In honor of Vegbooks’ fourth birthday, I asked our contributors to name their top picks for 4-year-old kids. Here’s what they said.
Jennifer Gannett: My choice for 4-year-olds is…. Pizza Kittens!
Jane Cowles (who designed the lovely graphic at the beginning of the post): I love Artist to Aritist. Not surprising as I am an artist. I find these books comforting, calming and soothing. I love to look at art books with friends. It is a great way to open a dialogue and talk without social media being involved. This book is a great way for parents and children, friends and family to connect.
Huyen MacMichael writes: Oh, I have so many! Four is a fabulous age where kids can recognize and appreciate references in fun stories like Jo MacDonald Saw a Pond and To Market, To Market, yet they are also developing more complex senses of humor that makes stories like Crazy Hair, Duck on a Bike, Zen Ties, and Garlic-Onion-Beet-Spinach-
Kristin Wald recommends the Green Chili Jam Band’s album “Coconut Moon” (Amazon affiliate link). She writes: It’s SO GOOD. My kids can listen to “The Islanders” story all day. The album is a beautiful combination of melody and fun.
And hold onto your horses, because Jacqueline Bodnar has quite a list! Here’s what she had to say. My kids loved these at that age: The Gas We Pass (this book is fun and informative… my kids loved it then and still do); Diary of a Spider (all the diary of books…spider, worm, fly); Marsupial Sue Presents the Runaway Pancake (Kids LOVE this. I read it a 4-year old preschool class and the kids cracked up. They loved it so much the preschool teacher bought it for the room.); Each Living Thing; Harmony on the Farm; and Bugs by the Numbers (a wonderful and intriguing book for kids and adults alike).
To see our picks for babies and toddlers, click through to our Favorites page.
Did we miss any of your favorites? Tell us in the comments!