Kindergarten Reading List

Kindergarten Supplemental Reading List

Bible Stories and Catholic Stories:

  • New Saint Joseph Beginner’s Bible, by Lawrence G. Lovasik (available at
  • Saint Joseph Beginner Book of Saints, by Lawrence G. Lovasik (available at
  • My Bible Friends Read-and-Do Book, by Robin Currie (available at
  • Brian Wildsmith’s Illustrated Bible Stories, Philip Turner
  • The Parables of Jesus, by Tomie dePaola
  • The Miracles of Jesus, by Tomie dePaola
  • Christopher: The Holy Giant, by Tomie dePaola
  • The Lady of Guadalupe, by Tomie dePaola
  • An Alphabet of Saints, Msgr. Robert Hugh Benson (available at
  • The Angels’ Alphabet, by Hilda van Stocku (available at
  • My First Book About Mary, by Christine V. Orfeo (available at


  • The American Heritage Picture Dictionary, Houghton Mifflin (available at

Recommended Anthologies:

Nursery Rhymes:

  • My Mother Goose Library, Iona Opie
  • The Original Mother Goose, or The Real Mother Goose, illustrated by Blanche Fisher Wright
  • Mother Goose – a color reprint of a 1928 edition (Books of Wonder Classics, available at
  • The Oxford Nursery Treasury, Ian Beck (available at

Children’s Verse:

  • A Child’s Garden of Verses, Stevenson – (Classic Illustrated Edition available at
  • First Verses – Finger Rhymes, John Foster (available at
  • First Verses – Action Rhymes, John Foster (available at
  • First Verses – Chanting Rhymes, John Foster (available at
  • First Verses – Counting Rhymes, John Foster (available at

Poems and Stories:

  • My First Oxford Book of Poems, John Foster (available at
  • My First Oxford Book of Stories, Geraldine McCaughrean (available at

Foreign Languages and Cultures:

Kindergarten Phonetic Readers:

  • Bob Books First! and Bob Books Fun! by Bobby Lynn Maslen (available at
  • Short Vowel Words Phonetic Readers and Long Vowel Words Phonetic Readers (available at
  • Primary Phonics storybooks, BK 1 and BK 2 (available at

Zaner-Bloser Non-Fiction Literacy books: Early Emergent Level

Includes easy readers for Reading, Science, Math, Social Studies, and Spanish. My Alphabet; Blends; Early Emergent Science; Spatial Concepts; Counting; Harry’s Math Books; Community Places and Workers; My Special Days. (

Dorling Kindersley Level 1 Eyewitness Readers

A Day at Greenhill Farm; Truck Trouble; Tale of a Tadpole; Surprise Puppy; Ducking Days; A Day at Seagull Beach; Whatever the Weather; Busy Buzzy Bee; Big Machines; Wild Baby Animals; A Bed for the Winter; Born to be a Butterfly; Feeding Time; Jobs People Do (Firefighter); My Cat’s Secret; First Day of Gymnastics; A Trip to the Zoo (

Dr. Seuss Bright and Early Books

Dr. Seuss books can help your child develop an awareness of phonetic word patterns. Kindergarten level titles include: Dr. Seuss’s ABC; The Foot Book; The Eye Book; The Tooth Book; The Shape of Me and Other Stuff; There’s a Wocket in My Pocket; Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?; Great Day for Up! (

Theme: Trains

  • The Big Book of Trains, Dorling Kindersley (
  • Thomas the Tank Engine: The Complete Collection, (unabridged edition) by The Reverend W. Awdry
  • Casey Jones’s Fireman: The Story of Sim Web, by Nancy Farmer
  • The Little Engine That Could (original unabridged edition), by Watty Piper
  • Freight Train, by Donald Crews

Theme: Forest Animals

  • Look Closer: Forest Life, Dorling Kindersley (
  • Look Closer: Tree Life, Dorling Kindersley (
  • Wild Animals, Dorling Kindersley (
  • Amazing Monkeys (Eyewitness Juniors,
  • The Complete Adventures of Curious George, by H.A. Rey
  • Bonjour, Babar: The Six Unabridged Classics by the Creator of Babar, by Jean De Brunhoff
  • Corduroy, by Don Freeman
  • A Rainbow of My Own, by Don Freeman
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr.
  • Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? by Bill Martin, Jr.
  • Caps for Sale, by Esphyr Slobodkina

Theme: Farm Animals

  • Look Closer: Meadow, Dorling Kindersley (
  • Amazing Butterflies and Moths (Eyewitness Juniors,
  • Amazing Animal Babies (Eyewitness Juniors,
  • On the Farm, Dorling Kindersley (
  • Big Red Barn, by Margaret Wise Brown
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle
  • The Story of Ferdinand, by Munro Leaf
  • The ABC Bunny, by Wanda Gag
  • The Velveteen Rabbit, by Margery Williams
  • The Runaway Bunny, by Margaret Wise Brown (and other books by Margaret Wise Brown)
  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit, written and illustrated by Beatrix Potter
  • Floss, by Kim Lewis – other titles by this author/illustrator include: Friends, Little Calf, Little Puppy
  • Charlie Needs A Cloak, by Tomie dePaola; or A New Coat for Anna, by Harriet Ziefert

Theme: Seasons

  • DK Explorers: Trees, Dorling Kindersley (
  • DK Explorers: Weather, Dorling Kindersley (
  • What’s the Weather Today, by Allan Fowler (Rookie Read About Science series – Children’s Press)
  • The Little House, and Katy and the Big Snow, by Virginia Lee Burton
  • The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats
  • One Summer Day, by Kim Lewis
  • First Snow, by Kim Lewis

More Kindergarten Classics:

  • A Was Once an Apple Pie, by Edward Lear (Candlewick Press, 1992)
  • On Market Street, by Arnold Lobel
  • Blueberries for Sal; One Morning In Maine; and Make Way For Ducklings, by Robert McCloskey
  • Are You My Mother, by P.D. Eastman
  • Prayer For A Child, by Rachel Field
  • The Carrot Seed, by Ruth Krauss
  • My Five Senses; and The Listening Walk, by Aliki
  • Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, by Bill Martin Jr., and John Archambault
  • Mad About Madeline: The Complete Tales, by Ludwig Bemelmans
  • George and Martha: The Complete Stories of Two Best Friends, by James Marshall
  • Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, by Virginia Lee Burton
  • Stone Soup, by Marcia Brown
  • Eloise Wilkin’s Poems to Read to the Very Young, Eloise Wilkin (and others illustrated by Eloise Wilkin)
  • Pooh’s Bedtime Book, or Winnie the Pooh, and When We Were Very Young, by A.A. Milne, illustrated by Shepard
  • Goodnight Moon, by Margaret Wise Brown