Must-Have Books for your Preschooler’s Reading Collection

by Melanie Edwards on April 24, 2009 · 16 comments

in preschoolers

It’s been a week full of literacy at Modern Mami and it wasn’t even intentional.

First, I gave you some resources for helping your kids learn to read. Then, I told you about one of our favorite books, Knuffle Bunny.

So, to wrap it up, today I’m going to share with you a few books that for one odd reason or another haven’t made it to our collection just yet. I’ve heard they’re all great books for a toddler or preschooler and are must-haves.

Where the Wild Things Are

Where the Wild Things Are

Knuffle Bunny Too

Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

If you Give a Mouse a Cookie

Now that I think about it, this week of reading-related posts comes at a good time. Next Thursday, April 30 is El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Day of the Child/Day of the Book).

What classic books are in your child’s reading collection? Or which books do you remember from your childhood?

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1 Marinka April 28, 2009 at 9:52 am

Great list! I must be the only person on the planet who doesn’t love “Where the Wild Things Are”. But I take the blame, not the book!
My kids’ favorite was “Jamberry” and “The Sleeping House” unless it’s “The Napping House”. I loved those books too.

2 Melanie (Modern Mami) April 28, 2009 at 11:18 pm

@Marinka, I’ve actually never read “Where the Wild Things Are” but hear it’s a classic. I’ve never heard of those other books; will definitely have to check them out!

3 LZ May 1, 2009 at 7:46 am

I love reading “The Big Red Barn” and “Guess how much I Love You” to my girls, and it it weren’t already on your list, “If you Give a Mouse a Cookie.” For younger kids, I loved “I Love you Through and Through”

4 Melanie (Modern Mami) May 2, 2009 at 6:29 am

@LZ, Man, so many new titles for me to look into. Thanks!

5 SquiggleMum May 1, 2009 at 7:47 am

You’ve got some absolute classics on that list (I can’t believe they aren’t already in your collection)! As an Aussie mum I’d add a Mem Fox book to the list. I guess Possum Magic would have to be the obvious pick… an Australian classic picture book for sure. It was read to me so many times as a child that now as a mum I don’t need the words!

6 Melanie (Modern Mami) May 2, 2009 at 6:30 am

@SquiggleMum, I know I know! We just let them slip by.

7 Michele Horne May 1, 2009 at 8:09 am

I don’t know if it is a classic yet, but my kids all love ‘Eat Your Peas: A Daisy Book’. They read it over and over and over….

8 Melanie (Modern Mami) May 2, 2009 at 6:32 am

@Michele Horne, Another book to add to the list to check out. Does it actually talk about eating your peas?

9 Ryan Ashley Scott May 1, 2009 at 8:32 am

The Pout Pout Fish is one of our most recent favorites, and so much fun to read out loud.

Where the Wild Things Are… my mother used to read it to us when I was a kid, and now my son enjoys it. I’ve been hearing a lot about Knuffle Bunny, but haven’t read it. We’ll have to check it out at the library next trip.

10 Melanie (Modern Mami) May 2, 2009 at 6:33 am

@Ryan Ashley Scott, Knuffle Bunny is too cute! I did a whole post on just that book. You’ll love it.

11 ali May 1, 2009 at 8:55 am

we are huge fans of Jillian Jiggs around our house.
oh, and Lilly’s purple plastic purse.
and stellaluna

12 Melanie (Modern Mami) May 2, 2009 at 6:33 am

@ali, I haven’t heard of those, but the names sound really cute. Will look into them.

13 Loukia May 1, 2009 at 9:35 am

Love the books on your list! My 3 year old’s favourite’s include: If You Give A Mouse A Cookie, Office Buckle and Gloria, Fred and Ted Go Camping, Go, Dog, Go!, anything by Rirchard Scarry, Melvin Might, Smash! Crash!, and a million more I can’t think of right now!

14 Melanie (Modern Mami) May 2, 2009 at 6:35 am

@Loukia, My list just keeps on growing! I totally forgot about Go, Dog, Go!

15 Alison @ cluck and tweet May 1, 2009 at 7:20 pm

I have to agree with Marinka…”Where the Wild Things Are” = SCARY! She didn’t say that exactly, but I know that’s what she meant. My kids are 10 and 12, so we don’t really read picture books anymore (at least not when anyone is watching…I LOVE picture books), but we really like The Stupids Die. Totally not politically correct because it really does say “stupid,” but may be the funniest book ever.

16 Melanie (Modern Mami) May 2, 2009 at 6:36 am

@Alison @ cluck and tweet, Scary huh? Really? Maybe I should hold off on reading it to my 3 year old.

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