A list of the best books to read to preschoolers
What can be more exciting than reading to a group of curious minds and sparkling eyes? Children love stories, and they surely have fun getting involved during shared reading. So to make sure that your shared reading sessions become memorable for kids, here is a list of the best books to read to preschoolers. These books are beautifully illustrated, offer teachable moments and help children explore the world in a fun way.
Let’s take a look at the list of preschoolers books:
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Ten Little Aliens
by Mike Brownlow and Simon Rickerty
Counting doesn’t have to be boring! With this book, children will count to ten by following the adventures of 10 silly aliens as they search for a place to stay. The aliens are blasted into space, trapped on a mountain top or hit by a comet. One by one they get lost, but don’t worry, they are safely rescued in the end!
This book is a great choice for preschoolers because it is engaging, offers simple capitalised words for children to practice spelling and the hilarious illustrations will surely make children laugh!
by Rachel Bright and Chris Chatterton
As you might have guessed from the title, this book is about a dinosaur that worries too much. He tries to enjoy a day out, but then the worry butterflies take over and ruin the day.
With Worrysaurus you can talk to children about feelings and how we can control them. The book offers plenty of opportunities for discussion, make sure you offer plenty of time for reflection and questions. And because it offers an example of self-regulation (the dinosaur used his toys as a reminder of happy things and calmed down), you could further expand on the ways in which children can understand their emotions.
- The New Puppy
by Stephen Cartwright
Part of the Usborne First Experiences series, this book teaches children all about getting a pet. We all know children love pets and they most often wish they had one. Use this book to help children understand what having a pet implies and the responsibilities that come with it.
The New Puppy is a social story with simple and real life situations that walk children slowly through the steps of a process. In the series, there are other interesting books on topics such as: the new baby, moving house, going to the dentist/doctor etc, all offering great opportunities for discussion.
- Maisy Goes to the Bookshop
by Lucy Cousins
Children seem to love Maisy the mouse. The childish illustrations of the book combined with Maisy’s amazing adventures make this series a great option for books to read to preschoolers. In this particular book Maisy decides to go to the bookshop to buy a book for her friend Tallulah.
I think this book series is great to use because it also has a website with activities for children, parents and teachers. There are also printables to use for free and videos with Maisy that can be used in classrooms or at home.
- Oi, Frog!
by Kes Gran and Jim Field
Such a lovely book! This amazing story is a winner with children for many reasons: the illustrations are hilarious, the situations absurd and there are plenty of rhymes for children to remember and encourage independent reading. In fact the Oi Frog series are based on rhyming words which offer great opportunities for children to learn about rhythm and language patterns.
- Go, Go, Pirate Boat
by Katrina Charman and Nick Sharratt
With Go, go, pirate boat children read along to the tune of Row, row, row your boat. By adding pirates to a rhyming book and a well-known tune this book can surely engage children. Enjoy the beautiful illustrations, talk like a pirate and join in with some actions, there are plenty of action verbs to mime.
- The Smeds and The Smoos
By Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
This is one of the best books to teach children about getting along regardless of our differences. A reminder of the Capulets and Montagues, the red Smeds and the blue Smoos do not get along and children are not allowed to play together. The Smeds and the Smoos could not more different and because of that they refuse to interact.
But what happens when the red Janet and the blue Bill decide to play together? They end up teaching everyone a valuable lessons: that we are all the same, regardless of our colour, how we look like or where we sleep. And that we can get along.
- Tick-Tock Clock Book
by Samantha Meredith
I particularly like this book because it offers a hands-on approach to teaching children to tell the time. While reading about Teddy’s day, children can easily turn the clock hands. You could then use it for a follow up discussion of children’s daily routine.
Tick- Tock Clock book is part of Tiny Tots series which includes My first shoe book, dlide and learn books, flashcards and wipe-clean books. I used the tick-tock book to teach my 3-year-old the time and he loved it.
We all travel at one point in our life and that is why I think it is important to familiarise children with the airport. It is a completely new world which they don’t get to see very often. This book describes all the important aspects related to air travel: arriving at the airport, preparing a plane before a flight, terminals and arrivals, types of plane and a huge fold-out cargo plane with various things on board.
Because this is a lift the flap book I think children will be more engaged in discovering all the little elements hidden on a page. I love this series from Priddy Books because they use paper from sustainable forests but also because of their approach to reading: all of their books have symbols that tell parents what key skills the books encourage, be it family learning, pen control, matching, first skills, problem solving etc.
Shared reading is a great way to spend time together and bond, talk and expand one’s knowledge. Preschoolers need exposure to books and plenty of opportunities to encourage language development. Books offer such opportunities, enjoy them by choosing excellent books.