Favorite Read-Aloud Books for Preschoolers

The titles below reflect books that were introduced to our children in their early years (three to five years old) and which they have loved ever since. They include many timeless classics for young children, as well as some newer works that we thought were well written. And of course, some titles are just for fun. You can also search our free CM Bookfinder for books others have added for the Early Years.

Picture Books

Note: Many of these picture books may be included in Our Preschool Life subscription boxes.

Alfie and the Birthday Surprise by Shirley Hughes
Alfie’s Feet by Shirley Hughes
Alfie Gets in First by Shirley Hughes
The Ant and the Elephant by Bill Peet
Bearymore by Don Freeman
The Big Alfie Out of Doors Storybook by Shirley Hughes
The Biggest Bear by Lynd Ward
Billy’s Picture by Margret and H. A. Rey
Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
Burt Dow, Deep-Water Man by Robert McCloskey
The Caboose Who Got Loose by Bill Peet
Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
Chester the Worldly Pig by Bill Peet
Corduroy by Don Freeman
Curious George by Margret and H. A. Rey
Curious George Takes a Job by Margret and H. A. Rey
Curious George Rides a Bike by Margret and H. A. Rey
An Evening at Alfie’s by Shirley Hughes
Follow Carl! by Alexandra Day
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
God’s Wisdom for Little Boys by Jim George
God’s Wisdom for Little Girls by Elizabeth George
Good Dog, Carl by Alexandra Day
Gregory’s Shadow by Don Freeman
The Happy Lion by Louise Fatio
Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
Harry by the Sea by Gene Zion
Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion
Home for a Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown
Imogene’s Antlers by David Small
Katie and the Mona Lisa by James Mayhew
Katie and the Sunflowers by James Mayhew
Katie Meets the Impressionists by James Mayhew
Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton
Katy No-Pocket by Emmy Payne
Kermit the Hermit by Bill Peet
Kitty’s New Doll by Dorothy Kunhardt
The King’s Stilts by Dr. Seuss
Lentil by Robert McCloskey
Let It Snow (Toot & Puddle) by Holly Hobbie
The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton
Little Toot by Hardie Gramatky
Lost in the Woods by Jean Stoick and Carl R. Sams

The Magic Hill by A. A. Milne
Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
McDuff and the Baby by Rosemary Wells
McDuff Comes Home by Rosemary Wells
McDuff Moves In by Rosemary Wells
McDuff’s Wild Romp by Rosemary Wells
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton
Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag
Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
A New Coat for Anna by Harriet Ziefert
No Roses for Harry by Gene Zion
Norman the Doorman by Don Freeman
One Morning in Maine by Robert McCloskey
Ox-Cart Man by Donald Hall
Pet of the Met by Don Freeman
A Pocket for Corduroy by Don Freeman
The Poky Little Puppy Janette Sebring Lowrey
Polite Elephant by Richard Scarry
Pretzel by Margret Rey
Raggedy Andy Stories by Johnny Gruelle
Raggedy Ann Stories by Johnny Gruelle
The Reluctant Dragon by Kenneth Grahame
The Saggy, Baggy Elephant by Kathryn Jackson
The Shy Little Kitten by Cathleen Schurr
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
Stone Soup by Marcia Brown
The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
Stranger in the Woods by Jean Stoick and Carl R. Sams
Swimmy by Leo Lionni
Tale of Peter Rabbit (and others by Beatrix Potter)
The Taxi That Hurried by Irma Simonton Black
Thy Friend, Obadiah by Brinton Turkle
Time of Wonder by Robert McCloskey
Toot & Puddle by Holly Hobbie
Tootle by Gertrude Crampton
The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Andersen
The Very Best Home for Me by Jane Werner Watson
The Very Hungry Caterpillar (and others by Eric Carle)
Violet Comes to Stay by Jan Karon
Violet Goes to the Country by Jan Karon
Whistle for Willie by Ezra Jack Keats
You Are My Sunshine (Toot & Puddle) by Holly Hobbie

Find many of these and other favorites from past Our Preschool Life boxes in our store!

Chapter Books

James Herriot’s Treasury for Children by James Herriot
Jeremy: The Tale of an Honest Bunny by Jan Karon
The Little House series:
Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder
On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder
By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Little Town on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
These Happy Golden Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder