Favourite Books at Four Years Old

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Favourite Books at Four Years Old

So ChickPea turned four today. I probably should be saying – wow, I just can’t believe it, but actually I’ve felt every single bit of that four years – all the feelings. Favourite Books at Four

Best present? Definitely the dinosaur necklace, made by the elves at Oh My Giddy Aunt. Nan had this idea she wanted to find a dinosaur necklace for ChickPea. I found charms but not a necklace, then thought I’d email and ask Nikki at Oh My Giddy Aunt if she had anything. She suggested she cut a charm in half, solder it to a silver disc, engrave ‘roar’ on one side, and her full name on the other side – and that is why she is the jewellery lady and I am not! ChickPea was one ecstatic little dinosaur who walked around for hours looking down at her necklace and stroking it.  DSC05513

Despite having a dinosaur birthday party last year, this year ChickPea insisted on another dinosaur cake and whilst we were just doing a family picnic in the park (in the freezing cold wind as it turned out), she was darned certain there had to be dinosaurs and blood at her morning tea. I was only too happy to oblige and discovered that melted snake lollies make fabulous blood and volcano lava.  DSC05320 DSC05445 DSC05396 DSC05480 DSC05465 DSC05434 Mother/Daughter walking sticks - mum would like it pointed out that hers is temporary after foot surgery!

Mother/Daughter walking sticks – mum would like it pointed out that hers is temporary after foot surgery!

ChickPea adores books and has recently been tracing words with her finger as she ‘reads’ them – clearly Mrs Prowse has had an influence here. Sadly ChickPea iss usually tracing the wrong way across the page and growls if you dare tell her which way the text goes.

If there is one thing I’ve learnt with watching her older sister learn to read (seven years old see here) it’s that reading will happen in its own time (if there are no identified literacy issues) and that the best thing I can do is to model and foster a love of reading and to create a print rich environment at home. I spent a lot of time (too much time!) pinning letter recognition and sight word games on Pinterest when PudStar was about four, and look, perhaps some of them helped…but at the end of the day I firmly believe that what turned Pud into a fully fledged reading machine was surrounding my children with beautiful words and images in the form of picture books. PudStar, at seven, has a great language around books – she talks about authors and illustrators all the time, she knows what she likes and doesn’t like in illustrations and she has a great vocab. I’ve got so many things wrong as a parent (sometimes I’d like to start again!), but we all have something that is ‘our thing’ – reading is mine.

ChickPea loves books which are laugh-out-loud funny, a little bit naughty and preferably, full of dinosaurs. PudStar has far more refined taste when it comes to books (and clothes, and colours on artwork, and life in general really) whereas ChickPea wants noise, action, blood and BIG.

Her favourite books at the moment are below.

 Read more about ChickPea’s THIRD birthday Dinosaur Party HERE.

Her favourite dinosaur books are HERE. 

Her Dinosaur garden is HERE.

See our sandpit dinosaur garden HERE.

If fairy gardens are more your thing see HERE!


To add these books to your home, school or library collection click on title or cover images.

i-m-a-hungry-dinosaur Oh helloooo! Illustrations done with icing and cake batter and clever, clever text? Winning.

the-worm-who-knew-karate- This one was an instant favoutie – like instant. Could have helped that daddy likes karate and was happy to do karate impersonations. My full review is here.


No words needed. Tis revolting. She loves it more than you could imagine. More about this one here.
how-to-grow-a-dinosaurThis one has been a favourite for far too long – let’s move on!

thelma-the-unicorn crusher-is-coming- emu tyrannosaurus-in-the-veggie-patch-192x300 don-t-think-about-purple-elephants tree sylviaa-curry-for-murray DSC05384 DSC05356 DSC05325

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  1. Cat on Jul 15, 2015 at 9:34 pm

    What a fabulous celebration. My littlest man will be four in October and I have felt that, “we made it” feeling on the eve of every one of his birthdays to date. Happy day to your little dino lover, and to you too. And thanks for an awesome list of books from which I will be stealing inspiration for upcoming birthday and Christmas season.

    • Megan Daley on Jul 15, 2015 at 9:42 pm

      We’re in the trenches of parenting still at FOUR…I reckon the sighs of ‘we made it’! will surely, SURELY become less?!

  2. Tash @ Gift Grapevine on Jul 16, 2015 at 12:03 am

    What an awesome cake. Who’d have thought of melted lolly snakes for lava?! Brilliant! I love ChickPea’s favourite books list and think we need to have that worm book in our lives (just for the absurd title alone). My youngest tornado Mr TT turned three last week and was given Winnie The Witch books, Very Noisy Bear (to add to his Cranky Bear favourite) and also Dinoblock. I think that last title will be the start of a dinosaur obsession – plus the pages are nice and thick so there’s less chance of destruction which he is highly skilled at. I’m so thrilled to be reliving the threenager stage again. Hopefully it’s not as exhausting as the first time around with Miss T! One can only hope…

  3. Mother Down Under on Jul 16, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    Can you please make Charlie’s cake next year? He is already requesting a dinosaur cake that is better than the one I made for him this year.

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