Books for Four and
Five Year Olds


The books listed here are excellent examples of the types of topics and formats that are appropriate for children ages four and five. Books can go out of print quickly; if you are unable to find some of these books, ask your librarian to recommend similar titles.• Alborough, Jez. Where’s My Teddy? Candlewick, 1992. (Several others in the series)
• Anderson, Peggy Perry. Chuck’s Truck. Houghton Mifflin, 2006. (Also Chuck’s Band)
• Axtell, David. We’re Going on a Lion Hunt. Henry Holt, 2000.
• Aylesworth, Jim. Old Black Fly. Henry Holt, 1992. (Several others by the same author)
• Baker, Keith. 1-2-3 Peas. Beach Lane, 2012. (Also LMNO Peas)
• Barrett, Judi. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Atheneum, 1978. (Several others by the same author)
• Bemelmans, Ludwig. Madeline. Viking, 1958. (Several others in the series)
• Beaumont, Karen. I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More! Harcourt, 2005. (Several others by the same author)
• Cabrera, Jane. The Wheels on the Bus. Holiday House, 2011. (Several other song picture books by this author)
• Carle, Eric. Today Is Monday. Philomel, 1993.
• Carle, Eric. The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Philomel, 1994. (Several others by the same author)
• Christelow, Eileen. Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed. HMH, 1989. (Several others in the series)
• Craig, Lindsey. Farmyard Beat. Knopf, 2011. (Also Dancing Feet)
• dePaola, Tomie. Strega Nona. Simon & Schuster, 1975. (Several others by the same author)
• Donaldson, Julia. The Gruffalo. Dial, 2005.
• Durango, Julia. Cha-Cha Chimps. Simon & Schuster, 2006.
• Ehlert, Lois. RRRalph. Beach Lane, 2011. (Also Waiting for Wings, Leaf Man, and several others by the same author)
• Emberley, Rebecca and Adrian Emberley. There Was an Old Monster. Orchard, 2009. (Several others by the same authors)
• Falconer, Ian. Olivia and the Fairy Princesses. Atheneum, 2012. (Several others in the series)
• Faulkner, Keith. The Wide-Mouthed Frog. Dial, 1998. (Several others by the same author)
• Feiffer, Jules. Bark, George. HarperCollins, 1999. (Several others by the same author)
• Fleming, Denise. Mama Cat Has Three Kittens. Henry Holt, 1998. (Several others by the same author)
• Fox, Mem. Two Little Monkeys. Beach Lane, 2012. (Several others by the same author)
• Frazee, Marla. Boot & Shoe. Beach Lane, 2012. (Several others by the same author)
• Freeman, Don. Corduroy. Viking, 1968. (Several others in the series)
• Gag, Wanda. Millions of Cats. Putnam, 1952.
• Galdone, Paul. Henny Penny. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013. (Other folktale books by the same author)
• Gall, Chris. Dinotrux. Little, Brown, 2009. (Several others by the same author)
• Geist, Ken. The Three Little Fish and the Big Bad Shark. Cartwheel, 2007.
• Gorbachev, Valeri. Goldilocks and the Three Bears. NorthSouth, 2001. (Several others by the same author)
• Henkes, Kevin. Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse. Greenwillow, 2006. (Several others by the same author)
• Hillenbrand, Will. Spring Is Here. Holiday House, 2011. (Several others by the same author)
• Hillenbrand, Will. Mother Goose Picture Puzzles. Marshall Cavendish, 2011.
• Horáček, Petr. Butterfly Butterfly. Candlewick, 2007. (Several others by the same author)
• Hort, Lenny. The Seals on the Bus. Henry Holt, 2000.
• Isadora, Rachel. There Was a Tree. Nancy Paulsen Books, 2012. (Several other folktale books by this author)
• Johnson, Paul Brett. Little Bunny Foo Foo. Scholastic, 2004.• Johnson, Paul Brett. On Top of Spaghetti. Scholastic, 2006. (Several others by the same author)
• Kalan, Robert. Jump, Frog, Jump! William Morrow, 1995.
• Kohuth, Jane. Duck Sock Hop. Dial, 2012.
• Lewis, Kevin. My Truck Is Stuck! Hyperion, 2002.
• Lionni, Leo. Swimmy. Knopf, 1963. (Several others by the same author)
• Litwin, Eric. Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes. HarperCollins, 2010. (Several others in the series)
• Martin Jr., Bill. Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See? Henry Holt, 2007. (Several others in the series)
• Martin Jr., Bill. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. Simon & Schuster, 1989.
• Martin Jr., Bill. Ten Little Caterpillars. Beach Lane, 2011. (Several others by the same author)
• McBratney, Sam. Guess How Much I Love You. Candlewick, 2008. (Several others in the series)
• McCloskey, Robert. Make Way for Ducklings. Viking, 1941.
• McMullan, Kate. I Stink! Joanna Cotler Books, 2002. (Several others by the same author)
• Norman, Kim. I Know a Wee Piggy. Dial, 2012.
• Numeroff, Laura. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. HarperCollins, 2010. (Several others in the series)
• Philpot, Lorna and Graham Philpot. Find Anthony Ant. Boxer Books, 2006.
• Polacco, Patricia. Oh, Look! Philomel, 2004. (Several others by the same author)
• Potter, Beatrix. Peter Rabbit: The Tale of a Naughty Little Rabbit. Warne, 2011.
• Raschka, Chris. Five for a Little One. Atheneum, 2006. (Several others by the same author)
• Rey, H.A. Curious George. HMH, 1973. (Several others in the series)
• Sayre, April Pulley. Rah, Rah, Radishes! Beach Lane, 2011. (Several others in the series)
• Schachner, Judy. Skippyjon Jones. Dutton, 2003. (Several others in the series)
• Scieszka, Jon. The True Story of the Three Little Pigs. Viking, 1989. (Several others by the same author)
• Scotton, Rob. Splat the Cat. HarperCollins, 2008. (Several others in the series)
• Sedaka, Neil. Waking Up Is Hard to Do. Imagine, 2010. (Several others by the same author)
• Seeger, Laura Vaccaro. Dog and Bear. Roaring Brook Press, 2007. (Several others by the same author)
• Sendak, Maurice. Where the Wild Things Are. Anniversary ed. HarperCollins, 2012.
• Shannon, David. David Gets in Trouble. Blue Sky Press, 2002. (Several others in the series)
• Shea, Bob. Dinosaur vs. The Library. Disney–Hyperion, 2011. (Several others in the series)
• Sherry, Kevin. I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean. Dial, 2007. (Several others in the series)
• Shulman, Lisa. Old MacDonald Had a Woodshop. Putnam, 2002.
• Slobodkina, Esphyr. Caps for Sale. HarperCollins, 2008.
• Stead, Philip C. A Sick Day for Amos McGee. Roaring Brook Press, 2010.
• Steig, William. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble. Simon & Schuster, 2005.
• Taback, Simms. Joseph Had a Little Overcoat. Viking, 1999. (Several others by the same author)
• Thomas, Jan. Rhyming Dust Bunnies. Beach Lane, 2009. (Several others by the same author)
• Urbanovic, Jackie. Duck Soup. HarperCollins, 2008. (Several others in the series)
• Walsh, Ellen Stoll. Mouse Shapes. Harcourt, 2007. (Also Mouse Paint and Mouse Count)
• Warhola, James. If You’re Happy and You Know It: Jungle Edition. Orchard, 2007.
• Whippo, Walt. Little White Duck. Little, Brown, 2000.
• Williams, Suzanne. Ten Naughty Little Monkeys. HarperCollins, 2007.
• Willems, Mo. Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! Hyperion, 2003. (Several others in the series)
• Willems, Mo. Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs. Balzer + Bray, 2012.
• Yolen, Jane. How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? Scholastic, 2000. (Several others in the series)
• Zimmerman, Andrea and David Clemesha. Trashy Town. HarperCollins, 1999.
• Zion, Gene. Harry the Dirty Dog. HarperCollins, 2002.
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