Children's Literature: Great Books for Children Ages 1-4

Bibliography last updated 4/5/18


Books for One-Year Olds


All About Me!: A Baby’s Guide to Babies by David Salariya; JF S (board book)

Baby Face: A Book of Love for Baby by Cynthia Rylant; JF R

Baby Faces by Margaret Miller; JF M (board book)

Baby Signs: A Baby-Sized Guide to Speaking with Sign Language by Joy Allen; JF A (board book)

Busy Baby by Fiona Watt and Catherine MacKinnon; JF W (board book)

Hello Baby! by Mem Fox; JF F

Hush Baby, Hush!: Lullabies from around the World by Kathy Henderson; JF H

Messy Baby by Francesca Allen and Rachel Wells; JF A (board book)

Oops! by David Shannon; JF S (board book)

The Sleepy Book by Diane Muldrow and Patti Ann Harris; JF M (board book)

Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox and Helen Oxenbury; JF F

Very First Words by Jo Litchfield and Howard Allman; JF V (board book)

Books for Two-Year Olds




Anno’s Counting Book by Mitsumasa Anno; JF A

Baby Bear Sees Blue by Ashley Wolff; JF W

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. and Lois Ehlert; JF M

Ella Sarah Gets Dressed by Margaret Chodos-Irvine; JF C

Fish Eyes: A Book You Can Count On by Lois Ehlert; JF E (board book)

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd; JF B (board book)

I Am So Brave! by Stephen Krensky; JF K (board book) 

Is It Red, Is It Yellow, Is It Blue? By Tana Hoban; JF H

Little Blue and Little Yellow: A Story for Pippo and Other Children by Leo Lionni; JF L

Richard Scarry’s This Is Me by Richard Scarry; JF S (board book)

Skippyjon Jones 1-2-3 by Judith Schachner; JF S (board book)

Ten Black Dots by Donald Crews; JF C

Books for Three-Year-Olds 


1, 2, Buckle My Shoe by Anna Grossnickle Hines; JF H

Bad Bye, Good Bye by Deborah Underwood; JF U

Black? White! Day? Night!: A Book of Opposites by Laura Vaccaro Seeger; JF S

Click, Clack, Splish, Splash by Doreen Cronin; JF C
I Used to Be Afraid by Laura Vacarro Seeger; JF S

Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback; JF T

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems; JF W

Same Same by Martha Jocelyn; JF J

Tap Tap Boom Boom by Elizabeth Bluemle and illustrated by G. Brian Karas; JF B

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle; JF C

A Visitor for Bear by Bonny Becker; JF B

Whistle for Willie by Ezra Jack Keats; JF K


Books for Four-Year-Olds 



A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka; JF R 
Danny and the Dinosaur by Syd Hoff; JF H

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt; JF D

Dinosaur Vs. Bedtime by Bob Shea; JF S

George and Martha, One Fine Day by James Marshall; JF M

How Are You Peeling? By Saxton Freymann and Joost Effers; JF F

Max Cleans Up by Rosemary Wells; JF W
The Napping House by Audrey and Don Wood; JF W

Night Light by Nicholas Blechman; JF B

Nino Wrestles the World by Yuyi Morales; JF M

The Red Book by Barbara Lehman; JF L

Shout! Shout It Out! by Denise Fleming; JF F

Sleepover at Gramma's House by Barbara Joosse; JF J

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak; JF S