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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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.

32

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie Book

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie Book
October 6, 2015
Laura Numeroff

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

Celebrate the 30th anniversary of the award-winning If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, one of the most beloved children’s books of all time, from the #1 New York Times bestselling team Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond.

If a hungry little mouse shows up on your doorstep, you might want to give him a cookie. And if you give him a cookie, he'll ask for a glass of milk. He'll want to look in a mirror to make sure he doesn't have a milk mustache, and then he'll ask for a pair of scissors to give himself a trim....

This book is a great first introduction to Mouse, the star of the If You Give... series and a perennial favorite among children. With its spare, rhythmic text and circular tale, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie is perfect for beginning readers and story time!

33

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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I Am Enough

I Am Enough
March 6, 2018
Grace Byers

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

New York Times bestseller and Goodreads Choice Awards picture book winner!

This is a gorgeous, lyrical ode to loving who you are, respecting others, and being kind to one another—from Empire actor and activist Grace Byers and talented newcomer artist Keturah A. Bobo.

This is the perfect gift for mothers and daughters, baby showers, and graduation.

We are all here for a purpose. We are more than enough. We just need to believe it.

35

The Pout-Pout Fish

The Pout-Pout Fish
August 6, 2013
Deborah Diesen

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

Deep in the water,
Mr. Fish swims about
With his fish face stuck
In a permanent pout.

Can his pals cheer him up?
Will his pout ever end?
Is there something he can learn
From an unexpected friend?

Swim along with the pout-pout fish as he discovers that being glum and spreading "dreary wearies" isn't really his destiny. Bright ocean colors and playful rhyme come together in Deborah Diesen's fun fish story that's sure to turn even the poutiest of frowns upside down.

36

When God Made You

When God Made You
February 28, 2017
Matthew Paul Turner

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

YOU, you… God thinks about you.
God was thinking of you long before your debut.

From early on, children are looking to discover their place in the world and longing to understand how their personalities, traits, and talents fit in. The assurance that they are deeply loved and a unique creation in our big universe is certain to help them spread their wings and fly. 
 
Through playful, charming rhyme and vivid, fantastical illustrations, When God Made You inspires young readers to learn about their own special gifts and how they fit into God’s divine plan as they grow, explore, and begin to create for themselves. 
 
‘Cause when God made YOU, somehow God knew
That the world needed someone exactly like you!

37

How to Catch a Mermaid

How to Catch a Mermaid
March 26, 2020
Adam Wallace

This children's book is listed in   3 - 4 years   5 - 6 years   7 - 8 years   9 - 10 years  

Many claim to have caught a mermaid, but can YOU?

How do you catch a mermaid?
You must be very clever.
With mirrors, crowns, and pearls galore,
this quest can't last forever!

Also in the How to Catch Series:
How to Catch a Unicorn
How to Catch a Dinosaur
How to Catch a Dragon
How to Catch a Monster

38

The Backyard Bug Book for Kids

Storybook, Insect Facts, and Activities
The Backyard Bug Book for Kids
September 24, 2019
Lauren Davidson

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

Crawl into the wonderful world of bugs―a fun photographic adventure.

Take your child on an educational adventure bursting with the kinds of colorful photographs you need in bug books for kids.

The Backyard Bug Book for Kids has everything you’d want in bug books for kids: a story, pictures, and activities combined. Introduce your little one to the types of bugs they’re likely to see during their day, then help them remember what they’ve learned with fun, on-the-page challenges.

Go beyond other bug books for kids with:

  • Bugs galore―Learn cool facts about familiar insects: ladybugs, grasshoppers, dragonflies, and more.
  • Amazing pictures―See creepy crawlies up close with big and colorful photos.
  • Exciting activities―Continue the learning with all kinds of bug-themed activities.

Give your child a bug’s-eye view of the world with this must-have title for anyone interested in bug books for kids.

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Turkey Trouble

Turkey Trouble
January 1, 2010
Wendi Silvano

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

Turkey is in trouble. Bad trouble. The kind of trouble where it's almost Thanksgiving . . . and you're the main
course. But Turkey has an idea--what if he doesn't look like a turkey? What if he looks like another animal instead?
After many hilarious attempts, Turkey comes up with the perfect disguise to make this Thanksgiving the best ever!

40

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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Llama Llama Loves Camping

Llama Llama Loves Camping
June 5, 2018
Anna Dewdney

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

An 8x8 based on an episode of Llama Llama's animated Netflix series all about one of the most fun activities for little llamas (and kids): camping!

Look out, world--Llama Llama is a TV star! The beloved character, made famous by Anna Dewdney's best-selling picture books, is the star of his own original series, now airing on Netflix. In this episode-based 8x8, Llama Llama goes camping for the very first time and learns a valuable lesson: what seems scary can actually be super-duper FUN! Your little llamas will love relating to their favorite picture book character as he faces new and challenging situations.

42

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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I've Loved You Since Forever

I've Loved You Since Forever
March 6, 2018
Hoda Kotb

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

I’ve Loved You Since Forever is a celebratory and poetic testament to the timeless love felt between parent and child. This beautiful picture book is inspired by Today show co-anchor Hoda Kotb’s heartwarming adoption of her baby girl, Haley Joy.

With Kotb’s lyrical text and stunning pictures by Suzie Mason, young ones and parents will want to snuggle up and read the pages of this book together, over and over again.

In the universe,

there was you and

there was me,

waiting for the day our

stars would meet. . .

44

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.

45

I Promise

I Promise
August 11, 2020
LeBron James

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

An Instant #1 New York Times Bestseller! An Instant Indie Bestseller! 

*An Amazon Best Book of the Year * A B&N Best Book of the Year*

A great gift for tiny go-getters and big dreamers!

NBA champion and superstar LeBron James pens a slam-dunk picture book inspired by his foundation’s I PROMISE program that motivates children everywhere to always #StriveForGreatness.

Just a kid from Akron, Ohio, who is dedicated to uplifting youth everywhere, LeBron James knows the key to a better future is to excel in school, do your best, and keep your family close.

I Promise is a lively and inspiring picture book that reminds us that tomorrow’s success starts with the promises we make to ourselves and our community today.

Featuring James’s upbeat, rhyming text and vibrant illustrations perfectly crafted for a diverse audience by New York Times bestselling artist Nina Mata, this book has the power to inspire all children and families to be their best.

Perfect for shared reading in and out of the classroom, I Promise is also a great gift for graduation, birthdays, and other occasions.

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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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Grumpy Monkey

Grumpy Monkey
May 15, 2018
Suzanne Lang

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

The hilarious New York Times bestselling picture book about dealing with unexplained feelings...and the danger in suppressing them!

Jim the chimpanzee is in a terrible mood for no good reason. His friends can't understand it--how can he be in a bad mood when it's SUCH a beautiful day? They encourage him not to hunch, to smile, and to do things that make THEM happy. But Jim can't take all the advice...and has a BIT of a meltdown. Could it be that he just needs a day to feel grumpy?

Suzanne and Max Lang bring hilarity and levity to this very important lesson. This picture book is an excellent case study in the dangers of putting on a happy face and demonstrates to kids that they are allowed to feel their feelings (though they should be careful of hurting others in the process!).

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Curious George Goes Camping

Curious George Goes Camping
October 25, 1999
Margret Rey

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

Curious George Goes Camping is an entertaining story of the Great Outdoors based on H. A. and Margret Rey’s popular primate and painted in the original watercolor and charcoal style. George tries to be helpful, but he of course just ends up upsetting a nearby camper. As he’s hiding in the woods, he meets a forest creature who catapults the mischievous monkey into a chain of even more outrageous events!

For more monkey fun, investigate www.curiousgeorge.com and discover all the latest on Curious George books, promotions, games, activities, and more!

49

The Cat in the Hat

The Cat in the Hat
March 12, 1957
Dr. Seuss

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

Poor Dick and Sally. It's cold and wet and they're stuck in the house with nothing to do . . . until a giant cat in a hat shows up, transforming the dull day into a madcap adventure and almost wrecking the place in the process! Written by Dr. Seuss in 1957 in response to the concern that "pallid primers [with] abnormally courteous, unnaturally clean boys and girls' were leading to growing illiteracy among children, The Cat in the Hat (the first Random House Beginner Book) changed the way our children learn how to read.

50

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Best toddlers books: The Very Hungry Caterpillar
March 23, 1994
Eric Carle

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

THE all-time classic picture book, from generation to generation, sold somewhere in the world every 30 seconds! Have you shared it with a child or grandchild in your life?

Carle's classic tale of a voracious caterpillar who eats his way through the days of the week and then changes into a eautiful butterfly has been reissued in a sumptuous twenty-fifth anniversary edition with a shiny, silver-coated cover and wonderfully thick, durably pages.
—The Horn Book

"The very hungry caterpillar literally eats his way through the pages of the book—and right into your child's heart..."
Mother's Manual

"Gorgeously illustrated, brilliantly innovative..."
The New York Times Book Review

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Madeline

Madeline
September 30, 1958
Ludwig Bemelmans

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

In an old house in Paris
that was covered with vines
lived twelve little girls
in two straight lines
the smallest one was Madeline.” 

Nothing frightens Madeline—not tigers, not even mice. With its endearing, courageous heroine, cheerful humor, and wonderful, whimsical drawings of Paris, the Madeline stories are true classics that continue to charm readers, even after 75 years!

Ludwig Bemelmans (1898-1962) was the author of the beloved Madeline books, including Madeline, a Caldecott Honor Book, and Madeline's Rescue, winner of the Caldecott Medal.

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Dragons Love Tacos

Dragons Love Tacos
June 14, 2012
Adam Rubin

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

A #1 New York Times bestselling phenomenon, this deliciously funny read-aloud from the creators of Robo-Sauce and Secret Pizza Party will make you laugh until spicy salsa comes out of your nose.

Dragons love tacos. They love chicken tacos, beef tacos, great big tacos, and teeny tiny tacos. So if you want to lure a bunch of dragons to your party, you should definitely serve tacos. Buckets and buckets of tacos. Unfortunately, where there are tacos, there is also salsa. And if a dragon accidentally eats spicy salsa . . . oh, boy. You're in red-hot trouble.

The award-winning team of Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri has created an unforgettable tale of new friends and the perfect snack.

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P is for Potty!

Sesame Street (Lift-the-Flap)
P is for Potty! (Sesame Street) (Lift-the-Flap)
July 22, 2014
Naomi Kleinberg

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

Sesame Street's Elmo tells little girls and boys ages 1 to 3 all about how to use the potty in this sturdy lift-the-flap board book with more than 30 flaps to find and open. It's the perfect mix of fun and learning for potty-training toddlers—especially while they practice sitting on the potty! Sturdy flaps will hold up to hours of repeat lifting and peeking, and toddlers will delight in the surprises they find under the flaps.

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The Wonky Donkey

Best Children's Books:The Wonky Donkey
May 1, 2010
Craig Smith

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

Kids will love this cumulative and hysterical read-aloud!

"I was walking down the road and I saw . . .
A donkey,
Hee Haw!
And he only had three legs!
He was a wonky donkey."

Children will be in fits of laughter with this perfect read-aloud tale of an endearing donkey. By the book's final page, readers end up with a spunky, hanky-panky, cranky, stinky, dinky, lanky, honky-tonky, winky wonky donkey!

Thank you!

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The Rainbow Fish

The Rainbow Fish
January 27, 1999
Marcus Pfister

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

The Rainbow Fish is an international best-seller and a modern classic. Eye-catching foil stamping, glittering on every page, offers instant child appeal, but it is the universal message at the heart of this simple story about a beautiful fish who learns to make friends by sharing his most prized possessions that gives the book its lasting value.

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Polar Express

30th anniversary edition
Polar Express
September 15, 2015
Chris Van Allsburg

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

Take a ride aboard the Polar Express in this award-winning, classic holiday story, complete with an ornament gift, perfect for every child’s library.

A young boy, lying awake one Christmas Eve, is welcomed aboard a magical train to the North Pole. The Polar Express makes its way to the city atop the world, where the boy will make his Christmas wish. This is a story for all who believe in the spirit of Christmas and those who treasure the sound of a reindeer’s silver bell.

The Polar Express is the 1986 Caldecott Medal winner, and reading the story together is a beloved holiday tradition held by generations of families. It was also made into an animated feature film starring Tom Hanks.

In this special edition, the inimitable artistry of Chris Van Allsburg is highlighted with a new jacket design and expanded interior layout. Includes an author’s note and downloadable audio read by Liam Neeson

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Bug Soup

Bug Soup
May 1, 2020
Vince Cleghorne

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

Mrs. Hoop makes the soups for all the animals at her local zoo. Today, Mrs. Hoop received a super large soup order, but she's lost her "Soup List"!  Can you help Mrs. Hoop match each pot of soup with the correct animal?

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Giving Tree

The Giving Tree
1964
Shel. Silverstein

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

"And now, children, your Uncle Shelby is going to tell you a story about a very strange lion- in fact, the strangest lion I have ever met." So begins Shel Silverstein's very first children's book, Lafcadio, the Lion Who Shot Back. It's funny and sad and has made readers laugh and think since it was published in 1963. It was followed the next year by three more books. The first of them, The Giving Tree, is a moving story about the love of a tree for a boy. Shel returned to humor the same year with A Giraffe and a Half, delighting readers with a most riotous ending.

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