Children's Books For 3 To 4 Year Olds

Discover our top of the best children's books for toddlers. The list consists of reading books, but much more than that.

Is your child already a bit older than you can look at our top ten children's books for 5 and 6 year olds. If your child is younger, you can look at our list of best preschool books.

Top Ten Children's Books - 3 To 4 Year

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Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site

Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site
May 4, 2011
Sherri Duskey Rinker

This children's book is listed in   1 - 2 years   3 - 4 years  

The #1 New York Times bestseller

As the sun sets behind the big construction site, all the hardworking trucks get ready to say goodnight. One by one, Crane Truck, Cement Mixer, Dump Truck, Bulldozer, and Excavator finish their work and lie down to rest—so they'll be ready for another day of rough and tough construction play! With irresistible artwork by best-selling illustrator Tom Lichtenheld and sweet, rhyming text, this book will have truck lovers of all ages begging for more.

2

Little Blue Truck board book

Little Blue Truck board book
July 7, 2015
Alice Schertle

This children's book is listed in   3 - 4 years   5 - 6 years   7 - 8 years  

Beep! Beep! Beep! Meet Blue. A muddy country road is no match for this little pick up--that is, until he gets stuck while pushing a dump truck out of the muck. Luckily, Blue has made a pack of farm animal friends along his route. And they're willing to do whatever it takes to get their pal back on the road.
With a text full of truck sounds and animal noises to read aloud, here is a rollicking homage to the power of friendship and the rewards of helping others.

Includes a downloadable party kit for even more fun!

3

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo
March 18, 2018
Jill Twiss

This children's book is listed in   1 - 2 years   3 - 4 years  

HBO's Emmy-winning Last Week Tonight with John Oliver presents a children's picture book about a Very Special boy bunny who falls in love with another boy bunny.

Meet Marlon Bundo, a lonely bunny who lives with his Grampa, Mike Pence - the Vice President of the United States. But on this Very Special Day, Marlon's life is about to change forever...

With its message of tolerance and advocacy, this charming bunny book for kids explores issues of same sex marriage and democracy. Sweet, funny, and beautifully illustrated, this better Bundo book is dedicated to every bunny who has ever felt different.

4

The Wonderful Things You Will Be

The Wonderful Things You Will Be
August 25, 2015
Emily Winfield Martin

This children's book is listed in   3 - 4 years   5 - 6 years  

The New York Times bestseller that celebrates the dreams, acceptance, and love that parents have for their children . . . now and forever! 
 
From brave and bold to creative and clever, Emily Winfield Martin's rhythmic rhyme expresses all the loving things that parents think of when they look at their children. With beautiful, and sometimes humorous, illustrations, and a clever gatefold with kids in costumes, this is a book grown-ups will love reading over and over to kids—both young and old. A great gift for any occasion, but a special stand-out for baby showers, birthdays, and graduation. The Wonderful Things You Will Be has a loving and truthful message that will endure for lifetimes.

5

From Head to Toe Board Book

From Head to Toe Board Book
March 27, 1999
Eric Carle

This children's book is listed in   1 - 2 years   3 - 4 years  

From Eric Carle, the New York Times bestselling creator of beloved books including The Very Hungry Caterpillar and The Grouchy Ladybug, comes From Head to Toe, a colorful and energetic board book that will have young readers clapping their hands, stomping their feet, and wiggling their toes!

Giraffes can bend their necks, monkeys can wave their hands, and donkeys can kick their legs. And so can you! Throughout this interactive board book, the animals of From Head to Toe invite young readers to copy their antics as they play.

Through Carle’s vibrant collages and simple instructions, children will learn the importance of listening, exercising, and taking on a new challenge. Join the giraffes, monkeys, donkeys, seals, and more for a frolicking, fun adventure!

6

Press Here

Press Here
March 30, 2011
Herve Tullet

This children's book is listed in   1 - 2 years   3 - 4 years   5 - 6 years  

PRESS HEREMIX IT UP!LET'S PLAY! and now SAY ZOOP! Collect all four interactive books from Hervé Tullet!

Press the yellow dot on the cover of this book, follow the instructions within, and embark upon a magical journey! Each page of this surprising book instructs the reader to press the dots, shake the pages, tilt the book, and who knows what will happen next! Children and adults alike will giggle with delight as the dots multiply, change direction, and grow in size! Especially remarkable because the adventure occurs on the flat surface of the simple, printed page, this unique picture book about the power of imagination and interactivity will provide read-aloud fun for all ages!

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Dear Zoo

A Lift-the-Flap Book
Dear Zoo: A Lift-the-Flap Book
May 8, 2007
Rod Campbell

This children's book is listed in   1 - 2 years   3 - 4 years  

Rod Campbell's classic lift-the-flap book Dear Zoo has been a firm favorite with toddlers and parents alike ever since it was first published in 1982.

Young readers love lifting the flaps to discover the animals the zoo has sent-a monkey, a lion, and even an elephant! But will they ever find the perfect pet?

With bright, bold artwork, a catchy refrain, and a whole host of favorite animals, Dear Zoo is a must for every child's bookshelf.

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Oh, the Places You'll Go!

Oh, the Places You'll Go!
January 22, 1990
Dr. Seuss

This children's book is listed in   3 - 4 years   5 - 6 years  

Dr. Seuss’s wonderfully wise Oh, the Places You’ll Go! is the perfect send-off for grads—from nursery school, high school, college, and beyond! 

From soaring to high heights and seeing great sights to being left in a Lurch on a prickle-ly perch, Dr. Seuss addresses life’s ups and downs with his trademark humorous verse and illustrations, while encouraging readers to find the success that lies within. In a starred review, Booklist notes, “Seuss’s message is simple but never sappy: life may be a ‘Great Balancing Act,’ but through it all ‘There’s fun to be done.’” A perennial favorite and a perfect gift for anyone starting a new phase in their life!

9

Love You Forever

Best kids books: Love You Forever
September 1, 1995
Robert Munsch

This children's book is listed in   3 - 4 years   5 - 6 years  

A young woman holds her newborn son And looks at him lovingly. Softly she sings to him: "I'll love you forever I'll like you for always As long as I'm living My baby you'll be." So begins the story that has touched the hearts of millions worldwide. Since publication in l986, Love You Forever has sold more than 15 million copies in paperback and the regular hardcover edition (as well as hundreds of thousands of copies in Spanish and French)
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One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish

I Can Read It All by Myself
One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish (I Can Read It All by Myself)
March 12, 1960
Dr. Seuss

This children's book is listed in   3 - 4 years   5 - 6 years  

“From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere” . . . So begins this classic Beginner Book by Dr. Seuss. Beginning with just five fish and continuing into flights of fancy, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish celebrates how much fun imagination can be. From the can-opening Zans to the boxing Gox to the winking Yink who drinks pink ink, the silly rhymes and colorful cast of characters create an entertaining approach to reading that will have every child giggling from morning to night: “Today is gone. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.” 

Originally created by Dr. Seuss, Beginner Books encourage children to read all by themselves, with simple words and illustrations that give clues to their meaning.

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On the Night You Were Born

On the Night You Were Born
January 19, 2010
Nancy Tillman

This children's book is listed in   1 - 2 years   3 - 4 years  

"Detailed illustrations, paired with a warm message of unconditional love, make this bestselling board book a welcome addition to any child's bookshelf." - Seira Wilson, Amazon Editor

On the night you were born, you brought wonder and magic to the world. The moon stayed up till morning. Polar bears danced.

Here is a book that celebrates the one and only ever you! Now available in its entirety in board book format, Nancy Tillman's masterpiece is perfect for acknowledging the special people in our lives that they are loved.

12

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
July 20, 2010
Bill Martin Jr.

This children's book is listed in   3 - 4 years   5 - 6 years   7 - 8 years  

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? beginning readers:

These beloved children's stories are now available in beginning reader format. 
With the important pre-reading concepts of rhyme, rhythm, and repetition, these picture books have long been used as beginning readers. Now, with a 6" x 9" trim and a classic beginning reader layout, children will have a more "grown up" version to read by themselves. 
Complete with an introduction by master educator Laura Robb, and with fun reading activities added, these new versions of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? are certain to appeal to a new age group and find an even wider audience.

13

Drawn Together

Drawn Together
June 5, 2018
Minh Lê

This children's book is listed in   3 - 4 years   5 - 6 years  

"Drawn Together is a poignant and gorgeously illustrated story of a grandfather and grandson who discover a shared love of art and storytelling." - Seira Wilson, Amazon Editor
 

When a young boy visits his grandfather, their lack of a common language leads to confusion, frustration, and silence. But as they sit down to draw together, something magical happens-with a shared love of art and storytelling, the two form a bond that goes beyond words.

With spare, direct text by Minh Lê and luminous illustrations by Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat, this stirring picturebook about reaching across barriers will be cherished for years to come.

14

The Story of Ferdinand

The Story of Ferdinand
March 31, 2011
Munro Leaf

This children's book is listed in   3 - 4 years   5 - 6 years  

Soon to be a major motion picture!

Ferdinand is the world's most peaceful--and--beloved little bull. While all of the other bulls snort, leap, and butt their heads, Ferdinand is content to just sit and smell the flowers under his favorite cork tree. Leaf's simple storytelling paired with Lawson's pen-and-ink drawings make The Story of Ferdinand a true classic. Commemorate the 75th anniversary of the book's original publication with this beautiful and affordable 8x8 paperback edition.

15

Where Is Baby's Belly Button?

A Lift-the-Flap Book
Where Is Baby's Belly Button? A Lift-the-Flap Book
September 1, 2000
Karen Katz

This children's book is listed in   1 - 2 years   3 - 4 years  

Karen Katz's adorable babies play peekaboo in this delightful interactive book. The sturdy format and easy-to-lift flaps are perfect for parents and children to share.

"Where are Baby's hands? Under the bubbles!"

"Where are baby's eyes? Under her hat!"

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Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
August 28, 2012
Bill Martin Jr.

This children's book is listed in   1 - 2 years   3 - 4 years  

A told B 
and B told C,
“I’ll meet you at the top
of the coconut tree.”

When all the letters of the alphabet race one another up the coconut tree, will there be enough room?
Of course there is always enough room for this rollicking alphabet chant that has been a children’s favorite for more than twenty years! Bill Martin Jr and John Archambault’s rhythmic text keeps the beat with Caldecott Honor illustrator Lois Ehlert’s bold, cheerful art. This winning combination has created a series of enduring Chicka Chicka favorites, and now, for the first time ever, the complete edition of the original Chicka Chicka Boom Boom story is available as a Classic Board Book. With sturdy pages and rounded corners, this portable edition of an irresistible alphabet romp will delight a new generation ofyoung readers.

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Giraffes Can't Dance

Best childrens books: Giraffes Can't Dance
May 1, 2014
Giles Andreae

This children's book is listed in   3 - 4 years   5 - 6 years  

Number One bestseller Giraffes Can't Dance from author Giles Andreae has been delighting children for over 15 years. Gerald the tall giraffe would love to join in with the other animals at the Jungle Dance, but everyone knows that giraffes can't dance . . . or can they?

A funny, touching and triumphant story about a giraffe who finds his own tune and confidence too, with joyful illustrations from Guy Parker Rees and a foiled cover.

... wonderfully funny. - Independent

A fantastically funny and wonderfully colourful romp of a picture book. All toddlers should grow up reading this or hearing their parents read it aloud to them. - Daily Telegraph

A joyful read about an outsider who finds acceptance on his own terms.... there's also a simple moral about tolerance and daring to be different. - Junio

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Corduroy

Corduroy
September 30, 1976
Don Freeman

This children's book is listed in   1 - 2 years   3 - 4 years  

A picture book classic!
 
One of School Library Journal’s "Top 100 Picture Books" of all time (2012) 
One of the National Education Association’s "Teachers' Top 100 Books for Children."

Don Freeman's classic character, Corduroy, is even more popular today then he was when he first came on the scene in 1968. This story of a small teddy bear waiting on a department store shelf for a child’s friendship has appealed to young readers generation after generation.

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Goodnight Moon

Best children's books:Goodnight Moon
January 23, 2007
Margaret Wise Brown

This children's book is listed in   1 - 2 years   3 - 4 years  

In this classic of children's literature, beloved by generations of readers and listeners, the quiet poetry of the words and the gentle, lulling illustrations combine to make a perfect book for the end of the day.

In a great green room, tucked away in bed, is a little bunny. "Goodnight room, goodnight moon." And to all the familiar things in the softly lit room—to the picture of the three little bears sitting on chairs, to the clocks and his socks, to the mittens and the kittens, to everything one by one—the little bunny says goodnight.

One of the most beloved books of all time, Goodnight Moon is a must for every bookshelf and a time-honored gift for baby showers and other special events.

20

The Going-To-Bed Book

The Going-To-Bed Book
November 30, 1982
Sandra Boynton

This children's book is listed in   1 - 2 years   3 - 4 years  

Getting ready for sleep is tons of fun in this Sandra Boynton classic.

The sun has set not long ago.
Now everybody goes below
to take a bath in one big tub
with soap all over—SCRUB SCRUB SCRUB!

This classic bedtime story is just right for winding down the day as a joyful, silly group of animals scrub scrub scrub in the tub, brush and brush and brush their teeth, and finally rock and rock and rock to sleep.

21

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!
April 1, 2003
Mo Willems

This children's book is listed in   1 - 2 years   3 - 4 years  

"Pre-schoolers will meet their match and fall in love with this award-winning, laugh-out-loud picture book about the demanding but adorable Pigeon." - Seira Wilson, Amazon Editor

When a bus driver takes a break from his route, a very unlikely volunteer springs up to take his place-a pigeon! But you've never met one like this before. As he pleads, wheedles, and begs his way through the book, children will love being able to answer back and decide his fate.

In his hilarious picture book debut, popular cartoonist Mo Willems perfectly captures a preschooler's temper tantrum.

22

Good Night, Gorilla

Best babies book: Good Night, Gorilla
February 21, 1996
Peggy Rathmann

This children's book is listed in   1 - 2 years   3 - 4 years  

A must-have board book for all babies.

Good night, Gorilla.
Good night, Elephant. 

It's bedtime at the zoo, and all the animals are going to sleep. Or are they? Who's that short, furry guy with the key in his hand and the mischievous grin?

Good night, Giraffe.
Good night, Hyena. 

Sneak along behind the zookeeper's back, and see who gets the last laugh in this riotous good-night romp.

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The Runaway Bunny

The Runaway Bunny
January 3, 2006
Margaret Wise Brown

This children's book is listed in   3 - 4 years   5 - 6 years  

Celebrating 75 years, The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown, beloved children’s book author of Goodnight Moon.

“If you run away,” said his mother, “I will run after you. For you are my little bunny.”

A little bunny keeps running away from his mother in this imaginary game of hide-and-seek. Children will be profoundly comforted by this lovingly steadfast mother who finds her child every time.

The Runaway Bunny, first published in 1942 and never out of print, has indeed become a classic. Generations of readers have fallen in love with the gentle magic of its reassuring words and loving pictures.

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Where the Wild Things Are

Where the Wild Things Are
December 26, 2012
Maurice Sendak

This children's book is listed in   3 - 4 years   5 - 6 years   7 - 8 years  

Where the Wild Things Are is fifty years old! Maurice Sendak's Caldecott Medal-winning picture book has become one of the most highly acclaimed and best-loved children's books of all time. A must for every child's bookshelf.

Introduce a new generation to Max's imaginative journey with this special anniversary edition. Let the wild rumpus continue as this classic comes to life like never before with new reproductions of Maurice Sendak's artwork.

Astonishing state-of-the-art technology faithfully captures the color and detail of the original illustrations. Sendak himself enthusiastically endorsed this impressive new interpretation of his art before his death in 2012. This iconic story has inspired a movie, an opera, and the imagination of generations.

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Guess How Much I Love You

Guess How Much I Love You
October 14, 2008
Sam McBratney

This children's book is listed in   1 - 2 years   3 - 4 years  

How much will the youngest readers love this board book edition? Now with a refreshed cover in a format perfect for little hands.

"Guess how much I love you," says Little Nutbrown Hare. Little Nutbrown Hare shows his daddy how much he loves him: as wide as he can reach and as far as he can hop. But Big Nutbrown Hare, who can reach farther and hop higher, loves him back just as much. Well then, Little Nutbrown Hare loves him right up to the moon, but that's just halfway to Big Nutbrown Hare's love for him.

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Caps for Sale

A Tale of a Peddler Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business
Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business
September 1, 2015
Esphyr Slobodkina

This children's book is listed in   3 - 4 years   5 - 6 years  

Caps for Sale is a timeless classic beloved by millions...one of the most popular picture books ever published!

Children will delight in following the peddler’s efforts to outwit the monkeys and will ask to read it again and again. Caps for Sale is an excellent easy-to-read book that includes repetition, patterns, and colors, perfect for early readers.

This tale of a peddler and a band of mischievous monkeys is filled with warmth, humor, and simplicity and also teaches children about problem and resolution.

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Where's Spot?

Best Toddlers Books: Where's Spot?
June 30, 2003
Eric Hill

This children's book is listed in   1 - 2 years   3 - 4 years  

Eric Hill's first and most famous Spot book is now available as an eBook! Naughty Spot is late for his supper - where could he be? This is a wonderful way to read this classic and beloved Spot story. Now loved all over the world Spot is an enduring, modern and classic character.

This is a bigger, brighter paperback edition of Eric Hill's iconic first lift-the-flap book.

'Spot is one of the essential experiences of childhood.' Parents magazine

Eric Hill was born in North London and lived there for many years. He started his artistic career as an art studio messenger and from there went on to become a cartoonist and eventually an art director at a leading advertising agency. In 1978 Eric made up a story about a small puppy to read to his son at bedtime and Spot was born. The success of his first bestselling lift-the-flap classic 'Where's Spot?' in 1980 convinced him to become a full-time author. Eric currently resides in France.

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The Bad Seed

The Bad Seed
2018
Jory John

This children's book is listed in   3 - 4 years   5 - 6 years  

★ An Amazon Best Children's Book of the Year selection

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Goodnight Already! series

This is a book about a bad seed. A baaaaaaaaaad seed. How bad? Do you really want to know? He has a bad temper, bad manners, and a bad attitude. He's been bad since he can remember! 

With Jory John's charming and endearing text and bold expressive illustrations by Pete Oswald, here is The Bad Seed: a funny yet touching tale that reminds us of the remarkably transformative power of will, acceptance, and just being you. Perfect for young readers, as well as anyone navigating their current world, The Bad Seed proves that positive change is possible for each and every one of us.

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If Animals Kissed Good Night

If Animals Kissed Good Night
June 3, 2014
Ann Whitford Paul

This children's book is listed in   3 - 4 years   5 - 6 years  

The bestselling book in Ann Whitford Paul and David Walker's adorable animal series―and don't miss the follow-up, If Animals Said I Love You!

If animals kissed
like we kiss good night,
Giraffe and his calf
would stretch their necks high
and kiss just beneath
the top of the sky.

In a cozy bedtime chat with her mom, a young girl wonders how animal families might say good night. Would Wolf and his pup "kiss and then HOWL"? Would Bear and her cub "kiss and then GROWL"? But what about Sloth and her baby? They move soooo slooowwwww . . . they're sure to be kissing from early evening until long after everyone else is fast asleep!

With whimsical art and playful rhyming verse, this board book is perfect for bedtime snuggles.

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First 100 Words

Best babies books:First 100 Words
May 10, 2011
Roger Priddy

This children's book is listed in   1 - 2 years   3 - 4 years  

Your little one will soon learn some essential first words and pictures with this bright board book. There are 100 color photographs to look at and talk about, and 100 simple first words to read and learn, too. The pages are made from tough board for hours of fun reading, and the cover is softly padded for little hands to hold.

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