8 Best Books For 4-Year-Olds

What’s a good book for a four-year old?

To help parents or grandparents with finding good books for their four-year olds, we asked a wide range of business leaders this question for their best book recommendations. From The Book with No Pictures to How to Babysit a Grandpa, there’s several fun and enjoyable books that may switch things up and introduce some great new reads to you and your four-year old!

Here are eight great books for four-year olds:

  • The Book With No Pictures
  • Guess How Much I Love You
  • The Day The Crayons Quit
  • Short Pinkalicious Books
  • How to Babysit a Grandpa
  • Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday
  • The Hare & the Tortoise
  • Blue Hat, Green Hat

The Book With No Pictures

The Book With No Pictures is a witty and hilarious book that every four-year old will love! Although it seems impossible for children this age to engage with a book that lacks illustrations, it is quite the opposite. I recommend this book to anyone looking to entertain their kids while stuck at home.

Pete Newstrom, Arrow Lift

Guess How Much I Love You

The book I would recommend for a four-year old is Guess How Much I Love You. This book is awesome because it shows a youngster how to be a good friend, how to share with others, and how to take responsibility. Overall, it is a great book due to its focus on the incredible love between a child and a parent.

Craig Rosen, InterviewFocus

The Day The Crayons Quit

The Day The Crayons Quit is a great book for four-year olds! This book tells the story of Duncan opening up his crayons only to find that they have quit. The blue crayon is tired of just being used for water, and the orange and yellow crayons are in a fight about who is the right color for the sun. Now Duncan must find a way to make all the crayons happy and get them back to coloring! This story is great for expanding kids’ imagination and improving their leadership skills.

Jeanne Kolpek, Cadence Education

Short Pinkalicious Books

The attention span of a four-year-old is short. To engage them, I’ve found that short books and short films help keep their attention. Instead of reading a longer book, I’ll opt for multiple Pinkalicious books at bedtime. This way, not only does the attention span keep steady, but there’s a better feeling of accomplishment and confidence headed into bedtime.

Brett Farmiloe, Markitors

How to Babysit a Grandpa

How to Babysit a Grandpa (that’s me) and How to Babysit a Grandma are great books. If your four-year-old spends any time with the grandparents, these books are a must! They’re each written in the form of an instructional manual for kids who are looking out for or spending time with their grandpa or grandma. I love the way they flip the babysitting duties from child to adult! Looking forward to my 2 one year old grandson\’s to get closer to four years old so we can enjoy this book!

Mark Christensen, LifeGuides

Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday

Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday by Judith Viorst, is a great book for kids aged around four-years-old to learn about money management. It explains the concept of spending vs saving in an incredibly clear way that even young children will be able to understand. By showing kids how, when Alexander spends his money today, he isn’t able to afford the things he wants next week, they’re easily able to see the benefits of saving what they have now. As this is something even some adults haven’t quite grasped yet, it’s a great book for setting early, positive foundations for kids to manage their money effectively.

Anna Barker, Logical Dollar

The Hare & the Tortoise

A great book for a four-year-old is The Hare & the Tortoise. This book can be read by anyone of all ages, including business owners. It reminded me and my team that we have to scale slow, we have to grow slow. We don’t want to rush to the finish line and lose quality.

Trevor Rappleye, CorporateFilming.com

Blue Hat, Green Hat

Blue Hat, Green Hat by Sandra Boynton was a favorite for my child! It incorporates animals, colors, numbers and rhymes in a format so fun that children don’t even realize they are learning. It’s one of those books you can read 100 times and still enjoy it together, which is very important at that age to instill a love of books early on.

Lisha Dunlap, UAT