Books to Read to Four- to Six-Year-Olds

There are so many great books available for your child to read, or for you to read together.  The difficult part, sometimes, is finding them!  This guide is a great way to do that. Among the many titles in this Guide, you are bound to find some great reading for your child.

Books have been selected because they are well-written and of high interest. To ensure that the content is appropriate for your child, however, we recommend that you review books first.

parents-reading-to-kidsBooks to Read to Four- to Six-Year-Olds

Andreae, Giles (2001) Giraffes Can’t Dance. New York: Orchard Books. Gerald is a clumsy giraffe with two left feet. Other giraffes make fun of him until he proves them wrong. Other recommended books by the same author: Rumble in the Jungle, Commotion in the Ocean

Atwood, Margaret (2002) Princess Prunella and the Purple Peanut. Bolton: Key Porter Kids. Who knew being selfish could cause you to have a purple peanut at the end of your nose?

Bemelmans, Ludwig (2000) Madeline. New York: Penguin Young Reader Group. Set in Paris, a little girl shows her bravery when going to the hospital. Other recommended books by the same author: Madeline’s Christmas, Mad About Madeline

Camon, Ann Edwards (2001) I Know What You Do When I Go to School. Layton: Gibbs Smith Publishers. At school, Howie imagines the fun his mom and little brother are having at home. Mom has a solution for this!

Carle, Eric (1985) The Very Busy Spider. New York: Penguin Reader Group. Having been blown into a farm, this busy spider continues to spin her web despite the many temptations from the animals. Other recommended books by the same author: The Very Busy Cricket, The Very Lonely Firefly

Conrad, Pam (1998) Rooster’s Gift. New York: Harper Trophy. This rooster believes he makes the sun rise by “cot ca-toodle toooing.” One day he oversleeps…

Cottin, Menena and Faria, Rosana (2008) Black Book of Colors. Toronto: Groundwood Books. Colours are beautifully described through words. Illustrations are black and can only be seen through touch.

Dewdney, Anna (2005) Llama Llama Red Pajama. New York: Penguin Young Reader Group. It is bed time and Baby Llama panics when his mama leaves the room. Other recommended books by the same author: Llama Llama Misses Mama, Llama Llama Mad at Mama, Llama Llama Holiday Drama

Fleming, Denise (2006) The Cow Who Clucked. New York: Scholastic. A cow wakes up and is clucking! She has lost her “moo” and is on a search to find it. Other recommended books by the same author: Beetle Bop, Mama Cat Has 3 little Kittens, Lunch, The First Day of Winter

Gilman, Phoebe (2004) Jillian Jiggs. New York: Scholastic. Meet a little girl with non-stop energy and a thirst for fun! Other recommended books by the same author: This is one book of four in this series, Little Blue Ben

Hughes, Shirley (1988) Out and About. New York: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books. Enjoy the pleasures of the outdoors in all four seasons in this rhyming story. Other recommended books by the same author: The Snow Lady

Keats, Ezra Jack (1996) The Snowy Day. New York: Viking. Originally published in 1962. Peter wakes up to find a blanket of snow has covered the city. Delighted, he spends the day exploring and playing. Other recommended books by the same author: Whistle for Willie, The Little Drummer Boy, Dreams

Kraus, Robert (1986) Whose Mouse Are You? New York: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing. Originally published in 1970. This little mouse needs to find some unique solutions to reunite his family! Other recommended books by the same author: Leo the Late Bloomer, Herman the Helper

Lionni, Leo (1996) It’s Mine. New York: Dragonfly Books. Three small frogs spend their days claiming what is theirs until disaster almost strikes. They realize ownership is not important. Other recommended books by the same author: A Color of His Own, Swimmy

MacDonald, Suse (2009) Shape by Shape. New York: Little Simon. Mathematics. Brightly coloured shapes on each page that begin to turn into…a creature from long ago! Other recommended books by the same author: Alphabetics, Sea Shapes

Martin Jr., Bill (2000) Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. New York: Simon and Schuster Children’s Publishing. Brilliant colours fill the pages as the alphabet is on an adventure to reach the top of the coconut tree. Other recommended books by the same author: Chicka Chicka 123, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See?

McBratney, Sam (1994) Guess How Much I Love You. London: Walker Books Ltd. Little Nutbrown Hare keeps being outdone when trying to describe to Big Nutbrown Hare how much he loves him. Other recommended books by the same author: You’re All My Favorites, Just You and Me, Yes We Can

Numeroff Joffe, Laura (1985) If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. New York: HarperCollins. Who knew that a mouse would have so many demands if you gave him a cookie? This boy certainly didn’t! Other recommended books by the same author: If You Take a Mouse to the Movies, If You Give a Pig a Pancake, If You Take a Mouse to School, If You Give a Moose a Muffin

Potter, Beatrix (1986) The Tale of Peter Rabbit. New York: Puffin Books. Originally published in 1902. Peter is a mischievous bunny who ignores his mama’s warnings to stay away from Mr. McGregor’s garden. Other recommended books by the same author: Tale of Benjamin Bunny, Peter Rabbit: Where is Peter?

Reid, Barbara (1994) Two by Two. New York: Scholastic. Accompanied by beautiful plasticine illustrations, this counting book tells the tale of Noah. Other recommended books by the same author: Perfect Snow, Sing a Song of Mother Goose

Root, Phyllis (2004) Rattletrap Car. Sommerville: Candlewick Press. A family decides to go for a ride and finds unique ways to fix the car along the way. Other recommended by the author: Looking for a Moose, The Pig in the Pond, Kiss the Cow

Sendak, Maurice (1988) Where the Wild Things Are. New York: HarperCollins. Originally published in 1963. When Max is sent to bed with no supper, he imagines sailing to a forest where “wild things” make him king. Other recommended books by the same author: In the Night Kitchen, We are All in the Dumps with Jack and Guy

Shannon, David (1999) David Goes to School. New York: Scholastic. David is a mischievous boy who finds trouble. After an eventful school day, he finally earns a star. Other recommended books by the same author: David Gets in Trouble, Oh David, It’s Christmas David

Stinson, Kathy (1992) Red is Best. New York: Annikins. This toddler is sure that everything red is better! A classic story about a little girl’s stubbornness for her favourite colour. Other recommended books by the same author: Big or Little? Those Green Things, Mom and Dad Don’t Live Together Any More

Stoll Wosh, Ellen (1995) Mouse Paint. New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Three white mice have a lot of fun with huge jars of red, yellow and blue paint. Other recommended books by the same author: For Pete’s Sake, Mouse Shapes

Tankard, Jeremy (2007) Grumpy Bird. New York: Scholastic. Bird wakes up very grumpy and is determined to keep his foul mood. Will his day turn around? Other recommended books by the same author: Boo Hoo Bird

Tololwa, M. Mollel (1996) Big Boy. New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Oli wants to be as big as a mountain so he can go hunting. Who knew his wish could come true! Other recommended books by the same author: Subira Subira, Ananse’s Feast: An Ashanti Tale

Willems, Mo (2004) Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale. New York: Hyperion Books for Children. After a trip to the Laundromat, Trixie and her dad leave something very special behind. Other recommended books by the same author: Knuffle Bunny Free: An Unexpected Diversion