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Every Child Ready to Read - Preschooler Booklists

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Early Literacy - Books for Preschoolers (3-5 Year Olds)

Sharing books and stories every day is the most important thing you can do to prepare your child to learn how to read.

Look for:

  • interesting stories and characters
  • folk and fairy tales
  • rich language
  • many different styles of illustration
  • poetry and stories told in rhyme
  • cumulative stories
  • wordless picture books
  • real world subjects
  • preschool concepts

Please ask a librarian for help in locating books and music to share with your preschooler.

  Family & Friends
  • I Love Saturdays y Domingos by Alma Flor Ada
  • When Sophie Gets Angry--Really, Really Angry... by Molly Bang
  • Flower Garden by Eve Bunting
  • Where's Jamela? by Niki Daly
  • Owen by Kevin Henkes
  • In the Rain with Baby Duck by Amy Hest
  • Peace at Last by Jill Murphy
  • Jonathan and His Mommy by Irene Smalls-Hector
  • Owl Babies by Martin Waddell
  • Corduroy by Don Freeman
  • Trashy Town by Andrea Griffing Zimmerman


  • Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin
  • Olivia by Ian Falconer
  • What! Cried Granny: An Almost Bedtime Story by Kate Lum
  • Martha Speaks by Susan Meddaugh
  • No, David! by David Shannon
  • Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
  • The Pig in the Pond by Martin Waddell
  • "Hi, Pizza Man!" by Virginia Walter
  • Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems
  • King Bidgood's in the Bathtub; Silly Sally by Audrey Wood

Share a Story - Traditional Favorites

  • Who's in Rabbit's House?: A Masai Tale by Verna Aardema
  • Strega Nona: An Original Tale by Tomie De Paola
  • The Wide-Mouthed Frog: A Pop-up Book by Keith Faulkner
  • The Three Little Pigs by Paul Galdone
  • The Gingerbread Man by Eric Kimmel
  • Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti by Gerald McDermott
  • Too Much Noise by Ann McGovern
  • Sody Salleratus by Aubrey Davis
  • The Leopard's Drum: An Asante Tale from West Africa by Jessica Souhami
  • Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback

Share A Story - Creatures

  • Bark, George by Jules Feiffer
  • Good Night, Owl! by Pat Hutchins
  • The Pigs' Picnic; The Wolf's Chicken Stew by Keiko Kasza
  • The Caterpillar and the Polliwog by Jack Kent
  • The Baby Beebee Bird by Diane Redfield Massie
  • Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann
  • Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
  • The Stray Dog by Marc Simont
  • Doctor De Soto by William Steig
  • Harry, the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion
  Have Fun with Concepts - ABCs
  • Old Black Fly by Jim Aylesworth
  • Ellsworth's Extraordinary Electric Ears… by Valorie Fisher
  • Alphabet Under Construction by Denise Fleming
  • ABC for You and Me by Margaret Girnis
  • Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin
  • I Stink! by Kate McMullan
  • Kindergarten ABC by Jacqueline Rogers
  • The Hidden Alphabet by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Have Fun with Concepts - Shapes & Colors

  • Color Farm; Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert
  • The Wing on a Flea by Ed Emberley
  • Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh
  • I Spy Shapes in Art by Lucy Micklethwait
  • Lemons Are Not Red by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Have Fun with Concepts - Counting

  • Fish Eyes: A Book You Can Count On by Lois Ehlert
  • The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins
  • We All Went on Safari: A Counting Journey Through Tanzania by Laurie Krebs
  • Dig! by Andrea Griffing Zimmerman
  • Ten Seeds by Ruth Brown
  • Teeth, Tails & Tentacles: An Animal Counting Book by Christopher Wormell
  Feel the Rhythm - Poems
  • The Neighborhood Mother Goose by Nina Crews
  • Tomie's Little Book of Poems by Tomie De Paola
  • Little Dog Poems by Kristine O'Connell George
  • Honey, I Love by Eloise Greenfield
  • The Owl and the Pussy Cat by Edward Lear
  • Animal Snackers by Betsy Lewin
  • Geese Find the Missing Piece: School Time Riddle Rhymes by Marco Maestro
  • Read-aloud Rhymes for the Very Young by Jack Prelutsky

Feel the Rhythm - Songs

  • The Ants Go Marching
  • Today Is Monday by Eric Carle
  • Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow
  • Miss Mary Mack: A Hand-Clapping Rhyme by Mary Ann Hoberman
  • Down by the Bay by Raffi
  • She'll Be Comin' Round the Mountain by Philemon Sturges
  • Fiddle-i-fee: A Farmyard Song for the Very Young by Melissa Sweet

Feel the Rhythm - Stories in Rhyme

  • Duck in the Truck by Jez Alborough
  • Three Wise Old Women by Elizabeth T. Corbett
  • Oh No, Gotta Go! by Susan Middleton Elya
  • Barnyard Song by Rhonda Gowler Greene
  • Pigs Aplenty, Pigs Galore! by David M. McPhail
  • The Day the Babies Crawled Away by Peggy Rathmann
  • The Cat in the Hat; Green Eggs and Ham; Horton Hatches the Egg by Dr. Seuss
  • Wild About Books by Judy Sierra
  • Subway by Anastasia Suen
  • Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson
  • How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? by Jane Yolen

Explore the World

  • A Tree Is a Plant by Clyde Robert Bulla
  • Waiting for Wings by Lois Ehlert
  • Dinosaurs by Gail Gibbons
  • Eyes, Nose, Fingers and Toes: A First Book About You by Judy Hindley
  • Exactly the Opposite by Tana Hoban
  • Actual Size by Steve Jenkins
  • Delivering Your Mail: A Book About Mail Carriers by Ann Owen
  • Fire Engines by Anne F. Rockwell
  • Can You See What I See?: Picture Puzzles to Search and Solve by Walter Wick

Listen! --Music on CD

  • All-time Favorite Dances = Bailes Favoritos de Todos los Tiempos
  • Wee Sing Silly Songs and others by Pamela Conn Beall
  • A Child's Celebration of the World
  • Multicultural Children's Songs and others by Ella Jenkins
  • Learning Basic Skills Through Music and others by Hap Palmer
  • Beethoven's Wig: Sing Along Symphonies by Richard Perlmutter
  • Raffi in Concert with the Rise and Shine Band and others by Raffi
  • Preschool Aerobic Fun and others by Georgiana Liccione Stewart
  • Let's Wiggle and others by the Wiggles