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Favorite Reads

1000 Books Before Kindergarten Favorite Reads

Some favorites from children who’ve participated in the program:

(each title is linked to our catalog for easy ordering)

A Bear for Breakfast by Jennifer King

A Big Guy Took My Ball! By Mo Willems

A Creepy Pair of Underwear by Aaron Reynolds

A Pocket for Corduroy by Don Freeman

A Potty for Me by Karen Katz

Amigos by Eric Carle

And to Think I Saw it on Mulberry Street by Dr. Seuss

Animals Hide and Seek by Bastien Contraire

Another by Christian Robinson

Are We There Yet? by Dan Santat

Are You a Cow? by Sandra Boynton

Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman

Bad Kitty Does Not Like Dogs by Nick Bruel

Bear Snores On by Kama Wilson

Before After by Jean Jullien

Belly Button Book by Sandra Boynton

Big Words for Little Geniuses by James and Sue Patterson

Biscuit Wants to Play by Alyssa S Capucilli

Biscuit’s Day at the Farm by Alyssa S Capucilli

Blue Hat, Green Hat by Sandra Boynton

Boats by Byron Barton

Boats for Papa by Jessixa Bagley


Bread and Jam for Francis by Russell Hoban

Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Bill Martin

Bunnies by Kevan Atteberry

Can I Play Too? by Mo Willems

Cat in the Hat Comes Back

Cecily Parsley’s Nursery Rhymes

Click, Clack, Boo! by Doreen Cronin

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett

Corduroy by Don Freeman

Counting Kisses by Karen Katz

Courage by Bernard Waber

Daniel Tiger by various authors

Do Not Bring Your Dragon to the Library by Julie Gassman

Dog Wants to Play by Christine McDonnell

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! By Mo Willems

Dr. Seuss ABC by Dr. Seuss

Festivals of the World China by Colin Cheong

Frankenstein by Ludworst Bemonster

Freight Train by Donald Crews

Fruits in Suits by Jared Chapman

Germs by Ross Collins

Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae

Go, Dog, Go! by P. D. Eastman

Go to Bed, Monster! By Natasha Wing

Goldi Rocks and the Three Bears by Corey Rosen Schwartz

Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann

Goodnight Moon

Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker

Grandfather Twilight by Barbara Berger

Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

Hansel and Gretel Ninja Chicks by Corey Rosen Schwartz

Happy Pig Day by Mo Willems

Harold and Hog Pretend for Real by Mo Willems

Harold and the Purple Crayon

Have You Seen My Dragon? By Steve Light

Hocus Pocus, It’s Fall! by Anne Sibley O’Brien

Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss

Horton Hatches the Egg by Dr. Seuss

How to Babysit a Grandma by Jean Reagan

Hush, Mama Loves You by Ana Strauss

I Am a Rainbow

I Love You as Much by Laura Krauss Melmed

I Really Like Slop! By Mo Willems

I Spy With My Little Eye by Edward Gibbs

I Will Surprise My Friend by Mo Willems

I Will Take a Nap! by Mo Willems

I’m a Big Brother by Joanna Cole

I’m a Frog by Mo Willems

I’m Bored by Michael Ian Black

I’m Going to Grandma’s by Mary Ann Hoberman

If I Were a Bee by Dolores Keaveney

If You Give a Mouse a Brownie by Laura Numeroff

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

It’s a Tiger! by David LaRochelle

It’s Not Easy Being a Bunny by Marilyn Sadler

Jamberry by Bruce Degen

Jody’s Beans by Malachy Doyle

Just One More by Jennifer Hansen Rolli

Ladybug Girl and the Dress-up Dilemma by David Soman

Let’s Eat by Ana Zamorano

Let’s Say Hi to Friends Who Fly! by Mo Willems

Little Bee

Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle

Little Chick by Amy Hest

Little Excavator by Anna Dewdney

Little Polar Bear by Hans De Beer

Little Truck by Gomi Taro

Little Tug by Stephen Savage

Living Wild by Elaine Miller Bond

Lizard from the Park by Mark Pett

Love You Forever by Robert Munsch

Lucy and The Bully by Claire Alexander

Maisy Goes on a Plane by Lucy Cousins

Mister Seahorse by Eric Carle

Mommy Hugs by Karen Katz

Moo! by David Larochelle

Mossy by Jan Brett

Mud Puddle by Robert Munsch

My Car, Mi Carro by Byron Barton

My First Christmas by Tomie DePaola

My Friend is Sad by Mo Willems

My Kite is Stuck

Nobody Likes a Goblin by Ben Hatke

Oh Say Can You Say What’s the Weather Today? by Tish Rabe

Oh, No! by Candace Fleming

Oh, the Thinks You Can Think! By Dr. Seuss

Once Upon a Potty by Alona Frankel

One Fish, Two Fish

Pajama time

Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin

Papa, Please Get the Moon For Me by Eric Carle

Pat the Cat by Colin Hawkins

Pete the Cat by Dean James

Pete the Cat and the Missing Cupcakes by Kim Dean

Pete the Cat’s Train Trip by James Dean

Pig the Pug by Aaron Blabey

Pig the Stinker by Aaron Blabey

Pig the Winner by Aaron Blabey

Pigs Make Me Sneeze by Mo Willems

Pinkalicious by Victoria Kann

Pirate Jamboree by Mark Teague

Plumply Dumply Pumpkin by Mary Serfozo

Polar Bear

Ponyella by Laura Numeroff

Press Here by Herve Tullett

Princess! Fairy! Ballerina! Bethanie Deeney Murguia

Purplicious by Victoria Kann

Red Truck by K.R. Hamilton

Richard Scarry’s Best Word Book Ever by Richard Scarry

Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson

Runaway Bunny

Running Wild by Elaine Miller Bond

Sam the Most Scaredy-Cat by Mo Willems

Sammy the Seal

Scaredy Squirrel at the Beach by Melanie Watt

Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt

Shine by Patrick McDonnell

Sixteen Runaway Pumpkins by Dianne Ochiltree

Snow Babies

Snow Friends by M. Christina Butler

Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

Snuggle Puppy

Splat the Cat by Rob Scotton

Spooky Pookie by Sandra Boynton

Spot a Lot Vehicle Adventure by Steve Smallman

Spring for Sophie by Yael Werber

Steam Train, Dream Train by Sherri Duskey Rinker

Stella’s Starliner by Rosemary Wells

Stick Man by Julia Donaldson

Stop Bot by James Yang

Supertruck by Steven Savage

Suriya and Roscoe by Bhagavan Antle

Swimmy by Leo Lionni

Tap, Tap, Boom, Boom by Elizabeth Bluemle

Ten Apples Up on Top by Dr. Seuss

That’s Not My Kitten

The Art Lesson by Tomie DePaola

The Bookshop Dog by Cynthia Rylant

The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss

The Cat in the Hat Series by Dr. Seuss

The Composer is Dead by Lemony Snicket

The Cookie Fiasco by Mo Willems

The Dangerous Alphabet by Neil Gaiman

The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins

The Foolish Tortoise by Eric Carle

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson

The Honey Makers by Gail Gibbons

The Itsy Bitsy Spider by Iza Trapani

The King’s Stilts by Dr. Seuss

The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper

The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hungry Bear

The Little Rabbit by Nicola Killen

The Little Train by Lois Lenski

The Mixed-Up Chameleon by Eric Carle

The Moon’s Almost Here by Patricia MacLachlan

The Night You Were Born by Wendy McCormick

The Pigeon Needs a Bath by Mo Willems

The Pigeon Wants a Puppy! By Mo Willems

The Princess Knight by Cornelia Funke

The Seals on the Bus by Lenny Hort

The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf

The Tale of Peter Rabbit

The Tale of Two Bad Mice

The Tool Box by Ann and Harlow Rockwell

The Wheels on the Bus by Jane Cabrara

The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin

The Yawn That Wouldn’t Stop by Greg Gormley

There is a Bird on Your Head by Mo Willems

There Was an Old Dragon Who Swallowed a Knight by Penny Parker Klostermann

There’s No Place Like Space by Tish Rabe

They All Saw a Cat by Brenden Wenzel

Those Darn Squirrels! By Adam Rubin

Three Little Pigs

Time to Pee

Toot by Leslie Patricelli

Tooth by Leslie Patricelli

Toys Meet Snow by Emily Jenkins

Trucks by Gail Gibbons

Uncle Vova’s Tree

Uni the Unicorn by Amy Rosenthal

Vegetables in Underwear by Jared Chapman

Violet the Pilot by Steve Breen

Vroom by Barbara McKintock

Waiting by Kevin Henkes

We Are in a Book! by Mo Willems

Weird Sea Creatures by Erich Hoyt

What Was I Scared Of? by Dr. Seuss

Where Did Dinosaurs Come From? by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld

Where is Baby Series by Karen Katz

Where’s Spot by Eric Hill

Wolfie the Bunny by Ame Dyckman

Yes, We Can by Sam McBratney

Zoom by Nick Ackland