Top 10 Books for 4 Year Olds 2016

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2016 Best Books for 4 Year Old Children

 
4 year old girl with books in lapOne important factor when it comes to children’s desire to read is having books that are downright fun. The top 10 books for 4 year olds represent a collection of books that parents are searching for and buying the most – the ones that are the most enjoyable for kids in this age range.

What’s here: On this page are the ten best books for kids 4 years of age for the spring and summer of 2016, based on two factors — consumer popularity and higher overall ratings.

For shoppers: For each of books listed on this page, one or more trusted, safe and economical shopping resources are chosen and provided to purchase the book online. (Links to reader reviews are also provided where available.)

What’s Here:

1. Waiting by Kevin Henkes
2. Oh, The Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss
3. What Pet Should I Get? by Dr. Seuss
4. Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae
5. Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry
6. Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
7. I Don’t Want to Be a Frog by Dev Petty
8. The Thank You Book (An Elephant and Piggie Book) by Mo Willems
9. The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach
10. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

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1. Waiting by Kevin Henkes

Waiting by Kevin Henkes comes in at #1 of the top 10 books for 4 year olds this year.

Arranged on a windowsill, there are 5 stuffed animals staring outside…but what are they waiting for? One is waiting on the moon, another the rain, another the snow, one more the wind, and the last simply loves waiting. This story has adorable, quirky moments, but a heartfelt, meaningful message overall.

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Waiting by Kevin Henkes (2015, Hardcover)

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2. Oh, The Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss

Another wonderful book for four year-old kids in 2016 is a returning favorite – Oh, The Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss.

In true Dr. Seuss fashion, this classic book is for ambitious dreamers, imaginers, creators, and wishers. Adults and kiddos alike will love the heartfelt message of, “you are going to go and do whatever your heart desires.” Of course each page is brimming with signature Seussian rhymes and quirky illustrations.

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Oh, the Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss (1990, Hardcover)

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Oh, the Places You'll Go! the Read It! Write It! Collection by Dr. Seuss...

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Oh, the Places You'LL Go! by Dr. Seuss.

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3. What Pet Should I Get? by Dr. Seuss

Another book from Dr. Seuss makes it to the “best of 2016” list for 4 year old kids – What Pet Should I Get?.

Another Dr. Seuss classic, this book is about a pair of funny, silly siblings, on the search for their first-ever, perfect pet. Told in the trademark rhymes of Seuss, this story teaches a life lesson about decision—making and family.

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What Pet Should I Get? by Dr Seuss Library Binding Book (English)

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What Pet Should I Get? by Dr Seuss Hardcover Book (English)

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Classic Seuss: What Pet Should I Get? by Dr. Seuss (2015, Picture Book)

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4. Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae

Making it to the 4th spot among the best books for 4 year olds in 2016 – Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae.

Gerald is a tilting, twirling, whirling giraffe who loves, loves, loves to dance. However, he is a bit gangly, not-so graceful, and maybe a tad crooked. Plus the other animals are mean to him, telling him time and again that he simply cannot dance. Of course, he overcomes the odds!

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Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae (2012, Board Book)

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Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae (2008, Mixed Media)

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Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees (2014, Hardcover,...

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5. Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry

Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry marks its own spot on the list at #5.

Stick and Stone are unlikely friends, brought together unexpectedly when Stick saves Stone from certain doom. With humor, rhymes, and colorful pictures, the author weaves a beautiful tale about anti-bullying, friendship, and bonding through off mishaps. What a cute book!

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Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry (2015, Hardcover)

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6. Love You Forever by Robert Munsch

Next – Love You Forever by Robert Munsch.

“I will love you forever. I will like you for always. As long as I am living, my baby you will be.” This is a beautiful, heartfelt, tear-jerking story about a little boy and his mom. Every day, she sings to him the above quote. Such an amazing, sweet story.

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Love You Forever by Robert Munsch (2000, Hardcover, Gift)

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7. I Don’t Want to Be a Frog by Dev Petty

Another returning favorite among the best books for four year old children – I Don’t Want to Be a Frog by Dev Petty.

Cute and so funny. This book tells the story of Frog—a slimy, green amphibian who hates being a frog. He wants to be anything but a frog. That is until he meets a hungry wolf who eats everything EXCEPT frogs. Then he finds appreciation for himself and his species.

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I Don't Want to Be a Frog by Dev Petty (2015, Picture Book)

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I Don't Want to Be a Frog by Dev Petty Library Binding Book (English)

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8. The Thank You Book (An Elephant and Piggie Book) by Mo Willems

Love it! The Thank You Book by Mo Willems is 8th among the top 4 year-old kids’ books for 2016.

Gerald and Piggie are the best of friends, but these two are complete opposites. Where Gerald is cautious, solemn, quiet, and thoughtful, Piggie is adventurous, free-spirited, smiley, and impulsive. In this story, the two learn about appreciation and “thank you’s.”

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An Elephant and Piggie Book: The Thank You Book by Mo Willems (2016, Hardcover)

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9. The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach

Next up – at #9 on the list is The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach.

Imagine this. You leave your sandwiches on the picnic table, under close watch of a close friend. But when you get back, the sandwiches are all gone. And that friend weaves a quirky, hilarious, unbelievable tale about a hungry bear.

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The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach (2015, Hardcover)

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10. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

The final item on the 2016 list of top ten books for four year olds is Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak.

My favorite childhood must-read EVER. This book was my go-to bedtime story when I was a kid. I still run around proclaiming, “Let the wild rumpus start,” all these decades later. Max is a rambunctious, argumentative kid who gets punished, so he sails away to Where the Wild Things Are.

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Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak (2012, Paperback, Anniversary)

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Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak (2012, Hardcover, Anniversary)

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Update note: This page was modified to reflect current information on 05/09/16.

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