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Ages 3-5

Great Books for Preschoolers

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A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead
Amos McGee, a friendly zookeeper, always made time to visit his good friends: the elephant, the tortoise, the penguin, the rhinoceros, and the owl. But one day--'Ah-choo!'--he woke with the sniffles and the sneezes. Though he didn't make it into the zoo that day, he did receive some unexpected guests.
After the Fall : How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again by Dan Santat
After falling off the wall, Humpty Dumpty is very afraid of climbing up again, but is determined not to let fear stop him from being close to the birds.
Astro Girl by  Ken Wilson-Max
After Astrid tells her father that she wants to be an astronaut, he tells her of all the things that astronauts have to do.
Bee-bim-Bop! by Linda Sue Park
A child, eager for a favorite meal, helps with the shopping, food preparation, and table setting.
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems
No matter how hard he pleads and begs, the pigeon is not supposed to drive the bus while the driver is away, but pigeon tries every persuasive trick a young child knows to get you to say, "Yes."Lexile-120L
Eat Pete! by Michael Rex
When a hungry monster appears outside Pete's window, it is not for a play date, but soon the two are racing toy cars, playing pirate, and more.
Fry Bread : A Native American Family Story by  Kevin Noble Maillard
Using illustrations that show the diversity in Native America and spare poetic text that emphasizes fry bread in terms of provenance, this volume tells the story of a post-colonial food that is a shared tradition for Native American families all across the North American continent. Includes a recipe and an extensive author note that delves into the social ways, foodways, and politics of America's 573 recognized tribes.
Hair Love by  Matthew A Cherry
A little girl's daddy steps in to help her arrange her curly, coiling, wild hair into styles that allow her to be her natural, beautiful self.
It's Okay to Be Different by Todd Parr
Illustrations and brief text describe all kinds of differences that are okay.
Julian Is a Mermaid by  Jessica Love
In an exuberant picture book, a glimpse of costumed mermaids leaves one boy flooded with wonder and ready to dazzle the world.
Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle
A small blue truck finds his way out of a jam, with a little help from his friends.
Mother Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins
"Bruce is a grumpy bear who likes no one and nothing but cooked eggs, but when some eggs he was planning to boil hatch and the goslings believe he is their mother, he must try to make the best of the situation."
Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin
As he walks down the street, Pete the cat sings about his brand new white shoes as they change from red to blue to brown to wet.
Sam & Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett
Sam and Dave are sure they will discover something exciting if they just keep digging their hole.
The Rabbit Listened by Cori Doerrfeld
When Taylor's block castle is destroyed, all the animals think they know just what to do, but only the rabbit quietly listens to how Taylor is feeling.
The Snowy Day by  Ezra Jack Keats
The adventures of a little boy in the city on a very snowy day.
Updated 12/11/2023