Great books for children ages 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.
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 ; photographs by Nic Bishop (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
A young boy becomes the "mother" to a goose, who becomes "mother" to a duck, as they learn about the rhythms of nature together. (j Er GEORGE)
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. (j Eac GROSSMAN)
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
A collection of 10 familiar folk tales. ( j 398 Oxe)
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 the Their Beds /Marisabina Russo
Some young rabbits would rather play than sleep.
What's that, Mittens? / Lola M. Schaefer
Mittens the kitten digs a hole under the fence and meets a new friend--Max the dog. ( j Er PRIMER SCHAEFER)
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
One of the Elephant and Piggie series of funny stories with simple text about two best friends. (j Er WILLEMS)
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
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Here Come the ABCs / They Might Be Giants
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Look for these and other great books in
The Children's Library
Mt. Lebanon Public Library
16 Castle Shannon Blvd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15228