I really can't believe this is not on the list already!
This is a worthy kids' version of Carcassonne, and one of the best first steps to Growing Your Own Gamer.
The box states 4 years and up. There is no in-game reading.
My 4 3/4 yo got the rules quickly and loved it from first play, and there is enough strategy for the adults to enjoy it as well.
It's a shame it's so hard to get hold of this game. I'm very happy I finally found a copy of it, even though I had to make do with the German edition and had to pay an arm and a leg for international shipping, as the box is quite big & heavy - due to the chunky high quality tiles and wooden meeples (a little bigger than the originals). The artwork is really nice as well. And as there is no in-game reading, and some nice geek has posted the rules in English here on BGG, it doesn't really matter which language edition you get. But I hope the rumors of a 2014 reprint are true. (http://www.carcassonnecentral.com/community/index.php?topic=...)