Preschool Books: good books for preschoolers
Bernard Waber (Hardcover)
Genre: Fiction - Children's Picture Books; Book Theme: Animals
Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile by Bernard Waber Lyle is an engaging classical children's book with colorful and expressive illustrations. Lyle the Crocodile is happy living with the Primm family on East 88th Street. However, Mr. Grumps, his neighbor, doesn't like Lyle at all. When the crocodile does an impromptu performance with his former stage partner Hector Valenti in Mr. Grumps' department store, Mr. Grumps gets so furious that he arranges to have Lyle locked in the zoo. Lyle escapes and rescues Mr. Grumps from a fire. With an interesting story and a rich vocabulary, Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile is a good picture book for children in preschool, kindergarten and first grade.
Nancy Shaw, Margot Apple (Board Books)
Genres: Fiction - Children's Picture Books, Humorous Stories; Book Themes: Animals, Rhyming Stories
Nancy Shaw's rhyming story "Sheep in a Jeep" is funny, short and easy to read. The illustrations by Margot Apple bring the humorous story of five silly sheep to life. This picture book appeals to toddlers, preschoolers and beginning readers. "Sheep in a Jeep" is a good read-aloud book.
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.
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.
Dr. Seuss, Roy McKie (Board Books)
Genres: Fiction - Children's Picture Books, Humorous Stories; Book Themes: Animals, Counting and Number, Rhyming Stories
In "Ten Apples Up on Top" by Dr. Seuss, three animals try to see who can balance more apples up on top of their heads. Dr. Seuss tells a funny rhyming story with simple texts and humorous pictures. Preschoolers, kindergarteners and first graders can learn to count from 1 to 10 from this silly counting book from Dr. Seuss. "Ten Apples Up on Top" is a fun picture book to read aloud.
Sam McBratney, Anita Jeram (Board Books)
Genre: Fiction - Children's Picture Books; Book Themes: Animals, Family
In "Guess How Much I Love You" by Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram, a young rabbit named Little Nutbrown Hare and a father rabbit named Big Nutbrown Hare express their love for each other in playful banter. "Guess How Much I Love You" is a heartwarming bedtime story to read with toddlers and preschoolers. The sweet story about family love will delight children and parents alike. It is one of our favorite picture books.
Mo Willems (Hardcover)
Genres: Fiction - Children's Picture Books, Humorous Stories
"Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus" by Emmy Award-winning writer Mo Willems is a funny picture book that children in preschool, kindergarten and first grade will have great time reading and interacting with. When a bus driver takes a break, he asks readers to keep an eye on his bus and the pigeon. What a determined pigeon! He reasons, begs and bargains. Of course, readers always say no to the pigeon's request to drive the bus. The frustrated pigeon finally falls into a temper tantrum. But he cheers up after seeing a huge tractor-trailer truck drive up. The pigeon's feelings and emotions are amply expressed in this simply illustrated Caldecott Honor Book. The humorous story is great for reading aloud.
Linda Williams, Megan Lloyd (Paperback)
Genre: Fiction - Children's Picture Books; Book Themes: Emotions and Feelings, Halloween
"The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything" by Linda Williams is a great Halloween story although it doesn't have the word Halloween anywhere in the texts. A brave old lady walks home through a dark forest. She comes across two big shoes, a pair of pants, a shirt, two gloves and a hat. Each time, the little old lady tells them she is not afraid of anything. Then after a scary orange pumpkin head appears, the old lady runs all way home. Once at home, she overcomes her fear and finds a happy solution. The items that have tried to scare her become a scarecrow in the little old lady's garden. The picture book makes good use of attention-grabbing sound words, such as "clomp clomp", "shake, shake" and "clap, clap". Megan Lloyd's lively and detailed illustrations show the old lady's emotions and complement the story well. It is a good picture book for read aloud to children in preschool, kindergarten and first grade.
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