Great Books Guide 2018: for 4 to 5 year olds
Here's a round-up of new children's books from the last year (2018), which we think any child aged 4 to 5 will love. We definitely do!
Author: Lauren Child
It’s always a delight and a comfort to step into the lovely world of Charlie and Lola and this charming, warm and very funny book is no exception. Lauren Child captures perfectly the thought processes and dialogue of children who wish they had a dog.
Author: Nadia Shireen
Billy and her friend Fatcat are enjoying a walk in the woods when they notice that the bunnies and mice have gone missing – and a hungry Beast is collecting ingredients for a terrible soup. An empowering story, full of humour and humanity.
Author: Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet
Cake is delighted when he receives his first ever party invitation. But will being a cake at a birthday party really end well…? Lots of humour and vibrant illustrations will have children giggling in anticipation as they wait to discover Cake’s fate.
Author: Natasha Durley
Publisher: Big Picture Press
This large format book about nature features tough card pages full of brightly illustrated animals, organised by their special features: excellent for young readers building their vocabulary and learning about the natural world.
Author: Emily Gravett
Publisher: Two Hoots
When a squirrel and a rat in Lake Park become friends, no one seems to approve of their friendship. A colourful, funny and endearing story about friendship against the odds.
Author: Jane Massey
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
When Gary the gorilla runs out of bananas, his favourite food, he’s forced to go out and find more. An engaging central character and bold illustrations packed with visual puns will make this comical story an instant favourite.
Author: Andy Stanton Illustrator: Miguel Ordonez
Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books
Dwayne is heading off with Jane to look at the volcano. But when they get there, they have a bit of a shock! This hilarious and anarchic picture book from the author of the Mr Gum series is ideal for reading aloud.
Author: Lily Murray Illustrator: Jarvis
Publisher: Lincoln Children’s Books
Hot Dog is having a lovely snooze on a comfy bread roll when he suddenly realises he’s about to become... LUNCH! A quirky tale that's likely to induce fits of giggling in young readers.
Author: Ed Vere
Leonard is a gentle lion: just because you’re a lion doesn’t mean that you have to roar. A book about ignoring the aggressive voices in our society and lending an ear to our quieter thoughts, this is a warm and reassuring story.
Author: Jessica Love
Publisher: Walker Books
Julian decides to become a mermaid – with a little help from his nana’s soft furnishings! Sparse text and vibrant illustrations celebrate Julian’s individuality in a story of acceptance, joy and living your dreams.
Author: Lizzy Stewart
Publisher: Lincoln Children’s Books
Juniper Jupiter is a real-life superhero, but something is missing. What is a hero without an amazing sidekick? An utterly witty and earnest story about the quest for friendship and realising special bonds already forged.
Author: Joseph Coelho Illustrator: Fiona Lumbers
Publisher: Anderson Press
From the talented poet Joseph Coelho, this charming picture book highlights the wonders of libraries for families and communities. Accompanying the poetic text is gloriously bright and delightful illustrations to bring the magic of the library to life.
Author: Arree Chung
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
Reds, Yellows and Blues have always lived happily together, but when a renegade Red causes conflict, the colours divide. A funny, vibrantly illustrated, allegorical tale about understanding and acceptance.
Author: Stacy McAnulty Illustrator: David Litchfield
Publisher: Faber & Faber
A humorous and entertaining introduction to astronomy, geology, natural history and ecology, from the point of view of planet Earth (we mean 'Awesome') herself.
Author: Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet Illustrator: Nick East
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
All the socks in the draw have pairs except for Simon Sock - he's all alone. He's odd. But when there's a voice from under the chest of drawers, will he be about to meet his perfect match? A bright and sweet book about relationships.
Author: Michelle Robinson Illustrator: Tor Freeman
Publisher: Andersen Press
Everything in this sausagey counting book works perfectly: from the big, bold illustration to the satisfying rhyme that works well for preschoolers. It will also entertain adults and older children, who will really get the silly humour.
Author: Mini Grey
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
The Last Wolf ranks alongside Mini Grey’s other picture book masterpieces, with all her trademark rich, characterful illustration, quirky humour and perfect pacing. The story has an environmental message but is in no way preachy or boring.
Author: Sarah McIntyre
Publisher: David Fickling Books
Sarah McIntyre returns to Pickle Rye, the setting for her comic Vern and Lettuce, in this clever book about tolerance and not believing gossip. Readers will love her customary attention to detail, as well as the message about being a good neighbour.
Author: Maria Jönsson
Publisher: Gecko Press
Valdemar knows that all his peas must be eaten before he can have ice cream. How unfair! Yet a brilliant idea makes sure he gets his ice cream without eating a single pea...
Author: Judith Kerr
Katinka is an ordinary and lovely white pussycat – apart from her tail, which is stripy. This is a beautiful, funny, warm and tender picture book, which takes a joyous and magical twist at the end. Fans of Judith Kerr’s Mog books will love it, of course...