The All-Time Best Books for Preschoolers
Where the Wild Things Are
By Maurice Sendak
Your kids will still be thrilled by this book that you loved as a kid.
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!
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).
By Bruce Degen
Your kids will beg to hear this book's silly rhymes over and over again.
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!
The Neighborhood Mother Goose
By Nina Crews
This book takes classic nursery rhymes and sets them against cool, modern photographs and photo-illustrations.
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?
By Jon Scieszka
If you've got a car -crazy kid, he'll love this new book, the first of the Trucktown series.
The Incredible Book Eating Boy
By Oliver Jeffers
This cute story brings new (literal!) meaning to devouring books.
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.
By Kate & Jim McMullan
This book brings personality to something that already fascinates some kids: garbage trucks!
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.