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Books every Kindergartener should hear/read?

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What are some of the books your K'er just fell in love with?

Any books you think "every" K'er should be read?

What books on tape/cd did your K'er love to listen to?



Right now my DD loves the book "Nothing" by Jon Agee & we just checked out other Agee books that she is enjoying, it seems she has found her first favorite author :001_smile: !

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This is the list I created for my dc and used when they were that age: Picture books Every Child Should Read. They are in order by Lexile level, and we just worked through them in order. One book not on there that my dc adored is Bear Snores On.


Green Eggs and Ham


Goodnight Moon

Sammy the Seal

Nate the Great

The Cat in the Hat

Danny and the Dinosaur

Amanda Pig and Her Brother Oliver

Little Bear

Amelia Bedelia

The Bravest Dog Ever

Curious George

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

Henry and Mudge, The First Book

Mr. Putter & Tabby Pour the Tea


Frog and Toad are Friends

Angus and the Ducks

George and Martha

The Very Hungry Caterpillar


Little Red Hen

Poky Little Puppy

The Egg

Harold and the Purple Crayon


Harry the Dirty Dog

Caps for Sale

Stone Soup

A Chair for My Mother

Bread and Jam for Frances

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs

Horton Hatches the Egg

Where the Wild Things Are

Emperor's New Clothes


A New Coat for Anna

The Little Engine That Could

The Bears on Hemlock Mountain

Doctor De Soto

Billy & Blaze

Millions of Cats

Velveteen Rabbit (abridged)

Thunder Cake

Andy and the Lion

And to think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street

The Story of Ferdinand

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Polar Express, The

Miss Rumphius

Story of Babar, The

Strega Nona

Blueberries for Sal

The Tale of Peter Rabbit

Little House, The

Story About Ping

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel

The Ox-Cart Man

The Pied Piper of Hamelin

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble

John Henry

Flat Stanley

Make Way for Ducklings

If I Ran the Zoo

Tikki Tikki Tembo

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale

Little Red Riding Hood

Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain

Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile

St. George and the Dragon

Librarian Who Measured the Earth

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Well when my dd was little like that I tried to read her:

-things she wouldn't be able to read soon for herself

-things that stretched her vocabulary or sentence structure

-things that conveyed the rhythm and beauty of language

-things that spoke to the heart (a la the Honey for a Child's Heart book recommendations)


Those things weren't necessarily all found in one book. The heart books tended to be picture books or SL read alouds. I used nursery rhymes for the rhythm and beauty, and now to that with my ds I add poetry. For the language and sentence structure, I tried to chose solid read alouds: the Lang fairy tales, anything by C.S. Lewis or E.B. White, stories of Uncle Remus (Julius Lester's), etc.


The only thing I'm doing differently with ds is to try to weave more non-fiction into that mix. I didn't do that enough. The rest was great. To tell what she'll be reading soon, look at the reading lists in the VP catalog. The only exception I made to that is Dr. Seuss. I'm ga-ga for Dr. Seuss, so I read that to her prolifically and still quote from it.


I found that our read alouds at this age (4-6) became the books she loved most and wanted to reread for herself as her skills improved. Chose them well. :)


PS. We also did the FIAR books. They're amazing on many levels.

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I love the ones already mentioned, we've read most around here, but I'll add a few more fun ones.

Nine for California

A House for Hermit Crab

The Biggest Bear

Song and Dance Man

Click-Clack Moo & Cows that Type (there are several by this author and they are just plain fun to read).

Mine have also enjoyed the Curious George & Franklin series.

Max Lucado books are some favorite children books of mine.

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