Throwback Thursday: Top 10 Favorite Children’s Picture Books For Preschoolers

This reblog originally posted on April 27th…

Lots of book blogs out there that are simply amazing! I love so many that I’ve stumbled across recently, my to be read list is growing out of control. I, myself have never wrote a review, but I think it may be something I want to work on.

This was the conversation I was having with myself yesterday, which led me to think ..what am I qualified to review? Children’s books! Having homeschooled all but 1 of my own and operated a home daycare and preschool for more than 20 years. We’ve managed to build a fairly extensive children’s library.

This sounded like fun! I decided I would make a top 10 list of my favorite picture books for preschoolers. I hope you enjoy…

  • We’re Going On A Bear Hunt By Michael Rosen and Helen D67713BE-23DB-4E4C-994B-2F9652425EC5Oxenbury Any book in my collection that I have had to either laminate or purchase more than once is definitely a hit, and I have had to do both with this one. We all stand and interact with this story, swishy swashy through the tall grass and splash splosh through the river…


We’re going on a bear hunt. We’re going to catch a big one. What a beautiful day! We’re not scared. 

  • Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site By Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld 5CF2A9FC-FB89-4A3B-A105-1731F243CA02This story has been a hit with many of the boys in my program that love trucks and tractors. The story takes you through the end of a day on a construction site as all of the big pieces of equipment are done for the day(cement mixers, dump trucks, bulldozers and more come to life in this beautifully illustrated story.
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar By Eric Carle 20106864-C00E-4CC5-8E4D-7A76CC6FAF89If I had a nickel for every time I’ve read this one. There are so many great stories from Eric Carle, I wasn’t sure which to choose. Brown Bear, Brown Bear? or A House For Hermit Crab? I went with this one because the children are always fascinated by caterpillars and butterflies, and we have incorporated so many activities based off this title that it made the cut. The kids always say this line…

…But he was still hungry.

  • Go, Dog. Go! By P.D. EastmanE3CEC6D5-2860-4154-BB8B-E3E2240EFA24 Who doesn’t love a story about dogs on their way to a dog party? Is that a spoiler? I’m going to assume you have read this one a million times also. The kids always like to point out the one dog that is not sleeping on the bed(naughty doggie).

Ryan preferred Green Eggs and Ham over Go Dog. GO! So that was almost on the list.

  • The Pout, Pout Fish By Deborah Diesen This is a much newer title compared to many of the others(2013). What can be said about the adorably, sad pout, pout fish? He has the power to change how he feels! YES! I teach the kids this lesson every time we read it. The kids read this along with me each time…
  • Where the Wild Things Are By Maurice Sendak6A25B003-451A-4745-AB88-2340C302D2A8

I grew up with this story myself and a few other Sendak books I remember from my childhood.

This is a timeless story of a boy in trouble, sent to his room with a great imagination. We have had wild rumpus’ in our daycare. We’ve roared our terrible roars and showed our terrible teeth! You can have a lot of fun pretending with this one. We usually get a conversation going about being sent to our bedroom when we are in trouble.

  • Sophie’s Squash By Pat Zietlow Miller and Anne Wilsdorf

This is also a newer title(2013). It was fall 2 years ago when I came across this story for my daycare. I decided to buy a dozen squash from the farm for all the children to take home and pretend that they had a new friend like Sophie had in the story.


This was a bigger hit than I had anticipated, and some of the kids went home and actually slept with their squash that night. So precious. If you haven’t had the chance to read this adorable story, it is a great title for the fall! We send home squash with the children every year now.

  • Pete The Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons By Eric Litwin and art by James Dean22A7DAAC-6957-415F-ACC2-6E5D90C0EDCA

The laid back, positive vibe this cool cat gives is hard to resist! Does Pete get mad when things go wrong? Goodness no! This and many of the other Pete the Cat titles are full of good advice for letting troubles roll on by.

We have created lots of activities in our program that relate to having a good attitude(in our behavior curriculum) and also with Pete’s colorful buttons! Pete and Ryan have the same approach to life… “it’s fine…” So Pete is Ryan’s favorite character.

  • Wide Mouthed Frog By Keith Faulkner

This is a less popular book than some of my others I’ve picked, but I have had to purchase it a second time so I thought it was worthy of a top 10 spot.
IMG_1445This is a short and fun story of a wide mouth frog traveling through the jungle asking all the animals what type of food they like to eat. He finally comes to an alligator that loves wide mouthed frogs. It ends with a big SPLASH!

  • Room on the Broom By Julia Donaldson Fall 44684F94-BFB1-40CA-AEB5-D7F8B4C0C9FCis one of my favorite times of the year for many reasons, and one of them is Halloween. I love halloween activities with my kids and our preschool. This is my all time favorite Halloween book.

There are so many more that I was close to adding in here. Really it should have been a top 25 list for me. I will add that I have several children’s characters that we read the stories to constantly in our program. To name a few, we love anything about Dora, Maisy, Little Critter, Kipper, Froggy and Peppa. I also have a special place in my heart for PJ Funnybunny.

And a few titles that were borderline to making the list: Steam Train, Dream Train, Green Eggs and Ham, Brown Bear, Brown Bear and Goodnight Moon.

Tell me what would be your top 10 children’s books? Which titles did I miss? Thanks for checking out our post!

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9 replies »

  1. Great list. I would add There Once Was A Puffin, Winnie the Witch, Pumpkin Soup, Pipkin of Pepper, The Giving Tree, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes, and Sidewalk Circus

    • I’m not familiar with all of those… but I have had people suggest that the giving tree should have made that list. I didn’t put it on the list because its so sad. 😔 I own it and love it, but hardly ever read it, just for that reason. Lol
      I will have to look into the puffin book, they are one of my fav birds! Sometimes we watch the preschool program Pufifn Rock, just for me.. 😁 Happy Thursday!
      by the way… what are you reading? I’m sure you’ve read Island of the Blue Dolphins…?that’s what I’m trying to finish up..

      • I don’t find The Giving Tree sad at all. For me, its about giving what you can without expecting something in return. The tree gave so that the boy/old man would be happy. I think it would be different had the tree died when he cut it down, but instead it became something he could sit and rest on.

        I read Island of the Blue Dolphins years and years ago. It’s funny because yesterday, while trying to avoid cleaning his room, my son became interested in his bookcase again and dragged out all our books and organized them. He found a ton of books he had not read yet…lol. This week I read Thornhill (that’s a great read!), A Curious Tale of the Inbetween, The Stone Child, and Stargirl. Today I am starting Steampunk Fairy Tales, The Night Gardener. I am also looking for a classic to start for the weekend.

      • Fun! Was Stargirl a good one? I have that on my shelf too! I haven’t heard of Steampunk Fairy Tales..

      • It’s wasn’t my favorite Spinelli book. I really liked Fourth Grade Rats, The Library Card, and Maniac McGee. Steampunk Fairy Tales is one I picked up for the Kindle (I read them on my laptop) that has six short stories. So far its good.

      • I prefer children’s books. When my son was growing up we would go to the library twice a week and read 50-60 picture books a week, then 20-30 chapter books. Eventually it dropped to 2-3 books, then as he got further into school, his reading became a chore. I read all his school books so I can help if needed. When it comes to my personal reading, I love kids books, picture books, and MG. I think YA is becoming too “adult” these days. I think YA should go up to about 12-14 because usually teens go to the adult section anyways. I am a bit more selective in my adult selections because somethings I just don’t care for.

  2. thanks for this list. I have never heard of any of them but it now means I have books to purchase for my grand nieces. The childrens books I would have read to my son and subsequently he read himself were Winnie the Pooh, Beatrix Potter Stories and a great book The Atlas of Flags which he still has on his book shelf.

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