Now that I am back in the classroom teaching, I see firsthand how useful blogs like mine and so many others are for early childhood educators who are planning lessons. With that in mind, I decided to bring together my top preschool books every preschool class must have. I would have loved for this list to be a perfect catchy number like 50 or 75 but my list ended at 58 when I published this in 2015, and I have since added 8 more great preschool books. It was hard to break it down to such a small list of my personal must-have books. I know that you will have many titles to add so feel free to leave a comment with the titles you use in your preschool class.
What are some good alphabet books for preschool?
Animalia by Graham Base
Eating the Alphabet: Fruits & Vegetables from A to Z by Lois Ehlert
Alphabet Under Construction by Denise Fleming
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom: Anniversary Edition by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault
Learn The Alphabet with Northwest Coast Native Art
What are the best books to read aloud?
Whoever You Are by Mem Fox
Something From Nothing by Phoebe Gilman
Lovely by Jess Hong
Zoom! by Robert Munsch
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff
I Love You Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt
Mortimer by Robert Munsch
A Family is a Family is a Family by Sara O’Leary
Mary Had A Little Glam by Tammi Sauer
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Press Here by Herve Tullet
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems
Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall
What is the best book about colors for preschool?
Rainbow Stew by Cathryn Falwell
Planting a Rainbow by Lois Elhert
Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Lionni
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr.
Pink Is For Boys by Robb Pearlman
Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh
What are some good counting books?
Big Fat Hen by Keith Baker
Granny Went to Market by Stella Blackstone
Goodnight Moon 123 by Margaret Wise Brown
Fish Eyes: A Book You Can Count On by Lois Elhert
Mouse Count by Ellen Stoll Walsh
Preschool books About Emotions, Separation Anxiety and Social Learning
The Way I Feel by Janan Cain
Keisha Ann Can! By Daniel Kirk
It’s Mine! by Leo Lionni
Elmer by David McKee
It’s Okay To Be Different by Todd Parr
The Kissing Hand by Audry Penn
No, David! by David Shannon
Dinosaur vs. the Potty by Bob Shea
Owl Babies by Martin Waddell
Rhyming Books for Preschool
(many other books included in other sections also rhyme)
I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More! by Karen Beaumont
How Big Is a Pig? by Claire Beaton
My Truck is Stuck! by Kevin Lewis
One Duck Stuck by Phyllis Root
City Shapes by Diana Murray
My Heart Is Like a Zoo by Michael Hall
Perfect Square by Michael Hall
Mouse Shapes by Ellen Stoll Walsh
(There are so many more books but these are my favorites)
On the Launch Pad: A Counting Book About Rockets by Michael Dahl (space/counting)
Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs by Byron Barton (dinosaurs)
The Mitten by Jan Brett (winter)
Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown (farm)
A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle (sea life/months of the year)
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle (days of the week, nutrition, bugs)
Is Your Mama a Llama? by Deborah Guarino (animals/families)
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats (weather/winter)
Lola at the Library by Anna McQuinn
Everywhere Babies by Susan Meyers and Marla Frazee (families)
The Family Book by Todd Parr (families)
From Tadpole to Frog by Wendy Pfeffer (spring/pond life/life cycles)
Our Stars by Anne Rockwell (space)
Dinosaur Roar! Board Book by Paul and Henrietta Stickland (dinosaurs/opposites)
Leaves by David Ezra Stein (fall)
I Love Bugs! by Philemon Sturges (bugs)
Firefighter Frank by Monica Wellington (fire safety/community helpers)
Big Earth, Little Me by Thom Wiley (Earth day/nature)
Not Norman! by Kelly Bennet ( Pets/ Friendship)
Trashy Town by Andrea Zimmerman and David Clemesha (community helpers)
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JOANN ROUTH says
Could you please publish a children’s book list, so I can download it? I would appreciate it.
We love My First Words – Let’s Get Counting for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers.
The Pout Pout Fish was a great one for my son, especially because it deals with the management of negative feelings. We have also read If I Built a House enough that I can recite it in my sleep. I don’t think I saw Harry The Dirty Dog either. That’s a classic! So is Leo the Late Bloomer! I love that book! It’s a great one for helping kids and parents alike have respect for the learning process of each kid. It’s okay not to be the first to read– just enjoy the process until you make it.
Cait Fitz @ My Little Poppies says
This is a fantastic list, including oodles of our family’s favorites. I’ll be pinning and sharing. Thank you!
Laurie Mattaliano says
It is so exciting to see two Barefoot Books titles make this wonderful list! How Big is Pig is the sweetest “farmyard rhyme” I know. My Granny Went to Market – also a wonderful counting & geography rhyme – the first time I read it to my kids I remember being so thrilled with all the new vocabulary!
Barefoot Books are no longer supplied to Amazon so to explore the very broad line (all could make this list!) contact an Ambassador to learn about them all!
What a great list. A favourite in my class is The Bears Lunch. Thanks for sharing.
Lynda Foote says
chicka Chicka Boom Boom
I love The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson. It’s a must for teaching about imagination!
Rhianna Kropf says
My 3 year old classroom really loves “Tuesday” because they can make up the story
Mo Willems Elephant and Pig stories (Should I Share My Icecream, and Happy Pig Day and I Am A Frog) are favorites in my class
Pete the Cat :I Love My White Shoes, Four Groovy Buttons, Magic Sunglasses and Rockin in My School Shoes are all my 3-year-old preschoolers favorites
I would love to have this in a printable format for easy use at the library. Is there one available?
Allison McDonald says
This comment got lost – that is a great idea – let me see what I can conjure up.
Kelly R. says
My guys are currently loving “The Prince Won’t Go to Bed” by Dayle Ann Dodds. 🙂 We also love Barefoot Books and Mo Willems! “My Friend is Sad” is currently in rotation!
Mira @ Children's Book Academy says
This is a fabulous list! So many great books and it is so important to have our children excited for reading at a young age.
Hi! I would also love this in list form for use at the library thanks!
“Llama, llama red pajama”, “skippyjon jones”, “the colors of us”, “knuffle bunny”, “planting a tree”, “Harold and the purple crayon” are some of my class favorites for 3 year olds
Christy Guitard says
Love this list!! Thank you! My 2’s & 3’a all time favorite (and mine, because their reactions are the BEST!) is The Monster at the End of This Book!
Book “Where the Wild Things Are” â€” Loved it. Period. Previewing for my 5-year old I ended up reading to this story twice and loving it both times.
Thank you for this list. ‘Big Fat Hen’ is my kid’s all time favorite book. My son likes to explore the colours in the book. I love the way it integrates counting into its story. Number knowledge, as you know, is vital for a child’s overall development. I recently bought a counting workbook https://iraparenting.com/early-childhood-math/early-math-learning-books-for-toddlers/ for my son. It consists of number activities, odd one out, counting exercises etc. Would love it if you could suggest a few more good books that are counting and early math oriented …
Thank you for this list. ‘Big Fat Hen’ is my kid’s all time favorite book. My son likes to explore the colours in the book. I love the way it integrates counting into its story. Number knowledge, as you know, is vital for a child’s overall development. I recently bought a counting workbook https://iraparenting.com/early-childhood-math/early-math-learning-books-for-toddlers/ for my son. It consists of number activities, odd one out, counting exercises etc. Would love it if you could suggest a few more good books that are counting and early math oriented
Marie A. Rocheleau-Demers says
I too would love the books in list form so I could copy/download. Thanks so much – and just sent you an email about that!
Ashley S Johnson says
These are wonderful books to read, my kids loved them. Thank so much for having other titles on the list. I did wrote down some of them from this list.
You should have put down also the Preschool Clues (https://amzn.to/2I8ajPf) written by Angela Santomero which is also shown on Kids Bookstore Club (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HbBtV4A2BKs).
My kids love this book because of Blues Clues, Daniel Tiger Neighborhood and Super Why creator. Thanks for the content.
Crust kids says
There are some attention-grabbing points in time on this article however I don’t know if I see all of them heart to heart. There may be some validity but I will take hold opinion until I look into it further. Good article , thanks and we want extra! Added to FeedBurner as effectively
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Holly's Magical Fairy Tale Christmas says
Indeed! Reading is useful in all parts of our lives, from stress alleviation to increased memory. Reading is a fantastic approach to improve your overall skills. Thank you.