Suggested Reading for Preschool

Suggested Reading for Preschool (ages 3-5)

Updated October 14, 2023
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Find Fergus
Boldt, Mike
Paper Book
Play the funniest game of hide and seek ever with Fergus, a bear who's very, very bad at hiding. The hilarious illustrator of I Don't Want to Be a Frogbrings picture book fans a super-silly, interactive story that will have children giggling from start to finish. Follow...
Puffin Peter
Horáček, Petr.
Paper Book
Kids will delight in this witty story of mistaken identity from acclaimed author-illustrator Petr Horácek. Peter and Paul are puffins and the best of friends. But one day Peter gets lost in a terrible storm, and Paul is nowhere to be found. With the help of a big blue whale,...
The Monster Mac and Cheese Party
Parr, Todd
Paper Book
Through his signature illustrations that explode with fun and flavor, New York Times bestselling author Todd Parr invites everyone to the funkiest, most unforgettable potluck on the block. We all know kids love macaroni and cheese. But...
The Steves
Hood, Morag
Paper Book
The bold, brilliantly colored, clever book from the creator of I Am Bat. When puffin Steve meets puffin Steve, neither can believe it. Surely one of them must be the first Steve, the best Steve, the Stevest of Steves...But is a name really worth fighting over? Praise for I Am Bat:<...
Run!
Karsten, Guilherme
Paper Book
A thrilling and hilarious game of jungle hide-and-seek...Ready or not, here it comes! Deep in the heart of the jungle, something is on the hunt... All of the animals have to run, hide, make no noise, and leave no trace. Fleeing in a frenzy, each animal dashes off to find a wacky way...
Saturday
Mora, Oge
Paper Book
In this warm and tender story by the Caldecott Honor-winning creator of Thank You, Omu!, join a mother and daughter on an up-and-down journey that reminds them of what's best about Saturdays: precious time together. Today would be special. Today would be splendid....
They all saw a cat
Wenzel, Brendan
Paper Book
The cat walked through the world, with its whiskers, ears and paws . . . and the child saw A CAT, and the dog saw A CAT, and the fox saw A CAT. Yes, they all saw the cat.' In simple, rhythmic prose and ingeniously stylized pictures, Brendan Wenzel takes young readers on a walk alongside a cat....
If you were a dog
Swenson, Jamie.
Paper Book
If you could be any kind of animal, what would you be? Would you be a dog that goes ARRRROOOOOOO? Or maybe you would be a sharp-toothed dinosaur that can CHOMP, STOMP, ROAR! Perhaps you might want to be a hopping frog that goes BOING, BOING, RIBBET! But maybe you would want to be the best kind of...
Pokko and the drum
Forsythe, Matthew
Paper Book
Four starred reviews! A Today Show Best Book of the Year An NPR Favorite Book of 2019 From E.B. White Read Aloud honor artist Matthew Forsythe comes an "extraordinary" (Publishers Weekly, starred review) picture book about a...
Pokko y el tambor
Forsythe, Matthew
Paper Book
El artista Matthew Forsythe, premio de honor del E.B. White Read Aloud, entrega un libro sobre un tambor mágico, un bosque esmeralda y una ranita que se atreve a hacer su propia música. El mayor error de los padres de Pokko fue darle el tambor. Cuando Pokko sale con su tambor a...
Look out, Suzy Goose
Horáček, Petr.
Paper Book
Children are sure to smile as Suzy sets off to the woods in search of peace and quiet — cluelessly evading a trail of hungry critters in her wake. One afternoon all the geese are honking — except Suzy Goose, who is heading off to escape the noise. Suzy loves being...
When Grandad Was a Penguin
Hood, Morag
Paper Book
A hilarious and touching swapping places story from the creator of I Am Bat, Morag Hood.What do you do when your Grandad starts acting VERY much like a penguin? Find out in this funny and heartwarming story from talented author-illustrator, Morag Hood.Readers will love the witty, sweet...
Mel fell
Tabor, Corey R.
Paper Book
A Caldecott Honor Book and ALA Notable Book of the Year! An innovative and charming tale about a plucky little bird, from the award-winning author-illustrator of Fox the Tiger. Readers will delight in turning their book sideways and upside down to follow Mel on her journey...
The perfect siesta
Mena, Pato
Paper Book
The perfect book to read before bed. Kids will laugh with exotic animals trying to nap just before they do! It is very hot in the jungle and suddenly a nice breeze arrives. The jaguar wants to take a siesta. Just then he saw a coati and said, "Could you do me a big favor?...
La Siesta Perfecta
Mena, Pato
Paper Book
This colorful read-aloud, full of terrific repetition and pattern, will keep kids wide awake as the book's animals nap! It is very hot in the jungle and suddenly a nice breeze arrives. The jaguar wants to take a siesta. Just then he saw a coati and said,"Could you do me...
Maybe
Haughton, Chris
Paper Book
A trio of misbehaving, mango-loving monkeys have a close call as the creator of Don't Worry, Little Crab gives readers a taste of vicarious mischief. Three little monkeys and their big monkey are sitting high on a branch in the forest canopy. "OK, monkeys! I'm off," says...
Fox and the bike ride
Tabor, Corey R.
Paper Book
From the Caldecott Honor winner and two-time Geisel-winning author of Mel Fell, Fox the Tiger, and Fox at Night, Corey R. Tabor! Fun-loving, mischievous Fox from Fox and the Jumping Contest is back in this charming and hilarious tale of friendship, adventure--and snacks. ...
Waiting for winter
Meschenmoser, Sebastian.
Paper Book
Squirrel has never seen it snow, and this year he is determined not to miss it. He wants his friends, Hedgehog and Bear, to see it snow too, but it's hard to stay awake. Finally, winter arrives, and snow is falling...or it is?
The Creature of Habit
Smith, Jennifer E.
Paper Book
A delightful picture book about a creature of habit whose routine suddenly gets disrupted by the unexpected arrival of a new friend. A perfect story for little readers learning social emotional skills that explores the joy of trying something new! A very big creature with big...
Life on Mars
Agee, Jon
Paper Book
In this sneaky, silly picture book for fans of Oliver Jeffers and Jon Klassen, an intrepid--but not so clever--space explorer is certain he's found the only living thing on Mars   A young astronaut is absolutely sure there is life to be found on Mars. He sets off on a...
Old hat
Gravett, Emily
Paper Book
From the creator of Wolves, Dogs, Tidy, and the Bear and Hare series and twice-winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal, Emily Gravett comes a fresh, funny, and punchy picture book about the futility of fads and the joy of learning to be yourself. Harbet had a hat. His...
Ice Cream Face
Sheffield, Heidi Woodward
Paper Book
The Ezra Jack Keats Award-winning creator of Brick by Brickbrings to delicious life the anxiety and elation involved in waiting in line to get ice cream. As far as this ice-cream-loving kid is concerned, every meal should include ice cream. In any form, in every flavor, he...
A big mooncake for Little Star
Lin, Grace
Paper Book
A gorgeous picture book that tells a whimsical origin story of the phases of the moon, from award-winning, bestselling author-illustrator Grace Lin Pat, pat, pat... Little Star's soft feet tiptoed to the Big Mooncake. Little Star loves the delicious...
Fluffy McWhiskers Cuteness Explosion
Martin, Stephen W.
Paper Book
Friendship is hard for Fluffy, a kitten so precious that anyone who looks at her explodes! Meet Fluffy--an adorable kitten. So adorable, in fact, that anyone who sees her will spontaneously explode into balls of sparkles and fireworks. KABOOM! Poof. Poor...
The Ugliest Monster in the World
Amavisca, Luis
Paper Book
This little monster says it´s the ugliest in the world. A second monster claims being even uglier. What happens when a third monster shows up? Could a mirror help them to decide who is the ugliest monster in the world? También disponible en español. (Also available in Spanish.)

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