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Kindergarten Books and Beginning Readers: good books for ages 5-6

  Madeline (Hardcover) 

Madeline (Madeline Series)

Ludwig Bemelmans (Hardcover)

Genre: Fiction - Children's Picture Books; Book Theme: Rhyming Stories

"Madeline" by Ludwig Bemelmans, often considered one of the best picture books, is a classic book that has delighted children for generations with its memorable character, engaging pictures and humorous rhyming texts. A spirited little girl named Madeline is rushed to the hospital from her boarding school in Paris. Preschoolers and beginning readers will enjoy this Caldecott Honor book. "Madeline" is also a great story to read aloud.


  The Story of Ferdinand (Hardcover) 

The Story of Ferdinand

Munro Leaf, Robert Lawson (Hardcover)

Genre: Fiction - Children's Picture Books

"The Story of Ferdinand" by Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson is one of the best picture books of all time. A bull named Ferdinand would rather sit quietly and smell the flowers than butt his head and fight, but one day Ferdinand is taken to Madrid for a bullfight. With a powerful story and expressive illustrations, "The Story of Ferdinand" is a great classic book for preschoolers, kindergarteners and beginning readers.


  Big Pumpkin (Paperback) 

Big Pumpkin

Erica Silverman, S.D. Schindler (Paperback)

Genre: Fiction - Children's Picture Books; Book Themes: Witches, Halloween, Pumpkin

"Big Pumpkin" by Erica Silverman is a funny Halloween story that will delight children in preschool, kindergarten and first grade. A witch wants to make pumpkin pie, so she plants a pumpkin seed. The pumpkin grows so big that the witch cannot yank it from the vine. Some traditional Halloween characters come to help, but neither the ghost, nor the vampire, nor the mummy can make it budge. Finally a bat comes up with a good idea. They line up and pull together. Off comes the big pumpkin. The colorful illustrations by S.D. Schindler is a little spooky but not scary. With predictable rhyming texts, the picture book is good for reading aloud. Kids can also see the value of cooperation and teamwork.


  If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (Hardcover) 

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (If You Give...)

Laura Numeroff, Felicia Bond (Hardcover)

Genres: Fiction - Children's Picture Books, Humorous Stories; Book Theme: Animals

"If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" by Laura Numeroff is one of our favorite children's books. When a boy is sitting on the grass outside his house eating a cookie, a little mouse shows up. If the boy gives the mouse a cookie, the mouse will ask for a glass of milk. The milk will lead to a straw, and straw will lead to a napkin, so on and so forth. The humorous story ends with the mouse asking a glass of milk and then a cookie. This classic children's picture book encourages kids to make predictions and teaches cause and effect in a fun way. Felicia Bond's detailed and humorous illustrations closely match vocabulary words and bring the main characters to life. "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" is a great book to read aloud to children in preschool and kindergarten.


  If You Give a Pig a Party (Hardcover) 

If You Give a Pig a Party (If You Give...)

Laura Numeroff, Felicia Bond (Hardcover)

Genres: Fiction - Children's Picture Books, Humorous Stories; Book Theme: Animals

If You Give a Pig a Party by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond, one of our favorite children's picture books, is a humorous story with great illustrations and lovable characters. The adorable pig in If You Give a Pig a Pancake is back with a tale of great party fun. The sequence of events starts with a girl's offer to give a pig a party. The pig then asks for balloons to decorate the house, puts on her favorite dress and invites her friends to the party. The pig's friends, a mouse, a moose and more, are attending a street fair, so the pig joins them for the rides and games. After returning home, the girl plays hide and seek with the animals. Children will have fun trying to find the animals hiding in the back yard. Then the pig wants a sleepover and the animals have a pillow fight. The story ends with the pig asking for another party. Felicia Bond's humorous illustrations are simple and delightful. This creative book can be used to teach the concept of cause and effect. If You Give a Pig a Party is a good book to read aloud to children in preschool, kindergarten and first grade.


  Chicken Soup with Rice: A Book of Months (Paperback) 

Chicken Soup with Rice: A Book of Months

Maurice Sendak (Paperback)

Genre: Fiction - Children's Picture Books; Book Theme: Rhyming Stories

"Chicken Soup with Rice: A Book of Months" by award winning author Maurice Sendak features original catchy rhymes and engaging illustrations. Each month of the year has a short silly rhyme with the "chicken soup with rice" theme. There is just the right amount of repetition that children in preschool, kindergarten and first grade will like. "Chicken Soup with Rice" is a good picture book to teach children the concept of months of the year.


  The Ear Book (Bright and Early Books) (Hardcover) 

The Ear Book (Bright and Early Books)

Al Perkins (Hardcover)

Genre: Fiction - Children's Picture Books; Book Theme: Five Senses

In simple sentences, "The Ear Book (Bright and Early Books)" by Al Perkins describes interesting sounds ears can hear. Pictures are colorful, uncluttered and funny. They show a boy and a dog that are listening to different sounds, and the objects that the sounds come from. "The Ear Book" is a good book for babies and toddlers to learn about the sense of hearing. It is also a good picture book for kindergarteners and beginning readers.


  Corduroy (Hardcover) 

Corduroy

Don Freeman (Hardcover)

Genre: Fiction - Children's Picture Books

"Corduroy", by Don Freeman, is a classic children's book about a stuffed bear going around a store in search of a lost button. A little girl finds Corduroy in the toy department of a store and falls in love with him. However, the girl's mother says she has spent her money and they leave without buying him. After an adventurous night around the store, Corduroy is happy to see the girl return to buy him with her own piggy bank money. Corduroy finally has a home and a friend. With a memorable character and great illustrations, "Corduroy" is one of the best picture books of the 20th century. Older toddlers, preschoolers and beginning readers will enjoy this imaginative and endearing story.


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