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Best Books For 4 Year Olds

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The Gruffalo
Julia Donaldson - 2005-01-27 (first published in 1999)
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When Mouse takes a stroll through the woods, he meets a fox, an owl, and a snake who all want to eat him! So Mouse invents a gruffalo, a monster with "terrible tusks and terrible claws, terrible teeth, and terrible jaws." But will Mouse's frightful description be enough to scare off his foes? After all, there's no such thing as a gruffalo . . . is ...
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Simon Smith
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The Day the Crayons Quit
Drew Daywalt - 2013-06-27
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Poor Duncan just wants to color. But when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters, all saying the same thing: We quit!Beige is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown. Blue needs a break from coloring all that water, while Pink just wants to be used. Green has no complaints, but Orange and Yellow are no longer speaking to each other. Wha...
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Bear Snores On
Karma Wilson - 2005-10-01 (first published in 2002)
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One by one, a whole host of different animals and birds find their way out of the cold and into Bear's cave to warm up. But even after the tea has been brewed and the corn has been popped, Bear just snores on! See what happens when he finally wakes up and finds his cave full of uninvited guests -- all of them having a party without him!...
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Grumpy Monkey
Suzanne Lang - 2018-05-15
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A hilarious picture book about dealing with unexplained feelings…and the danger in suppressing them!Jim the chimpanzee is in a terrible mood for no good reason. His friends can’t understand it—how can he be in a bad mood when it’s SUCH a beautiful day? They encourage him not to hunch, to smile, and to do things that make THEM happy. But Jim can’t t...
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Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
Bill Martin Jr. - 2012-01-01 (first published in 1989)
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The 26 characters in this rhythmic, rhyming baby book are a lowercase alphabet with attitude. "A told b, and b told c, 'I'll meet you at the top of the coconut tree'"--which probably seemed like a good idea until the other 23 members of the gang decided to follow suit. The palm tree standing straight and tall on the first page begins to groan and b...
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There's No Place Like Space
All About Our Solar System (Cat in the Hat's Learning Library)
Tish Rabe - 1999-10-26
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Learn about outer space with the help of everyone's favorite Cat in the Hat! The Cat in the Hat takes readers on an out of this world reading adventure in this nonfiction book all about our solar system. Learn about the planets, the constellations, and astronauts, and explore the wonders of space. Perfect for aspiring astraunauts, or any kid who lo...
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Pete the Cat
I Love My White Shoes
James Dean - 2010-03-02
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Don't miss the first and bestselling book in the beloved Pete the Cat series! Pete the Cat goes walking down the street wearing his brand-new white shoes. Along the way, his shoes change from white to red to blue to brown to WET as he steps in piles of strawberries, blueberries, and other big messes!But no matter what color his shoes are, Pete keep...
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Richard Scarry's What Do People Do All Day?
Richard Scarry - 2015-07-14 (first published in 1968)
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Welcome to Richard Scarry's Busytown! Home to Huckle Cat, Lowly Worm, Goldbug, and more, precshoolers can tour the town on an adventure of discovery and see what fire fighters, construction workers, doctors, pilots, train conductors, and farmers do all day! And now, this unabridged version of the original classic includes a detailed character map o...
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The Day You Begin
Jacqueline Woodson - 2018-08-28
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National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson and two-time Pura Belpre Illustrator Award winner Rafael Lopez have teamed up to create a poignant, yet heartening book about finding courage to connect, even when you feel scared and alone. There will be times when you walk into a room and no one there is quite like you.There are many reasons to feel d...
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Harold and the Purple Crayon
Crockett Johnson - 2015-09-29 (first published in 1955)
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"One night, after thinking it over for some time, Harold decided to go for a walk in the moonlight." So begins this gentle story that shows just how far your imagination can take you. Armed only with an oversized purple crayon, young Harold draws himself a landscape full of beauty and excitement. But this is no hare-brained, impulsive flight of fan...
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The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson
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Corduroy by Don Freeman
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A Collection of Stories for 4 Year Olds by Parragon Books
Sleepy, the Goodnight Buddy by Drew Daywalt
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