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Preschool CornerI’ve been going through book baskets all over the house, making stacks of ones to pass along to friends, ones to keep for the future, and smiling at some of our favorites from this past year.

Which then made me want to share our top ten favorite picture books from this past year with you all. To be a favorite, it had to be a book that was read so many times that a mother can honestly find herself reciting lines from it should she wake up in the middle of the night {not that it’s ever happened to me ~ ahem}.



Our Top Ten Picture Books for Preschool and Kindergarten


In the Castle (English Heritage)

In the Castle by Anna Milbourne. There are knights, jousts, swords…it’s just a little boy’s dream come true. When we did our knight unit, In the Castle was the book that we started with and it was pulled off the shelf so often throughout the year too.


Blueberries for Sal by Robert McClosky. Can you honestly believe that this book wasn’t in our house until this year? {I’m still surprised}. This book was so much fun to read and do LOTS of activities with this past year! Finding a big ol’ stump in the neighbor’s yard just like the one in the book made it even better.

Snowy Valentine

Snowy Valentine by David Peterson. This was a book that my friend Cindy found and we both literally got a bit teary reading through it. Two bunnies. One looking for the perfect valentine for his wife…and just a sweet little story. We used this book during our Valentine’s Day unit. and it’s another one of those that you just want to keep around.


On the Moon (Picture Storybook)

On the Moon by Anna Milbourne. The illustrations in this book are wonderful and we have become a HUGE fan of this author! A trip to the Air and Space museum as well, made this book a fast favorite!


Angus Lost by Marjorie Flack {also Angus and the Ducks}. Reading these two books together was a lot of fun since we could compare some of the illustrations and see a ‘different view’ in the stories. We also had a lot of other fun go-along activities for Angus Lost as well.

On a Pirate Ship (Picture Books)

On a Pirate Ship by Sarah Courtauld. The illustrations again are amazing and similar in size/layout to the other On a… series. The books can also be found via Usbourne. Even though we didn’t do a pirate unit this year, this book is a constant ‘must read’.


The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. As much fun as reading the book was, I think that Kaleb’s attachment to this book came because of the torn paper art project that we did along with it as well as the snow crystals.


Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree by Robert Barry was a book that a reader emailed me about and it’s one of those classics that we will hold on to forever! Rhyming text, a cute problem of a ‘too-big’ tree, and a fun time remembering who is next in line for the tree topper. This is another one of those books that I can’t believe we hadn’t read before now, but am so glad that we did!


Cowboy Small by Lois Lenski. For our cowboy unit, this book was the favorite, hands down. You have to love a boy who has a horse named Cactus.


The Gingerbread Pirates by Kristin Kladstrup. Although this book is now hidden away in our Christmas box to be pulled out for the holidays, it was very well loved because of the pirate theme. And it makes for a super-fun way to decorate gingerbread men each year too!

Those are just a few of the books that we enjoyed this year, but the ones that I remember reading so many times. What books have been worn out in your house?


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  1. nicole pope says

    We are in a major Fancy Nancy stage right now.  I’m hoping a trip to the library might get us a few new books to pour into!

  2. Karen Robuck says

    My daughter (almost 5) loves these right now:

    Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
    Goodnight Moon
    Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do you See
    Polar Bear Polar Bear What Do you Hear
    How Do I Love You (PK Hallinan)
    The Big Green Pocketbook (only one in this list I have to get from the library; the others we own)

    My son (age 8) loves or has loved these:

    The Frances Books
    Blueberries for Sal
    Millions of Cats
    Guess How Much I Love You (Anita Jeram); dd loves this one too
    Love you Forever (Munsch). I can’t read it w/o crying
    Snowy Day/Whistle for Willie/A Letter to Amy/Peter’s Chair
    Any Curious George. I’m not a stickler for reading only the originals, although I do draw the line at the PBS TV tie-ins

  3. Tracy Glockle says

    What a great list! I just started a link-up for children’s books and read-alouds, sharing my new favorites as well! http://growingngrace.theproverbs31home.com/2012/06/01/the-turn-around-upside-down-alphabet-book/

  4. Between my two boys (2 and 5) their all-time favorites have included:
    Blueberries for SalChicka Chicka Boom BoomGreen Eggs and HamI Love you Through and ThroughBig Red BarnHow Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?
    The Very Hungary Caterpillar
    The Three Little Pigs (any version, though I prefer those that are more in line with the original, not the modern versions)

  5. thank you for this list..I am going to go check out a few here that we haven’t seen or read. Our favourite at the moment…Wendel’s Workshop by Chris Riddell…my boys aged 3 and 10 both enjoy it!

  6. Oh, we absolutely loved “Fireman Small” when my children were younger… I love all of the books on your list – a trip down memory lane!!

    I think our favorite books of all time are:  “Little Beaver and the Echo” and “Snuggle Bunny”.

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