My Four-Year-Old’s Favorite Books

Taking after their mother, both of my kids are already bibliophiles.  Regardless of the fact they can not yet read themselves, they sure do have specific requests for story time, and then there’s the constant negotiation for more books.  No matter how many we read, it’s never enough.  Listed below are my four-year-old’s current favorites.  Bravo to these authors, who sure knew how to please my oldest girl!

  1. Alice and Greta: A Tale of Two Witches by Steven J. Simmons:  She loves Greta’s Revenge as well, and she has memorized “The Brewmerang Principle” that is this book’s equivalent of “Do unto others…”
  2. The Wolves in the Walls by Neil Gaiman:  Neil Gaiman was at the top of my favorite books list too.  This book exhibits just the right combination of spooky and silly that has my kid mesmerized.  She also loves Gaiman’s The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish.
  3. Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? by Dr. Seuss:  A book that every parent should read to their kid.
  4. Oh, The Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss:  Almost anything by Dr. Seuss could qualify for this list.  She has about ten different Seuss books and just can’t get enough, and as far as silly rhyming stories go, we enjoy reading them as well.
  5. 5-Minute Fairy Tales by Jane Maday:  We let her choose two or three stories at a time out of this anthology of classic fairy tales.  In these shortened but no less toned down versions, she loves the gruesome characters along with the spoiled princesses and all the morbid things that happen to them.
  6. Any books involving Scooby-Doo:  It’s not the dog she likes so much as the monsters, pirates and ghosts.  Definitely not the pinnacle of writing accomplishment, these stories have none-the-less captured my child’s imagination.
  7. The Olivia series by Ian Falconer:  The illustrations are phenomenal, and my daughter can relate to Olivia’s ambitious nature.
  8. Fancy Nancy by Jane O’Connor:  “Lace-trimmed socks do help me to play soccer better.”  I think that my daughter has an affinity for Fancy Nancy because they have so much in common.

What books do your kids enjoy most?

2 comments

  1. I found your site on technorati and read a few of your other posts. Keep up the good work. I just added your RSS feed to my Google News Reader. Looking forward to reading more from you.

    Peter Quinn

  2. I was an avid reader when I was little, but not having kids of my own yet I am out of date on what the best books are for children right now. I have several god children who will be 4 at Christmas and this post is a godsend. They will all be getting Dr Suess this year, with maybe a dose of wolves in walls too! Please keep posting about your daughter’s top picks, it’s so useful to have a young tester. Thank you!

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