4 to 5 Year Olds Reading List 

Visiting the Library 

Make visiting your local library a part of your weeks activity and put the time in you home learning diary. 

The library is a great place to find some great books and you can borrow them for free.

The library service has a very large number of books to look at and you can borrow them as often as you like. 

Choose the books you want to read this week and then swop them next week for some new ones. It is that easy!

Here are some great authors to choose from:


Allan Ahlberg and Jill Ahlberg

Eric Carle

Jill Murphy 

Julia Donaldson 

Michael Bond

Michael Rosen

Shirley Hughes

Story Book Suggestions 

A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond

A Colour of His Own by Leo Lionni

A Dark, Dark Tale by Ruth Brown

Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty illustrated by David Roberts

A Lion in the Meadow by Margaret May

A Squash and a Squeeze by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

Avocado Baby by John Burningham 

Boogle Bear by David Walliams

Burglar Bill by Allan Ahlberg 

Cinnamon by Neil Gaiman

Cops and Robbers by Allan Ahlberg

Dinosaurs in the Supermarket! by Timothy Knapmen

Dogger by Shirley Hughes 

Everything You Need for a Treehouse by Carter Higgins and Emily Hughes

Funnybones by Allen Ahlberg

Goodnight Everyone by Chris Haughton

Hairy Maclary for Donaldson's Dairy by Lynley Dodd

How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth by Michelle Robinson

I Am Bear by Ben Baily Smith and illustrator Sav Akyuz

I Can Only Draw Worms by Will Mabbitt

I Want My Hat Back by Jon Kiassen 

Katie Morag's Island Stories by Mairi Hedderwick 

Meg and Mog by Helen Nichol

Mister Magnolia by Quentin Blake 

My Friend Bear by Jez Alborough

Not Now, Bernard by David Mckee

Ottoline and the Purple Fox by Chris Riddell

Owl Babies by Martin Waddell

Peace at Last by Jill Murphy

Penguin by Polly Dunbar

Rhyme Crime by Jon Burgerman

Room on a Broom by Julia Donaldson 

Stanley's Stick by Neale Layton and John Hegley

The Adventures Of The Dish And The Spoon by Mini Grey

The Bad-Tempered Ladybird by Eric Carl

The Dark by Lemony Snicket

The Diversity of Life on Earth by Nicola Davies with Emily Sutton

The Emperor of Absurdia by Chris Riddell

The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson

The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler 

The Squirrels who Squabbled by Rachel Bright and Jim Field  

The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

There Are Cats in This Book by Viviane Schwarz

Triangle by Mac Barnett with illustrator Jon Klassen

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury

We’re Going on an Egg Hunt by Laura Hughes

Welcome to Our World by Moira Butterfield and Harriet Lynas

What is poo? by Katie Daynes with Marta Alvarez Miguens 

Whatever Next! By Jill Murphy 

What To Do If An Elephant Stands On Your Foot by Michelle Robison

Where the wild things are by Maurice Sendak 

You Can't Take An Elephant On the Bus by Patricia Cleveland- Peck

You Choose! by Pippa Goodhart

Zog and the Flying Doctors by Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel S

Smiling Girl with Book

Non Fiction Suggestions

What is poo? by Katie Daynes with Marta Alvarez Miguens 

The Diversity of Life on Earth by Nicola Davies with Emily Sutton


Magazines and Comic Suggestions

National Geographic Kids