Kindergarten Reading List

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An excellent reading list for kindergartners, starting with assuring picture books to encourage the youngsters on their very first day of school, followed by engaging classic fiction, non-fiction and poetry titles, and ending with early chapter books for advanced little readers.


  • Llama Llama Misses Mama
  • The Kissing Hand (The Kissing Hand Series)
  • I Am Too Absolutely Small for School (Charlie and Lola)
  • Countdown to Kindergarten
  • First Day Jitters (Mrs. Hartwell's Classroom Adventures)
  • Welcome to Kindergarten
  • This Is the Way We Go to School: A Book About Children Around the World
  • The Night Before Kindergarten
  • Kindergarten, Here I Come!
  • On the First Day of Kindergarten
  • Kindergarten Rocks!
  • Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten


  • If You Give a Mouse a Cookie Book
  • Swimmy
  • Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business
  • The Alphabet Tree
  • The Important Book
  • The Dot
  • Today I Feel Silly: And Other Moods That Make My Day
  • Hi! Fly Guy
  • All Around Me I See
  • Jeremy Draws a Monster (Jeremy and the Monster)
  • Whoever You Are
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar
  • My Friends
  • Gregory, the Terrible Eater
  • The Listening Walk (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)
  • Planting a Rainbow
  • Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse
  • The Little Engine That Could
  • Purple Is Part of a Rainbow (Rookie Reader) (Rookie Reader Repetitive Text)
  • You Can't Take a Balloon into the Museum of Fine Arts
  • Abiyoyo
  • Fancy Nancy
  • Blueberries for Sal
  • Make Way for Ducklings
  • Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs


  • My Five Senses (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 1)
  • Me on the Map
  • How Full Is Your Bucket? For Kids
  • One Is a Snail, Ten is a Crab: A Counting by Feet Book
  • Please Is a Good Word to Say
  • 26 Letters and 99 Cents
  • About Mammals: A Guide for Children
  • About Birds: A Guide for Children
  • About Fish: A Guide for Children
  • About Insects: A Guide for Children
  • About Reptiles: A Guide for Children
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  • About Habitats: Oceans
  • About Habitats: Mountains
  • About Habitats: Forests
  • About Habitats: Deserts
  • About Habitats: Grasslands
  • About Habitats: Polar Regions


  • A Light in the Attic Special Edition
  • Where the Sidewalk Ends Special Edition
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  • Falling Up
  • Richard Scarry's Best Mother Goose Ever (Giant Golden Book)
  • Around the World on Eighty Legs: Animal Poems
  • Comets, Stars, the Moon, and Mars: Space Poems and Paintings
  • Name That Dog (Busy Wheels)


  • Frog and Toad are Friends
  • Frog and Toad Together (I Can Read Level 2)
  • Frog and Toad All Year (I Can Read Level 2)
  • Days with Frog and Toad (I Can Read, Level 2)
  • Frog and Toad Storybook Treasury: 4 Complete Stories in 1 Volume! (I Can Read Level 2)
  • Ling & Ting: Not Exactly the Same! (Passport to Reading Level 3)
  • Ling & Ting: Twice as Silly (Passport to Reading, Level 3)
  • Ling & Ting: Together in All Weather (Passport to Reading - Level 3)
  • Ling & Ting Share a Birthday (Passport to Reading, Level 3: Ling & Ting)
  • Mr. Putter & Tabby Bake the Cake
  • Mr. Putter & Tabby Walk the Dog
  • Mr. Putter & Tabby Hit the Slope
  • Mr. Putter & Tabby Pick the Pears
  • Mr. Putter & Tabby Pour the Tea
  • Mr. Putter & Tabby Drop the Ball
  • Mr. Putter & Tabby See the Stars
  • Mr. Putter & Tabby Turn the Page
  • Mr. Putter & Tabby Paint the Porch
  • Mr. Putter & Tabby Feed the Fish
  • Mr. Putter & Tabby Write the Book