Picture Books for 3- and 4-Year-Olds

Find more recommendations for this age group on the Classic Picture Book list and among the fairy and folk tales in nonfiction 398.2 Click here for a print-friendly version of this list.

Stead The Only Fish in the Sea    (Sadie and Sherman set out to rescue little Ellsworth, the goldfish that someone threw right into the ocean.)
Agee Life on Mars    (A young space explorer goes on a mission to find life on Mars.)
Allen I'm Not Cute    (Fluffy Baby Owl wants others to think of him as a "huge, scary, sleek, sharp-eyed hunting machine.")
Berry Duck Tents    (Five little ducks enjoy camping together. )
Child I Am Not Sleepy and I Will Not Go To Bed    (Charlie helps Lola get ready for bed despite obstacles.)
Chodos-Irvine Ella Sarah Gets Dressed    (Ellah Sarah chooses her own striking and unusual outfits.)
Dewdney Llama Llama Hippity Hop    (Llama, Llama goes to the playground to hop, leap, skip, and jump.)
Dunbar A Chick Called Saturday    (A chick is disappointed at all the things he cannot do until he discovers one wonderful thing he can do very well.)
Dyckman Boy + Bot    (Differences between two friends cause humorous complications.)
Fleming Oh, No!    (Five animals, flustered by a grinning tiger, each fall into a hole.)
Gorbachev Chicken Chickens    (A beaver helps two little chickens gather the courage to go down a slide. )
Harper Go! Go! Go! Stop!    (Little Green, who can say,"Go!" teams up with Little Red, who says, "Stop!" )
Henkes Sheila Rae, the Brave    (Little Louise comes to the rescue of Sheila the Brave.)
LaRochelle The Best Pet of All    (A boy gets a dragon to help him convince his mother to mother to get a dog.)
Lester Tacky the Penguin    (Tacky the penguin is not sleek and graceful, but he is still valuable.)
London Froggy Gets Dressed    (Froggy hops out into the snow but is called back to put on some necessary articles of clothing.)
McPhail Sylvie & True    (Sylvie and True have fun sharing a small apartment in a big city.)
Naylor Please Do Feed the Bears    (Percy's bears save the family picnic at the beach.)
Numeroff If You Give a Mouse a Cookie    (Giving a mouse a cookies sets off a chain reaction of new requests. )
Portis Not a Box    (To an imaginative bunny, a box is not always just a box.)
Portis Princess Super Kitty    (In the course of a day, Maggie becomes a cat, a superhero, a princess, and more.)
Raschka A Ball for Daisy    (A story without words about a dog and her ball.)
Rathmann Good Night Gorilla    (A zookeeper is followed home by each of the animals he thinks he's left behind.)
Savage Supertruck    (When a blizzard stops traffic, Supertruck comes to the rescue!)
Shea New Socks    (A new pair of bright orange socks bestow their wearer with supreme confidence.)
Sherry I'm the Biggest Thing in the Ocean    (A giant squid brags about being bigger than everything else in the ocean--almost.)
Thomas Is Everyone Ready for Fun?    (Chicken's cow visitors try to jump, dance, and wiggle on his tiny couch.)
Thomas The Doghouse    (Cow, Pig, Duck, and Mouse build up courage to retrieve their ball from the dog's house)
Thomson Drat that Fat Cat!    (A fat cat eats up everything he meets until he swallows a bee.)
Tullet Press Here    (Joyously encourages interaction with illustrations.)
Weston Lucky Socks    (Kevin despairs when he cannot find his lucky socks.)
Willems Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus    (The bus driver asks, "Don't let the pigeon drive the bus!" Yet the pigeon is determined to get behind the wheel. )

Last Updated: 12/18


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