7 Fresh Book Picks for Preschoolers
Reading with your children at home supports and implements the learning they are doing at school and also aids in cultivating their love of reading. Building this positive attitude and association with reading is helpful when it comes to advancing and solidifying your children’s literacy skills.
In alignment with the Montessori Method, it is believed that reading for fun with your children promotes their budding literacy, cognitive development, language, imagination and enriches your relationship with them.
Spring brings warmer weather and, with that, new growth. Encourage your preschooler’s reading growth with these fresh picks!
Who Likes Rain? by Wong Herbert Yee
April showers are a staple of springtime weather. With showers comes raincoats, umbrellas, and dodging drops outdoors. The book discusses who enjoys the rain, naming worms, fish, and frogs. What about the cat and dog?
In this musical picture book, one child seeks to discover who likes rain and who does not as she adventures through the rainy-day world around her. The straightforward language and call-and-response form of this book make for the perfect read-aloud experience with your preschooler no matter the time of year. Who Likes Rain? is the second book in Wong Herbert Yee’s season-focused quartet, so if your children enjoy it, there is more where this comes from!
Lola Plants a Garden by Anna McQuinn
What makes a garden grow? Our main character, book-loving Lola, is amazed by a collection of garden poems that she reads with her mom. This inspires her to plant her own garden of beautiful flowers! Join Lola’s adventure by watching her choose which flowers to grow, practicing patience with her while waiting for them to bloom, and finally, tending a garden of her own!
The vibrant illustrations highlight Lola’s loving family and how they use stories and books to interact with their world. Lola Plants a Garden encourages and highlights a love of learning that can provide a positive model for children of any age.
The Listening Walk by Paul Showers
The Listening Walk is a breath of fresh air. The book introduces us to a child and their father, who take a walk down their street and then to the park. With a focus on the senses and mindfulness, stunning imagery, and lyrical language, this picture book helps to remind both parents and children of the wonders all around them that are there when they slow down and listen.
This read guides your child to be present and tune into their senses, which can become a fun and easy springtime activity for your preschooler this year.
Little Seeds by Charles Ghigna
In this poem-turned-picture book, your children will discover that the act of planting seeds is an exciting adventure that is good for the Earth, too! With dreamy, color-rich illustrations, Little Seeds is a fun and captivating read for your preschooler.
The book helps your child to welcome Spring and even includes crafts in the back, providing you with an easy springtime activity to do with your children at home.
Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
Make Way for Ducklings is a classic, amusingly observed tale of Mallards on the move. It has been called “one of the merriest picture books ever” by The New York Times. In the book, Mrs. Mallard decides the Boston Public Gardens would be a perfect place for her and her eight ducklings to live. She then has to figure out how to get her family there through the busy streets of Boston.
Ideal for reading aloud, this read will surely earn a special place on your child’s bookshelf this spring.
The Thing About Spring by Daniel Kirk
The Thing About Spring is a precious tale about the changing of seasons. Following Mouse, Bird, Bear, and Rabbit, who are all great friends, the characters discuss their excitement, and in some cases fear, about the coming spring. Rabbit believes that spring can only bring trouble since the days are too long, and it rains all the time. Eventually, Rabbit’s friends convince him that spring can be full of pleasant surprises.
Kirk’s engaging book includes punch-out finger puppets that add the energy of performance to this charming read-along.
The Good Egg by Jory John
In this humorous book, we meet The Good Egg. While he is a good egg, we see him struggle with trying to be good even though everyone else is “plain ol’ rotten”. After watching the eggs around him behave badly, he decides enough is enough! It’s time for him to make a change.
Jory John and illustrator Pete Oswald craft a witty and endearing story that reminds children and parents alike of the need for balance, self-care, and acceptance. A #1 New York Times bestseller, and perfect for reading aloud, this book is sure to get a laugh out of your preschooler.
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