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Best Picture Books for Kindergarten Children

What are the best kindergarten reading level books?

I have read thousands of kid’s books.

During the lockdown when my kids were both at home with me, we were going to the library once a week and renting 20 kid’s books each time.

I would reserve them online and then pick them up through their walk-by safe pick-up option. 

I was reserving books from the Goodreads Choiceawards books.

Also Heather’s books.

I asked friends and family members for their favorite kid’s books.

Eventually, when the library opened up, I just started picking up random books that were featured.

Over these few years, there are favorites that we keep going back to.

The ones we’ve purchased, put on the Christmas list to grandparents, aunts and uncles, or just gone back to the library to reserve over and over again.

The ones that are particularly funny, clever, interesting, informative or unique.

This list of Kindergarten books includes multicultural books and nonfiction stories. Books with great themes and messages.

There are so many books for Kindergarten kids out there. Many of them are not very good.

If you have Kindergarteners, you know how influenced they are from 4-5 years old and how books can play a huge role in how they see the world and their role in it.

This is a list I would have wanted to read before I started introducing my Kindergarten kid to every kid’s book out there. 

I hope this list helps parents, teachers and gift givers save time selecting their favorite picture books for Kindergarten kids!

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Reading Kindergarten Level Books List

1. The Rabbit Listened

Author: Cori Doerrfeld

Book Reviews:

“Wonderfully drawn…offers what Taylor — like all of us — needs: the comfort of someone who will just listen, laugh and give a hug.” – New York Times

“The Rabbit Listened is a lovely book and a corrective, perhaps, for adults who may forget that quiet attention has its own curative power.” – The Wall Street Journal

“Full of spirit and uncensored emotion… Doerrfeld skillfully evokes the amazing bond between kids and their pets.” – The Chicago Tribune

Summary of this Kindergarten Children’s Book:

The picture book, The Rabbit Listened, tells the story of Taylor, a young child who is struggling with a problem.

A bunch of birds knock down his tower of blocks and now he’s sad..

All the animals have suggestions on how to manage his sadness. For example:

  • The chicken wants Taylor to talk about the problem.
  • The bear thinks Taylor should shout about it.
  • The ostrich thinks Taylor should hide and pretend nothing happened.

Many other animals try to tell Taylor what to do.

Then the rabbit comes along. The rabbit doesn’t offer any solutions or advice, but instead sits quietly with Taylor and just listens.

My Kindergartener struggles with big emotions and problem solving.

I love how this story, The Rabbit Listened, shows you the range of possibilities for how people can react to problems and teaches the importance of listening and helping people in need. 

Book Quotes:

“One day, Taylor decided to build something.

Something new. Something special. Something amazing. Taylor was so proud.

But then out of nowhere…”

2. The Day the Crayons Quit

Author: Drew Daywalt 

Book Reviews:

“Hilarious . . . Move over, Click, Clack, Moo; we’ve got a new contender for the most successful picture-book.” – BCCB

“This book will have children asking to have it read again and again.” – Library Media Connection

“These memorable personalities will leave readers glancing apprehensively at their own crayon boxes.” – Publishers Weekly

Summary of this Kindergarten Children’s Book:

This book, The Day the Crayons Quit, is one of my kid’s favorites and probably the book I give as a gift most often at my daughter’s Kindergarten classmates’ birthday parties.

The book follows the story of Duncan, a young boy who loves to color, and his box of crayons.

One day, Duncan opens his box of crayons to find that they have all quit! Each crayon has written a letter to Duncan, expressing their grievances and demands.For example:

  • Red crayon feels overworked coloring all year round including on holidays with Santas at Christmas!
  • Purple crayon is upset with Duncan for coloring outside of the lines.
  • Orange and Yellow crayon each believe they are the true color of the sun and are no longer speaking.

In the end, Duncan makes a promise to listen to his crayons more carefully and use them in new and imaginative ways.

The Day the Crayons Quit is a fun and humorous story that teaches children about creativity, problem-solving, and empathy.

If your child loves coloring, this is a must have in your picture book collection!

Book Quotes:

“Duncan, Gray crayon here.

You’re killing me! I know you love Elephants. And I know that elephants are gray…but that’s a LOT of space to color in all by myself.

And don’t even get me started on your rhinos, hippos and HUMPBACK WHALES…you know how tired I am after handling one of those things? Such BIG animals…”

3. The Day the Crayons Came Home

Author: Drew Daywalt 

Book Reviews:

“Funnier than the creators’ original blockbuster.” – Parents Magazine

“Mr. Daywalt’s text blends with Mr. Jeffers’s illustrations to make a picture book that will have children clamoring for more crayon adventures.” – The Wall Street Journal 

“Continues its predecessor’s pleasing, goofy conceit…Once again, both Daywalt’s text and Jeffers’ illustrations are endearing.” – New York Times Book Review

Summary of this Kindergarten Children’s Book:

The sequel to The Day the Crayons Quit, this book, The Day the Crayons Came Home, is about how Duncan receives a pile of postcards from around the world from his abandoned, lost and forgotten crayons.

The crayons have had wild experiences including being melted in a clothes dryer, lost in the couch, and even stuck to a sock.

They ask Duncan to rescue them and bring them back home.

If your Kindergarten child loved the original, they’ll love the sequel The Day the Crayons Came Home for all the same reasons!

It’s hilarious, whimsical and creative!

Book Quotes:

“Dear Duncan, Not sure if you remember me. My name is Maroon crayon. You only colored with me once, to draw a scab, but whatever.

Anyway, you lost me TWO years ago in the couch, then your Dad sat on me and BROKE ME IN HALF! I never would have survived had paper clip not nursed me back to health.

I’m finally better, so come get me!”

4. The World Needs More Purple People

Author: Kristen Bell and Benjamin Hart

Book Reviews:

“A plethora of broad smiles and wide-open mouths crank up the visual energy and if the earnest overall tone doesn’t snag the attention of young audiences, a grossly literal view of the young narrator and a grandparent ‘snot-out-our-nose laughing’ should do the trick.” – Kirkus Reviews

“This book serves as a pep talk for contentious times by caring adults who want a nicer world and that is no small thing.” – Publishers Weekly

“The message is inspiring: Ask questions, advocate for positive change, and have fun while collaborating with members of your family and community.” – School Library Journal

Summary of this Kindergarten Children’s Book:

This book, The World Needs More Purple People, is about how to become a purple person and become an everyday superhero!

Here are the steps the book discusses to become a purple person:

  • Ask really great questions
  • Laugh a lot
  • Use your voice all the time
  • Be a really hard worker
  • Be yourself

Purple people are curious, creative and open-minded. They bring people in their communities together and stand up for what’s right.

I think The World Needs More Purple People is a great way to encourage these qualities and values in your children and help them be confident and compassionate individuals.

My Kindergarten daughter’s favorite color is purple. I’m convinced it’s because we read this picture book a lot!

Book Quotes:

“My Dad says PURPLE people ask great questions. Questions about EVERYTHING! Even questions about QUESTIONS!

Hey, Dad! How far away is outer space? Have you ever met a dolphin? How many dolphins live in outer space?”

5. Rosie Revere, Engineer

Author: Andrea Beaty

Book Reviews:

“Comically detailed mixed-media illustrations that keep the mood light and emphasize Rosie’s creativity at every turn.” – Publishers Weekly

“The detritus of Rosie’s collections is fascinating, from broken dolls and stuffed animals to nails, tools, pencils, old lamps and possibly an erector set. And cheddar-cheese spray.” – Kirkus Reviews

“This celebration of creativity and perseverance is told through rhyming text, which gives momentum and steady pacing to a story, consistent with the celebration of its heroine, Rosie. She’s an imaginative thinker who hides her light under a bushel (well, really, the bed) after being laughed at for one of her inventions.” – Booklist

Summary of this Kindergarten Children’s Book:

The book, Rosie Revere, Engineer, tells the story of a young girl named Rosie, who dreams of becoming an engineer.

In her room at night, she invents and creates things using everyday objects and her creativity including a hot dog dispenser and helium pants.

One day, she invents a python-repelling cheese hat for her uncle (who is a Zookeeper). He laughs at her creation and she becomes embarrassed and discouraged and decides to stop inventing things.

Then her great-great-aunt Rose comes and encourages her to embrace failure as part of the learning process and reminds her that the only true failure is giving up.

I love how this book teaches children the importance of perseverance and following your dreams, despite the obstacles that may come your way.

The first time I read Rosie Revere, Engineer was with my niece. My brother recommended I read this book to her.

I didn’t have kids at the time.

I was so touched by the story that when my daughter came and especially now that she’s a Kindergarten student, I knew I wanted this book to be a regular read at bedtime.

Book Quotes:

”THIS IS THE STORY OF ROSIE REVERE, who dreamed of becoming a great engineer.

In Lila Greer’s classroom at Blue River Creek, young Rosie sat shyly, not daring to speak.

But when no one saw her, she peeked in the trash for treasures to add to her engineer’s stash. And late, late at night, Rosie rolled up her sleeves and built in her hideaway under the eaves.

Alone in her attic, the moon high above, dear Rosie made gadgets and gizmos she loved.

And when she grew sleepy, she hid her machines far under the bed, where they’d never be seen.”

6. Giraffes Can’t Dance

Author: Giles Andreae

Book Reviews:

“Andreae’s rhyming text has a jaunty rhythm that’s likely to spark interest in the read-aloud crowd.” – Publishers Weekly

“Narrator Billy Dee Williams’ deep tones mesh perfectly with the text’s gentle message of acceptance and individuality.” – Booklist

“…(an) appealing production…sound effects add to the fun.” – School Library Journal

Summary of this Kindergarten Children’s Book: 

The book, Giraffes Can’t Dance, follows the story of Gerald, a giraffe who wants to dance but is naturally not as graceful dancing as other animals.

Gerald tries to dance, but every time he does, he trips and stumbles, making the other animals laugh at him. He becomes so embarrassed that he hides away and thinks he’ll never be able to dance.

One day, a wise cricket tells Gerald that everyone can dance, they just need to find their own rhythm. Inspired by the cricket’s words, Gerald starts to dance again, this time finding his own unique style.

As he dances, the other animals start to take notice and are amazed by his moves. Gerald realizes that he can dance after all and that he just needed to believe in himself and find his own way.

This book shares the importance of self-belief and finding one’s own rhythm. It teaches children that everyone is unique and has their own talents.

We received Giraffes Can’t Dance as a gift when my daughter was a baby.

It’s only now that she’s in Kindergarten that she understands and fully appreciates the storyline.

Book Quotes:

”Gerald was a tall giraffe whose neck was long and slim. But his knees were awfully crooked and his legs were rather thin.

He was very good at standing still and munching shoots off trees. But when he tried to run around, he buckled at the knees.

Now every year in Africa they hold the Jungle Dance, where every single animal turns up to skip and prance.

And this year when the day arrived poor Gerald felt so sad, because when it came to dancing he was really very bad.”

7. Elmer

Author: David Mckee

Book Reviews: 

“McKee’s gentle humor and love of irony are in full force in this celebration of individuality and laughter.” – Kirkus Reviews

“The patchwork elephant, Elmer, is a favorite of children everywhere, and this classic story is sure to warm hearts and bring smiles.” – Barnes & Noble

“David McKee’s iconic and colorful patchwork elephant, Elmer, is a timeless character who has captivated children’s imaginations for over 30 years. This charming story is a must-read for kids and adults alike.” – BookPage

Summary of this Kindergarten Children’s Book:

The book, Elmer, tells the story of Elmer, a colorful patchwork elephant who stands out from the rest of the grey elephants in his herd.

Despite his differences, Elmer is loved by all the other elephants for his sense of humor and his ability to make them laugh. 

However, Elmer begins to feel like an outsider and wishes he could be like the other elephants, grey and ordinary.

One day, Elmer decides to try and change himself to fit in better with the herd. 

He rubs himself with grey berries and manages to blend in perfectly. 

However, he soon realizes that he doesn’t feel like himself anymore and misses his colorful patchwork.

As he’s standing amongst the other elephants, he makes a joke and he and the other elephants laugh.

A rain cloud bursts and Elmer’s patchwork is revealed. 

Elmer learns that it’s okay to be different and that being unique is what makes him special.

I love this book’s lessons about self-acceptance, the value of diversity and celebrating differences. 

It teaches children that it’s important to embrace who they are, even if they feel different from others.

My Kindergarten daughter is at an age where she is trying to blend in and do what others do.

That’s why I think Elmer is important to have in her regular reading rotation.

Book Quotes:

“There was once a herd of elephants. Elephants young, elephants old, elephants tall and short, fat and thin.

All were different but all were happy and almost all were the same color. All except Elmer.

Elmer was not an elephant color. 

He was patchwork. 

Elmer was yellow and orange and red and pink and purple and blue and green and black and white.”

8. Iggy Peck, Architect

Author: Andrea Beaty

Book Reviews:

“This charmingly told and illustrated story, sprinkled with architectural concepts and terms, will delight creative children and those who care about them.” – Booklist

“Beaty’s rhymes never skip a beat, and Roberts’ colorful, comical illustrations are as detailed and imaginative as Iggy’s architectural creations.” – Publishers Weekly

“The tale of a budding architect whose failures are as important as his successes. Iggy’s story will encourage young readers to believe in themselves and their creative abilities.” – School Library Journal

Summary of this Kindergarten Children’s Book:

From the same author as Rosie Revere, Engineer, is this fun and inspiring story that my Kindergarten kid equally adores!

This book, Iggy Peck, Architect, tells the story of a young boy named Iggy Peck, who loves to build and create things out of unconventional materials.

As a baby, Iggy built a tower out of dirty diapers. 

As he grew older, he continued to amaze his family and classmates with his innovative designs, including a bridge made of pancakes and coconut pie and a castle built with chalk.

However, Iggy’s passion for architecture is tested when his second-grade teacher, Miss Lila Greer, doesn’t appreciate his talent and discourages him from building in class.

One day, Iggy’s class plans a field trip to a nearby tower, but the trip goes awry when the class gets stranded on an island and the footbridge collapses.

Iggy and his classmates work together to find a solution and ultimately build a bridge out of items from themselves and the island, allowing them to get off the island. 

Miss Lila Greer realizes the value of Iggy’s passion and encourages him to keep building.

Iggy Peck, Architect showcases the importance of creativity and teamwork. 

It encourages children to follow their passions and pursue their dreams.

Book Quotes:

”Young Iggy Peck is an architect and has been since he was two, when he built a great tower – in only an hour – with nothing but diapers and glue.

“Good Gracious, Ignacious!” his mother exclaimed. “That’s the coolest thing I’ve ever seen!”

But her smile faded fast as a light wind blew past, and she realized those diapers weren’t clean!”

9. Ada Twist, Scientist

Author: Andrea Beaty

Book Reviews:

“Beaty delightfully advocates for girls in science in her now-trademark crisply rhyming text.” – Kirkus

“Use this book to jumpstart conversations about scientists, girl scientists, gender roles, forming hypotheses, giftedness and childhood genius, and individual creativity. Or just use it for laughs on a lazy school day afternoon.” – NY Journal of Books

“A winner for storytime reading and for young children interested in STEM activities.” – School Library Journal

Summary of this Kindergarten Children’s Book:

Another book from the same authors as Rosie Revere, Engineer and Iggy Peck, Architect, you may also recognize this title from the Netflix show Ada Twist, Scientist.

The book, Ada Twist, Scientist, tells the story of a young girl named Ada Twist, who is curious about the world and wants to know how things work.

Ada is always asking questions and conducting experiments, much to the confusion and frustration of her family and teachers.

One day, she sets out to discover the source of a mysterious smell in her house by conducting a series of experiments and investigations.

As Ada continues to explore and experiment, she discovers that failure is a natural part of the scientific process and that it’s okay to make mistakes.

In the meantime, her parents get increasingly frustrated by her methods, but then in the end, they learn to embrace and nurture their child’s curiosities.

I love how this book encourages children to be curious and ask questions about the world around them.

It promotes the value of science and the scientific method, while also emphasizing the importance of perseverance, problem-solving, and embracing failure as a natural part of the learning process.

I just had a conversation about science with my Kindergarten child. I think this is the perfect age to start these types of discussions.

I think it’s also great that this book, Ada Twist, Scientist, also encourages parents and teachers to be supportive and nurture children’s natural curiosities and love of learning.

Book Quotes:

”Ada Marie, Ada Marie. Said not a word til the day she turned three.

She bounced in her crib and looked around, observing a world but not making a sound.

She learned how to climb and made her big break, with a trail of chaos left in her wake. She ran through the day chasing each sound and sight, and didn’t slow down till she conked out at night.”

10. Sofia Valdez, Future Prez

Author: Andrea Beaty

Book Reviews:

“This rhyming romp reminds readers that one young person can make a difference.” – Kirkus Reviews

“Fun but earnest, this rhyming romp reminds readers that one young person can make a difference.” – Kirkus Review

“An inspiring story about how one voice can make a difference and how people can come together not just for something good but for something even better.” – Booklist

Summary of this Kindergarten Children’s Book:

Another book in the Rosie Revere, Engineer series, this book, Sofia Valdez, Future Prez, tells the story of a young girl named Sofia Valdez, who wants to make a positive change in her community.

When Sofia’s abuelo injures himself after tripping on a landfill, Sofia decides to take action and clean up the mess in her neighborhood. 

Despite facing resistance from the local government, Sofia doesn’t give up and rallies her friends and neighbors to help her clean up the landfill and turn it into a park.

This book is an empowering story that encourages children to stand up for what they believe in and take action to make positive changes in their communities. 

It highlights the importance of perseverance, determination, and the power of community action in creating change.

The book also promotes the value of leadership and civic engagement, showing children that they can make a difference no matter how young they are.

I love reading this book to my Kindergarten daughter because she thinks that kids can’t make big changes in the community because they’re just kids.

This book, Sofia Valdez, Future Prez, shows her that even young kids can make big, community-wide changes. 

Book Quotes:

“Sofia was a baby who got things done, helping her family before she turned one.

She and Abuelo went out every week to help elderly friends around Blue River Creek who couldn’t get out and about on their own and with no place to gather, were stuck home alone.

Raking the leaves, taking pets for a walk, or just dropping by for a treat and a talk, Sofia Valdez did as much as she could for her family and friends and her whole neighborhood.”

11. Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus

Author: Mo Williams

Book Reviews:

“This picture book demands audience participation… Readers will identify with the pigeon themselves!” – The New York Times

“Willems’ highly distilled, deceptively simple drama… is every bit as engaging as a full-blown Greek epic.” – Publishers Weekly

“A wildly popular and incredibly fun book that begs to be read aloud.” – School Library Journal

Summary of this Kindergarten Children’s Book: 

This book, Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus, always gets my Kindergarten child laughing loudly!

The story begins with a bus driver asking the reader to watch the bus while he takes a break. He specifically tells the reader, “Don’t let the pigeon drive the bus!”

However, the persistent pigeon tries to convince the reader to let him drive the bus by using various arguments and tactics, including begging, pleading, and even throwing a temper tantrum.

The reader is encouraged to interact with the pigeon by responding to his requests and ultimately refusing to let him drive the bus.

The pigeon becomes increasingly frustrated and eventually gives up, allowing the bus driver to return and continue on his route.

Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus is a fun and engaging book. It’s told in a conversational style and invites the reader to participate in the story and use their imagination.

Book Quotes:

“Hi! I’m the bus driver. 

Listen, I’ve got to leave for a little while, so can you watch things for me until I get back? 

Thanks. On, and remember: Don’t let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!

I thought he’d never leave. 

Hey, can I drive the bus? 

Please? 

I’ll be careful.

I’ll tell you what: I’ll just steer. 

My cousin Herb drives a bus almost every day! True story.”

12. The Okay Book by Todd Parr

Author: Todd Parr

Book Reviews:

“Reading this book aloud to little ones, and discussing the pictures and concepts is a great way to start kids on a lifetime of openly discussing feelings and problems. This book has wonderful, feel good, positive messages of acceptance and confidence that promote understanding and are fun to read for kids and the adults who love them.” – Myshelf.com

“The book unites the concept of tolerance of differences with simple images for easy understanding and comprehension. It’s Okay to be Different encourages readers to accept themselves and others.” – Children’s Literature

“[Parr] wisely doesn’t zero in on specifics, which would force him to establish what’s ‘normal.’ Instead, he focuses on acceptance and individuality and encourages readers to do the same.” – Publisher’s Weekly

Summary of this Kindergarten Children’s Book:

It’s Okay to be Different is one my favorite Todd Parr books to read to the children.

It’s a great read for Kindergarten kids who are just entering a school environment and noticing how different they are from others.

It inspires children to embrace their individuality and celebrate differences including different types of families, personalities, appearances, abilities, and talents.

Book Quotes:

“It’s okay to be short.

It’s okay to need some help.

It’s okay to be a different color.

It’s okay to talk about your feelings.”

13. The Word Collector

Author: Peter Reynolds

Book Reviews:

“Peter H. Reynolds always manages to walk a delicate line with his books – make that a couple lines: weighty but not weighed down. Universal yet kid-centric. No easy feat.” – Travis Jonker, School Library Journal

“Capture[s] the beauty of words and the wonder of sharing them with others…enchanting.” – Kirkus

“[P]acks a powerful punch…capture[s] both the joy of learning and the power of kindness.” – School Library Journal

Summary of this Kindergarten Children’s Book:

The Word Collector by Peter Reynolds is a heartwarming and inspiring story about the power of words and the joy of language.

The book follows the journey of a young boy named Jerome who has a passion for collecting all kinds of words – big words, small words, words that sound beautiful, and words that carry deep meaning.

As his collection grows, so does his appreciation for the beauty and versatility of language.

But Jerome doesn’t keep his collection to himself. He discovers that words are meant to be shared and used to connect with others.

He starts crafting poems and sharing songs and through his love for words, Jerome discovers their transformative power to inspire, comfort, and bring people together.

When I read this book to my Kindergarten child, she always asks me what this word means and that word means.

This book, The Word Collector, has not only been a great way to increase her vocabulary, but it has also helped her become a word collector herself and cherish language and its power to create, connect, and make a difference in the world.

Book Quotes:

“Collectors collect things… 

Some people collect stamps.

Some people collect coins.

Others collect rocks.

Some collect art.”

14. The Book With No Pictures

Author: B.J Novak

Book Reviews:

“Conceptually radical . . . making the refreshing and contrarian case that words alone have sensory and imaginative vibrancy to spare.” – Mark Levine, The New York Times Book Review

“This book may not have pictures, but it’s sure to inspire lots of conversations—and laughs . . . A riotously fresh take on breaking the fourth wall.” – Kirkus, starred review

“This book is sure to be a crowd-pleaser, and it’s perfect for one-on-one sharing with a parent or caregiver. Expect requests for repeated readings.” – School Library Journal

Summary of this Kindergarten Children’s Book:

The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak is a hilarious and unconventional picture book that captivates readers with its words alone.

Unlike traditional picture books, this book doesn’t rely on illustrations to engage young readers—it’s all about the power of words and the joy of reading out loud.

As the title suggests, “The Book With No Pictures” challenges the notion that a book needs pictures to be entertaining.

Instead, it uses a clever combination of clever and silly words to create a unique and interactive reading experience.

The book encourages the reader, whether it’s a parent, teacher, or older sibling, to read the text aloud with enthusiasm and follow the silly instructions written on the pages.

With each turn of the page, the reader is prompted to say silly words and make silly sounds. 

This creates a highly interactive and engaging experience for both the reader and the listener.

Through its playful and imaginative use of language, The Book With No Pictures sparks laughter and encourages children to let their imaginations run wild.

My Kindergartener LOVES making me read this book to her. 

She finds it so funny and entertaining

 We have the book version you can fill in

She loves being able to select the stickers and personalize the book! 

Book Quotes:

“I am a monkey who taught myself to read.

Hey! I’m not a monkey!

And now I am reading you this book with my monkey mouth in my monkey voice. 

That’s not true… I am not a monkey.”

15. Waiting Is Not Easy

Author: Mo Willems

Book Reviews: 

“These books will easily take their place alongside Seuss and Eastman as classics in the beginning-reader genre.” – The Bulletin

“These masterful mini-dramas will delight and amuse early-reader and picture-book audiences, alike.” – School Library Journal

“Accessible, appealing, and full of authetic emotions about what makes friendships tick, these titles will put a contemporary shine on easy reader collections.” – Booklist

Summary of this Kindergarten Children’s Book: 

This book, Waiting Is Not Easy, is a heartwarming and relatable story about patience and the rewards that come with it.

The book follows the beloved characters Elephant and Piggie as they navigate the challenges of waiting.

Piggie has a surprise for Elephant, but it requires Elephant to wait patiently. 

As they embark on their waiting journey, Elephant becomes increasingly impatient, finding it difficult to wait for something he doesn’t know anything about.

Despite his frustration, Piggie reassures Elephant that the surprise will be worth the wait.

In the end, Elephant’s patience is rewarded, and the surprise turns out to be something truly wonderful.

Through this experience, Elephant learns the importance of patience, trust, and the joy that comes from waiting for something special.

Waiting Is Not Easy offers a valuable lesson about delayed gratification and the idea that some things are worth waiting for.

My Kindergarden Child is a fan of the Elephane and Piggie books, but Waiting Is Not Easy is probably one of her favorites!

Book Quotes:

“Gerald! 

I have a surprise for you! 

What is it?

The surprise is a surprise.

Oh. Is it big? 

Yes!”

16. Cece Loves Science

Author: Kimberly Derting

Book Reviews:

“Harrison’s clean, bright illustrations add expression and personality to the story. …this endearing protagonist earns a place on the children’s STEM shelf. A good introduction to observation, data, and trying again.” – Kirkus Reviews

“Cece is a smart and curious girl who loves to get to the bottom of all her complex questions. …Harrison’s expressive digital illustrations have a lot of energy, color, and motion…A fun way to introduce scientific methods.” – Booklist

“Excited by her teacher’s assignment to find and investigate a question, [Cece] pairs up with a partner, Isaac, to brainstorm ideas…The story includes images of an inviting science classroom and mentions a variety of sciences and a range of scientists diverse in race and gender. … Words and pictures combine to make smooth blend of entertainment and education.” – School Library Journal

Summary of this Kindergarten Children’s Book:

The book, Cece Loves Science, is an engaging and empowering children’s book that celebrates curiosity, discovery, and the wonders of science.

The story follows Cece, an inquisitive and determined young girl who has a passion for scientific exploration.

Cece loves asking questions like “Do dogs eat vegetables?” and conducting experiments to understand the world around her.

With the help of her best friend, Isaac, and her trusty canine companion, Einstein, she embarks on various scientific adventures.

She learns to approach challenges with a scientific mindset, embracing failure as an opportunity for learning and growth. 

Along the way, she discovers the importance of observation, collaboration, and perseverance in scientific inquiry.

The book’s writing style is engaging and accessible, making complex scientific concepts relatable to young Kindergarten students.

If your Kindergarten child loves Ada Twist, Scientist, they’ll definitely appreciate Cece Loves Science.

Book Quotes:

“Cece loved to ask questions. 

Her mother said her first word was “why”. 

Her father said it was “how”.

But her favorite question was “what if?”

17. The Monster at the End of this Book

Author: Jon Stone

Book Reviews:

“Funny, bright, and very bold… A masterpiece of comic timing and artistry.” – Publishers Weekly

“A classic that children will love to read again and again.” – School Library Journal

“One of the most popular books for children ever published.” – The Washington Post

Summary of this Kindergarten Children’s Book:

The Monster at the End of this Book  is a beloved and interactive children’s book that takes young readers on a delightful and suspenseful journey.

The story stars lovable Sesame Street character Grover, who is determined to prevent readers from turning the pages to reach the end of the book.

From the very beginning, Grover addresses the reader directly, expressing his fear of encountering the monster that awaits at the end of the book.

He tries everything in his power to discourage readers from progressing, including building barriers and pleading with them to stop.

Grover’s antics and attempts to stop the reader’s progress create a sense of anticipation and curiosity.

Despite Grover’s best efforts, the reader continues to turn the pages, excited to see what lies ahead.

With each page turn, the tension builds, and Grover’s fear intensifies. 

However, when the reader finally reaches the end of the book, they discover an unexpected twist and realize that the monster at the end of the book is none other than Grover himself.

The Monster at the End of this Book is not only a playful and engaging story, but is also a clever way to introduce young readers to the concept of facing fears and embracing the unknown.

It encourages children to be brave, explore, and challenge their own expectations. 

The book also teaches the valuable lesson that sometimes things we fear the most turn out to be less scary than we imagined.

We keep this book in my Kindergarten child’s outings backpack. 

It’s always a fun read for both children and adults alike (It was my husband’s favorite book as a child).

Book Quotes:

“What did that say?

On the first page, what did that say? 

Did that say there will be a Monster at the end of this book? 

It did? Oh I am scared of Monsters!!!

18. Another Monster at the End of this Book

Author: Jon Stone

Book Reviews:

“This hilarious and inventive sequel is sure to be a hit with fans of the original and newcomers alike.” – School Library Journal

“The hilarious sequel to a classic book…With creative use of typography and clever writing, this is an excellent book for fans of the original and newcomers alike.” – Kirkus Reviews

“A worthy sequel that will have readers turning pages in anticipation.” – Publishers Weekly

Summary of this Kindergarten Children’s Book:

Another Monster at the End of this Book is a delightful and humorous sequel to the beloved children’s book The Monster at the End of this Book.

In this entertaining follow-up, Sesame Street character Grover returns and is joined by the beloved character Elmo who wants to see the monster at the end of the book.

Grover reluctantly follows Elmo to the end of the book.

He employs various methods to hinder the page-turning, including constructing elaborate obstacles and issuing playful warnings, but Elmo gets past them.

With each turn, Grover’s anxiety mounts, and his pleas to stop become increasingly frantic.

However, when the reader finally reaches the end, they discover a surprising twist: the monster at the end of the book is none other than both of them – Grover and Elmo.

Another Monster at the End of this Book is another one of my Kindergarten reader’s favorite books! It’s just as fun and entertaining as the original. 

It invites my 5 year old to engage with the story and become a part of the adventure.

She like many other children have at one point loved Elmo so she’s particularly fond of this book.

Book Quotes:

“Elmo, I am not going to the end of this book if there is a monster there! Monsters are not to be trifled with. I am going to stay right here on the first page.

OK, Mister Grover. Elmo will go see the monster all by himself. 

Turn the page please.”

19. The Sour Grape

Author: Jory John

Book Reviews:

“Grape learns about forgiveness in warm, funny picture book.” – Common Sense Media

“A recovering curmudgeon narrates life lessons in the latest entry in the punny Food Group series.” – Kirkus Reviews

Summary of this Kindergarten Children’s Book:

The picture book, The Sour Grape, is a hilarious and relatable children’s book that explores the themes of grudges, perspective, and the importance of gratitude.

The story follows a grumpy grape who is dissatisfied with everything around him.

He didn’t always have a negative attitude. He started off as a positive, happy-go-lucky grape, but then he planned this huge birthday bash and no one came. He then decided to hold a grudge against everyone.

As the grape continues to wallow in his sourness, he alienates those around him and becomes increasingly isolated.

However, a surprising encounter with an even more sour lemon changes the grape’s perspective. The grape realizes that his sour attitude is silly and encourages him to shift his focus towards gratitude. 

He also comes to realize that he had sent out the wrong date for his original birthday celebration and that’s why no one came.

I read The Sour Grape to my Kindergarden reader often because I love the life lessons of being able to let things go, be grateful for what you have, and stay positive.

Book Quotes:

“I’m a grape. 

I’m a sour grape. Grrrrr

If somebody upsets me, I’ll remember it.

If somebody wrongs me, I won’t forget it. 

If somebody insults me, I’ll never ignore it. Nope.”

20. Sleepy, the Goodnight Buddy

Author: Drew DeWalt

Book Reviews:

“Daywalt’s clever, self-aware text and Campbell’s superbly comic cartooning form a richly satisfying bedtime offering that will please frequent listeners and caregivers alike.” – Booklist

“The humor of Daywalt’s text is well matched by Campbell’s colorful, cartoon illustrations, making for a fun read-aloud.” – School Library Journal

“This endearing and funny story will delight children and their caregivers alike.” – Publishers Weekly

Summary of this Kindergarten Children’s Book:

Sleepy, the Goodnight Buddy is a charming and humorous children’s book that takes readers on a delightful bedtime adventure.

The story revolves around a young boy named Roderick who doesn’t want to fall asleep at night and regularly gives all types of excuses for why he shouldn’t go to bed.

Roderick’s parents give him a special companion named Sleepy, the Goodnight Buddy, to help him fall asleep.

However, Sleepy has a mischievous personality and makes it his mission to keep Roderick awake. He engages in playful antics and tries to distract Roderick from going to sleep.

Eventually, Sleepy tires out Roderick and Roderick goes to sleep.

Sleepy, the Goodnight Buddy is a clever book with engaging storytelling coupled with vibrant and expressive illustrations that bring the story to life.

Any parent with Kindergarten kids who struggle to go to bed will be able to relate to this book.

The excuses are hilarious! Sometimes, I hesitate reading this book to my 5 year old because I don’t want to give her ideas for excuses she can use. It’s just such a fun read for the whole family so it’s still part of our regular rotation.

Book Quotes:

“Roderick hated going to bed.

Each night he would think of every possible excuse to try to stay up longer. 

Sometimes he would ask for another story.

Sometimes he would ask for a drink of water.”

21. Library Lion

Author: Michelle Knudsen

Book Reviews:

“A reminder that sometimes, there is a good reason to break the rules. . . .This winsome pairing of text and illustration is a natural for storytime.” – School Library Journal 

“Proves that every now and then you have to break the rules.” – New York Times Book Review

“This winsome pairing of text and illustration is a natural for storytime and a first purchase for every collection.” – School Library Journal

Summary of this Kindergarten Children’s Book:

Library Lion is a heartwarming and enchanting children’s book that celebrates the power of friendship, kindness, and the love of books.

The story follows a lion who unexpectedly finds himself in the local library.

Despite initial concerns about having a lion in the library, he proves to be a respectful and well-behaved visitor.

The lion enjoys listening to stories and even dusting the shelves with his tail. He becomes an integral part of the library community, beloved by everyone who encounters him.

However, when an emergency occurs and the lion’s instinct to roar and help is needed, the librarian’s strict “No Roaring” policy becomes a dilemma.

The lion is faced with a decision: should he break the rules to help, or should he remain silent and follow the rules of the library? This pivotal moment explores themes of loyalty, courage, and the importance of doing what feels right.

The book explores the joy of reading, the magic of libraries, and the impact that unexpected friendships can have on our lives.

There are a lot of great lessons that I love reinforcing with my Kindergartener through this book. 

Library Lion talks about respecting rules and boundaries, and discovering the power of empathy and compassion. 

The story reminds us that sometimes rules can be flexible, especially when it comes to acts of kindness and helping others.

My Kindergarten child loves the library! 

This book reminds readers that libraries are more than just buildings filled with books – they are spaces of connection, exploration, and unexpected friendships.

Book Quotes: 

”One day a lion came to the library. 

He walked right past the circulation desk and up into the stacks.

Mr. McBee ran down the hall to the head librarian’s office. 

“Miss Merriweather!” he called.

“No running,” said Miss Merriweather, without looking up. 

“But there’s a lion!” said Mr. McBee. “In the library!”

22. Llama Llama Red Pajama

Author: Anna Dewdney

Book Reviews:

“With its sweet rendering of the trials of bedtime and separation anxiety, this book’s familiar theme will be a hit with youngsters who love soft, fuzzy bedtime stories.” – School Library Journal

“Dewdney gives a wonderfully fresh twist to a familiar nighttime ritual with an adorable bug-eyed baby llama, staccato four-line rhymes and page compositions that play up the drama.” – Publishers Weekly

“Dewdney’s offbeat, affectionate vignettes of Llama negotiating each rite of passage (and Mama’s occasional gentle teasing) will strike a chord with young children.” – Kirkus Reviews

Summary of this Kindergarten Children’s Book:

Llama Llama Red Pajama is a delightful and relatable children’s book that captures the bedtime routines and emotions of young children.

The story follows a young llama named Llama Llama as he gets ready for bed and experiences feelings of separation anxiety.

As Llama Llama’s mama tucks him into bed and leaves the room, Llama Llama starts to feel a sense of worry and loneliness.

He calls out for his mama, longing for her presence and reassurance.

Throughout the story, Llama Llama’s emotions escalate, and he becomes increasingly distressed. 

But just when he feels the most anxious, his mama lovingly reassures him and returns to his side.

Together, they find comfort in each other’s presence and Llama Llama learns that even when his mama is not physically with him, her love is always there.

The book’s rhythmic and engaging rhymes, coupled with the expressive and colorful illustrations, bring Llama Llama’s journey to life.

Any parent will be able to relate to the themes of bedtime routines and separation anxiety.

I love how this book provides an opportunity for conversations with your Kindergarten child about emotions, coping strategies, and the importance of reassurance and comfort. 

It reassures children that it is normal to feel anxious or worried at bedtime and that their caregivers are there to support and comfort them.

I love reading this book, Llama Llama Red Pajama, to my Kindergarten daughter at bedtime. 

She has the same insecurities before bedtime. 

The book helps her feel like she’s not alone and nurtures a sense of security and comfort before sleep.

Book Quotes:

”Llama Llama red pajama, reads a story with his mama.

Mama kisses baby’s hair. 

Mama Llama goes downstairs.

Llama Llama red pajama, feels alone without his mama.

Baby Llama wants a drink. 

Mama’s at the kitchen sink.”

23. The Gruffalo

Author: Julia Donaldson

Book Reviews:

“Young readers will love the humor in this preposterous story. . . . Serve this one for a rollicking good time.” –  School Library Journal

“A rollicking good time, this picture book has much to offer: a simple, yet clever story; snappy rhymed verses; [and] genial illustrations.” – Booklist

“The story, with its rhythm and repetitions, is perfect for reading aloud and the illustrations are wonderfully expressive.” – The Guardian

“The Gruffalo is a modern classic, beloved by parents and children alike.” – The Independent

Summary of this Kindergarten Children’s Book:

The Gruffalo is a captivating and imaginative children’s book that takes readers on an exciting journey through the deep, dark forest.

The story follows a clever and resourceful mouse as it encounters various creatures and outsmarts a fearsome monster called the Gruffalo.

As the mouse ventures through the forest, it encounters a series of potential predators – a fox, an owl, and a snake who see the mouse as a tasty meal.

But the clever mouse manages to evade them by inventing an imaginary creature called the Gruffalo, describing it as a monstrous creature with terrible features.

To the mouse’s surprise, its fictional creation, the Gruffalo, turns out to be real.

The Gruffalo threatens to eat the mouse, but the quick-witted mouse once again uses its intelligence to convince the Gruffalo that it (the mouse) is the scariest creature in the forest.

The mouse confidently declares that its favorite food is Gruffalo crumble and scares the Gruffalo away, leaving the mouse safe and unharmed.

The book’s captivating rhymes and enchanting illustrations bring the story to life, capturing the charm and wit of the mouse’s adventure.

The Gruffalo is depicted as a formidable yet comical creature, and readers are taken on a delightful ride as the mouse cleverly outwits its adversaries.

This book is a story that celebrates the power of wit, imagination, and resourcefulness. 

It teaches children the importance of using their intelligence and creativity to overcome challenges and navigate unfamiliar situations. 

The book also emphasizes the value of bravery, quick thinking, and the ability to think on one’s feet.

With its engaging storyline and memorable characters, the Gruffalo has become a beloved classic in Kindergarten children’s literature.

I love how it now only entertains my Kindergarten reader, but also sparks her imaginations, encourages problem-solving skills, and instills a sense of self-confidence.

This book reminds us that appearances can be deceiving, and with a little cleverness, even the smallest creature can triumph over adversity.

Book Quotes: 

“A mouse took a stroll through a deep dark wood. 

A fox saw the mouse and the mouse looked good.

Where are you going to, little brown mouse?

Come and have lunch in my underground house.”

24. Frozen Storybook Collection

Author: Disney

Book Reviews:

“This attractive collection of Frozen stories will be well received by fans of the popular Disney movie.” – Booklist

“…the characters continue to be warm and sympathetic. Lovers of Frozen will enjoy this new offering.” – School Library Journal

Summary of this Kindergarten Children’s Book:

The Frozen storybook is a compilation of 27 stories based on the popular Disney movie franchise, Frozen.

The first story is about the movie Frozen. Another story is a summary of Frozen Fever. 

Other than that, the other stories are new.

My Kindergarten daughter’s favorite stories in the book are Elsa’s Surprise BIrthday and The Perfect Birthday. 

She loves everything about birthdays and cakes right now!

We’ve read all of the stories in the book. 

If your Kindergarten child is The Frozen storybook fan, I highly recommend purchasing this book. 

The collection features a diverse range of stories that expand upon the Frozen universe.

From new adventures with the main characters to exciting side stories and prequels, the selection offers something for everyone. 

It’s a great way for fans to continue their journey with their favorite characters beyond the movies.

Book Quotes:

“Summer had arrived at last in the little kingdom of Arendelle.

Even the youngest ice harvesters were hard at work, gathering ice for the warm months ahead. 

As night set in, they headed home, with the Northern Lights to guide them.

Inside the castle, Princess Anna excitedly awoke her older sister, Elsa. 

Together, they sneaked into the Great Hall where Elsa delighted Anna by creating a magical frozen playground.”

25. Antiracist Baby

Author: Ibram X. Kendi 

Book Reviews:

“This joyful board book teaches infants and toddlers how to be antiracist. . . [It] is perfect for parents who want to talk about race and racism with their children but don’t know how to start.” – Publishers Weekly 

“This powerful little board book is a great way to start conversations with young children about race, and to help build a more equitable world.” – Book Riot

“Ibram X. Kendi’s board book offers an easy-to-understand introduction to the concept of antiracism.” – NPR

Summary of this Kindergarten Children’s Book:

Antiracist Baby is a groundbreaking children’s book that introduces young readers to the concept of antiracism and empowers them to actively work towards building a more equitable world.

Through colorful illustrations and simple yet powerful text, the book presents nine essential steps to becoming an antiracist baby.

The book begins by explaining that the journey to becoming antiracist starts from a young age. 

It encourages babies to celebrate and appreciate their own and others’ differences, promoting the idea that all skin colors are beautiful.

The importance of speaking up against racism and recognizing unfairness is emphasized, encouraging children to use their voices to challenge prejudice and discrimination.

I love that the book teaches that everyone should be treated fairly and that no one should be discriminated against based on their race or ethnicity.

Through engaging and age-appropriate language, the book sparks conversations about racism, equality, and justice in a way that Kindergarteners can understand. 

It encourages parents, caregivers, and educators to play an active role in shaping children’s understanding of race and fostering an antiracist mindset from an early age.

When my daughter was 3 years old, she told me that she was on a play boat at daycare and two other girls that were on the boat wouldn’t allow another girl on it because her skin was too dark. 

She said it was mean of them to do it, but she didn’t know what to say or do about it.

I was horrified and couldn’t believe we were having this conversation at 3 years old. Antiracist Baby

After researching the topic, I found this book helpful in explaining to my daughter about racism and how to challenge it and embrace diversity and inclusion.

Even though we read it at 3 years old and have read it regularly since, I’m realizing that the lessons are only now more clearly understandable for her at 5 years old in Kindergarten as her vocabulary has grown.

Book Quotes:

”Antiracist baby is bred, not born.

Antiracist baby is raised to make society transform. 

Babies are taught to be racist or antiracist- there’s no neutrality. 

Take these nine steps to make equity a reality.”

26. Do Trees Have Mothers?

Author: Charles Bongers

Book Reviews:

“An engaging, effectively illustrated introduction to a rarely covered nature subject for young readers.” – Kirkus Reviews

“This book will help a child to build a lifelong connection to nature by learning about the secret and tender life of trees and the magical web of life that surrounds and supports us.”– Tara Zupancic, MPH, Public Health Scientist

“The art invites you in and the story fills your heart. A testament to our deep connection with nature, you will never look at the forest the same way again!”– Robert (Lucky) Budd, co-author of the First West Coast Book series

Summary of this Kindergarten Children’s Book:

Do Trees Have Mothers? is a delightful and thought-provoking children’s book that explores the wonders of nature and the interconnectedness of all living things.

Through whimsical illustrations and engaging text, the book invites young readers to ponder the question of whether trees have mothers and, in doing so, encourages a deeper appreciation for the natural world.

The story makes you understand the importance of trees in our environment and how they clean the air and water and create habitats for other creatures.

The book highlights, Do Trees Have Mothers? the nurturing qualities of mother trees and the vital role they play in sustaining life on Earth.

This book was recommended to me by my brother-in-law who received it as a gift for my niece so I immediately bought it for my daughter.

I love how it encourages my Kindergarten girl to observe and appreciate the beauty and wisdom of nature, fostering a sense of wonder, curiosity and care about the natural world.

Book Quotes: 

“Hi. My name is Nuts, and I would like to tell you a story about how, just like puppies, piglets, kittens, and ducklings, trees have mothers too.

Every spring, baby trees pop up all over the forest.

With the help of their mothers, they grow up to be big and strong.”

27. Dear Mr. Blueberry

Author: Simon James

Book Reviews:

“An imaginative little girl writes to her teacher, claiming to have a whale in her backyard. . . James’s deft watercolors provide a perfect counterpoint to the text, depicting Emily’s vivid imagination in a matter-of-fact style that children will love.” – Booklist

“A little girl’s correspondence with her teacher over the summer, in which she tells of her attempts to care for the whale living in her pond. . . Young children will love the idea of a pet whale and will delight in the letters and pictures that pass between Emily and Mr. Blueberry.” – School Library Journal

“A young girl writes letters to her teacher, describing her encounters with a whale in her backyard pond. . . James’s illustrations, done in watercolor and pen-and-ink, alternate between realistic and fanciful as they capture Emily’s imagination.” – Publishers Weekly

Summary of this Kindergarten Children’s Book:

Dear Mr. Blueberry by Simon James is a heartwarming and imaginative children’s book that explores the power of friendship and the beauty of the natural world.

Through a series of letters exchanged between a young girl named Emily and her teacher, Mr. Blueberry, the book takes readers on an enchanting journey of discovery and connection.

The story begins when Emily discovers a whale in her backyard pond and becomes convinced that it is a Blue Whale. 

In her excitement, she writes a letter to Mr. Blueberry, sharing her incredible discovery and seeking his expert advice.

Dear Mr. Blueberry, understanding Emily’s vivid imagination, responds with encouraging and informative letters, gently explaining that a whale in a pond is not possible.

As the correspondence continues, Emily’s letters become more imaginative and filled with questions about whales and their habits.

We received this book as a gift to my Kindergartener from my father-in-law.

I love how it celebrates the bond between teacher and student, the wonders of nature, and the limitless curiosities of a child’s imagination.

Book Quotes:

“Dear Mr. Blueberry, I love whales very much and I think I saw one in my pond today. 

Please send me some information on whales, as I think he might be hurt.

Love Emily”

28. Empty Pot by Demi

Author: Demi

Book Reviews: 

“Demi’s message is an understated, but timely one: ‘honesty is the best policy’.” – Publishers Weekly

“Demi’s artwork is simply breathtaking, using lush colors and gold leaf accents that echo the story’s ancient Chinese setting.” – School Library Journal

“This is a perfect story for celebrating Earth Day and discussing the importance of honesty, and it has a place in every collection.” – Booklist

Summary of this Kindergarten Children’s Book:

Empty Pot is a beautiful and meaningful children’s book that imparts valuable lessons about honesty, integrity, and the importance of being true to oneself.

Set in ancient China, the story follows a young boy named Ping who is enthusiastic and passionate about gardening.

The Emperor of China announces a contest to choose his successor, and he decides to test the children of the kingdom by giving each of them a seed to grow.

The child who presents the most beautiful flower in a year’s time will be named the next Emperor.

Ping eagerly plants his seed and tends to it with great care, but despite his best efforts, the pot remains empty.

When the day of judgment arrives, Ping is the only child with an empty pot. 

Other children proudly display their magnificent flowers for the Emperor. 

Ping feels discouraged and ashamed.

Fearful of the Emperor’s disappointment, Ping presents his pot and admits that he couldn’t make the seed grow into a flower.

However, to his surprise, the Emperor smiles and reveals that he had given all the children cooked seeds, which could never grow. 

The Emperor explains that he was seeking an honest child who would be true to themselves and have the courage to admit the truth.

I heard about this book from either Tools of Titans or Tribe of Mentors. 

Empty Pot was noted as one of the most gifted books for children by one of the interviewees.

My Kindergarten daughter and I have had a lot of conversations about the importance of honesty and being authentic. 

I love reading this book to my daughter because it reinforces the values of integrity and authenticity, even when faced with challenges or the temptation to deceive.

Book Quotes: 

“A long time ago in China, there was a boy named Ping who loved flowers.

Anything he planted burst into bloom.

Up came flowers, bushes, and even big fruit tress, as if by magic!”

29. The Serious Goose by Jimmy Kimmel

Author: Jimmy Kimmel

Book Reviews: 

“This irreverent and hilarious picture book debut from comedian, writer, and late-night TV host Kimmel comes with a serious mission: to raise funds for the children’s hospital in L.A. where his infant son received life-saving heart surgery. The result is a delightfully quirky and surprisingly touching read…Alongside the silly gags and deadpan humor, there’s an important message about the importance of empathy and caring for others, delivered with understated grace.” – Publishers Weekly

“Jimmy Kimmel’s The Serious Goose is a goose unlike any other. In the pantheon of literary waterfowl, there are ducks that go adventuring, geese that save Christmas, and a goose that flies to America with its avian pals. But the titular goose of Kimmel’s book has a mission that is both serious and funny – to teach kids to care about others while also tickling their funny bones.” – Entertainment Weekly

“Kimmel’s humorous story and Villanueva’s whimsical illustrations work in tandem to engage and entertain readers. The artwork is a highlight, featuring crisp lines and bright colors…This lighthearted story promotes kindness and compassion, which make it a worthy read, and the purchase of this book directly supports a great cause.” – Booklist

Summary of this Kindergarten Children’s Book:

The Serious Goose is a delightful and humorous children’s book that revolves around a serious goose who is determined to maintain a serious demeanor at all times.

Through playful and interactive illustrations, Kimmel invites children to participate in various activities with the serious goose, such as making silly faces and singing silly songs, to crack the goose’s seriousness.

The Serious Goose not only serves as a source of entertainment but also encourages children to embrace their playful side and find joy in everyday moments.

I love how this book lights up my Kindergartener when we read it. She is captivated by the goose’s serious antics and entertained by the silly challenges presented throughout the pages.

Another thing I love about this book is that all author proceeds from the book are donated to children’s hospitals across the United States, making it a meaningful book purchase.

Book Quotes:

“This is a serious goose. 

There is nothing silly about this goose. 

Do not even try to be silly around this goose! 

This goose will not smile at all. 

Not even if you put a chicken…on her head.

Nothing!

30. The Pigeon Needs A Bath

Author: Mo Willems

Book Reviews: 

“A bath, of course, is just the beginning of a head-to-toe transformation. Willems’ latest Pigeon book is both soaked and satisfying.” – The New York Times Book Review

“In the hands of the award-winning Mo Willems, Pigeon becomes a wonderfully complex emotional indicator of a child on the brink of meltdown.” – The Boston Globe

“Willems’ simple cartoon drawings are expressive and amusing. The message about hygiene hits home without feeling overly didactic.” – School Library Journal

Summary of this Kindergarten Children’s Book:

The Pigeon Needs a Bath is a delightful and entertaining children’s book that follows the mischievous and stubborn Pigeon as he adamantly avoids taking a bath.

Through humor and relatable situations, the story captures the resistance many children have towards cleanliness and hygiene.

The book begins with the Pigeon in a state of denial about needing a bath, despite clear evidence of his dirty feathers and unappealing odor.

The Pigeon comes up with numerous excuses and tries to persuade the reader (and anyone who will listen) that he does not need a bath.

He argues, bargains, and attempts to distract attention away from the topic at hand.

However, over time, the Pigeon’s resolve weakens, and Kindergarten children witness his gradual acceptance of the need for cleanliness.

The Pigeon Needs a Bath is amusing, engaging and relatable, and it serves as a gentle reminder of the importance of personal hygiene and the benefits of maintaining cleanliness.

My Kindergarten daughter has repeated so many of the Pigeon’s lines since reading this book.

I love how it imparts a valuable lesson about the importance of maintaining cleanliness in a fun and memorable way.

Book Quotes:

“What a kidder. 

I don’t really need a bath.

I took one last month!

I think it was last month.”

31. Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls

Author: Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo

Book Reviews: 

“This amazing book shows girls they can be anything they want.” – Melinda Gates

“The anti-princess book teaching girls to rebel.” – BBC News

“The all-female team behind a pioneering new book called Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls are confronting the tired, patriarchal narrative head-on. It sets out to challenge gender stereotypes and inspire young girls to aim high in their career goals.” – The Independent

Summary of this Kindergarten Children’s Book:

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls is an inspiring and empowering collection of bedtime stories that celebrates the achievements of extraordinary women throughout history.

The book features 100 true stories of remarkable women from various fields and backgrounds, providing young readers with diverse role models and encouraging them to dream big and break barriers.

Each story is beautifully illustrated and written in a captivating narrative style, making it accessible and engaging for children.

The book showcases women who have made significant contributions in fields such as science, arts, sports, politics, and more.

From scientists and artists to activists and leaders, the stories highlight the resilience, courage, and determination of these trailblazing women.

I love how this book not only presents the accomplishments of well-known figures like Frida Kahlo, Marie Curie, and Amelia Earhart but also introduces lesser-known heroines whose stories deserve recognition.

The diverse representation ensures that readers from all backgrounds can find someone to admire and connect with.

My Kindergarten daughter and I read one of the stories every night. We talk about these great women.

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls serves as a tool for sparking conversations about gender equality and challenging traditional stereotypes. It empowers young readers to question societal norms and encourages them to envision a future where everyone has equal opportunities.

It encourages girls to embrace their uniqueness, follow their passions, and believe in their abilities.

Book Quotes: 

“Once upon a time, there was a girl who lived in a stone castle near the sea.

She was a pirate and her name was Grace.

Grace was born around 1530. 

Her family lived in clue bay, a beautiful spot on the west coast of Ireland that looked out into the sea.” 

32. The Big Book of the Blooms

Author: Yuval Zommer

Book Reviews: 

“A large-format introduction to flowers and their pollinators… Zommer employs agile brushwork and a fondness for graceful lines and bright colors to bring to life bustling bouquets from a range of habitats, from rainforest to desert. A floral fantasia for…budding botanists.” – Kirkus Reviews

“Zommer’s refreshingly clever, bright, watercolor illustrations of flowers, insects, and birds flow across double-page spreads, some vertical, some horizontal… This joins four other books in Zommer’s excellent Big Book series.” – Booklist

Summary of this Kindergarten Children’s Book:

The Big Book of Blooms is a stunning and informative children’s book that explores the world of flowers and plants.

Through captivating illustrations and engaging text, young readers are taken on a colorful journey into the fascinating realm of blooms.

The book introduces readers to a wide variety of flowers, showcasing their different shapes, sizes, colors, and fragrances.

Each page is filled with vibrant and detailed illustrations that bring the flowers to life, allowing readers to immerse themselves in the beauty and intricacy of nature.

As readers explore the pages, they learn about the different parts of a flower, how flowers grow and reproduce, and the important roles they play in the natural world.

I love how this book provides interesting and accessible information about flowers in a way that is engaging for young readers. 

It sparks curiosity and encourages children to observe and appreciate the natural world around them.

The Big Book of Blooms is like an encyclopedia for flowers, but written for children. 

It’s over 60 pages and has an index.

My Kindergarten girl usually reads a page or two at a time. 

Not only does she enjoy learning about new flowers in the book, she loves looking at the colorful and beautiful flower pictures.

Book Quotes:

“Flower families. Do flowers have families?

They might have brothers, sisters or parents, but all flowers are grouped into families based on the features they have in common, such as how they grow and what their flowers look like.

Daisy family: sunflowers, daisies, dandelions and marigolds are part of one of the largest plant families.

Orchid family: The orchid family has many colorful and fragrant blooms that grow worldwide.”

33. The Big Book of the Blue

Author: Yuval Zommer

Book Reviews: 

“Cheerful, witty, and absolutely enticing… The oversize pages featuring creatures from the deep blue sea are filled from top to bottom with illustrations encompassing a palette of blues [and] drawings are unique in their crisp details and dizzying compositions. Factual and visually accurate, this sure-fire kid magnet should prompt a lot of interest―and requests for multiple readings. Just be sure to allow plenty of time for poring over each page.” – Booklist (starred review)

“A refreshing dive past some of our world’s marine wonders.” – Kirkus Reviews

“Zommer’s illustrations are more whimsical than naturalistic creatures peer at one another with expressive, close-set eyes-but fun, accompanying captions provide factual insights… The portrait layout enhances the sense of ocean depth… Zommer introduces a seek-and-find element, which will lead readers to discover additional faces and surprises within the teeming underwater scenes.” – Publishers Weekly

Summary of this Kindergarten Children’s Book:

In the same series as The Big Book of Blooms, The Big Book of the Blue is a children’s book that explores the fascinating world of the ocean and its inhabitants.

Through captivating artwork and informative text, young readers are taken on an underwater adventure to discover the wonders of the deep blue sea.

The Big Book of the Blue introduces readers to a wide variety of marine creatures, from tiny fish to massive whales, and from colorful coral reefs to mysterious deep-sea creatures.

Each page is filled with vibrant and detailed illustrations that bring the ocean and its inhabitants to life, sparking the imagination and curiosity of young readers.

It also talks about important issues like how some oceans are in danger and the plastic in the sea. 

My Kindergartener (and myself) has learned so much about marine life through this book.

I love how it teaches her about the beauty of ocean animal families and answers questions you might have about them like why do dolphins jump out of the sea?

Book Quotes: 

“Sea Turtles

When is a turtle a sea turtle?

When it lives in the sea! 

A sea turtle has a smooth shell so it can move through water easily. 

It also can’t hide its head inside its shell like other turtles.”

34. Miss Rumphius 

Author: Barbara Cooney

Book Reviews:

“This heartwarming picture book, beautifully illustrated by Barbara Cooney, is a timeless classic that imparts a gentle lesson about the importance of making the world a more beautiful place. With its enchanting storytelling and stunning artwork, ‘Miss Rumphius’ is a must-have for every child’s library.” – School Library Journal

“Barbara Cooney’s delicate and detailed illustrations bring this story to life, capturing the essence of Miss Rumphius and her quest to make the world more beautiful. Cooney’s artistry perfectly complements the lyrical prose, creating a visual treat for readers of all ages.” – Booklist

“In ‘Miss Rumphius,’ Barbara Cooney delivers a powerful message about the impact of small acts of kindness and beauty. With its inspiring story and exquisite illustrations, this book has become a beloved classic, reminding readers of all ages to find their own way to make the world a more beautiful place.” – Publishers Weekly

Summary of this Kindergarten Children’s Book:

Miss Rumphius is a beloved children’s book that follows the life of Alice Rumphius, a young girl who grows up to make a significant impact on the world around her.

As a child, Miss Rumphius listens to her grandfather’s stories of faraway places and promises to travel, live beside the sea, and do something to make the world more beautiful.

As she grows older, she accomplishes the first two promises by traveling and settling in a beautiful house by the sea.

However, Miss Rumphius is puzzled by how to fulfill her grandfather’s last wish of making the world more beautiful.

Determined to find a way, she embarks on a journey of self-discovery and begins to scatter lupine flower seeds wherever she goes.

These vibrant flowers transform the landscape, bringing joy and beauty to the world.

Years pass, and Miss Rumphius, now an older woman known as the Lupine Lady, reflects on her life.

She realizes that her efforts to sow the seeds of beauty have inspired others to do the same.

The story ends with Miss Rumphius encouraging the next generation to find their own ways to make the world a more beautiful place.

This book is a gentle and inspiring tale that emphasizes the importance of making a positive impact in the world, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant.

I love how this book serves as a reminder to readers, young Kindergarteners and adults, that each person has the ability to make a difference, leaving a lasting legacy of kindness, beauty, and inspiration.

It encourages children to dream big and find their own unique ways to make the world a more beautiful place, just like Miss Rumphius.

Book Quotes:

“The Lupine Lady lives in a small house overlooking the sea. In between the rocks around her house grow blue and purple and rose-colored flowers.

The Lupine Lady is little and old. But she has not always been that way. I know. She is my great-aunt and she told me so.”

Best Kindergarten Picture Books

These stories have been loved by both my Kindergartener and all the members in our family.

The illustrations, amazing characters, and valuable life lessons have made reading fun and joyful!

We hope you enjoy this list of books for your imaginative and curious Kindergarten kids!

If you’re interested in books for the toddler stage, here are the best picture books for toddler children.

Recap of the Best Picture Books for Kindergarten

  1. The Rabbit Listened
  2. The Day the Crayons Quit
  3. The Day the Crayons Came Home
  4. The World Needs More Purple People
  5. Rosie Revere, Engineer
  6. Giraffes Can’t Dance
  7. Elmer
  8. Iggy Peck, Architect
  9. Ada Twist, Scientist
  10. Sofia Valdez, Future Prez
  11. Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus
  12. The Okay Book by Todd Parr
  13. The Word Collector
  14. The Book With No Pictures
  15. Waiting Is Not Easy
  16. Cece Loves Science
  17. The Monster at the End of this Book
  18. Another Monster at the End of this Book
  19. The Sour Grape
  20. Sleepy, the Goodnight Buddy
  21. Library Lion
  22. Llama Llama Red Pajama
  23. The Gruffalo
  24. Frozen 
  25. Antiracist Baby
  26. Do Trees Have Mothers?
  27. Dear Mr. Blueberry
  28. Empty Pot by Demi
  29. The Serious Goose by Jimmy Kimmel
  30. The Pigeon Needs A Bath
  31. Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls
  32. The Big Book of the Blooms
  33. The Big Book of the Blue
  34. Miss Rumphius

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