Great Books Guide Cymru 2023: 4-5

There's No Such Thing as Dragons

The best English, Welsh and bilingual books from 2023 for 4-5 year olds.

  • Sut Wyt ti Bwci Bo?

    Author: Joanna Davies Illustrator: Steve Goldstone

    Interest level: 4-5

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  • Sut Wyt ti Bwci Bo?

    Author: Joanna Davies Illustrator: Steve Goldstone

    Interest level: 4-5

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    Mae teimladau'n bethau anodd i'w deall a'u hesbonio, yn enwedig pan rydych chi'n blentyn, ond bydd y llyfr hwn yn sicr yn rhoi pla…

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  • Am Dro Gyda Maia

    Author: Moira Butterfield Adapted by Nia Morais Illustrator: Kim Geyer

    Interest level: 4-5

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  • Am Dro Gyda Maia

    Author: Moira Butterfield Adapted by Nia Morais Illustrator: Kim Geyer

    Interest level: 4-5

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    Llyfr sydd yn dathlu pethau syml bywyd yw hwn ac un sydd yn gwneud i’r darllenwr sylwi ar holl  harddwch y byd o’n cwmpas. Wr…

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  • Dadaji’s Paintbrush

    Author: Rashmi Sirdeshpande Illustrator: Ruchi Mhasane

    Interest level: 4-5

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  • Dadaji’s Paintbrush

    Author: Rashmi Sirdeshpande Illustrator: Ruchi Mhasane

    Interest level: 4-5

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    A beautifully tender story about love, art and death, set in India.


    Mae bachgen yn byw mewn pentref bach yn yr India gyda'i dadaj…

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  • The Kindest Red

    Author: Ibtihaj Mohammed and S. K. Ali Illustrator: Hatem Aly

    Interest level: 4-5

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  • The Kindest Red

    Author: Ibtihaj Mohammed and S. K. Ali Illustrator: Hatem Aly

    Interest level: 4-5

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    Faizah wants the world to be kind – and she and her class set about being kind to each other.


    Mae athrawes Faizah yn gofyn i'w do…

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  • Meet the Weather

    Author: Caryl Hart Illustrator: Bethan Woollvin

    Interest level: 4-5

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  • Meet the Weather

    Author: Caryl Hart Illustrator: Bethan Woollvin

    Interest level: 4-5

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    An energetic, fun introduction to different types of weather, using rhyme and vibrant, bright illustrations.


    Mae merch fach a'i c…

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  • Out of the Blue

    Author: Robert Tregoning Illustrator: Stef Murphy

    Interest level: 4-5

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  • Out of the Blue

    Author: Robert Tregoning Illustrator: Stef Murphy

    Interest level: 4-5

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    In a world where everything has to be blue, what happens if you like yellow? A joyous celebration of being individual.


    Mae bachge…

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  • You’re SO Amazing!

    Author: James & Lucy Catchpole Illustrator: Karen George

    Interest level: 4-5

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  • You’re SO Amazing!

    Author: James & Lucy Catchpole Illustrator: Karen George

    Interest level: 4-5

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    Joe loves having fun at the playground with his friends. However, on-lookers insist on viewing one-legged Joe as a source of inspi…

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  • 1,2,3, Do the Robot

    Author: Michelle Robinson Illustrator: Rosalind Beardshaw

    Interest level: 4-5

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  • 1,2,3, Do the Robot

    Author: Michelle Robinson Illustrator: Rosalind Beardshaw

    Interest level: 4-5

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    Layla loves inventing new things in her bedroom science lab. One night, she decides to make a robot, and then she makes another. T…

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  • Captain Looroll

    Author: Matt Carr

    Interest level: 4-5

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  • Captain Looroll

    Author: Matt Carr

    Interest level: 4-5

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    Captain Looroll is ready for adventure but she doesn’t get many opportunities in the toilet under the stairs. In fact, Ray the Spr…

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  • 5 Funny Animals

    Author: Adam & Charlotte Guillain Illustrator: Tom Knight

    Interest level: 4-5

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  • 5 Funny Animals

    Author: Adam & Charlotte Guillain Illustrator: Tom Knight

    Interest level: 4-5

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    A fun, interactive counting book that uses rhyme and friendly illustrations to encourage children to count, and make connections b…

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  • If I Were Prime Minister

    Author: Trygve Skaug Illustrator: Ella Okstad

    Interest level: 3-5

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  • If I Were Prime Minister

    Author: Trygve Skaug Illustrator: Ella Okstad

    Interest level: 3-5

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    If you were prime minister, what new laws would you pass? For one young boy, the possibilities are endless. His new rules range fr…

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  • Dodos Are Not Extinct

    Author: Paddy Donnelly

    Interest level: 6-8

    Reading age: 7+

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  • Dodos Are Not Extinct

    Author: Paddy Donnelly

    Interest level: 6-8

    Reading age: 7+

    The bird in this book has a big secret to tell - they are in fact not a bird at all, rather a dodo in disguise! But dodos are exti…

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  • Martha Maps it Out

    Author: Leigh Hodgkinson

    Interest level: 4-5

    Reading age: 7+

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  • Martha Maps it Out

    Author: Leigh Hodgkinson

    Interest level: 4-5

    Reading age: 7+

    Martha loves making maps! In this charming and original picture book, follow Martha as she takes you on a tour of her world and sh…

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  • Speak Up!

    Author: Nathan Byron Illustrator: Dapo Adeola

    Interest level: 6-8

    Reading age: 7+

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  • Speak Up!

    Author: Nathan Byron Illustrator: Dapo Adeola

    Interest level: 6-8

    Reading age: 7+

    Rocket loves visiting her local library every week, but on one visit, she discovers it will be closing. It’s time to speak up and …

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  • The Artist

    Author: Ed Vere

    Interest level: 4-5

    Reading age: 5+

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  • The Artist

    Author: Ed Vere

    Interest level: 4-5

    Reading age: 5+

    A young dinosaur artist (looking a bit like a T-rex but a cute one) sees the dinosaur world as full of joy and beauty, something t…

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  • Snug as a Bug?

    Author: Karl Newson Illustrator: Alex Willmore

    Interest level: 4-5

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  • Snug as a Bug?

    Author: Karl Newson Illustrator: Alex Willmore

    Interest level: 4-5

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    Ronald the bug is very snug in his cosy home, until he makes the mistake of answering the door to Snake, who tries to eat him. Sad…

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  • This Is Me!

    Author: George Webster and Claire Taylor Illustrator: Tim Budgen

    Interest level: 2-6

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  • This Is Me!

    Author: George Webster and Claire Taylor Illustrator: Tim Budgen

    Interest level: 2-6

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    CBeebies presenter George Webster invites us to have fun exploring the world, working out what makes us ‘glow’ and giving everythi…

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  • Let’s Stick Together

    Author: Smriti Halls Illustrator: Steve Small

    Interest level: 4-5

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  • Let’s Stick Together

    Author: Smriti Halls Illustrator: Steve Small

    Interest level: 4-5

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    Squirrel and Bear are the best of friends, but sometimes they don’t see things in quite the same way. For instance, when Squirrel …

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  • Bork

    Author: Rhys Kitson

    Interest level: 4-5

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  • Bork

    Author: Rhys Kitson

    Interest level: 4-5

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    In this charming picture book, one dog maintains that the right way to woof is to say “bork”. Desperate to persuade the internatio…

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  • Twenty Questions

    Author: Mac Barnett Illustrator: Christian Robinson

    Interest level: 4-5

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  • Twenty Questions

    Author: Mac Barnett Illustrator: Christian Robinson

    Interest level: 4-5

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    Interactive, funny and unique, this bold, colourful picture book sparks conversations and can be different every time you read it …

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