With the help of 55 spectacular preschool books, children learn to explore new concepts and thus increase their pre-existent knowledge of the world. Explore new and exciting literary worlds and all the creative tales they present!
1. Kindness Starts With You
The main character, Maddy, spreads kindness wherever she goes. Kindness Starts With You teaches kids that every kind act has the potential to make a difference!
2. We Listen to Our Bodies
We Listen to Our Bodies teaches young learners to tune into their physical, emotional, and intellectual selves. These skills help learners navigate their surroundings and foster better interactions with those around them.
3. Grumpy Monkey
Get ready to laugh your socks off! Grumpy monkey Jim may just need to have a bit of a bad day to turn his frown upside down. This read demonstrates that it’s important to feel all of your emotions and not just try and rid yourself of the negative ones!
4. The Gruffalo
A mysterious creature named the Gruffalo is invented by a mouse to be his protector! The Gruffalo is a beloved tale about using your intelligence to navigate the tough, puzzling, and scary times faced in life.
5. The Family Book
The Family Book is the perfect addition to every Preschool class! It shows readers that each family is special in its own unique way by depicting different types of family arrangements.
6. All by Myself
Little Critter is really enjoying his independence! He learns to accomplish everyday tasks such as tying his shoes, brushing his hair, and many more, all by himself!
7. Learn to Read: Sight Words Storybook
Sight Words Storybook is a wonderful book for learning to read. Identify sight words as you enjoy 25 short stories as well as a reinforcing educational activity at the end of each read.
8. All About Weather
All About Weather is the perfect addition to your preschool classroom as it helps learners gain basic knowledge about the seasons, different types of weather and clouds, and a whole lot more!
9. Llama Llama Loves Camping
Help Llama Llama face his fears as he sets off on his very first camping trip! So much fun, adventure, and camp-time favorites are in store!
10. My First Learn to Write Workbook
Looking to replicate a day in the life of preschoolers at home? Why not enlist the help of this fun Learn to Write a book! This awesome book helps children practice pen control whilst learning to recognize, read and write the letters of the alphabet.
11. How to Catch a Mermaid
Discover how to catch a mermaid in this sweet book. Will you find the most success using glittering gold crowns, perfectly shaped pearls, or other sparkling jewels?
12. The Wonky Donkey
The Wonky Donkey is the perfect read-aloud book. Children practice recognizing and forming an assortment of vowel sounds as they enjoy a comical read about a donkey with only 3 legs!
13. When I Feel Frustrated
Help children better navigate emotions of anger with the help of this cleverly written read. When I Feel Frustrated shows learners how to cope with unsettling emotions such as frustration and anger.
14. Peppa in Space
Peppa Pig has quickly become a fan favorite tv-show. Based on the hit show, Peppa and her family explore a day at the museum and this rambunctious little pig quickly decides that she’d like to explore outer space.
15. Dragon’s Breath
Dragon’s Breath reminds readers of the importance of brushing your teeth as well as maintaining good gum and mouth hygiene. This funny picture book is a great walk-through of how a young boy and his dragon maintain proper dental care.
16. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
With bold graphics, rhyming sentences, and beautiful characters, this lovely book will quickly become a storytime favorite! Brown Bear by Bill Martin and Eric Carle is certainly a classic book for children and introduces young minds to farm animals like never before!
17. The Color Monster
The color monster needs your help in exploring his emotions. This heartwarming book is perfect for teaching kids how to identify what they are feeling and then calmly process their emotions without losing control.
18. The Night Before Preschool
Banish first-day preschool jitters with the help of this endearing read. Billy makes a friend on his first day that helps to take all of his nervous feelings away!
19. If Animals Kissed Good Night
This charming story prompts readers to consider the ways in which different animals would kiss one another goodnight if they were just like humans!
20. The Very Hungry Caterpillar
With vibrant illustrations and a beautiful storyline, The Very Hungry Caterpillar will have you intrigued from page 1! This read is all about one caterpillar’s magnificent transformation into a butterfly. It is the perfect reading choice for preschoolers as it not only allows learners to enjoy a lovely story but also practice counting and learning the days of the week.
21. How to Be Cooler than Cool
The hilarious tale teaches readers that coolness is something that comes from being yourself and having fun! How to Be Cooler than Cool is a great book for kids as it follows a lively bunch of animal friends on their journey to discovering what it means to be cool.
22. The Mysterious Sea Bunny
The Mysterious Sea Bunny may not be all that he first seems! This unique picture book teaches learners about the hidden life of many sea creatures.
23. Best Day Ever!
Best Day Ever maps out a day in the life of an energetic pooch and her owner. This is one of the best books for preschoolers as it demonstrates how to turn a bad day into a good one!
Explore the sounds of a busy city in this wonderful picture book. Listen inspires readers to be aware of their surroundings and make the most of even the smallest of joys.
25. Dakota Crumb: Tiny Treasure Hunter
Dakota Crumb is a tiny treasure hunter who lives in the museum. With a mission to find prized artifacts, Dakota is in for the ride of her life as she embarks on her nocturnal adventure!
26. How to Apologize
How to Apologize is an endearing read that explores the ins and outs of apologies. This book about friendship reminds us that although apologizing isn’t always the easiest thing to do, it’s extremely important in helping us maintain healthy relationships.
27. We All Play
We All Play likens young children to animals and helps encourage a spirit of fun and playfulness. This has to be one of the most beautiful books on the market and acts as a fantastic reminder to make time to explore your connection with the natural world.
28. The Museum of Everything
If you’re ready for an adventure-filled read, then The Museum of Everything is the perfect book for you! This story invites readers to take delight in exploring the world around them and marveling at its natural beauty.
29. I Am Not a Fish!
After undergoing a bit of an identity crisis, Edgar the jellyfish learns to accept himself and love the characteristics that make him special! I Am Not a Fish helps to shed light on the importance of self-acceptance.
30. How to Talk Monster
How to Talk Monster is an imaginative tale of a boy who may just encounter a monster before going to bed. Monsters aren’t as scary as they’re always perceived and this humorous picture book shows readers just that!
31. The Octopus Escapes
After being taken from his cave by a diver, this brave little octopus undergoes studies and tests in an aquarium. He plots his escape in order to live freely in the ocean once more!
32. I’m Getting a Shark!
Being the biggest shark fanatic around, a young girl hopes to be gifted a shark for her birthday after mishearing her parents’ conversation! Learn about the varieties of the shark species as well as how to protect these magnificent creatures with the help of this exciting book.
34. Regina Is NOT a Little Dinosaur
Regina dreams of independence in this captivating picture book with bold, child-friendly illustrations. When a trip from her nest goes wrong, Regina realizes she may not be as ready as she first imagined!
35. Are You a Cheeseburger?
Are You a Cheeseburger is a hilarious book about a raccoon who befriends a seed that he finds whilst rummaging through the trash. With big hopes for his little friend, Grub the raccoon is on a mission to grow a cheeseburger, and with the right approach- he may just find success!
36. Turtle in a Tree
Turtle in a tree is about learning to respect other people’s ideas or opinions. In this charming read, a bulldog and greyhound demonstrate that one cannot always see the full picture from their point of view.
37. What If, Pig?
Pig catastrophizes everything when he starts planning a party for his best friends. Help Pig adopts a positive outlook and disregards his anxious approach in this endearing tale.
38. The More the Merrier
Great for classroom teaching about learning to love what makes you different from others. Join a variety of forest animal companions as they dance in celebration of their differences.
After moving to a new town Maude finds herself lonely and bored. She draws an imaginary friend dog who teaches her the value of being her authentic self.
40. Have You Ever Seen a Flower?
Marvel at the natural world with this magnificent picture book. Have You Ever Seen a Flower? encourages readers to explore the natural wonders around them and appreciate the diverse universe in which we exist.
41. Memory Jars
Memory Jars is a beautiful story that illustrates how wondrous times can be stored as memories- to be retrieved and contemplated whenever we should wish to do so.
42. The Smile Shop
Left feeling downtrodden after facing a day of disasters, a young boy hopes to use his pocket money to buy himself a smile in the hopes of cheering himself up.
Follow the inspiring journey of a Vietnamese family who seeks to build a new life on the other side of the world. Wishes is a poetic read that instills a new hope for humanity in its readers.
Oddbird helps readers appreciate what makes them unique. This witty book sees a young bird gain confidence and relish in new friendships!
45. Dessert Island
Learn to share with the help of this awesome picture book. Dessert Island is about a fox and a monkey who become the most unlikely of friends.
46. When Lola Visits
When Lola Visits is a timeless read about the bond between family relatives. This special book details the account of a granddaughter visiting her grandmother for the Summer.
47. Wonder Walkers
Tap into a world of wonder with the Wonder Walkers. This duo has explored far and wide and has many-a-tales to share. Thought-provoking questions encourage readers to be creative and use their imagination- quickly making this a fan favorite book.
48. My Heart Fills With Happiness
My Heart Fills With Happiness reminds its readers to appreciate the small joys in life by considering the beauty and pleasure in everyday life.
49. Dumplings for Lili
Dumplings for Lili is a celebratory tale of family, culture, and cuisine. Lili spends the day helping all the grandmothers in her building make different types of dumplings.
50. Fred Gets Dressed
Encouraging self-expression, Fred Gets Dressed sees a young boy who enjoys wearing no clothes, playing dress-up, and falling in love with clothing!
51. The Curious Garden
Liam dreams of a greener world and so decides to fix up a dying garden- planting trees and promoting green growth as he goes!
52. Bedtime for Bad Kitty
Bad kitty isn’t in the mood for bedtime, but can she keep her eyes awake after she runs out of energy? Find out in this hilarious tale about before-bed antics.
53. Star of the Party: The Solar System Celebrates!
Loved by all, Sun gets a surprise when all her solar system buddies throw her a birthday party! The Solar System Celebrates is a fact-filled book that helps learners discover more about the galaxy!
54. A Pizza with Everything on It
A dynamic father-son duo creates an outlandish pizza that threatens to destroy the universe and everything in it!
55. Goodbye Preschool, Hello Kindergarten
Kiss Preschool goodbye with this exciting paperback. Goodbye Preschool, Hello Kindergarten is about a quirky duck named Max who overcomes his fears about moving grades.
56. One Little Lot: The 1-2-3s of Urban Gardening
In this book, a young girl turns an empty city lot into a lush garden. One Little Lot combines lessons on counting, community engagement, and environmental stewardship. This hands-on approach makes it an excellent educational tool; encouraging students to consider their role in community and nature.
57. I Promise
Authored by LeBron James, this book focuses on the importance of commitment and diligence. It discusses the key values required to achieve one’s dreams and goals. I Promise is a motivational read for students who aim high. It emphasizes the significance of keeping promises- both to oneself and others.
58. Just Ask: Be Different, Be Brave, Be You
Written by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, this book tackles the concept of diversity and acceptance. It prompts students to celebrate different abilities and perspectives while encouraging open dialogues about diversity and fostering a culture of empathy. Just Ask is a valuable resource for inclusive education.
59. The Day the Crayons Quit
This book tells the story of crayons who decide to go on strike. It engages students with the crayons’ unique problems and grievances- touching on problem-solving, negotiation skills, and the importance of diversity within a community. Readers can cheer on Duncan, the young boy in the story, who becomes the mediator who resolves the conflict.
60. Uni the Unicorn
In this story, Uni the unicorn believes that little girls are real. It flips the classic fairy tale narrative, making it more inclusive and broad-minded. Uni the Unicorn encourages students to believe in the extraordinary and imagine limitless possibilities while highlighting the value of faith and imagination.
61. Steam Train, Dream Train
This book features a train filled with animals ready for bedtime. The writing’s rhythmic flow makes it an engaging read for younger students, especially at bedtime. The book introduces various types of animals and their bedtime rituals; making it a fun way to learn about the habits and behaviors of different creatures.
62. The Snail and the Whale
This adventure-filled book involves a snail and a whale exploring the world. It teaches readers about the power of friendship and the beauty of diversity while emphasizing bravery, and that even the smallest can make a big difference. The Snail and the Whale is a multicultural and environmental journey wrapped in a children’s tale.
63. The Invisible String
This heartfelt story discusses the invisible bond of love between people, regardless of distance. It can be used to help students understand emotions and connections, and it can be particularly helpful during periods of separation or loss. The Invisible String offers reassurance that love is a force that transcends physical presence.
64. Ada Twist, Scientist
Ada is a young girl who loves exploring the world through science. The lively story encourages students to explore STEM subjects and remain inquisitive. This book is a great way to introduce scientific thinking and methodology, and it motivates students to be problem-solvers and critical thinkers.
65. The Watermelon Seed
This humorous book features a crocodile who fears swallowing a watermelon seed. It teaches students about confronting and overcoming irrational fears, utilizing humor to deal with a subject that can often feel overwhelming. The Watermelon Seed is an excellent resource for discussions about courage and problem-solving.
Gaston is a bulldog raised in a family of poodles. The book teaches students the value of self-identity and authenticity, encouraging kids to accept and celebrate their uniqueness. Gaston is a useful resource for discussing diversity and the importance of family.
67. The Rainbow Fish
In this classic book, the Rainbow Fish learns the joy of sharing his beautiful scales with friends. The book offers lessons on generosity and community, and it serves as a great discussion starter about sharing and kindness in the classroom. The colorful illustrations also make it visually engaging for young readers.
68. The Paper Bag Princess
This story challenges traditional gender roles in fairy tales. The princess becomes the hero, promoting empowerment and independence. It can be used in the classroom to discuss stereotypes and gender equality. The Paperbag Princess teaches kids that anyone can be a hero, regardless of gender.
Corduroy is a teddy bear waiting for someone to take him home. This book teaches children about love and friendship in the simplest terms, and it can help students understand the importance of feeling loved and valued. Corduroy is a comforting story that discusses the meaning of home and belonging.
70. Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!
The story follows a pigeon who dreams of driving a bus. This funny book teaches students about setting boundaries and making wise decisions, and it can be a helpful tool for teaching the importance of saying “no” when necessary. Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus uses humor to impart important life lessons to children.
71. Iggy Peck, Architect
Iggy Peck has been building amazing structures since he was two. The book encourages students to explore their talents and follow their dreams, and it’s particularly good for inspiring interest in STEM subjects. It teaches that with passion and hard work, you can achieve anything.
72. Press Here
This interactive book turns reading into an adventure. It encourages children to touch and shake the book, providing immediate feedback and a unique way to engage students in the reading experience. It shows that books can be not only informative but also interactive and fun.
73. Owl Babies
This book centers on three owl siblings missing their mother. It teaches students about parental love and security. Owl Babies can help children who are dealing with separation anxiety or similar issues, assuring them that their loved ones will always return to them.
74. The Snowy Day
This classic book explores the wonder of the first snowfall. It teaches students about the joy and curiosity that come with experiencing something new and celebrates the simple yet magical moments in life. It’s a winter staple that resonates with students of all ages.
75. Rosie Revere, Engineer
Rosie is a young girl who loves to invent. This book encourages kids to persevere in their endeavors, no matter the challenges. It’s an inspirational read for young learners, especially those interested in STEM. Rosie Revere teaches that failure is just another step toward success!
76. Waiting Is Not Easy!
Gerald the Elephant has to wait for a surprise from his friend Piggie. This book teaches students the virtue of patience, and it’s a great discussion starter about handling anticipation and delayed gratification in the classroom. The simple yet expressive illustrations make it engaging for young readers.
77. The Dot
Vashti believes she can’t draw, but her teacher helps her see otherwise. This book encourages students to discover their creative potential. The Dot serves as a catalyst for discussing talent, self-belief, and the impact of encouragement and inspires children to make their mark confidently.
78. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
A family embarks on an adventurous bear hunt, overcoming various obstacles. This book encourages bravery, determination, and a love for adventure among students. It’s an excellent resource for teaching about problem-solving and resilience, while the repetitive text and sound words make it a fun read-aloud experience.
79. The Bad Seed
As you might imagine, the main character in this book is a seed whom everyone thinks is bad—but there’s more to the story. This book helps students understand the complexities of human behavior. It encourages discussions about making good choices, empathy, and forgiveness and teaches that everyone has the potential for change.
80. The Little Engine That Could
This classic story features a small engine that must overcome a challenging task. It teaches students about optimism and the value of hard work. The phrase “I think I can, I think I can” becomes a mantra for overcoming obstacles. The Little Engine That Could is a well-loved motivational tool for teaching perseverance and self-belief.
81. The Pout-Pout Fish
This underwater tale follows a grumpy fish who learns to choose happiness. The book teaches students that moods are temporary and can be changed, and it’s also a useful resource for discussing emotions and mental well-being. The colorful illustrations and rhyming text in The Pout-Pout Fish make it engaging for young readers.
82. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
In this tale, a mouse’s simple request spirals into a series of hilarious events. This book teaches students about cause and effect through its clever storyline. It’s a fun way to introduce young learners to logical connections and consequences, engaging students while providing valuable lessons.
Chrysanthemum is ridiculed for her unique name but learns to embrace it. This book teaches students about the importance of individuality and self-confidence. It serves as a tool for discussing bullying and the value of uniqueness and encourages children to be proud of who they are.
84. Harold and the Purple Crayon
Harold creates his own world with a single purple crayon. This book celebrates imagination and creativity among students. It’s a fantastic resource for art classes or creative writing sessions, showing that the sky’s the limit when it comes to what you can imagine.
85. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Alexander experiences a series of unfortunate events but learns a valuable lesson in the end. This book helps students understand that bad days happen to everyone. It teaches resilience and empathy, showing that tomorrow is a new day. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day is a relatable, comforting read for children dealing with difficult emotions.
Olivia is an imaginative pig who loves to try new things. The book encourages students to embrace their individuality and creativity. It’s a delightful read that captures the essence of childhood wonder and inspires young learners to explore their interests and be themselves.
87. Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale
A young girl loses her beloved stuffed bunny, leading to a dramatic search. This book teaches students about attachment and the lengths we go to for love. It’s a heartwarming story perfect for discussing the importance of care and responsibility and the book’s inventive, mixed-media illustrations add a unique touch.
88. The Napping House
In this cumulative tale, a flea disrupts a peaceful napping house. This book is a fun read for students that teaches about cause and effect. It’s perfect for naptime or teaching sequencing and pattern recognition, and it’s a humorous way to engage children in reading.
89. Where the Wild Things Are
After misbehaving, Max is sent to bed without dinner and sails to a land of wild creatures. This book teaches students about imagination as a powerful tool for coping. It’s a classic that dives deep into the emotional world of a child and encourages young learners to explore their feelings through imagination.
90. Green Eggs and Ham
Dr. Seuss encourages trying new things in this iconic book. It teaches students to step out of their comfort zones and be open to new experiences. The rhyming text and catchy phrases make it a fun read. Green Eggs and Ham is a classroom favorite for discussions about open-mindedness and adaptability.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a literature-based preschool curriculum?
Preschool curriculums founded on literature rely on books as the main focus in a child’s learning journey. Here’s why: books explore a number of themes, ideas, and natural phenomena, as well as help, increase a child’s vocabulary through natural language acquisition.