Best Books for 4 Year Olds

7 The Most Popular Developing Books for 4 Year Olds

We have listed for you 7 GREAT, favorite kids books that will jump-start your little one’s already-active imagination and have them hooked to reading for life!

List of Popular Kids Books

Lion Who Has Never Given Up

Simple story but highlights a great trait for the child’s success at an early age. 3-year-old kids will surely enjoy reading the book with talking lions and detailed illustrations, just like how my child enjoyed it.

My kid loves to watch Leo in my laptop too, because it comes with a free video version of the book. I will not hesitate to order this book for my nieces and nephews, or a gift for baby showers and birthday.

If my child loves to read and watch Leo over and over, I am sure other kids will love it too. This is the first time I’ve bought a book by Eric Russell, but believe me I love it.

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Llama Llama Red Pajama book coverLlama Llama Red Pajama

This is a delightful picture book about a young llama who creates a ton of drama over going to bed! Written in a lovely rhyming format, the book is perfect for a read-aloud every night. It is part of a series of hugely popular Llama books for four year olds and even younger children.

Some of the books such as Llama Llama Mad at Mama, Llama Llama Time to Share, and Llama Llama misses Mama have been very enthusiastically received by kids as well as their parents. The main reason being that besides making the story-time both interactive and fun for the children, these books cater to the parents as well because they address important behavioral issues and parental ones. The Llama storybooks make parenting a breeze as well. So, it’s a win-win!

The Story-line: Baby llama is put to bed, after being read a story, by his Mama. As soon as she goes down, he starts fidgeting. He wants water. And he wants it now. He keeps calling for his Mama who is busy on the phone. Once his soft calls turn to full-on bawling, his Mama comes rushing and soothes him right away,

About the Author: Anna Dewdney loves nothing more than to spend the day in her studio, making funny pictures and creating wonderful stories for children. She is a mother of two daughters and has two dogs.

  • Why your child will love ‘Llama Llama Red Pajama’?

The beautiful illustrations, the sing-song rhymes, the fun with the llama drama will definitely make this a favorite with your preschooler.

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Giraffes Can't Dance book coverGiraffes Can’t Dance

This should be among one of the best books for 4 year olds as it talks about a very sensitive and necessary issue among kids – insecurity. It’s about how a giraffe wants to dance but is unable to and is taunted and jeered at by other animals. But he overcomes the odds and learns to dance anyway.

The Story-line: Gerald, the giraffe has an issue. He wants to dance but he can’t. The whole jungle is swaying and dancing for an annual Jungle Dance in Africa but poor Gerald feels ‘very, very sad’ because he believes he is horrible at it. The animals taunt him and make fun of him. Luckily for him, he meets a very jaunty Cricket who helps him realize that he can dance just the way he wants. He should just choose a different song. Thus, Gerald dances.

About the Author: Giles Andreae has bestsellers to his name as well as awards. He is also the creator of the bestselling picture book – Rumble in the Jungle and many more.

  • Why your child will love ‘Giraffes Can’t Dance’?

All the animals dancing and the fun rhymes about the various quirky characters will be enough to occupy your child’s nights with this engaging children’s book. But more importantly, it will also teach him/her about the importance of self-esteem and overcoming odds in life.

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The Goodnight Train book coverThe Goodnight Train

Get ready for sleeping tight! Yes, this lovely little picture book will make your little one snuggle up faster than any lullaby. So, parents grab this book and cuddle up.

The Story-line: The goodnight train is gearing up for the night and preparing for sleep. Funny train noises coupled with regular bedtime noises like ‘shshhhh!’ tell you that it’s time for sleeping. The train journeys through fields of sheep, in tunnels and over bridges while humorous pictures of children in bed are being pulled along.

About the Author: June Sobel first starting writing children’s books when her 3 year old wanted a book on trucks and she couldn’t find any. So, she came up with ‘B is for Bulldozer’ and never looked back. She currently resides in California with her husband, son and a cranky dog.

  • Why your child will love ‘The Goodnight Train’?

A perfect bedtime book, your children, specially little boys, will adore the Goodnight train with its low-key lyrics and vivid pictures of interesting objects. You can whistle and chug to make it all the more fun for your tiny ones. Plus this one can actually signify that it IS time for bed.

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how i became a pirate book coverHow I Became a Pirate

A flamboyantly adventurous book about a boy named Jeremy who is taken aboard a pirate ship, the fun he has with the pirates and what he learns there. The Story-line: Jeremy is busy making a sand castle and his parents are also busy, when a pirate ship comes by and Captain Braid Beard and his crew pick Jeremy up as they think he’s a good digger.

And they require one to help bury a treasure chest. Jeremy decides to go on this adventure. The pirates are loads of fun and not scary at all. He loves some things about how the pirates live – like not eating vegetables and staying up late. But soon he begins to miss his parents, his home and the fact that NO ONE will tuck him goodnight.

About the Author: Melinda Long has done the storytelling here while David Shannon, Honor-winner for illustrations has created the gorgeous pictures.

  • Why your child will love ‘How I Became a Pirate’?

There are pillow fights with the pirates and fun soccer matches. But who cares about that when there are adorable PIRATES in the book! This is a sure-fire winner with kids and adults alike.

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The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry & the Big Hungry Bear book coverThe Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry & the Big Hungry Bear

Millions of kids worldwide have loved the little mouse that wants to protect his big, ripe strawberry from the big, hungry bear ever since the book was first published in 1984. This can easily be among the best of the best books for 4 year olds!

The Story-line: The plot is very simple and even babies and toddlers will be able to appreciate the book. The cute, little mouse has picked a fresh, ripe strawberry and wants to keep it safe from the big, hungry bear that can smell the strawberry from miles away. In the end, the mouse decides to share it with the reader to end his dilemma.

About the Author: Audrey Wood is a hugely popular childrens books writer and started her career with ‘Child’s Play’. She now lives with her husband and son in Santa Barbara.

  • Why your child will love ‘The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry & the Big Hungry Bear’?

Because the illustrations are breathtakingly beautiful! The graphics actually do the ‘talking’ in this book more than words do. Your child will learn the importance of sharing along with a little Math fun and difficult English words which are made simple with pictures.

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I Like Myself book coverI Like Myself

There are hardly any books for 4 year olds that have a message incorporated in the story-line as beautifully as ‘I Like Myself’. It is about self-esteem and loving yourself despite whatever flaws you may think you have.

The Story-line: An adorable African-American girl likes herself just the way she is – no matter where she goes or what she does. Her dog loves her even when she has polka-dotted purple lips! She has a very unusual bicycle which she rides everywhere.

About the Author: Karen Beaumont has many children’s books like ‘Being Friends’ and ‘Louella Mae, She’s Run Away!’ to her credit.

  • Why your child will love ‘I Like Myself’?

The art is bright and vibrant, the rhyming is fun, and the lyrics are super-fun – ‘stinky toes/or horns protruding from my nose’ – all in all an excellent read with a wonderful message for all children.

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Barnyard Boogie book coverBarnyard Boogie

Get ready for some boogieing fun with the barnyard animals and hand-puppet illustrations. The Story-line: All the animals are singing and dancing – the cat, the dog, the pig, the donkey, the duck, the cow, the mouse and even the farmer. Every animal has its own ‘boogieing’ verse in the song.

About the Author: Janet Smith and Jim Post have done the storytelling while Daniel Vasconcellos has created the comical pictures.

  • Why your child will love ‘Barnyard Boogie’?

With a built-in donkey puppet, infectious rhyming, the hilarious illustrations and the cute animals, this book is an instant hit with the kids. You can move the donkey lips and make different voices for different animals and watch your children dissolve in giggles. This one is a MUST-HAVE!

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Books for 4 year olds are simply beautiful – they have dazzling pictures to capture your child’s imagination and soothing content, which is ALWAYS fun but sometimes thought-provoking and moral based as well. Your child is at an age where he or she is beyond the cuddle phase of story-time and desires to see for themselves what the world of books holds.

They might even be starting preschool and this is the perfect time to introduce them to popular classics that have bewitched children for hundreds of years (Enid Blyton, anyone?) to recent bestsellers that have been a hit with the kids the world-over. Your kids will LOVE you for the hours of fun you will give them through the joy of reading.

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