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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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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Hello Hello Book Poster Image
Intro to wildlife at risk celebrates animals of all stripes.
By Brendan Wenzel
(2018)
(2018)
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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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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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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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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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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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I Am Otter Book Poster Image
Adorable otter makes a mess in fun friendship story.
By Sam Garton
(2014)
(2014)
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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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Toe Shoe Mouse Book Poster Image
Mouse makes a ballerina his friend in charming tale.
By Jan Carr
(2014)
(2014)
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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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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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