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Books can teach our children a lot, so we need to pick out the best books for them. If they see us reading, then they may eventually start loving reading books too. It can definitely prove challenging when it comes to picking the books that your child would like. Especially since all of them are pretty different from each other.
There are definitely books in the market that are perfect for 4 year old children, as well as with people of any age. So, if you’re looking for the best books for 4-year-old children, you’ve definitely come to the right place.

Here’s a list of books that I’m sure any 4 years old or any age would love and enjoy listening to or reading.

What are the Best Books for 4-year-olds?

The Wonderful Things You Will Be

One of the things that definitely catch children’s attention is the fun and colorful illustrations that can be found in books. And The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin certainly does have exactly just that. A book written in rhymes is a warm hymn in life, curiosity, and dreams. But this story is not only enjoyable for children but to us as parents. It is a book about the anticipation, hope, and how parents are willing to give everything just so that their child’s dream comes true.

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The Wonderful Things You Will Be
$17.99 $12.84
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05/12/2024 07:56 am GMT

The Day You Begin

Jacqueline Woodson describes those feelings when a child may be marked as different because of their language, skin color, or the food they bring for lunch. It is a sweet book talking about feeling inclusive. Jacqueline Woodson is also the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.

The Day You Begin
$18.99 $10.29
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05/11/2024 05:36 pm GMT

Pip & Posy The Big Balloon

Pip ​​and Posy, got a new red balloon. The balloon escapes by the wind. The balloon pops! Yes, you are going to read and see emotions vividly illustrated in this book. This a book of the famous Pip and Posy from the award-winning illustrator and creator of the picture book Axel Sheffler. The story is hugely relatable for your kid.

Gift Ideas: Pip and Posy Book Series

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Pip & Posy The Big Balloon
$15.77
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05/11/2024 06:36 pm GMT

I Love You Always

Shortly before bedtime, the mother greets her little son with a hug. “Mom, tell me, will you love me forever?” Archibald asks. And that’s how one of the most tender, moving, and original picture books begin. Mom becomes the narrator of sentences divided into two pages and illustrations. On the left is as expected, and on the right is the unexpected. But you have to see the text and picture together. “I have loved you since I met you, and before…”

Our Pick
I Love You Always
$17.90 $14.12
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05/11/2024 07:39 pm GMT

The Gruffalo

The Gruffalo is one of the top-selling best books by Julia Donaldson, which earned her the Smarties Prize-Winning Modern Classic Award. This is one of the best-loved children’s storybooks by many and one of our personal favorites.
This humorous book talks about a clever mouse who outsmarted a hungry fox, an owl, and a snake while taking a stroll in the deep and dark wood. The mouse did this by telling them about a terrifying creature named Gruffalo who has selective taste with his meals. In this case, the three mentioned animals that the mouse encountered. However, the engrossing story does not only end there. Read the whole story and join the clever mouse as he outsmarted each and one of his predators.
Although I feel this is a book that fits with 4-year old kids, you will probably read it till the age of 6.

In addition there is a Gruffalo Animation and a more in-depth review.

The Gruffalo
$8.99 $6.70
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05/11/2024 06:07 pm GMT

Grumpy Monkey

Jim, the chimpanzee, wakes up moody and discovers that everything is wrong. The sun was too bright, the sea was blue, and the bananas were sweet. Everyone notices that Jim has nerves even though it is such a beautiful day and try to help him. Grumpy Monkey is a funny but exciting book that will provide you with ideas to discuss with your kid. Susan and Max Lang have created a cute book.

Grumpy Monkey
$17.99 $10.30
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05/11/2024 05:22 pm GMT

The Little House: A Caldecott Award Winner

The little house by Virginia Lee Burton is a classic with the story being about a modest house that can be found in the countryside. And as time goes by, the surroundings of the house change and then become the city. At first, the house was very excited about this and loved the city. But eventually, the house soon misses the countryside and wishes to go back.

The Little House: A Caldecott Award Winner
$19.99 $12.64
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05/11/2024 05:49 pm GMT

Richard Scarry’s What Do People Do All Day? (Richard Scarry’s Busy World)

Richard Scarry’s book features a town called Busytown (reminds you something?). The book describes everything that people living in Busytown do; it features a lot of adventures and is definitely a fun read with beautifully detailed pictures.

Richard Scarry's What Do People Do All Day? (Richard Scarry's Busy World)
$17.99 $13.98
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05/11/2024 06:05 pm GMT

Kindergarten, Here I Come!

The age of four is usually the age when children start to go to kindergarten and school. They might get nervous, which is why this book, written by D.J. Steinberg and illustrated by Mark Chambers, is definitely one of the best for children that are four years old. This book full of poems and beautiful images will certainly make them feel less nervous and maybe even make them more excited.

Kindergarten, Here I Come!
$18.40 $14.50
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05/11/2024 06:21 pm GMT

Goodnight Already!

“Goodnight Already!” is a beautiful story by Jory John, inspired by real events (of course). John, along with one of my favorite authors and illustrators, Benji Davies, created an E. B. White Read-Aloud honored book in the illustrated children’s book category. If “Mom, Dad, I can’t sleep!” sounds familiar then this is an awesome book to read.

Goodnight Already!
$19.99 $11.08
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05/11/2024 06:51 pm GMT

What a Wonderful World

Full of wonderful and bright pictures, along with the beautiful message this book, What a Wonderful World by Bob Thiele, has is going to climb its way up to your child’s heart. This book has not only been a ray of hope for children but many adults too, which just proves how big of an influence this book had on other people.

What a Wonderful World
$8.99 $7.11
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05/11/2024 06:40 pm GMT

Harold and the Purple Crayon (Purple Crayon Books)

Harold And The Purple Crayon by Crocket Johnson is a timeless classic story about a boy named Harold who has to go back home to his bed along with his purple crayon. This book is perfect if you’re looking to develop your child’s imagination further as well as their creativity.

Harold and the Purple Crayon (Purple Crayon Books)
$11.99 $7.99
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05/11/2024 07:03 pm GMT

The Day the Crayons Quit

The day the crayons quit is a book written by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers. This story follows a boy named Duncan, who just really wants to draw. Once he opened his crayon box, he discovered that all of his crayons weren’t really happy anymore. That’s why Duncan has to find a way to make all of them happy again.

The Day the Crayons Quit
$17.99 $9.40
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05/11/2024 07:08 pm GMT

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Eric Carl’s masterpiece “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” is translated in 60+ languages and has sold over 50 books. The story of the hungry caterpillar who eats fruits and other food every day is, above all, “a story of hope” according to Eric Carl. The dazzling combination of colors and the of Carl’s collages, along with a few words, create the magic of this book.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar
$21.99 $12.99
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05/11/2024 07:27 pm GMT

How to Hide a Lion​

Published and illustrated by Helen Stephens back on February 1 of 2010, this book is the best when it comes to teaching your child about friendship. This heartwarming, as well as funny storybook, follows a girl who is friends with a lion. She then tries to continue hiding her friend lion in her house without her parents ever finding out. Can she really keep hiding her friend lion forever?

Our Pick
How to Hide a Lion (How to Hide a Lion, 1)
$19.89
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05/11/2024 07:41 pm GMT

The Pout-Pout Fish

As you can probably tell by the name, The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen, illustrated by Dan Hanna is about a fish named Mr. Fish. Mr. Fish isn’t pleased and complains about his sadness to every other sea creature. He thinks that nothing can make him feel better. But is there someone out there who will be able to make Mr. Fish happy and smile?

The Pout-Pout Fish
$7.99 $5.23
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05/11/2024 07:56 pm GMT

The Rabbit Listened

The Rabbit listened, illustrated and written by Cori Doerrfeld, is one of the more wholesome and on the more emotional side of books for young children. This story is about a girl named Taylor, who has just experienced a somber day. All of her animal friends then try their best to cheer her up, but not one of them succeeded until the rabbit eventually came.

The Rabbit Listened
$18.99 $11.63
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05/11/2024 08:05 pm GMT

Bear Snores On (The Bear Books)

Be warned that you may get in love with this book – and it is a series of them. Bear Snores On has beautiful and vivid illustrations along with rhymes. Karma Wilson writes about a story in a cave where the bear sleeps. What happens when animals get into the lair to get warm and the bear wekas up? The book is about friendship, acceptance, and empathy.

Bear Snores On (The Bear Books)
$8.99 $7.99
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05/11/2024 08:10 pm GMT

I hope you like the above listings. As soon as we read an awesome kids’ book I will update this page.

Also check out our book recommendations for kids at the age of 5.