Books Your Child Should Read Before Kindergarten

Suggested Book Ideas

  •  Alborough, Jez: Where’s My Teddy?
  •  Aranton, John-Ruben M., Jr.: What Treat Can Ruben Eat?
  •  Asch, Frank: Happy Birthday, Moon
  •  Ballock-Dixon, Saige J.: Chilean Mines
  •  Bang, Molly: Ten, Nine, Eight
  •  Barrett, Judi: Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing
  •  Barton, Byron: The Three Bears
  •  Bauer, Marion: How Do I Love You?
  •  Becker, Bonny: A Visitor for Bear
  •  Bergen, Lara: Dora’s Sleepover
  •  Bemelmans, Ludwig: Madeline
  •  Benton, Jim: The End (Almost!)
  •  Blackstone, Stella: Bear’s Busy Family
  •  Borghese, Mark: 1000 Books Before Kindergarten
  •  Bornstein, Ruth: Little Gorilla
  •  Brett, Jan: The Mitten
  •  Brown, Marcia: Stone Soup
  •  Brown, Margaret Wise: Goodnight Moon
  •  Brunhoff, Jean de: The Story of Babar, the Little Elephant
  •  Burningham, John: Mr. Gumpy’s Outing
  •  Burroughs, Caleb: The Moon Sees You & Me
  •  Burton, Virginia Lee: Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel
  •  Campbell, Rod: Dear Zoo
  •  Cannon, Janell: Stellaluna
  •  Capucilli, Alyssa Satin: Biscuit Loves the Library
  •  Carle, Eric: The Very Hungry Caterpillar
  •  Christelow, Eileen: Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed
  •  Chung, Arree: Ninja!
  •  Coffelt, Nancy: Fred Stays with Me
  •  Crews, Donald: Freight Train
  •  Cronin, Doreen: Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type
  •  Day, Alexandra: Good Dog, Carl
  •  Degen, Bruce: Jamberry
  •  Dorros, Arthur: Abuela
  •  Eastman, P.D.: Are You My Mother?
  •  Ehlert, Lois: Feathers for Lunch
  •  Emberley, Ed: Go Away, Big Green Monster!
  •  Falconer, Ian: Olivia
  •  Feiffer, Jules: Bark, George
  •  Flack, Marjorie: Ask Mr. Bear
  • Fleming, Denise: Mama Cat Has Three Kittens
  •  Fox, Mem: Where is the Green Sheep?
  •  Freeman, Don: Corduroy
  •  Gag, Wanda: Millions of Cats
  •  Galdone, Paul: The Three Little Pigs
  •  Gerstein, Mordicai: The Man Who Walked Between the Towers
  •  Goble, Paul: The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses
  •  Guarino, Deborah: Is Your Mama a Llama?
  •  Henkes, Kevin: Kitten’s First Full Moon
  •  Hill, Eric: Where’s Spot
  •  Ho, Minfong: Hush!: A Thai Lullaby
  •  Hoban, Russell: Bread and Jam for Frances
  •  Hoban, Tana: Is it Red? Is it Yellow? Is it Blue? An Adventure in Color
  •  Hoffman, Mary: Amazing Grace
  •  Holabird, Katherine: Angelina Ballerina
  •  Hutchins, Pat: Rosie’s Walk
  •  Jenkins, Steve: What do you do with a tail like this?
  •  Johnson, Crockett: Harold and the Purple Crayon
  •  Juster, Norton: The Hello, Goodbye Window
  •  Kasza, Keiko: The Wolf’s Chicken Stew
  •  Keats, Ezra Jack: The Snowy Day
  •  Kennedy, Jimmy: The Teddy Bears’ Picnic
  •  Kent, Jack: The Caterpillar and the Polliwog
  •  Kimmel, Eric: Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock
  •  Kraus, Robert: Whose Mouse are You?
  •  Kraus, Ruth: The Carrot Seed
  •  Krosoczka, Jarrett: Baghead
  •  Landers, Ace: I Am An Ice Cream Truck
  •  Leaf, Munro: The Story of Ferdinand
  •  Lester, Mike: A is for Salad
  •  Lionni, Leo: Little Blue and Little Yellow
  •  Lobel, Anita: On Market Street
  •  Lobel, Arnold: Frog and Toad Are Friends
  •  London, Jonathan: Froggy Gets Dressed
  •  Martin, Bill: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
  •  Martin, Bill: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
  •  Mayer, Mercer: Frog Goes to Dinner
  •  McBratney, Sam: Guess How Much I Love You
  •  McCloskey, Robert: Make Way for Ducklings
  •  McFarland, Lyn: Widget
  •  McKissack, Pat: Goin’ Someplace Special
  •  McLimans, David: Gone Wild: An Endangered Alphabet
  •  McMullan, Kate and Jim: I Stink!
  •  McPhail, David: Pigs Aplenty, Pigs Galore
  • Meddaugh, Susan: Martha Speaks
  •  Meltzer, Brad: I am Abraham Lincoln
  •  Munari, Bruno: Bruno Munari’s ABC
  •  Nelson-Schmidt, Michelle: Jonathan James and the Whatif Monster
  •  Noble, Trinka: The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash
  •  Numeroff, Laura: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
  •  O’Connor, Jane: Fancy Nancy
  •  Penn, Audrey: The Kissing Hand
  •  Pinkney, Sandra: Shades of Black
  •  Piper, Watty: The Little Engine that Could
  •  Potter, Beatrix: The Tale of Peter Rabbit
  •  Rathmann, Peggy: Good Night, Gorilla
  •  Rey, H.A.: Curious George
  •  Rohman, Eric: My Friend Rabbit
  •  Rosen, Michael: We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
  •  Rossetti-Shustak, Bernadette: I Love You Through and Through
  •  Rylant, Cynthia: The Relatives Came
  •  Say, Allen: Grandfather’s Journey
  •  Scarry, Richard: Cars and Trucks and Things that Go
  •  Seeger, Laura Vaccaro: First the Egg
  •  Sendak, Maurice: Where the Wild Things Are
  •  Seuss, Dr.: Green Eggs and Ham
  •  Seuss, Dr.: The Cat in the Hat
  •  Shannon, David: Duck on a Bike
  •  Shaw, Charles: It Looked Like Spilt Milk
  •  Simmons, Jane: Come Along Daisy
  •  Simont, Marc: The Stray Dog
  •  Sis, Peter: Fire Truck
  •  Slobodkina, Esphyr: Caps for Sale
  •  Taback, Simms: There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly
  •  Walter, Virginia: Hi, Pizza Man!
  •  Wells, Rosemary: Noisy Nora
  •  Westcott, Nadine: The Lady with the Alligator Purse
  •  Wiesner, David: The Three Pigs
  •  Willems, Mo: Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus
  •  Wong, Janet: Buzz
  •  Wood, Audrey: The Napping House
  •  Yolen, Jane: How do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?
  •  Yolen, Jane: Owl Moon
  •  Young, Ed: Seven Blind Mice
  •  Zimmerman, Andrea: Trashy Town
  •  Zion, Gene: Harry, The Dirty Dog
  •  Zschock, Martha Day: Hello, America!