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

Bibliography last updated November 26, 2014

         

Books for One-Year Olds

                                                                                 
          
  
                                       
 

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

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

Baby Faces by Margaret Miller; JF M

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

Busy Baby by Fiona Watt and Catherine MacKinnon; JF W

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

Oops! by David Shannon; JF S

The Sleepy Book by Diane Muldrow and Patti Ann Harris; JF M

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 U 
 

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

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd; JF B

I See by PatrickGeorge; JF P

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

Skippyjon Jones 1-2-3 by Judith Schachner; JF S

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
 
Colors by Thierry Laval; JF L

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