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“No matter where they go, children lost in books will always find their way home.”
From Paul Jennings’ The Reading Bug

My toddler tornadoes spend the day hooning around the house and playground, extolling way more energy than I can keep up with.  I love their enthusiasm and the way they find fun in everything they do.  I don’t like the way that Mr TT finds fun in pouring the contents of my pantry on the living room carpet. Half a packet of wholemeal plain flour on the carpet was not an ideal thing to wake up to on Saturday morning (let alone good for my vacuum filters).

One thing they will stay still for is books.  This astounds me but I’m going with it.  They will sit on their beanbag or on my lap and listen intently. They get lost in wonderful stories and beautiful illustrations. It is a joy to see.  Miss TT (age 4.5) is starting to enjoy longer format books and is also showing an interest in learning how to read.

Books make wonderful gifts. I will always stick with my gift giving rule of “if in doubt, give a book”. Here are 9 great books for 4 to 6 year olds that we are loving, my older nieces love, our friends have loved and ones that I can’t wait to share with my kids over the next few years.

Ruby Red Shoes – A beautiful book with gorgeous illustrations, Ruby Red Shoes is a lovely story that promotes kindness towards all living things. A perfect gift book for a 4 or 5 year old girl.

The Adventures of the Wishing-Chair – Enid Blyton’s classic stories are perfect for bedtime reading. The vintage editions feature the same illustrations that I remember from my childhood. A lovely keepsake gift.

Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs – I love the humour that author Mo Willems brings to kids books. Goldilocks And The Three Dinosaurs is a very funny retelling of the classic tale. A great read aloud book with humour both kids and adults will delight in.

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Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus – Another hilarious title from Mo Willems. The pigeon’s actions in this book pretty much mirror a preschooler’s temper tantrum.

My Dad Thinks He’s Funny – Both my niece’s think “My Dad Thinks He’s Funny” is hilarious. Warning: Dad jokes aplenty in this book.

Charlie and Lola – Miss TT loves Charlie and Lola. The stories are easily relatable to her as a 4 (going on 5) year old. This collection contains: You Can Be My Friend, Help! I Really Mean It, I Am Really, Really Concentrating, I Can Do Anything That’s Everything All On My Own and Charlie is Broken.

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Ella Bella Ballerina – Budding ballerinas will love the books in the Ella Bella Ballerina range. They are beautifully illustrated with lovely stories. As soon as Ella Bella opens Madame Rosa’s magical musical box on the empty stage, she’s whisked off to magical adventures.

Peppa Pig learn to read books – I learnt to read using the classic Ladybird Peter and Jane books. Now Miss TT is learning to read with Ladybird ‘Read it yourself’ books but this time, the characters are her favourites from Peppa Pig. Each story is told very simply, using a small number of frequently repeated words. Fantastic for very early readers.

Ben’s Big Book of Cars – I stumbled across this older title at a secondhand book fair and it’s a visual feast of cars! Illustrations feature every type of car as well as wheels, engines, dashboards and gears. Handy Hubby was particularly impressed with the centre page spread outlining all the parts of a car.

Find these books online at Gift Grapevine’s Bookworld affiliate or your local independent bookseller.

For even more books for 4 – 6 year olds as well as other gift suggestions for this age group, head to my Pinterest boards.

What are your favourite books for 4 – 6 year olds? I’d love to hear your suggestions so I can add them to our reading list.