Recommended Reads: 4-7 Years

Picture Books

The jolly postman by Janet and Allan Ahlberg

My worst book ever by Allan Ahlberg, ill by Bruce Ingman

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

You’re amazing, Anna Hibiscus by Atinuke, ill by Lauren Tobia

Window by Jeannie Baker

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

Ada Twist, scientist by Andrea Beaty, ill by David Roberts

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

Luna loves library day by Joseph Coelho, ill by Fiona Lumbers

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

Cillian ag comhaireamh  le Siobháin Grogan, maisithe ag Olivia Golden

Dave pigeon (nuggets) by Swapna Haddow, ill by Sheena Dempsey

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

I say Ooh you say Aah by John Kane

Dogs don’t do ballet by Anna Kemp

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

We’re off to look for aliens by Colin McNaughton

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

Claude all at sea by Alex T. Smith

Don’t call me choochie pooh! By Sean Taylor, ill by Kate Hindley

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

Winnie the Witch by Valerie Thomas, ill by Korky Paul

Patrick and the president by Ryan Tubridy, ill by PJ LYnch

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

A sailor went to sea, sea, sea: Favourite rhymes from an Irish childhood by Sarah Webb, ill by Steve McCarthy

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 racehorse who wouldn’t gallop by Clare Balding, ill by Tony Ross

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

Anna Liza and the happy practice by Eoin Colfer, ill by Matt Robertson

Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl, ill by Quentin Blake

The giggler treatment by Roddy Doyle

Rover and the big fat baby by Roddy Doyle, ill by Chris Judge

Rabbit and Bear: The pest in the nest by Julian Gough, ill by Jim Field

Rabbit and Bear: Rabbit’s bad habits by Julian Gough, ill by Jim Field

The nightmare club series by Annie Graves

Daisy and the trouble with burglars by Kes Gray

The Princess in Black by Shannon and Dean Hale

Flying Fergus: The best birthday bike by Chris Hoy with Joanna Nadin

Squishy McFluff: Seaside rescue! By Pip Jones, ill by Ella Osktad

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

The clubhouse mystery by Erika McGann

Rainbow Magic series by Daisy Meadows

Billy Button, telegram boy by Sally Nicholls, ill by Sheena Dempsey

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

Foclóiropedia by John Burke, ill by Fatti Burke

Historopedia by John Burke, ill by Fatti Burke

Irelandopedia by John Burke, ill by Fatti Burke

The Usborne outdoor book by Alice James and Emily Bone

Lift-the-flap questions and answers about Space by Katie Daynes, ill by Peter Donnelly

Why do we need bees? by Katie Daynes, ill by Christine Pym

Here we are by Oliver Jeffers

Mummy and me cookbook by Annabel Karmel

My name is not refugee by Kate Milner

Beyond the sky: You and the universe by Dara O’Briain

The barefoot book of children by Tessa Strickland, ill by Kate de Palma

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