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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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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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The Monster at the End of this Book
Jon Stone - 2004-05-11 (first published in 1971)
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Many adults name this book as their favorite Little Golden Book. Generations of kids have interacted with lovable, furry old Grover as he begs the reader not to turn the page—for fear of a monster at the end of the book. “Oh, I am so embarrassed,” he says on the last page . . . for, of course, the monster is Grover himself! This all-time favorite i...
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Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons
James Dean - 2012-05-01
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An award-winning and bestselling Pete the Cat hardcover picture book!Count down with Pete in this rocking story that makes counting fun! Pete the Cat is wearing his favorite shirt—the one with the four totally groovy buttons.But when one falls off, does Pete cry? Goodness, no! He just keeps on singing his song—after all, what could be groovier than...
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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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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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The Snail and the Whale
Julia Donaldson - 2006-04-06 (first published in 2003)
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When a tiny snail meets a humpback whale, the two travel together to far-off lands. It's a dream come true for the snail, who has never left home before. But when the whale swims too close to shore, will the snail be able to save her new friend?...
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The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin
Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry
Kindergarten, Here I Come! by D. J. Steinberg
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The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen
The Complete Tales of Winnie-The-Pooh by A. A. Milne
The Book with No Pictures by B. J. Novak
The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
The Rabbit Listened by Cori Doerrfeld
Corduroy by Don Freeman
Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae
Skin Like Mine by Latashia M. Perry
The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton
National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Why by Amy Shields
Red by Michael Hall
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
A Little Stuck by Oliver Jeffers
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The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
Just Ask! by Sonia Sotomayor
All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold
Tickle Monster by Josie Bissett
A Giraffe and a Half by Shel Silverstein
This Is How We Do It by Matt Lamothe
Prince & Knight by Daniel Haack
A Collection of Stories for 4 Year Olds by Parragon Books
Scaredy Squirrel at the Beach by Mélanie Watt
The Ultimate Book of Cities by Anne-Sophie Baumann
Super Happy Magic Forest by Matty Long
The Sea Book by Charlotte Milner
Pink Is for Boys by Robb Pearlman
Tacos! by Lotta Nieminen
Help Find Frank by Anne Bollman
Sleepy, the Goodnight Buddy by Drew Daywalt
Who Left the Light On? by Richard Marnier
Birdie's Big-Girl Shoes by Sujean Rim
The Invisible Alphabet by Joshua David Stein
Spend It! by Cinders McLeod
Lucy and Company by Marianne Dubuc