Pretty Cool Books for Preschoolers & Kindergarteners

Picture books

  • Buzzeo, Toni. One Cool Friend. 2012.

    Elliot, a very proper young man, feels a kinship with the penguins at the aquarium and wants to take one home with him.

  • DaCosta, Barbara. Nighttime Ninja. 2012.

    Late at night, when all is quiet and everyone is asleep, a ninja creeps silently through the house in search of treasure.

  • Egan, Kate. Kate and Nate Are Running Late. 2012.

    In this rhyming tale, Kate and Nate hurry to get ready for school in time. It's only after packing their lunches and rushing out the door that they realize it's Saturday!

  • Fogliano, Julie. And Then It's Spring. 2012.

    Simple text reveals the anticipation of a boy who, having planted seeds while everything around is brown, fears that something has gone wrong until, at last, the world turns green.

  • Fox, Mem. Tell Me About Your Day Today. 2012.

    This little boy loves to talk to his stuffed animals at night and share with them all the things that he did that day. A great little book that highlights the importance of a story.

  • Haughton, Chris. Oh No, George! 2012.

    Harboring the best of intentions and trusted by his owner to be a well-behaved dog while alone during the day, George resists the temptation to chase cats and dig up flowers, but finds his resolve wavering when he spies a mouthwatering cake on the table.

  • Joyce, William. The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. 2012.

    Morris Lessmore loves words, stories and books. After a tornado carries him to another land, dreary and colorless, he finds a single book in color that leads him to an amazing library where, he learns, the books need him as much as he needs them.

  • Kirk, Daniel. Ten Things I Love About You. 2012.

    Rabbit makes a list of the things he loves about Pig, but needs Pig's help deciding what to write.

  • Kohuth, Jane. Duck Sock Hop. 2012.

    Ducks dance their socks off at their weekly sock-hop.

  • Litwin, Eric. Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons. 2012.

    Pete the cat loves the buttons on his shirt so much that he makes up a song about them. Even as the buttons pop off, one by one, he still finds a reason to sing.

  • Maizes, Sarah. On My Way to the Bath. 2012.

    Livi imagines herself as a snake, a gymnast, a rock star and more as she tries to avoid taking a bath.


  • Arnold, Ted. There's A Fly Guy In My Soup. 2012.

    When Fly Guy is not allowed in the restaurant with Buzz's family, he follows his nose and ends up in the soup.

  • Biggs, Brian. Everything Goes: Henry in a Jam. 2012.

    Beep, beep! Honk, honk! Henry is stuck in traffic. Luckily, the emergency vehicles are on their way to help out — and Henry is ready for the action!

  • Henkes, Kevin. Penny and Her Doll. 2012.

    Penny instantly loves the doll her grandmother sends her, but finding the perfect name for her is a challenge.

  • Long, Ethan. Clara and Clem Take a Ride. 2012.

    When Clara and Clem build a car out of blocks, they have no idea where it will take them. But with a little imagination, the two take the trip of a lifetime down winding roads, up tall mountains and across the sky.

  • O'Connor, Jane. Fancy Nancy and the Too-Loose Tooth. 2012.

    Nancy is about to lose her first tooth, but if she can prevent it from falling out until she arrives at school she will get a special necklace from the nurse.

  • Scotten, Rob. Splat the Cat Takes the Cake. 2012.

    When Splat breaks his family's TV, he enters a cake-baking contest to win a new one. But can Splat save the day?

  • Willems, Mo. Let's Go for a Drive! 2012.

    Elephant Gerald and Piggie want to go for a drive, but as Gerald thinks of one thing after another that they will have to take along, they come to realize that they lack the most important thing of all.


  • Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade by Melissa Sweet. 2011. [J 791.53 SWE]

    Award-winning artist Sweet captures the genius, dedication and zest for play of puppeteer Tony Sarg, whose gift to America was the inspired helium balloons that have become the trademark of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

  • Can We Save the Tiger? by Martin Jenkins. 2011. [J 591.68 JEN]

    The tiger is just one of thousands of animals — including the ground iguana, the white-rumped vulture and the partula snail — currently in danger of becoming extinct, joining the dodo, the marsupial wolf, the great auk and countless others we will never see again.

  • Stay: The True Story of Ten Dogs by Michaela Muntean. 2012. [J 636.7 MUN]

    Renowned circus performer Luciano Anastasini adopted and trained 10 surrendered canines, helping them develop their respective talents as proud and happy circus dogs.

  • Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature by Joyce Sidman. 2011. [J 516.152 SID]

    Celebrates the shape of a spiral in nature, from rushing rivers to flower buds and even the shape of an ear.

revised May 2013