It is important to develop a good taste in books from an early age. What preschooler does not enjoy sitting on a caretaker’s lap with a good book. At this age this love of books is formed by the relationship associated by the preschooler with the caretaker. A natural curiosity about the world is nurtured by opening up a world of books. Just like we teach good eating habits at an early age, we need to teach good reading habits.
Below is a list of “twaddle” free books to enjoy with your preschooler.
Lyle, Lyle Crocodile (all Lyle books), by Bernard Waber
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (all “If you give…” books), by Laura Numeroff
Goodnight Moon, by Margret Wise Brown
The Runaway Bunny, by Margret Wise Brown
Winnie the Pooh (classic only), by A. A. Milne
The Complete Tales of Peter Rabbit, by Beatrix Potter
The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle
Madeline (all books), by Ludwig Bemelmans
Alexander the Terrible and the Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, by Judith Viorst
George and Martha (all books) by James Marshall
Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
Frog and Toad (all books), by Arnold Lobel
Aesop’s Fables, various good Aesop books exist.
Ferdinand, by Munro Leaf
Best Friends for Frances (all Frances books), by Russell Hoban
This is a list to get you started on your adventure in reading with your preschooler. I am sure you will recognize some of your childhood favorites on this list. How sweet it is to read your favorite books as a child to your child. Be sure to engage your child in the story by asking questions such as: What do you think will happen next? Who is your favorite character? Where does this story take place? What would you do if you were this character? Have fun reading and you will grow a well read bookworm.