Pretty Cool Books for Preschoolers & Kindergarteners

New Titles

  • Becker, Aaron. Journey. 2013.

    A girl draws a door on her bedroom wall with a red crayon, and steps into a world of fantasy and imagination.

  • Bright, Rachel. Love Monster. 2013.

    Love Monster, a slightly hairy monster trying to fit in with the Cutesville's cuddly residents, finally sets out to find someone who will love him just the way he is.

  • Cotter, Bill. Don't Push the Button! 2013.

    There is only one rule in Larry's book: don't push the button. Seriously, don't even think about it. [Lexile: 190] (Read a staff review of this title!)

  • Dudley, Rebecca. Hank Finds an Egg. 2013.

    In this wordless picture book, Hank finds an egg all alone on the forest floor. Spotting its home high up in a tree, Hank diligently tries to return the egg to its nest. (Read a staff review of this title!)

  • George, Patrick. Magic Colors. 2013.

    Featuring transparent acetate pages, this introduction to basic color concepts helps kids discover what happens when colors are blended together.

  • Matheson, Christie. Tap the Magic Tree. 2013.

    Not every book needs you to tap it, shake it, jiggle it or even blow it a kiss, but this book asks you to help one lonely tree change with the seasons.

  • Norman, Kim. I Know a Wee Piggy. 2014.

    A cumulative, rhyming tale of an ordinary pig who leaps out of his boy's arms at a state fair and wallows in color after color, turning himself into a work of art.

  • Rosenthal, Amy Krouse. Exclamation Mark. 2013.

    It's not easy being seen. Especially when you're NOT like everyone else. Especially when what sets you apart is YOU. Exclamation mark learns that being different can be very exciting! [Lexile: 90] (Read a staff review of this title!)

  • Tillman, Nancy. I'd Know You Anywhere, My Love. 2013.

    This book celebrates the joys of imagination and the comfort of always knowing "you are loved."

Classics and Modern Classics

  • Cronin, Doreen. Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type. 2000. [also available on audio]

    Farmer Brown's cows have discovered an old typewriter and are starting to make demands! They soon go on strike, sending an impartial party (the duck) to mediate a compromise between the cows and their poor farmer. [Lexile: 160]

  • Falconer, Ian. Olivia. 2000. [also available on audio]

    Spend a day with Olivia the pig and enjoy dressing up, singing songs, building sand castles, dancing and maybe even sleeping a little. [Lexile: 270]

  • Feiffer, Jules. Bark, George. 1999.

    "Bark, George," says George's mother, and George says: "Meow," which definitely isn't right because George is a dog. What's going on with George? [Lexile: 130]

  • Martin Jr., Bill & John Archambault. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. 1989.

    In this lively alphabet rhyme, all the letters of the alphabet race each other up the coconut tree. Will there be enough room? [Lexile: 530]

  • Schachner, Judy. Skippyjon Jones. 2003. [also available on audio]

    Skippyjon Jones is a Siamese kitty who'd rather be a Chihuahua, and escapes time-outs through his imagination. [Lexile: 740]

  • Shannon, David. No, David! 1998.

    When David Shannon was five years old, he wrote and illustrated his first book. On every page were the words NO, DAVID! with a picture of David doing something he was not supposed to do.

  • Willems, Mo. Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale. 2004. [also available on audio]

    Trixie, Daddy and Knuffle Bunny take a trip to the neighborhood laundromat, but the exciting adventure takes a dramatic turn when Trixie realizes somebunny was left behind. [Lexile: 120]

Nonfiction

  • The Big Book of Things to Make by James Mitchem (editor). 2013. [J 790.1922 BIG]

    A compendium of cool projects, exciting games and fun quizzes kids can do inside or outside.

  • Follow It! Learn About Shadows by Pamela Hall. 2010. [J 535.4 HAL]

    With full-page color photos and a spare, interactive text, this small picture book in the Learn About series uses hands-on, everyday examples to explain basic physics. [Lexile: 380]

  • Hide-and-Seek Science: Animal Camouflage by Emma Stevenson. 2013. [J 591.472 STE]

    A fun, game-style look at how animals use camouflage to survive in their habitats.

  • Locomotive by Brian Floca. 2013. [J 385.0973 FLO]

    This visual exploration of America's early railroads, examines the sounds, speed and strength of transcontinental locomotives and the experiences of pioneering travelers. [Lexile: 840]

  • Suryia and Roscoe: The True Story of an Unlikely Friendship by Bhagavan Antle. 2011. [J 591.5 ANT]

    When Suryia the orangutan first meets Roscoe, a stray dog, they immediately become best friends. [Lexile: 430]

  • The Tortoise and the Hare by Jerry Pinkney. 2013. [J 398.2 PIN]

    Illustrations and minimal text relate the familiar fable of the race between a slow tortoise and a quick, but foolish, hare.

  • What to Do about Alice? by Barbara Kerley. 2008. [JB Longworth Alice]

    This witty, stylish biography of Teddy Roosevelt's daughter, Alice, is a great introduction to biographies and reads like an engaging picture book. [Lexile: 800]

revised May 2014