30+ of the very BEST books for preschoolers!

book week

My kids and I spend a large percentage of our days reading. The funny thing about that is that only 1/4 of us actually read. My 3 kids {ages 1, 3, and 5} look at books, listen to audiobooks, listen to me read, and attend storytime at the library on a somewhat sporadic basis due to their somewhat sporadic mother. 

The point is? We spend a lot of time with books.

I love the classics. Books that will never get old like Frog & Toad, Paddington, and Dr. Seuss. Granted, some of them get old due to the very fact that they get read and requested all. the. time. But they’re still a joy to read.

We have also enjoyed finding new books – either at the library or from friends’ suggestions. And since I’m always on the lookout for new, interesting, educational, or just downright funny books, I thought you might be interested in some of our favorites.

best books for preschoolers

The following books have passed three tests:

  • I enjoy reading them.
  • My kids request them to be read multiple times. 
  • The artwork is well done.

Even now, I keep thinking of more of our favorites that I didn’t put in this list. But alas, it’s getting long.
Therefore – in no particular order – I present to you 30+ of the very best books for preschoolers:

  1. Good Night, Sleep Tight {we got this for my oldest last year for Christmas. in a short time, she had the whole thing memorized & would “read” it to all our visitors. ha!}
  2. Dragons Love Tacos {Anna Grace just got this book last month. She thinks it’s hilarious, especially because she loves salsa.}
  3. Steam Train, Dream Train {super creative in the storyline + pictures. Nate especially loves this one}
  4. Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site {Such a fun one to read before bed, although we read this anytime}
  5. Twenty Big Trucks in the Middle of Our Street {Nate got this for Christmas last year. My kids love seeing all the details in the pictures – especially the lady holding the dog in her backpack.} 😉
  6. Madeline {classic}
  7. Madeline’s Rescue {Madeline is not just for girls! Nate loves looking through these.}
  8. Madeline Says Merci {okay, all you moms are going to love this one. it’s about manners. my most favorite line goes something like this: “saying sorry’s most important part is that it comes straight from the heart.” of course, I’m sure I just butchered that line. this is an excellent book and even goes through how children should listen to adults respectfully even if they’re droning on and on. something their mommy found convicting. ahem.}
  9. Nelly Gnu and Daddy Too {a super cute story about a little daddy/daughter day.}
  10. Llama Llama Red Pajama {I greatly enjoy reading this and shouting, “Mama, Mama, Run RUn RUUUUUN!” much to the delight of my children}
  11. Llama Llama Home with Mama {sweet story about a llama + mama bond}
  12. Llama Llama Time to Share {my children resonated deeply with the need for this message. hehe}
  13. King Hugo’s Huge Ego {a cute story about a king whose head grows each time he boasts about himself}
  14. The Circus Ship {This might be our #1 pick. Both my husband & I loved reading this repeatedly…usually with different accents. the artwork in this is incredible.}
  15. Frog & Toad {classics again. we love the one about them waiting for a letter!}
  16. Make Way for Ducklings {and another classic}
  17. Blueberries for Sal {and yet another classic from my childhood. artwork in here is gorgeous.}
  18. Hop on Pop {this book has some serious rhythm to it and makes me wonder if Dr. Seuss was a rapper on the side.}
  19. Are You My Mother?
  20. Go, Dog, Go
  21. Green Eggs and Ham
  22. One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
  23. The Pigeon Needs a Bath {we love all of the pigeon books! I just added one, though, because there are so many!}
  24. We Are in a Book! {and all the piggy + elephant books are fun too. this one cracks me up every time.}
  25. Knuffle Bunny {the tale of a little girl who loses her lovey. incredibly fun + funny to read}
  26. The Fish Who Cried Wolf {the story of a fish who always tells stories about why he’s late to school until one day something incredible happens}
  27. The Highway Rat {a rat always steals food from the poor animals on the highway until a clever duck outwits him. very well told + illustrated}
  28. Where’s My Mom?
  29. Room on the Broom
  30. The Monster at the End of this Book
  31. Paddington
  32. The Spiffiest Giant in Town {a new favorite for us! the story of a giant who gives his new things away to help poor animals and learns that kindness is a pretty great quality}

30+ of the very BEST books for preschoolers!

What books did I leave out of this list that you love?
I would be absolutely thrilled if you would join up with our linkup today! It’s my normal Friday Fave linkup with Susanna, but this week is a book theme! If you didn’t realize that, no worries! Feel free to link up your regular Friday Fave post below. If you don’t have a blog, I would LOVE to hear your favorite book suggestions! Please share your favorite book(s) with me in the comments! Tell me what I should read! 🙂

[inlinkz_linkup id=549456 mode=0]

Looking for more great books to read?
Check out all my book reviews here and see my favorite marriage books here!

books to build your marriage



  1. Rebekah says:

    I love Blueberries for Sal! Another great one by that same author/illustrator is One Morning in Maine. Those books bring back great memories. 🙂

  2. Diana says:

    I was going to say that I think the illustrations in One Morning in Maine are even cooler than Blueberries for Sal! (Though I love Blueberries too of course.) Also, if you need a loose tooth book for Anna Grace, One Morning in Maine might fit the bill perfectly 😉

    We got a pretty neat one from the library called Dinosaur Zoom. The words aren’t that complicated, but I loved the unique artwork and Camon loved reading it to me. Thanks for your recommendations too!

  3. Emily Freeman says:

    Great list!

    Some of my favorites as a child that have been passed on to my son:
    A Porcupine Named Fluffy
    Crawly Bug and the Firehouse Pie

  4. Bethany says:

    Read to Tiger -S.J. Fore
    The Paper Bag Princess -Robert Munsch
    There’s Not Such Thing as a Dragon -Jack Kent
    If I Built a Car -Chris Van Dusen

    All of these books get worn out at our house! 🙂

  5. Michelle says:

    So I’m at work and it’s been a slow day and I’m basically reading every one of your blog posts ever.
    Christian and I have been collecting children’s books for about a year now, and we have a lot of these. We say that they are for our future children, but they are really for us.

  6. Michelle says:

    Also, my favorite book is The Big Green Pocketbook, and Christian’s is any of the Olivia books (:

Comments are closed.