Suggested Reading for Kindergarten

Suggested Reading for Kindergarten

Updated October 14, 2023
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Aalfred and Aalbert
Hood, Morag
Paper Book
A heartwarming story of blossoming friendship between two aardvarks who are very much opposites. Aalfred and Aalbert lead solitary lives. Sometimes, Aalfred thinks he might like to be part of a pair, and sometimes Aalbert thinks he might like to be one of two. But...
Jam, Too?
Brown-Wood, JaNay
Paper Book
Lustrous illustrations and a rhythmic text featuring a cumulative list of sounds bring to life the thrill of an impromptu jam session and the joy of making music together. A drum circle is forming on the beach, and one fascinated child would love to join in. Soon there's...
Shawn loves sharks
Manley, Curtis
Paper Book
Shawn loves sharks. He loves their dark, blank eyes. He loves their big mouths full of sharp teeth. And he loves pretending to be a shark and chasing Stacy around the playground. Shawn loves sharks more than anything else in the world. But Predator Day at...
How Dinosaurs Went Extinct: A Safety Guide
Dyckman, Ame
Paper Book
From author Ame Dyckman and illustrator Jenn Harney comes a hilarious faux-cautionary tale featuring dad jokes and tantrum-throwing dinosaurs!   In this outrageous "safety guide," a child in a museum asks their parents how the dinosaurs all became extinct. Well,...
The Three Billy Goats Gruff
Barnett, Mac
Paper Book
Instant New York Times bestseller! The MOMENTOUS debut of a groundbreaking Fairy Tale series -- a brilliantly crafted, hilarious twist on this beloved classic, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, from renowned, award-winning, and New York Times bestselling duo and...
Brenda is a sheep
Hood, Morag (Illustrator)
Paper Book
Tale that turns the "wolf in sheep's clothing" story right on its head, and shows kids that things are not always as they seem. Brenda is exactly like all the other sheep. Well, except for the sharp teeth, gray fur, sharp claws, and orange sweater. All the sheep think that Brenda...
Excellent Ed
McAnulty, Stacy
Paper Book
Dog lovers will adore this imperfect yet endearing mutt and his quest for excellence! ***Winner of an Ezra Jack Keats New Author Honor Award!*** Everyone in the Ellis family is excellent--except Ed. Ed wonders if this is why he isn't allowed to eat at...
Milo imagines the world
de la Peña, Matt
Paper Book
The team behind the Newbery Medal winner and Caldecott Honor book Last Stop on Market Street and the award-winning New York Times bestseller Carmela Full of Wishes once again delivers a poignant and timely picture book that's sure to become an instant classic.
Milo Imagina El Mundo
de la Pena, Matt
Paper Book
Milo hace un largo viaje en metro. Para pasar el tiempo, observa a la gente a su alrededor y hace dibujos de c mo se imagina que son sus vidas. Esta el hombre de bigotes con un crucigrama; Milo lo dibuja jugando al solitario en un apartamento desordenado. Esta la mujer vestida de novia;...
Best day ever!
Singer, Marilyn
Paper Book
A sweet dog-loves-kid/kid-loves-dog story, in which the kid uses a wheelchair, from an award-winning children's poet and talented debut illustrator. This playful puppy thinks she's having the best day ever! She's so happy to be out with her friend, she doesn...
Rain!
Ashman, Linda.
Paper Book
One rainy day in the city, an eager little boy exclaims, "Rain!" Across town a grumpy man grumbles, "Rain." In this endearing picture book, a rainy-day cityscape comes to life in vibrant, cut-paper-style artwork. The boy in his green frog hat splashes in puddles--"Hoppy, hoppy, hoppy!"--while the...
Mina
Forsythe, Matthew
Paper Book
Five starred reviews! Named Best Picture Book of the Year by Kirkus Reviews and Shelf Awareness "Marvelous mouse-sized mischief for all ages." --Booklist (starred review) From the creator of the acclaimed and beloved Pokko and...
My elephant
Horáček, Petr.
Paper Book
Both funny and sweet, this intergenerational story trumpets one boy's boundless imagination -- and shows how truly infectious it can be. (Age 3 and up) What to do when Grandpa and Grandma are too busy to play? Ask your imaginary elephant, of course! He's tons of fun, even if he...
Mr. Squirrel and the Moon
Meschenmoser, Sebastian
Paper Book
Winter 2015 Top Ten IndieNext Pick When Mr. Squirrel awakens to find that the moon has landed on his tree, he frantically tries to get rid of it before someone suspects him of stealing it and puts him in jail. But when he rolls the moon off of his tree, it's gets stuck on...
Julián is a mermaid
Love, Jessica
Paper Book
Winner of a 2019 Stonewall Book Award In an exuberant picture book, a glimpse of costumed mermaids leaves one boy flooded with wonder and ready to dazzle the world. While riding the subway home from the pool with his abuela one day, Julián notices three women...
Watch Out for the Lion!
Hartman, Brooke
Paper Book
Readers beware--there's a ferocious lion in this book! The book warns that it has seen the lion already. First its bristly tail, then clashing claws, twitchy ears, fearsome fangs... and it's lying in wait to turn any unsuspecting passerby into a child cheeseburger or rugrat ravioli. But does a...
It Fell from the Sky
Fan, Terry
Paper Book
From the creators of the critically acclaimed The Night Gardener and Ocean Meets Sky comes a whimsical and elegantly illustrated picture book about community, art, the importance of giving back--and the wonder that fell from the sky. It fell from the sky on a...
I want a dog
Agee, Jon
Paper Book
A girl seeks her perfect pet at a wonderfully unusual animal shelter in this comical read-aloud by the award-winning creator of Life on Mars The Copley County Animal Shelter has an aardvark, a lizard, a goose, a weasel, and plenty more. But do they have a puppy? The girl...
Never smile at a monkey : and 17 other important things to remember
Jenkins, Steve
Paper Book
When it comes to wild animals, everyone knows that there are certain things you just don't do. It's clearly a bad idea to tease a tiger, pull a python's tail, or bother a black widow spider. But do you know how dangerous it can be to pet a platypus, collect a cone shell, or touch a tang fish?...
Anzu the Great Kaiju
Shum, Benson
Paper Book
An adorable picture book about a tiny monster with a big heart trying to follow in his family's footsteps. All great Kaiju are born with a super power to strike fear in the heart of the city. But Anzu is different. Instead of mayhem, he likes May flowers. ...
Have you ever seen a flower?
Harris, Shawn (Artist)
Paper Book
They All Saw a Cat meets The Wonderful Things You Will Be in this book that redefines what it means to be a flower, what it means to be a human - what it means to be alive. Incandescent and groundbreaking, Have You Ever Seen a Flower? is a...
Bathe the Cat
McGinty, Alice B.
Paper Book
It's cleaning day, but the family cat will do anything to avoid getting a bath. So instead of mopping the floor or feeding the fish, the family is soon busy rocking the rug, vacuuming the lawn, and sweeping the dishes. Bouncy rhyme carries the story headlong into the growing hilarity, until...
How to Find a Fox
Gardner, Kate
Paper Book
**Winner of the Mockingbird Award** Look for tracks. Listen for yips. Be as still as a pebble. ​Taking kids on an imaginary trek through different landscapes and seasons, How to Find a Fox celebrates one of our...
Invisible Things
Miller, Andy J.
Paper Book
If we could put on a pair of magical invisible glasses and see all the feelings, ideas, and other invisible things that populate our world, what would they look like? Could you see an itch? Could you describe hope? From the sound of a dog barking to the rainbow-MAGIC taste of a lollipop, from...
Leave me alone!
Brosgol, Vera
Paper Book
A 2017 Caldecott Honor Book that The New York Times calls "both classic and ultracontemporary," Leave Me Alone! is an epic tale about one grandmother, a giant sack of yarn, and her ultimate quest to finish her knitting. One day, a grandmother shouts, "LEAVE ME...

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