Bestselling Action & Adventure Books for 4 Year Olds

Here are the top 30 bestselling action & adventure books for 4 year olds. Please click Read Review to read book reviews on Amazon. You can also click Find in Library to check book availability at your local library. If the default library is not correct, please follow Change Local Library to reset it.

1. Where the Wild Things Are

by: Maurice Sendak
Release date: Dec 26, 2012
Number of Pages: 48
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In the forty years since Max first cried “Let the wild rumpus start,” Maurice Sendak’s classic picture book has become one of the most highly acclaimed and best-loved children’s books of all time. Now, in celebration of this special anniversary, introduce a new generation to Max’s imaginative journey to Where the Wild Things Are.

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2. Where the Wild Things Are

by: Maurice SendakMaurice Sendak
Release date: Dec 26, 2012
Number of Pages: 48
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Where the Wild Things Are is fifty years old! Let the wild rumpus with Max and all the wild things continue as this classic comes to life as never before with new reproductions of Maurice Sendak’s artwork. Astonishing state-of-the-art technology faithfully captures the color and detail of the original illustrations. Sendak himself enthusiastically endorsed this impressive new interpretation of his art before his death in May 2012. Winner of the 1964 Caldecott Medal for the Most Distinguished Picture Book of the Year, Where the Wild Things Are became an iconic book that has inspired a movie, an opera, and the imagination of generations. It continues to be one of the best loved books of all time the world over, by the one and only Maurice Sendak.

Supports the Common Core State Standards

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Children’s Books > Action & Adventure

3. Boynton’s Greatest Hits: Volume 1/Blue Hat, Green Hat; A to Z; Moo, Baa, La La La!; Doggies (Boynton Board Books)

by: Sandra BoyntonSandra Boynton
Release date: Oct 01, 1998
Number of Pages: 50
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The ultimate set for Boynton fans, here are four of her seriously silly bestselling board books in their own sturdy boxed set. Full-color illustrations.
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Children’s Books > Animals

4. I Love You, Stinky Face

by: Lisa MccourtCyd Moore
Release date: Oct 01, 2003
Number of Pages: 32
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A vividly illustrated bedtime story that shows how the unconditional love of a mother can be tested through the relentless questions of her little boy.

“But Mama, but Mama, what if I were a super smelly skunk, and I smelled so bad that my name was Stinky Face?”

Mothers love their children and this unconditional love is truly tested in I Love You, Stinky Face. Lisa McCourt and Cyd Moore beautifully weave a reassuring tale of the love and affection of a parent. The imaginative son turns himself into a meat-eating dinosaur, a swamp creature and much, much more before being satisfied with the fact that no matter how stinky he is or how slimy of a creature he could possibly be, he is loved and nothing will change that.

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Children’s Books > Animals

5. There Is a Bird On Your Head! (An Elephant and Piggie Book)

by: Mo WillemsMo Willems
Release date: Jul 31, 2007
Number of Pages: 64
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Gerald is careful. Piggie is not.
Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can.
Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to.

Gerald and Piggie are best friends.


In There Is a Bird On My Head!, Gerald discovers that there is something worse than a bird on your head-two birds on your head! Can Piggie help her best friend?


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Children’s Books > Animals > Elephants

6. The Jolly Christmas Postman

by: Allan AhlbergJanet Ahlberg
Release date: Sep 01, 2001
Number of Pages: 32
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The Jolly Postman rides again with more real letters, and present, too, in his Christmas postbag.
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Chapter Books & Readers > Beginner Readers

7. The Paper Bag Princess (Munsch for Kids)

by: Robert MunschMichael Martchenko
Release date: May 01, 1980
Number of Pages: 32
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This bestselling modern classic features a princess who rescues a very snooty—and ungrateful—prince.
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > Girls & Women

8. Curious George Goes Camping

by: Margret ReyH. A. Rey
Release date: Oct 25, 1999
Number of Pages: 24
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Curious George Goes Camping is an entertaining story of the Great Outdoors based on H. A. and Margret Rey’s popular primate and painted in the original watercolor and charcoal style. George tries to be helpful, but he of course just ends up upsetting a nearby camper. As he’s hiding in the woods, he meets a forest creature who catapults the mischievous monkey into a chain of even more outrageous events!
For more monkey fun, investigate http://www.curiousgeorge.com and discover all the latest on Curious George books, promotions, games, activities, and more!
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Children’s Books > Animals > Apes & Monkeys

9. The Rescue Mission (Pokémon Leveled Reader)

by: Maria S. Barbo
Release date: Jul 26, 2016
Number of Pages: 32
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Join Ash and his friends on another amazing adventure! This time, they’ll encounter the rare Legendary Pokemon Zygarde. Can they protect Z from the evil Team Flare?
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Chapter Books & Readers > Beginner Readers

10. Harold and the Purple Crayon (Purple Crayon Books)

by: Crockett JohnsonCrockett Johnson
Release date: Sep 29, 2015
Number of Pages: 64
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Share this timeless classic with a new generation of readers!

“One evening, after thinking it over for some time, Harold decided to go for a walk in the moonlight.”

Armed only with an oversized purple crayon, young Harold draws himself a landscape full of wonder and excitement.

Full of funny twists and surprises, this joyful story shows just how far your imagination can take you. Harold and the Purple Crayon has delighted readers of all ages since 1955.

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Children’s Books > Activities, Crafts & Games > Activity Books

11. Journey

by: Aaron BeckerAaron Becker
Release date: Aug 06, 2013
Number of Pages: 40
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A 2014 Caldecott Honor Book

Follow a girl on an elaborate flight of fancy in a wondrously illustrated, wordless picture book about self-determination — and unexpected friendship.

A lonely girl draws a magic door on her bedroom wall and through it escapes into a world where wonder, adventure, and danger abound. Red marker in hand, she creates a boat, a balloon, and a flying carpet that carry her on a spectacular journey toward an uncertain destiny. When she is captured by a sinister emperor, only an act of tremendous courage and kindness can set her free. Can it also lead her home and to her heart’s desire? With supple line, luminous color, and nimble flights of fancy, author-illustrator Aaron Becker launches an ordinary child on an extraordinary journey toward her greatest and most exciting adventure of all.

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Children’s Books > Arts, Music & Photography > Art

12. Star Wars ABC-3PO: Alphabet Book

by: Calliope GlassCaitlin KennedyKatie Cook
Release date: Jun 14, 2016
Number of Pages: 48
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Experience the ABC’s like never before
With galactic friends who are hardly a bore.
From Akbar to Zeb, this nice little primer
Will teach you and make you an excellent rhymer.
So, Padawans, prepare, get ready, get set
To learn the ways of the Force–and the alphabet!
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Children’s Books > Action & Adventure

13. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: A Pop-up Adaptation

by: Lewis CarrollRobert Sabuda
Release date: Oct 01, 2003
Number of Pages: 12
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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is Robert Sabuda’s most amazing creation ever, featuring stunning pop-ups illustrated in John Tenniel’s classic style. The text is faithful to Lewis Carroll’s original story, and special effects like a Victorian peep show, multifaceted foil, and tactile elements make this a pop-up to read and admire again and again.
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14. Stellaluna

by: Janell Cannon
Release date: Apr 30, 1993
Number of Pages: 48
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While out searching for food, fruit bat Stellaluna and her mother are attacked by a vicious owl. Stellaluna is separated from Mother Bat and taken in by a family of birds where she must put aside her bat habits to fit in with her new family. But one fateful flight when she is separated from her adoptive siblings, Stellaluna is reunited with her bat family and learns that even though we’re different, we’re very much the same.
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Children’s Books > Animals > Birds

15. Super Friends: Flying High (DC Super Friends) (Step into Reading)

by: Nick EliopulosDC Comics
Release date: May 27, 2008
Number of Pages: 32
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SOMETHING STRANGE HAS happened to the birds of GOTHAM CITY. Pigeons are causing traffic jams, seagulls are making trouble at a nearby beach, and ostriches have escaped from the zoo! THE PENGUIN has enlisted his fine feathered friends to distract the DC SUPER FRIENDS while he swoops in and plucks GOTHAM’s biggest bank clean! Will BATMAN, SUPERMAN, and the other DC SUPER FRIENDS get there in time?
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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > Boys & Men

16. PAW Patrol Deluxe Step into Reading (PAW Patrol)

by: Geof SmithJason Fruchter
Release date: Aug 02, 2016
Number of Pages: 24
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Join Nickelodeon’s PAW Patrol as they find adventure and make a new friend. Boys and girls ages 4 to 6 will love this Step 1 Deluxe Step into Reading leveled reader, featuring a shiny cover and over 30 stickers! 
 
Step 1 Readers feature big type and easy words. Rhymes and rhythmic text paired with picture clues help children decode the story. For children who know the alphabet and are eager to begin reading.

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Children’s Books > Animals > Dogs

17. James and the Giant Peach

by: Roald DahlQuentin Blake
Release date: Aug 16, 2007
Number of Pages: 176
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From the bestselling author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The BFG!

After James Henry Trotter’s parents are tragically eaten by a rhinoceros, he goes to live with his two horrible aunts, Spiker and Sponge. Life there is no fun, until James accidentally drops some magic crystals by the old peach tree and strange things start to happen. The peach at the top of the tree begins to grow, and before long it’s as big as a house. Inside, James meets a bunch of oversized friends—Grasshopper, Centipede, Ladybug, and more. With a snip of the stem, the peach starts rolling away, and the great adventure begins!

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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction

18. Batman Classic: Batman Phonics Fun (My First I Can Read)

by: Lucy RosenRick FarleySteven E. GordonInc. MADA Design
Release date: May 10, 2011
Number of Pages: 12
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Learn to read with Phonics Fun

12-book program

Simple stories full of exciting Super Hero action

Builds a foundation for a lifetime of reading fun

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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Chapter Books & Readers > Beginner Readers

19. Elephants Cannot Dance! (An Elephant and Piggie Book)

by: Mo WillemsMo Willems
Release date: Jun 09, 2009
Number of Pages: 64
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Gerald is careful. Piggie is not.
Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can.
Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to.

Gerald and Piggie are best friends.

In Elephants Cannot Dance! Piggie tries to teach Gerald some new moves. But will Gerald teach Piggie something even more important?
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Children’s Books > Animals > Elephants

20. The Jolly Postman

by: Allan AhlbergJanet Ahlberg
Release date: Sep 01, 2001
Number of Pages: 32
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Now republished in a larger format, this classic depicts amusing correspondence from one fairy tale or Mother Goose character to another, giving readers a chance to follow-up on some favorite tales. Full-color illustrations.
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Chapter Books & Readers > Beginner Readers

21. My Little Pony: Meet the Ponies of Ponyville (Passport to Reading Level 1)

by: Olivia London
Release date: Apr 02, 2013
Number of Pages: 32
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Meet all your favorite ponies in Ponyville! See where Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Rarity, Fluttershy and Applejack all live and meet their pets too!
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Chapter Books & Readers > Beginner Readers

22. LEGO Star Wars: These Aren’t the Droids You’re Looking For

by: Ameet Studio
Release date: Jul 29, 2014
Number of Pages: 32
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Perfect for fans of any age, this fun-filled activity book is based on the LEGO(R) Star Wars(R) universe!

Star Wars is the most recognizable sci-fi brand to date, its legacy spanning generations. LEGO has proved itself to be a powerhouse among younger boys. Together, the two brands are unstoppable.

Following on the success of our LEGO Star Wars publishing program, our favorite heroes and villains return in an action-filled and hilarious Search-and-Find!

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Children’s Books > Activities, Crafts & Games > Activity Books

23. Gingerbread Baby

by: Jan Brett
Release date: Oct 04, 1999
Number of Pages: 32
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Remember how the Gingerbread Boy is eaten by the fox? Well, not this Gingerbread Baby in a delicious twist to a favorite old tale.

It all begins when Matti opens the oven too soon and out jumps a cheeky little Gingerbread Bay. He leads Matti’s mother and father, the dog and the cat. And a whole colorful cast of characters on a rollicking chase through the village and into the forest, staying just out of reach, daring them to catch him along the way.

But Matti’s not with them. He’s at home in the borders making what turns out to be a gingerbread house into which the Gingerbread Baby runs. Only Matti knows he is safely inside. And readers will too when they look under the lift-the-flap gingerbread house at the end of the story, and there he is!

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Children’s Books > Action & Adventure

24. Batman Classic: 5-Minute Batman Stories

by: VariousVarious
Release date: Jun 30, 2015
Number of Pages: 192
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Batman battles the dark forces of Gotham City night after night. With Commissioner Gordon and Robin by his side, Batman stops the slickest of tricksters and the grimiest evildoers. This collection features twelve of Batman’s most thrilling adventures, each with full-color illustrations on every page and timed to be an action-packed, 5-minute read-aloud. With a sturdy, padded cover and over 190 pages of fun, this storybook collection makes anytime the perfect time to serve up some justice! This collection includes lightly adapted versions of 12 favorite Batman stories.

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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Chapter Books & Readers > Intermediate Readers

25. The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend

by: Dan Santat
Release date: Apr 08, 2014
Number of Pages: 40
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Winner of the 2015 Caldecott Medal
This magical story begins on an island far away where an imaginary friend is born. He patiently waits his turn to be chosen by a real child, but when he is overlooked time and again, he sets off on an incredible journey to the bustling city, where he finally meets his perfect match and-at long last-is given his special name: Beekle.

New York Times bestselling and award-winning author and illustrator Dan Santat combines classic storytelling with breathtaking art, creating an unforgettable tale about friendship, imagination, and the courage to find one’s place in the world.

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Children’s Books > Growing Up & Facts of Life > Friendship, Social Skills & School Life > Friendship

26. Peter Pan (A Classic Collectible Pop-Up)

by: Robert Sabuda
Release date: Nov 04, 2008
Number of Pages: 16
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Readers will delight in this retelling of the classic story of Neverland, pirates, and flying. Robert Sabuda’s elegant text and paper engineering give new life to favorite charcters like Tinkerbell, Wendy, Michael, and John, and, of course, Peter Pan. Sabuda’s beautiful pop-ups are further complemented by full color illustrations that pull readers even deeper into the magical world that is Neverland.
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Children’s Books > Activities, Crafts & Games > Activity Books

27. Home Alone: The Classic Illustrated Storybook

by: Kim Smith
Release date: Oct 06, 2015
Number of Pages: 40
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Eight-year-old Kevin McCallister wished his family would disappear. He never thought his wish would come true! The classic movie you know and love is now an illustrated storybook for the whole family—complete with bumbling burglars, brilliant booby traps, and a little boy named Kevin who’s forced to fend for himself. Can he keep the crooks from entering his house? And will his family return in time for Christmas? With an amusing read-aloud story and enchanting, immersive illustrations, this charming adaptation can be enjoyed year after year alongside The Polar Express, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and other Christmas storybook classics.
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Children’s Books > Action & Adventure

28. The Knight and the Dragon (Paperstar Book)

by: Tomie dePaola
Release date: Feb 02, 1998
Number of Pages: 32
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What happens when a sheepish knight and a not-so-fierce dragon fight for the very first time? Well, it?s no ordinary battle since the knight has to go to the castle library to learn about dragon-fighting and the dragon must dig through his ancestor?s things to find out how to fight a knight!?Spontaneity of line and feeling are backed by zesty colors and a jovial, tongue-in-cheek tone to which children can relate?A top springtime choice.? —Booklist?There?s a swirl of good-humored life to the book.? —The New York Times Book Review
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Historical Fiction > Medieval

29. Return

by: Aaron BeckerAaron Becker
Release date: Aug 02, 2016
Number of Pages: 40
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Welcome the much-anticipated finale of Caldecott Honoree Aaron Becker’s wordless trilogy—a spectacular, emotionally satisfying story that brings its adventurer home.

Failing to get the attention of her busy father, a lonely girl turns back to a fantastic world for friendship and adventure. It’s her third journey into the enticing realm of kings and emperors, castles and canals, exotic creatures and enchanting landscapes. This time, it will take something truly powerful to persuade her to return home, as a gripping backstory is revealed that will hold readers in its thrall. Caldecott Honor winner Aaron Becker delivers a suspenseful and moving climax to his wordless trilogy, an epic that began with the award-winning Journey and continued with the celebrated follow-up Quest.

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Children’s Books > Activities, Crafts & Games > Activity Books

30. World of Reading Star Wars Escape from Darth Vader: Level 1

by: Michael SiglainStephane Roux
Release date: Sep 16, 2014
Number of Pages: 32
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C-3PO and R2D2 must keep Darth Vader from discovering the Rebels’ secret plans! This fully-illustrated level 1 reader retells the classic scenes from A New Hope where the droids crash land on the desert planet of Tatooine and meet a young farmer named Luke.
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Children’s Books > Literature & Fiction > Chapter Books & Readers > Beginner Readers

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