Top Ten Books for Preschoolers (sort of)

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When we asked, "what's on your holiday shopping list?" we were thrilled (but not surprised, considering our community) to see that "books" topped the list.  So we followed up with another question: "what are your toddler's or preschooler's favorite books?"  

The answers included all-time classics, such as Dr. Seuss and Eric Carle, and new favorites by Mo Willem and Jon Klassen.  And of course, Goodnight Moon was mentioned so many times -- and is such a library staple -- that we decided not to include it in our top ten books for toddlers.

We added over one hundred most of your book suggestions for young children to our curated Amazon shop, so you can get right to them.  Just go to our mini-Amazon store, and click on Top Picks: Books for Preschoolers.

Here are your top ten books for preschoolers (well, maybe not exactly your top ten, but these were all way up there!)

  1. Anything by Dr. Seuss

    No surprise here: the Doctor still reigns, and probably alway will, as the kids' favorite. Our moms had many specific suggestions, but "anything by Dr. Seuss" was the most common recommendation. We think you can't go wrong with box sets. Here are a few links to collections:

    Who's Who in the Dr. Seuss Crew: A Dr. Seuss Boxed Set
    Dr. Seuss's Beginner Book Collection (Cat in the Hat, One Fish Two Fish, Green Eggs and Ham, Hop on Pop, Fox in Socks)
    Dr. Seuss's Second Beginner Book Collection
    The Little Blue Box of Bright and Early Board Books by Dr. Seuss (Bright & Early Board Books(TM))

  2. Anything by Eric Carle

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See? topped your list of favorite toddler books by Eric Carle. Dream Snow was an honorable mention, but you all agreed: Eric Carle is second only to Dr. Seuss when it comes to books for young children. Here are some links:

    The Eric Carle Mini Library: A Storybook Gift Set (The World of Eric Carle)
    The Very Hungry Caterpillar
    Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? (Brown Bear and Friends)
    Dream Snow

  3. Anything by Sandra Boynton

    Barnyard Dance! and Hippos Go Berserk! were two favorites you mentioned by name, but as with Dr. Seuss and Eric Carle, "anything by Sandra Boynton" was a common response to our request for favorite toddler books. And what's not to love? Perfect rhymes, silly themes, and delightful characters make Boynton a kid AND parent favorite. We recommend going all in for a set or two:

    Boynton's Greatest Hits: Volume 1/Blue Hat, Green Hat; A to Z; Moo, Baa, La La La!; Doggies (Boynton Board Books)
    Boynton's Greatest Hits: Volume II (The Going to Bed Book, Horns to Toes, Opposites, But Not the Hippopotamus)
    Big Box of Boynton: Barnyard Dance! Pajama Time! Oh My Oh My Oh Dinosaurs!

  4. Love You Forever (Robert Munsch and Sheila McGraw)

    If ever there was a children's book that was a tear jerker, this is it! We think moms might love this book even more than their wee ones. It is the story of a mom and son growing older together, and ultimately role reversing. Get out the tissues!

  5. I Want My Hat Back (Jon Klassen)

    This clever, award-winning tale a bear who has lost his belove red hat will delight both parents and kids. It's a great early reader book also, as there is just enough repetition to help young readers who are in that memorizing + reading phase. This is definitely a new classic!

  6. Llama Llama Red Pajama (Anna Dewdney)

    What toddler or preschooler doesn't love a good rhyming book? Especially one they they can so easily relate to? Here, our little llama is full of drama when after his mama says "I'll see you manana" (not really, we made that last part up.) Any preschooler will relate to bedtime ordeal!

  7. Little Blue Truck (Alice Schertle and Jill McElmurry)

    Farm animals and a friendly truck star in this sweet, tale about the importance of friendhsip and the importance of lending a helping hand to friends and foes alike. The rhyming text makes this a book cadence that toddlers and preschoolers will love!

  8. The Napping House (Audrey Wood and Don Wood)

    This cumulative rhyming book builds and builds in delightful, song-like tale of a dozing cast of characters that includes granny, child, dog, cat, and flea. Kids will love the end, when the flea brings down the whole pile!

  9. Bear Snores On (Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman)

    This is a personal favorite, and one I was glad to see on your list. The rhyme rolls off the tongue, and kids delight in "reading"/repeating the main stanza. The illustrations are fantastic. We highly recommend getting a 4-set collection, like this one: Bear Board Book 4-pack: Bear's New Friend; Bear Feels Sick; Bear Feels Scared; Bear Snores On

  10. We're Going on a Bear Hunt (Helen Oxenbury and Michael Rosen)

    Another classic, though less well-known than others, is this cumulative, participatory story of a family in search of a bear. It's a little too action-packed for bedtime, but great fun that will get you moving!


Want to see the complete list? Check out our Top Picks: Books for Preschoolers on our Amazon mini-store!

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