Preschool Book List

Instructor: Melinda Santos
Adults who read to preschoolers can provide them with the foundations of learning and set them up for future educational success. Check out the article below to find a list of interesting and age-appropriate books for preschool children along with some useful resources for helping them learn to read.

Popular Books for Preschool Children

When stories are read to children, it allows them to imagine the characters and settings and develop abstract thinking skills. Preschoolers can also learn about and prepare for new experiences through books, not to mention develop their language and communication skills. Check out the list below to discover some popular books for children in this age group:

  • Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson
  • Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin
  • Corduroy by Don Freeman
  • Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow
  • The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
  • Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
  • Happy Birthday, Moon by Frank Asch
  • Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
  • If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff
  • Jamberry by Bruce Degen
  • The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
  • The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle
  • Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

For tips on how to select the right books for your children, check out this lesson on evaluating chapter and picture books. You can also discover some suggestions for helping young readers in this Teaching Strategies for Reading Skills course.

Popular Series and Authors

There are several book series and authors designed to entertain preschool children, and new ones are always joining this category. Below is a list of some popular series along with some notable authors in this genre:

  • Series: Fancy Nancy, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Arthur, Curious George, The Berenstain Bears, Little Critter, Eloise, Madeline
  • Authors: Dr. Seuss, Eric Carle, Beatrix Potter, Bill Martin Jr., Margaret Wise Brown, Marcus Pfister, P.D. Eastman, Richard Scarry, Robert Munsch

Additional Learning Resources

If you're looking for activities that can correspond with the books you're reading to your preschooler, offers a variety of helpful resources and tools, some of which include:

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