Good Books for Preschoolers

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Explore these good books for preschoolers. For more great reading, check out other books by these authors or ask your neighborhood librarian for additional suggestions.

Alma and How She Got Her Name

When Alma Sofia Esperanza José Pura Candela asks her father why she has so many names, she hears the story of her name and learns about her grandparents.

A Big Mooncake for Little Star

Reimagines the cycles of the moon as a mother bakes a big mooncake and, despite Mama’s request to wait, Little Star begins nibbling at it every night.

Carmela Full of Wishes

Carmela, finally old enough to run errands with her brother, tries to think of the perfect birthday wish, while his wish seems to be that she stayed home.

Hello, Hello

In this brilliant follow up to the Caldecott Honour-winning They All Saw a Cat , bestselling author Brendan Wenzel presents a chain of animals of dazzling variety. Each one is different from the last, yet each is also linked by at least one common trait: some obvious, some more subtle. As colours and patterns mix and mingle, and as paws and snouts meet, each unexpected encounter celebrates the magnificent diversity of our world – and ultimately paints a story of connection. Joyous, rhythmic text and Wenzel’s exuberant art encourage readers of all kinds to delight in nature’s infinite differences, and to look for – and marvel at – its gorgeous similarities. It all starts with a simple ‘Hello.’

It's Tough to Lose Your Balloon

Illustrations and simple text suggest ways see the positive side of difficulties, from losing one’s balloon to being left with a new babysitter.

Round

If you look closely, you will find that the world is bursting, swelling, budding, and ripening with round things awaiting discovery–like eggs about to hatch, sunflowers stretching toward the sun, or planets slowly spinning together for billions of years. Whimsical and imaginative, this poetic ode to all that is round and full of wonder by the Newbery Honor-winning author and poet Joyce Sidman, with illustrations by the two-time New York Best Illustrated Book award recipient Taeeun Yoo, inspires curiosity and wonder for this (round) little earth we call home.

Singing in the Rain

A picture book adaptation of Singing in the rain, a song which celebrates the glory of rainy weather.

The Squirrels' Busy Year

The perfect introduction to seasons and weather for young children. It’s winter. It’s cold! The squirrels are digging up acorns to eat. But what will they eat in the spring, when the acorns are gone?

Stop, Go, Yes, No!

The story of opposites in an enthusiastic dog and a not-so-enthusiastic cat.