Books to Read to your Kindergartener that are sure to become a favorite
Reading to your child helps develop and strengthen their language. Reading to your child is one of the best ways to prepare them for school, it stimulates the brain and helps with memory improvement. These books are sure to get your toddler or kindergartener excited and interested in reading.
To help you chose books for your family, use this Reading Packet. Included in the packet are additional book lists, how to find the right level book and some fun reading activities.
You should read every day. There are numerous benefits in reading to your child. When young children are read to they learn and understand the concept that letters make sounds and then make words. Young children like to turn the pages. Children quickly learn that books are structured with a beginning, middle, and an end. They will learn to retell a story in their own words. Reading together also builds parent/child interaction encouraging discussions.
This book list is a starting place for your child. These books are wonderful to read to your little ones. Many of these books are made to be read out loud stories. If you are going into your child’s class as a reader, use this list to help find the right book.
Here are amazing books to read to your Kindergartener.
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30 Books to read to your Kindergartener
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- Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett
Ever sing the song “If all the raindrops were lemon drops and gum drops oh what a rain it would be”? This book makes that song come to life. It’s about a town that has edible weather. What could go wrong when you have pizza falling from the sky? This has also been made a movie.
2. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff
This is one book from Laura Numeroff. This book talks about sequencing and what you want if… This loveable mouse wants one thing after the next. It will remind the parents of their kids. Look into the other wonderful books by Laura Numeroff.
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3. The Mitten by Jan Brett
This is another great sequence book. The animals are out in the cold snow and want to stay warm by climbing into a mitten.
4. Strega Nona by Tomie DePaola
Anthony wants to show the town how the magic pasta pot works. What could happen when the wrong person says the magic words over the pasta pot?
5.Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester
This is a penguin who is different from the rest. In the end, he is the one that saves the day.
6. Curious George Books by H.A. Rey
Watch the mischievous monkey get himself into some silly predictions.
7. Miss Nelson is Missing by Harry Allard
The kids in this classroom are not listening and not behaving well until they get a mean substitute. They are begging for their old teacher to come back.
8. Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion
Harry is a white dog that hates to take a bath. He had a day filled with adventure and is longer white. Now he looks like a black dog.
9. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
A little boy goes to a magical world in his dream. He is taken pass the ocean and woods to a faraway land where he becomes King.
10. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
This shows the transformation from an egg, caterpillar, cocoon and to butterfly. Kids can name and count the foods this caterpillar eats on his journey to becoming a butterfly.
11. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.
All the letters of the alphabet race up a coconut tree. Will there be enough room for everyone? Reading in rhythm the letters go up the tree in alphabetical order.
12. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See? By Eric Carle and Bill Martin Jr.
See all the animals that the brown bear sees. Kids will easily remember what comes next.
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13. The Lorax by Dr.Seuss
The Lorax is a tiny creature that protects the trees. This story shows what happens if we don’t take care of the world around us.
14. The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper
A classic story about not giving up. This little train keeps going and going.
15. Are you my Mother? By P.D. Eastman
This poor bird goes around to every animal he sees to find his mother.
16. Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
Harold goes to magical places with his purple crayon.
17. No, David! by David Shannon
Every page is showing things that David should not be doing. He does some crazy things.
18. The Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone
If you really get into this book, it will sure to be a favorite. Grover is begging you not to turn the page.
19. One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss
Oh the wonderful world of Dr.Seuss. I could of wrote a whole list just of dr. Seuss books. This is great for early readers as they can count and say the colors.
20. In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
The boy has a dream that takes him away and helps to make dough for bread.
21. Caps for Sale By Esphyr Slobodkina
This man has to outsmart a few monkeys to get his hats back. After reading this book it’s easy to talk about a problem and a solution.
22. Dragons love Tacos by Adam Rubin
Tell you how to serve tacos to get a dragon to come to your party.
23. The Book with no Pictures by B.J Novak
With no pictures, you would think that kids may not like this book. The book is filled with silly words that you have to read out-loud. This books only works as a read out loud book when reading together. Watch how much your kids love this book.
24. Any of the Pigeon Books by Mo Willems
Mo Willems writes about a silly pigeon that wants to do all sorts of things from drive a bus to getting a pet dog. Quick and easy reading.
25. Piggie and Elephant Books by Mo Willems
These books are about a piggie and an elephant being friends and their different adventures. Funny stories that little ones love.
26. The Wonkey Donkey by Craig Smith
This is funny, read out loud book. It’s a bit of a tongue twister.
27. Pete the Cat books by James Dean
Pete the Cat goes walking down the street wearing his brand-new white shoes. His shoes change colors and he steps into different messes.
28. When you just have to Roar by Rachel Robertson
It is a book about classroom expectations presented in a very realistic way. The text and illustrations contain situations that anyone familiar with classrooms filled with young children will be able to relate to.
29. Push Here by Herve Tullet
This is an interactive book that asks you to press the dots, shake the pages, tilt the book, and who knows what else. Children will love when they see the dots multiply, change direction, and grow in size.
30. The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
Poor Duncan just wants to color. But when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters, all saying the same thing: His crayons have had enough! They quit! What can he do to make his crayons happy and get them back doing what they do best?
These are fantastic books to read to your young child. Even as your child gets older these will become cherished favorites. These are classic books that you and your child can enjoy together. Keep these books to help build your home library.
Books to read to your Kindergartener
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Great post! I don’t have kids but when I do I plan to read to them every day. My mum read to me all the time when I was young and I enjoyed it so much. It gives kids a great start in life as well as quality time with their parents.
Loved this! Reading to your kids is such a wonderful bonding experience…I still count being read to at bedtime as one of the fondest memories of my own mom.
Yes, reading is a wonderful way to bond with your child. Reading to children is always beneficial. Reading together teaches children that you value reading. I give books and magazines as gifts all the time.
My parents and grandparents all read to me when I was little and I still love books!
these are some awesome books, let me bookmark this post to read it later
Definitely some great books in this list. I know my kids loved quite a few of these!
Thank you. These books are all terrific. They are sure to become favorites in any household. Reading to children can become a special time together. Enjoy reading together!
Loved this list! Reading to your kids is so important.
Yes, reading to your child is so important. I’m glad you liked the list. Encourage reading all the time. When your children see you reading it models good habits and shows them that you put value on reading.
Curious George and all of the Dr. Suess books were my absolute favorites when I was younger. I read them to my own kids and they loved them too. These stories are such classics and all kids should hear them before they start school!
They are favorites. These books will get all children excited and interested in reading. Reading these books before they start school will start a good foundation for reading.
I love Dr. Suess books. My daughter is still a little young to sit through a whole book, but we will get there. We read every night with our kids. Such a great habit.
Hello Lisa. As long as you continue to read, no matter the age, they will start to follow those behaviors and soon your daughter will be picking up books herself. For babies, the first step is seeing the pictures and listening to your voice. You don’t have to read every word, just talk and point to the pictures.