Good Books for Preschoolers

When sharing books with your preschooler you should:

  • have fun and talk about the books together.
  • encourage your child to "read" the story to you.
  • make everyday connections to the story.
  • take turns reading a page.
  • point to the words as you read.

Here are some great books to share with your preschooler:

  • by Diane Redfield Massie

    It is nighttime at the zoo. The animals are asleep. All is still, until. . . beebeebobbibobbi beebeebobbibobbi beebeebobbibobbibeebeebobbibobbi The baby beebee bird, new to the zoo, is singing his song. . .ALL NIGHT LONG! Nothing the animals do or say will stop him. Until, that is, they come up with a plan to teach the baby beebee bird that nighttime is really best for sleeping -- especially for little birds. 

  • by Diane Redfield Massie

    "Bark, George," says George's mother, and George goes: "Meow," which definitely isn't right, because George is a dog. And so is his mother, who repeats, "Bark, George." And George goes, "Quack, quack." What's going on with George? 

  • by Russell Hoban

    Frances decides she likes to eat only bread and jam at every meal--until to her surprise--her parents grant her wish.

  • by Esphyr Slobodkina

    A band of mischievous monkeys steals every one of a peddler's caps while he takes a nap under a tree.

  • by Jack Kent

    Impressed by the proud caterpillar's boast that she will turn into a butterfly when she grows up, a polliwog determines to watch the caterpillar very carefully and turn into a butterfly too. 

  • by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault

    In a rhythmic alphabet chant, all the letters race one another up the coconut tree.

  • by Mo Willems

    Pigeon is very angry when the duckling gets a cookie just by asking politely.

  • by Mac Barnett

    This looks like an ordinary box full of ordinary yarn. But it turns out it isn't.

  • by Lois Ehlert

    This bird watching adventure, introduces 12 common birds and showing how to identify each one.

  • by Eileen Christelow

    A counting book in which one by one the little monkeys jump on the bed only to fall off and bump their heads.

  • by Gene Zion

    How Harry convinced his family that he was himself-with a most un-Harry-like trick-makes an engaging and delightful story. 

  • by Kevin Henkes

    What a night! The moon is full. Kitten is hungry and inquisitive and brave and fast and persistent and unlucky . . . then lucky! What a night!

  • by Robert Kraus

    Leo couldn't do anything right. He couldn't read. He couldn't write. He couldn't draw. When Leo's father asks what's the matter with Leo, Leo's mother explains that he's simply a late bloomer.

  • by Ana Dewdney

    Tucked into bed by his mama, Baby Llama immediately starts worrying when she goes downstairs, and his soft whimpers turn to hollers when she doesn't come right back. But just in time, Mama returns to set things right.

  • by Anna McQuinn

    Every Tuesday Lola and her mother visit their local library to return and check out books, attend story readings, and share a special treat.

  • by Kate DiCamillo

    She longed for adventure. So she left her home and ventured out into the wide world. The pleasures and perils she met proved plentiful: marauding pirates on the majestic seas, a ferocious lion under the bright lights of the big top, a mysterious stranger in an exotic and bustling bazaar.

  • by Martin Waddell

    When three baby owls awake one night to find their mother gone, they can't help but wonder where she is.

  • by Philip and Erin Stead

    Friends come in all sorts of shapes and sizes and all sorts of species, too! Every day Amos McGee spends a little bit of time with each of his friends, running races with the tortoise, keeping the shy penguin company, and even reading bedtime stories to the owl. But when he is too sick to make it to the zoo, his animal friends decide it's time they returned the favor.

  • by Ezra Jack Keats

    No book has captured the magic and sense of possibility of the first snowfall better than The Snowy Day . Universal in its appeal, the story has become a favorite of millions, as it reveals a child's wonder at a new world, and the hope of capturing and keeping that wonder forever.

  • by Leo Lionni

    A little fish, the lone survivor of a school of fish swallowed by a tuna, devises a plan to camouflage himself and his new companions.

  • by Mem Fox

    The search is on for green sheep in this cozy, sheep-filled story.