Book Recommendations-Updated August 2017

The MOST important thing you can do to help your child is READ to him/her EVERY day. Any books with rhythm, rhyme and repetition are EXCELLENT choices for reading with your child.  Below we compiled a list of our own recommendations.

Scholastic’s Guide to Kindergarten:

**Great articles to read at the start of the kindergarten school year!**

Tips for Reading with your child:

Use the link below to search for books related to a specific topic:

Scholastic Book Recommendations:

Popular books for young children from GoodReads:

2017 Monarch Award Winners:

Picture books not to miss (2017):

17 Picture Books Not to Be Missed in 2017


100 Great Children’s Books:

Popular Books for kindergartners:

THE DAY THE CRAYONS QUIT, by Drew Daywalt. Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
(Philomel.) A colorful problem arises when Duncan’s crayons revolt. (Ages 3 to 7)
GOODNIGHT, GOODNIGHT, CONSTRUCTION SITE, by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld
(Chronicle.) Trucks at sunset. (Ages 4 to 8)
(Hyperion.) A filthy bird is persuaded to bathe. (Ages 3 to 7)

DRAGONS LOVE TACOS, by Adam Rubin. Illustrated by Daniel Salmieri
(Dial.) What to serve your dragon-guests. (Ages 3 to 5)
JOURNEY, by Aaron Becker
(Candlewick.) A lonely girl draws a red door on her bedroom wall and enters an imaginary world. (Ages 4 to 8)
ROSIE REVERE, ENGINEER, by Andrea Beaty. Illustrated by David Roberts
(Abrams.) A young inventor learns to fail better. (Ages 4 to 8)
PRESS HERE, by Hervé Tullet
(Handprint/Chronicle.) A dance of color. (Ages 4 to 8)
LOCOMOTIVE, by Brian Floca
(Richard Jackson/Atheneum.) A family’s 1869 journey across America on the newly completed transcontinental railroad. (Ages 4 to 10)
PETE THE CAT: I LOVE MY WHITE SHOES, by Eric Litwin. Illustrated by James Dean
(Harper/HarperCollins.) Well-shod Pete has rainbows on his feet. (Ages 3 to 7)
(Hyperion.) Gerald must deal with the fact that Piggie has a new pal. (Ages 6 to 8)

Mrs. Bentley and Mrs. Mahr’s Favorite Books and Authors: (great list of children’s classics)

(The Kissing Hand (Great for the first week of school!)
Superhero ABC

Jan Brett: The Mitten, Gingerbread books
Lois Ehlert
Laura Numeroff: If you Give a Mouse a Cookie,  If you Give a Moose a Muffin, etc.
There was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Fly
Doreen Cronin: Giggle, Giggle, Quack, Quack, Click, Clack, Moo, etc.
Bill Martin, Jr. : Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see? Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You see? Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What do you hear? etc. Chicka Chicka BOOM BOOM
Rosemary Wells
Kevin Henkes: Wemberly Worried, Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse, etc.

Eric Carle: The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Grouchy Ladybug, etc.
Dr. Seuss: Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, etc.
Mo Willems: Elephant and Piggie Series, Pigeon Series
David Shannon: Too Many Toys, David Goes to School, No David! etc.

Ian Falconer: Olivia series
Jane O’Connor:Fancy Nancy Series (leveled readers also avaiable)

Viorst, Judith: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible No Good, Very Bad Day

Van Allsburg: The Polar Express

Freeman, Don: Corduroy Series

The books below are great for beginning readers.  Remember, books with rhythm, rhyme and repetition are PERFECT for beginning readers:

  • Leveled Readers/Easy Readers
  • I Can Read books
  • Ready to Read books, etc.
  • Dr. Seuss Books
  • Mo Willems Elephant and Piggie