Books for Preschoolers

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Article in Juvenile Fiction

A printable version of this booklist is available in Word format here

Notable New Titles

JP Bean, Jonathan Building Our House

A girl narrates her family's move where they build a house with help from relatives and friends.

JP Blechman, Nicholas Night Light

Count the lights through die cut pages and see what they belong to.

JP Gliori, Debi What's the Time, Mr. Wolf?

It's time for a surprise party.

JP Horacek, Peter Puffin Peter

When his best friend is lost in a terrible storm, an intrepid young puffin teams up with a big blue whale to mount a rescue mission.

JP Joosse, Barbara Lovabye Dragon

When a lonely dragon follows a trail of princess tears, a beautiful friendship is born.

JP Klassen, J This is Not My Hat

A tiny minnow wearing a pale blue bowler hat has a thing or two up his fins in this underwater light-on-dark chase scene.

JP Larochelle, David It's a Tiger!

A child imagines that he is in a story where he encounters a tiger at every turn.

JP Moore, Eva Lucky Ducklings

In this true story, a mother duck and five little ducklings fall into a storm drain and are rescued.

JP Morstad, Julie How To

This imaginative 'how to' book explores whimsical ways of doing a host of different tasks, including 'how to wonder,' 'how to see the breeze,' and 'how to be brave.'

Old Favorites

Most of these authors have written other wonderful books.

JP Becker, Bonnie A Visitor for Bear

Bear's efforts to keep out visitors to his house are undermined by a very persistent mouse.

JP Broach, Elise When Dinosaurs Came With Everything

A boy is delighted to discover that every shop in town is giving away real dinosaurs.

JP 385 C C Is For Caboose

Contemporary photos and vintage illustrations combine to make a treat for train lovers.

JP Chen, Chi-Yuan Guji Guji

Guji Guji, a crocodile raised by ducks, becomes a hero when three crocodiles want him to lead ducks into a trap.

JP Chodos-Irvine, Margaret Best Best Friends

Mary and Clare do everything together.

JP Cousins, Lucy I'm the Best

Dog is constantly boasting but his friends teach him what it means to be a good friend.

JP Crum, Shutta Thunder-Boomer

A violent thunderstorm brings heat relief and an unexpected surprise.

JP Cyrus, Kurt Tadpole Rex

A tiny primordial tadpole grows into a frog and feels as huge and powerful as tyrannosaurus rex.

JP D'Amico, Carmela Ella Takes the Cake

Ella the elephant wants to help in her mother's bakery.

JP Davies, Nicola Outside Your Window

There's plenty of nature related food for thought in this lovely book.

JP Demas, Corrine Always in Trouble

Emma's dog Toby misbehaves until she takes him back to become a 'specially trained dog.'

JP Durango, Julia Cha-Cha Chimps

Ten little chimps head out for some fun dancing at Mambo Jambas.

JP Ernst, Lisa Campbell Gingerbread Girl

Look out for the gingerbread boy's younger sister.

JP Fearnley, Jan Milo Armadillo

Grandma tries to make a fluffy pink rabbit for Tallulah, but it turns out to be an armadillo - Milo Armadillo.

JP Freedman, Deborah Blue Chicken

A chicken tries to help an artist paint the barnyard.

JP Gal, Susan Night Lights

At bedtime, a girl and her dog note the different kinds of light brightening up the night.

JP Greenfield, Eloise. Grandpa's Face

Tamika is frightened when she sees her grandfather's loving face become angry.

JP Grey, Mini Traction Man Meets Turbodog

Traction Man (an action figure) teams up with the not-so-bright Turbodog to rescue scrubbing brush.

JP Harrington, Janice The Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County

A yhoung farm girl tries to catch her favorite chicken.

JP Henkes, Kevin A Good Day

A day starts out badly, but through interesting twists, becomes a good one.

JP Hoffman, Mary Amazing Grace

Grace discovers that she can do whatever she sets her mind to.

JP 590 Jenkins, Steve Actual Size

Compare the size and weight of various animals in this book.

JP Johnson, Angela Julius

Maya has a pet pig.

JP Johnson, Paul Brett On Top of Spaghetti

The fun begins with a rolling meatball.

JP Kellogg, Steven Pinkerton series.

JP Lawson, Dorie Tex

Luke's dreams transport him to his new role a s a cowboy on a ranch.

JP Lee, Ho While We Were Out

While the family is away, a pet rabbit enjoys exploring the apartment.

JP Liwska, Renata Red Wagon

Lucy wants to play with her new red wagon.

JP 621.9 Miura, Taro Tools

Take a look at more than 60 tools and the people who use them.

JP Monroe, Chris Monkey With a Tool Belt

When Chico Bon Bon is captured by an organ grinder, he uses his tool belt to escape.

JP Nakagawa, Chihivo Who Made This Cake?

Little people invade a house and use their big construction equipment to bake a cake.

JP Pinkney, Brian The Adventures of Sparrowboy

Henry gets amazing powers from a bird..

JP Rathmann, Peggy The Day the Babies Crawled Away

A boy follows five babies who crawl away.

JP Rayner, Catherine Solomon Crocodile

Solomon Crocodile's rough play prevents him from making friends until a stranger comes stomping through the reeds.

JP Robinson, fiona What Animals Really Like

When the National Animal Chorus gathers to perform, it doesn't go exactly as planned.

JP Root, Phyllis Rattletrap Car

When the rattletrap car breaks down, Poppa and his children find ingenious solutions to each problem.

JP Rosen, Michael Tiny Little Fly

Tiny Little Fly teases Elephant, Hippo, and Tiger, but they cannot catch him.

JP Rosenthal, Amy Duck! Rabbit!

Is it a duck or is it a rabbit: a clever take on an optical illusion.

JP Steig, William Pete's a Pizza

When Pete has a bad day, his father makes a very special pizza.

JP Tullet, Herve Press Here

Have fun playing with this imaginative book.

JP Walter, Mildred Pitts My Mama Needs Me

Jason wants to help his mother with the new baby.

JP Ward, Jennifer Busy Tree

Many different types of wildlife live in and around a tree.

JP Wheeler, Lisa Jazz Baby

Baby and his family make some jazzy music

JP Willems, Mo City Dog, Country Frog

Dog and frog have been friends for three seasons, but when dog returns in winter, frog is nowhere to be found.

JP Wolfe, Myra Charlotte Jane Battles Bedtime

Charlotte Jane the Hearty gets all the juice out of her days with pirate-girl pizzaz!

JP Yolen, Jane Not All Princesses Dress in Pink

Princesses can wear baseball jerseys or soccer cleats and can build tree houses, plant flowers and wield swords -- without losing their tiaras.