Pretty Cool Books for Preschoolers & Kindergarteners

  • Abbot, Judi. Train. 2014.

    A train-loving baby elephant is excited to go on a real train, but he becomes upset when the other baby animals want to play with different vehicles, until he tries some of the other toys for himself.

  • Boyd, Lizi. Flashlight. 2014.

    In this story without words, a boy explores the woods after dark with a flashlight.

  • Campbell, Scott. Hug Machine. 2014.

    The hug machine is available to hug anyone, anytime, whether they are square or long, spiky or soft.

  • Chou, Joey. B. Bear and Lolly: Off to School. 2014.

    B. Bear, formerly known as Baby Bear, from the classic story Goldilocks and the Three Bears, realizes the importance of friendship when he and his best friend Lolly attend the first day of school.

  • Davila, Claudia. Super Red Riding Hood. 2014.

    Ruby loves red things. She especially loves the red cloak her grandma made her. But unlike that other little girl once upon a time, when Ruby puts on her cloak she becomes...Super Red Riding Hood.

  • Duddle, Jonny. Gigantosaurus. 2014.

    Four young dinosaurs are warned about the scary Gigantosaurus, so one of them volunteers to keep watch. Bonehead, the lookout, becomes bored, and he can't resist shouting out a warning to see what the others do. When the others wise up, Bonehead is in for a surprise.

  • Durand, Hallie. Catch that Cookie! 2014.

    Marshall refuses to believe that gingerbread men can run, even after a series of clues leads his class on a riddle-filled gingerbread cookie hunt.

  • Gorbachev, Valeri. Cats are Cats. 2014.

    Miss Bell loves her cat Tiger, despite his tendency to act like a tiger.

  • Hale, Bruce. Big Bad Baby. 2014.

    When Sweet Little Sammy suddenly turns into Big Bad Baby, nothing can stop his misbehavior— or that of his evil hench-dog, Boris— except, perhaps, his mother, armed with his favorite blue blanky.

  • Kang, Anna. You Are Not Small. 2014.

    Two fuzzy creatures can't agree on who is small and who is big, until a couple of surprise guests show up, settling it once and for all!

  • Rosenthal, Amy Krouse. Uni the Unicorn. 2014.

    Uni the unicorn believes that little girls are real, and that she will someday meet one who will be her friend.

  • Rudge, Leila. A Perfect Place for Ted. 2014.

    A little dog named Ted sets out to find his perfect place, but no matter where he goes, he doesn't stand out. Will anyone ever notice Ted?

  • Yoon, Salina. Found. 2014.

    Upon finding a toy rabbit in the forest, Bear tries his very best to return it to its home, but by the time its owner appears, Bear has become attached to Bunny.

Nonfiction

  • Gravity by Jason Chin. 2014. [J 531.14 CHI]

    Chin explains and illustrates the complex subject of gravity in a visual and understandable way.

  • Plants Feed Me by Lizzie Rockwell. 2014. [J 581.63 ROC]

    A young boy explains the different plants and parts of plants that people commonly eat, from roots and tubers to fruits and vegetables.

  • National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Animals by Catherine D. Hughes. 2010. [J 590 HUG]

    Child-friendly text explains how animal parents take care of their young, how baby animals change as they grow and how they learn to hunt and eat. The brief text, large type and appealing profiles are perfect for young readers to enjoy on their own, or for caregivers to read aloud.

  • Feathers: Not Just for Flying by Melissa Stewart. 2013.

    Young naturalists meet 16 birds in this elegant introduction to the many uses of feathers.

  • Little Humans by Brandon Stanton. 2014. [J 779.25 STA]

    This selection of street photographs shows young children standing up tall, hanging out with their friends, falling and getting back up, playing, needing a hug and more.

  • Hi, Koo! A Year of Seasons by Jon. J. Muth. 2014. [J 811.54 MUT]

    Muth— and his delightful little panda bear, Koo— challenge readers to stretch their minds and imaginations with 26 haikus about the four seasons.

revised January 2015