My youngest two kids are in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten and they both love reading at bedtime. In fact, they bug me about reading and often do not want to stop at two books! I love that they are so excited about reading and hearing stories. Most of the time I enjoy reading to them. Most of the time. Sometimes, though, we get into a book rut and need some inspiration for books to read. These 10 kindergarten books to read were found on a few editor’s picks listings in different places for some variety.
10 Enchanting Books for Kindergarteners to Read
Early reading is so important for kids! We don’t want them to see it as something they have to do each night and write it down for the teachers. We want our kids to enjoy books and see reading as an indulgence and not a chore. Here is a list of amazing books your kids will love to get lost in every day!
1. The Night Gardener by Terry Fan
With breathtaking illustrations and spare, sweet text, this masterpiece about enjoying the beauty of nature is sure to become an instant classic.
2. The Darkest Dark by Chris Hadfield
Chris loves rockets and planets and pretending he’s a brave astronaut, exploring the universe. Only one problem–at night, Chris doesn’t feel so brave. He’s afraid of the dark.
But when he watches the groundbreaking moon landing on TV, he realizes that space is the darkest dark there is–and the dark is beautiful and exciting, especially when you have big dreams to keep you company.
3. Henry & Leo by Pamela Zagarenski
With beautiful mixed-media paintings, the Caldecott Honor–winning artist Pamela Zagarenski explores the transcendent nature of friendship and love.
4. Maple by Lori Nichols
When Maple is tiny, her parents plant a maple tree in her honor. She and her tree grow up together, and even though a tree doesn’t always make an ideal playmate, it doesn’t mind when Maple is in the mood to be loud—which is often. Then Maple becomes a big sister, and finds that babies have their loud days, too. Fortunately, Maple and her beloved tree know just what the baby needs.
5. Max the Brave by Ed Vere
Join this adventurous black cat as he very politely asks a variety of animals for help in finding a mouse. Young readers will delight in Max’s mistakes, while adults will love the subtle, tongue-in-cheek humor of this new children’s classic.
6. What Pet Should I Get? (Classic Seuss) by Dr. Seuss
Told in Dr. Seuss’s signature rhyming style, this is a must-have for Seuss fans and book collectors, and a perfect choice for the holidays, birthdays, and happy occasions of all kinds.
7. The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
8. The Bear and the Piano by David Litchfield
Then the bear is invited to share his sounds with new friends in the city. He longs to explore the world beyond his home, and to play bigger and better than before. But he knows that if he leaves, the other bears will be very sad…
This gorgeously illustrated tale of following one’s dreams reminds us of the value of friendship, wherever we go.
9. The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin
10. We Found a Hat by Jon Klassen
Evoking hilarity and sympathy, the shifting eyes tell the tale in this brilliantly paced story in three parts, highlighting Jon Klassen’s visual comedy and deceptive simplicity. The delicious buildup takes an unexpected turn that is sure to please loyal fans and newcomers alike.