Preschoolers

From Good Morning, Chick to Goodnight, Moon

The best in books for preschool children! 

Classics

Bemelmans, L.
Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans (1967)
The littlest girl in a Paris boarding school keeps bumping into trouble. Also available in audio, both in English and Spanish. Several sequels.

Brown, M.
Goodnight moon by Margaret Wise Brown (1947)
As day changes to night, a little bunny says goodnight to familiar things in his world. Also available in audio.

Burton, V.
Mike Mulligan and his steam shovel by Virginia Lee Burton (1939)
Mike Mulligan and an old-fashioned steam shovel, Mary Anne, prove their worth to Popperville. Also available in audio.

Carle, E.
The very hungry caterpillar by Eric Carle (1979)
Color, counting, and days of the week are introduced in this story of a caterpillar who becomes a butterfly. Also available in Spanish.

Freeman, D.
Corduroy by Don Freeman (1968)
If Corduroy, a toy bear in a store, can replace the missing button on his overalls perhaps a little girl willpurchase him. Also available in audio and in Spanish.

Johnson, C.
Harold and the purple crayon by Crockett Johnson (1955)
With his purple crayon, Harold draws his way into an imaginary world.

Keats, E.
Whistle for Willie by Ezra Jack Keats (1964)
Peter wants to learn how to whistle so he can call his dog, Willie. Also available in audio and in Spanish.

Leaf, M.
The story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf (1936)
When the quiet Ferdinand is stung by a bee, his reaction makes everyone think he is the fiercest of bulls. Also available in audio, both in English and Spanish.

Mayer, M.
There's a nightmare in my closet Mercer Mayer (1968)
A young boy confronts his fear of darkness by asking the creature in his closet to share his bed. Also available in Spanish.

Numeroff, L.
If you give a mouse a cookie Laura Joffe Numeroff (1985)
When a boy offers a cookie to a mouse, it sets off a chain of funny events.

Potter, B.
The tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter (1902)
Peter disobeys his mother by going into Mr. McGregor's garden and almost gets caught.

Rey, H.
Curious George by H. A. Rey (1969)
An irrepressible little monkey gets into a series of mischievous scrapes. Also available in audio and in Spanish. Sequels.

Slobodkina, E.
Caps for sale by Esphyr Slobodkina (1947)
A peddler wakes from a nap to discover monkeys have taken the caps he sells. Also available in audio and in Spanish.

Yashima, T.
Umbrella by Taro Yashima (1958)
Momo's first umbrella creates a special memory for her on a rainy day. Also available in audio.

Zion, G.
Harry, the dirty dog by Gene Zion (1956)
When Harry, a white dog with black spots, runs away from home, he gets so dirty his family doesn't recognize him. There's only one solution! Sequels. Also available in audio and in Japanese.

More Favorites

Caines, J.
I need a lunch box by Jeannette Caines (1988)
Jealous about all of his sister's school supplies, a preschooler dreams about having a different colored lunch box for each day of the week and of all the things (and food) he would put in them.

Chen, Z.
Guji Guji  by Chih-Yuan Chen (2004)
Guji Guji is a crocodile who has been raised by a duck.  When three bad crocodiles tell Guji Guji he is a crocodile and must help them eat the ducks, Guji Guji must decide who he really is.

Crews, D.
Freight train by Donald Crews (1978)
Train cars of various colors and types move along the tracks . Also available in Spanish.

Dorros, A.
Abuela by Arthur Dorros (1991)
While riding on a bus with her grandmother, a little girl imagines that they are carried up into the sky and fly over the sights of New York City. Also available in Spanish.

Falconer, I.
Olivia by Ian Falconer (2000)
Whether at home getting ready for the day, enjoying the beach, or at bedtime, Olivia is a feisty pig who has too much energy for her own good.

Ginsburg, M.
Good morning, chick by Mirra Ginsburg, adapted from a story by Korney Chukovsky (1980)
A fluffy yellow chick hatches out of his shell and learns about life in the barnyard from his mother.

Henkes, K.
Kitten's first full moon by Kevin Henkes (2004)
When Kitten mistakes the full moon for a bowl of milk, she ends up tired, wet, and hungry trying to reach it. Also available in Spanish.

Ho, M.
Hush! : a Thai lullaby by Minfong Ho (1996)
A lullaby which asks animals such as a lizard, monkey, and water-buffalo to be quiet and not disturb the
sleeping baby.

Holabird, K.
Angelina Ballerina by Katharine Holabird (1983)
When Angelina Mouse's passion for dancing is
channeled into ballet lessons, she no longer dances at inappropriate times or forgets her responsibilities.

Howard, E.
Aunt Flossie's hats (and crab cakes later) Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard (1990)
For Sara and Susan, nothing in the world tastes as good as crab cakes. But crab cakes taste even better after stories about Aunt Flossie's hats! Also available in audio.

Jonas, A.
The quilt by Ann Jonas (1984)
A new patchwork quilt made of her old things brings back memories for a little girl and becomes the setting in her dream.

Joosse, B.
Mama, do you love me? Barbara M. Joosse (1991)
A child living in the Arctic learns that a mother's love is unconditional. Also available in audio.and in Spanish.

Kasza, K.
A mother for Choco by Keiko Kasza (1992)
A lonely bird named Choco searches for a mother who looks just like him until Mrs. Bear and her unlikely
children show him what really counts.

Kleven, E.
The paper princess by Elisa Kleven (1994)
A little girl makes a picture of a princess that comes to life and is carried off by the wind.

Marshall, J.
George and Martha by James Marshall (1972)
Five funny stories about two hippos who are great friends. Several sequels. Also available in audio.

Miller, M.
Who uses this? by Margaret Miller (1990)
A guessing game with accompanying photographs introduces a variety of objects, their purpose, and who uses them.

Moss, L.
Zin! zin! zin! : a violin by Lloyd Moss (1995)
A trombone is joined by a trumpet and then, one by one, by eight more instruments until the sound and rhythm of classical music swells to a full chamber orchestra. Bravo!   Also available in audio.

Park, L.
Bee-bim bop! by Linda Sue Park (2005)
A child, eager for a favorite meal, helps with shopping, food preparation, and table setting.

Rathmann, P.
Good night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann (1994)
An unobservant zookeeper is followed home by all the animals he thinks he has left behind in the zoo. Also available in Spanish.

Richardson, J.
And Tango makes three Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell (2005)
At New York City's Central Park Zoo, two male penguins hatch an egg together at the zoo. Also available in Spanish.

Shaw, N.
Sheep in a jeep by Nancy Shaw (1986)
Rhyming text tells the misadventures of a jeepload of sheep with poor driving skills. Also available in audio.

Soto, G.
Chato's kitchen by Gary Soto (1995)
Chato, a cat in the barrio, prepares a Spanish dinner to entice the mice next door into his cooking pot. Also available in audio and in Spanish.

Waddell, M.
Owl babies by Martin Waddell (1992)
Two owls comfort their younger brother one night when their mother is off hunting in the dark.  Also available in Spanish.

Wood, A.
The napping house by Audrey Wood (1984)
A pile of animals are all sleeping on grandma’s bed until a flea causes them to wake up. Also available in audio and in Spanish.

Yolen, J.
How do dinosaurs eat their food? Jane Yolen (2005)
Rhyming text asks if dinosaurs eat with a variety of rude noises and then gives instructions on the proper way to eat.

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Goldilocks and the three bears retold by James Marshall (1988)
A humorous retelling of the classic tale of unwanted guest Goldilocks who enters the house of the three bears, eats their porridge, sits in their chairs, and is found sleeping in baby bear's bed. Available in audio and in Spanish.

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The spider weaver : a legend of kente cloth Margaret Musgrove (2001)
In this retelling of a tale from Ghana, a wondrous spider shows two Ashanti weavers how to make intricate, colorful patterns in the cloth that they weave.

Alphabet and Counting Books

Bang, M.
Ten, nine, eight by Molly Bang (1983)
Starting with "10 small toes all washed and warm," a little girl counts down what she sees in her bedroom as she goes to sleep. Also available in Spanish.

Ehlert, L.
Eating the alphabet : fruits and vegetables from A to Z by Lois Ehlert (1989)
From apple to zucchini, large watercolor illustrations portray a range of fruits and vegetables.  More information is given in the ending glossary.

Elya, S.
F is for fiesta by Susan Middleton Elya (2006)
Feliz cumpleanos! The Spanish alphabet is explored for English speakers as a family puts on a birthday party. Opens with a glossary and pronunciation guide.

Evans, L.
Can you count ten toes? : count to 10 in 10 different languages by Lezlie Evans (1999)
Rhyming verses instruct the reader to count different objects in each of ten languages, including Spanish, Japanese, Russian, Tagalog, and Hebrew.

Freymann, S.
Food for thought by Saxton Freymann (2005)
Bright photographs of fruits and vegetables are amusingly carved into people, animals, and objects that make up our world. They teach toddlers shapes, colors, numbers, letters, and opposites.

Kellogg, S.
Give the dog a bone by Steven Kellogg (2000)
Ten new verses for the song, "This Old Man," will make you laugh at the antics of dogs and their old men.

Lee, H.
1,2,3 go! by Huy Voun Lee (2000)
Chinese characters and papercuts illustrate children at play and the numbers from one to ten.

Ljungkvist, L.
Follow the line by Laura Ljungkvist (2006)
Follow a line to visit a wide variety of places and count different objects throughout the day, from fire hydrants in a big city, to babies sleeping in a country village.

Mother Goose.
Mother Goose numbers on the loose Leo and Diane Dillon (2007)
An illustrated collection of twenty-four counting rhymes, from "Baa, baa black sheep" to "Wash the dishes, wipe the dishes."

Munari, B.
ABC by Bruno Munari (2003)
Beginning with an "Ant on an Apple," simple objects, text, and a pesky fly introduce the letters of the alphabet.

Olson, K.
Construction countdown by K.C. Olson (2004)
A countdown from ten to one of construction equipment such as bulldozers and dump trucks.

Sloat, T.
From one to one hundred by Teri Sloat (1991)
Count the numbers one through ten, and then, counting by tens, from ten to one hundred. Search for and count special objects on each page.

Songs, Rhymes and Poems

Mother Goose
The neighborhood Mother Goose Nina Crews (2004)
Nursery rhymes are illustrated with brightly enhanced photographs of city scenes.

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Finger rhymes collected by Marc Brown (1980)
Brown’s fun illustrations dress up fourteen well-known
nursery rhymes.

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Woody’s 20 grow big songs by Woody Guthrie, with Marjorie Mazia Guthrie (1992)
Features the best of Guthrie’s highly original children’s songs. Includes “Cleano,” “Bling Blang” and “Riding In My Car.”

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How sweet the sound: African-American songs for children Wade & Cheryl Hudson (1995)
Presents music, lyrics and background notes for twenty-three contemporary and traditional African-American songs. Includes “Kumbaya,” “Take the ‘A’ Train,” “We Shall Not Be Moved” and Stevie Wonder’s “Happy Birthday.”

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Diez deditos = Ten little fingers and other play rhymes and action songs from Latin America selected, arranged, and translated by José Luis Orozco (1997)
Bright, spirited illustrations by Elisa Kleven accompany traditional and original songs and fingerplays collected by a renowned bilingual educator / performer.

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Arroz con leche: popular songs and rhymes from Latin America selected and illustrated by Lulu Delacre; English lyrics by Elena Paz; musical arrangements by Ana-María Rosado (1989)
A collection of traditional Latin American songs and rhymes in Spanish and English, with music included.

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Pass it on: African-American poetry for children selected by Wade Hudson (1983)
An illustrated collection of poetry by African-American poets including Langston Hughes, Nikki Giovanni, Eloise Greenfield and Lucille Clifton.

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Good for you!: toddler rhymes for toddler times by Stephanie Calmenson (2001)
Simple rhymes introduce colors and many of the early experiences of childhood.

The World Around Us

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Feelings by Aliki (1984)
Pictures, dialogs, poems, and stories portray various emotions we all feel such as jealousy, sadness, fear, anger, joy, and love.

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Extraordinary friends by Fred Rogers (2000)
Our friend, Mr. Rogers, celebrates children with special needs and suggests ways to interact and have fun together. Though people might use equipment such as wheelchairs or special computer, we are all more alike than we might think.

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I get wet by Vicki Cobb (2002)
Easy hands-on activities and appealing illustrations explain the basic properties of water to preschoolers in a fun and interesting way.

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Ocean babies by Deborah Lee Rose (2005)
Describes baby animals that live in the ocean, pointing out their many differences as well as their most important similarities.

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Little shark by Anne Rockwell (2005)
Swim through the seas with Little Shark and discover fascinating shark facts!

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Red-eyed tree frog by Joy Cowley (1999)
Big, colorful photographs and simple text shows how this tiny frog, found in the rain forest of Central America, spends the night searching for food. 

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Birds build nests by Yvonne Winer (2002)
Short poems describe how, where, why, and when birds around the world build nests. Realistic, detailed watercolor illustrations show different birds in their habitats and their unique nests.

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Hello, bumblebee bat by Darrin Lunde (2007)
Simple text and illustrations introduce the endangered bumblebee bat of Thailand, the world’s smallest bat.

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Baby sea otter by Betty Tatham (2005)
Beautiful paper collage illustrations and an engaging narrative explore the lives of sea otters. The clear, informative text describes how sea otters care for their young and what their daily lives are like in the ocean.

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My five senses by Aliki (1989)
A young boy introduces the five senses and describes how he uses them.

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Going to the doctor by Fred Rogers (1986)
Photographs and reassuring, straightforward language explain to children what they can expect on a visit to the doctor’s office.

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What to expect when you use the potty Heidi Murkoff (2000)
Angus the dog answers common questions children may have about toilet training. “Where do pee-pee and poop come from?” and “How do I know when to go to the potty?” are among the questions answered in this child-friendly, informative guide.