Teachers know that reading to children calms restless and fidgety kids, promotes focus, attention, and listening skills, increases vocabulary, introduces cause and effect, logic, and other strategic thinking skills, and promotes a lifelong love of reading. Plus, preschoolers love story time!
As the school year winds down, take a teacher tip and plan to make at-home story time a part of your summer schedule. It’s a wonderful way to spend time with your little one and the benefits are endless. Check out our teacher recommendations for the best books for preschoolers and choose the ones that your child will love!
Best Books for Preschoolers
Clack, Clack, Moo Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin – The farm animals are making demands – but so is Farmer Brown! Introduce the concepts of compromise and bargaining (if you dare!) with this silly story.
Hot Dots Favorite Fairytales! Bring books to life for your little one with retellings of four favorite, “must-know” fairy tales, made interactive with Ollie—the Talking, Teaching Owl!™ Set includes The Gingerbread Man, The Elves and the Shoemaker, The Ugly Duckling, and Jack and the Beanstalk.
ChickaChicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault – A tells B, and B tells C, meet me at the top of the coconut tree! Go on an alphabet adventure with this timeless, rhyming classic that’s as much fun to read aloud as it is to hear.
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff – A little mouse makes a mighty lot of requests in the first of the beloved If You Give series, perfect for beginning readers. If your little ones love it, there are more in the series.
Pete the Cat I Love My White Shoes by James Dean and Eric Litwin – Move and groove with ultra-mellow Pete the Cat as he takes a stroll in his brand-new shoes, learning colors along the way. Follow the story up with Pete the Cat Preschool Rocks, a preschool learning set featuring an interactive Pete the Cat® pen and two spiral bound activity card sets featuring 200+ math, science, social studies, and other grade-appropriate lessons.
Best Books for Kindergartners
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak – Let the wild rumpus begin! Sent to bed without his supper, naughty Max dons his wolf suit and sets off in pursuit of mischief. Inspire imagination with this not-so-scary story.
Guess Again by Mac Barnett – Things aren’t always what they seem, especially in this rhyming story featuring surprises hidden behind sneaky silhouettes, lift-the-flaps, and fold-out pages.
The Elephant and PiggieSeries by Mo Willems – Hilarious back-and-forth read aloud stories, this series features a stressed-out Elephant, Gerald, and his excitable friend Piggie in a series of silly stories you and your child can read together.
Peter’s Chair by Ezra Jack Keats – Follow Peter, star of the classic Snowy Day, as he works through the ins and outs of growing up and accepting a new family member. Perfect for soon-to-be sisters and brothers.
Stella Luna by Janell Cannon – Look out! Here comes Stella Luna! Separated from her family, Stella is taken in by a family of birds and the baby bat begins to adapt to their bird-like ways.