100 Books to Read Before Kindergarten

July 14, 2012

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This list is modified from the New York Public Library's "100 Picture Books Everyone Should Know."

1. Hug – Jez Alborough
2. Old Black Fly – Jim Aylesworth
3. Ten, Nine, Eight – Molly Bang
4. Machines at Work – Byron Barton
5. Madeline – Ludwig Bemelmans
6. The Mitten: a Ukrainian Folktale – Jan Brett
7. Goodnight Moon – Margaret Wise Brown
8. Bad Kitty – Nick Bruel
9. Mr. Gumpy’s Outing – John Bunting
10. Little Cloud – Eric Carle
11. The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Eric Carle
12. Maisy Goes to the Library – Lucy Cousins
13. Ten Black Dots – Donald Crews
14. Freight Train – Donald Crews
15. Click Clack, Moo: Cows That Type – Doreen Cronin
16. Good Dog, Carl – Alexandra Day
17. Jamberry – Bruce Degen
18. Gossie – Olivier Dunrea
19. Are You My Mother – P.D. Eastman
20. Go, Dog, Go – P.D. Eastman
21. Eating the Alphabet – Lois Ehlert
22. Planting a Rainbow – Lois Ehlert
23. Color Zoo – Lois Ehlert
24. Go Away, Big Green Monster – Ed Emberly
25. Olivia – Ian Falconer
26. Bark, George – Jules Feiffer
27. Lunch – Denise Fleming
28. In the Tall, Tall Grass – Denise Fleming
29. Mama Cat Has Three Kittens – Denise Fleming
30. Corduroy – Don Freeman
31. Millions of Cats – Wanda Gag
32. The Three Bears – Paul Galdone
33. Is Your Mama a Llama? – Deborah Guarino
34. Kitten’s First Full Moon – Kevin Henkes
35. Off to School, Baby Duck! – Amy Hest
36. Where’s Spot? – Eric Hill
37. Bread and Jam for Frances – Russell Hoban
38. Rosie’s Walk – Pat Hutchins
39. Julius – Angela Johnson
40. Harold and the Purple Crayon – Crockett Johnson
41. Henry Hikes to Fitchburg – D.B. Johnson
42. Hello, Goodbye Window – Norton Juster
43. The Snowy Day – Ezra Jack Keats
44. Whistle for Willie – Ezra Jack Keats
45. Leo the Late Bloomer – Robert Kraus
46. The Carrot Seed – Ruth Krauss
47. The Story of Ferdinand – Munro Leaf
48. Tacky the Penguin – Helen Lester
49.Swimmy – Leo Lionni
50. Froggy Gets Dressed – Jonathan London
51. George and Martha – James Marshall
52. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? – Bill Martin
53. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom – Bill Martin
54. The Squeaky Door – Margaret Read McDonald
55. Goin’ Someplace Special – Patricia McKissack
56. Martha Speaks – Susan Meddaugh
57. Favorite Nursery Rhymes from Mother Goose – Scott Gustafson
58. I Kissed the Baby! – Mary Murphy
59. The Jacket I Wear in the Snow – Shirley Neitzel
60. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie – Laura Numeroff
61. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt – Helen Oxenbury
62. Jazz Baby – Lisa Wheeler
63. The Tale of Peter Rabbit – Beatrix Potter
64. Goodnight Gorilla – Peggy Rathmann
65. Officer Buckle and Gloria – Peggy Rathmann
66. Curious George – H.A. Rey
67. My Friend Rabbit – Eric Rohmann
68. The Line-up Book – Mariabina Russo
69. First the Egg – Laura Vaccaro Seeger
70. Where the Wild Things Are – Maurice Sendak
71. Hop On Pop – Dr. Seuss
72. One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish – Dr.Seuss
73. Duck on a Bike – David Shannon
74. No, David! – David Shannon
75. It Looked Like Spilt Milk – Charles G. Shaw
76. Sheep in a Jeep – Nancy E. Shaw
77. Come Along Daisy – Jane Simmons
78. The Stray Dog – Marc Simont
79. Fire Truck – Peter Sis
80. Caps for Sale – Esphyr Slobodkina
81. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble – William Steig
82. Dinosaur Roar – Paul Stickland
83. There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly – Simms Taback
84. Have You Seen My Duckling? – Nancy Tafuri
85. Polar Express – Chris Van Allsburg
86. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day – Judith Viorst
87. Ira Sleeps Over – Bernard Waber
88. Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile – Bernard Waber
89. Mouse Paint – Ellen Stoll Walsh
90. Tuesday – David Wiesner
91. Max Cleans Up – Rosemary Wells
92. Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus – Mo Willems
93. Knuffle Bunny – Mo Willems
94. I Went Walking – Sue Williams
95. A Chair for My Mother – Vera B. Williams
96. The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, & the Big Hungry Bear – Audrey Wood
97. The Napping House – Audrey Wood
98. How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? – Jane Yolen
99. Trashy Town – Andrea Zimmerman
100. Harry the Dirty Dog – Gene Zion



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