If you have been a parent for any length of time, you can probably tell me what the Very Hungry Caterpillar ate on Saturday without thinking twice about it.
One piece of chocolate cake, one ice cream cone, one pickle, one slice of Swiss cheese, one slice of salami, one lollipop, one piece of cherry pie, one sausage, one cupcake, and one slice of watermelon.
And I’m sure you know just where to find that sneaky little mouse on each page of Goodnight Moon.
Goodnight stars. Goodnight air. Goodnight noises everywhere.
I just treasure those books, don’t you?
Here are a few that we love just as much that are maybe not as well known.
A very boy-friendly book, Little Blue Truck, was just introduced to us a couple years ago when a friend gave it to us as a gift for our fourth child. This book has everything. A lovable little truck, a barnyard full of animal sounds, and a lesson on being kind even to those who aren’t very kind to you.
Everybody heard that “Beep! Beep! Beep!” The cow came running with the pig and the sheep.
I am a Bunny, with the beautiful illustrations by Richard Scarry, may be familiar to some of you. I had never read it until a few years ago when I ordered it as a Christmas present for one of our littles. When my husband saw it, he said the Golden Book version was one of his favorite books as a child. The simple story follows a little bunny named Nicholas through his adventures in all four seasons.
I am a bunny. My name is Nicholas. I live in a hollow tree.
Chugga Chugga Choo Choo, by Kevin Lewis has been the hands-down favorite of all my boys. The rhythmic choo-chooing of that little train and the incredible illustrations in this book bring us back to this one time and time again. And it never fails, every time we read it, someone decides they need to build a train track that goes all around the house and under the furniture.
Sleepy-sleepy choo-choo, till tomorrow, whoooooo whooooooo!
Jamberry has to be one of the most entertaining read-alouds we own. It starts off with a simple berry-picking adventure and turns into a nonsensical, dream-like berry fantasy land.
Moonberry, Starberry, Cloudberry sky. Boomberry, Zoomberry, Rockets shoot by!
Another berry-related favorite is The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear by Don and Audrey Wood. Just what is Little Mouse going to do when he finds out that a big, hungry Bear is after his red ripe strawberry?
The big, hungry Bear can smell a red, ripe strawberry a mile away… especially one that has just been picked.
And speaking of bears, have you read Bear Snores On? In the dead of winter, a bear is slumbering away in his den and some woodland critters decide to sneak in and have a snack and keep warm. But what happens when the bear wakes up?
In a cave in the woods, a slumbering bear sleeps through the party in his very own lair.
So what about you? What are your favorite preschool read-alouds?
~written by Kendra