50 Books to Read Before Kindergarten

  1. The Ugly Duckling
    by Hans Christian Andersen/Jerry Pinkney
  2. Hi! Fly Guy
    by Tedd Arnold
  3. I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More
    by Karen Beaumont
  4. Book! Book! Book!
    by Deborah Bruss/Tiphanie Beeke
  5. A Splendid Friend Indeed
    by Suzanne Bloom
  6. Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel
    by Virginia Lee Burton
  7. The Very Hungry Caterpillar
    by Eric Carle
  8. Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed
    by Eileen Christelow
  9. The Neighborhood Mother Goose
    by Nina Crews
  10. Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type
    by Doreen Cronin
  11. Strega Nona: an Old Tale
    by Tomie de Paola
  12. Snowballs
    by Lois Ehlert
  13. Bark, George
    by Jules Feiffer
  14. In the Small, Small Pond
    Denise Fleming
  15. Hattie and the Fox
    by Mem Fox
  16. Corduroy
    by Don Freeman
  17. How Are You Peeling? Foods With Moods
    by Saxton Freymann and Joost Elffers
  18. Millions of Cats
    by Wanda Gag
  19. Three Billy Goats Gruff
    by Paul Galdone
  20. Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse
    by Kevin Henkes
  21. Bedtime for Frances
    by Russell Hoban
  22. Harold and the Purple Crayon
    by Crockett Johnson
  23. The Wolf’s Chicken Stew
    by Keiko Kasza
  24. The Snowy Day
    by Ezra Jack Keats
  25. Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock
    by Eric Kimmel
  26. Tacky the Penguin
    by Helen Lester
  27. Swimmy
    by Leo Lionni
  28. Frog and Toad are Friends
    by Arnold Lobel
  29. Make Way for Ducklings
    by Robert McCloskey
  30. I Stink!
    by Kate and Jim McMullan
  31. Goldilocks and the Three Bears
    by James Marshall
  32. Little Bear
    by Else Holmelund Minarik
  33. The Little Engine That Could
    by Watty Piper/Loren Long
  34. The Complete Adventures of Peter Rabbit
    by Beatrix Potter
  35. Mother, Mother I Want Another
    by Maria Polushkin Robbins/Jon Goodell
  36. The Relatives Came
    by Cynthia Rylant
  37. Down the Road
    by Alex Schertle
  38. Where the Wild Things Are
    by Maurice Sendak
  39. Green Eggs and Ham
    by Dr. Seuss
  40. Spicy Hot Colors
    by Sherry Shahan
  41. Gregory, the Terrible Eater
    by Mitchell Sharmat
  42. Sheep in a Jeep
    by Nancy Shaw
  43. Caps for Sale
    by Esphyr Slobodkina
  44. Pete’s a Pizza
    by William Steig
  45. There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed
    a Fly by Sims Taback
  46. My Kindergarten
    by Rosemary Wells
  47. Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus
    by Mo Willems
  48. King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub
    by Don and Audrey Wood
  49. How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night?
    by Jane Yolen
  50. Harry, the Dirty Dog
    by Gene Zion

This list was created from Lexington Public Library’s “50 Books to Read in Kindergarten.”