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Favorite Picture Books for Preschoolers

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The Circus Ship
The Circus Ship
"When a circus ship sinks in a storm, the animals find a new home. Great illustrations."
Abuela (English Edition with Spanish Phrases) (Picture Puffins)
Abuela (English Edition with Spanish Phrases) (Picture Puffins)
"A young Hispanic girl imagines the adventures her and her grandmother would have if they could fly."
The Mysterious Tadpole
The Mysterious Tadpole
"A boy seeks a suitable home for his pet loch ness monster."
A Pair of Red Sneakers
A Pair of Red Sneakers
"A boy describes the ambitious list of qualities he would like his new pair of shoes to possess."
Crictor (Reading Rainbow Books)
Crictor (Reading Rainbow Books)
"The story of a woman and her pet Boa Constrictor."
The Curious Garden
The Curious Garden
"A boy takes up urban gardening."
Mooney B. Finch, the Fastest Draw in the West
Mooney B. Finch, the Fastest Draw in the West
"A boy's drawings come to life, taking him on an adventure in the wild west."
Burnt Toast on Davenport Street
Burnt Toast on Davenport Street
Bad Cat
Bad Cat
"The adventures of a cat whose antics, no matter how mischievous, somehow always result in good."
Chester's Way
Chester's Way
"A sweet story about friendship and appreciating differences in people."
Skippyjon Jones
Skippyjon Jones
"A very active Siamese kitten imagines he's a Chihuahua. Pure silliness."
The Dragons Are Singing Tonight
The Dragons Are Singing Tonight
"Beautifully illustrated book of poems about dragons."
Mr. Tuggle's Troubles
Mr. Tuggle's Troubles
"Silly book about a man who improvises when he can't find various pieces of his clothing/accessories. My boys loved his signature phrase "Jumping jellybeans!""
Little Red Bird
Little Red Bird
"A bird is faced with the choice of staying in the safety and comfort of his cage or exploring the outside world."
Tiger Can't Sleep
Tiger Can't Sleep
Anansi and the Moss-covered Rock
Anansi and the Moss-covered Rock
Julius
Julius
"Cute story about the relationship between a young girl and her pet pig."
It Could Always Be Worse: A Yiddish Folk Tale (Michael Di Capua Books)
It Could Always Be Worse: A Yiddish Folk Tale (Michael Di Capua Books)
"A man who thinks his life is tough gains a little perspective."
Bread and Jam for Frances (I Can Read Book 2)
Bread and Jam for Frances (I Can Read Book 2)
"A picky eater learns to appreciate a little variety in her diet. If only it were this easy..."
The Mixed-Up Rooster
The Mixed-Up Rooster
"Silly story about a rooster who is not a morning person."
Sloppy Joe
Sloppy Joe
"Cute story about a not so neat boy. Has a good message about being accepted for who you are."
Courage
Courage
"Describes several everyday situations which require courage. Great for preschoolers who are timid or reluctant to try new things."
A Visitor for Bear (Bear and Mouse)
A Visitor for Bear (Bear and Mouse)
"Cute story about making a new friend. Mouse keeps appearing in silly places in bear's house - perfect preschool humor."
If You Decide To Go To The Moon
If You Decide To Go To The Moon
"Provides great details about a boy's trip to the moon and the differences between the earth and the moon. Well presented message about why the earth is special and we need to take care of it."
Turtle, Turtle, Watch Out!
Turtle, Turtle, Watch Out!
"Follows the life of a sea turtle from when she hatches until she lays her own eggs."
Rain Makes Applesauce
Rain Makes Applesauce
"Not so much a story, but more a collection of silly sentences combined with elaborate illustrations."
An Egg Is Quiet
An Egg Is Quiet
"Beautiful illustrations and facts about eggs from various animals."
For You are a Kenyan Child
For You are a Kenyan Child
"Describes a day in the life of a young boy in a Kenyan village."
Do You See a Mouse?
Do You See a Mouse?
Shortcut
Shortcut
"A great introduction to cause and effect for older pre-schoolers. The book contains several short stories which at first appear unrelated. A closer look at them, along with the illustrations, reveals the connections between them."
You Look Ridiculous, Said the Rhinoceros to the Hippopotamus (Houghton Mifflin sandpiper books)
You Look Ridiculous, Said the Rhinoceros to the Hippopotamus (Houghton Mifflin sandpiper books)
Dogku
Dogku
"A story, told completely in haiku, about a stray dog who is taken in by a family."
We All Went On Safari
We All Went On Safari
A Mother for Choco (Paperstar)
A Mother for Choco (Paperstar)
"A bird in search of his mother is adopted by a mama bear."
The Three Questions [Based on a story by Leo Tolstoy]
The Three Questions [Based on a story by Leo Tolstoy]
Mirette on the High Wire
Mirette on the High Wire
"Set in 19th century Paris, a girl learns how to walk the tightrope, and then helps her teacher regain his lost confidence. Gorgeous illustrations (Caldecott winner)."
May I Bring a Friend?
May I Bring a Friend?
"Another Caldecott winner. A king and queen host a little boy for various occassions, and he brings with him a collection of interesting guests."
A Sick Day for Amos McGee
A Sick Day for Amos McGee
Library Lion
Library Lion
Chalk
Chalk
"My favorite wordless book - incredible illustrations."