4-7 years

Summer Stars:

Recommended Reads: 4-7 years

Picture Books

Anna Liz and the Happy Practice (2016) Eoin Colfer

Billy Button Telegraph Boy (2016) Sally Nichols

The Pest in the Nest (2017) Julian Gough

Thumbelina (2016) Xanthe Gresham

Your Sincerely, Giraffe (2016) Megumi Iwasa

Dave Pigeon (2016) Swapna Haddow

Kitchen Disco (2015) Clare Foges

The jolly postman by Janet and Allan Ahlberg

I love my mummy by Giles Andreae, ill by Emma Dodd

Window by Jeannie Baker

Man on the moon (a day in the life of Bob) by Simon Bartram

The snorgh and the sailor by Will Buckingham, ill by Thomas Docherty

Would you rather? By John Burningham

Courtney by John Burningham

I will not ever never eat a tomato by Lauren Child

I am too absolutely small for school by Lauren Child

Imaginary Fred by Eoin Colfer, ill by Oliver Jeffers

The day the crayons quit by Drew Daywalt, ill by Oliver Jeffers

Zog by Julia Donaldson, ill by Axel Scheffler

The sleeping giant by Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick

Mise agus an dragún le Patricia Forde agus Steve Simpson

Aliens love underpants by Claire Freedman, ill by Ben Cort

Dogger by Shirley Hughes

Alfie gets in first by Shirley Hughes

Stuck by Oliver Jeffers

The incredible book eating boy by Oliver Jeffers

The great paper caper by Oliver Jeffers

The lonely beast by Chris Judge

The Tiger who came to tea by Judith Kerr

Library lion by Michelle Knudsen, ill by Kevin Hawkes

Trust me Mum by Angela McAllister, ill by Ross Collins

You’re all my favourites by Sam McBratney, ill by Anita Jeram

Elmer series of books by David McKee

Gugalaí Gug le Tadhg Mac Dhonnagáin agus John Ryan

A piece of cake by Jill Murphy (any of The Large Family books)

Peace at last by Jill Murphy

Dear Mother Goose by Michael Rosen, ill by Nick Sharratt

The true story of the three little pigs by Jon Scieszka

How the Grinch stole Christmas by Dr Seuss

When a monster is born by Sean Taylor, ill by Nick Sharratt

Winnie the Witch by Valerie Thomas, ill by Korky Paul

Can’t you sleep little bear by Martin Waddell, ill by Barbara Firth

Farmer Duck by Martin Waddell, ill by Helen Oxenbury

Owl babies by Martin Waddell, ill by Patrick Benson

Boom chicka Boom by Liz Weir, ill by Josip Lizatovic

Goldilocks and the three dinosaurs by Mo Willems

I hate school by Jeanne Willis, ill by Tony Ross

The Christmas miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojciechowski, Susan, ill by PJ Lynch

Scruffy bear and the six white mice by Chris Wormell

Ná gabh ar scoil le Máire Zepf agus Tarsila Kruse

Early Readers and Chapter Books

Football fever by Alan Durant and other titles in the Let’s read series by Macmillan

Looking after Gran by Roderick Hunt, ill by Alex Brychta and other titles in the Oxford Reading Tree series

Happy Families Series by Allan Ahlberg, various illustrators

Mad Grandad and the Kleptoes by Oisin McGann and other books in the O’Brien Press Flyers series

Danny’s smelly toothbush by Brianóg Brady Dawson and other books in the O’Brien Press Pandas series

My brother Bernadette by Jacqueline Wilson and other titles in the Egmont Level 3 Reading Ladder series

The big sticky bun by Vivian French, ill by Selina Young  and other titles in the Early Reader series by Orion Books

Mr Cool by Jacqueline Wilson and other titles in the I am reading series

Usborne First reading series

Songbird Phonics series by Julia Donaldson by Oxford University Press

Read it yourself series by Ladybird

The diary of a killer cat by Anne Fine and others in the Colour Young Puffin series by Puffin Books

Get out and play… GAA! By Rod Smith

Snow White and the seven aliens by Laurence Anholt, ill by Arthur Robins (Seriously silly stories by Hachette)

Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown, ill by Scott Nash


The legend of Spud Murphy by Eoin Colfer, ill by Tony Ross

Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl, ill by Quentin Blake

The giggler treatment by Roddy Doyle

The nightmare club series by Annie Graves

Daisy and the trouble with burglars by Kes Gray

The twin giants by Dick King-Smith, ill by Mini Grey

George speaks by Dick King-Smith

The book of curses by Conor Kostick (Forbidden Files series by O’Brien Press)

Judy Moody series by Megan McDonald, ill by Peter H Reynolds

Stink series by Megan McDonald, ill by Peter H Reynolds

Rainbow Magic series by Daisy Meadows

Alfie Green series by Joe O’Brien, ill by Jean Texier

Football academy series by Tom Palmer

Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey

Horrid Henry by Francesca Simon

Claude going for gold by Alex T. Smith

Mr Gum series by Andy Stanton

The Hundred-mile-an-hour dog by Jeremy Strong, ill by Nick Sharratt

Sky the unwanted kitten by Holly Webb


DK First Children’s Encyclopedia

Irelandopedia by John Burke, ill by Fatti Burke

Mummy and me cookbook by Annabel Karmel

My little book of big trucks (QED)

National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of the World

Revolting rhymes by Roald Dahl, ill by Quentin Blake

The Usborne big book of big animals

 Recommended Reads for 4-7 Years compiled by Maedhbh Rogan McGann, Meath County Council Library Service