10 Must Read Classics for Preschool and Kindergarten

Reading aloud to young children is especially important because you're laying the groundwork for a lifetime of appreciating great books. Reading to your preschoolers and kindergarteners gives you the opportunity to spend time together and exposes them to awesome stories, inspiring the imagination and building comprehension and vocabulary.

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Classic literature for preschool and kindergarten

And now...here are 10 awesome classic reads to share with your preschool and kindergarten aged kids.


Peter is a mischievous bunny who often finds himself in trouble. His adventures teach some lessons about obedience and listening to mom. This complete volume has not only the best known traditional story of Peter, but also other adventure with Peter and friends.

Classic literature for preschool and kindergarten

A Treasury of Mother Goose by Hilda Offen


Mother Goose rhymes have been around for generations. Some are nonsense rhymes and some tell a simple tale. The repetition of rhymes is great for helping young kids to recognize words, patterns, and rhyming sounds.

Classic literature for preschool and kindergarten

Eric Carle's Animals, Animals by Laura Whipple and Eric Carle


Eric Carle has authored and illustrated a number of children's books. This one is unique because it takes animal poems from classic writers, Bible verses featuring animals, Japanese haiku, and more- all illustrated by Eric Carle. Even though some of the poetry may appeal more to your elementary aged kids, the little ones will be drawn to the book for the bright, colorful Eric Carle illustrations. So they'll be exposed to great poetry while they listen and look.

Classic literature for preschool and kindergarten

Richard Scarry's What Do People Do All Day? by Richard Scarry


Richard Scarry is another of my favorite children's authors. His books feature bright colorful illustrations with words or sentences that talk about what's on the page. This is the kind of book that you point to pictures and talk about, not a story you read through.

Classic literature for preschool and kindergarten

The Poky Little Puppy by Jannette Sebring Lowrey


This book is a Little Golden Book classic from when I was young. It's the story of a mischievous little puppy who gets separated from his family. Young kids will love his adventures.

Classic literature for preschool and kindergarten

Over in the Meadow by Olive A. Wadsworth


Over in the Meadow is a classic rhyme/song/finger-play. This version is illustrated by classic children's book illustrator Ezra Jack Keats. Kids will love listening to all of the things found "over in the meadow."

Classic literature for preschool and kindergarten

Corduroy by Don Freeman


I think that all kids must love stories about toys that come to life when no one is looking. Corduroy is the story of a young bear lost in a department store. It has charming illustrations and a sweet story that young kids will love to imagine happening.

Classic literature for preschool and kindergarten

Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson


This classic children's picture book has been around for over sixty years. Kids still enjoy the imaginative story of young Harold who goes for a walk with only his purple crayon. The simple illustrations follow Harold's drawing as it comes to life and he has adventures.

Classic literature for preschool and kindergarten

The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf


Ferdinand is just a peaceful bull, not desiring to romp and fight like the others. But when Ferdinand is mistaken for a rough, fighting bull, he's taken along to the bull fights. This is a story that shows that it's okay to be different.

Classic literature for preschool and kindergarten

Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion


Harry is a dog who hates to take a bath. But when Harry becomes so dirty that his family doesn't even recognize him, he realizes the importance of getting clean.

Classic literature for preschool and kindergarten

Are any of these favorites of your family? If you're looking for more great book recommendations- especially for younger kids- you can check out my living books list here.

Classic literature for preschool and kindergarten


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