The All-Time Best Books for Preschoolers

Check out some of our favorite books for preschoolers.

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Where the Wild Things Are

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Where the Wild Things Are

By Maurice Sendak


Your kids will still be thrilled by this book that you loved as a kid.

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The Snowy Day

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The Snowy Day

By Ezra Jack Keats


It's a fact: Kids love snow, especially when it gets them out of school for a day of frolicking outdoors with you! This book is perfect to read when it's chilly out -- or on those hot summer days when you wish it were!

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Harold and the Purple Crayon

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Harold and the Purple Crayon

By Crockett Johnson


We love how imagination is the star of this classic (and it's also great for purple lovers).

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Jamberry

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Jamberry

By Bruce Degen


Your kids will beg to hear this book's silly rhymes over and over again.

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Cars and Trucks and Things That Go

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Cars and Trucks and Things That Go

By Richard Scarry


Kids can stare at Scarry's gorgeous illustrations for hours -- and still make new discoveries in the detailed drawings!

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The Neighborhood Mother Goose

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The Neighborhood Mother Goose

By Nina Crews


This book takes classic nursery rhymes and sets them against cool, modern photographs and photo-illustrations.

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Charlie and Lola Series

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Charlie and Lola Series

By Lauren Child


If your kid loves watching the brother and sister duo on TV, why not try piquing his interest in reading with a book about them?

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Smash! Crash!

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Smash! Crash!

By Jon Scieszka


If you've got a car -crazy kid, he'll love this new book, the first of the Trucktown series.

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The Incredible Book Eating Boy

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The Incredible Book Eating Boy

By Oliver Jeffers


This cute story brings new (literal!) meaning to devouring books.

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Happy Birthday, Moon

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Happy Birthday, Moon

By Frank Asch


Covering topics preschoolers are just starting to grasp, this book is a great jumping off point for explaining friendships, birthdays, and even science.

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I Stink!

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I Stink!

By Kate & Jim McMullan


This book brings personality to something that already fascinates some kids: garbage trucks!

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Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel

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Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel

By Virginia Lee Burton


When Mike Mulligan and his trusty steam shovel Mary Anne promise to dig the cellar for the new town hall in just one day the entire town comes out to watch.



Originally published in the March 2008 issue of Parents magazine.

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