Books Your Child Should Hear Before Kindergarten

From the website of 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten:

  • Where’s My Teddy? by Jez Alborough
  • What Treat Can Ruben Eat? by John Aranton
  • Happy Birthday, Moon by Fran Asch
  • Chilean Mines by Saige Ballock-Dixon
  • Ten, Nine, Eight by Molly Bang
  • Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing by Judi Barrett
  • The Three Bears by Byron Barton
  • How Do I Love You? by Marion Bauer
  • A Visitor for Bear by Bonny Becker
  • Dora’s Sleepover by Lara Bergen
  • Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
  • The End (Almost!) by Jim Benton
  • Bear’s Busy Family by Stella Blackstone
  • 1000 Books Before Kindergarten by Mark Borghese
  • Little Gorilla by Ruth Bornstein
  • The Mitten by Jan Brett
  • Stone Soup by Marcia Brown
  • Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
  • The Story of Babar, the Little Elephant by Jean de Brunhoff
  • Mr. Gumpy’s Outing by John Burningham
  • Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton
  • Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
  • Stellaluna by Janell Cannon
  • Biscuit Loves the Library by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  • Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow
  • Ninja! by Arree Chung
  • Fred Stays with Me by Nancy Coffelt
  • Freight Train by Donald Crews
  • Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type by Doreen Cronin
  • Good Dog, Carl by Alexandra Day
  • Jamberry by Bruce Degen
  • Abuela by Arthur Dorros
  • Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman
  • Feathers for Lunch by Lois Ehlert
  • Go Away, Big Green Monster! by Ed Emberley
  • Olivia by Ian Falconer
  • Bark, George by Jules Feiffer
  • Ask Mr. Bear by Marjorie Flack
  • Mama Cat Has Three Kittens by Denise Fleming
  • Where is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox
  • Corduroy by Don Freeman
  • Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag
  • The Three Little Pigs by Paul Goble
  • Is Your Mama a Llama? by Deborah Guarino
  • Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes
  • Where’s Spot by Eric Hill
  • Hush!: A Thai Lullaby by Minfong Ho
  • Bread and Jam for Frances by Russell Hoban
  • Is it Red? Is it Yellow? Is it Blue? An Adventure in Color by Tana Hoban
  • Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman
  • Angelina Ballerina by Katherine Holabird
  • Rosie’s Walk by Pat Hutchins
  • What do you do with a tail like this? by Steve Jenkins
  • Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
  • The Hello, Goodbye Window by Norton Juster
  • The Wolf’s Chicken Stew by Keiko Kasza
  • The Snowy Day by Ezra Keats
  • The Teddy Bears’ Picnic by Jimmy Kennedy
  • The Caterpillar and the Polliwog by Jack Kent
  • Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock by Eric Kimmel
  • Whose Mouse are You? by Robert Kraus
  • The Carrot Seed by Ruth Kraus
  • I Am An Ice Cream Truck by Ace Landers
  • The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
  • A is for Salad by Mike Lester
  • Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Lionni
  • On Market Street by Anita Lobel
  • Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel
  • Froggy Gets Dressed by Jonathan London
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin
  • Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin
  • Frog Goes to Dinner by Mercer Mayer
  • Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
  • Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
  • Widget by Lyn McFarland
  • Goin’ Someplace Special by Pat McKissack
  • Gone Wild: An Endangered Alphabet by David McLimans
  • Pigs Aplenty, Pigs Galore by David McPhail
  • Martha Speaks by Susan Meddaugh
  • I am Abraham Lincoln by Brad Meltzer
  • I Stink! by Kate McMullan
  • Bruno Munari’s ABC by Bruno Munari
  • The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash by Trinka Noble
  • If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff
  • Fancy Nancy by Jane O’Connor
  • The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
  • Shades of Black by Sandra Pinkney
  • The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper
  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
  • Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann
  • Curious George by H A Rey
  • My Friend Rabbit by Eric Rohman
  • We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
  • I Love You Through and Through by Bernadette Rossetti-Shustak
  • The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant
  • Grandfather’s Journey by Allen Say
  • Cars and Trucks and Things that Go by Richard Scarry
  • First the Egg by Laura Seeger
  • Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
  • Green Eggs and Hams by Dr. Seuss
  • The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
  • Duck on a Bike by David Shannon
  • It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles Shaw
  • Come Along Daisy by Jane Simmons
  • The Stray Dog by Marc Simont
  • Fire Truck by Peter Sis
  • Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
  • There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly by Simms Taback
  • Hi, Pizza Man! by Virginia Walter
  • Noisy Nora by Rosemary Wells
  • The Lady with the Alligator Purse by Nadine Westcott
  • The Three Pigs by David Wiesner
  • Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems
  • Buzz by Janet Wong
  • The Napping House by Audrey Wood
  • How do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? by Jane Yolen
  • Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
  • Seven Blind Mice by Ed Young
  • Trashy Town by Andrea Zimmerman
  • Harry, the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion
  • Hello, America! by Martha Zschock

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