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Great Books Guide 2016: age 4-5

Can I Eat That?

We've just published the Great Books Guide 2016 for Children's Book Week: a round-up of 60 books from over the last year, which we think your child will love.

These are our favourite books for 4-5-year-olds: 

  • Kitchen Disco

    Clare Foges Illustrated by Al Murphy

    Did you know when you go to sleep all the fruit in the bowl comes to life and has a fun-filled, night long party?

  • A Great Big Cuddle

    Michael Rosen Illustrated by Chris Riddell
    Walker Books

    Beautifully illustrated poems for young children by two Children's Laureates

  • Hoot Owl: master of disguise

    Sean Taylor, Illustrated by Jean Jullien
    Walker Books

    Hoot Owl wears a selection of ingenious disguises when hunting for food, but his prey always manages to escape. Vibrant illustrations and repetitive text combine to create a comical tale of perseverance. Very silly and the illustrations are great!

  • Quick Quack Quentin

    Kes Gray, Jim Field
    Hodder Children’s Books

    This beautifully illustrated, colourful picture book explores spelling and letter sounds in the context of great characters and a clever quest story.

  • I am Bear

    Ben Bailey Smith and Sav Akyüz
    Walker Books

    Meet Bear: the rebel hero of the forest. This charming and anarchic picture book celebrates a mischievious and loveable character.

  • The Cloudspotter

    Tom McLaughlin

    Franklin was called 'The Cloudspotter' - and he didn't want to share his clouds with anyone. That's why he pops the infuriating Scruffy Dog into a hot-air balloon and lets her fly away. A charming story about a lonely little boy who finds a friend.

  • A Beginner’s Guide to Bear Spotting

    Michelle Robinson, Illustrated by David Roberts

    This amusing guide book contains an array of information about how to spot and behave around bears. The result is a stylish, highly entertaining picture book, perfect for reading aloud.

  • Hector and Hummingbird

    Nicholas John Frith
    Scholastic/Alison Green Books

    The story of Hector and Hummingbird is a lovely one for children with - sometimes irritating but always lovable - little brothers and sisters. The 1950s style and colouring of this fantastic picture book is very appealing.

  • Have You Seen Elephant?

    David Barrow
    Gecko Press

    This hilarious book - about an elephant who wants to play hide and seek - will delight children and adults with its offbeat humour and beautiful illustration.

  • Nibbles: The Book Monster

    Emma Yarlett
    Little Tiger Press

    This is a story about a little monster called… Nibbles. And with that, he nibbles his way right out of the book! This really exciting reading experience is sure to be a hit with the whole family. 

  • Tidy

    Emily Gravett
    Two Hoots

    Pete the badger likes to keep everything neat and tidy, but his over-zealous cleaning begins to have a damaging impact on the forest. This entertaining picture book, with its rich illustrations, carries an important environmental message.

  • I Have an Orange Juicy Drink

    Andrew Sanders
    Fat Fox

    Porker has an orange juicy drink, but there's no chance he's going to get to drink it in peace. This book is wonderfully vibrant - and the story is funny enough to make parents chuckle, as well as kids. 

  • The Bumblebear

    Nadia Shireen
    Jonathan Cape

    Norman the bear loves honey, so he thinks up an ingenious plan to get his paws on as much as he can eat - by enrolling at Bee School! An endearing tale about friendship and loyalty.

  • Can I Eat That?

    Joshua David Stein, Illustrated by Julia Rothman
    Phaidon Press

    A quirky combination of fact and fun, this distinctive picture book about food poses questions that inquisitive children typically ask, such as: 'If I eat jelly and I eat fish, can I eat jellyfish?' Stylish, witty and informative.

  • Pass It On

    Sophy Henn

    The little girl in this bright, happy book embraces the simple act of passing on smiles, laughs, chuckles and whoops to others.

  • Bee

    Britta Teckentrup
    Little Tiger

    This bee-autiful and special book takes children on a poetic journey through the bee's day.

  • Colin and Lee: Carrot and Pea

    Morag Hood
    Two Hoots

    Colin is a carrot, and Lee is a pea. An amusing and deceptively simple look at friendship and difference, this is a lovely book for young readers.

  • Home

    Carson Ellis
    Walker Books

    Where is your home? Where are you? Carson Ellis explores wild and wonderful, familiar and extraordinary places that people – real and imaginary – might live.

  • Nothing!

    Yasmeen Ismail

    Lila has a fabulous imaginary world: if she’s not wrestling an octopus or soaring over a jungle, she’s racing in a winged chariot. Visiting grandpa might not seem as fascinating, but he’s just as keen to join her fantasy world.

  • A Hungry Lion: or a dwindling assortment of animals

    Lucy Ruth Cummins
    Simon & Schuster

    The author keeps the surprises coming in this hilarious and quirkily illustrated picture book. It proves that, while you can never trust a hungry lion, there’s always a bigger eater waiting in the wings…