Manchester, Connecticut

Great Books for Kindergarteners

  • Allard, Harry. Miss Nelson Has A Field Day. (Growing Up JJ Allard)
    • The notorious Miss Swamp reappears at the Horace B. Smedley School, this time to shape up the football team and make them win at least one game.
  • Barrett, Judi. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. (Make Believe JJ Barrett)
    • In Chewandswallow, meals rain from the sky at appropriate times of the day, but a change in the weather blows in massive problems.
  • Berenstain, Stan & Jan. Berenstein Bear Books. (Series) (JJE Berenstain)
    • Recounts the adventures of Brother and Sister in Bear in Bear County.
  • Burton, Virginia Lee. The Little House. (Favorites JJ Burton)
    • A country house is unhappy when the city, with all its buildings and traffic, grows up around her.
  • Cannon, Janell. Pinduli. (Animals JJ Cannon)
    • Pinduli, a young striped hyena, is hurt by the unkind words of Dog, Lion, and Zebra, but her clever trick in return promotes her clan's survival and spreads harmony throughout the savannah. Includes backmatter notes about hyenas and other animals of the African savannah.
  • Cronin, Doreen. Click Clack Moo: Cows that Type. (Favorites JJ Cronin)
    • When Farmer Brown's cows find a typewriter in the barn they start making demands, and go on strike when the farmer refuses to give them what they want. Farmer Brown thinks it's odd when he hears the sounds of typing coming from the barn, but his troubles really begin when his cows start leaving him notes. First they demand better working conditions, then they stage a strike!
  • Cronin, Doreen. Diary of a fly. (Nature JJ Cronin)
    • A young fly discovers, day by day, that there is a lot to learn about being an insect, including the dangers of flypaper and that heroes come in all shapes and sizes.
  • De Paola, Tomie. Strega Nona. (Favorite JJ De Paola)
    • When Strega Nona leaves him alone with her magic pasta pot, Big Anthony is determined to show the townspeople how it works.
  • Falconer, Ian. Olivia Forms a Band. (Favorites JJ Falconer)
    • Olivia decides there has to be a marching band at the fireworks display, even if she has to do it herself.
  • Feiffer, Jules. Bark George. (Pets JJ Feiffer)
    • A mother dog tries to teach her pup how to bark, and is surprised at why he isn't learning.
  • Hall, Donald. Ox-Cart Man. (Favorites JJ Hall)
    • Describes the day-to-day life throughout the changing seasons of an early 19th-century New England family.
  • Henkes, Kevin. Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse. (JJRT Henkes)
    • Lilly loves everything about school, especially her teacher, but when he asks her to wait a while before showing her new purse, she does something for which she is very sorry later.
  • Holabird, Katherine. Angelina Ballerina. (Activities JJ Holabird)
    • Angelina loves to dance and wants to become a ballerina more than anything else in the world.
  • Marshall, James. George and Martha. (Growing Up JJ Marshall)
    • Relates several episodes in the friendship of two hippopotamuses.
  • McCloskey, Robert. Blueberries for Sal. (Favorites JJ McCloskey)
    • Little Sal and Little Bear both lose their mothers while eating blueberries and almost end up with the other's mother.
  • Mosel, Arlene. Tiki Tiki Tembo. (Our World JJ Mosel)
    • This humorous retelling of a favorite folk tale recounts how the Chinese came to give their children short names.
  • Rathmann, Peggy. Officer Buckle and Gloria. (Favorites JJ Rathmann)
    • Officer Buckle knows more about safety than anyone else in Napville, but his dull presentations put his audiences to sleep. Enter Gloria, Napville's new police dog. Gloria knows just how to liven up the safety speeches--as long as Officer Buckle's back is turned!
  • Scieszka, Jon. The True Story of the Three Little Pigs. (Folk and Fairy Tales JJ Scieszka)
    • The wolf gives his own outlandish version of what really happened when he tangled with the three little pigs.
  • Schwartz, Amy. Annabelle Swift Kindergartener. (Growing Up JJ Schwartz)
    • Although some of the things her older sister taught her at home seem a little unusual at school, other lessons help make Annabelle's first day in kindergarten a success.
  • Sendak Maurice. Where the Wild Things Are. (Favorites JJ Sandak)
    • A naughty little boy, sent to bed without his supper, sails to the land of the wild things where he becomes their king.
  • Seuss, Dr. McElligot’s Pool. (Favorites JJ Seuss)
    • A boy imagines the rare and wonderful fish he might catch in McElligot's pool.
  • Shannon, David. Duck on a Bike. (Farm JJ Shannon)
    • A duck decides to ride a bike and soon influences all the other animals on the farm to ride bikes too.
  • Slate, Joseph. Miss Bindergarten has a Wild Day in Kindergarten. (Growing Up JJ Slate)
    • From Adam throwing his hat too high to Zach setting the butterflies free, the students in Miss Bindergarten's class contribute to one wild day in kindergarten.
  • Steig, William. Sylvester and theMagic Pebble. (Favorites JJ Steig)
    • Sylvester the donkey finds a magic pebble and unthinkingly wishes himself a rock when frightened by a lion. Although safe from the lion, Sylvester cannot hold the pebble to wish himself into a donkey again.
  • Taback, Simms. Joseph had a Little Overcoat. (Favorites JJ Simms)
    • A very old overcoat is recycled numerous times into a variety of garments.
  • Viorst, Judith. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very Bad Day. (JJ Viorst)
    • On a day when everything goes wrong for him, Alexander is consoled by the thought that other people have bad days too.
  • Waber, Bernard. Ira Sleeps Over. (JJRT Waber)
    • A little boy is excited at the prospect of spending the night at his friend's house but worries how he'll get along without his teddy bear.
  • Yolan, Jane. How do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight. (Dinosaurs JJ Yolan)
    • Mother and child ponder the different ways a dinosaur can say goodnight, from slamming his tail and pouting to giving a big hug and kiss.