The Top Ten Books for Preschoolers
In spirit of the recent movie for Where the Wild Things Are, the K-12 Directory of Schools blog looks at the top ten books for your preschool child. These reads are simply a must as you prepare your child for kindergarten and the K-12 educational world.
1. Where the Wild Things Are
Maurice Sendak gave the world a book that has touched countless generations of young readers. Parents admit to loving this book just as much of their children because, like a ancient oral tradition, it’s passed down in our society from one vivid imagination to the next. You’d be surprised how much this book follows you! I studied it during Children’s Literature and Fantasy Literature in college. Start your child’s English education right with this classic.
2. The Snowy Day
This award-winning book from Ezra Jack Keats is perfect for the winter holidays. One of the best ways to start a love for reading with young children is to intermingle it with something else they already love, like snow.
3. Harold and the Purple Crayon
For fifty years, Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson has tickled the minds of preschoolers around the world. Imagination is at the center of this book, just like Where the Wild Things Are. Bonus points if your child’s favorite color is purple!
4. Guess How Much I Love You
Sam McBratney’s Guess How Much I Love You is the perfect before-bedtime read.
5. The Neighborhood Mother Goose
Combine traditional nursery rhymes with modern photography to really stimulate your child’s mind and explore literature in their everyday world. Nina Crew’s book is sure to delight your child’s budding reading skills.
6. The Little Engine That Could
Literary critics believe this book acts as a metaphor for the American dream. George and Doris Hauman’s The Little Engine That Could teaches children about hard work in a fun-loving way.
7. The Incredible Book Eating Boy
Talk about turning a love for reading into something literal! Oliver Jeffer’s The Incredible Book Eating Boy gets children into the mind set that devouring books is enjoyable. Of course, we don’t mean with a fork-and-spoon.
8. Happy Birthday, Moon
Frank Asch’s Happy Birthday, Moon is another classic. Explain fundamental aspects your child will have to face their first year of school like friendships, birthdays, and learning with this creative story.
9. I Stink!
You’d never guess how fun garbage trucks could be, but Kate and Jim McMullan do a fine job at it with their preschool book, I Stink!
10. The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Just like Where the Wild Things Are, Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a multi-generation classic.
Children love the lyrical sounds and onomatopoeia; anything that incorporates these ideas–or both even, like Dr. Seuss!–are usually winners for aspiring readers. Make sure to start your child’s love for reading before they enter kindergarten in order to give them the head start they need.