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Book recommendations for 4 year old DD please

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Xihha Tue 06-Aug-13 02:03:50

DD loves reading with me, her favourie author is Julia Donaldson (DDs favourite of her books is The Princess and the Wizard) but I would like her to read some books by other people.

Can anyone recommend any other good books for us to read together? or any she might be able to read on her own? She recognises quite a few frequently used words and is getting good at sounding out short words, she hasn't started school yet so I have no idea what reading level that is.

countrymummy13 Tue 06-Aug-13 08:59:32


My DD is 3.5 and loves books too. Also a big JD fan, but as we've got everything she's ever written we've had to branch out too!!

My DD loves Angelina Ballerina books (can't read yet but will sit and recite it to herself!) also the Belle & Boo books. Mr Peek was bought for her and although I think it's a bit daft DD loves it.

Sounds like your DD is probably ahead of expected reading level for her age. If she's really in to learning to read then Usborne have some v good starter books.

Hope helps.

wonkylegs Tue 06-Aug-13 09:04:49

Richard Scarry books.
They've got a lot going on and the language is about the right level for kids to have a go too. These are true classics from when we were kids and the daft characters and busy pictures seem to work as well now as they always have.

countrymummy13 Tue 06-Aug-13 09:24:42

Just had a look in DDs book rack.

Favs also incl Peppa Pig, The Tiger Who Came To Tea, Charlie & Lola, Mr Men / Little Miss

Donki Tue 06-Aug-13 09:26:35

All the books by Lynley Dodd e.g Hairy Mclary.
Fabulous books.

BlueChampagne Tue 06-Aug-13 14:18:58

Winnie the Witch - ones for younger children shorter, larger and fab illustrations.
Dr Seuss

3birthdaybunnies Tue 06-Aug-13 14:31:15

She will probably start bringing reading books home once she starts school - otherwise try ordering in books for her at the library. You are looking for pink level (old level 1l, or possibly red level(2). The songbirds books are good - dig dig dig, top cat. Although you can buy them (and I have a fair few), generally you need quite a few so that you know that they aren't just learning the word order but are actually reading them. Also they can move up quite quickly and once she is in school she might bring home a few books each week and go up through the levels.

Picture books are great and she might be able to spot a few words in them, but generally they need a fairly good reading ability to be able to read them. With my girls I have found that by the time they are able to read them they want different types of books.

With ds he reads one of his easy books to me a night and I read 2/3 picture books to him. Most important thing is that she enjoys it and listening to you read to her.

DeWe Tue 06-Aug-13 18:04:18

Bunny and Bee taught dd2 to read when she was quite small. They're repetitive and rhyming, so very easy for them to pick up all the words. Noisy Night was her favourite:

"Here is a house, a house in a tree.
The house is the home of Bunny and Bee"

Also mine at age 3-4 loved the Ladybird Jane and Peter set. Absolutely loved them. I think because they very quickly could read whole books on their own.

MarianForrester Tue 06-Aug-13 18:11:23

Milly Molly Mandy books are antiquated but very engaging and dd loved them.

Ditto the Naughty Little Sister books, which dd also loved and ds now does too.

Anna Hibiscus is also worth a read,

And I always say this, but it is really funny and our family loves it, Colin and the Curly Claw by Jan Fearnley.

Oh, and the Witch's Dog books are good too. By Frank Rodgers.

WorkingtoohardMama Tue 06-Aug-13 18:26:17

My dd loves the fairy tale hairdresser by abie longstaff, looking on amazon she's written quite a few, I'm tempted to get a few more!

Xihha Tue 06-Aug-13 19:46:33

smile Thanks everyone, I have written a list and will see which of them the library has tomorrow.

Marian, I loved Milly Molly Mandy books when I was little, I can't believe I forgot about them!

Noggie Tue 06-Aug-13 19:59:37

My dd age 4 loves the princess and the peaS , Shirley Hughes 'dogger 'and other stories, Winnie the witch, jolly postman, handa's surprise , dr Seuss , milo armadillo and anything to do with fairies!

Noggie Tue 06-Aug-13 20:20:05

Nearly forgot - the Katie morag stories!

babybythesea Mon 12-Aug-13 23:07:18

DD1 is also 4.

Shirley Hughes - yes! Alfie, Dogger, another one called 'Don't want to go.'
Quentin Blake - Mrs Armitage, Mister Magnolia etc.
Elmer books.
John Burningham - Avocado baby, Mr Gumpy.
Paddington Bear has also just made an appearance!

We also read chapter books.
My Naughty Little Sister
Enid Blyton: Naughty Amelia Jane, The Faraway Tree and the Wishing Chair. All series so if she likes them they can go on a long time!
Roald Dahl - Fantastic Mr Fox
Jill Tomlinson - the Owl who was Afraid of the Dark

Pleasenomorepeppa Thu 15-Aug-13 20:18:18

DD 4.5 loves You Choose & Just Imagine at the moment & also Paper Dolls is lovely!

JiltedJohnsJulie Sat 24-Aug-13 18:05:42

At 4 dd loved You Choose, Dogs Don't Do Ballet, Dr Seuss and Mog the Forgetful Cat smile

mewkins Sun 15-Sep-13 20:18:58

The Tales of Peter Rabbit, Winnie the Pooh, Owl Babies, Burglar Bill, Peepo, etc, Puddle Lane books, the Jolly Postman, Slinky Makinki, Mog books

ZillionChocolate Sun 24-Nov-13 10:38:53

I'd like to buy a book for girls of about this age that fight against the passive/princess model for women. Does anyone know which of these books have women doing things rather than just waiting for a prince to rescue them?

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