Best Books for Preschoolers

At bedtime or circle time, kids this age are looking for fun, exciting reads that keep them engaged. From alphabet books to animal tales, fractured fairy tales to classic folk tales or funny stories that give you the giggles, the picture books on this list are sure to grab preschool-age readers. And there are lots of beautiful illustrations to captivate prereaders. Find other entertaining reads on our Picture Books and Funny Books for Kids lists.

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Big Bear Little Chair

age 3+

Kids easily grasp opposites through bold, stylized art.

By: Lizi Boyd (2015)
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The Book with No Pictures

age 3+

No pictures but oodles of silly words and giggles.

By: B.J. Novak (2014)
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Brown

age 3+

Beautiful depiction of a family's colorful shades of love.

By: Nancy Johnson James (2020)
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Cannonball

age 3+

Warm story of individuality and achieving a perfect splash.

By: Sacha Cotter (2020)
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The Dark

age 3+

Clever story of a boy who conquers his fear of the dark.

By: Lemony Snicket (2013)
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The Day the Crayons Quit

age 3+

Crayons complain to their owner in funny ode to color.

By: Drew Daywalt (2013)
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Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music

age 3+

Gorgeous, magical story of a girl with music in her heart.

By: Margarita Engle (2015)
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Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs: As Retold by Mo Willems

age 3+

Silly dino twist on Goldilocks tale is roaring good fun.

By: Mo Willems (2012)
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The Grasshopper and the Ants

age 3+

Twist on classic fable boosts value of play as well as work.

By: Jerry Pinkney (2015)
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Grumpy Monkey

age 3+

Warm, funny lesson about a monkey’s bad mood.

By: Suzanne Lang (2018)
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Hello Hello

age 3+

Intro to wildlife at risk celebrates animals of all stripes.

By: Brendan Wenzel (2018)
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The King of Kindergarten

age 3+

Fun tale pictures a kid's royally good first day of school.

By: Derrick Barnes (2019)
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Last Stop on Market Street

age 3+

Tender story of Nana showing grandson city beauty via bus.

By: Matt de la Peña (2015)
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Otis

age 3+

Sweet, nostalgic friendship tale with a truly classic look.

By: Loren Long (2009)
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A Parade of Elephants

age 3+

Sweet, cozy counting book teaches basic preschool concepts.

By: Kevin Henkes (2018)
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This Is Not My Hat

age 3+

Little fish tries to outsmart big one in funny thief tale.

By: Jon Klassen (2012)
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Tiny T. Rex and the Impossible Hug

age 3+

Sweet tale of small-armed dino striving to cheer up friend.

By: Jonathan Stutzman (2019)
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The Airport Book

age 4+

Fun account of family's travel day tells all about airports.

By: Lisa Brown (2016)
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Black Is a Rainbow Color

age 4+

Smart verse and bright art assert the sanctity of Blackness.

By: Angela Joy (2020)
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Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type

age 4+

Farm animals go on strike in funny, award-winning book.

By: Doreen Cronin (2000)
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