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What books does your 4 year old enjoy?

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kitbit Wed 27-Aug-08 10:40:36

ds is coming up to 4, and really likes Charlie and Lola, anything to do with dinosaurs, pirates etc, is liking the Mungo books (Mungo and the spiders from Space etc) and the Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs ones.

I'd like to get him some more stories, but am a bit stuck, what are other 4 year olds liking at the moment?!

thanks! x

nailpolish Wed 27-Aug-08 10:49:51

hairy mclary

slinky malinky

lighthouse keepers lunch

horrid henry

to name a few!

nailpolish Wed 27-Aug-08 10:54:56

my yr old likes these but i cannot stand them

also factual books about dogs and cats and tractors etc. my 5 yr always for some reason choose factual books out of the library. about how to care for your rabbit or dog or hamster - which we have none of!

nailpolish Wed 27-Aug-08 10:55:39

even if they are factual they still provide a chance to read together smile

SummatAnNowt Wed 27-Aug-08 12:08:59

ds (4) likes factual books at the moment... preferably on things that can kill you like sharks, spiders, and big cats. Or guides to comic superheroes.

But for story books I just take him to the library and he picks out the first he comes to and we try them out!

ginnny Wed 27-Aug-08 12:10:50

My ds loved The Gruffalo books and also the Dr Seus books (especially Green Eggs and Ham!)
When you've read them every night for a year they do lose their appeal though!!!

posieflump Wed 27-Aug-08 12:12:17

How do Dinosaurs go to school

Giraffes Can Dance

Monkey Puzzle

Smartest Giant In Town

Gruffalo books

Mr Men books

posieflump Wed 27-Aug-08 12:12:58

he still loves Fix-it-Duck and Duck in a truck, and Hit the ball Duck too

Fennel Wed 27-Aug-08 13:52:14

4yo dd currently likes:

Topsy and Tim
Badly drawn dog
Hairy Maclarey
Clarice Bean picture books (like Charlie and Lola but a bit more complex).
Those classic fairy tales from Ladybird - gingerbread man, cinderella, billy goats gruff etc.

TheFallenMadonna Wed 27-Aug-08 13:54:54

Mr Men. I know they are not poplar on MN, but DD thinks they are extraordinarily good wink

Also Angelina Ballerina, and Ladybird well-loved tales.

TheFallenMadonna Wed 27-Aug-08 13:55:10


Anchovy Wed 27-Aug-08 13:55:51

Ds is now nearly 7 but at 4 adored Richard Scarry, plus any Lynley Dodd (she does Hairy McLairy but there are lots of others as well - they are brilliant to read out loud).

miomaolalalalala Wed 27-Aug-08 14:05:37

second richard scarry..particularly 'what do people do all day?'

my son loves:
calm down boris!
anything by oliver jeffers (catch a star etc)
global garden (loads of pull up out fiddly bits)
winnie the witch

Elibean Wed 27-Aug-08 14:36:37

dd at 4 liked anything fairy or princess related, from the simplest fairy book to Felicity Wishes via Secret Fairy series etc.

At 4.5 she started liking factual books more, 'did you know' type books.

At 4.7 she enjoys Alice in Wonderland, Wizard of Oz, etc - classic fairy tales like Thumbelina etc.

kitbit Wed 27-Aug-08 15:08:36

Brilliant, thanks all!

bodiddly Wed 27-Aug-08 15:24:49

I am watching this thread with interest as ds is 3.5 and likes quite a few of the books mentioned. Do all of your 4 year olds still enjoy picture books or are they on to chapter books like the horrid henry ... I wasn't sure what sort of age to move on!

SheSellsSanctury Wed 27-Aug-08 17:23:22

My DS is 4 and loves a book called Buster. It is about a dog who gets abandoned at christmas and then taken in and looked after by an old man. It has lovely drawings in it too.

The one that we have to have over and over again at the moment is The Gingerbread Man.

He also likes Horrid Henry, Monkey Puzzle and Guess How Much I love You(my favourite)

saramoon Wed 27-Aug-08 20:53:02

My daughter is nearly 4 and absolutely loves:

Charlie and Lola
Lots of the ladybird books like the golden goose, cinderella, jack and the beanstalk.
The boy who found a star
The gruffalo
A squash and a squeeze
The snail and the whale
Winnie the witch
Mr Men

jollydo Wed 27-Aug-08 20:57:15

Ds1, 4.5, has just got into Dr Seus books and I find them really enjoyable to read. Got 4 more out of library today! Also the newer 'Cat in the Hat' learning library books which are not actually by Dr Seus but are rhyming books on subjects like space and the human body, informative but funny.
He does still like picture books a lot, and we haven't tried any long chapter books yet, mostly as I don't know which ones would appeal to him.

We were given a really good Usborne Rhyming story called "The Fangtastic Adventures of Dracula's Dentures' which is very funny, but I don't think they sell that series anymore. I keep meaning to look on ebay for more of them. It is separated into v. short chapters but the whole book is short enough to read in one go and it still has big pictures.

DanJARMouse Wed 27-Aug-08 21:03:39

DD1 is just 4 and loves the Usbourne Phonics Readers books.

Hens Pens is her fave at the moment, and she can read a lot of the words herself.

Also loves hairy maclarey, charlie and lola, little princess books and We're going on a Bear hunt

onepieceoflollipop Wed 27-Aug-08 21:08:38

"The Very Hungry Caterpillar" - fab

Also the Alfie series by Shirley Hughes. Very amusing in a slightly sarcastic and old fashioned way. Lovely 70s style illustrations.

lulurose Wed 27-Aug-08 21:11:50

Current faves for DD1 (almost 4)

Charlie and Lola or other Lauren Child

Beatrix Potter

Topsy and Tim

Julia Donaldson: Snail and the whale etc..

Fairy tales in general


theirmum Wed 27-Aug-08 21:16:55

This author is fantastic a few people here have named some of her books I have the whole set for my DS (he was 4 in June) and he loves them and I like reading them brilliant books would recommend to anyone Here

chipmunkswhereareyou Wed 27-Aug-08 21:42:00

Mioma - you're the first person I've ever come across on here who has mentioned Global Garden - ds absolutely loves it (calls it 'the trees book'). It's just fab...although one or two of the pull out bits have fallen off now after maybe a year of reading it fairly regularly! Ask him which fruits grow on trees or bushes and he's your man thanks to this!

Nemoandthefishes Wed 27-Aug-08 21:45:36

Dh has been reading roald dahl6-8mths for about the last to ds who is 5 in october
he also loves things like aliens love underpants, dr seus, harry and his bucketful dinosaurs

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