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Picture Books for Three- and Four-Year-Olds

Find more recommendations for this age group on the Classic Picture Book list and on the Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, and Fables list. Click here for a print-friendly version of this list.
Allen I'm Not Cute    (Fluffy Baby Owl wants others to think of him as a "huge, scary, sleek, sharp-eyed hunting machine.)
Berry Duck Tents    (Five little ducks enjoy camping together. )
Child I Am Not Sleepy and I Will Not Go To Bed    (Charlie helps Lola get ready for bed despite obstacles.)
Chodos-Irvine Ella Sarah Gets Dressed    (Ellah Sarah chooses her own striking and unusual outfits.)
Coffelt Pug in a Truck    (A pug dog describes his trucker lifestyle. )
Dunbar A Chick Called Saturday    (A chick is disappointed at all the things he cannot do until he discovers one wonderful thing he can do very well.)
Dyckman Boy + Bot    (Differences between two friends cause humorous complications.)
Fleming Oh, No!    (Five animals, flustered by a grinning tiger, each fall into a hole.)
Gorbachev Chicken Chickens    (A beaver helps two little chickens gather the courage to go down a slide. )
Harper Go! Go! Go! Stop!    (Little Green, who can say,"Go!" teams up with Little Red, who says, "Stop!" )
Henkes Sheila Rae, the Brave    (Little Louise comes to the rescue of Sheila the Brave.)
LaRochelle The Best Pet of All    (A boy gets a dragon to help him convince his mother to mother to get a dog.)
Lester Tacky the Penguin    (Tacky the penguin is not sleek and graceful, but he can be useful.)
London Froggy Gets Dressed    (Froggy hops out into the snow but is called back to put on some necessary articles of clothing.)
Long The Wing Wing Brothers Geometry Palooza    (The Wing Brothers have an all-new show that illustrates the basics of geometry.)
McPhail Sylvie & True    (Sylvie and her friend True have fun sharing a small apartment in a big city.)
Meade John Willy and Freddy McGee    (Two guinea pigs have an adventure in the tunnels of the family's pool table.)
Naylor Please Do Feed the Bears    (Percy's bears save the family picnic at the beach.)
Numeroff If You Give a Mouse a Cookie    (Giving a mouse a cookies sets off a chain reaction of new requests. )
Portis Not a Box    (To an imaginative bunny, a box is not always just a box.)
Portis Princess Super Kitty    (In the course of a day, Maggie becomes a cat, a superhero, a princess, and more.)
Raschka A Ball for Daisy    (A story without words about a dog and her ball.)
Savage Supertruck    (When a blizzard stops traffic, Supertruck comes to the rescue!)
Shea New Socks    (A new pair of bright orange socks bestow their wearer with supreme confidence.)
Sherry I'm the Biggest Thing in the Ocean    (A giant squid brags about being bigger than everything else in the ocean--almost.)
Thomas Is Everyone Ready for Fun?    (Chicken's cow visitors try to jump, dance, and wiggle on his tiny couch.)
Thomas The Doghouse    (Cow, Pig, Duck, and Mouse build up courage to retrieve their ball from the dog's house)
Thomson Drat that Fat Cat!    (A fat cat eats up everything he meets until he swallows a bee.)
Tullet Press Here    (Joyously encourages interaction with illustrations.)
Weston Lucky Socks    (Kevin despairs when he cannot find his lucky socks.)
Willems Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus    (The bus driver asks, "Don't let the pigeon drive the bus!" Yet the pigeon is determined to get behind the wheel. )
Young All About Me: A Hundred Things That Happened to Me Between 0 and 3    (Alfred talks about the things he has done in his life so far.)

Last Updated: 7/15

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