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50 Books to Read to Your Preschooler

Tired of reading the same books to your kids? Check out these books to read to your preschooler divided by categories to make it fun again!

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Reading to your child is one of the most beneficial activities you can do together. The problem is reading to preschoolers can feel repetitive and boring. Maybe your child has a favorite book that you’ve read a thousand times? Need some new ideas for books to read to your preschooler?

Don’t worry, reading with your toddler or preschooler can be fun again

One of the best things you can do is utilize your local library to access new books every few weeks. Choosing books from the library can feel hit and miss though. It may feel like you’re wasting time searching the shelves to find a quality book you and your child will like. 

50 books to read to your preschooler

So I’ve put together a list of 50 books to read to your preschooler that you can enjoy together. I’ve listed them under 9 different topics to help your child learn about the world around them. 

Topic: Colors 

Colors! By Jorge Lujan

Freight Train by Donald Crews

Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh 

Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson 

Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin

Brown Bear Brown Bear by Bill Martin Jr/ Eric Carle

Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

Topic: Apples

The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall 

Apples by Gail Gibbons

Ten Apples Up on Top by Dr. Seuss

How Do Apples Grow by Betsy Maestro

Apples Apples Apples by Nancey Elizabeth Wallace

Topic: Clothing

Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing by Judi Barrett

Pete the Cat and his Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Lithow

Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodking 

Fancy Nancy by Jane O’Connor

books to read to your preschooler

Topic: Food

Stone Soup by Marcia Brown 

If you Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Nuemeroff

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judy Barrett

Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Suess

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle 

The Little Red Hen by Diane Muldrow 

Growing a Vegetable Garden by Loios Ehlert

Topic: 5 Senses

Look, Listen, Taste, Touch and Smell by Pamela Hill Nettleton

My 5 Sense by Aliki

The Eye Book by Theo LeSeig 

The Nose Book by Theo LeSeig

Fuzzy Yellow Ducklings by Matthew Van Fleet 

Topic: Community Helpers

Helpers in My Community by Bobbi Kalman

Community Helpers A-Z by Bobbi Kalman

Let’s Meet a Fire Fighter by Gina Bellisario

Let’s Meet a Doctor by Bridget Heos

Whose Hat is This? By Sharon Katz Cooper

Topic: Transportation

Little Blue Truck Goes to the City by Alice Schertle 

Trucks by Donald Crews

The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper

Airport by Byron Barton 

The Little Red Caboose by Marian Potter

Topic: On The Farm

We Live on a Farm by Cody Keiser 

Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown 

The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle 

Farm Animals by Karen Wallace 

Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle

Barnyard Dance by Sandra Boynton

Topic: Weather

Little Clouds by Eric Carle

Weather Words (and What They Mean) by Gail Gibbons

Shapes in the Sky by Josepha Sherman

What will the Weather be Like Today? By Paul Rogers

A Rainbow of My Own by Don Freeman

Maisy’s Wonderful Weather Book by Lucy Cousins

books to read to your preschooler

I hope this list of books to read to your preschooler gives you a renewed enthusiasm for reading with kids.

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Candace Groberg

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