Reading with a child...

4-5 Years

Themes & Concepts

  • More complex stories and characters featuring hero conflict and resolution
  • More serious subject matter, teaching diversity of others, environment, and tolerance of different cultures
  • Humorous stories with playful plotlines 
  • Continuation of familiar Nursery rhymes and poetry repetition
  • Focus on school preparation and readiness
  • Use rebus (pictures used for words) to develop reading comprehension
  • Introduction of non-fiction titles and traditional folk tales 
  • Moral emphasis on gratitude and appreciation 

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Imagination Library Book List

  • Excellent Ed
  • Peace is an Offering 
  • Otis & the Kittens
  • Lion Lessons
  • The Ring Bearer
  • Lily's Cat Mask
  • Pup & Bear
  • The First Strawberries
  • Miss Maple’s Seeds
  • Ten Thank-You Letters
  • Bunny's Book Club
  • Coat of Many Colors

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Imagination Library Book List

  • Last Stop on Market Street
  • Tale of Peter Rabbit
  • Owl Moon
  • As an Oak Tree Grows
  • Hooray, a Pinata
  • Tarra & Bella
  • The Gruffalo
  • Blue Sky White Stars
  • Brother Eagle Sister Sky
  • Violet the Pilot
  • Fly Butterfly

Keep reading!

Finished your IL Book this month?

Read our Book of the Month.


Dear Mr. Blueberry
By Simon James


Enjoy these tips for this month's book of the month:

1. Take a picture walk through the story, ask “before” reading questions, make predictions using the cover of the book. For example, ask your child what they think Mr. Blueberry is like.

2. Have your child make-up a first and middle name for Mr. Blueberry. Play around with sounding out the letters of each name.  

3. Ask your child to name other things that are the color blue. Ask them if blue is their favorite color. 

4. Have your child find blue things around the house, outside, or in the car while driving.

Have you tried?

  • Read with expression, using different voices for different characters.
  • Emphasize rhythms and rhymes in stories.
  • Encourage your child to repeat what you say, comment on it, and ask questions.
  • Place books in a child-accessible area, and give him a chance to choose his own books for story-time.
  • Read stories again and again.
  • Take the opportunity to familiarize your child with the alphabet.
  • Ask your child to tell you about the pictures and the story.
  • Point out colors, shapes, numbers, and letters and ask him to find them in the books you are reading together.
  • Point out written words in the world around you, like on traffic signs and on food labels in the grocery store.
  • Ask your child to find a new word each time you go out together.

Reading Activites

A new Imagination Library book means a new opportunity to engage with your child using the coordinating reading activity.