Here is a list of our family's favorite preschool books. These are the ones that our kids ask us to read over and over. Links are provided to Amazon for you to be able to read more about these books. This list is an ongoing work in progress as we are always finding new favorites at the library. Let me know what your favorite books are and I will add them as well. Visit Our Favorites to view these and other books. Also view a list of the "Book of the Week" used in the 3 Year curriculum.
The New Bible in Pictures for Little Eyes - Each curriculum contains page numbers specific to this Bible.
The Beginner's Bible: Timeless Children's Stories by Zonderkidz - Each curriculum contains page numbers specific to this Bible.
My Story Bible by Godfrey and Grudina - This is the latest Bible added to the curriculum because I LOVE this Bible. The stories written are easily understood and fun to read. Each story is typically two pages long and each page includes a cute picture to illustrate the storyline. Also, the way these stories are written make them easy to act out or have the children listen for repeated words.
My Favorite Bible Stories for Toddlers by Carolyn Larsen - This is our kids' favorite "first" Bible. The Bible contains questions after each story as well as picture flaps that reveal a Bible verse.
BooksAre You My Mother? By P.D. Eastman
Are You There, Baby Bear? (Alfie Bear) by Catherine Walters - This is a precious book about a bear impatient for his baby brother or sister to be born.
Barnyard Dance by Sandra Boynton - This is a fun book for getting up and dancing to as you read. There are several books by Boynton that are wonderful!
Because a Little Bug Went Ka-Choo! by Rosetta Stone
Blueberries for Sal
Berenstain Bears Books by Stan Berenstain and Jan Berenstain - Our kids love these books. I love them because they are filled with solid moral teaching. I have included them on several of the 4th Year lessons as supplements.
Cookies: Bite-Size Life Lessons by Amy Krouse Rosenthal - Mix the activity of making cookies with learning about manners. This book would be an excellent compliment to the 4 Year Old Curriculum as well as a good book for any age. Christmas Cookies is filled with "Bite-Size Holiday Lessons."
Corduroy by Don Freeman - One of those books that takes you back to your childhood. Definitely one of my favorites. A sad teddy bear in a big department store thinks nobody will buy him because he has lost a button on his overalls.
The Cow Who Clucked by Denise Fleming - We had so much fun reading this book. I even got a kiss on the cheek after this book was over!
The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash by Trinka Noble - A totally silly book that had our children giggling throughout.
Duck on a Bike by David Shannon - Silly book that reinforces animal sounds. Sure to create smiles.
Even Firefighters Hug Their Moms by Christine Kole MacLean - Precious book to "spark pretend play and maybe even an occasional embrace."
Frances Books by Russell Hoban - As a child, I had a record of Bedtime for Frances. Francis will always be one of my favorite bears. These are longer books so they may need to be read in short intervals.
Five Little Ducks - Teaches counting backwards from five to zero as well as a fun finger play to sing.
Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed - A fun book with lots of repetition to allow your child to "read" it.
Frog, Where Are You? by Mercer Mayer - Also known for his Little Critter Books, this series is Mayer's classic wordless series. Don't let this scare you. Use your imagination and have fun coming up with the story yourselves.
The Gingerbread Man - This classic story is told by many authors. Find your favorite rendition and sing the repeated line "run, run fast as you can..." as you read this book.
Goldilocks and the Three Bears - Like all classics, this story has been written many different ways. No matter which one you choose, this story will continue for generations.
Good Night Moon by Margaret Wise Brown - Of all the books suggested to me, this one receives the most votes. This book teaches the child to look at the details in pictures.
Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann
Guess How Much I Love You by Sam Mcbratney - The perfect bedtime story to mind your little one how much you love them.
Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson- Another book introduced to us by a friend. I love how this book encourages children to use their imaginations around the concept of drawing.
Hermie: A Common Caterpillar by Max Lucado - This book is used throughout the curriculum to remind children that God has big plans for them!
How Do Dinosaurs Count To Ten? by Jane Yolen & Mark Teague - Great for counting, rhyme and colors.
How Will We Get to the Beach? by Brigitte Luciani - Read a review.
I Love You Through And Through by Vernadette Rossetti-Shustak - Teaching body parts, rhyming, emotions, and love.
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie - The "If You Give..." by Laura Numeroff books are so much fun.
Is Your Mama a Llama? by Deborah Guarino
The Lady with the Alligator Purse
The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper - The little blue engine is determined to make it over the hill. "I think I can..."
The Little House by Virginia Burton - Tall buildings grow up around the little house that once stood on a quiet countryside. Something must be done.
The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear by Don and Audrey Wood - Full of suspense and a little bit of critical thinking.
The Little Red Hen by Heather Forest - This classic story teaches how it is important for everyone to work together.
Me on the Map by Joan Sweeney - A friend introduced me to this book and we love it! This book introduces maps and the world in a way a child can understand. Simply recreate this book for a great way to explain your address in the context of the world. Sweeney has several other books that follow this simple sequencing pattern.
Miss Spider's Tea Party: The Counting Book - Fun book to teach counting 1-12 as well as discuss kindness and goodness.
Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? by Dr. Seuss - Have fun making different sounds with Mr. Brown. Dr. Seuss is an author that every child should be familiar with.
My First Counting Book by Lilian Moore - Using animals and rhyme, this book teaches numbers 1-10.
My First Steps to Reading and My First Steps to Math - These books are used in both sets of curriculum and are absolute favorites of our family.
The Pigeon Wants a Puppy by Mo Willems - A friend introduced us to these books. The words are written as though they are talking to the reader and listener. Be sure to have your child weigh in their opinions to the questions and comments.
Richard Scarry Books - These books are not typical "read books" but instead introduce your child to so many activities, jobs, and a plethora of vocabulary terms. You can literally spend hours looking and talking about one book (trust me on this one - personal experience!). Use these books to start conversations and explain the world around you. I know they will become favorites of yours as well. Here are just a couple of titles:
What Do People Do All Day
Busy, Busy Town
Rummage Sale: A Fun Book of Shapes and Colors by Neil Morris - We found this book at the library. This book requires the child to figure out what items are missing. Wonderful for visual perception skills! This book is out of print, but look for it at your library.
The Runaway Bunny
Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy Shaw - Fun book with rhyming and cause and effect.
Tad's Glad-Sad-Mad, Glad Dayby John Fornof - This is a great book to teach the Golden Rule.
Charming Opal (Toot & Puddle) books by Holly Hobbie - Several books about friendship and cooperation.
Usborne Books - We have received various Usborne books for Christmas and gifts. These books are fabulous. The books are only available through Usborne dealers new. You have to go through a consultant to view their catalog; here is one website to view the catalog. Click here to find a local consultant. Here are a few of our favorites:
Look and Say - Farm
Find It Books - Pig and Ducky - Time after time, the kids enjoy finding the different animals hidden in the pictures.
The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle - The busy spider builds a web ignoring the other barnyard animals in her attempt to catch a pesky fly.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle - This book teaches the days of the week as well as counting.
Links to Preschool Reading Lists & Reviews
Preschool Education - This website contains a list of book reviews. The reviews also contain how you can create a teachable moment out of books.
100 Picture Books Everyone Should Know - This website contains pictures and a sentence description of each book.
Picture Books too Good to Miss - This website gives a list of “oldie but goodie” picture books.
Christian Children's Book Review - Get book reviews from a Christian perspective.