BY THE TIME your child is four, they’re likely to have a decent selection of books, characters and authors they love to read.
As they begin formal schooling, the impetus shifts from reading with a family member as part of a bedtime routine to reading independently – but study after study has shown the continued benefits children get from daily reading sessions with a parent, friend or older sibling.
Four-year-olds still enjoy much the same subject matter as three-year-olds: anything by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, any other funny rhyming books and anything with animals. Four is also a good age to start introducing your children to other life topics – both inside their minds and focusing on the world at large.
Tom Percival has a range of books ideal for four year olds that focus on emotions and individuality, like Ruby’s Worry and Perfectly Norman. His latest release, Ravi’s Roar, is all about what happens when a temper tantrum takes over.
An absolutely delightful book series for four-year-olds comes from the brilliant minds of Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers, and is all about a pack of dissatisfied crayons who write a note to the kid who owns them.
These books (The Day the Crayons Quit and The Day the Crayons Came Home) are laugh-out-loud funny and, happily, there’s a new Christmas version that’s just launched for the festive season: The Crayons’ Christmas.
Four-year-olds do more than just read their books – they use them as inspiration for everything they do. Watch these top reads become the basis for play-acting, imaginative storytelling and their own writing experiments. And yes, you will need to make a Crayon costume this year (just turn a piece of coloured paper into a cone hat and you're pretty much there).
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