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Parents & Families

Pre-Kindergarten Suggested Reading

Open the door to learning and creative thinking by reading with your child every day. Sharing books helps your child’s brain develop, increases vocabulary and helps them understand the world they live in.

Make reading fun. Families bring books to life when they talk about the story before, during and after reading it. Learn more in our free Raising a Reader literacy resource pages.

Making Changes

I Am Going to Preschool by Marion Cocklico

Preschool, Here I Come by David J. Steinberg

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd, illustrator

If You Take A Mouse to School by Laura Numeroff, Felicia Bond, illustrator

The Three Little Pigs by Paul Galdone

 Creative Thinking

The Art Box by Gail Gibbons

Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin

Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson

My Hands by Aliki

I’m NOT Just a Scribble by Diane Alber

The Color Monster by Anna Lienas

Books for Movement

From Head to Toe by Eric Carle

Miss Mary Mack by Mary Ann Hoberman, Nadine Bernard Westcott, illustrator

Quick as a Cricket by Audrey Wood, Don Wood, illustrator

Shake My Sillies Out by Raffi, David Allender, illustrator

Skip to My Lou by Mary Ann Hoberman, Nadine Bernard Westcott, illustrator

 Learning About Letters

A My Name is Alice by Jane Bayer, Steven Kellogg, illustrator

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault, Lois Ehlert, illustrator

Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert

Jambo Means Hello: Swahili Alphabet Book by Muriel Feelings, Tom Feelings, illustrator

Signs in My Neighborhood by Shelly Lyons

Fun with Numbers and Counting

Count by Denise Fleming

Fish Eyes – A Book You Can Count On by Lois Ehlert

Mouse Count by Ellen Stohl Walsh

Ten, Nine, Eight by Molly Bang

Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin

Different Sizes, Different Feelings

Big Dog, Little Dog by P. D. Eastman

The Mitten by Jan Brett

The Three Billy Goats Gruff by Paul Galdone

The Three Bears by Paul Galdone

Listening to My Body by Gabi Garcia

The Way I Feel by Janan Cain

Rhymes and Words That Sound Alike

Barnyard Banter by Denise Fleming

Jamberry by Bruce Degen

My Very First Mother Goose by Iona Opie, Rosemary Wells, illustrator

The Napping House by Audrey Wood, Don Wood, illustrator

Read-aloud Rhymes for the Very Young by Jack Prelutsky, Arnold Lobel, illustrator

The Random House Book of Mother Goose by Arnold Lobel

Silly Sally by Audrey Wood

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly by Simms Taback

Tomie dePaola’s Mother Goose by Tomie dePaola

The Wheels on the Bus by Maryanne Kovalski


The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow

Gingerbread Boy by Paul Galdone

Mr. Gumpy’s Outing by John Burningham

Roll Over! A Counting Song by Merle Peek

About Colors and Shapes

A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr., Eric Carle, illustrator

Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Lionni

Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh

Mouse Shapes by Ellen Stoll Walsh

Mixed: A Colorful Story by Arree Chung

When I Build With Blocks by Niki Alling

Imagination and Problem Solving

The Carrot Seed by Ruth Kraus, Crockett Johnson, illustrator

Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert

If You Give a Pig a Pancake by Laura Numeroff, Felicia Bond, illustrator

What If Everybody Did That? by Ellen Javernick and Colleen Madden

 Friends and Family

Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman

Ask Mr. Bear by Marjorie Flack

Families are Different by Nina Pellegrini

Happy Birthday Moon by Frank Asch

Peter’s Chair by Ezra Jack Keats

The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant, Stephen Gammell, illustrator

Going to School

The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn

Timothy Goes to School by Rosemary Wells

My First Day of School by Michelle Medlock Adams

What Should Danny Do? by Adir Levy & Ganit Levy

I Wish You More by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld


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Get a year of week-by-week interactive learning activities you can use at home in the Getting Ready for Kindergarten Calendar here.

Use the Kindergarten Readiness Indicator Checklist in cooperation with your child care provider to focus on the skills, knowledge and behaviors that help your child enter kindergarten with confidence.