Monday, June 1, 2015

25 Learning Books for Preschool to Kindergarten

Hey all, I wanted to share some of the amazing books we have used in our homeschool over the last 2 years to help the boys learn.  These books have become classics in our family and I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!  All of these books would also make some fun summer time reading :)

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Learning the Alphabet:
Alligators All Around by: Maurice Sendak
Alligators All Around by: Maurice Sendak (part of The Nutshell Library by: Maurice Sendak, a 4 mini book set with 3 of the titles in this list: One Was Johnny by: Maurice Sendak, Alligators All Around by: Maurice Sendak, and Chicken Soup with Rice by: Maurice Sendak.): Maurice Sendak is a favorite in our house and you can't go wrong with this book!  Funny pictures and words to go along with each letter of the alphabet!
 
Big Thoughts for Little People App Review
Big Thoughts for Little People by: Kenneth N. Taylor - This book offers fun interactive activities to help your child learn the alphabet, and also comes with scripture and Biblical values to share.  There is also now an app to go with this amazing book!  Tap on the picture to be taken to my review on the app, and a place to download letters A, B and C in iTunes.
 
Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten by: Joseph Slate
Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten by: Joseph Slate: Follow along all the animal children of Miss Bindergarten's class as they all prepare for the first day of Kindergarten!  It is a cute rhyming book and in the back is a yearbook photo of the class with the beginning letter of the type of animal and also the animal's name in the story.
 
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by: Bill Martin Jr.
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by: Bill Martin Jr.: Chase the letters up the coconut tree with this classic book and see what adventure they get into.  Plus, think about how much fun it is to say Chicka Chicka Boom Boom with your kids :)
 
The Mixed-Up Alphabet by: Steve Metzger
The Mixed-Up Alphabet by: Steve Metzger: Have you ever had your child or a student ask why the alphabet is in the order that it is in?  This book is a fun way to see all the letters get mixed up and put back together in the right order again.
 
Curious George's ABCs by: H.A. Rey
Curious George's ABCs by: H.A. Rey: My boys love Curious George!  This book is full of animals and things with letter shapes, and the names of what the item or animal is.

Learning about Colors:
Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by: James Dean
Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by: James Dean: The Pete the Cat series are a hoot and this one is wonderful to see how hard it is for Pete to keep his nice shoes clean!
 
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by: Bill Martin Jr.
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by: Bill Martin Jr.: This book gives you the words of Bill Martin Jr. and the illustrations of Eric Carle, which is a dynamic combination!  It uses repetition of words and the beautiful pictures to help children truly see what color the animals are and what they are learning about. 
 
Color Train, Color Train by: Martin Kelly
Color Train, Color Train by: Martin Kelly: This is a "Pull-the-Ribbon" book and there are various colored ribbons throughout the book so your child can see and touch the color.  It also shows colors of other items on each page.
 
Miss Bindergarte and the Best Friends
Miss Bindergarten and the Best Friends by: Joseph Slate: Meet up Miss Bindergaten and her class again as best friends learn colors through items that they have in common.
 
I am a Rainbow by: Dolly Parton
I am a Rainbow by: Dolly Parton: This book has bright and vivid pictures of all the colors of the rainbow and is visually appealing to read.
 
How Do Dinosaurs Learn Their Colors? by: Jane Yolen & Mark Teague
How Do Dinosaurs Learn Their Colors? by: Jane Yolen & Mark Teague: This has been a favorite since the boys were babies.  All the How Do Dinosaurs books are amazing, and this one goes over the dinosaurs having fun with colors.

Learning how to Count:

One Was Johnny by: Maurice Sendak
One Was Johnny by: Maurice Sendak (part of The Nutshell Library by: Maurice Sendak, a 4 mini book set with 3 of the titles in this list: One Was Johnny by: Maurice Sendak, Alligators All Around by: Maurice Sendak, and Chicken Soup with Rice by: Maurice Sendak.): This book allows you and your child to enjoy all the funny moments with little Johnny as the items in his house start at 1 and go to 10, and then count backwards from 10 to 1 as all the items go away.
 
Roar! A Nosiy Counting Book by: Pamela Duncan Edwards
Roar! A Noisy Counting Book by: Pamela Duncan Edwards: I am just realizing now how many books that have an animal theme to them but again this is one that won't disappoint!  Roar along and get loud with learning to count!
 
Over in the Meadow by: Ezra Jack Keats
Over in the Meadow by: Ezra Jack Keats - I started reading this book to my oldest when he was about two years old, and it is still a favorite for both of my boys.  There are beautiful illustrationss of Mama animals with their young, and how many there are.
 
The Great Cake by: Sherry Gerstein
The Great Cake by: Sherry Gerstein: My stepsister gave us this book and my youngest loves it!  The animal friends are throwing their friend a surprise birthday party and they each put an ingredient into the cake for the party, and it shows the number and also the number of dots represented by that number on the page.
 
1, 2, 3 to the Zoo by: Eric Carle
1, 2, 3 to the Zoo by: Eric Carle: Eric Carle is another favorite author of ours.  This book is great for young learners because it is only pictures and there are no words.  There are just exquisite illustrations of animals, and the children count along with you of how many animals are on each page.
 
How Do Dinosaurs Count to Ten? by: Jane Yolen & Mark Teague
How Do Dinosaurs Count to Ten? by: Jane Yolen & Mark Teague: Come along with the dinosaurs and see how they love on all their objects while counting to ten!
 
 
Learning the Calendar:
Chicken Soup with Rice by: Maurice Sendak
Chicken Soup with Rice by: Maurice Sendak (part of The Nutshell Library by: Maurice Sendak, a 4 mini book set with 3 of the titles in this list: One Was Johnny by: Maurice Sendak, Alligators All Around by: Maurice Sendak, and Chicken Soup with Rice by: Maurice Sendak.): This is another book with little Johnny in it and you get to read what happens in each month and season, and how chicken soup with rice always makes it in!
 
Dinosaur Pet by: Neil Sedaka
Dinosaur Pet by: Neil Sedeka: This book comes with an audio CD of the song and you can read the book to your child, and then listen to the upbeat song and dance!  It goes over the months of the year as it tells the story of how much this dinosaur pet is loved.
 
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by: Eric Carle
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by: Eric Carle: Discover the fun of seeing how much this caterpillar eats during the days of the week, and what he ends up becoming at the end of the story!
 

Learning about Time:

The Grouchy Ladybug by: Eric Carle
The Grouchy Ladybug by: Eric Carle: I love how this book has little clocks on the side of the page that show you what time it is as you follow this grouchy little ladybug!
 
Midnight Fright by: Kathryn Heling
Midnight Fright by: Kathryn Heling: This is an awesome book for Halloween as well but each page the clock gets closer and closer to midnight and you get to change the face of the clock on the cover of the book!
 
 
What Time is it, Mr. Crocodile?
What Time is it, Mr. Crocodile? by: Judy Sierra: Follow Mr. Crocodile and his silly monkey friends as they count down each hour, and see the adventures they get into before bedtime.
 
Me Counting Time: From Seconds to Centuries by: Joan Sweeney
Me Counting Time:From Seconds to Centuries by: Joan Sweeney This is such a fun book that makes it easy for kids to start to understand time fragments such as seconds, minutes, hours and how it can relate to days, weeks, years and beyond.
 
Blessings,
 
Kelly
 
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16 comments:

  1. These are some wonderful reads, and I remember reading them to my kids :) Thanks for sharing this great post at Together on Tuesdays!!!

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    1. Hi, Lisa and thanks for hosting Together on Tuesdays! That is awesome that you read some of these books to your kids as well! Thanks for stopping by and hope you have a wonderful week :)

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  2. The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a favourite over here for both my girls! And I had no idea Dolly Parton had done a children's book - lovely! - Louise

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    1. Hi, Louise! That book is a classic! Ever since my boys were babies, they loved that book as well! The Dolly Parton book is nice because it is so colorful! Thanks for commenting and have a wonderful weekend :)

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  3. We have SO MANY of these books, they are awesome picks! Love Eric Carle, How do Dinosaurs... are some of my kids' favorite books, and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is just a forever classic! Thanks for sharing and linking up at Favorite things Friday! Hope to see you again this week!

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    1. Hi Rebecca and thanks for stopping by from Favorite Things Friday! These books are the best! They have so many good memories attached to them also. I am glad that some of these are favorites in your family also! Thanks for commenting and have an awesome week :)

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  4. These are such great choices! We have a good bit of these books and love them! I love how you divided them into categories! Will definitely be pinning. Thanks for sharing and linking up to 'Favorite Things Friday' with Simply Rachel & Hip Homeschooling!

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    1. Hi, Rachel and thanks for stopping by from Favorite Things Friday! I'm so glad that you and your family enjoy these books as well! Thank you for pinning and for your comment! Hope you have an amazing week :)

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  5. I adore all of the Maurice Sendak selections. There was a Maurice Sendek exhibit at a museum near us, and my kids were able to slide into chicken soup with rice. Thanks for sharing. Hopping over from the kid lit blog hop.

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    1. Hi, Jenny and thanks for stopping by from Kid Lit Blog Hop! I saw that exhibit online and it is in the next state over from us. My youngest loves Maurice Sendak; I'm hoping to take him soon. How fun to slide into chicken soup with rice! Thanks for commenting and have a wonderful week :)

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  6. There are some great books listed here. I am going to have to check out the ones I have not heard of before. Thanks for stopping by and sharing with Littles Learning Link Up. I have enjoyed having you share. Have a great evening.

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    1. Hi, kewkew and thanks for stopping by from Littles Learning Link Up! I love being able to read to my sons and have them learn something while we're reading. I hope you and your family get to enjoy some of the books you haven't heard of before! Thanks for commenting and have a wonderful week :)

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  7. Looks like a great list of reads. I always enjoyed reading Chicka Chicka Boom Boom to my kids. :)

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    1. Thank you, hopetoinspireyou! Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is such a great book! Thanks for commenting and have an amazing weekend :)

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  8. Wow, what a great collection! Some old classics and new favorites. Definitely pinning this for when my nephew is a little bit older. Thanks for sharing with the #KidLitBlogHop!

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    1. Hi, Katie and thanks for pinning! I hope your nephew enjoys these books as much as my sons do! Thanks for commenting and for visiting from #KidLitBlogHop :)

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