Every preschool class should have at least 58 books
While I was back in classroom teaching, I realized how beneficial blogs such mine and many other ones are for educators of early childhood who plan lessons. This in mind, here are my top preschool books. Although I wanted this list to have a catchy number, like 75 or 50, it was 58 at the time I wrote this article in 2015. Since then I’ve added eight great books for preschoolers. It was hard to distill it to a short list of the books I consider my absolute must-haves. I know that you will have many titles to add so feel free to leave a comment with the titles you use in your preschool class.
By Herve Tullet Do Not Let the Pigeon Take the Bus
Preschoolers Read Together
Preschoolers are children from ages 3 to 5. The majority can stay still for at most five minutes to listen to a story. They can also care for books well and will read real books. These are some suggestions for sharing books with your little book-lovers:
Whenever possible, let your preschooler choose the books to read. Visit your library often with your little one!
It doesn’t mean that you have to finish a book at once. Use a fun or fancy bookmark to mark your place when your preschooler starts getting wiggly.
While reading the book, you can ask your preschooler any questions. When you read, point out things such as the title and spine of the book, author name, and pages at the end.
Books with more words or longer sentences are not to be avoided. The book does not have to be understood by every child. Children don’t need to know every word in the book. Let them learn from sentences and pictures.
Numerous of the above-mentioned authors have several preschool books. You can find one that you and your child love. Be sure to read more from the same author.
Do you need more books for children or pre-school? Find great websites to download free audiobooks for kids, including these collections. You can also find audiobooks.com free trial and enjoy all of your favorite read-aloud books!
The Ultimate List Of Preschool Books
Did you finish reading books in class yesterday? Or at bedtime last night, or both? 1, 2, 3, a gazillion?
The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?… These are just a few of the books that most preschoolers will request every single day. The demands of avid book-lovers can make it difficult to keep up.
You will find everything you need to read books with your preschoolers here. These book suggestions, reading tips, and book activities will get preschoolers’ attention.
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These are some helpful tips when choosing books for pre-schoolers.
Engaging books are the best. The story will grab preschoolers’ attention with its engaging characters and rich dialogue.
Be familiar with your children or groups of children. The attention span of each child is different. Beginn with smaller books and move up to longer stories.
Everyone has a different reading style. There are books that almost all preschoolers will love. Parents and teachers keep repeating these two phrases over and again: Pete The Cat I Love My White Shoes
The book is illustrated by James Dean, and was written by Eric Litwin. This book can contain any Pete The Cat poem. Eric Litwin is the author of my favourite four books. In my view, the others have gone commercialized. The story quality isn’t as good as in the first four.
The Bus is not for the Pigeons
Mo Willems makes a good gag for lots of fun and laughter. But the bus driver wants the silly pigeon not to drive the bus. The reader has been asked to stop that from happening. After you’ve finished reading the Pigeon books, jump into Elephant & Piggie.
Each year I share a list of books that have been favorites in our house for the past year. These books are among our favorite book choices for kids. These two are applicable to preschool:
Favorite Books For 4 Years-Olds
You can find them here. You can be sure that they’ll also go well with pre-schoolers.
More Great Book Lists
The same way we have to be able to enjoy a diverse diet, it is also important to ensure that our children are exposed to varied reading materials. A good idea is to keep multicultural books on the shelves. A good supply of multicultural books is a must for your preschoolers.
The books are also an excellent teaching tool. Preschoolers can learn all about colors and patterns, as well as feelings, sequencing, and other concepts. These titles will help facilitate this learning. More than 40 books are suggested for preschoolers.
You can also check out these related posts about preschool book lists.
Mathematics Books for Preschoolers Interactive Books For Kids Nonfiction Books to Preschoolers
Preschool Books And Activities
Our literacy time centers around books. A book is our springboard to real life learning and play.
Growing Book by Book shares a new Book Activity each month. It’s an early literacy building hands-on activity paired with a favorite children’s books. These are some ideas to share with your students.
Eric Carle Activity
The *Virtual Book Club for Kids (or Virtual Book Club for Kids) is an ongoing monthly program that you can use regularly. Each month a preschool book is selected and participating bloggers share hands-on activities that correlate with the book. We have selected a selection of our favourites.
Pinkalicious Activities Corduroy Activities
*One of my very favorite activities to do at home with preschoolers (and older kids) is Family Dinner Book Club . Each month a book, themed menu, table craft, conversation starters, and a family service project are shared. Here’s a selection of past favorites.
James Herriott’s Treasury for Children ( I LOVE this book.) The Bear Called Paddington*Another project that is very dear to me is teaching my children to help others. A monthly project was created that allowed us to focus on creating and sharing. The books, services, and activities all went into creating my first book, Read, Create & Share. It’s an easy way for prekindergarteners to experience books in a new light.
Here are some more tips for reading books with preschoolers
These are the most common questions and suggestions when reading with preschoolers.
How can I handle a preschooler with squirrelly behavior during a story-aloud?
Preschoolers have a tendency to be slightly squirrely. These children are quite active. This energy is amazing.
Children may not be listening if they move during read-alouds. For concentration to occur, children often need to distract themselves.
Building A Preschooler’S Library
Okay, you now have tons of books to recommend for your preschoolers. But how can you create a personalized library for them?
The library is a huge favorite of ours. Though it doesn’t build your child’s personal permanent library, it’s an excellent way to test out books you may want to purchase. If you find that you are checking out the same book over and over again, then it might be one that you want to consider buying.
A child should have her own set of books. Personal libraries can give you great pride in your work and allow for ownership.
These are some tips to help you build a library.
A special holiday book can be given to someone on their birthday. Write a note inside the book telling why you selected the book and date it. They will become treasured and beloved books.
Ask parents, grandparents (if you are an educator), and party guests to bring a book rather than a toy.
You can find more information on how to obtain books at no cost or even a fraction of the price. -> 8 Ways to Books for Free Then, once your preschooler has a starter library, it will be important to teach her how to care for it. You now have an endless supply of preschool books for your little readers. Stock up on books because your little one will soon be reading to them. Register for our Growing Book by Book Community. > I YES! PIN IT FOR OTHERS TO RECALL.
What Books Are Appropriate For Preschoolers?
- Bear is awake! Hannah E. tells the story of Alphabet Bear.
- The Peas Series from Keith Baker.
- Atinuke: Baby goes to Market
- Anne Miranda presents Tangled, A Story About Shapes.
- Sophie Beer: Love Makes a Family
- Kindness Makes Us Strong by Sophie Beer.
- House: First Words Board Books by Michael Slack.
How do you choose the right books to read for preschoolers?
- The Very Hungry Petrpillar. by Eric Carle.
- Llama Llama Red Pajama.
- All by myself (Little Critter).
- 90th anniversary edition of The Little Engine That Could.
- Dragons love tacos.
- Ferdinand the Story.
- Richard Scarry’s Cars and Trucks and Things That Go.
- All the Wonderful Things You’ll Be.
What Kind Of Books Do 4 Year Olds Like?
- Harold and The Purple Crayon. Promoting Adventure.
- The Pout-Pout Fish. Pouty Pants.
- These are the wonderful things you will be. You can dream big.
- Pete the Cat
- A collection of stories for 4-year-olds.
- The Little House.
- Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.
- If Animals Had Good Night.