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 Book Poster Image
Kids easily grasp opposites through bold, stylized art.
By Lizi Boyd
(2015)
(2015)
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The Book with No Pictures Book Poster Image
No pictures but oodles of silly words and giggles.
By B.J. Novak
(2014)
(2014)
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Brown Book Poster Image
Beautiful depiction of a family's colorful shades of love.
By Nancy Johnson James
(2020)
(2020)
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Cannonball Book Poster Image
Warm story of individuality and achieving a perfect splash.
By Sacha Cotter
(2020)
(2020)
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The Dark Book Poster Image
Clever story of a boy who conquers his fear of the dark.
By Lemony Snicket
(2013)
(2013)
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The Day the Crayons Quit Book Poster Image
Crayons complain to their owner in funny ode to color.
By Drew Daywalt
(2013)
(2013)
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Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music Book Poster Image
Gorgeous, magical story of a girl with music in her heart.
By Margarita Engle
(2015)
(2015)
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Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs: As Retold by Mo Willems Book Poster Image
Silly dino twist on Goldilocks tale is roaring good fun.
By Mo Willems
(2012)
(2012)
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The Grasshopper and the Ants Book Poster Image
Twist on classic fable boosts value of play as well as work.
By Jerry Pinkney
(2015)
(2015)
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Grumpy Monkey Book Poster Image
Warm, funny lesson about a monkey’s bad mood.
By Suzanne Lang
(2019)
(2018)
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Hello Hello Book Poster Image
Intro to wildlife at risk celebrates animals of all stripes.
By Brendan Wenzel
(2018)
(2018)
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The King of Kindergarten Book Poster Image
Fun tale pictures a kid's royally good first day of school.
By Derrick Barnes
(2019)
(2019)
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Last Stop on Market Street Book Poster Image
Tender story of Nana showing grandson city beauty via bus.
By Matt de la Peña
(2015)
(2015)
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Otis Book Poster Image
Sweet, nostalgic friendship tale with a truly classic look.
By Loren Long
(2009)
(2009)
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A Parade of Elephants Book Poster Image
Sweet, cozy counting book teaches basic preschool concepts.
By Kevin Henkes
(2018)
(2018)
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This Is Not My Hat Book Poster Image
Little fish tries to outsmart big one in funny thief tale.
By Jon Klassen
(2012)
(2012)
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Tiny T. Rex and the Impossible Hug Book Poster Image
Sweet tale of small-armed dino striving to cheer up friend.
By Jonathan Stutzman
(2019)
(2019)
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The Airport Book Book Poster Image
Fun account of family's travel day tells all about airports.
By Lisa Brown
(2016)
(2016)
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Black Is a Rainbow Color Book Poster Image
Smart verse and bright art assert the sanctity of Blackness.
By Angela Joy
(2020)
(2020)
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Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type Book Poster Image
Farm animals go on strike in funny, award-winning book.
By Doreen Cronin
(2006)
(2000)
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Carmela Full of Wishes Book Poster Image
Sweet, poignant story of young girl from immigrant family.
By Matt de la Peña
(2018)
(2018)
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The Day You Begin Book Poster Image
Encouraging advice for kids who feel excluded or less than.
By Jacqueline Woodson
(2018)
(2018)
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Dragons Love Tacos Book Poster Image
Taco party has fiery consequences in funny dragon tale.
By Adam Rubin
(2012)
(2012)
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Dreamers Book Poster Image
Gorgeous, joyous book about immigrant mom and child.
By Yuyi Morales
(2018)
(2018)
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Don't Touch My Hair! Book Poster Image
Girl speaks up, sets boundaries in funny picture book.
By Sharee Miller
(2019)
(2019)
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I Am Otter Book Poster Image
Adorable otter makes a mess in fun friendship story.
By Sam Garton
(2014)
(2014)
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I Am Enough Book Poster Image
Girl celebrates herself in poetic picture book.
By Grace Byers
(2019)
(2019)
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I Promise Book Poster Image
Inspiring pledges encourage kids to try hard, aim high.
By LeBron James
(2020)
(2020)
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If You Give a Mouse a Cookie Book Poster Image
Mouse gets a cookie and lots of fun in sweet, silly story.
By Laura Joffe Numeroff
(2019)
(1985)
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Interrupting Chicken and the Elephant of Surprise Book Poster Image
Playfulness makes silly sequel as hilarious as original.
By David Ezra Stein
(2018)
(2018)
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Little Elliot, Big City Book Poster Image
Isolated elephant finds pal in sweet tale with dazzling art.
By Mike Curato
(2014)
(2014)
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Llama Llama Loves to Read Book Poster Image
Reading looks exciting and fun in lively classroom story.
By Anna Dewdney, Reed Duncan
(2018)
(2018)
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Locomotive Book Poster Image
Gorgeous story of train journey is exciting, fact-packed.
By Brian Floca
(2013)
(2013)
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Octopus Stew Book Poster Image
Octopus adventure celebrates imagination, Latinx culture.
By Eric Velásquez
(2020)
(2019)
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Saturday Book Poster Image
Superb art, lovely story about coping with disappointment.
By Oge Mora
(2019)
(2019)
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Strega Nona Book Poster Image
Classic tale of magic pasta pot has mischief, kindness.
By Tomie dePaola
(2019)
(1979)
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The Three Billy Goats Gruff Book Poster Image
Classic tale given new, thoughtful ending and exquisite art.
By Jerry Pinkney
(2017)
(2017)
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Toe Shoe Mouse Book Poster Image
Mouse makes a ballerina his friend in charming tale.
By Jan Carr
(2014)
(2014)
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We Don't Eat Our Classmates: Penelope, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Kid T-Rex learns the rules in fresh, funny school story.
By Ryan T. Higgins
(2018)
(2018)
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You Matter Book Poster Image
Beautiful message of self-worth has gorgeous illustrations.
By Christian Robinson
(2020)
(2020)
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Z Is for Moose Book Poster Image
Crazy Moose mayhem in freshest alphabet book in years.
By Kelly Bingham
(2012)
(2012)
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