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50 Must-Read Books for Pre-K

In this blog post, I’ll be sharing the must-read books for Pre-K. This blog post contains some affiliate links for your convenience. This means that if you make a purchase after clicking a link on this post then I will earn a small commission but it won’t cost you a cent more. Read my full disclosure policy.

I am constantly asked what books for pre-k children we should be reading. As teachers, we know the value of reading to young children is well-documented as a big indicator of future literacy skills. But we often don’t know which books to share with our little learners. If you can’t take your students to a library where they can choose their own books, then it can be really tricky finding books that your students will adore.

That’s why I’ve put together this list of books for pre-k. I’ve included books that my own children loved (and many of which they still love!), along with books that colleagues have read and enjoy with pre-K students.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
by Bill Martin Jr and John Archambault
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!
by Mo Willems
Good Night, Gorilla
by Peggy Rathmann
Me and My Dragon
by David Biedrzycki
BookSpeak!
by Laura Purdie Salas
There’s an Alligator Under My Bed
by Mercer Mayer
The Snowy Day
by Ezra Jack Keats
Little Monster Did It!
by Helen Cooper
Olivia
by Ian Falconer
Flip-O-Saurus
by Sara Ball
Dear Zoo
by Rod Campbell
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
by Michael Rosen
No, David!
by David Shannon
Press Here
by Herve Tullet
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
by Judi Barrett
The Rainbow Fish
by Marcus Pfister
Are You My Mother?
by P.D. Eastman
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
by Bill Martin Jr.
What Do People Do All Day?
by Richard Scarry
Grumpy Gloria
by Anna Dewdney
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
by Laura J. Numeroff
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
by Eric Carle
Goodnight Moon
by Margaret Wise Brown
Where the Wild Things Are
by Maurice Sendak
Alexander and the Terrible,
Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
by Judith Viorst
Clifford the Big Red Dog
by Norman Bridwell
Harry the Dirty Dog
by Gene Zion
Curious George
by H.A. Rey
Green Eggs and Ham
by Dr. Seuss
Madeline
by Ludwig Bemelmans
Flat Stanley
by Jeff Brown
Caps for Sale
by Esphyr Slobodkina
Harold and the Purple Crayon
by Crockett Johnson
How do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?
by Jane Yolen
Miss Nelson is Missing!
by Harry Allard and James Marshall
The Paper Bag Princess
by Robert Munsch
Tough Boris
by Mem Fox
The Berenstain Bears series
by Stan and Jan Berentstain
Why do Tigers Have Stripes?
by Mike Unwin
Pete the Cat
by Eric Litwin and James Dean
Things People Do
by Anne Civardi
The Mitten
by Jan Brett
The Little Engine that Could
by Watty Piper
Corduroy
by Don Freeman
Go, Dog. Go!
by P.D. Eastman
The Boy Who Wouldn’t Share
by Mike Reiss
Chopsticks
by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Scott Magoon
Llama, Llama: Time to Share
by Anna Dewdney
Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten
by Joseph Slate
The Magic School Bus series
by Joanna Cole
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Have you read all of these books before? Did we miss the favorite books from your classroom? Leave a comment below to let us know!

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