Kindergarten is a special time to introduce high-quality literature and books to your 4-6-year-old. Our books are perfect for building a library through the Pre-Kindergarten & Kindergarten years. We chose not to host a separate PreK list because building a library for these ages and stages can be done concurrently. Then the books can be read and reread!

Before this, snuggling and reading together was definitely an extraordinary time. But, the Kindergarten ages are when the books (or their understanding of them) get a little deeper and more meaningful. They can learn the lessons and absorb the facts.

World Discovery a Theme for the Younger Years

The Kindergarten ages are when kids really start finding their interests and all of a sudden your five-year-old will start telling you 1,001 facts about dinosaurs! Because children turn in to amazing educational sponges it is so important to be mindful of what goes into those beautiful impressionable brains. You want your Kindergartner introduced to high-quality beautiful books. Our Kindergarten list has an overarching theme of World Discovery.

As they get older different parts of the world, science, and history will be learned about in more details so these younger years are all about exposure. If you reading even half of the books below your kids will have traveled the world!

What Kind of Books Should We Be Reading?

Twaddle will certainly sneak in there. Everyone needs some time to give their brain a break (I’m talking to you reality TV!). However, in the same vein as keeping our bodies healthy and strong with an 80-20 mix, we should do the same for our minds. And, the minds of our children.

To ensure your Kindergarten aged kiddo is going to be an amazing little person you want to feed them a heavy diet of high-quality, living, lovely, classic books.

A Note About our Book Lists: Often you will find a book that a four-year-old and a six-year-old will equally love or a seventh-grader and ninth-grader. We are only going to list the book once. In an effort to strategically place them by grade we will follow the suggested Classical cycle. So, starting in First Grade you will see the history cycle, of increasing complexity, beginning with: Ancients, Middle Ages, Renaissance & Reformation, and Modern. Likewise, the science cycle is, loosely, Biology, Anatomy, Earth Science, Astronomy, Chemistry, Physics, and Computer Science. If you do not see what you are looking for in the year where you are searching perhaps go up or down a grade.

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WORLD DISCOVERY RESOURCES, PICTURE BOOKS & LITERATURE

AFRICA

ANTARCTICA

ASIA

AUSTRALIA

EUROPE

Something from Nothing (Gilman)Eastern Europe

Wee Gillis (Leaf)Scotland

NORTH AMERICA

A Boy Called Slow (Bruchac)Native American History

Cactus Hotel (Guiberson)USA, Desert/ Arizona

Follow the Drinking Gourd (Winter)History: Underground Railroad

Paddle-to-the-Sea (Holling)Great Lakes

Three Names (MacLachlan)USA, Prairie life

Very Last First Time (Andrews)Canada, Inuit

CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA

FAIRYTALES, FOLKLORE, MYTHOLOGY COLLECTIONS

FANTASTIC PICTURE BOOKS & LITERATURE FOR A LITTLE PERSON’S LIBRARY

The books here are well-loved high-quality great books. As there are so many, we have loosely put them into seasonal suggestions based on content and/ or artwork. But, feel free to grab these spines anytime!

YEAR-LONG

SPRING

SUMMER

AUTUMN

WINTER

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BIOGRAPHIES

Follow the Dream (Sis)Christopher Columbus

POETRY

ART

SEE LISTS FOR OTHER GRADES

We are actively building these lists please check back soon for the next grade levels’ availability

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