15 Best Books for Early Readers - 4 to 8 Years Old

By Shannon Navin - Ndgrad95reads

By Shannon Navin - Ndgrad95reads

I Am Going! (an Elephant and Piggie Book)

Mo Willems and Mo Willems

$9.99 $9.19

Who DOESN'T love Elephant and Piggy? If you've never read one of their books...now is the time! There are no books that inspired more laughter and love in our house than Mo Willems' Elephant and Piggy! You can't pick the wrong book! PS: keep an eye out for the pigeon!

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!

Mo Willems and Mo Willems

$16.99 $15.63

My husband STILL talks about reading this book with my son! The pigeon is ridiculous and hilarious and my son loves him even today (he's 12!) I dare you to get through this one without laughing! Another Willems classic!

The Day the Crayons Quit

Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers

$17.99 $16.55

Can you imagine what would happen if your crayons went on strike? This book is a laugh out loud look into the complaints of each and every crayon. My son went back to his preschool to read this one to the kids...they loved it as much as he used to!

The Book with No Pictures

B. J. Novak

$17.99 $16.55

A secret between the kids and the author (BJ Novak from The Office) exists in this story. There are no pictures and, while that may seem boring, the trick is that the reading adult must say ALL of the words...even if they are hilarious or nonsensical. Kids love this book! Buy it is as a gift for an early reader or read it with your own little one!

And Tango Makes Three: Book and CD

Justin Richardson, Peter Parnell, et al.

$9.99 $9.19

This story tugs at my heart...it's the story of 2 male penguins who don't seem to know that they can't be a couple with babies! A wonderful, heartening LGBTQ+ story for little ones...learn how the zoo treats this situation with love and compassion.

A Bad Case of Stripes

David Shannon and David Shannon

$7.99 $7.35

A classic, of course! Camilla Cream is very concerned with what other people think...and it causes her to break out in a very bad case of stripes! An entertaining book for young ones that also delivers a strong message about being yourself!

Bink and Gollie: The Completely Marvelous Collection

Kate DiCamillo, Alison McGhee, et al.

$19.99 $18.39

I couldn't pick just one Bink and Gollie book and luckily, I didn't have to. This collection contains - Bink & Gollie - Bink & Gollie: Two for One, and - Bink & Gollie: Best Friends Forever. Bink and Gollie are irresistible in their adventurousness and young readers will eat up their stories!

Plant a Kiss

Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Peter H. Reynolds

$14.99 $13.79

This is the first book my son could 'read.' He memorized it and would recite it by heart, insisting that he could read this one! Super sweet, it still pulls at my heartstrings. A great book for Valentine's Day...or any day you want to talk about how much you love your little person!

King Bidgood's in the Bathtub

Audrey Wood and Don Wood

$17.99 $16.55

This story is wonderfully delightful...my husband read it with his older two children and introduced it to our younger one when he was 4. Don't forget to look out for 'Glug, glug, glug...' It'll be something you remember!

Runaway Pumpkins

Teresa Bateman and Stephanie Fizer Coleman

$16.99 $15.63

What should you do if your trip to the pumpkin farm is in jeopardy! Figure out a way to fix it, of course! A great way to talk to little ones about resilience as we sneak up on Halloween this year.

Once Upon a Unicorn's Horn

Beatrice Blue

$17.99 $16.55

I know you've always wanted to know how unicorns got their horns. Find out here in this super sweet and endearing tale! This book was provided to me in a subscription box for younger children and I fell in love!

When the Storm Comes

Linda Ashman and Taeeun Yoo

$17.99 $16.55

A great way to talk to younger ones about 'scary' storms and how we and the animals should weather them. Written in verse and filled with beautiful illustrations...I just wish this book had existed when my son was still afraid of thunder!

A Book of Love

Emma Randall

$16.99 $15.63

How do you show love? Find out in this poetic book on the topic that your child will easily memorize and read along with you. What a wonderful topic to commit to memory!

Five Fuzzy Chicks

Diana Murray and Sydney Hanson

$16.99 $15.63

It took me a long time to realize that children's books often end with someone sleeping because that's often the goal of the adult reader! I know...I'm not too quick. This book follows that tradition with a counting rhyme that follows 5 chicks who are determined to have some fun before bedtime.

Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type

Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin

$17.99 $16.55

This book is a classic favorite in our house! So sly and cunning in its humor...your little one will be surprised and then delighted that they are 'in' on the joke. A totally worthwhile read that will engage both you and your young reader!