Kindergarten Book List

Instructor: Leah Salyer
Reading in kindergarten is an important step to lifelong literacy. Read on to learn more about which books are appropriate and enjoyable for kindergarten-aged students, as well as about the importance of reading them in the classroom.

Popular Books for Kindergarten

Below is a list of books that are popular and engaging for kindergarten-aged students. Focusing on age-appropriate issues, the stories can help students with vocabulary and sight word development, as well as introduce them to literary devices like plot, character and themes.

  • Parts by Tedd Arnold: This story follows a little boy who thinks he is falling apart until he begins to understand that losing teeth, hair and skin is normal and that it will all grow back. This story is the first in Arnold's three-book Parts series.
  • Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.: This is a fun rhyming, alphabet book that is great fun for early readers! As all of the letters follow each other to the top of a coconut tree, they learn it might not be the best idea when the tree begins to struggle with their weight.
  • The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn: School is beginning for a little raccoon and he is scared to go. His mother shares with him a sweet little secret called the kissing hand to help bring him comfort on his very first day.
  • No David! by David Shannon: This book is about a little boy who spends the entire story getting into trouble. He begins to feel sad about always being told no by his mother, only to realize that she loves him completely no matter how many mistakes he may make.
  • Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems: This cute story with its unusual illustrations follows a little girl named Trixie and her stuffed bunny as they accompany Trixie's dad while he runs errands. Trixie experiences a sad moment when she loses her stuffed bunny, only to make a grand discovery at the end that leads her to speak her first word. This book is the first in the Knuffle Bunny series

Reading Books Aloud

Choosing stories that students will respond to is the first step to creating a positive read-aloud experience. Research shows that repeatedly reading aloud to students develops their knowledge and enjoyment of literature from a young age. Students receive the most benefit when teachers guide them to notice new vocabulary words, make inferences about what they think might happen in the story and ask open-ended questions.

Take a look at the lesson Steps in Learning to Read to learn more about the timeline of literacy development. And to learn more about the importance of reading aloud to students and how it affects their learning, check out the lesson How Read Alouds Support Emergent Literacy.

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