Tomorrow the youngest turns five, which means we won’t have another four year old, which means I can officially say what our favorite books are for four year olds!
The books are in no particular order and are loved by both boys, my husband, and myself. And, we could easily have kept building the list – SO hard to narrow down on good books!
1. The Little Polar Bear by Hans de Beer is a charming story about the adventures of Lars, the little polar bear. There are a lot of different stories in this series, so make sure to look for them all! The stories are simple and sweet – easy to finish in one sitting.
2. There are Rocks in My Socks Said the Ox to the Fox by Patricia Thomas is a funny story about an ox who has rocks in his socks and follows the poor advice of a fox to get rid of said rocks. She has also written Stand Back Said the Elephant, I Am Going to Sneeze which is another fabulous rhyming story.
3. Katy No Pocket by Emmy Payne is a delightful story and is charmingly illustrated by H. A. Rey.
4. Paddle to the Sea by Holling C. Holling is a great option for transitioning into chapter books. Each ‘chapter’ is one page in length and has a full page illustration beside it. The story follows the adventures of a hand carved canoe through the Great Lakes. We read this two years ago and it is still being talked about by the boys.
5. Fairy Tales – I don’t have a favorite source as we have enjoyed many; but the original, quirky fairy tales are a fabulous addition to the imagination of a young boy and the stories are dearly loved by our boys.
6. Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis has become a beloved series for both our boys – with its many adventures, battles, kings and animals it pretty much covers everything our boys love!
7. The Secret World of Og by Pierre Berton is a fantastical story about siblings that venture into the world of funny green people that live in the secret world under their playhouse. I had it read to me as a child and had such fond memories of it I was eager to reread it to my own children – it did not disappoint! Pierre Berton has written some other excellent books about the history of Canada that are worth checking out.
8. Farmer Boy by Lara Ingalls Wilder is a wonderful book that features a hardworking young boy with good morals and is a fabulous example to boys living in today’s consumer heavy society.
9. The Complete Tales of Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne is full of wit and humor. It is more fabulous for the adult reading it than for the child listening, and yet it is sure to be adored by the child.
10. Eric Liddell; Something Greater Than Gold by Janet and Geoff Benge – I think it is really important for children to be read biographies to give them a wider view of the world, an appreciation for the hard work of others, and to help paint a picture of how big our God is – Eric Liddel’s story has been the boys favorite story, I think because of their own love of running.