50 of the Best Books to Read to your Preschooler

Growing up, I read a lot of books. While I may not read as much as I used to, I do know that in these early years, reading books to your child is one of the best things you can do to support their learning in language and literacy and develop their imagination. With that said, from teaching preschool, some of my favorites from childhood, and new ones I was introduced to in studying Early Childhood Education, this list of books sums up the most enriching, fun, and engaging books I could think of.

  1. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst & Ray Cruz
  2. The Berenstain Bears (series) by Stan and Jan Berenstain
  3. The Boy and the Ocean by Max Lucado
  4. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr. & Eric Carle
  5. Caps for Sale – Esphyr Slobodkina
  6. Cars and Trucks and Things that Go by Richard Scarry
  7. The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss (All Dr. Seuss books are really highly recommended)
  8. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr., John Archambault, and Lois Ehlert
  9. Corduroy by Don Freeman
  10. Curious George by Margret Rey & H.A. Rey
  11. The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
  12. Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin & Daniel Salmieri
  13. Eating the Alphabet by LoiUntitleds Ehlert
  14. Forever by Emma Dodd
  15. Freight Train by Donald Crews
  16. Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobell
  17. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
  18. Good Night, Moon – Margaret Wise Brown & Clement Hurd
  19. Guess How Much I Love You – Sam McBratney & Anita Jeram
  20. Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
  21. Have You Filled A Bucket Today by Carol McCloud
  22. Hey, Little Ant by Phillip Hoose
  23. If You Give A Mouse A Cookie by Laura Numeroff & Felicia Bond
  24. Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein
  25. It’s Okay To Be Different by Todd Parr
  26. It’s Mine by Leo Lionni
  27. Joseph Had A Little Overcoat by Simms Taback
  28. The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper
  29. Love Monster by Rachel Bright
  30. Love You Forever by Robert Munsch
  31. Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
  32. Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton
  33. The Mitten by Jim Aylesworth
  34. Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater
  35. Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by James Dean
  36. The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
  37. The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown
  38. Stellaluna by Janell Cannon
  39. The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
  40. The Three Billy Goats Gruff by Paul Galdone
  41. The Three Little Pigs by Brothers Grimm
  42. The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle
  43. The Tortoise and the Hare an Aesop’s Fable
  44. The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Andersen
  45. The Underpants Zoo by Brian Sendelbach
  46. The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams & William Nicholson
  47. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  48. The Way I Feel by Janan Cain
  49. We‘re Going On A Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
  50. Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne


Have any other book suggestions not on this list? I would love to hear about them!



4 thoughts on “50 of the Best Books to Read to your Preschooler

  1. Both of my girls absolutely love “The Day The Crayons Quit.” Reading with your kids is such a opportunity; not just to help them learn to read, but to share ideas, discuss topics, and watch their imaginations develop. We are all big readers in my house!

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