Best Books for 4’s and 5’s

Tips for Sharing Books with 4’s and 5’s

  • Predict- Ask, “What do you think happens next?”
  • Sequence- Ask, “What happened first? And then? What happened in the end?”
  • Rhyme- Read Mother Goose or Dr. Seuss
  • Play With -beginning sounds or clap out the parts of words
  • Sing -Helps children hear that words are made up of parts

A Parent Guide to Early Literacy for Four and Five-Year Olds (PDF will open in new window)

Phonological Awareness – Rhyming books help kids learn that words are made up of smaller parts

You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You Hoberman J 398.8 HOB
Baby Bear’s Chairs Yolen E YOL
My Pop Pop and Me Smalls E SMA
The Itzy Bitzy House Morton-Shaw E MOR
I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More! Beaumont E BEA
Llama Llama Red Pajama Dewdney E DEW
This Jazz Man Ehrhardt COUNT EHR
Some Dogs Do Alborough E ALB

Narrative Skills – Help children understand and retell stories by using repeating, predicting, sequencing and summarizing questions to talk about books

What If? Shipton E SHI
How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? Yolen E YOL
Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! Fleming E FLE
The Apple Pie Tree Hall E HAL
What’s Going On in There? Grahn E GRA

Letter Knowledge – These alphabet books help kids learn letters and beginning sounds in fun, interactive ways.

Bad Kitty Bruel ABC BRU
Autumn Schnur ABC SCH
Alpha Oops! Kontis ABC KON
Mrs. McTats & Her Houseful of Cats Capucilli ABC CAP
Walter Was Worried Seeger E SEE
Talk to Me About the Alphabet Raschka ABC RAS
Animal Antics A to Z Lobel ABC LOB

Vocabulary – Help kids learn specific words for things and ideas

Today I Feel Silly Curtis E CUR
Sleepy Places Hindley E HIN
What Do Wheels Do All Day? Prince E PRI
Wild About Books Sierra E SIE
Down the Back of the Chair Mahy E MAH
Can You Move Like an Elephant? Hindley E HIN
Tummy Girl Thong E THO

Print Motivation – We all learn best when it’s just plain fun!

Bark, George Feiffer E FEI
The Perfect Purple Feather Piven E PIV
What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? Jenkins E JEN
Shark in the Park Sharratt E SHA
Knock, Knock! Who’s There? Hills E HIL

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