100 Books to Read

We came across this wonderful compilation list that the West Bloomfield Township Public Library put together of the top 100 books to read in Kindergarten. They provide the full list and other early literacy information on their website Grow Up Reading.

Folk and Fairy Tales

DePaola, Tomie Strega Nona
Galdone , Paul Henny Penny
Galdone, Paul The Monkey and the Crocodile
Kellogg, Steven Paul Bunyan: A Tall Tale
Kimmel, Eric Anansi and the Talking Melon
McDermott, Gerald Zomo the Rabbit: A Trickster Tale from West Africa
Mosel, Arlene Tikki Tikki Tembo
Pinkney, Jerry The Ugly Duckling
Scieszka, Jon The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by A. Wolf
Steptoe, John Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale
Wargin, Kathy-Jo The Legend of Sleeping Bear
Zelinsky, Paul O. Rapunzel

Cumulative Stories

Brett, Jan The Mitten
Brown, Marcia Stone Soup
Burningham, John Mr. Gumpy’s Outing
Ginsburg, Mirra Mushroom in the Rain
Neitzel, Shirley The Jacket I Wear in the Snow
Numeroff, Laura If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
Slobodkina, Esphyr Caps for Sale: The Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business
Waring, Richard Hungry Hen
Zemach, Margot It Could Always Be Worse

Animal Stories

Cannon, Janell Stellaluna
Feiffer, Jules Bark, George
Fleming, Denise Mama Cat has Three Kittens
Greene , Rhonda G. Barnyard Song
Hest, Amy Kiss Good Night
Hutchins, Pat Rosie’s Walk
Johnson, Angela Julius
Keats, Ezra Jack Whistle for Willie
Simont, Marc The Stray Dog
Waddell, Martin Farmer Duck
Yolen, Jane Owl Moon

Stories in Rhyme

Bemelmans , Ludwig Madeline
Christelow , Ellen Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed
Guarino, Deborah Is Your Mama a Llama?
Dr. Seuss Horton Hears A Who!
Shannon, David Duck on a Bike
Shaw, Nancy Sheep in a Jeep
Wheeler, Lisa One Dark Night
Yolen, Jane How do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?
Young, Ed Seven Blind Mice

My Family & Me

Falconer, Ian Olivia
Hoban, Russell Bread and Jam for Frances
Hoffman, Mary Amazing Grace
Howard, Arthur When I Was Five
Kraus, Robert Leo the Late Bloomer
McBratney, Sam Guess How Much I Love You?
Polacco, Patricia The Keeping Quilt
Rylant, Cynthia The Relatives Came
Viorst, Judith Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Waber, Bernard Lyle, Lyle Crocodile
Williams, Vera A Chair for My Mother
Zion, Gene Harry the Dirty Dog

School Stories

Carlson, Nancy Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come!
Henkes , Kevin Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse
Rathmann, Peggy Officer Buckle and Gloria
Schwartz, Amy Annabelle Swift, Kindergartner
Slate, Joseph Miss Bindergarten Gets Reading for Kindergarten
Wells, Rosemary Yoko
Wild, Margaret Tom Goes to Kindergarten


Aylesworth , Jim Old Black Fly
Carle, Eric The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Dodd , Emma Dog’s Colorful Day: A Messy Story about Colors and Counting
Ehlert, Lois Planting a Rainbow
Jonas, Ann Round Trip
Martin, Bill Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?
Meddaugh, Susan Martha Blah Blah
Walsh, Ellen Mouse Paint


Brown, M. Wise The Runaway Bunny
Burton, Virginia Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel
Freeman, Don Corduroy
Gag , Wanda Millions of Cats
Keats , Ezra Jack The Snowy Day
Leaf, Munro The Story of Ferdinand
Lionni, Leo Swimmy
McCloskey, Robert Make Way for Ducklings
Rey, H.A. Curious George
Steig, William Doctor De Soto
Taback, Simms Joseph Had a Little Overcoat

Humorous Stories

Allard, Harry Miss Nelson is Missing
Bruss, Deborah Book! Book! Book!
Cronin , Doreen Click Clack Moo: Cows that Type
Kasza, Keiko Wolf’s Chicken Stew
Lear, Edward The Owl and the Pussycat
Marshall, James George and Martha
Noble, Trinka H. The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash
Palatini, Margie Piggie Pie
Stadler, Alexander Beverly Billingsly Borrows a Book
Wood, Audrey King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub
Rathmann, Peggy Good Night, Gorilla


Dorros, Arthur Abuela
Egielski, Richard Gingerbread Boy
Mayer, Mercer There’s a Nightmare in My Closet
Sendak, Maurice Where the Wild Things Are
Shaw, Charles It Looked Like Spilt Milk
Steig, William Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
Teague, Mark Pigsty
Van Allsburg, Chris Jumanji
Wiesner, David The Three Pigs
Wiesner, David Tuesday
Williams, Linda The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything

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