Favorite Books for ages 0-4


So, this was a really hard list to narrow down! (And now that I keep thinking of books and adding them, I’m not sure how “narrowed down” it is after all 🙂 ) A friend and I were talking about how we wished everyone would list their favorite books and share them, so here are some of our favorites so far. (And it’s a way for me to write it down to give my kiddos when they have little ones and I can’t remember which books we loved 🙂 ) We are always adding to the list. The best part is our local library has almost all of these! I know there are TONS of great books we haven’t read yet, so list your favorites so we can have even more to check out! We all have different reading tastes, but hopefully you can find a couple on this list to add to your next library visit! This list is in no way an exhaustive list. Feel free to ask any questions! I could talk about books all day and love to hear what everyone is reading! I haven’t listed any chapter books in this list as I see that as an entity all on its own. 🙂

 Age 0-2ish+ Board Books 

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
The Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Bill Martin, Jr.
Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You? Dr. Seuss
The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton
Where’s Spot (lift the flap books) by Eric Hill
That’s Not My Tiger by Fiona Watt (and all of the rest of the touch and feel books by her)
God knows all about me by Kate Toms
I Love You Through and Through by by Bernadette Shustak

Age 2ish
Goodnight Gorilla by Peggy Rathman
Go, Dog Go by P.D. Eastman
The Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle
My First Songs by Tomie dePaola
Barnyard Dance by Sandra Boynton
The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton
The Adventures of Little Nutbrown Hare by Sam McBratney
I Am a Backhoe by Anna Grossnickle Hines
Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes

Age 3ish and 4ish

The Arnold Lobel Book of Mother Goose
The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear by Audrey Wood
Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
If you Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff
My First Mother Goose by Tomie dePaola
Poems to Read to the Very Young (Eloise Wilkin)
Doctor Dan the Bandage Man (Little Golden Book)
We Help Mommy (Little Golden Book) and We Help Daddy
Little Mommy (Little Golden Book)
Fish is Fish by Leo Lionni
Peter’s Old House by Elsa Beskow
In the Town All Year Round by Rotraut Susanne Berner
Corduroy by Don Freeman
Can I Play Too? by Mo Willems
There is a Bird on Your Head by Mo Willems
Cows to the Rescue by John Himmelman
Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle
Farmer Will by Jane Cowen-Fletcher
The Abandoned Lighthouse by Albert Lamb
Angus Books by Marjorie Flack (really, any books by her)
Prayers for Children (A Little Golden Book)
The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

Age 4+

The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
The Tale of Benjamin Bunny by Beatrix Potter
Journey by Aaron Becker (I am anxiously waiting to get the other two of this trilogy from the library!)
Roxaboxen by Barbara Cooney
Ox Cart Man by Donald Hall and Barbara Cooney
Miss Rumphius by Barabra Cooney
Mr. Gumpy’s Outing by John Burningham
Angelina Ballerina by Katharine Holabird
Billy and Blaze books (all of them) by C.W. Anderson
Caps For Sale: A Tale of a Peddler Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business by Esphyr Slobodkina
Miss Suzy by Miriam Young
Moonshot:The Flight of Apollo 11 by Brian Floca My kids can’t get enough of this one, especially my son
Make Way for Ducklings by Robert Mccloskey
Brambly Hedge books by Jill Barkley
Find the Constellations by H.A. Rey
Little Bear’s Friend by Else Holmelund Minaret (and the other Little Bear books)
Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel
Brave Irene by William Sleigh (this is a great book to talk about determination and perseverance)
The Story of Ping by Marjorie Flack
Anatole by Eve Titus
Lyle, Lyle Crocodile by Bernard Waber (my son insisted I list this one)
When I Was Young in the Mountains by Cynthia Rylant
The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant
The Spiffiest Giant in Town by Julia Donaldson
Abraham Lincoln by Ingri and Edgar Parin D’Aulaire (and all the other books by them. This one may be too long for this age so it depends on each child, but both mine at age 4 loved it)

Favorite Construction Books

B is for Bulldozer by June Sobel
The Construction Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallet
Construction by Sally Sutton
Roadwork by Sally Sutton (and her book Demolition)
Digger Man by Andrea Zimmerman
I Am a Backhoe by Anna Grossnickle Hines
Dump Trucks by Aaron Frisch (from Seedlings series-lots more in this series)
C is for Construction: Big Trucks and Diggers from A to Z  by Caterpillar

Nature Books

Crinkleroot’s Guide to Knowing Animal Habitats by Jim Arnosky (lots more of the Crinkleroot books!)
Crinkleroot’s Guide to Knowing the Birds by Jim Arnosky
Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt by Kate Messner

Firefighter Books

Fire Engine Man by Andrea Zimmerman (and Digger Man and Train Man)
The Little Fire Engine by Lois Lenski
The Fire Engine Book (Little Golden Book) by Tibor Georgely

Character Books 

Cool Down and Work Through Anger by Cheri J. Meiners –she has many others
It’s Okay to Make Mistakes by Todd Parr
Being Honest by Cassie Mayer
Sharing is Fun by Joanna Cole
My Big Girl Potty by Joanna Cole (also the boy one)

And my kids LOVE books that are personalized. I like to use a site like Shutterfly to make a family picture book of our year, an ABC book for each kid, etc. These are always very cherished books. While the books may be time consuming to make, it always feels well worth it.

Eventually I will do a chapter book list of favorites so far!

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3 thoughts on “Favorite Books for ages 0-4

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  2. this is great, appreciate your work I pray God to give me wisdom, strength and time to do same for my children. God bless you.

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