Recommended picture books to read to 4 year olds

Year Level: Early Years

A recommended reading book list that promotes the development of oral language skills in children aged 4 years old.

The books in this guide outline quality age-appropriate recommendations only and do not align with specific PLD programs. The lists have been created by speech pathologists with the aim of promoting the development of oral language skills. If you are seeking a list of picture books related to a specific PLD program, we recommended that you purchase the PLD program to access the picture books referenced in the program.

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    A school-based or home-based program designed to equip teachers and parents of 3-4 year old children with activities that will develop semantic knowledge.

    Semantic Scenes and Questioning – Set 1 is designed to equip teachers and parents of 3-4 year old children with activities that will develop semantic knowledge. A good grasp of semantics broadens a child’s understanding of the meaning of words, which then helps them to understand what they hear or read and also helps them to express exactly what they want to say. A child who is struggling with semantics will be the child who: Can’t stay on the topic of simple story or news telling, but goes off on unrelated tangents. Takes a long time to think of particular words they want to use in conversation. Uses non specific vocabulary such as ‘that’ ‘there’ ‘this one’. Has difficulty sorting items into groups, describing them, and finding differences and similarities. Has difficulty understanding instructions that include time vocabulary such as ‘before’ ‘after’ ‘first’ etc. ‘Semantics’ refers to the meaning of sentences and words and how words relate to one another. That is, whether words belong in groups or categories together (e.g. Apples and oranges and pears are all fruit), whether they are similar to each other, or different and the features they have e.g. Size, shape and colour. Another way to think of semantics is like a network or web. Each word we speak or read has a place in this web. Each word has other words linked to it, some closely related and some distantly related. Each word belongs to several groups, some big and some small and each word has a definition that sets it apart from other words that are similar. Some words are related by the fact that they are actually opposites! All this information surrounding words is what we aim to teach young children about the vocabulary that is appropriate to their stage of development and life experience. Semantics is one facet of oral language. Given that oral language is not only a strong predictor of academic and social success but also a necessary requirement for good mental health, it is important that parents and teachers have the skills and resources needed to facilitate the development of oral language in young children. The aim of this program is to train parents and teachers to structure and facilitate developmentally appropriate semantic activities for 3 to 4 year old children. This program provides: Semantic activities and accompanying picture resources. Examples of appropriate and inadequate responses for 3-4 year old children. Techniques and strategies to implement when a child provides an inadequate answer. Features: Colour thematic picture scenes include the zoo, transport, at home, food, school, toys, Australian animals, clothes, under the sea and birthday party. Specific semantic questioning is outlined for each picture scene. Examples of appropriate and inadequate responses for 3-4 year old children. Techniques and strategies are outlined when a child provides an inadequate answer. This publication is mentioned within the Whole School Literacy Strategy booklet on page 8. See Semantic Scenes and Questioning – Set 2 HERE.

  • Comprehension Questions for 3 Year Olds
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    Recommended picture books to read to 4 year olds

    A home or school picture book program for 3 year olds. 

    From the age of two, children should have a vocabulary of approximately 50 words and a sentence length of 2 to 3 words. Put simply, from a young age children should be very verbal. More importantly, they should love to engage with their peers and adults. Therefore, the ability to understand questions is critical for participation in social interactions and success across all curriculum areas. Comprehension Questions for 3 Year Olds has been developed as an essential resource for Oral Language Development. At this age, the level of questions are literal and based on what is in front of the child. For example: What is it? What part is this called? Who is this? Find one like this? What colour/size/shape is it? What does it taste/feel/smell like? Designed for teachers and parents for use in schools, daycare and in the home this program provides parents and teachers of 3 year olds with: Lists of developmentally appropriate picture books and comprehension questions. Samples of 3 year old age appropriate answers and samples of inadequate 3 year old answers. Techniques and strategies to implement when a child provides an inadequate answer. An instruction booklet that outlines how the resource can be presented to a whole class, small groups or individual home setting. 35 cards that model appropriate questions and responses for the books listed in the Recommended Books For 3 year Olds such as ‘Spot Can Count’, ‘My Pet’, ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’, and ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’ Following repeated reading of picture books the cards outline a collection of questions to be presented. The questions focus primarily upon Blank (level 1 and 2 questions). Two easy to administer progress checks; are included, to check on the acquisition of comprehension questioning ability. The other programs within the range include: Comprehension Questions for 3 year olds (Mc3) Explanation video for parent training Comprehension Questions for 4 year olds (Mc4) Explanation video for parent training Comprehension Questions for 5 year olds (Mc5) Explanation video for parent training Comprehension Questions for 6 & 7 year olds (Mc6) Explanation video for parent training Comprehension Questions for 8 & 9 year olds (Mc8) Explanation video for parent training This publication is mentioned within the ‘Whole School Literacy Strategy’ booklet on page 8.

  • Comprehension Questions for 4 Year Olds
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    Recommended picture books to read to 4 year olds

    A home or school picture book program for 4 Year Old students. 

    The aim of Comprehension Questions for 4 Year olds is to train parents and teachers to ask developmentally appropriate questions and to evaluate the quality of a child’s oral answer. If an insufficient answer is provided by a child, there are examples of how to assist the child to answer the question specifically with sufficient information. From 4 Years Old, students should love engaging with their peers and adults. Therefore, the ability to understand questions is critical for participation in social interactions and success across all curriculum areas. Comprehension Questions for 4 Year Olds has been developed as an essential resource for Oral Language Development. At this age, questions become more complex with the child required to understand or comment on the attributes which may not be obvious, to make predictions and sequence information. For example: What is this part used for? What happened next? How did you feel? How did you make it? Designed by Speech Pathologists for teachers and parents for use in schools, daycare and in the home this program provides 4 year olds with: Lists of developmentally appropriate picture books and comprehension questions. Samples of 4 year old age-appropriate answers and samples of inadequate 4 year old answers. Techniques and strategies to implement when a child provides an inadequate answer. An instruction booklet that outlines how the resource can be presented to a whole class, small groups or individual home setting. Each card reminds the importance of repeated reading of picture books and outlines a collection of questions to be asked on day 1, then further questions to be asked on days 2, 3 and 4. 41 cards that model appropriate questions and responses for the books listed in Recommended Books For 4 Year Olds such as ‘Piranhas Don’t Eat Bananas’, ‘Possum Goes to School’, ‘We’re Going on a Bear Hunt’, and the ‘Wonky Donkey’. The questions focus primarily upon Blank (level 2 and 3 questions). Two easy to administer progress checks; are included, to check on the acquisition of comprehension questioning ability. The other programs within the range include: Comprehension Questions for 3 year olds (Mc3) & Explanation video for parent training Comprehension Questions for 4 year olds (Mc4) & Explanation video for parent training Comprehension Questions for 5 year olds (Mc5) & Explanation video for parent training Comprehension Questions for 6 & 7 year olds (Mc6) & Explanation video for parent training Comprehension Questions for 8 & 9 year olds (Mc8) & Explanation video for parent training This publication is mentioned within the ‘Whole School Literacy Strategy’ booklet on page 8.

  • 10 Minute Language Games – Set 1
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    Recommended picture books to read to 4 year olds

    Developing vocabulary and the ability to speak in sentences.

    Designed by speech pathologists for teachers and parents, 10 Minute Language Games – Set 1 for 3 to 5 year olds presents numerous short fast paced games and activities that are fun and engaging and which facilitate: Vocabulary expansion Practice retrieving theme-based vocabulary from children’s ‘mental dictionaries’ The application of theme-based vocabulary to categorising and description tasks Examples of age-appropriate and non-age appropriate answers   Children with language and semantic delays will often have: Gaps in their vocabulary. Difficulty retrieving their vocabulary from their mental dictionaries. Children with vocabulary retrieval problems will inconsistently retrieve appropriate words (e.g. on occasions they will label ‘lion’ appropriately and on other occasions, the labels ‘tiger or leopard’ will be used.) Other children may demonstrate relatively age-appropriate vocabularies but are non- automatic in the retrieval of the appropriate words. These children typically require additional ‘think’ or processing time.   Activity 1 – Naming and Speaking in Single Words: The vocabulary-based games are fun and engaging ways to rehearse the labelling of common category based items. Activity 2 – Sorting and Speaking in Short Sentences: In the sorting tasks children are given the opportunity to become familiar with the characteristics that best describe the pictured items. Activity 3 – Describing and Connecting Several Sentences Together: In the describing tasks children are given the opportunity to give clues and therefore describe the pictured items.   Each theme has 3 activity cards and 24 colour vocabulary cards. We recommend introducing the themes in the following order: Food Things You Wear Farm Animals Things that Take You Places Toys Around the Home