Suggested Reading List For

Students Entering Kindergarten

This list has been compiled from suggested reading lists from the American Library Association, Reading is Fundamental, various school web sites and personal recommendations.


A My Name is Alice by Jane Bayer

ABC, I Like Me! By Nancy Carlson

Alphabet Under Construction by Denise Fleming

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr.

The Z was Zapped by Chris Van Allsburg

Animal Stories

The Berenstain Bears by Jan and Stan Berenstain (series)

Clifford’s Pals by Norman Bridwell (series)

A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle

The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle

Jamberry by Bruce Degan

Rosie’s Walk by Pat Hutchins

Around the World

Everybody Cooks Rice by Norah Dooley

Why Mosquitos Buzz in People’s Ears by Verna Aardema

Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters by John Steptoe


Arctic Five Arrives by Elinor J. Pincze

Five Little Monkeys by Eileen Christelow

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Suess

One Hungry Monster by Susan Heyboer

Folk Tales and Fairy Tales

The Jolly Postman, or Other People’s Letters by Janet and Allan Ahlburg

Stone Soup by Margaret Wise Brown

The Bootmaker and the Elves by Susan Lowell

Red Riding Hood retold by James Marshall

Goldilocks and the Three Bears retold by James Marshall

The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig by Helen Oxenbury

Aesop’s Fables by Lisbeth Zwerger


If by Sarah Perry

Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig


Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type by Doreen Cronin

Giggle, Gaggle, Quack by Doreen Cronin

The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash by Trinks Hakes Noble

Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathman

Kindergarten Classics

All Ready For School by Leone Adelson

My First Day of School by Jane Hamilton Merritt

When You Go to Kindergarten by Fred Rogers

Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten by Joseph Slate

Timothy Goes to School by Rosemary Wells


Each Peach, Pear, Plum by Allan Ahlberg

Babushka’s Mother Goose by Patricia Polacco

Read Aloud Rhymes for the Very Young by Jack Prelutsky

Down by the Bay by Raffi

The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Suess

Horton Hatches the Egg by Dr. Seuss

Eek! There’s a Mouse in the House by Wong Hernert Ye


Digging Up Dinosaurs by Aliki

The Moon Book by Gail Gibbons

Weather Words by Gail Gibbons

Over in the Meadow by John Langstaff

How is a Crayon Made? By Charles Oz

Pumpkin, Pumpkin by Jeanne Titherington