Picture Books for 3- and 4-Year-Olds

Find more recommendations for this age group on the Classic Picture Book reading list and among the fairy and folktales in the nonfiction section under J398.2. Click here for a print-friendly version of this list.

Barton Fire Truck vs. Dragon    (Fire Truck and Dragon make a good team in unexpected ways.)
Brantley-Newton Grandma's Purse    (Grandma Mimi's purse holds treasures for her granddaughter. )
Cherry Hair Love    (Daddy steps in to help a little girl style her curly, coiling, wild hair.)
Chodos-Irvine Ella Sarah Gets Dressed    (Ella Sarah persists in wearing the striking and unusual outfit of her own choosing.)
Cornwall Jabari Jumps    (Jabari conquers his fear of jumping off the diving board into the pool.)
Doerrfeld The Rabbit Listened    (After Taylor's block castle is destroyed, Rabbit quietly listens to Taylor.)
Gee Mad, Mad Bear!    (Bear learns how to deal with the frustration of leaving the park.)
George Maggie's Ball    (Maggie the dog searches for her missing ball.)
Gorbachev Chicken Chickens    (A beaver helps two chicks gather the courage to go down a slide. )
Grabenstein No More Naps!    (Annalise Devin McFleece won't have anything to do with bedtime.)
Henkes Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse    (Lilly must wait to show her purse to the class and regrets her actions.)
Jenkins What Happens on Wednesdays    (A child describes every event that occurs on a Wednesday. )
Klassen I Want My Hat Back    (Bear remembers something important to help him find his hat.)
Lang Grumpy Monkey    (Friends advise Jim Panzee on how to feel better.)
Lin A Big Mooncake for Little Star    (The moon's phases are mirrored in Little Star's mooncake nibbling.)
London Froggy Gets Dressed    (Froggy needs warm clothing before going out into the snow.)
Maillard Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story    (Explores modern Native American culture by looking at fry bread.)
Martin Spunky Little Monkey    (Doctor prescribes some exercise and Monkey learns to dance.)
McQuinn Lola at the Library    (Every Tuesday Lola and her mother visit their local library.)
Medina Mango, Abuela, and Me    (A girl learns how to connect with her Spanish-speaking grandma. )
Mora Saturday    (Ava and her mother find a way to enjoy Saturday together.)
Morales Dreamers    (The author tells her own immigration story. )
Morris Bear Came Along    (Animals help each other during a chance encounter on a river.)
Numeroff If You Give a Mouse a Cookie    (Giving a mouse a cookie sets off a chain reaction of requests. )
Pak Dear Juno    (Juno figures out a way to write to his grandmother in Korea.)
Reynolds Be You!    (A joyful reminder to be patient, persistent, and true to yourself.)
Saeed Bilal Cooks Daal    (Bilal and his friends must wait patiently for the daal to be cooked.)
Seeger Why?    (A pesky rabbit annoys his bear friend with too many questions.)
Sherry I'm the Biggest Thing in the Ocean    (A giant squid brags about being bigger than everything else in the ocean.)
Teckentrup Get Out of My Bath!    (Elephant sucks up all the water in the tub until everyone else leaves.)
Thomas No, No, Kitten!    (Kitten likes to explore, pretend, and get into trouble. )
Wheeler Home in the Woods    (A Depression-era family turns a shack in the woods into a home.)
Willems Knuffle Bunny    (Trixie and Daddy leave the laundromat without Knuffle Bunny.)

Last Updated: 12/20


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