Favorite Preschool Books
Welcome to my collection of favorite preschool books. Each book enthralls my kids and has them begging me to read it again and again.
I hope your kids love them too.
Hey, why not have your kids make their own preschool books?
All-time Favorite Preschool Books
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Available as a Board Book
Little Frigglepants: Builds a Rocket Ship
Melissa Smith (Author, Illustrator)
Little Frigglepants is bored. What should he do? When asking mom doesn't help, he turns to his brains. A brilliant plan
is formed: A Rocket Ship! Will he be able to complete it before Baby comes along? A fun, interactive, book. Available at the
Bear with Me
Max Kornell (Author, Illustrator)
Everything was going just right for Owen, until his parents decided they wanted to add a bear to the family. The bear caused
nothing but trouble for Owen and no one seemed to care. But then after spending some quality time together, it all turns out just fine.
Blue Hat, Green Hat
Sandra Boynton (Author, Illustrator)
This book had my boys shaking with laughter. It's short but a very fun book about animals putting colorful clothes on the wrong places.
All of Boynton's books are super cute and a delight to read! One of my favorite preschool books.
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
Bill Martin Jr., John Archambault (Author), Lois Ehlert (Illustrator)
Who knew letters could have so much fun! A great adventure of the alphabet making it's way up the coconut tree. A simple but very
Don Freeman (Author, Illustrator)
A classic story about a teddy bear who feels unwanted and goes on a search for his missing button. In the end, the button doesn't matter
because a little girl loves him despite his imperfections.
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!
Mo Willems (Author, Illustrator)
Things get a little intense when the bus driver takes a break and leaves strict instructions to not let the pigeon drive the bus.
It's hard to say no to such a persistent pigeon. Off the wall, interactive fun!
Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed
Eileen Christelow (Author, Illustrator)
These five wacky monkeys keep getting into trouble when they should be going to bed. The best part is mama monkey taking her
turn jumping on the bed. The creative illustrations make this a very fun book.
Good Night, Gorilla
Peggy Rathmann (Author, Illustrator)
A baby gorilla decides that letting out all of his zoo friends is more fun than going to sleep. The zoo keepers get a real
shock when they find their room full of sleeping zoo animals. This is such a fun book and with no words, it's up to your own imagination.
Green Eggs and Ham
Dr. Seuss (Author, Illustrator)
The persistent Sam-I-Am tries to make his green eggs and ham more appealing. In the end he succeeds.
You can’t go wrong with a Dr. Seuss book. Each one is a classic, but this is one of my boy’s favorite preschool books.
Happy Birthday, Dear Duck
Eve Bunting (Author), Jan Brett (Illustrator)
Join little duck's fun birthday party and help him solve the mystery of where he is going to use all of his new birthday presents.
Then sing along with his desert friends a round of "Happy Birthday, Dear Duck."
He Bear She Bear
Stan and Jan Berenstain (Author, Illustrator)
These wonderful little bears teach that the sky is the limit when children dream of what they want to do when they grow up.
All of the Berenstain bear books are among my boys favorite preschool books.
How Do Dinosaurs Go To School
Jane Yolen (Author), Mark Teague (Illustrator)
A bunch of naughty dinos set a good example of what not to do at school. In the end, they clean up their act and are the perfect students.
All of Jane's Dinosaur books are AWESOME!! My kids can't get enough of them.
How I Became a Pirate
Melinda Long (Author), David Shannon (Illustrator)
Young Jeremy is recruited as an official pirate. With no rules and nothing but fun and games all day, he feels pirates have the life!
But what happens when he wants a bedtime story, someone to snuggle him in and to tell him everything will be all right?
I Ain't Gonna Paint No More!
Karen Beaumont (Author), David Catrow (Illustrator)
What happens when you mix a mischievous boy and a lot of paint? I big, crazy mess! Everything ends up painted, even the dog, by this out of control
artist. This book is way too much fun!
I love You Stinky Face
Lisa Mccourt (Author), Cyd Moore (Illustrator)
A sweet story of a boy who wants to make sure his mom will love him no matter what he might be.
Even when he's a swamp creature or an alien from Mars, his mom still loves to take care of him. Add it to your list of favorite preschool books.
If You Give a Pig a Pancake
Laura Joffe Numeroff (Author), Felicia Bond (Illustrator)
What starts as a simple request for a pancake from a pig, turns into a crazy, big mess.
Read along as a very helpful girl works overtime to try to keep her little pig guest happy. My kids love the super fun illustrations.
Scott M. Fischer (Author, Illustrator)
What starts with a little bug, starts a chain reaction of all different types of animals jumping. With just a few words, this
is a great book for your child to read. It's great fun and has darling illustrations.
Lama Lama Misses Mama
Anna Dewdney (Author, Illustrator)
Little Lama feels insecure on his first day of preschool but is able to finally enjoy himself when he is reassured his mama will come back.
This book is so much fun to read with super cute rhymes and wonderful illustrations.
Little Critter's Read It Yourself Storybook
Mercer Mayer (Author, Illustrator)
With six fun, easy to read stories, this is a great collection. I do have to say, I really enjoy reading any Little Critter books and
I love the illustrations that have enough going on to tell their own story.
Me and My Dragon
David Biedrzycki (Author, Illustrator)
A wonderful guide for any child who has ever wanted a dragon for a pet. The beautiful and fun illustrations come together
with the super cute story to make this a fabulous read.
Max the Minnow
William Boniface (Author), Don Sullivan (Illustrator)
Max decides he wants to be big and tries some pretty creative ways to achieve this. After almost becoming shark food he decides he's happy just the way he is.
The best part of the book are the wiggle eyes that make the awesome illustrations come to life.
Morris Goes to School
B. Wiseman (Author, Illustrator)
Okay, so I read this book when I was a squirt and just read it to my kids and they loved it. I fun story of a moose at school, who just
can't seem to get anything right. However, he does figure out how to count his money to buy his favorite gumdrops.
Olivia . . . and the Missing Toy
Ian Falconer (Author, Illustrator)
The super spunky Olivia has a real fit when her favorite toy is lost. When it's finally found as her dog's new toy, she uses her
unlimited resources to fix it as best as she can. All of the Olivia books are bursting with fun and are my kids favorite preschool books.
Robert the Rose Horse
Joan Heilbroner (Author, Illustrator)
Robert has the misfortune of being allergic to roses. This leads to disastrous accidents as roses keep causing enormous sneezes.
In the end, a gigantic sneeze saves the day and Robert is a hero. This, by far, is one of my boy's favorite preschool books!!
Russell the Sheep
Rob Scotton (Author, Illustrator)
Poor little Russell is having a hard time sleeping and no matter how hard he tries nothing works. What finally does the trick is
the good, old method of counting sheep, himself included. The illustrations are absolutely wonderful and beyond fun!!
Snowman at Night
Caralyn Buehner (Author), Mark Buehner (Illustrator)
Follow these fun snowmen in a nighttime adventure of snowball fights, sledding and all out romping, that leaves them looking a little wilted the next morning. A super fun story, with
delightful illustrations that bring these snowmen to life.
Janell Cannon (Author, Illustrator)
Poor, little Verdi faces the age old problem of growing up. He doesn't want to turn green and boring like all the other snakes, but
after being a little too daring, he has to lay low and finds himself green and grown up. But that doesn't mean he was to be boring.
The Circus Ship
Chris Van Dusen (Author, Illustrator)
After being forced overboard, a ship full of circus animals end up invading a peaceful town. The people fall in love with the
animals and are able to hide them when the angry, circus owner comes looking. The best part is finding the hidden animals.
The Library Gingerbread Man
Dotti Enderle (Author), Colleen M. Madden (Illustrator)
The Gingerbread Man is on the run again and the library books are doing all they can to catch him. It might be
the end of Mr. Gingerbread when he meets a sly fox, but lucky for him, the librarian is smarter than any fox and saves the day.
The Water Hole
Graeme Base (Author, Illustrator)
Animals from around the world come to the water hole, until it drains to nothing.
Then comes the rain, bringing back all the animals to celebrate. This is a wonderful counting book, with beautiful illustrations!!
The best part is finding the hidden pictures.
Where the Wild Things Are
Maurice Sendak (Author, Illustrator)
A boy is sent to his room for being too mischievous and decides to visits a fantasy world of wild things.
After awhile, being king of the wild things isn't enough and home is really where he wants to be. This of course is a classic and a must read.
Doreen Cronin (Author), Scott Menchin (Illustrator)
I bet you didn't know there were so many different ways to wiggle? Follow this fun dog as he wiggles in all sorts of fun and crazy ways.
This book had my kids laughing and really wiggling around!
John Rocco (Author, Illustrator)
An old wolf keeps hearing a boy crying his name and comes to see what he wants. The boy hides in a tree and they make a deal. The wolf ends up with a goat
but decides the goat is better as a friend than a meal. The illustrations are absolutely beautiful!!
I hope you enjoy my list of Favorite Preschool Books!
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