separation anxiety.  When the parent leaves, are they coming back?  That’s the dilemma Baby Llama is faced with after being tucked in at night.  He tried to be brave but just couldn’t overcome his fear that his Mama was not coming back.

But Mama always came back.  And this message needs to be delivered to children time and again. A fun read with simple rhyming lyrics and a story to remember makes this one of the best books for four year olds, AND  their parents.

Giraffes Can’t Dance

Author:  Giles Andreae

Gerald the Giraffe just wants to bust a move like all of his other Jungle buddies.  But everyone makes fun of Gerald with his long wobbly legs.  But once Gerald finds the right music to move to, his “buddies” soon find that he isn’t so funny on the dance floor after all.

The story is one of the best books for kids who are at the age to learn social skills and self-esteem through engaging characters and an easy to read storyline.


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