Best Books for 4-Year-Olds

Supporting Children's Literacy in SC

Best Books for 4-Year-Olds

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Your 4-year-old’s language skills are expanding so quickly! In addition to speaking more complex sentences, they are beginning to associate specific letters with sounds.  To nuture their love of reading, these Blue Ribbon books selected for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library contain the following age-appropriate characteristics:

  • School preparation and readiness
  • Use rebus (pictures used for words)
  • Science – non-fiction
  • Folk tales
  • Thank you, appreciation
  • Rhymes and poetry

They also build on concepts such as:

  • More complex stories – hero, complication, resolution
  • Diversity of others – faces, environment – OK to be different
  • Play, humor, fun
  • Nursery rhymes and poetry

In addition to promoting age-appropriate language and literacy skills, books are chosen to promote a love of reading and learning; regard for diversity of people, their roles, culture, and environment; promotion of self-esteem and confidence, appreciation of art and aesthetics.

Blue Ribbon selections for children born in 2013 are:


Interested in the book list for other ages?