Pretty Cool Books for Preschoolers & Kindergarteners

New titles

  • Barnett, Mac. Sam & Dave Dig a Hole. 2014.
    Sam and Dave are sure they will discover something exciting if they just keep digging their hole. [Lexile: 310]
  • Becker, Aaron. Quest. 2014.
    An imaginative and wordless story in which two children are tasked with rescuing a kidnapped king and restoring peace to a fantastical world.
  • Berger, Samantha. Snoozefest. 2015.
    What would a convention for sloths look like? Like a Snoozefest! Snuggleford Cuddlebun, the sleepiest sloth in all of Snoozeville, is in for a sluggishly good time at this drowsy event. [Lexile: AD810]
  • Byrne, Richard. This Book Just Ate My Dog. 2014.
    When Bella's dog and her friend Ben disappear into the gutter of a mischievous book, it may take some ingenuity to get them back out again. Will the reader be able to save them?
  • 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.
  • Hall, Michael. Red: A Crayon's Story. 2015.
    Red Crayon struggles with everything he is expected to draw, until realizing that perhaps his label should be re-evaluated. [Lexile: AD120]
  • Novak, B.J. The Book with No Pictures. 2014.
    This book with no pictures has a sneaky sense of humor, forcing the reader to say all kinds of babble and nonsense, making for a laugh-out-loud, funny read-aloud.
  • Pham, LeUyen. A Piece of Cake. 2014.
    Mouse has baked a special treat for Little Bird's birthday, but delivering it to his friend isn't easy—not when everyone he meets along the way offers to trade something for a piece of cake. [Lexile: AD480]
  • Santat, Dan. The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend. 2014.
    Beekle is born on an island where he waits to be picked as a friend for a human child. When he's passed over again and again, he decides to journey to the city to find his friend for himself. [Lexile: AD480]

Classics and modern classics

  • Barrett, Judi. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. 1978. [also available on audio]
    Chewandswallow is a normal small town, except for the fact that it rains juice and snows mashed potatoes. This is just fine with the townsfolk, until the weather takes a turn for the worse. [Lexile: AD730]
  • Cronin, Doreen. Diary of a Worm. 2003. [also available on audio]
    This is the tale of a worm, who is much like a human child, except that he gets to eat his homework, hopscotch could put him in mortal peril and it is impossible for him to do the Hokey Pokey. [Lexile: AD360]
  • Freeman, Don. Corduroy. 1968. [also available on audio]
    When Corduroy, a bear who lives with other toys at a department store, realizes he is missing a button from his overalls, he searches throughout the store for a new one. [Lexile: 600]
  • Henkes, Kevin. Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse. 1996.
    When Lilly's purse causes too many disruptions, it's confiscated by her teacher, and Lilly must cope with feeling mad, and later, remorseful. [Lexile: 540]
  • McCloskey, Robert. Make Way for Ducklings. 1941. [also available on audio]
    A mama duck finally finds a quiet place to make her nest on the Charles River, but after her ducklings hatch, it will take some help from a friendly police officer to escort them safely across the city. [Lexile: AD630]
  • Steig, William. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble. 1970. [also available on audio]
    Sylvester finds a magical, wish-granting pebble, but when a hungry lion scares him into accidentally wishing himself into a rock, will he ever be able to turn back into himself again? [Lexile: AD700]
  • Willems, Mo. Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! 2003. [also available on audio]
    An over-eager pigeon uses a variety of persuasive tactics to convince readers that he is an excellent bus driver. [Lexile: 120]


revised May 2015