Great Books to Read to Your Infant, Toddler or Preschooler

By Marlene Lerer

Over my 40+ years of teaching in preschools, I've read from hundreds of books for the enjoyment and enrichment of my youngsters. The list below includes some of the best of the best books and stories that I've used.

These stories are all listed (and accompany the activities) in my book, THE MAGICAL YEARS; 101 Activities to help your Infant, Toddler or Preschooler Grow and Thrive. They are arranged as they relate to the chapters in the book, but any and all of them are wonderful as stand alones to read to your child.

Here is the list:

👉 Great Books and Stories for Infants

Part I: Crash Course Parenting

Baby’s Animal Friends by Phoebe Dunn

Corduroy’s Toys by Don Freeman

Egg in the Hole Book by Richard Scarry

The Touch Me Book by Eve and Pat Witte

Baby’s Big and Little by Jan Pienkowski

Fuzzy Yellow Ducklings by Matthew Van Fleet

Little Baby Books by Helen Oxenbury

The Little Quiet Book by Katherine Ross

“Knock, Knock, Who’s There?” by Anna Ross

Part II: Sample Symphony

Baby’s Animal Friends by Phoebe Dunn

Baby’s Big and Little by Lisa McCue

Baby’s Good Morning by Lisa McCue

Color Farm by Lois Ehlert

Things to Love by Richard Scarry

I Touch by Rachel Isadora

PART III: Crawlers

The Touch Me Book by Pat and Eve Witte

Snap Snap, Buzz, Buzz by Rich Cowley

Spot Book Series by Eric Hill

Little Fuzzytail by Lisa McCue

Good Morning Puppy by Cindy Chang

Baby’s Animal Friends by Phoebe Dunn

👉 Great Books and Stories for Toddlers

Part I: Building Blocks

Good Dog Call by Alessandra Ray

Color Zoo by Lois Ehlert

The Everything Book by Denise Fleming

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

I Like Me by Nancy Carlson

I Am Sharing by Mercer Mayer

Nighty Night by Wendy Lewison

Good Night Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann

Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt

Part II: Musical Journey

The Berenstain Bears by Stan & Jan Berenstain

The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

Family by Helen Oxenbury

Annie and the Wild Animals by Jan Brett

I See a Song by Eric Carle

Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey

Part III: Color Me Happy

What Color by Alan Benjamin

Spot’s Big Book of Color by Eric Hill

A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni

Colors, Colors Everywhere by Ingrid Van Der Leeden

Colors of Mexico by Lynn Olawsky

Part IV: Easy as 1–2–3 Math

Pots and Pans by Anne Rockwell

The Grouchy Lady Bug by Eric Carle

The Guy Who Was Five Minutes Late by Bill Grossman

👉 Great Books and Stories for Preschoolers

Part I: Junior Jocks

Too Much T.V. by Stan and Jan Berenstain

The Berenstain Bears by Stan and Jan Berenstain

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

Moondance by Frank Asch

Annie and the Wild Animals by Jan Brett

Part II: Math Skills For Preschoolers

Rooster’s Off to See the World by Eric Carle

Not Like That, Like This by Tony Bradman

Land of Colors by Margaretta Lundell

On Your Toes by Rachel Isadora

Tom’s Fish by Nancy Coffelt

Trains by Gail Gibbons

My Painted House by Maya Angelou

Part III: Hip Hop Dance

The Little Boy Who Lives Up High by John and Lucy Hawkinson

Have You Seen My Cat? by Eric Carle

Shoes by Elizabeth Winthrop

Hats, Hats, Hats by Ann Morris

Mary Wore Her Red Dress by Mercer Mayer

Part IV: Making of a Great Author

My Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle

My Painted House, My Friendly Children by Maya Angelou

\Four Stories of Four Seasons by Tomie de Paola

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

Best Friend Ever by Richard Scarry

Part V: Little Mr. And Ms. Manners

Clifford’s Family, Norman Bridwell

Arthur’s Baby by Marc Brown

My Painted House, Maya Angelou

The Grouchy Ladybug Eric Carle

On Your Toes, Rachel Isadora

All By Myself by Aliki

Mice Squeak, We Speak by Jean & Laurent de Brunhoff

Mine by Linda Haywood & Norman Gorbaty

Part VI: The Art of Storytelling

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Brown Wise

I Like Me by Nancy Carlson

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

All Sizes All Shapes by Shirley Hughes

Let’s Draw a Rainbow by Eric Carle

What Color by Alan Benjamin

Peter’s Painting by Sally Moss

I hope you check them out. Enjoy!

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