Thursday, February 27, 2014

Preschool Literature List

Do you get lost in the library trying to find good books? I certainly do. I can't remember if we've read it before, I have no recollection of the books I read in early childhood and therefore don't remember which ones I liked, and I always want a good mix. I referred to a lot of other lists to compile a list of my own, including the reading lists from Moving Beyond the Page, Sonlight, Five in a Row, and Read Aloud America. I took recommendations from posters on discussion boards that I frequent. These were nowhere near all the books we've been reading for our preschool year, but they were the ones I considered worthwhile to put on a list and make sure I checked out throughout the year. I kept this to 52 books - one for each week of the year, though we didn't necessarily do one per week.

1.       Nana Upstairs and Nana Downstairs (Tomie DePaola)
2.       A Pair of Red Clogs (Masako Matsuno)
3.       What Do You Do With a Tail Like This (Steve Jenkins)
4.       Angus Lost (Marjorie Flack)
5.       Caps for Sale (Esphyr Slobodkina)
6.       Rosie’s Magic Horse (Russell Hoban)
7.       A Splendid Friend Indeed (Suzanne Bloom)
8.       The Glorious Flight (Alice Provensen)
9.       Owl Babies (Martin Waddell)
10.   Dandelion (Don Freeman)
11.   Nurse Clementine (Simon James)
12.   Seasons of Arnold’s Apple Tree (Gail Gibbons)
13.   Little Bear’s Little Boat (Eve Bunting)
14.   Grandfather’s Journey (Allen Say)
15.   Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse (Kevin Henkes)
16.   Ella Sarah Gets Dressed (Margaret Chodos-Irvine)
17.   Petunia (Roger Duvoisin)
18.   Dinosaurs Big and Small (Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld)
19.   Papa Piccolo (Carol Talley)
20.   Swimmy (Leo Lionni)
21.   A Rainbow of My Own (Don Freeman)
22.   The Cat in the Hat (Dr. Seuss)
23.   Dogger (Shirley Hughes)
24.   Zin! Zin !Zin! A Violin (Lloyd Moss)
25.   My Lucky Day (Keiko Kasza)
26.   Little Blue and Little Yellow (Leo Lionni)
27.   An Extraordinary Egg (Leo Lionni)
28.   Not a Box (Antoninette Portis)
29.   Little Red Riding Hood (retold by Trina Schart Hyman)
30.   A Bus Called Heaven (Bob Graham)
31.   There’s a Wocket in My Pocket (Dr. Seuss)
32.   Toot and Puddle (Holly Hobbie)
33.   Tiger Can’t Sleep (JJ Fore)
34.   Umbrella (Taro Yashima)
35.   Curious George (H.A. Rey)
36.   Amber on the Mountain (Tony Johnston)
37.   When I’m Sleepy (Jane R Howard)
38.   Night of the Moonjellies (Mark Shasha)
39.   Wheel on the Chimney (Margaret Wise Brown)
40.   Ride a Purple Pelican (Jack Prelutsky)
41.   Farfallina and Marcel (Holly Keller)
42.   The House on East 88th Street (Bernard Waber)
43.   The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge (Hildegarde Swift)
44.   It’s Mine! (Leo Lionni)
45.   Cranberry Thanksgiving (Wende Devlin)
46.   Bear Shadow (Frank Asch)
47.   And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street (Dr. Seuss)
48.   Mouse Soup (Arnold Lobel)
49.   Mole and the Baby Bird (Marjorie Newman)
50.   Beatrice Doesn’t Want To (Laura Numeroff)
51.   Frog and Toad Are Friends (Arnold Lobel)
52.   Winnie the Pooh (A.A. Milne)


  1. Thanks for sharing this list! I wanted to mention another Don Freeman book that my little girl loved: Earl the Squirrel. We happened upon it at the library and she looooved that and Dandelion, too.

  2. Thanks! Dandelion wasn't the only Don Freeman book we read, but we haven't read Earl the Squirrel. I'll go put it into my reserve list!