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Great books for preschoolers


As a parent, you are your child’s first and most influential teacher. From a very early age, reading together is one of the best ways to share time with your child. Nothing builds a child’s desire to read better than being held in a lap and cuddled as you read a story.

Lap-time reading fosters feelings of warmth and security. It also expands your child’s view of the world and his vocabulary (the number of words he knows). You can read to your child anywhere – in the waiting room at the hospital or in the living room of your home. By setting aside time every day for reading, your child will see that you love books and reading. Studies show that this is one of the best ways to help your child develop a love of reading.

Let your child pick a story. Then, cuddle up together to enjoy the power and magic of the printed word.

Great books for preschoolers

  1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  2. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
  3. The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
  4. The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
  5. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr.
  6. The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown
  7. Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
  8. The Little Red Hen by Barry Downard
  9. Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
  10. Go, Dog, Go by P.D. Eastman
  11. Clifford, the Big Red Dog by Norman Bridwell
  12. Peak-A-Boo by Roberta Grobel Intrater
  13. More Pies! by Robert Munsch
  14. The Rain Came Down by David Shannon
  15. Stay Awake, Bear! by Gavin Bishop
  16. I Love You Because You’re You by Liza Baker
  17. Night Dancer by Marcia Vaughn
  18. The Body Book by Shelley Rotner
  19. The Tale of Tricky Fox by Jim Aylesworth
  20. Big Fat Hen by Keith Baker
  21. 26 Letters and 99 Cents by Tana Hoban
  22. Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
  23. The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss
  24. Ask Mr. Bear by Marjorie Flack
  25. Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing by Judi Barrett
  26. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Helen Oxenbury
  27. Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
  28. Ten in the Bed by Penny Dale
  29. The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle
  30. Pinkalicious by Victoria Kann and Elizabeth Kann
  31. Pollywog to Frog by Will Terry
  32. Going to the Zoo - Want to come too? By Sarah Treu

Adapted from materials from the National Education Association,, from Scholastic,, and from Choose the Right Books for Kids.


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