Best Books for Preschoolers

15 of The Best Books for Preschoolers

15 Books Parents and Preschoolers Will Love

Best Preschool Books To Read Aloud

Looking for the best books for preschoolers? You’re in the right place!

We love books! We are a book-loving family. Well, I take that back. I really should say a book-loving duo. My husband is no book worm. He does, however, have a deep love for video games. To each their own, right?

My daughter, Brooklyn, has always been a book lover. Thank goodness!

We visit the library around four times a week. Sometimes more! Brooklyn has no problem filling up our library bag. I, on the other hand, have a very hard time carrying it! Can I consider that my workout for the day?

Reading has become such a huge part of our lives. Cuddled up with my girl and a pile of books is my idea of a fun Friday night. (Most of the time)

You never know what kind of adventures the pages will take you on.

The books on this list have been read well over 20 times each. Brooklyn loves some of them so much we read them twice (or four times) in one sitting. Basically, I have most of these books memorized. To us, they are the best preschool books of all time!

I hope these books bring you as much joy as they have brought to our little family. Ready, set, read!!

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Here Are The Absolute Best Books For Preschoolers

1) Suppose You Meet a Dinosaur: A First Book of Manners

Suppose You Meet a Dinosaur: A First Book of Manners
  • Sierra, Judy (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 40 Pages – 02/09/2016 (Publication Date) – Dragonfly Books (Publisher)

What’s not to love about a book with a friendly dinosaur that teaches basic manners? This gem of a book is fun and interactive. Also, the dinosaur has pink glasses and a tiny handbag. Enough said!

2) Monsters Go Night-Night

Monsters Go Night-Night: A Picture Book
  • Zenz, Aaron (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages – 08/07/2018 (Publication Date) – Abrams Books for Young Readers (Publisher)

This book is just plain fun. Monsters making ridiculous choices in their bedtime routine always gets a laugh in my house. We read this one 3 times in a row last night. It’s also a super quick read. We all have those nights when we want our kids to go to bed ASAP. Wait, I think that is every night!

3) The Wonky Donkey

The Wonky Donkey
  • Smith, Craig (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 24 Pages – 05/01/2010 (Publication Date) – Scholastic Inc. (Publisher)

The best part of this book may be getting to say hee-haw as loudly as I can. There is also a Wonky Donkey song. Do yourself a favor and look it up! I have a feeling this book will become a favorite go-to for a good laugh.

4) There’s a Monster In Your Book

There’s a Monster in Your Book: A Funny Monster Book for Kids and Toddlers (Who’s In Your Book?)
  • Hardcover Book
  • Fletcher, Tom (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages – 09/05/2017 (Publication Date) – Random House Books for Young Readers (Publisher)

A cute little monster is stuck in your book! Will he put up a fight to stay or give up and go somewhere else?  Follow all the directions to discover his fate.

5) Dragon Was Terrible

Dragon Was Terrible
  • Hardcover Book
  • DiPucchio, Kelly (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 40 Pages – 08/23/2016 (Publication Date) – Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (Publisher)

This dragon is definitely not on his best behavior. He spends his time stomping on flowers and spitting on cupcakes! Find out how one clever boy stops this dragon’s reign of destruction.

6) Never Ask a Dinosaur to Dinner

Never Ask a Dinosaur to Dinner
  • Hardcover Book
  • Edwards, Gareth (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages – 04/28/2015 (Publication Date) – Scholastic Press (Publisher)

Dinosaurs are not good dinner guests and tigers should not be used as towels! Why not? You will have to read this book to find out why wild animals and bedtime do not go together.

7) Betty Goes Bananas

Betty Goes Bananas
  • Hardcover Book
  • Antony, Steve (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages – 12/23/2014 (Publication Date) – Schwartz & Wade (Publisher)

Betty the gorilla is having a rough time! A banana she wants to eat is not opening! Her frustration boils over into a massive tantrum. Kids will get a kick out of seeing how a gorilla throws a fit.

8) Don’t Push The Button!

Don’t Push the Button!: A Funny Interactive Book For Kids
  • Cotter, Bill (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 24 Pages – 06/01/2015 (Publication Date) – Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (Publisher)

This is our absolute favorite. There is only one rule in this book! Don’t push the button! There is also something so lovable about the main character, Larry. Kids will have so much fun with this interactive story. Adults will too!

9) The Rabbit Listened

The Rabbit Listened
  • Hardcover Book
  • Doerrfeld, Cori (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 40 Pages – 02/20/2018 (Publication Date) – Dial Books (Publisher)

This is a fantastic book for learning about emotions in tough situations. The story is simple and relatable. Sometimes all a person needs is someone to listen and this lovely story portrays that beautifully.

10) There’s A Bear On My Chair

There’s a Bear on My Chair (Ross Collins’ Mouse and Bear Stories)
  • Collins, Ross (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages – 03/01/2022 (Publication Date) – Candlewick Press (Publisher)

A poor little mouse has a big problem. A bear has plopped down right in his chair. The mouse will stop at nothing to get that bear out of his chair. Wait until the last page when the tables are turned. This is sure to become a top pick among little ones.

11) Giraffes Can’t Dance

Giraffes Can’t Dance
  • Hardcover Book
  • Andreae, Giles (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages – 09/01/2001 (Publication Date) – Orchard Books (Publisher)

This story will introduce you to Gerald. A sweet giraffe who longs to dance but is having some troubles. Find out how Gerald learns to dance to the beat of his own drum.

12) The Book With No Pictures

Book With No Pictures
  • B.J. Novak (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 48 Pages – 01/01/2016 (Publication Date) – PUFFIN BOOKS (Publisher)

Blork! Bluurf! The pages of this book are filled with preposterous words and phrases the reader MUST say! This will get the entire family belly laughing. As the title suggests, there are no pictures! But I promise you won’t miss them one bit.

This list of the best books for preschoolers would not be complete without this awesome book!

13) I Need a Hug

I Need a Hug
  • Hardcover Book
  • Blabey, Aaron (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages – 12/26/2018 (Publication Date) – Scholastic Press (Publisher)

All porcupine wants is a cuddle. The other animals say no way due to his prickly spikes. Will the porcupine meet an animal that will finally give him a hug? Don’t worry, the answer is yes. This is a children’s book after all.

14) If I Had A Raptor

If I Had a Raptor
  • Hardcover Book
  • O’Connor, George (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 32 Pages – 05/13/2014 (Publication Date) – Candlewick (Publisher)

What is your child’s ideal pet? The little girl in this story can think of nothing better than having her own dinosaur. She explains exactly how their days together would be spent. Dogs and cats step aside. Dinosaurs may just be a kid’s new best friend.

15) Don’t Wake Up the Tiger

Don’t Wake Up the Tiger
  • Hardcover Book
  • Teckentrup, Britta (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 30 Pages – 08/02/2016 (Publication Date) – Candlewick Press (Publisher)

Tiger is fast asleep. OH NO!! She is in the way of a small group of animals trying to get by. With a little help from the reader, the animals may stand a chance of getting by this tiger safely. There is also a surprise ending that everyone will enjoy.

The books on this list hold a special place in our hearts. I hope they make their way into your hearts too.

You already know where I’ll be tomorrow. The library!

What books do you and your family love?

Any you think deserves to be on the list of the best books for preschoolers?

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  1. Claire Masters Avatar

    At an early age my son is showing traits of being an enthusiastic reader. Really enjoys looking at pictures so we might find books that boys would really enjoy. Thanks as well for these recommendations like a book about Raptors being a child’s pet.

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