We love good books for kids around here! There are books all over the house, piled high. And picture books top the list of some of our favorites. A great picture book is just as fun for older kids and adults as it is for children.
The read alouds listed below are some of our favorites for young children (but I’m sure you’ll enjoy them too!). You’ll find picture books, short stories (which are a great first step for chapter books), and even recommendations for poetry.
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Favorite Books for Kindergarten Kids
The books below are divided into 3 sections – picture books, favorite authors, short stories & chapter books, and poetry for kids. Let me know about your favorite read alouds for kindergarten!
Favorite Picture Books:
- 10 Minutes till Bedtime
- The Adventures of Taxi Dog
- Another Celebrated Dancing Bear
- Aunt Minnie and the Twister
- Blueberries for Sal
- Brave Irene
- Catastrophe Cat
- Curious George series
- Doctor De Soto
- Doctor De Soto Goes to Africa
- Everybody Bakes Bread
- Everybody Cooks Rice
- The Five Chinese Brothers
- The Great Fuzz Frenzy
- Harold and the Purple Crayon series
- Here Come the Aliens!
- A House is a House for Me
- How to Make an Apple pie and see the World
- If you give a Mouse a Cookie
- I Stink!
- Ira Sleeps Over
- Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear?
- Koala Lou
- Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse
- Little Critter books
- Madeline series
- Make way for Ducklings
- Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel
- Miss Nelson is Missing!
- Miss Rumphius
- Mrs. McNosh Hangs up Her Wash
- Music, Music for Everyone
- The Pumpkin Runner
- The Rag Coat
- Regards to the Man in the Moon
- Rhinos for Lunch and Elephants for Supper!
- The Seven Chinese Sisters
- The Seven Silly Eaters
- Snip Snap! What’s That?
- Somewhere in the World right Now
- Stone Soup
- Suki’s Kimono
- Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
- The Wolf’s Chicken Stew
- Who took the Farmer’s Hat?
Favorite Read Aloud Authors:
Look for any of these authors and you will find some outstanding read aloud selections.
- Beatrix Potter
- Robert McCloskey
- Virginia Lee Burton
- Ezra Jack Keats
- Charlotte Zolotow
- Patricia Polacco
- William Steig
First Short stories and Chapter books:
- My Father’s Dragon (series)
- The Random House Book of Fairy Tales
- James Herriot’s Treasury for Children
Favorite Poetry Read-Alouds:
- A Child’s Garden of Verses
- Random House Book of Poetry for Children
- Now we are Six
- When we were very Young
Those are our favorite books for kindergarten kids. There are so many more great books, and you’ll find even more suggestions on these pages (just click on the image for more great read aloud selections!):
Find even more book suggestions on my Reading board!
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