Books for our Preschoolers
Ages 3-5

Oh, wow! Our kids are growing so fast – already between the ages 3-5. The school years are just around the corner. Some of you may already have placed your children in preschool.

So, just what are the books that are going to help our kids the most? Naturally, we would think the ones that are going to teach kids morals, ABC's, numbers and sentences. And while that answer may be partly true the actual answer to that question is another question: "what are the books that our kids enjoy the most?"

The best thing we can do for our kids is to foster an enjoyment of reading. Many of the great books incorporate lessons into the stories. So, really all we need to do is to get our kids exposed to these books.

When choosing a book for your preschooler (Ages 3-5) look for these key features:

  • Simple Text with Easy to Identify and Speak Words
  • Pictures that Enhance the Development of the Story
  • Durability – books that can handle being read over & over again
  • Simple and Basic Storyline that Kids Can Identify With

We compiled an Ages 3-5 Booklist below for your use. You may notice that a few of the books listed below are also in the list for ages 0-2. That is because at this young age, there is no clear line of separation between the reading levels. It's more about the fostering of enjoyment in reading and the simple word identification in the text.

Book List for Children Ages 3-5

ABC Books

ABC: A Child's First Alphabet Book by Alison JayChicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin
Dr. Seuss's ABC: An Amazing Alphabet Book! by Dr. Seuss (see our Dr. Seuss Booklist)
The Very Clumsy Click Beetle's Favorite Words by Eric Carle

Animal Identification Books

Barnyard Dance! by Sandra Boynton
Big Red Barn Board Book, by Margaret Wise Brown
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? , by Bill Martin
Dear Zoo: A Lift-the-Flap Book by Rod Campbell
Moo Baa La La La by Sandra Boynton
Time for Bed by Mem Fox

Bedtime Stories

Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson
Big Red Barn Board Book, by Margaret Wise Brown
Chugga Chugga Choo Choo by Kevin Lewis
Counting Kisses by Karen Katz
Dinosaur's Binkit by Sandra Boynton
Dinosaur vs. Bedtime by Bob Shea
The Going-To-Bed Book by Sandra Boynton
Good Night Gorilla, by Peggy Rathmann
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
Harold and the Purple Crayon, by Crockett Johnson
How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? by Jane Yolen
Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney
Time for Bed by Mem Fox

Color Identification Books

Blue Hat, Green Hat by Sandra Boynton
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? , by Bill Martin

Concept Books

Blueberries for Sal, by Robert McCloskey
Corduroy by Don Freeman
Dinosaur Roar! by Paul Stickland
First Day Jitters, by Julie Danneberg
Grumpy Bird, by Jeremy Tankard
The Hungry Hen, by Richard Waring
Leonardo the Terrible Monster, by Mo Willems
Pinkalicious, by Victoria & Elizabeth Kann
The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise
Too Many Toys, by David Shannon

General Interest Books for Ages 3-5

Beware of the Frog, by William Bee
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems
Dooby Dooby Moo, by Doreen Cronin & Betsy Lewin
Funny Farm, by Mark Teague
Good Dog, Carl, by Alexandra Day
Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb, by Al Perkins
The Hello, Goodbye Window, by Norton Juster & Chris Raschka
I Lost My Kissess, by Trudie Trewin & Nick Bland
Jamberry by Bruce Degen
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, by Laura Joffe Numeroff
If You Give a Pig a Pancake, by Laura Joffe Numeroff
May I Bring a Friend? , by Beatrice De Regniers
Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? by Dr. Seuss
On Top of Spaghetti, by Paul Brett Johnson
Pat the Bunny (Touch and Feel Book) by Edith Kunhardt
Peek-A Who? by Nina Laden
Sheep in a Jeep by Margot Apple
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
There's a Wocket in My Pocket! , by Dr. Seuss
We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
Where Is Baby's Belly Button? by Karen Katz

Number Identification Books

1, 2, 3 to the Zoo, by Eric Carle
Counting Kisses by Karen Katz
One Duck Stuck by Phyllis Root
Ten Apples Up on Top! by Dr. Seuss
Ten Little Ladybugs by Melanie Gerth
The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle

If you have any books for children ages 3-5 you'd like to see on this list please feel free to contact us with your recommendations.

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