Recommended Books for under 4’s

To give you a hint about what books are available for toddlers, I have searched through recommended lists and asked some mums for their toddlers favourites. This is what we came up with:

  1. The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson
  2. Pants and More Pants by Giles Andreae and Nick Sharratt
  3. The Giraffe who got stuck in a knot
  4. Charlie and Lola books by Lauren Child
  5. Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet Ahlberg
  6. All Afloat on Noah’s Boat by Tony Mitton
  7. Jump in by Ian Whybrow and David Melling
  8. All Change by Ian Whybrow and David Melling.
  9. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin
  10. Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann
  11. Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell 
  12. Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
  13. Yellow Bird, Black Spider by Dosh & Mike Archer
  14. Little Baa by Kim Lewis
  15. Guess how much I love you by Sam McBratney
  16. The Big Blue Egg by Kath Smith
  17. What the ladybird heard by Julia Donaldson
  18. The Smartest giant in town by Julia Donaldson
  19. Chocolate mousse for greedy Goose Julia DOnaldson
  20. One Clever Creature by Joseph Ellis
  21. Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson
  22. Such a Silly Baby by Stephanie Lorig & Richard Lorig
  23. Giggle, Giggle, Quack by Doreen Cronin
  24. We’re going on a bear hunt by Michael  Rosen
  25. Spot books by Eric Hill
  26. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
  27. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
  28. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

TV.  If kids are entertained by two letters, imagine the fun they’ll have with twenty-six.  Open your child’s imagination.  Open a book.  ~Author Unknown

Learning to read is much easier if your child:

  • Has stories regularly read to them
  • Has been offered the chance to talk about stories, pictures and what happens in the book
  • Remembers/knows and is able to retell familiar stories
  • Is able to recite and is aware of some nursery rhymes and songs
  • Understands how a book works (e.g. Where the front is, how to turn the pages, lift the flaps if it is a flap book or that text/print is what “tells” the story)
  • Has developed the idea that books are fun and to be enjoyed

Sharing  books helps your child to:

  • empathise with how others feel
  • extend his knowledge of the world
  • broaden his experiences in a safe and reassuring manner
  • develop an understanding of others-culture, family types etc
  • deepen their understanding of self and where they fit into the world

A house without books is like a room without windows.  ~Heinrich Mann

Author: Carla

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