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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 Pocket for Corduroy by Don Freeman

A Potty for Me by Karen Katz

Amigos by Eric Carle

Animals Hide and Seek by Bastien Contraire

Are We There Yet? by Dan Santat

Are You a Cow? by Sandra Boynton

Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman

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

Blue Hat, Green Hat by Sandra Boynton


Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Bill Martin

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

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

Germs by Ross Collins

Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae

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

Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

Hansel and Gretel Ninja Chicks by Corey Rosen Schwartz

Happy Pig Day by Mo Willems

Harold and the Purple Crayon

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

Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss

Horton Hatches the Egg by Dr. Seuss

Hush, Mama Loves You by Ana Strauss

I Am a Rainbow

I Love You as Much by Laura Krauss Melmed

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 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 Polar Bear by Hans De Beer

Living Wild by Elaine Miller Bond

Lizard from the Park by Mark Pett

Love You Forever by Robert Munsch

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

One Fish, Two Fish

Pajama time

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

Pat the Cat by Colin Hawkins

Pete the Cat by Dean James

Pigs Make Me Sneeze by Mo Willems

Pinkalicious by Victoria Kann

Pirate Jamboree by Mark Teague

Plumply Dumply Pumpkin by Mary Serfozo

Polar Bear

Press Here by Herve Tullett

Princess! Fairy! Ballerina! Bethanie Deeney Murguia

Purplicious by Victoria Kann

Red Truck by K.R. Hamilton

Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson

Runaway Bunny

Running Wild by Elaine Miller Bond

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

Spot a Lot Vehicle Adventure by Steve Smallman

Steam Train, Dream Train by Sherri Duskey Rinker

Stick Man by Julia Donaldson

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 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 Mixed-Up Chameleon by Eric Carle

The Night You Were Born by Wendy McCormick

The Pigeon Needs a Bath 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 Was an Old Dragon Who Swallowed a Knight by Penny Parker Klostermann

There’s No Place Like Space by Tish Rabe

Those Darn Squirrels! By Adam Rubin

Three Little Pigs

Time to Pee

Toys Meet Snow by Emily Jenkins

Uncle Vova’s Tree

Violet the Pilot by Steve Breen

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

Wolfie the Bunny by Ame Dyckman

Yes, We Can by Sam McBratney