Best Kids Books (Pre-K to Kindergarten)

March is National Reading Month

March 1 kicks off National Reading Month. Reading picture books is one of our favorite activities, in addition to kids craft kits, of course!

For the last 6 years (since I was pregnant with my first), I have been on the hunt for kids books that would engage, entertain, and delight my children. Reading is a “must” for us at bedtime – it helps calm our kids and get them ready for slumber. It is also a “must” for us when we need some peace in quiet in our chaotic house :). Because we have three kids, we don’t get to leave the house as often as I would like with nap times, etc., so books are a great way to see the world without leaving your house!

This is a list of the 40 best kids books that I love and are also popular with other parents. For those of you who need some gift ideas for the children in your life, or are looking for some fresh reading ideas, see below.

Best Kids Books (Pre-K to Grade 2)

Are You My Mother?

Bear Wants More

Green Hat, Blue Hat

Blueberries for Sal

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

The Cat in the Hat

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Clifford the Big Red Dog

Curious George

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!

Down by the Bay

The Frog and Toad Collection Box Set

George and Martha

A Giraffe and a Half

The Giving Tree

The Going to Bed Book

Green Eggs and Ham

Harold and the Purple Crayon

Horton Hatches the Egg

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

Kipper's A to Z

Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse

The Little Engine That Could

The Little Prince

The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge

The Mitten

Mouse Paint

No, David!


One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish

Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See?

Pat the Bunny

Read-Aloud Rhymes for the Very Young

Rolie Polie Olie


The Story of Ferdinand

Two Little Trains

What Do You Do with a Tail Like This?

When I Was Little: A Four-Year-Old's Memoir of Her Youth

Where the Wild Things Are

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