4 - 6 Years

Unless otherwise noted, all books may be found in the picture book section under the author’s last name.

Miss Nelson is Missing / Harry Allard
A mean substitute teacher teaches Miss Nelson’s student a lesson in appreciation.

The Chicken of the Family / Mary Amato
When her older sisters tease her into believing that she is actually a chicken, Henrietta runs away to a farm.

Hi! Fly Guy / Tedd Arnold (j Er ARNOLD)
Buzz enters a fly in The Amazing Pet Show, and he and Fly Guy prove to everyone that a fly can be a pet.

Chloe and the Lion / Mac Barnett
The author, the illustrator, the main character Chloe, and a lion all must work together to finish this book.

I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More!
/Karen Beaumont
In the rhythm of a familiar song, a child cannot resist adding one more dab of paint in surprising places.

The Three Snow Bears / Jan Brett
The familiar story, set in an Inuit village and featuring a family of polar bears.

Jim & the Beanstalk / Raymond Briggs
A humorous sequel to the classic tale.

Stellaluna / Janell Cannon
A baby bat is raised by a bird family.

The Very Quiet Cricket / Eric Carle
A very quiet cricket learns to chirp.

Guji Guji / Chih-Yuan Chen
Crocodile Guji Guji was raised by a family of ducks.

Will I Have a Friend? / Miriam Cohen
Jim worries about his first day of school.

Red-eyed tree frog / Joy Cowley (j 597.87 Cow)
Learn about a Central American tree frog.

Where’s My Mummy? / Carolyn Crimi
As all of the monsters prepare for bed, Little Baby Mummy bravely searches for his mother.

Diary of a Worm / Doreen Cronin
A worm discovers that there are good and bad things about being a worm.

I lost my tooth in Africa / Penda Diakité
While visiting Africa, a girl loses a tooth and receives a hen and a rooster from the African Tooth Fairy.

Strega Nona: Her Story / Tomie DePaola
How Strega Nona learned her magic.

Louise: The Adventures of a Chicken / Kate DiCamillo
Longing for adventure, Louise leaves her comfortable nest and goes to sea, the circus, and a bazaar.

Leaf Man / Lois Ehlert
A man made of leaves travels on the wind.

Olivia / Ian Falconer
A day in the life of a feisty pig.

Bark, George / Jules Feiffer
A dog does everything but bark.

Buster / Denise Fleming
Buster the dog is afraid of cats.

A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever / Marla Frazee
Two friends enjoy a wonderful week at one of their grandparents’ home during summer vacation.

Goose and Duck / Jean Craighead George (j Er GEORGE)
A young boy becomes the “mother” to a goose, who becomes “mother” to a duck, as they learn about the rhythms of nature together.

Let’s Get a Pup, Said Kate / Bob Graham
Kate’s family must choose between a puppy and an older dog.

Chicken Said, “Cluck!” / Judyann Ackerman Grant (j Er PRIMER GRANT)
Earl and Pearl do not want Chicken’s help in their garden, until a swarm of grasshoppers arrives.

Traction Man Is Here! / Mini Grey
Traction Man, a boy’s action figure, has adventures with Scrubbing Brush and other objects in the house.

My Little Sister Ate One Hare / Bill Grossman
Counting book about a girl who will eat anything–except peas.

The Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County / Janice N. Harrington
A young girl can catch any chicken on her grand-mother’s farm except one–the elusive Miss Hen.

Chrysanthemum / Kevin Henkes
Chrysanthemum loves her name, until other children make fun of it.

Off to School, Baby Duck / Amy Hest
Grandpa helps Baby Duck on her first day of school.

Toot and Puddle / Holly Hobbie
Toot and Puddle are best friends with different interests.

Dogger / Shirley Hughes
A small boy’s family helps search for his lost stuffed dog.

Living Color / Steve Jenkins (j 591.472 Jen)
Learn about the different ways animals use color.

Wolf’s Chicken Stew / Keiko Kasza
A wolf’s attempt to make chicken stew has unanticipated results.

What! Cried Granny / Kate Lum
Nobody gets much sleep when Patrick sleeps over at Granny’s.

Velma Gratch & the Way Cool Butterfly / Alan Madison
First grader Velma has an interesting relationship with a butterfly.

Is This a House for Hermit Crab? / Megan McDonald
Hermit crab tries to find a new house.

Martha Speaks / Susan Meddaugh
Martha the dog learns to speak after eating alphabet soup.

Zin! Zin! Zin!: A Violin / Lloyd Moss
Ten instruments participate in a performance.

Zen Shorts / Jon J. Muth
A panda tells his friends stories which makes them think about themselves and the world in new ways.

The Helen Oxenbury Nursery Story Book / Helen Oxenbury (j 398 Oxe)
A collection of 10 familiar folk tales.

The Little Red Hen / Jerry Pinkney
The classic folk tale about a hard working hen.

Chicken Sunday / Patricia Polacco
Three children decorate and sell eggs to buy Eula an Easter hat.

Officer Buckle and Gloria / Peggy Rathmann
The police dog Gloria adds some interest to Officer Buckle’s safety lessons.

Psst! / Michael Rex
The animals at the zoo have some unusual requests for a little girl who goes to visit.

The Bunnies Are Not in Their Beds / Marisabina Russo
Some young rabbits would rather play than sleep.

What’s that, Mittens? / Lola M. Schaefer (j Er PRIMER SCHAEFER)
Mittens the kitten digs a hole under the fence and meets a new friend–Max the dog.

Cowboy & Octopus / Jon Scieszka & Lane Smith
Cowboy and Octopus are friends despite different opinions about things like knock-knock jokes.

One Boy / Laura Vacarro Seeger
A boy creates ten paintings in this counting book that also explores the relationship of words within words.

Too Many Toys! / David Shannon
Although he finally agrees to give some of his toys away, there is one toy that Spencer cannot part with.

I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean / Kevin Sherry
A giant squid brags about being bigger than everything else in the ocean–almost.

The Stray Dog / Marc Simont
A family befriends a stray dog.

Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters / John Steptoe
The king chooses his wife from two different sisters.

The Great Fuzz Frenzy / Janet Stevens
A lost tennis ball creates a stir in a prairie dog village.

Minerva Louise at School / Janet Morgan Stoeke
A chicken mistakes a school for a barn.

The House in the Night / Susan Marie Swanson
Illustrations and easy-to-read text explore the light that makes a house in the night a home filled with light.

Grumpy Bird / Jeremy Tankard
Feeling too grumpy to fly, Bird begins to walk and finds that his mood changes as other animals join him.

Scaredy Squirrel / Melanie Watt
Scaredy Squirrel never leaves his nut tree because he’s afraid of the unknown “out there.”

Yoko / Rosemary Wells
Her classmates are intrigued when Yoko brings sushi to school for lunch.

Flotsam / David Wiesner
The story of what happens when a camera becomes a piece of flotsam.

I Am Invited to a Party! / Mo Willems (j Er WILLEMS)
One of the Elephant and Piggie series of funny stories with simple text about two best friends.

Clever Beatrice / Margaret Willey
A small, clever girl outwits a rich giant.

Steel Town / Jonah Winter
In Steel Town, it’s always raining, freight trains come and go, the big furnace roars, and the steel mill never sleeps

Here’s a Little Poem: A Very First Book of Poetry / collected by Jane Yolen & Andrew Peters (j 811.08 Yol)
A collection of poems for children with the various themes.

My Green Kite / Peter Himmelman (j CD Music HIMMELMAN)

Rocketship Run / Laurie Berkner (j CD Music BERKNER)

Blue Moo (book and CD) / Sandra Boynton (j CD Kit BOYNTON)

Here Come the ABCs / They Might Be Giants (j CD Music THEY)

Suggestions from the Mt. Lebanon Public Library Children’s Department
Updated February 2013