Updated: Mar 18
Books are an essential part of a child's education, and reading to preschoolers can help develop important language and literacy skills, as well as a love of learning. I started reading to my kids when they were toddlers and with so many books to choose from, it left me confused as to where to start from. However, my kid’s paediatrician helped me and recommended some books to start with.
Here are some book suggestions for preschoolers that are sure to captivate and entertain:
"The Very Hungry Caterpillar" by Eric Carle
"The Very Hungry Caterpillar" was the first book I bought for my daughter. It is a classic children's book that has been beloved for generations. This colorful story follows the journey of a caterpillar as it eats its way through various foods and transforms into a beautiful butterfly. The book's unique illustrations and simple, repetitive text make it perfect for young children, and it also teaches important lessons about counting, colors, and the life cycle of a butterfly.
2. Where the Wild Things Are" by Maurice Sendak
"Where the Wild Things Are" is a timeless classic that tells the story of a young boy named Max who travels to a magical land where he becomes king of the wild things. The book's vivid illustrations and imaginative storyline are sure to capture the imagination of preschoolers, while also teaching important lessons about imagination, friendship, and facing fears..
3. "Corduroy" by Don Freeman
"Corduroy" is a heartwarming story about a teddy bear named Corduroy who lives in a department store and longs for a home of his own. The book's charming illustrations and gentle storyline make it a perfect read-aloud for young children, and it also teaches important lessons about acceptance, kindness, and the power of friendship.
4. "Curious George" by H.A. and Margret Rey
"Curious George" is a classic children's book series that follows the adventures of a mischievous monkey named George. The books are full of colorful illustrations and exciting storylines that are sure to captivate preschoolers, while also teaching important lessons about curiosity, problem-solving, and the consequences of our actions.
5. "The Cat in the Hat" and “ABC: An Amazing Alphabet Book” by Dr. Seuss
"The Cat in the Hat" and “ABC: An Amazing Alphabet Book” are beloved classics that have been entertaining and educating children for generations. These books' playful rhymes and whimsical illustrations follow the misadventures of a mischievous cat who turns a boring day into a fun-filled adventure in the former book and teaches the alphabet in the latter one. The books are great read-aloud for young children, and also teach important lessons about imagination, creativity, and the joy of learning.
6. "Goodnight Moon" by Margaret Wise Brown
"Goodnight Moon" is a timeless classic that has been a favorite of parents and children for generations. The book's soothing rhymes and calming illustrations follow a young bunny as he says goodnight to everything in his room, from the moon to his favorite toys. The book is a great way to help preschoolers wind down at bedtime, while also teaching important lessons about routines, bedtime rituals, and the importance of sleep.
7. "Green Eggs and Ham" by Dr. Seuss
"Green Eggs and Ham" is another classic children's book by Dr. Seuss that has been entertaining and educating children for generations. The book's playful rhymes and silly illustrations follow a persistent character named Sam-I-Am as he tries to convince a friend to try green eggs and ham. The book is a great read-aloud for young children, and it also teaches important lessons about trying new things, being open-minded, and the power of persuasion.
In conclusion, reading to preschoolers is essential for learning and development. It is an important part of their education. When children read, they acquire new knowledge and improve their vocabulary, comprehension, and critical thinking skills.
These book suggestions are sure to captivate and entertain young children while also teaching important lessons about language, literacy, and life.
PS: Now a teenager, my daughter has published her own book. Click on the link to access her first book of the series "Elements."