Some Books to Enjoy With Your Baby, Toddler and Preschooler

Raising a Reader…
Children need to see and hear hundreds of books before they are ready to learn how to read.  Families that read with their child just 20 minutes a day are building essential pre-reading and learning skills, along with strong and loving relationships.
The recommended read-aloud books below will entertain, teach and inspire your child’s imagination.  At home, reread favorite books together often, and aim to read three picture books most days with your under-five-year-old child.
  • But Not the Hippopotamus by Sandra Boynton
  • We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
  • So Much by Trish Cooke
  • Jamberry by Bruce Degan
  • Is Your Mama a Llama? by Deborah Guarino
  • Zoom City by Thacher Hurd
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr.
  • Lyle, Lyle Crocodile by Bernard Waber
  • If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff
  • The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper
  • The Little Red Hen by Paul Galdone
  • The Mitten by Jan Brett
  • Curious George by H. A. Rey
  • Danny and the Dinosaur by Syd Hott
  • Froggy Goes to School by Jonathan London
  • Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow
  • Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
  • Good Night Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
  • Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes
  • Max’s Dragon Shirt by Rosemary Wells
  • Mrs. Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten by Joseph Slate
  • The Napping House by Audrey Wood
  • Stellaluna by Janell Cannon
  • Read-Aloud Rhymes for the Very Young by Jack Prelutsky
  • Yoko Learns to Read by Rosemary Wells
  • Where’s Spot? by Eric Hill
  • The Cat in the Hat by Doctor Seuss
  • Ten Little Ladybugs by Melanie Gerth
  • The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

For many more wonderful books to read to the very young, go to The Children’s Reading Foundation’s website,  and look for “101 Wonderful Books Every Child Should Hear Before Kindergarten.”