Recommended Reading List for Pre- K and Kindergarten
Arnold, Marsha Diane. Roar of a Snore. J-E ARN
Disturbed by a deafening snore, Jack wakes up the family and animals one by one in search of the noisy culprit.
Banks, Kate. Max’s Words. J-P BAN
When Max cuts out words from magazines and newspapers, collecting them the way his brothers collect stamps and coins, they all learn about words, sentences, and storytelling.
Barretta, Gene. Now & Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin. J 609.2 BAR
Some of the many things invented by Benjamin Franklin that are still in use in the twenty-first century are described.
Bell, Cece. Sock Monkey Goes to Hollywood. J-P BEL
Bell-Rehwoldt, Sheri. You Think It’s Easy Being the Tooth Fairy? J-P BEL
Colorful illustrations and simple text tell a story about how the tooth fairy does her job.
Bunting, Eve. Emma’s Turtle. J-P BUN
Emma’s box turtle digs his way out of his pen and imagines that he is having adventures in Africa, India, and other faraway lands that Emma has described to him.
Burton, Virginia Lee. The Little House. J-R BUR
A country house is unhappy when the city, with all its buildings and traffic, grows up around her.
Busse, Sarah Martin. Banjo Granny. J BUS
Baby Owen’s grandmother learns that he is wiggly, jiggly, and all-around giggly for bluegrass music, so with her banjo she travels by curious means to visit and play for him.
Child, Lauren. I Am Not Sleepy and I Will Not Go to Bed. J-E CHI
Charlie helps Lola get ready for bed, despite the tigers, whales, and other animals that serve as obstacles.
Crews, Donald. Freight Train. J-P CRE
Brief text and illustrations trace the journey of a colorful train as it goes through tunnels, by cities, and over trestles.
Cronin, Doreen. Diary of a Fly. J-E CRO
A young fly discovers, day by day, that there is a lot to learn about being an insect, including the danger of flyswatters and that heroes come in all shapes and sizes.
Dewdney, Anna. Llama Llama Mad at Mama. J-P DEW
Bored and frustrated, Llama Llama moves steadily toward a tantrum during a trip with Mama to the grocery store, and Mama realizes there must be a way to make shopping more fun.
Falconer, Ian. Olivia Forms a Band. J-P FAL
Olivia the pig is upset because there isn’t going to be a band at the fireworks show, so she decides to form her own.
Fleming, Denise. Beetle Bop. J-E FLE
Illustrations and rhyming text reveal the great variety of beetles and their swirling, humming, crashing activities.
Floca, Brian. Lightship. J-P FLO
Illustrations and simple text tell the story of lightships that were used in place of lighthouses in order to guide ships safely into port.
Foley, Greg E. Thank You, Bear. J-P FOL
Despite the criticism of others, a bear finds the perfect gift for his mouse friend.
Friend, Catherine. The Perfect Nest. J-P FRI
With hopes of making a delicious omelet, Jack the cat builds a nest to catch a chicken, but ends up attracting more than the bird.
Gorbachev, Valeri. Red, Red, Red. J-E GOR
As Turtle rushes through town in a hurry to see something “red, red, red,” his neighbors wonder what it could be and hurry after him to find out.
Henkes, Kevin. A Good Day. J-P HEN, J-E HEN
A bird, a fox, a dog, and a squirrel overcome minor setbacks to have a very good day.
Hills, Tad. Duck & Goose. J-P HIL
Duck and Goose learn to work together to take care of a ball that they think is an oversized egg.
Himmelman, John. Chickens to the Rescue. J-P HIM
Six days a week the chickens help the Greenstalk family and their animals recover from mishaps that occur on the farm, but they need one day to rest.
Hutchins, Hazel J. A Second is a Hiccup: A Child’s Book of Time. J-P HUT
Playful rhyming text helps children comprehend units of time, presenting lively examples of what can happen in the span of a second, a minute, an hour, a day, a week, a month, a year, and a whole childhood.
Kann, Elizabeth. Pinkalicious. J-P KAN
After eating too many pink cupcakes, Pinkalicious turns pink and enjoys everything about being her favorite color.
Keats, Ezra Jack. Whistle for Willie. J-E KEA
A young boy tries to learn how to whistle so that he can call his dog like all the bigger boys do.
Keller, Holly. Nosy Rosie. J-P KEL
Rosie the fox’s excellent sense of smell is good for finding things, but she stops using it after everyone begins to call her “Nosy Rosie.”
Kimmel, Eric A. Anansi and the Talking Melon. J-P KIM
Anansi, a clever spider, tricks Elephant and some other animals into thinking the melon in which he is hiding can talk.
Krauss, Ruth. The Growing Story. J-P KRA
A little boy worries throughout the summer that he’s not getting bigger, but at the end of the season he tries on his winter clothes and realizes that he has grown.
Lakin, Patricia. Snow Day! J-P LAK
Four friends enjoy a snowy day of sledding.
Lehman, Barbara. Rainstorm. J-P LEH
In this wordless picture book, a boy finds a mysterious key which leads him on an adventure one rainy day.
Let It Shine: Three Favorite Spirituals. J 782.253 LET
Colorful illustrations and simple text introduce versions of “This Little Light of Mine,” “When the Saints Go Marching In,” and “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands” along with a brief music score and a short history of slave songs before the Civil War
Litwin, Eric. Pete the Cat J-P LIT
Pete the Cat goes walking down the street wearing his brand-new white shoes. Along the way, his shoes change from white to red to blue to brown to WET as he steps in piles of strawberries, blueberries, and other big messes! But no matter what color his shoes are, Pete keeps movin' and groovin' and singing his song . . . because it's all good.
Lobel, Anita. Nini Here and There. J-P LOB
Fearing at first that her family is going on vacation without her, Nini the cat ends up traveling with her owners to their new home.
Long, Ethan. Tickle the Duck! J-P LON
This book presents a story for early readers about a very ticklish duck.
McCloskey, Robert. Make Way for Ducklings. J-E MCC
Mr. and Mrs. Mallard proudly return to their home in the Boston Public Garden with their eight offspring.
Neubecker, Robert. Wow! America! J 973 NEU
Vividly illustrated facts on the landscape, landmarks, and natural resources of the USA are presented, with each picture featuring adventurous Izzy and her little sister, Jo.
Pilkey, Dav. Kat Kong: Starring Flash, Rabies, and Dwayne, and Introducing Blueberry as the Monster. J-E PIL
A spoof of the story of King Kong is presented, with cat and mice characters.
Pitzer, Susanna. Not Afraid of Dogs. J-P PIT
Young Daniel must confront his fear of dogs when his mom agrees to dog-sit for his aunt’s dog.
Piven, Hanokh. My Dog Is As Smelly As Dirty Socks: And Other Funny Family Portraits. J-P PIV
A young girl draws a family portrait, then makes it more accurate by adding common objects to show aspects of each member’s personality, such as her father’s playfulness, her mother’s sweetness, and her brother’s strength.
Portis, Antoinette. Not a Box. J-P POR
To an imaginative little bunny, a box is not always a box.
Prelutsky, Jack. If Not for the Cat. J 811.54 PRE
An illustrated collection of haiku-style poems about different animals is presented.
Rathmann, Peggy. Officer Buckle and Gloria. J-P RAT
The children at Napville Elementary School always ignore Officer Buckle’s safety tips until a police dog named Gloria accompanies him when he gives his safety speeches.
Root, Phyllis. Looking for a Moose. J-P ROO
Four children set off into the woods to find a moose.
Sakai, Komako. Emily’s Balloon. J-E SAK
A little girl’s new friend is round, lighter than air, and looks like the moon at night.
Scamell, Ragnhild. Ouch! J-P SCA
Just as Hedgehog is entering her winter nest for a long nap, a falling apple gets stuck on her spiny back, and her friends’ suggestions lead only to more trouble until Goat finds the perfect solution.
Schaefer, Carole Lexa. Dragon Dancing. J-P SCH
Young children use their imaginations and their art supplies to pretend to be different kinds of dragons.
Sendak, Maurice. Where the Wild Things Are. J-E SEN
After he is sent to bed without dinner for behaving like a wild thing, Max dreams of a voyage to the island where the wild things are.
Seeger, Laura Vaccaro. Black? White! Day? Night!: A Book of Opposites. J 428.1 SEE
A series of colorful die-cut pages introduce a number of things that are opposites including black and white, big and little, and day and night.
Shannon, David. Good Boy, Fergus! J-P SHA
Except for his bath, Fergus experiences the perfect doggy day, from chasing cats and motorcycles to being scratched on his favorite tickle spot.
Sierra, Judy. Thelonius Monster’s Sky-high Fly Pie: A Revolting Rhyme. J-E SIE
A good-natured monster thinks a pie made out of flies would be a good dessert, and he invites all his friends and relatives over to try it.
Sis, Peter. Play, Mozart, Play! J-E SIS, J B MOZART
Using simple text with illustrations, young children are introduced to the child prodigy, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, in this tribute to the beauty of listening, looking, imagining, and playing.
Smee, Nicola. Clip-clop. J-P SME
Cat, Dog, Pig, and Duck all take Mr. Horse up on his offer of a ride and encourage him to run faster and faster until they are in danger of falling off.
Spinelli, Eileen. Do You Have a Hat? J-P SPI
Rhyming text describes a great variety of hats worn by celebrities throughout history.
Steig, William. Which Would You Rather Be? J-P STE
Two children play a game with a rabbit who gives them choices he pulls out of his hat.
Timmers, Leo. Who Is Driving? J-P TIM
Easy-to-read text invites the reader to guess which animal is driving each of seven vehicles based on how they are dressed, then reveals their destinations and the sound of each vehicle.
Varon, Sara. Chicken and Cat. J-P VAR
In this wordless story, Chicken finds a colorful way to cheer up Cat, a friend from the country who feels sad during a visit to Chicken’s city home.
Walsh, Ellen Stoll. Mouse Shapes. J-P WAL
Three mice make a vriety of things out of different shapes as they hide from a scary cat.
Watt, Melanie. Scaredy Squirrel. J-P WAT
Scaredy Squirrel is afraid to leave his nut tree, but when he is finally forced out of his home one day, he discovers some interesting things about the great unknown.
Wells, Rosemary. Yoko. J-P WEL
When Yoko brings sushi to school for lunch, her classmates make fun of what she eats – until one of them tries it for himself.
Willems, Mo. Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity. J-P WIL
Trixie’s first day of pre-kindergarten gets off to a bad start when she and Sonja discover they have the very same “one-of-a-kind” Knuffle Bunnies.
Wood, Audrey. King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub. J-P WOO
Despite pleas from his court, a fun-loving king refuses to get out of his bathtub to rule his kingdom.
Yolen, Jane. How Do Dinosaurs Go to School? J-P YOL
Ten dinosaurs show that while they have the potential to create mischief at school, they know how to control themselves.