Pretty Cool Books for Preschoolers & Kindergarteners

Picture books

  • Alexie, Sherman. Thunder Boy Jr. 2016.

    Thunder Boy Jr. wants a normal name, one that's all his own. Dad is known as Big Thunder, but Little Thunder doesn't want to share a name.

  • Barnett, Mac. How This Book Was Made: Based on a True Story. 2016.

    A book isn't a book until it has a reader. Ever wondered how a book is made? From the writer creating a story to the illustrator designing the pages, this book humorously shares how it all magically comes together.

  • Beaty, Andrea. Ada Twist, Scientist. 2016.

    Ada Twist, a very curious girl, asks questions and performs experiments to find things out and understand the world.

  • Becker, Aaron. Return. 2016.

    There is only one thing for a girl to do when she can't get the attention of her working father: grab her red marker, draw a door and take a journey to the world that never fails to present an epic quest. The final book of this wordless trilogy features familiar friends and foes, battles and great escapes.

  • DiPucchio, Kelly. Dragon Was Terrible. 2016.

    When a dragon has a temper tantrum, no one can tame him, except a little boy with a good book.

  • Ismail, Yasmeen. I'm a Girl! 2016.

    When a rough and tumble little girl, who is sometimes mistaken for a boy, meets a boy who likes wearing princess dresses and playing with dolls, a wonderful friendship is born.

  • Klassen, Jon. We Found a Hat. 2016.

    Two turtles have found a hat. The hat looks good on both of them, but there are two turtles and there is only one hat. Evoking hilarity and sympathy, the shifting eyes tell the tale in this brilliantly paced story in three parts.

  • Maclear, Kyo. The Wish Tree. 2016.

    In winter, Charles and his trusty toboggan set out to find the wish tree. Along the way, he helps make the wishes of his friends Squirrel, Fox and Beaver come true.

  • Martin Jr, Bill. Listen to Our World. 2016.

    Youngsters awaken in the morning with the belief that they are the greatest little ones in the world, whether they are children in their mothers' arms, eagles soaring above mountains or whales swimming in the ocean.

  • Park, Linda Sue. Yaks Yak: Animal Word Pairs. 2016.

    Watch animals act out the verbs their names make! See hogs hogging, slugs slugging and other creatures demonstrating homographs: words with different meanings that are spelled and pronounced the same.

  • Tallec, Olivier. Who What Where? 2016.

    Simple text asks a series of questions about the characters on each page. It's up to the reader to decipher the visual clues and find the answer.


  • Carbone, Courtney. Supergirl Takes Off! 2016.

    Meet the high-flying superheroine as she arrives on Earth, joining her cousin Superman and the Super Friends to stop villains.

  • Cerato, Mattia. Drew the Screw. 2016.

    The saw cuts, the hammer hits and the drill makes holes, so Drew needs a job, too.

  • Dean, James. Pete the Cat: Scuba-Cat. 2016.

    As Pete the Cat searches underwater for a seahorse, he comes into contact with all manner of sea creatures.

  • Shea, Bob. Dance! Dance! Underpants! 2016.

    Ballet Cat and her friend Butter Bear have practiced a dance to perform for an audience, but Butter Bear will need a lot of encouragement to try the super-high leaps.


  • Fly Guy Presents: The White House by Tedd Arnold. 2016. [J 975.3 ARN]

    Fly Guy and Buzz learn all about where the President lives.

  • Glow: Animals with their Own Night-Lights by W.H. Beck. 2016. [J 591.472 BEC]

    Whether it's used to hunt, hide, find a friend or escape an enemy, bioluminescence is a unique adaptation in nature. Join world renowned photographers and biologists on their close encounters with the curious creatures that make their own light.

  • Guinness World Records: Daring Dogs by Cari Meister. 2016. [J 031.02 MEI]

    From heroic rescues to zany tricks, the awe-inspiring canines in Daring Dogs have gone above and beyond to earn their Guinness World Records.

  • Their Great Gift: Courage, Sacrifice, and Hope in a New Land by John Coy. 2016. [J 325.73 COY]

    Celebrating the diversity of our country and hope for its future, this book explores the experience of immigrants who came to America in the 21st century.

revised December 2016