Pre-School Booklist

On Saturday I gave a talk at the CHAPLET Homeschooling Conference on The Circuit.  It went really well, and, I was rather shocked at the positive feedback and the large number of questions I received.  Most of those questions were from moms just getting their feet wet with homeschooling, but other questions were from more experienced moms with practical difficulties in their morning routine.  The Q and A turned into a wonderful dialogue, and I left with a lot of great ideas as to how to improve my own morning routine with my little ones.  I think we all wound up learning from each other.   I was able to meet several readers of this blog, which was a huge blessing, and I left feeling very tired but overjoyed that I had made the time to put together the materials.  A special thank you to Mary Alice, as she inspired me to say yes in the first place, and all the builders who gave input, specifically on the booklist.  I’m sharing that booklist here because it is my hope that even those that are not homeschooling can benefit from this compilation of ideas.

Pre-School Booklist

The Tale of Peter Rabbit and others by Beatrix Potter

Aesop’s Fables

ABC’s, Hop on Pop, and others by Dr. Seuss

Bedtime for Frances, Bread and Jam for Frances, or Tea for Frances by Russell Hoban

The Little House, Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, Katy and the Big Snow, Maybelle the Cable Car all by Virginia Lee Burton

The Three Billy Goats Gruff and other Folk Tales by Paul Galdone

Rapunzel and other Folk Tales by Paul Zelinski

The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper

Blueberries for Sal, and Make Way for the Ducklings by Robert McCloskey

Ferdinand by Munro Leaf

Stone Soup by Marcia Brown

A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson

A nice Mother Goose collection

Goodnight Moon, The Big Red Barn and others by Margaret Wise Brown

Corduroy by Dan Freeman

Curious George by H. A. Rey

Harry and the Lady Next Door, Harry the Dirty Dog, and others by Gene Zion

Very Hungary Caterpillar, Brown Bear, and many others by Eric Carle

The Mitten, Noah’s Ark by Jan Brett

Ten Apples Up On Top! by Theo LeSieg

Put Me in the Zoo by Robert Lopshire

The Gingerbread Man by Jim Aylesworth and Barbara McClintock

The Ox Cart Man, by Barbara Cooney

The Story about Ping, by Kurt Wiese

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

Danny and the Dinosaur by Syd Hoff

Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus and others by Mo Willems

Go Dog Go!, Are you My Mother, and others by P.D. Eastman

Tomie DePaola’s Book of Bible Stories, Strega Nona and others by Tomie DePaola

If You Give a Cat a Cupcake, If You Give a Dog a Donut and others by Laura Numeroff

Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt

Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina

Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

If Jesus Came to My House by Joan Gale Thomas

A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Phillip C. Stead

Max and Ruby by Rosemarie Wells


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  • Kathy

    Glad to hear that everything went well at the conference. Thank you also for the great book list. Even though I am not a homeschooler – the books are great suggestions to use at our house.

  • Saoirse

    What a great list! I am surprised not to see any Richard Scarry books. The Busy Busy Town books are a toddler’s delight with so much to look at. It can keep them occupied on their own for a while too.

  • Congrats, Kellie, I’m glad all went well! I see some of our favorites on this list, as well as some new ones – thanks for the inspiration. With my 4 year-old heading off to pre-K next year, I am feeling nostalgic and wanting to do all of the reading time that we can!

  • Sarah

    This is a great list. You can never have too many good picture books! I homeschool five (going on 6) children and find that even on the bad days we can always find time to sit down with a few good books and glean some kernels of thoughtfulness from them.

    If you’re interested in other preschool materials, Hillside Education recently released a new Catholic preschool curriculum that I designed called Twenty-Six Letters to Heaven. Lots of hands-on crafts, virtues, saints, book lists, recipes, and it all follows the letters of the alphabet. It’s meant to be a great resource for moms who are ready to set their children on the journey to a lifelong love of learning – whether they will homeschool or send them to school!

    Here’s a link in case you’re interested:

    God bless!