Thursday, September 18, 2014

This post is part of the series in Book Recommendations for Kids by Age and Month of the Year. It has October book recommendations for children who are 4 years old. Each book is paired up with additional resources that you can use to extend the story further.
October Books for 4 Year Olds with Extension Activities
My daughter is going to be 8 in October, and she is a very fluent reader. Very often I hear the same question, What did you do with her when she was little? Well, we read a lot, and I maintained a diary of our reading activities in weekly What My Child Is Reading entries in my blog. I decided to make these reading diaries more useful and create a new series on my blog where I will share our best books for each month for ages 3, 4, 5, and 6. Moreover, I will pair each book with an extension activity – sometimes with ours and sometimes with activities from my creative friends from Kid Blogger Network. In this post I am featuring books that we read when Smarty was almost 4 years old.
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1. Boo to You!

Boo To You We enjoyed many books by Lois Ehlert when Smarty was in preschool, and Boo to You! is perfect for Halloween. There is not a whole lot of story in the book, but signature multimedia collages are amazing. More artsy kids could get so many ideas from Lois Ehlert books, and I loved this multimedia pumpkin patch that was inspired by this book and created by KC Edventures.
Textured Pumpkin Patch from KC Edventures

2. Space Case

Space Case
Space Case by Edward Marshall is not a well known book, but it happens to be our favorite Halloween book! The premise itself is rather hilarious – an alien explorer lands on Earth on Halloween night. It gets better as an alien follows a child home and then to school while adults still believe that someone forgot to take off their Halloween outfit. You can make your own Space Case from an empty box with this easy alien monster tutorial from Craft Jr.

3. Christopher Columbus

Christopher Columbus
My First Biography series by Marion Dane Bauer is a good way to introduce preschoolers to people who shaped our world. Christopher Columbus is a perfect story on or before Columbus Day. It doesn’t have any controversy but introduces basic facts of Columbus’ journey to “India”. Stay tuned for more interesting book for older kids in my October recommendations for kids age 6+. Boat building is a great extension activity for Columbus Day celebrations. Check out these adorable walnut boats from Red Ted Art or check her round up of boat craft ideas.

4. ABC Animal Jamboree

ABC Animal JamboreeAre your preschoolers learning letters? They will love both catchy rhymes in ABC Animal Jamboree romp by Giles Andreae and bright illustrations by David Wojtowycz. Perhaps they can even make their own Lego ABC animals using this ABC Animal Alphabet from Play Learn Love for instruction or inspiration.

5. I Like Your Buttons

I Like Your ButtonsI Like Your Buttons! by Sarah Marwil Lamstein is a great book to read when you want to introduce an idea of random acts of kindness to your children. A girl in the story compliments her teacher, and this small act of kindness goes around eventually returning to her as an a delightful surprise. Toddler Approved ran 100 Acts of Kindness Challenge in 2012 and 2013, and I strongly recommend checking out great resources on her site on how children and adults together can bring more positivity to their families and communities through small everyday actions.
100 Acts of Kindness

6. My First Little House Books

County Fair
My 4 year old was a big fan of Little House in the Big Woods and Little House on the Prairie audio books, but original books by Laura Ingalls Wilder might be a bit much for preschoolers with shorter attention spans. They might enjoy picture books from My First Little House series better – they are beautifully illustrated and the text is much shorter. County Fair might be a particularly good book to read during this time of the year. We extended Little House with baking fall cookies from scratch – just like Laura, Mary, and their Mom.
Fall cookies

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Ticia said...

The My First Little House books always make me smile, they're just so well done.

Deceptively Educational said...

What a great book list! I love the activities to pair with them - especially those little monsters! Thanks for sharing!

Michelle Willow said...

I love that you suggested a craft to go with each book! :D

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

I love those little alien monsters!

christyk said...

Is the extinction of the TaĆ­no culture shortly after Columbus one of those "controversial" things omitted from the book?