100 Must Read Books for Kindergarten

From the sweet tale of a duck family and their adventures in Boston to the life of a mysterious gardener making art out of shrubs to Mrs. McNosh doing her wash with questionable sanity, this book list will inspire you to grab a book and cuddle up with your little ones. Read to the end and grab a printable list to bring to the library on your next trip. Plus flower and paw print book recording sheets.

I wrote this list with my kindergartner in mind, but many if not all of these books would be appropriate for preschoolers too. After all, there is no magic line that says once you reach 5 you won’t enjoy the books you loved at 4. Also, there are a few compilations and chapter books mixed in with the mostly picture book titles. I tried to think of books you wouldn’t want to miss, no matter the type, that my children and I have loved. This list could’ve easily been extravagantly longer, but I had to stop somewhere. So use this list as a starting point, a place for inspiration, maybe to find a title you hadn’t seen yet, but not as an exhaustive list. With that said, on to the books.

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100 Must Read Books for Kindergarten. Plus FREE printable book list for the library and flower and paw print book recording sheets.


100 Must-Read Books for Kindergarten

  1. Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain by Verna Aardema
  2. Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg
  3. The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Anderson
  4. The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Andersen
  5. Anansi the Spider: A Tale from the Ashanti by Gerald McDermott
  6. Naughty Little Monkeys by Jim Aylesworth
  7. The Adventures of Taxi Dog by Debra & Sal Barracca
  8. Cloudy With a chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett
  9. Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett
  10. Iggy Peck Architect by Andrea Beaty
  11. Rosie Revere Engineer by Andrea Beaty
  12. Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
  13. A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond
  14. Cinders: A Chicken Cinderella by Jan Brett
  15. The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear and Jan Brett
  16. Town Mouse Country Mouse by Jan Brett
  17. Stone Soup by Marcia Brown
  18. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
  19. The Little Island by Margret Wise Brown
  20. The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton
  21. Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton
  22. Pancakes, Pancakes! Eric Carle
  23. Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me by Eric Carle
  24. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  25. Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type by Doreen Cronin
  26. Jamberry by Bruce Degen
  27. Strega Nona Tomie DePaola
  28. La La La: A Story of Hope by Kate DiCamillo
  29. If I Built a Car by Chris Van Dusen
  30. The Best Nest by P.D. Eastman
  31. Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music by Margarita Engle
  32. The Night Gardener by Terry Fan & Eric Fan
  33. Wilfrid Gordan McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox
  34. Corduroy by Don Freeman
  35. The Three Billy Goats Gruff by Paul Galdone
  36. The Little Red Hen by Paul Galdone
  37. My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett
  38. Ox Cart Man by Donald Hall
  39. Waiting by Kevin Henkes
  40. Rosie’s Walk by Pat Hutchins
  41. I Love You the Purplest by Barbara M. Joosse
  42. The Hello, Goodbye Window by Norton Juster
  43. Over in the Meadow by Olive A. Wadsworth
  44. Peter’s Chair by Ezra Jack Keats
  45. The Three Little Pigs by Steven Kellogg
  46. Paul Bunyon by Steven Kellogg
  47. Harvesting Hope by Kathleen Krull
  48. Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
  49. Johnny Appleseed by Reeve Lindbergh
  50. Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
  51. Frederick by Leo Lionni
  52. Inch by Inch by Leo Lionni
  53. Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin
  54. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr.
  55. Washing the Willow Tree Loon by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
  56. The Salamander Room by Anne Mazer
  57. Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
  58. Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
  59. One Morning in Maine by Robert McCloskey
  60. Roxaboxen by Alice McLerran
  61. Tikki Tikki Tembo by Arlene Mosel
  62. Enemy Pie by Derek Munson
  63. The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash by Trinka Hakes Noble
  64. Max and Ruby’s Treasure Hunt by Iona Opie and Rosemary Wells
  65. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury
  66. Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish
  67. Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena
  68. Little Red Riding Hood by Jerry Pinkney
  69. The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney
  70. The Ghanian Goldilocks by Dr. Tamara Pizzoli
  71. The Keeping Quilt by Patricia Polacco
  72. Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco
  73. The Classic Tale of Peter Rabbit and Other Cherished Tales by Beatrix Potter
  74. In Aunt Giraffe’s Green Garden by Jack Prelutsky
  75. When I was Young in the Mountains by Cynthia Rylant
  76. After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) by Dan Santat
  77. Skippy John Jones Lost in Spice by Judy Schachner
  78. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendack
  79. And to Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street by Dr. Seuss
  80. Fox in Socks by Dr. Seuss
  81. Green Eggs & Ham by Dr. Seuss
  82. Horton Hears a Who by Dr. Seuss
  83. Duck on a Bike by David Shannon
  84. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
  85. Caps For Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
  86. The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires
  87. Elizabeti’s Doll by Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen
  88. Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah by Laurie Ann Thompson 
  89. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
  90. Lyle, Lyle Crocodile Storybook Treasury Bernard Waber
  91. From Dawn till Dusk by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock
  92. Mrs. McNosh Hangs Up Her Wash by Sarah Weeks
  93. Here Comes Mother Goose by Iona Opie and Rosemary Wells *
  94. Yoko’s Paper Cranes Rosemary Wells
  95. The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
  96. A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams
  97. The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Audrey Wood
  98. The Napping House by Audrey Wood
  99. What Do You Do With an Idea? by Kobi Yamada
  100. Puff the Magic Dragon by Peter Yarrow
I hope this list provides you fun reading with your Kindergartener. Subscribe below and grab a printable list of these titles, in alphabetical order by author, that you can take with you to the library. Also included with this printable are 2 recording sheets for you and your little ones to write down the titles of  books you read on flower petals or paw prints. Use the sheets as is or cut out the shapes and glue them into a notebook.
Happy Reading!
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