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The Four-Year-Old Best-Loved Book List

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The list author says: "We love books and are pretty discerning about the ones we purchase for our shelves. Listmania lists have helped me tremendously. Hopefully, this list can help you, too."
The Tale of Samuel Whiskers or The Roly-Poly Pudding (Peter Rabbit)
The Tale of Samuel Whiskers or The Roly-Poly Pudding (Peter Rabbit)
"We are big fans of Beatrix Potter, and this is our newest favorite. My son is fascinated by the idea of rats hiding in wall passages and under attic floors. This is a great story."
No Jumping on the Bed!
No Jumping on the Bed!
"My son thinks this book is hilarious. We read it repeatedly in one sitting."
My Father's Dragon: The Bestselling Children Story
My Father's Dragon: The Bestselling Children Story
"Our first chapter book! This was a great adventure story and perfect for a first chapter book. I can't wait to reread it to him."
The Frog and Toad Collection Box Set (I Can Read Book 2)
The Frog and Toad Collection Box Set (I Can Read Book 2)
"These stories are delightful. I can't imagine our home being without these books."
The Tub People
The Tub People
"This is a great book for children who are interested in pipes and drains. Could be scary for children who are nervous about the bathtub drain...it has been a big hit at our home, though!"
Where Do I Live?
Where Do I Live?
"Gives a preschooler a nice perspective on where they live in the grand scheme of things."
A House Is a House for Me
A House Is a House for Me
"This book has given my son a new way of thinking about everything in his environment."
Grasshopper on the Road (I Can Read Book 2)
Grasshopper on the Road (I Can Read Book 2)
"Some of Lobel's other books rank higher on my own personal list (Mouse Soup, Mouse Tales, Owl at Home), but my son enjoys this one perhaps the most. All of them have excellent stories."
Mr. Pine's Mixed-Up Signs
Mr. Pine's Mixed-Up Signs
"My son adores this book. He loves for me to read all of the mistakenly placed signs throughout the book. Laughter with every reading."
The Berenstain Bears and the Spooky Old Tree
The Berenstain Bears and the Spooky Old Tree
"Fun, fun, fun!"
The Gruffalo
The Gruffalo
"A clever book that has fun rhymes."
Bob Books, Set 1: Beginning Readers
Bob Books, Set 1: Beginning Readers
"These are the first books that my son is reading to me. He enjoys them. The text and illustrations are very simple, but pleasant. He has gained lots of reading confidence from these."
Things That Are Most in the World
Things That Are Most in the World
"This is very entertaining for my son."
The Olden Days
The Olden Days
"A really nice book from my own childhood that I have shared with my son. Lots of informative and interesting information about 19th century life. I think this would be worth purchasing used. We also have Then and Now, which is currently available, but not quite as good."
Fortunately
Fortunately
"This book follows from our three-year-old list. It still is a favorite."
Pattern Fish
Pattern Fish
"I snuck this book in to try to actually teach my son something, and he enjoyed this more than I expected. This has been really nice for introducing patterns."
Morning Is a Little Child: A Book of Poems
Morning Is a Little Child: A Book of Poems
"What a nice introduction to poetry with beautiful, sweet illustrations. Each poem starts a conversation as we talk about how the author chose to use her words. I am partial to Joan Walsh Anglund."
Joan Walsh Anglund Storybook
Joan Walsh Anglund Storybook
"This is another that has moved from our three-year-old list to this one. A great collection of short stories. Truly special."
George and Martha
George and Martha
"Great short stories. Love the illustrations and the humor."
The Piggy in the Puddle (Reading Rainbow Books)
The Piggy in the Puddle (Reading Rainbow Books)
"This is fun to read and fun for your child to listen to. My son has enjoyed this for over a year now."
Where is the Cake?
Where is the Cake?
"Sadly, no longer in print. Worth finding a used copy - we did. This was a perfect gift for his fourth birthday."
The Brave Cowboy
The Brave Cowboy
"Such a neat story about what children do best - pretending. J. W. Anglund brilliantly used her illustrations to demonstrate what the imagination is capable of. This is a very special book."
Zoomer
Zoomer
"My son loves this story more than I do, but it does have really vibrant and fascinating illustrations."
Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree
Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree
"This is a favorite Christmas story - we have given it as gifts many times."
If I Built a Car
If I Built a Car
"Lilting rhymes that remind us of Dr. Seuss. Incredible imagination went into this book, and it captivates my son."
Doctor De Soto
Doctor De Soto
"Great story, amusing illustrations."
How Do You Lift a Lion? (Wells of Knowledge Science Series)
How Do You Lift a Lion? (Wells of Knowledge Science Series)
"An informative yet fun book for the child who is interested in how pulleys, levers, and wheels set on axles work."