kids-readingA reading list, for kindergarten? Though they’re not exactly required reading, these 50 books, both old and new, make a top-notch reading that young kinders shouldn’t miss. They run the gamut from read-alouds that parents can share to early reading practice, and deal with topical subjects (like fear of school), skills kids should master (such as the alphabet), and, of course, flat-out fun! So hunker down and get reading!

1. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by
Judith Viorst
2. Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock by Eric Kimmel or Anansi the
Spider by Gerald McDermott
3. Bark, George by Jules Feiffer
4 . The Berenstain Bears series by Stan and Jan Berenstain
5. Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
6. The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss
7. A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams
8. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault
9. Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type by Doreen Cronin
10. Clifford the Big Red Dog by Norman Bridwell
11. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judy Barrett
12. Curious George by H.A. Rey
13. Danny and the Dinosaur by Syd Hoff
14 . Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! By Mo Willems
15. Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown
16. Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel
17. Froggy Gets Dressed or Froggy Goes to School by Jonathan London
18. George and Martha by James Marshall
19. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
20. Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
21. Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion
22. How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? By Jane Yolen
23. I Stink! By Kate McMullen
24 . If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura J. Numeroff
25. Ira Sleeps Over by Bernard Waber
26. Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback
27. Leo, the Late Bloomer by Robert Kraus
28. Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile by Bernard Waber
29. Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
30. The Magic School Bus Series by Joanna Cole
31. Martha Speaks by Susan Meddaugh
32. Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton
33. Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten by Joseph Slate
34 . Miss Nelson is Missing! By Harry Allard and James Marshall
35. Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard Atwater
36. My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett
37. Nate the Great by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
38. Owen by Kevin Henkes
39. The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch
4 0. Pete’s a Pizza by William Steig
4 1. Pierre: A Cautionary Tale by Maurice Sendak
4 2. Puss in Boots by Charles Perrault
4 3. Rapunzel by Paul O. Zelinsky
4 4 . Strega Nona by Tomie De Paola
4 5. Stellaluna by Janell Cannon
4 6. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig
4 7. Tough Boris by Mem Fox
4 8. The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by A. Wolf, by John Sciesz ka
4 9. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
50. Yoko by Rosemary Wells

Wonderful new storybooks arrive in bookstores every day.  Do you, or your children, have a favorite book you’d like to share?