The Bridge Recommended Books for 4 Year Olds

Frances’ favourite story books for 4 year olds : 


There are many amazing books out there that are wonderful to read to four year olds. However, these are some of my favourites’. If you don’t have the time, or energy, to research suitable books for your child – just check out this list.


These books tick my boxes of:


Great literacy

Great foundational skills for your child’s learning

Enjoyable for both child and parent


Please note: I would recommend any book by the authors below. So look up other books by these authors.


  1. The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson

  2. Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy by Lynley Dodd

  3. Don’t let the pigeon drive the bus by Mo Willems

  4. Princess Smartypants by Babette Cole

  5. Willy the Wimp by Anthony Browne

  6. I am too absolutely small for school by Lauren Child

  7. Cat in the hat by Dr Seuss

  8. It’s a book by Lane Smith

  9. Cops and Robbers by Janet and Allan Ahlberg

  10. Two can toucan by David McKee

  11. Rumble in the Jungle by Giles Andreae and David Wojtowycz

  12. Mrs McGinty and the Bizarre Plant by Gavin Bishop