National Book Month! 18 Books Perfect for Preschoolers

October is National Book Month! These eighteen books are perfect for sharing with preschoolers. Take your preschool-age children to the library to celebrate this educational holiday and instill a love of reading.

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October is National Book Month!  Celebrating is as easy as going to the library and reading as many books as you want with your children. Make sure to share these eighteen classics with your preschooler to encourage a love of reading 

1. Busy, Busy Town by Richard Scarry. In Busytown, animals do all kinds of interesting jobs. Can you spot firefighters, nurses, housekeepers, and animals who do other occupations?


2. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown. Before bunny goes to sleep, he wishes everything around him goodnight. This story is perfect for reading right before bedtime.

3. Diary of A Worm by Doreen Cronin. This book follows Worm, who’s caring for a pet gnat in his third grade class. When the gnat escapes, Worm is taken on an exciting adventure.

4. Corduroy by Don Freeman. Courduroy is a teddy bear who lives on a shelf in a department store. When his overalls loses a button, he goes on a journey to find it so a child will buy and love him.


5. When the Fly Flew In by Lisa Westberg Peters. Dog, cat, bird, and mouse are all trying to sleep when a fly buzzes in. Can they get rid of this annoying pest and get some shut-eye?

6. The Mitten by Jan Brett. After Nicki drops his mitten in the ground, a variety of outdoor critters call it their home. This picture book based on a Ukranian folktale is a delightful childhood classic.

7. Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney. Baby Llama is too frightened of the dark to go to bed.  Can Momma Llama calm him down?

8. Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman. Mother Bird’s egg hatches while she is away, and Baby Bird goes on a journey to find her. Join him on his adventure to ask all sorts of animals if they are his mother.

9. I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen.  Bear has lost his hat, and he wants it back. But who took it, and where will he find it?

10. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. This caterpillar wants a snack, but nothing can get rid of his hunger. Watch him as he eats his way from a caterpillar to a cocoon to a beautiful butterfly.

11. Fancy Nancy by Jane O’Connor. Fancy Nancy loves anything glamorous, glittery, or gourmet. Because her family is so plain and “un-fancy,” she decides to help them channel their inner fashion.

12. The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Tales by Jon Scieszka. These fairy tales are a little twisted and incredibly hilarious. Read “Cinderumpkestiltskin,” “The Princess and the Bowling Ball,” and other silly stories with your PreK child.

13. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff. When a boy gives his mouse a cookie, it takes him on a wild adventure to find a glass of milk, a mirror, and other objects. Follow the boy and mouse as they draw pictures, read stories, and eat delicious cookies.

14. Guess How Much I Love You? by Sam McBratney. Little Hare asks his dad, Big Hare, how much he loves him. Big Hare tells him that he loves Little Hare as high as he can jump, as far as he can reach, and even to the moon and back.

15. Build a Burrito by Denise Vega. This fun, bilingual book teaches children how to count in English and Spanish. With the bold colors and fun illustrations in this book, children will learn basic math in both languages before they enter kindergarten.


16. The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt. These quirky crayons are tired of coloring pictures and decide to go on strike. How will poor Duncan bring them back so he can use them to color?

17. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.  All of the letters in the alphabet climb a colorful coconut tree. At night, “a” jumps off and dares all of the other letters to catch him. Can they do it?

18. No, David! by David Shannon.  David is quite a handful and can’t stop breaking his mother’s rules. How many times can she say “No, David!” in one day before he listens?

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