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Picture books for children

If you are looking for picture books for children that keep kindergarten and preschool students' attention, the following have been a hit over and over with my students throughout my teaching career.

Young children love the language of a great story accompanied by clear illustrations. They enjoy playing with story related toys or items that they have made, which strengthens their comprehension of the book.

Use the picture books below to direct the children's attention to the skills of listening and speaking, phonemic awareness and reading and writing.

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Goodnight Moon

Goodnight Moon by Wanda Gag is a great book for teaching rhyme. Goodnight Moon teaching ideas...

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin and John Archambault is a fun book for teaching the alphabet. Make your own tree with construction paper and then use alphabet sponges to paint on the letters.

Harold and the Purple Crayon

Harold and the Purple Crayon 50th Anniversary Edition (Purple Crayon Books) by Crockett Johnson

The Story about Ping

The Story about Ping by Marjorie Flack and Kurt Wiese . This is a great story to instigate discussions on past and diverse cultures.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

The Grouchy Ladybug
The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle

Where the Wild Things Are
Where the Wild Things Are

The Snowy Day

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

Blueberries for Sal

Blueberries for Sal (Book + CD) by Robert McCloskey

Make Way for Ducklings

Make Way for Ducklings (Viking Kestrel picture books) by Robert McCloskey

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr and Eric Carle

Red is Best

Red is Best by Kathy Stinson and Robin Baird Lewis

50  Below Zero

50 Below Zero (Classic Munsch) by Robert Munsch

the Paper Bag Princess

The Paper Bag Princess (Classic Munsch) by Robert Munsch

Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton


Swimmy by Leo Lionni


The Five Chinese Brothers

The Five Chinese Brothers by Claire Hughet Bishop and Kurt Wiese

Tikki Tikki Tembo

Tikki Tikki Tembo by Arlene Mosel and Blair Lent

Freight Train
Freight Train by Donald Crews

Rain by Robert Kalan and Donald Crews

Click Clack Moo, Cows that Type
Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin & Betsy Lewin

Millions of Cats
Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag

The Snowy Day
The Snowy Day by Exra Jack Keats

The Story of Ferdinand
The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson

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Picture Books on Kindle Fire Ereader...

Many of the above books are now available in full color for the Kindle Fire ereader.

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