Topic | More Pre-K books

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  • Misty

    I have read all the books in the 3-5 year list! And loved them all. But now we are done and need some more idea’s or thoughts on how to look for good books at this age. There are so many books at the library but how to pick good ones for the littles, I just don’t always know and have come home with some real time wastings ones.

    Just looking for suggestions for the little guy up to a new reader



    We’ve liked:

    Bread and Jam for Frances (series) by Russell Hoban

    the Toot and Puddle books (series) by Hollie Hobbie

    Billy and Blaze (series) by C.W.Anderson…maybe save for readers

    books by Aliki…5 senses, Ah! Music, My Visit to the Zoo

    Frog and Toad books by Lobel…also maybe save for readers

    Even at this young age my boys (6 and 4) LOVE all the DK eyewitness books…I have to really go through those before I hand them over though.Right now they have one on Rocks…

    If you Give a Pig a Pancake, Moose a Muffin, Mouse a Cookie…by Numeroff

    All the Madeline books (even my boys)




    I second the books suggested by Kathi. We love the Numeroff books, Frog and Toad, and Madeline.

    Have you read Babar? There are many in the series, and my girls really like them, too.

    Faith 🙂


    Hi Misty, Are you familiar with the book by Gladys Hunt, “Honey for a Child’s Heart?” From a Christian perspective , she really expanded my vision for what sharing good books could mean for a child and for a family. It includes a bibliography, organized by type of book and approximate age appropriateness. More than 20 years old, I still pull my copy down occasionally. I commend you for the gift you are giving your children! At the risk of sounding sappy :)….

    You may have tangilbe wealth untold

    Caskets of jewels and coffers of gold.

    Richer than I you can never be –

    I had a mother who read to me. Strickland Gilliland

    There’s also a great poem called, “When Mother Reads Aloud.” It’s just too late for me to type it all, but maybe you can find it!!

    God’s blessings,

    Nancy G.


    Goodmorning Misty,

    We enjoyed the “Five in a Row” books. I know some of them are already in the bookfinder but here’s the list incase you’re interested…..

    The Story About Ping by Marjorie Flack and Kurt Wiese

    Lentil by Robert McCloskey

    Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

    A Pair of Red Clogs by Masako Matsuno

    The Rag Coat by Lauren Mills

    Who Owns the Sun? by Stacy Chbosky

    Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton

    The Glorious Flight by Alice and Martin Provensen

    How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman

    Grandfather’s Journey by Allen Say

    Cranberry Thanksgiving by Wende and Harry Devlin

    Another Celebrated Dancing Bear by Gladys Scheffrin-Falk

    Papa Piccolo by Carol Talley

    Very Last First Time by Jan Andrews

    The Clown of God by Tomie DePaola

    Storm in the Night by Mary Stoltz

    Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton

    Night of the Moonjellies by Mark Shasha

    Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost (with illustrations by Susan Jeffers)

    Volume 2:

    The Giraffe That Walked to Paris by Nancy Milton

    Three Names by Patricia MacLachlan

    Wee Gillis by Munro Leaf

    Owl Moon by Jane Yolen

    A New Coat for Anna by Harriet Ziefert

    Mrs. Katz and Tush by Patricia Polacco

    Mirette on the High Wire by Emily Arnold McCully

    They Were Strong and Good by Alice and Robert Lawson

    Babar, To Duet or Not to Duet based on characters by DeBrunhoff

    The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf

    Down, Down the Mountain by Ellis Credle

    Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey

    The Tale of Peter Rabbit written and ill. by Beatrix Potter

    Mr. Gumpy’s Motor Car by John Burningham

    All Those Secrets of the World by Jane Yolen

    Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney

    The Little Red LIghthouse and the Great Gray Bridge by Hildegarde Swift

    Follow the Drinking Gourd by Jeanette Winter

    Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson

    When I Was Young in the Mountains by Cynthia Rylant

    Gramma’s Walk by Anna Grossnickle Hines

    Volume 3:

    The Bee Tree by Patricia Polacco

    Andy and the Circus by Ellis Credle

    The Wild Horses of Sweetbriar by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock

    Paul Revere’s Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ill. by Ted Rand

    Henry the Castaway by Mark Taylor

    The Finest Horse in Town by Jacqueline Briggs Martin

    Truman’s Aunt Farm by Jama Kim Rattigan

    The Duchess Bakes a Cake by Virginia Kahl

    Andy and the Lion by James Daugherty

    Daniel’s Duck by Clyde Robert Bulla

    Warm as Wool by Scott Russell Sanders

    The Salamander Room by Anne Mazer

    Climbing Kansas Mountains by George Shannon

    Amber on the Mountain by Tony Johnston

    Little Nino’s Pizzeria by Karen Barbour

    Volume 4:

    Roxaboxen by Alice McLerran

    The Raft by Jim LaMarche

    Mailing May by Michael O. Tunnell

    Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin

    The Gullywasher by Joyce Rossi

    Arabella by Wendy Orr

    Higgins Bend Song and Dance by Jacqueline Briggs Martin

    Cowboy Charlie by Jeanette Winter

    Grass Sandals by Dawnine Spivak

    Albert by Donna Jo Napoli

    The Hickory Chair by Lisa Rose Fraustino

    Hanna’s Cold Winter by Trish Marx

    The Hatmaker’s Sign Retold by Candace Fleming

    The Pumpkin Runner by Marsha Diane Arnold

    Angelo by David Macaulay

    Yes, I just clicked “copy” and “paste” or els my hands would be sore and I would be way over my time limit. lol 🙂

    Have a great day!



    WOW ladies I knew you would come through for me. Thanks for all the great information. You are all such a gift!



    Here is another great site with lists…

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