As many of you are aware, as my full time, daytime job, I currently run a home daycare. I love what I do. I love engaging and exploring the natural curiosity that sparks questions within the children I watch. I love seeing my incredibly shy daughter come out of her shell when she’s surrounded by children she’s known as almost her entire life, her little group of friends. My passion for education can continue while I am home raising my daughter, and soon our son as well.
I’ve worked in preschool programs in the past, and I have two preschool aged children within my care now. I bring my favourite picture books out, ones beloved by others in the past, and let my little guys be the judge. They help decide which stories to keep out, and which ones to shelve.
In no particular order, here are eight recommended preschool picture books that are loved by my little pals.
Rosie’s Walk by Pat Hutchins
Rosie is a little red hen who is returning to her chicken coop after a long walk. She doesn’t realize she is being followed by a hungry fox who is looking for his dinner! Can she make it home safely? This story is humorous because despite the poor foxes many attempts at capturing the hen, he fails time and time again. The illustrations are beautiful, and invite the children to describe what is happening in each photo. This story is great for developing language and reading comprehension.
Nighty Night Little Green Monster by Ed Emberley
This story is a spin off of “Go Away Big Green Monster!” By the same author. It shows the construction of a little green monster and describes all of the colorful components to his face. It then shows the deconstruction of his face and we say goodbye to all the colorful components to his face. It’s great for language building, labeling and color recognition.
Something From Nothing by Phoebe Gilman
Something from Nothing follows a young boy whose grandfather carefully crafted him a beautiful coat. One day, his coat becomes too small, and his grandfather reuses the fabric to create something else. It’s a cute story that shows love, the importance of sentimental value and the joy of reusing something you thought was gone. Bonus: at the bottom of each page, it shows what a young mouse family does with the scraps of fabric the grandfather discards when he’s altering the fabric. That’s my favourite part of the story.
Big Sarah’s Little Boots by Paulette Bourgeois and Brenda Clark
Little Sarah LOVES her bright yellow rubber boots. One day she tries to pull them on, but they’re too small! Will she ever find another pair she likes just as much? This story shows the side effects of growing up, teaching young children the importance of letting go and watching as their too small items get passed on to younger siblings.
Hairy Maclary Scattercat by Lynley Dodd
Hairy Maclary is a boisterous little black dog who loves to chase the neighborhood cats. It’s all fun and games until he meets up with a cat who isn’t so nice! This book is filled with cute rhymes and funny illustrations.
Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
Chrysanthemum is a young mouse with a very unique name. Her mother chose her name to make her stand out from her peers because she believed her to be the most beautiful girl in the world. When she starts school, the other children make fun of her name and Chrysanthemum begins to doubt its beauty. This story shows the victims side of bullying as well as being proud of who you are and where you come from.
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
This story follows a young boy who is sent to his room because he won’t eat his supper. He ends up leaving his room for the imaginative land where the wild things are. In this world, he is their king.
Corduroy by Don Freeman
Corduroy is a story about a little bear who lives in a great big department store in New York. He is visited by a little girl whose mother says she cannot but him because he is missing a button. Corduroy then decides to go looking for his missing button so that he can find a home.
I hope these recommendations will help your preschooler find a new favourite book! What books do your kids love? Leave a comment down below.
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