Books to Read to 4 & 5 Year Olds

Suggestions for books located in the Children’s Room of the Bedford Free Public Library.


Picture Books

E Asher – Too Many Frogs.

E Barrett – Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.

E Bean – At Night.

E BemelmansMadeline.

E Braun – The Ugly Duckling.

E Breen – Violet the Pilot.

E Brett – Annie and the Wild Animals.

E Brun-Cosme – Big Wolf & Little Wolf.

E Brunhoff – The Story of Babar.

E Burton – The Little House.

E Burton – Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel.

E Cannon – Stellaluna.

E Capucilli – Mrs. McTats and Her Houseful of Cats.

E Child – I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato.

E Cooney – Miss Rumphius.

E Cronin – Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type.

E Dunbar – Tell Me Something Happy Before I Go to Sleep.

E Falconer – Olivia.

E Frazee – A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever.

E Gay – Stella, Queen of the Snow.

E Grey – Traction Man is Here.

E Hall – Ox-Cart Man.

E Henkes – Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse.

E Henkes – Owen.

E Hoban – Bread and Jam for Frances.

E Hobbie – Toot & Puddle.

E Holabird – Angelina Ballerina.

E Johnson – Harold and the Purple Crayon.

E Johnson – Henry Hikes to Fitchburg.

E Juster – Hello, Goodbye Window.

E Kann – Pinkalicious.

E Keller – Arnie the Doughnut.

E Karas – The Village Garage.

E Knudsen – Library Lion.

E Leaf – The Story of Ferdinand.

E Lies – Bats at the Ballgame.

E Lionni – Swimmy.

E Lin – The Ugly Vegetables.

E London – Froggy Gets Dressed.

E McCloskey – Blueberries for Sal.

E McCloskey – Make Way for Ducklings.

E McCully – Mirette on the High Wire.

E McPhail – Mole Music.

E Mahy – Bubble Trouble.

E Marshall – George and Martha.

E Martin – Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.

E Meddaugh – Martha Speaks.

E Muth – Zen Shorts.

E O’Connor – Fancy Nancy.

E Palatini – Lousy Rotten Stinkin’ Grapes.

E Paul – Mañana Iguana.

E Piper – The Little Engine That Could.

E Polacco – The Bee Tree.

E Polacco – Thunder Cake.

E Provensen – A Day in the Life of Murphy.

E Rathman – Officer Buckle and Gloria.

E Rey – Curious George.

E Rylant – The Relatives Came.

E Say – Grandfather’s Journey.

E Scieszka – The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs.

E Sendak – Where the Wild Things Are.

E Seuss – Horton Hatches the Egg.

E Shannon – Duck on a Bike.

E Sierra – Wild About Books.

E Simont – The Stray Dog.

E Slobodkina – Caps for Sale.

E Steig – Sylvester and the Magic Pebble.

E Steig – Doctor De Soto.

E Stewart – The Gardener.

E Van Allsburg – Polar Express.

E Van Dusen – The Circus Ship.

E Viorst – Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.

E Waber – Ira Sleeps Over.

E Walsh – Mouse Paint.

E Waber – Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile.

E Wiesner – Tuesday.

E Willems – Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus.

E Willems – Knuffle Bunny.

E Williams – A Chair for My Mother.

E Wood – Ten Little Fish.

E Yolen – Owl Moon.

E Zion – Harry the Dirty Dog. 


Legends and Tales

398.2/Ayl – The Mitten.

398.2/Bre – Town Mouse, Country Mouse.

398.2/DeP – Strega Nona.

398.2/Gal – The Three Bears.

398.2/Gal – The Three Billy Goats Gruff.

298.2/McD – Zomo the Rabbit.

398.2/Mar – Red Riding Hood.

398.2/Ste – Tops & Bottoms.

398.2/Zem – The Little Red Hen.


Easy Readers

R Arnold – Hi! Fly Guy.

R Eastman – Are You My Mother?

R Eastman – Go, Dog, Go!

R Lobel – Frog and Toad Are Friends.

R Minarik – Little Bear.

R Seuss – The Cat in the Hat.

R Seuss – Green Eggs and Ham.

R Seuss – One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.

R Willems – Are You Ready to Play Outside?


Prepared by:  Nancy Tegeler, Children’s Librarian
Bedford Free Public Library
September, 2010.