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8 Must-Have Books for 4-Year-Olds for 2023

Alex Chalmers
Head Of Communications

As a parent, finding the right books for your child can be a daunting task. With so many options available, it can be difficult to know where to start. However, when it comes to books for 4 year olds, there are a few books which stand out as being particularly well-suited to this age group.

The Grufallo by Julia Donaldson
By Julia Donaldson

One of the most beloved authors for young children is Julia Donaldson. Her books are known for their catchy rhymes and engaging storylines, which make them perfect for 4 year olds. Some of her most popular books for this age group include "The Gruffalo," "The Gruffalo's Child," and "The Snail and the Whale."

By Fiona Roberton

Parents, if you're looking for a charming and wholesome book to share with your little ones, look no further than Fiona Roberton! These adorable creatures are full of personality, and the story teaches the important lesson of friendship and sharing. It's the perfect aspirational read for toddlers and primary schoolers.

By Dr Seuss

This beloved tale from the legendary children's author Dr. Seuss is a must-read for parents and kids alike. It includes the mischievous Cat in the Hat, ready to stir up some fun and chaos. With its playful rhymes, vibrant illustrations, and lovable troublemaker, this story is sure to delight kids and parents alike.


Marvin The Clumsy Robot explores a fantastic little robot trying to find his way home. With plenty of crashing robots and beep-beeping cars, this clumsy robot woke up half the town!

Best of all, this book is personalised to include your child, teaching them Empathy, Compassion and Friendship.


The book is about a bug school where the new pupils are taught by Miss Bumblebee. The book is illustrated with bright and busy images and has insect jokes throughout. It is a fun and reassuring introduction to starting school.

By Katy Hudson

The book is about a rabbit who loves carrots so much that his burrow is full of them and he can't sleep there anymore. The Rabbit learns the importance of sharing with friends. The book is suitable for children aged four to six and explores the themes of friendship and sharing.

Tom Percival

The book is about a young child named Ravi who feels frustrated being the youngest and smallest in his family. The book explores the emotions of a child having a tantrum and teaches the importance of standing up for oneself while still being a good friend.

By Nathan Bryon

Rocket is a young girl who is passionate about space and wants to become a great astronaut, star-catcher and space-traveller. She is excited about a meteor shower and makes an announcement over a supermarket loudspeaker. The book features facts about meteors and space, and is a representation of family and sibling relationships.

In conclusion, when it comes to finding the best books for 4 year olds, there is a lot to get your head around. Whether you are looking for catchy rhymes, whimsical stories, or engaging illustrations, there are plenty of great options to choose from. So why not introduce your child to some of these fantastic books and let their imagination run wild.

Published 01/12/2022