Books four-year-olds will love

These smashing books for four-year-olds come highly recommended by Mumsnetters. Bursting with humour and mischief, they're sure to instil a love of books in growing readers

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The Day the Crayons Quit - Drew Deywalt and Oliver Jeffers

Mumsnetters say: "You can't go wrong with a picture book from Oliver Jeffers - my favourite has to be The Day the Crayons Quit. There is a lot in this one, so you'll get a lot out of it."

Look out for Oliver Jeffers at Bookfest on 25th June


Claude in the City - Alex T. Smith

Mumsnetters say:"Claude is great. He's a dog who goes on adventures. They're a series of small chapter books, written for that in-between stage before proper chapter books."

"I second Claude. A world with Sir Bobblysock in it can only be a good one..."



Princess Smartypants - Babbette Cole

Princess Smartypants

Mumsnetters say: "My daughter loves this book. It's about a princess who doesn't want to get married and prefers to spend time with her animals. Her parents try to set her up with suitors but she sets hard challenges for them all that they all fail. Then one prince comes and manages them all, so she turns him into a toad - then no one will marry her and she is happy."

"She's a princess, yes, but a feisty kick-ass one!"



When I First Met You Blue Kangaroo  - Emma Chichester Clark

Princess Smartypants

Mumsnetters say: "I bought a Blue Kangaroo book for daughter after someone recommended it on Mumsnet. She absolutely loves it!"

"The great thing is about these books is that they aren't too bad to read aloud for the millionth time in quick succession."



Flat Stanley - Jeff Brown and John Mitchell

Mumsnetters say: "I remember reading this as a child and loving it. Though it did leave me with abiding paranoia about going to sleep in a bed if there was a picture hanging above it..."



Aesop's Fables - Michael Morpurgo and Emma Chichester Clark

Aesops Fables

Mumsnetters say: "A beautiful retelling of classic tales with illustrations by Emma (Blue Kangaroo) Chichester Clark. The stories are interesting, not to say timeless, and perfect for reading aloud."



Charlie and Lola: I am too absolutely small for school - Lauren Child

Charlie and Lola

Mumsnetters say: "My son is an enormous Charlie and Lola fan. He loved this book and it helped him get excited about starting school."



The Giraffe and The Pelly and Me - Roald Dahl  

The Giraffe, the Pelly and Me

Mumsnetters say: "The Giraffe, The Pelly and Me is a great starter for Roald Dahl."

"My son loved this book! It has songs in it, which he insisted I made up tunes to."



The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark - Jill Tomlinson 

The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark

Mumsnetters say: "This is a beautiful story (available as a standard paperback or an abridged but beautifully illustrated hardback). It really helped my nephew with his fear of the dark."

"I loved this book as a child and am delighted that my own children ask for it again and again. A classic."



Winne-The-Pooh - A.A. Milne

Mumsnetters say: "Funny, charming and simple, yet at the same time detailed and emotionally engaging. Saying goodbye at the end of the last story still reduces me to tears."




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