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.
WORLD DISCOVERY RESOURCES, PICTURE BOOKS & LITERATURE
Day of Ahmedâ€™s Secret (Heide) – Egypt
A Pair of Red Clogs (Matsuno) – Japan
The Bee Tree (Buchmann) – Malaysia
The Empty Pot (Demi) – China
The Librarian of Basra: A True Story from Iraq (Winter) – Middle East
AngeloÂ (Macaulay) – Italy
Hanna’s Cold Winter (Marx) – Hungary
Madeline (Bemelmans) – France
Mirette on the High Wire (McCully) – France
Linnea in Monetâ€™s Garden (BjÃ¶rk) – France
Papa Piccolo (Talley) – Italy
Something from Nothing (Gilman) – Eastern Europe
The Children of Noisy Village – Sweden
Wee Gillis (Leaf) – Scotland
A Boy Called Slow (Bruchac) – Native American History
Cactus Hotel (Guiberson) – USA, Desert/ Arizona
Climbing Kansas Mountains (Shannon) – USA, Kansas
Follow the Drinking Gourd (Winter) – History: Underground Railroad
Paddle-to-the-Sea (Holling) – Great Lakes
The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge (Swift) – USA, New York
The Wild Horses of Sweetbriar (Kinsey-Warnock) – USA, New England
Three Names (MacLachlan) – USA, Prairie life
Thirteen Moons on Turtleâ€™s Back (Bruchac) – Native American Poetry
Very Last First Time (Andrews) – Canada, Inuit
When I Was Young in the Mountains (Rylant) – USA, Appalachia
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!
Follow the Dream (Sis) – Christopher Columbus
SEE LISTS FOR OTHER GRADES
We are actively building these lists please check back soon for the next grade levels’ availability