I hope everyone had a lovely Mother’s Day, full of love and yummy food! I spent part of Mother’s Day in one of my favorite places, the public library. That might sound a bit strange, but this library is amazing. It has three floors, filled to the brim with tons of amazing books, DVDs, and it houses a large children’s play area. My 3-year-old’s favorite thing about this library is not the train set or adorable crawling tunnel, it is the books. She loves being read to, and insists on looking at her “new” books on the drive home. Here are the top 10 books every preschooler must read, according to R.
Like all of Boynton’s books, this story is silly and simple. My preschooler, R, loves the illustrations. Every parent has dealt with a child like Little Pookie, who is feeling blue. His mother tries to figure out why he is upset by asking simple questions. This is the perfect book for cheering up a little one (or even their mommy).
This book is based on the popular children’s song, “We’re Going to the Zoo”. The adorable illustrations follow a family as they visit the zoo and see the animals. R loves to swing her “trunk” along with the elephants and roar with the lion. While this book is a bit long, the fun story and happy illustrations will keep most preschoolers engaged.
While neither of my daughters has a irreplaceable “lovey” like Knuffle Bunny, they both love this book! The black and white photographs and colorful, cartoon illustrations are a wonderful and unique combination. The book follows a toddler named Trixie and her favorite toy Knuffle Bunny, who are inseparable. They are accidentally parted at the local laundromat and chaos ensues. A pre-verbal Trixie tries to explain the problem to her clueless father, and becomes increasingly upset when he doesn’t understand. My favorite part is when Trixie refuses to move any further and goes “boneless”. That is my 18-month old’s favorite method of tantrum-ing as well.
My preschooler, R, loves dressing up, wearing tutus and tons of multi-colored jewelry. So, the Fancy Nancy series is a perfect fit for her! When Nancy’s family decides to get a dog, she wants the fanciest possible puppy. Her family want a big, plain dog. Nancy offers to dog-sit her neighbor’s papillon, in an effort to show her family what a glamorous and wonderful puppy he is. Hijinks ensue, leaving R giggling hysterically. This is the perfect book for a dog-lover or “fancy” preschooler.
R loves this book so much that we actually hid it at one point (you try reading the same book everyday for a month). It has since made a reappearance on her bookshelf. She loves the colorful pictures and the princess. I love that this is a true level 1 reader book, with sight words and small picture symbols to help her along. This will be a great book for her to read herself.
Dr. Seuss is a well-loved author, but his books tend be a bit long for the average three year old. Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? is short, but still whimsical. Both of my daughters love to “tick-tock” along with amazing Mr. Brown, who can make all kinds of wonderful and unusual noises (who knew that a lightning make a “splat” noise?). The illustrations are colorful and fanciful, and the story is repetitive enough for R to “read” along with me.
This book may be better suited for younger children, but R loves it just the same. Rey expands on the popular children’s rhyme “Patty-A-Cake”, with George making a cake, mailing a card, and getting ready for a birthday party for the Man with the Yellow Hat. In the center of the book is a Curious George hand puppet, which is a bit too big for the average preschooler’s hand. But, it is adorable and R loves singing along with George.
This popular book, about the antics of the lower case alphabet, is a long-time favorite in our home. R love to “reading” the story while playing with this Chicka Chicka Boom Boom tree. The lively rhyme is perfect for capturing the attention of a preschooler. I love that it teaches letter recognition of lowercase alphabet, which can be difficult for small children.
We picked up this book at a museum shop on a whim. R loves ballerinas, so this book is perfect! While the story is simple and short, it is a great introduction to French painter Edgar Degas. This is part of a series of book on famous contemporary painters, which include Monet, Van Gogh, and Matisse.
The colorful illustrations and simple story make this classic book an instant hit with any preschooler. The die-cut pages show what the caterpillar ate each day, ranging from healthy fruit to decadent desserts. The caterpillar then builds himself a cocoon, and becomes (spoiler alert) a beautiful butterfly. R loves “reading” this book to her little sister, who enjoys sticking her finger in the die-cut holes. This book always make me hungry!
What is your preschooler’s favorite book? I’d love to know!