The books you read as a child often stay with you when you have your own children. We remember the images, the story line, the favorite characters and our children do the same. In order to creative a lifelong love of literature, it is imperative to cultivate a love of reading at a very early age. Frequent trips to the local library or bookstore will fast become a favorite venture for your preschooler once you open the door to the wonderful world of imagination. The amazing and helpful aspect for parents is that often, our children are learning so much just from our reading and repetition that we are surprised later when they recognize letters, shapes and colors that they learned simply from reading. On to the list:
1. Chicka Chicka Boom-Boom (https://www.amazon.com/Chicka-Boom-Board-Book/dp/1442450703/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1474456825&sr=1-1&keywords=chicka+chicka+boom+boom)
A told B
and B told C,
“I’ll meet you at the top
of the coconut tree.”
When all the letters of the alphabet race one another up the coconut tree, will there be enough room?
2. Harry the Dirty Dog (https://www.amazon.com/Harry-Dirty-Dog-Gene-Zion/dp/006443009X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1474456998&sr=1-1&keywords=harry+the+dirty+dog)
Harry is a white dog with black spots who loves everything . . . except baths. So one day before bath time, Harry runs away. He plays outside all day long, digging and sliding in everything from garden soil to pavement tar. By the time he returns home, Harry is so dirty he looks like a black dog with white spots. His family doesn’t even recognize him!
3. Bear Wants More https://www.amazon.com/Bear-Wants-More-Karma-Wilson/dp/1416949224/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1474457244&sr=1-1&keywords=bear+wants+more)
When springtime comes, in his warm winter den a bear wakes up very hungry and thin!
Bear comes out of hibernation and he’s VERY hungry.
He eats everything in sight–but he still wants more!
Bear’s friends finally help him satisfy his HUGE hunger by throwing him a surprise birthday party.
Bear’s adventures (like being too fat to fit through the doorway) will entertain and delight young readers.
4. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (https://www.amazon.com/Alexander-Terrible-Horrible-Good-Very/dp/0689711735/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1474457419&sr=1-1&keywords=alexander+and+the+terrible+horrible+no+good+very+bad+day)
Alexander knew it was going to be a terrible day when he woke up with gum in this hair.
And it got worse…
His best friend deserted him. There was no dessert in his lunch bag. And, on top of all that, there were lima beans for dinner and kissing on TV!
5. Goodnight Moon (https://www.amazon.com/Goodnight-Moon-Margaret-Wise-Brown/dp/0694003611/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1474457625&sr=1-1&keywords=goodnight+moon)
In a great green room, tucked away in bed, is a little bunny. “Goodnight room, goodnight moon.” And to all the familiar things in the softly lit room–to the picture of the three little bears sitting in chairs, to the clocks and his socks, to the mittens and the kittens, to everything one by one–he says goodnight.
In this classic of modern children’s literature, beloved by generations of readers and listeners, the quiet poetry of the words and the gentle, lulling illustrations combine to make a perfect book for the end of the day.
6. Those Darn Squirrels (https://www.amazon.com/Those-Darn-Squirrels-Adam-Rubin/dp/0547576811/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1474457756&sr=1-1&keywords=those+darn+squirrels)
Old Man Fookwire is a grump who only likes to paint pictures of birds that visit his backyard. The problem is, they fly south every winter, leaving him sad and lonely. So he decides to get them to stay by putting up beautiful birdfeeders filled with seeds and berries. Unfortunately, the squirrels like the treats, too, and make a daring raid on the feeders. The conflict escalates—until the birds depart (as usual), and the squirrels come up with a plan that charms the old grump.
7. Potty Train (https://www.amazon.com/Potty-Train-David-Hochman/dp/1416928332/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1474457863&sr=1-1&keywords=potty+train)
Time to say good-bye to diapers and take the journey to Underpants Station.
Are you ready? Let’s chug away on the Potty Train!
8. I Stink (https://www.amazon.com/I-Stink-Kate-McMullan/dp/0064438368/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1474458019&sr=1-1&keywords=stinky+and+dirty)
“Know what I do at night while you’re asleep? Eat your trash, that’s what!”
With ten wide tires, one really big appetite, and an even bigger smell, this garbage truck’s got it all. His job? Eating your garbage and loving every stinky second of it! And you thought nighttime was just for sleeping.
9. The Kissing Hand (https://www.amazon.com/Kissing-Hand-Audrey-Penn/dp/1933718102/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1474458189&sr=1-1&keywords=the+kissing+hand)
Chester Raccoon doesn’t want to go to school–he wants to stay home with his mother. She assures him that he’ll love school–with its promise of new friends, new toys, and new books. Even better, she has a special secret that’s been in the family for years–the Kissing Hand. This secret, she tells him, will make school seem as cozy as home. She takes her son’s hand, spreads his tiny fingers into a fan and kisses his palm–smack dab in the middle: “Chester felt his mother’s kiss rush from his hand, up his arm, and into his heart.”
10. How Do Dinosaurs Go to School? (https://www.amazon.com/Journeys-Little-Grade-Dinosaurs-School/dp/0547009119/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1474458334&sr=1-1&keywords=how+do+dinosaurs+go+to+school)
Everyone’s favorite dinosaurs are back, and this time they are going to school. More fun dinosaur antics await. These prehistoric pupils are in a class of their own!