Book Recommendations-Updated August 2016

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!**

http://www.scholastic.com/parents/resources/collection/what-to-expect-grade/guide-to-kindergarten

http://www.scholastic.com/parents/resources/article/social-emotional-skills/kindergarten-jitters

http://www.scholastic.com/parents/resources/article/what-to-expect-grade/whats-different-about-kindergarten

Tips for Reading with your child:

http://www.scholastic.com/parents/resources/article/reading-together/reading-to-your-child

http://www.scholastic.com/parents/resources/article/more-reading-resources/raising-reader

http://www.scholastic.com/parents/resources/article/developing-reading-skills/why-audiobooks-are-great-kids

http://www.readingrockets.org/article/7834/

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

http://www.the-best-childrens-books.org/

Scholastic Book Recommendations:
http://www.scholastic.com/resources/booklist/sure-to-please-book-recommendations/

http://www.scholastic.com/resources/booklist/great-books-for-beginning-readers/

http://www.scholastic.com/parents/books-and-reading/book-lists-and-recommendations/ages-3-5#related-sub-section-184

Popular books for young children from GoodReads:

http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/591.Voices_Sounds_Best_Read_Alouds_for_Young_Children

http://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/picture-books

http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/1191.Children_s_Picture_Books_With_Beautiful_illustrations

2015 Notable Children’s Books (title and brief summary below):

http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/notalists/ncb

2016 Monarch Award Winners:

http://www.islma.org/pdf/monarch/2016%20Monarch%20Award%20Master%20List%20Final.pdf

100 Great Children’s Books:

http://www.nypl.org/childrens100

Popular Books:

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)
THE PIGEON NEEDS A BATH!, by Mo Willems
(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)
MY NEW FRIEND IS SO FUN!, by Mo Willems
(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:

http://archive.hbook.com/pdf/childrensclassics.pdf (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