Our favourite books for children, aged 3 – 4 years, as part of our books for children list.
Angelica Sprocket’s Pockets by Quentin Blake
I have yet to find someone who isn’t entertained by Quentin Blake’s illustrations, and this story is one of our all time favourites. Even though our older boys know it almost word for word, they take great delight in seeing the array of goods being drawn from the never-ending depths of Angelica’s pockets!
Dear Bear by Joanna Harrison
This story is a firm favourite, having first come across it at our son’s pre-school. We love the gentle way in which the anxiety of the girl, Katie, is dealt with, as she finds a balance between being scared of the bear and caring for him. The surprise ending is wonderful!
Dan and Diesel by Charlotte Hudson
One of our all time favourite books, so well loved that we bought our own version having borrowed one on and off for nearly a year from the local library! There are many elements to the story that ignite lovely and very thoughtful conversations with our boys when we read it. I won’t spoil the premise for you, but if you spot a copy in your local library do borrow it, you won’t be disappointed.
The Patchwork Cat by Nicola Bayley and William Mayne
A beautiful story which brings to mind the expression “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. Our boys get a lot of joy from listening to this tale, and considering what precious things we all have which might not cost a lot of money but are very well loved. Aside from an early focus on emotional value, the book also gives rise to considering fixing and making things, rather than always buying new. For this reason I bought a copy for a local nursery school for their eco week and it was well received.
Jack’s Mega Machines: The Rocket Racing Car by Alison Ritchie and Mike Byrne
With a pop up rocket racing car included, this book is a lot of fun. There are a whole series of vehicles that go on adventures from the Rally Road workshop, but this is our favourite. We love the kindness the Jack shows during the race, and cheer him on to win! This story is a lot of fun to read and to listen to, especially at bedtime.