Books for Ages 4 to 5

Your child is starting to become more independent. Savor these moments! They're going to start wanting to do daily tasks on their own, they want to make friends, and will start to recognize alphabet and numbers. We start to introduce more award winning picture books and start to pay attention to stories about things that they are experiencing - being afraid of the dark, going to sleep, getting dressed, etc.

Where’s Mommy? by Beverly Donofrio

 

A New York Times Best Illustrated Book

1381068641new-york-times-bestseller-stamp_1In this companion to the acclaimed picture book Mary and the Mouse, the Mouse and Mary, Maria (Mary's daughter) and Mouse Mouse (Mouse's daughter) are looking for their mothers. They're not in their bedrooms, their car and cart are still in the driveway, and they are not in the gazebo or under the mushroom! Where could they be? Well, turns out Mary and the Mouse are great friends—just like Maria and Mouse Mouse—and soon the new generation is in on the old generation's secret, and vice versa.
Sparingly told and beautifully illustrated, this book is every bit as charming as its predecessor. Kids will pore over the minute details of a mouse's parallel world.

 

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Books for Ages 4 to 5 15

Pajama Pirates by Andrew Kramer

At first sight of the moon, the pajama pirates know just what to do: put on their pj′s and let the treasure hunt begin! They set sail on an adventure that′s filled with enemy pirate ships, a sword fight, a streak of lightning, and a storm sent by Mama Nature herself. But have no fear-these pajama pirates will not become shark bait. They know just what to do to outsmart their enemies and weather the storm. And all before bedtime!

Man in the Moon by William Joyce

 

In the first book of a multibook series, find out how a round, jolly baby became the great white hope of the Milky Way—and ringleader of the Guardians of Childhood.

Up there in the sky.

Don’t you see him?

No, not the moon.

The Man in the Moon.

He wasn’t always a man.

Nor was he always on the moon.

He was once a child.

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Books for Ages 4 to 5 13

The Noisy Paint Box by Barb Rosenstock and Mary Grandpre

 

CALDECOTT HONOR BOOK

VasyCaldecott Medala Kandinsky was a proper little boy: he studied math and history, he practiced the piano, he sat up straight and was perfectly polite. And when his family sent him to art classes, they expected him to paint pretty houses and flowers—like a proper artist.

But as Vasya opened his paint box and began mixing the reds, the yellows, the blues, he heard a strange sound—the swirling colors trilled like an orchestra tuning up for a symphony! And as he grew older, he continued to hear brilliant colors singing and see vibrant sounds dancing. But was Vasya brave enough to put aside his proper still lifes and portraits and paint . . . music?

In this exuberant celebration of creativity, Barb Rosenstock and Mary GrandPré tell the fascinating story of Vasily Kandinsky, one of the very first painters of abstract art. Throughout his life, Kandinsky experienced colors as sounds, and sounds as colors—and bold, groundbreaking works burst forth from his noisy paint box.

 

This is our House by Hyewon Yum

A tree has bloomed on a city block outside a house for many years. Inside that house, several generations of a family have grown up. Grandma and Grandpa arrived at the house from a country far away, and Mom and her brothers played on the steps on warm summer days. This little girl learned how to walk on that street, too. Hyewon Yum's This is Our House is a warm story with spare text that follows a family through seasons and generations, from the early days of immigration to the times that made their house into a home.

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Mary Had a Little Jam by Bruce Lansky and Stephen Carpenter

iPARENTING MEDIA AWARDS BACK TO SCHOOL 2004 WINNER: POETRY

iparenting_mediawinneraward_rgbThese all-new, delightfully silly nursery rhymes recount the latest adventures of Jack and Jill, Humpty Dumpty, Old King Cole, Old Mother Hubbard, Little Boy Blue, Little Bo-Beep, and other best-loved Mother Goose characters.  Children have been waiting for this sequel for over 200 years.

These all-new, delightfully silly nursery rhymes recount the latest adventures of Jack and Jill, Humpty Dumpty, Old King Cole, Old Mother Hubbard, Little Boy Blue, Little Bo-Beep, and other best-loved Mother Goose characters.  Children have been waiting for this sequel for over 200 years.
Sample verse:  "Mary had a little jam; she spread it on a waffle.  And if she hadn't eaten ten, she wouldn't feel so awful."

 

Hungry Ghost of Rue Orleans by Mary Quattlebaum and Patricia Castelao

Who's afraid of Fred the ghost? Unfortunately, no one!

Fred the ghost is perfectly happy haunting his lonely old New Orleans house until Pierre and his daughter Marie move in and turn the house into . . . (horrors!) . . . a restaurant. They clean up his beloved dust. They fix the house's squeaks and leaks. And as much as Fred clanks and groans and haunts and moans, not one single diner is scared away. In fact, no one even notices him. Is it time for Fred to find a new home?
A hungry ghost in more ways than one, Fred satisfies develops a taste for friendship—and beignets—in this deliciously satisfying New Orleans tale.

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Books for Ages 4 to 5 8

Be Happy by Monica Sheehan

Monica Sheehan has taken her bestselling book be happy. and created an irresistible little gem for people BIG & small. So open it up and get inspired to . . .

Sing and dance a little!

Have fun!

Be kind--be brave!

And be the best YOU.

Estie the Mensch by Jane Kohuth and Rosanne Litzinger

Estie does not always like people. So when her grandmother reminds her to be a mensch, she'd rather not. She'd rather be a dog. Or a turtle. Or a seagull. Being a monkey can even make another kid laugh! But it can also make another kid cry, and that's when Estie and her grandmother find out what a mensch Estie can really be.

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Books for Ages 4 to 5 6

Doug Unplugged by Dan Yaccarino

Doug is a robot. His parents want him to be smart, so each morning they plug him in and start the information download. After a morning spent learning facts about the city, Doug suspects he could learn even more about the city by going outside and exploring it. And so Doug . . . unplugs. What follows is an exciting day of adventure and discovery. Doug learns amazing things by doing and seeing and touching and listening—and above all, by interacting with a new friend.

Dan Yaccarino's funny story of robot rebellion is a great reminder that sometimes the best way to learn about the world is to go out and be in it.

Strega Nona’s Harvest by Tomie dePaola

CALDECOTT AWARD WINNING AUTHOR

Caldecott MedalA charming celebration of autumn's bounty by perennial favorite Tomie dePaola
Tomie dePaola's beloved Strega Nona is back in a colorful picture book, perfect for fall and the changing seasons. With beautiful illustrations reminiscent of the artwork that won Tomie dePaola the Caldecott Honor for the original Strega Nona, this celebration of harvest and gardening will make the perfect addition to any Strega Nona collection.

 

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Sparky! by Jenny Offill and Chris Appelhans

 

WINNER OF THE CHARLOTTE ZOLOTOW AWARD
charlottezolotowawardThe ingenious author of 17 Things I'm Not Allowed to Do Anymore and a brilliant illustrator and production designer of the Coraline movie have created a hilarious, touching picture book perfect for young animal lovers. Like the Caldecott Medal-winning Officer Buckle and Gloria, Sparky stars a pet who has more to offer than meets the eye. When our narrator orders a sloth through the mail, the creature that arrives isn't good at tricks or hide-and-seek . . . or much of anything. Still, there's something about Sparky that is irresistible.

 

Brave Charlotte by Anu Stohner and Henrike Wilson

Charlotte is different from all the other sheep. She likes to explore the world around her, climbing up trees and wandering near the dangerous road while the wary old sheep "tsk, tsk." But when danger strikes, only Charlotte is brave enough to go for help and save the day. This beautifully illustrated tale speaks to all shy little sheep who stand out from the crowd and aren't afraid to follow their dreams.

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Boy called Dickens by Deborah Hopkinson and John Hendrix

BOOKLIST BEST CHILDREN’S BOOK OF THE YEAR
For years Dickens kept the story of his own childhood a secret. Yet it is a story worth telling. For it helps us remember how much we all might lose when a child's dreams don't come true . . . As a child, Dickens was forced to live on his own and work long hours in a rat-infested blacking factory. Readers will be drawn into the winding streets of London, where they will learn how Dickens got the inspiration for many of his characters. The 200th anniversary of Dickens's birth was February 7, 2012, and this tale of his little-known boyhood is the perfect way to introduce kids to the great author. This Booklist Best Children's Book of the Year is historical fiction at its ingenious best.