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50 Books Your Child Should Read Before Kindergarten

50 Books Your Child Should Read Before Kindergarten

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Updated on Nov 24, 2010

A reading list, for kindergarten? Though they're not exactly required reading, these 50 books, both old and new, make a top-notch reading that young kinders shouldn't miss. They run the gamut from read-alouds that parents can share to early reading practice, and deal with topical subjects (like fear of school), skills kids should master (such as the alphabet), and, of course, flat-out fun! So hunker down and get reading!

  1. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
  2. Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock by Eric Kimmel or Anansi the Spider by Gerald McDermott 
  3. Bark, George by Jules Feiffer 
  4. The Berenstain Bears series by Stan and Jan Berenstain
  5. Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
  6. The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss
  7. A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams
  8. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault 
  9. Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type by Doreen Cronin
  10. Clifford the Big Red Dog by Norman Bridwell 
  11. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judy Barrett
  12. Curious George by H.A. Rey
  13. Danny and the Dinosaur by Syd Hoff
  14. Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! By Mo Willems
  15. Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown
  16. Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel 
  17. Froggy Gets Dressed or Froggy Goes to School by Jonathan London 
  18. George and Martha by James Marshall 
  19. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss 
  20. Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
  21. Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion 
  22. How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? By Jane Yolen 
  23. I Stink! By Kate McMullen
  24. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura J. Numeroff
  25. Ira Sleeps Over by Bernard Waber 
  26. Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback
  27. Leo, the Late Bloomer by Robert Kraus 
  28. Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile by Bernard Waber
  29. Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
  30. The Magic School Bus Series by Joanna Cole 
  31. Martha Speaks by Susan Meddaugh 
  32. Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton
  33. Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten by Joseph Slate
  34. Miss Nelson is Missing! By Harry Allard and James Marshall 
  35. Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard Atwater
  36. My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett 
  37. Nate the Great by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat 
  38. Owen by Kevin Henkes
  39. The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch
  40. Pete’s a Pizza by William Steig
  41. Pierre: A Cautionary Tale by Maurice Sendak
  42. Puss in Boots by Charles Perrault
  43. Rapunzel by Paul O. Zelinsky
  44. Strega Nona by Tomie De Paola
  45. Stellaluna by Janell Cannon
  46. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig
  47. Tough Boris by Mem Fox
  48. The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by A. Wolf, by John Scieszka
  49. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
  50. Yoko by Rosemary Wells

 

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