Recommended Reading: 6 Weeks to 4 Years

Read to your child

Read To Your Child

One of the most important things parents can do, beyond keeping kids healthy and safe, is to read with them. That means starting when they are newborns and not even able to talk, and continuing well beyond the years that they can read by themselves. Have fun and be playful. Don’t feel discouraged if a younger child gets distracted or interrupts story time with questions. That’s all part of the learning journey and reading process.

Title Author
Barnyard Banter (Avenues) Denise Fleming
Each Peach Pear Plum board book Janet and Allen Ahlberg
Goodnight Moon Margaret Wise Brown
Here Are My Hands Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault
I Heard A Little Baa Elizabeth MacLeod
Quick as a Cricket Audrey Wood
Three Little Kittens retold by Paul Galdone
Where’s My Teddy? Jez Alborough
Whose Mouse Are You? Robert Kraus
All the Colors of the Earth Sheila Hamanaka
Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing Judi Barrett
Have You Seen My Duckling? Nancy Tafuri
Lunch Denise Fleming
The Carrot Seed Ruth Krauss
Kitten’s First Full Moon Kevin Henkes
The Napping House Audrey Wood
On Market Street Arnold Lobel
Ten Black Dots Donald Crews
Ten Terrible Dinosaurs Paul Stickland
Truck Donald Crews
Pancakes for Breakfast Tomie dePaola
Changes, Changes Pat Hutchins
The Red Book Barbara Lehman
Free Fall David Wiesner
Tuesday David Wiesner
The Everything Book Denise Fleming
Do You Want to Be My Friend? Eric Carle
Hop on Pop Dr. Seuss
Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear? Nancy White Carlstrom
Eating the Alphabet Lois Ehlert
Black? White! Day? Night! Laura Vaccaro Seeger
Big Red Barn Margaret Wise Brown
Noisy Nora Rosemary Wells
Sheep in a Jeep Nancy Shaw
Silly Sally Audrey Wood
How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? Jane Yolen
Angus and the Cat Marjorie Flack
Swimmy Leo Lionni
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie Laura Numeroff
Alligators All Around Maurice Sendak
Feast for 10 Cathryn Falwell
One Was Johnny: A Counting Book Maurice Sendak
Ten Nine Eight Molly Bang
Harold and the Purple Crayon Crockett Johnson
In the Tall, Tall Grass Denise Fleming
Mr. Gumpy’s Outing John Burningham
Guess How Much I Love You Sam McBratney
Anno’s Counting Book Mitsumasa Anno
Clown Quentin Blake
Orange Pear Apple Bear Emily Gravett
Frog Goes to Dinner Mercer Mayer
ABC: A Child’s First Alphabet Book Alison Jay
The New Alphabet of Animals Christopher Wormell
Alphabet City Stephen T. Johnson
My Very First Book of Words Eric Carle
Title Author
Mean Soup Betsy Everitt
The Doorbell Rang Pat Hutchins
What do you do with a kangaroo? Mercer Mayer
The Icky Bug Alphabet Book Jerry Pallotta
My Very First Mother Goose edited by Iona Opie
A Rainbow of My Own Don Freeman
The Listening Walk Paul Showers
The Little Red Hen Paul Galdone
The Runaway Bunny Margaret Wise Brown
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt Michael Rosen
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault
Old Black Fly Jim Aylesworth
One Hundred Hungry Ants Elinor J. Pinczes
The ABC Bunny Wanda Gag
Harry the Dirty Dog Gene Zion
The Gigantic Turnip Aleksei Tolstoy
Green Eggs and Ham Dr. Seuss
Miss Spider’s Tea Party David Kirk
Ask Mr. Bear Marjorie Flack
The Treasure Uri Shulevitz
Museum ABC The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Alphabatics Suse MacDonald
The Turn-Around, Upside-Down Alphabet Book Lisa Campbell Ernst
Alphabet Explosion! Search and Count from Alien to Zebra John Nickle
Yo! Yes? Chris Raschka
Have You Seen My Cat? Eric Carle
Rain Robert Kalan
Mice Squeak, We Speak Arnold Shapiro
Alphabears: An ABC Book Kathleen Hague
Bat Jamboree Kathi Appelt
Curious George H.A. Rey
Make Way for Ducklings Robert McCloskey
Millions of Cats Wanda Gag
Stone Soup Marcia Brown
The Three Billy Goats Gruff P.C. Asbjornsen and J.E. Moe
A House is a House for Me Mary Ann Hoberman
Chicken Soup with Rice: A Book of Months Maurice Sendak
Fireman Small Wong Herbert Yee
Mother Goose Numbers on the Loose Leo and Diane Dillon
Possum Come A-Knockin’ Nancy Van Laan
This Is the House that Jack Built Simms Taback
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Trout! Teri Sloat
Leo the Late Bloomer Robert Kraus
Sheila Rae, the Brave Kevin Henkes
The Empty Pot Demi
Too Much Noise Ann McGovern
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle
I Went Walking Sue Williams
It Looked Like Spilt Milk Charles G. Shaw
Mary Wore Her Red Dress and Henry Wore His Green Sneakers Merle Peek
Not a Box Antoinette Portis
Hattie and the Fox Mem Fox
Rosie’s Walk Pat Hutchins
In the Tall, Tall Grass Denise Fleming
A My Name is Alice Jane Bayer
Each Orange Had Eight Slices: A Counting Book Paul Giganti Jr.
Sea Squares Joy N. Hulme
Bread and Jam for Frances Russell Hoban
Little Bear Else Holmelund Minarik
Lyle, Lyle Crocodile Bernard Waber
Ming Lo Moves the Mountain Arnold Lobel
Strega Nona Tomie dePaola
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble William Steig
The Story of Babar : The Little Elephant Jean de Brunhoff
The Tale of Peter Rabbit Beatrix Potter
A Giraffe and a Half Shel Silverstein
Horton Hatches the Egg Dr. Seuss
Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present Charlotte Zolotow
One Grain of Rice: A Mathematical Folktale Demi
Six-Dinner Sid Inga Moore
The Salamander Room Anne Mazer
Umbrella Taro Yashima
Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain Verna Aardema
Here Are My Hands Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault
Cookie’s Week Cindy Ward
The Lady with the Alligator Purse Nadine Bernard Westcott
Freight Train Donald Crews
Drummer Hoff Barbara Emberley
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt Michael Rosen
More Spaghetti, I Say Rita Golden Gelman
You Read to Me, I’ll Read to You: Very Short Stories to Read Together Mary Ann Hoberman