Hey! If you can’t tell reading is really important to me. I’ve read to myself since I was a little girl. And it’s really important that I read to my kids as well. We have two older daughters (17 and 11) who I read every night to as a mom. And we have a 4 year old boy. Both my husband and I read to him every night. He looks forward to it, and he’d be really sad to miss a night.
I thought I’d just take a minute today and show you our top 10 books that we love to read to our little guy. These are in no particular order. And this post does contain affiliate links. You are in no way obligated to buy off my links. You could probably borrow a lot of these book from your local library. So, on to my top 10 books for 4 year old boys!
Even Firefighters Go to the Potty If you can’t tell, we’ve been working on potty training at our house. This book has come in handy. We love the fun illustrations, I wish I could show you some of the clever pictures. And we love the way the book shows that it’s okay to stop whatever it is you are doing and go to the potty. This book is a large board book type book, so you don’t have to worry about it getting broken by your little ones. It really is perfect for them!
The Cat in the Hat Comes Back You can’t have a favorite book list and not include at least 1 of Dr Seuess’ books. They are so much fun! This is one that I hadn’t found with our older daughters, but I picked up a copy at a local used book store. And I know this one gets requested at our house even more than the original Cat in the Hat book. The story in this one is just fun. The cat is back and he’s just as much trouble as he’s ever been. I love that he brings a lot of extra cats with him in this one and they are just as much trouble as he is.
The Saggy Baggy Elephant is a book that I remember liking as a kid. I love that something that I loved as a child is also loved by our child. These books have really stood the test of time. The illustrations are simple, but cute. I find myself smiling every time he wants to read this one. It’s one he chooses often.
The Tawny Scrawny Lion is another book that I loved as a child. I love the lion in this one. He is the bane of the jungle until the other animals introduce him to the rabbit. My favorite part of this one has always been the rabbits. How they are able to tame the lion into not chasing or eating any of the jungle animals any more.
I love the If You Give series! There are a bunch of these. The premise is that the human friend gives the animal food of some sort. The animal asks for something else and something else and eventually they end up back at the original thing. I love the illustrations in these. The stories are clever and repetitive. Both super important for young developing brains. Make sure to check out the entire series of these!
Click Clack Moo, Cows that Type is the start of another fun series! What kid, especially little boys, doesn’t love farm animals? This series is so much fun. The animals are crazy, and always into trouble of some kind. The farmer is always grumpy at them for something. And duck is just hilarious! We’ve read a bunch of the books in this series and they are all fabulous! We love them!
Corduroy is another of our very favorite characters. I love the idea of him coming to life and searching the department store for his missing button. And then he finds his best friend and finally gets a home. There are countless stories about Corduroy and they are all so much fun! Make sure to check him out!
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is another one of our favorites. It’s the favorite of tons of people worldwide, that’s why they made a movie of it. I love that we can all relate. Every one of us has had a terrible day at least one time in our lives. But like Alexander, we can learn that there’s always going to be a day like that, no matter where you are. But we can still get up the next day and make it be a better day than the terrible one. And did you know that there are several books about Alexander? Check out the others as well!
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is a perennial favorite at bedtime. We read this one quite a bit as well. I love the way that it reinforces the letters for the kids in a fun way. It’s a competition to race to the top of the coconut tree. But there are too many letters on the tree. Causing a problem for the letters. This one is just fun! And there are more than one of these as well. I haven’t read any of the others yet, but I’m planning to.
And last but not least, we have the second Dr. Seuss book on my list, Green Eggs and Ham. We love reading this one together. The rhymes and the way the Sam and the other character (I don’t think we know his name) makes me laugh every time. I love the whole thing!
Now that you know our favorites, I’m curious to know some of yours. You can comment on this post, or check out my Facebook and Instagram links at the top and comment there.