Preschool Booklist: The Pittsburgh Ready Project

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The Pittsburgh Ready project links the Library with child care providers to share robust early literacy resources. Opportunities for space improvements, storytime visits, professional development and family engagement are underscored by quality giveaway books for children and their child care providers.

From Fall 2019 to Spring 2021, preschoolers enrolled at child care providers participating in Pittsburgh Ready took home a copy of each title on this list. And each child care provider received a copy of the book to build their collection for preschoolers for years to come!

If you are looking for a wonderful title to share with a preschooler, check out some of the titles on this list. And, don’t forget to explore additional booklists curated by Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Children’s staff.

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Animal Shapes

A rhyming story about some humorous objects that are created when animals and shapes are mashed together.

A Big Bed for Little Snow

When winter comes, Mommy makes a soft bed for Little Snow to sleep on, but each night he cannot resist jumping on the bed, causing tiny feathers to fly down. This title is also available as an eBook on Libby/OverDrive.

I Believe I Can

An affirmation for boys and girls of every background to love and believe in themselves. This title is also available as eAudio on Hoopla.

Jabari Jumps

Working up the courage to jump off the diving board is hard, but Jabari is nearly ready to make a great big splash. You can also check out this title as eBook on OverDrive/Libby.

Parade of Elephants

Early readers are introduced to basic concepts like counting and opposites as they follow five elephants marching from dawn to dusk.

Seeds Move!

This exploration of seed dispersal covers a wide range of seeds and the creatures that help them move, from a coconut seed floating on waves to an African grass seed rolled by a dung beetle, to a milkweed seed floating on the wind.

Spot and Dot

In a wordless picture book, Spot the cat goes out the open window and ventures through the city with Dot the dog, seeking her home.

They All Saw a Cat

In this glorious celebration of observation, curiosity and imagination, Brendan Wenzel shows us the many lives of one cat, and how perspective shapes what we see. You can also check out this title as eBook or eAudio on OverDrive/Libby, or as an eBook or eAudio on Hoopla.