17 Best Learning Books for Preschoolers & Kindergarteners
Just because your child isn’t reading yet doesn’t mean he or she can’t gain a wealth of information from books! So put on their pajamas, cuddle up, and settle into a good book. Preschool and Kindergarten aged children are ready to be introduced to the world of reading through any classical, modern, funny, moral, and colorfully illustrated books you can provide for them. Below are some of our favorites:
The Big Red Barn - Margaret Wise Brown. (Classical) Beautiful, full-colored pictures bring Margaret Wise Brown's simple, rhythmic text to life for your child. It is about the cycle of a day on a farm, where a family of animals peacefully plays and sleeps. Country and city kids alike will love this hardcover book.
Cars and Trucks and Things that Go - Richard Scarry. (Modern) As the pig family head to the beach for a picnic, they encounter every vehicle known, from the forklift to the locomotive. There’s also many silly cars that will make you laugh, like the pumpkin car and the broom-o-cycle. Your kid will love to read about the station wagon, the tow truck, the garbage truck and the bulldozer.
The Cat in the Hat - Dr. Seuss. (Funny) Join the Cat in the Hat as he makes learning to read a joy for your child! It’s a rainy day so Dick and Sally can’t find anything to do, until the Cat in the Hat unexpectedly appears and turns their dreary afternoon into a fun-filled extravaganza! This quirky classic is fun for the whole family.
Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type - Doreen Cronin & Betsy Lewin. (Funny) In this hilarious tale, the literacy rate in Farmer Brown's barn goes up considerably once his cows find an old typewriter and begin typing. They even start sending demand letters to the farmer for better supplies. You may not have heard of this recently penned book yet, but after one read your child won’t forget it!
The Rainbow Fish - Marcus Pfister. (Colorful) This stunning book is continually receiving praise for its illustrations and message of acceptance. It is about a beautiful fish who finds friendship and happiness when he learns to share, a lesson you want your school-aged child to know.
Curious George - Margret Rey & H.A. Rey. (Modern) They may have seen the TV show and movie, but has your child experienced how fun Curious George can be while you read it, and they use their imagination? Bring a character they already love to life with this easy-to-read tale.
Frog and Toad are Friends - Arnold Lobell. (Classical) This book has won numerous awards over the years, including a Caldecott Medal. It was written in 1970, but it’s timeless charm and morals still hold up to today’s children’s tastes.
Harold and the Purple Crayon - Crockett Johnson. (Modern) Full of funny twists and surprises, this pleasant story shows just how far your imagination can take you. Harold and the Purple Crayon has delighted readers of all ages since 1955. It's the perfect book to show your child pictures as they read along.
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? - Bill Martin, Jr. & Eric Carle. (Colorful) A big happy frog, a plump purple cat, a handsome blue horse, and a soft yellow duck will all parade across the pages of this delightful book. The flat, boldly colored collages are easily recognizable as Eric Carle’s. You probably read this book as a child, as it is universally renowned as a classic.
When We Were Very Young- A.A. Milne. (Classical) The author of the Winnie-the-Pooh series wrote this book full of bubbly rhymes and nonsensical poems for his young son. Your child will enjoy it just as much as the real Christopher Robin!
The Giving Tree - Shel Silverstein. (Classical) Your child can learn valuable lessons like the importance of being compassionate while also being entertained. The Giving Tree is a wonderful book, which has made it one of world-famous author Shel Silverstein’s most famous pieces.
Good Night, Moon - Margaret Wise Brown & Clement Hurd. (Modern) This book is perfect to introduce as part of your child’s bedtime routine. In this classic of modern children's literature, beloved by several generations of readers and listeners, the quiet poetry of the words and the gentle, lulling illustrations combine to make a perfect book for the end of the day.
One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish - Dr. Seuss. (Funny) Of course, there is more than one Dr. Suess book on the list! This tale, in particular, has easy-to-understand language and helpful concepts like numbers, colors, and sizes. As your child begins to read, this may be one of the first books they can handle without your help.
The Real Mother Goose - Blanche Fisher Wright. (Classical) Mother Goose rhymes are a vital part of childhood. And this collection of essential rhymes have been reproduced exactly as they have been repeated from generation to generation. For more than seventy-five years this book has been delighting millions of children, and today the magic is as strong as ever.
Tikki Tikki Tembo - Arlene Mosel & Blair Lent. (Classical) As a parent, one of the best things you can do to ensure your child grows up to be a kind and well-educated adult is to expose them to other cultures. This adorable Chinese tale teaches your kids about a little boy with the longest name they’ve ever heard of and his attempts to get out of a well. Try getting them to say Tikki tikki tembo-no sa rembo-chari bari ruchi-pip peri pembo and everyone will have a good laugh!
The Little Red Hen - Author Unknown. (Funny) While your child is laughing at the wacky chicken clucking angrily at the other animals, they will also be learning about helping others and earning your own rewards. This tale is available in many different versions, with everything from classical to cartoon pictures accompanying it.
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly - Simms Taback. (Funny) Perfect for kids who want a good laugh in their bedtime story, this book also has brightly-colored illustrations to entertain them as well. Be sure to read it in a funny voice to get some extra giggles!
This is only the beginning; there are hundreds and thousands of books out there your child would love you to read. It’s never too early to foster a love of reading, and then, a love of learning. Your child’s success in school can start with a few minutes of enjoyable reading time together every day. For additional information on getting your child ready for their next educational steps, click the button below to download our free ebook "10 Reasons Why Kindergarten is Too Late."