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

  • Pup and Bear
  • Milo’s Hat Trick+
  • Bunny’s Book Club
  • The Night is Yours+
  • Raccoon on His Own+
  • A Father’s Love+
  • The First Strawberries
  • The Beach is Loud!+
  • The Ring Bearer
  • Goldilocks and The Three Bears+
  • Llama Llama Loves to Read
  • Coat of Many Colors*

* Signifies a bilingual English / Spanish title or Hispanic Content

+ Signifies a new book to the program 

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Imagination Library Book List

  • Violet the Pilot
  • Daniel Finds a Poem
  • Spend It!+
  • Thank You, World
  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit 
  • Last Stop on Market Street
  • Blue Sky White Stars*
  • Fly, Butterfly
  • My Papi Has a Motorcycle+
  • Max Explains Everything: Soccer Expert+
  • Carl and the Meaning of Life+
  • At the Mountain’s Base+

* Signifies a bilingual English / Spanish title or Hispanic Content

+ Signifies a new book to the program 

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.