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    100 Books to Read Before Kindergarten Booklist


    1. Ten Tiny Babies by Karen Katz
    2. I Love You, Sun I Love You Moon by Karen Pandell
    3. Indestructibles: Let’s Go Outside! by Amy Pixton
    4. Five Little Ducks Nursery Songs by Ailie Busby
    5. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
    6. That’s Not My Zebra by FionaWatt or any other of the many That’s Not My… books published by Usborne
    7. May We Have Enough to Share by Richard Van Camp
    8. Tickle, Tickle by Helen Oxenbury
    9. Where is the Duck? by Nosy Crow and Ingela P Arrhenius
    10. Global Babies by The Global Fund for Children
    11. I Love Me (Wonderful Me) by Laurie Ann Grover
    12. Tummy Time Friends by Pat Brisson
    13. Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox
    14. Huggy Kissy by Leslie Patricelli
    15. Up Cat Down Cat by Steve Light
    16. Peek-a-Who? by Nina Laden
    17. Open the Barn Door by Christopher Santoro
    18. Row, Row, Row Your Boat by Jane Cabrera
    19. Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
    20. Black & White by Tana Hoban


    1. Blue Hat, Green Hat by Sandra Boynton
    2. Rosa Loves Cars by Jessica Spanyol
    3. Nest by Jorey Hurley
    4. So Much by Trish Cooke
    5. Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle
    6. Chomp Goes the Alligator by Matthew Van Fleet
    7. Alphablock by Chistopher Franceschell
    8. Bee Bim Bop by Linda Sue Park
    9. Lola at the Library by Anna McQuinn
    10. Otis by Loren Long
    11. The Last Marshmallow by Grace Lin
    12. Grandma’s Tiny House by JaNay Brown-Wood
    13. Let’s Find Momo by Andrew Knapp
    14. Go Baby! Go Dog! by Anne Vittur Kennedy
    15. Freight Train by Donald Crews
    16. Hello, World Dinosaurs! by Jill McDonald
    17. In My Garden by Ruth A. Musgrave, National Geographic Kids
    18. The Wheels on the Bus by Melanie Williamson
    19. The Three Bears by Brian Barton
    20. Huff & Puff by Claudia Rueda
    21. The Gingerbread Man by Karen Schmidt
    22. Jump! By Tatsuhide Matsuoka
    23. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff
    24. The Busy Little Squirrel by Nancy Tafuri
    25. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.
    26. Mail Duck by Erica Sirotich
    27. Making Tracks City by Abi Hall
    28. Baby Goes to Market by Atinuke
    29. Giraffes Can’t Dance by Andreae
    30. Guess Which Hand by Wilhelm
    31. Making Faces: A First Book of Emotions
    32. Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Car by Dopriak
    33. Little Owl by Teckentrup
    34. Say Hello! by Isadora
    35. Let’s Play Monsters by Giles Peck
    36. Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson
    37. Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker
    38. I’m a Firefighter by Brian Biggs
    39. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle


    1. The King of Kindergarten by Derrick Barnes
    2. Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems
    3. What Do You Do With a Tail Like This? by Steve Jenkins
    4. Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
    5. Please, Mr. Panda by Steve Antony
    6. The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson
    7. Float by Daniel Miyares
    8. Raindrops Roll by April Pulley Sayre
    9. Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
    10. Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall
    11. Green Is a Chile Pepper: A Book of Colors by Roseanne Greenfield Thong
    12. The Paperbag Princess by Robert Munsch
    13. Frog on a Log? by Kes Gray
    14. Before We Eat: From Farm to Table by Pat Brisson
    15. The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
    16. Under My Hijab by Hena Khan
    17. Friday Night Wrestlefest by J. F. Fox
    18. Lilly & Friends: A Picture Book Treasury by Kevin Henkes
    19. Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson
    20. Corduroy by Don Freeman
    21. Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin
    22. When We are Kind by Monique Gray Smith
    23. Evelyn Del Rey is Moving Away by Meg Medina
    24. The Little Red Fort by Brenda Maier
    25. The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak
    26. The Mitten by Jan Brett
    27. Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert
    28. Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney
    29. Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty
    30. The New Small Person by Lauren Child
    31. Hey, Water! by Antoinette Portis
    32. One Day in the Eucalyptus, Eucalyptus Tree by Daniel Bernstrom
    33. They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel
    34. Mother Bruce by Ryan T. Higgins
    35. You Matter by Christian Robinson
    36. It’s OK to Be Different by Todd Parr
    37. Saturday by Oge Mora
    38. Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas

    Beginner Chapter Books:

    1. Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne
    2. Zoey & Sassafras Dragons and Marshmallows by Asia Citro (series)
    3. Mercy Watson to the Rescue by Kate DiCamillo (series)

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