Welcome from Instagram – below you will find links to the books shared on the Preschool_Library Instagram account. Title and Image links are affiliate links to Amazon, List links takes you to a book list with more books on the same subject and Review links take you to a full review of the book on a post here on No Time For Flash Cards.
What’s Alive? Is a great non-fiction option for preschool. Not only does it spark a fun interactive reading experience, perfect for circle time it manages to explain the concept of living vs. nonliving things. This whole series is fantastic.
Curious George Goes To The Hospital – This book while somewhat outdated is still completely comforting to children going into the hospital for minor procedures, I know because it comforted me as a child before many different appointments and procedures at Children’s Hospital.
I was so happy to put this book list together and I want to share it far and wide!! 25 Picture Books In Spanish.
Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin by Lloyd Moss has always been a big hit at our house and if you have a child into music or musical instruments this is a great book. You count the instruments as they come on stage for a performance and not only is this a great counting book but the rhyming text makes it a fun read-aloud as well. I am biased though my little man was really really into instruments as a 3-year-old and loved this book. The day we bought it I had to sit in the back of the car with him on the way home from the bookstore because he couldn”™t wait to read it . Find 24 other rhyming books here.
Wemberly Worried – this is a wonderful book about kids that find themselves saying ” But what if…” a lot. The author handles worries with care and zero shame no one is made to feel dumb for worrying. It is my absolute favorite what if book out there.
Leaves by David Ezra Stein is one of my absolute favorite books to read to my preschoolers in the fall. The Bear is so dumbfounded by these falling leaves and kids love teaching him all about it.
There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Shell – silly, fun, and perfect for a week at the beach!
The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn – I don’t read this book in my class because my students are very young 2.5 years usually, at the start of the year but I recommend it for 3, 4, and 5-year-olds. It is my daughter’s favorite preschool book and we read it often before Pre-K when separation anxiety was in full swing. Many teachers like reading it on the first day of school but I think it’s even more effective read in the arms of the person who the child doesn’t want to leave.
Leo Lionni Books. Here is a review of some of my favorite Leo Lionni books.
Lola and Leo books are wonderful books that show a loving, gentle family that love books and reading. There are so many more books than I have pictured here, and you can learn more about them on the author’s Amazon page.
Grace for President
by Kelly DiPucchio is fantastic. The very best part of this book is on the first page when the main character a little girl named Grace exclaims ” Where are the girls?” in response to her teacher hanging up a poster of all the presidents. If I wasn”™t in a tent in the backyard while reading this with my son I would have stood up and given Grace a standing ovation. For more books about elections and presidents click here.
The Night Our Parents Went Out – perfect for the weekend! This book is hilarious and a great way for kids to work through irrational fears, and maybe open up about them too. The text is actually kind of long and sophisticated for a 3 or even young 4 year olds, but kids 4 and a half and up will love it!
Dinosaur Roar is one of my very favorite books about opposites. It’s a simple book but the illustrations make it so much fun to read to a class! For more books about basic concepts check out this book list!
I miss you Stinky Face is adorable and has proven to be a great tool for when I go away and my youngest is not at all pleased!
Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst is one of my very favorite books because it makes kids feel less alone. They relate to Alexander’s terrible day and overall sense of life being unfair.
Books are posted in order of the posts on Instagram – keep scrolling if you don’t see the book you are looking for, it’s here!
One Little Chicken by David Elliot is such a fun active book that will make your kids count AND laugh! Here are 30 more counting books to check out as well –> 31 Counting Books
Picture Books About Marching To The Beat Of Your Own Drummer – a fun list of great books that promote being your own person and loving who you are!
Some Monsters Are Different is such a sweet book about acceptance. Sweet and perfect for preschoolers.
Jake Starts School by Micheal Wright is a funny look at a serious topic – school anxiety. Perfect for kids that are not only anxious but are self-conscious about it. Both my kids think this book is hilarious and I think it’s spot on! Here is its longer review along with 3o other back-to-school books! 31 Books About School.
Robot books! Here is my list of robot books for kids!
Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? By Dr.Seuss is my FAVORITE book by this author to read at circle time with my 2 and 3-year-olds. It’s the perfect length for little listeners and interactive enough to keep them engaged. Here are my lesson plans I use with this book.
The Runaway Pumpkin by Anne Margaret Lewis reminds me of The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown only it doesn’t creep me out. This little story is about an adventurous little pumpkin who imagines his Halloween adventures and his mom plays along. There is no stalking vibe like I get from the Runaway Pumpkin. Also, every 2nd page is a full two-page illustration with no text, it’s a fun way to slow the book down and allow readers and listeners to ask questions and discuss as they read.
I love Monica Wellington books but I am always surprised when people aren’t familiar with her work. Here is a link to her author page on Amazon and one to her own website.
In The Town All Year Round – I can’t possibly love this book more than I do. It’s almost completely wordless and sparks amazing storytelling in the process!
Big Bot, Small Bot: A Book Of Robot Opposites. I found this book last night at the library and my daughter begged me to take it home to see if it’s perfect for my students. It will be perfect for 2-3-year-olds that are exploring opposites, and the fun flaps are great for busy readers who need to do more than just SIT.
It Hurts When I Poop by Howard J. Bennett is not a book any parent wants to read but it’s a grat book when you need it. A lot of preschoolers have issues with holding in their poop and this book addresses that not so pleasant topic.
Last Stop On Market Street by Matt de la PeÃ±a is a stunning simple book all about gratefulness and giving back to those less fortunate.
Animalia by Graeme Base is a favorite alphabet book for kids 2-12. The illustrations will suck you in and you can spend hours finding images for each letter. For preschoolers I like using this for independent reading after showing them that each page represents a letter. They discover items for the letter and that sense of discovery is key for why this book is magic! Here are 49 MORE Alphabet books.
Murmel, Murmel, Murmel by Robert Munsch – an absurd story about a 5-year-old girl finding a baby and trying to find someone to take him off her hands. Clearly a silly tale and completely fun to read aloud!
Jennifer Mann books –> Sam and Jump is a lovely story about the anxiety of separation and Two Speckled Eggs is about giving people a chance and being yourself.
The Princess In Black by Shannon Hale is a rad series for little princess fans. It’s a great first chapter book, but remember there is NO rush to start chapter books.
The Thank You Book by Mo Willems is the last Elephant & Piggie book, read about our 10 favorite Elephant & Piggie books here.
Red by Michael Hall – find more books about being yourself here
The Way I Feel by Janan Cain is my go to book for talking about and teaching preschoolers about emotions. I use it for circle time often and you can find the lesson here.
Otto Goes To Bed by Todd Parr is a fun bedtime book and a delightful book to read for PJ day at preschool. You can find more bedtime books on our bedtime book list here.
Mouse’s First Day Of School by Lauren Thompson
This is a GREAT book for 2-3 year old preschool classes on the first day of school. The board book goes over many of the things found in a preschool class and it’s a great lead up to a classroom exploration. After reading it my class goes on a group photo scavenger hunt. We find the play kitchen, the sensory table, sink, garbage can, bathroom… it’s a fun way to work together to get familiar with the classroom on the first day.
STEM Picture books – this list was SO much fun to read with my 5 year old! See the full list and all the reviews here.
My Leaf Book by Monica Wellington – Here is a great list of fall leaf books for preschool.
Goldilocks and The Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems – for the full review and more fractured fairy tales check out this fractured fairy tale book list!
The Airport Book by Lisa Brown.