Books Your Child Should Hear Before Kindergarten

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Here are some great books to read to your child before kindergarten. If you have a book that you would like to add to this list, just let us know…(Downloadable .pdf file)

  • Alborough, Jez: Where’s My Teddy?
  • Asch, Frank: Happy Birthday, Moon
  • Bahk, Jane: Juna’s Jar
  • 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
  • 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
  • Cherry, Matthew A.: Hair Love
  • Christelow, Eileen: Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed
  • Chung, Arree: Mixed: A Colorful Story
  • 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?
  • Franklin, Ashley: Not Quite Snow White
  • 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, Joanna: Eyes that Kiss in the Corners
  • 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
  • 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
  • Reisman, Dave: Cows Can’t Jump
  • 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!

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