Staff Picks

Too-Good-to-Miss Books: Kindergarten

Staff recommendations for children at a kindergarten reading level.

Children's Services Staff
A Splendid Friend Indeed     A Splendid Friend Indeed    
Suzanne Bloom
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Bl)

When a studious polar bear meets an inquisitive goose, they learn to be friends.

A Visitor for Bear     A Visitor for Bear    
Bonny Becker
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Bec)

Bear's efforts to keep out a visitor to his house are undermined by a very persistent mouse.

Alphabatics     Alphabatics    
Suse MacDonald
    (Juvenile Picture Books Nonfiction - Ej 411 Mac)

The letters of the alphabet are transformed and incorporated into twenty-six illustrations, so that the hole in "b" becomes a balloon and "y" turns into the head of a yak.

Big Pig and Little Pig     Big Pig and Little Pig    
David McPhail
    (Juvenile Early Readers - J-ER McP)

Although they like different things, Big Pig and Little Pig enjoy spending time together.

Biscuit Finds a Friend     Biscuit Finds a Friend    
Alyssa Capucilli
    (Juvenile Early Readers - J-ER Cap)

Biscuit the puppy helps a little duck find its way home to the pond and makes a friend along the way.

Chicken Little     Chicken Little    
Rebecca Emberley
    (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 398.2 Henny Emb)

A retelling of the classic tale Chicken Little, who has an acorn fall on his head and runs in a panic to tell his friends that the sky is falling!

Fancy Nancy in Room 1-A     Fancy Nancy in Room 1-A    
Jane O'Connor
    (Juvenile Early Readers - J-ER Oco)
Fancy Nancy

To cheer up her classmates after a gloomy week, Nancy thinks of a new celebration, Fancy Day, but when the day arrives Ms. Glass shows up without her fancy dress, and the class must think of a way to make her as elegant as everyone else.

First the Egg     First the Egg    
Laura Seeger
    (Juvenile Picture Books Nonfiction - Ej 571.8 see)

Using simple text and illustrations with cutouts, shows how animals and objects change, including tadpoles to frogs and seeds to flowers.

Go, Dog, Go!     Go, Dog, Go!    
P. D. Eastman
    (Juvenile Early Readers - J-ER Eas)

A classic romp with some very busy dogs!

Hop on Pop     Hop on Pop    
Dr. Seuss
    (Juvenile Early Readers - J-ER Seu)

Pairs of rhyming words are introduced and used in simple sentences, such as "Day. Play. We play all day. Night. Fight. We fight all night."

How to Catch a Star     How to Catch a Star    
Oliver Jeffers
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Jef)

Eager to have a star of his own, a boy devises imaginative ways of catching one -- with surprising results.

I Ain't Gonna Paint No More!     I Ain't Gonna Paint No More!    
Karen Beaumont
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Bea)

In the rhythm of a familiar folk song, a child cannot resist adding one more dab of paint in surprising places and makes a delicious mess!

Kindergarten Diary     Kindergarten Diary    
Antoinette Portis
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Por)

Annalina's diary entries reflect her feelings and experiences as she goes from being afraid to go to kindergarten to loving it during her first month of school.

Little Mouse Gets Ready     Little Mouse Gets Ready    
Jeff Smith
    (Juvenile Graphic Novels - J Smith)

Little Mouse gets ready to go to the barn with his with his family, with a surprising twist at the end. Part of the Toon Books graphic novel series for early readers.

Maybe a Bear Ate It     Maybe a Bear Ate It    
Robie Harris
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Har)

At bedtime, a young boy who cannot find his favorite book imagines the various creatures that might have taken it from him.

My Town     My Town    
Sindy McKay
    (Juvenile Early Readers - J-Er McK)

A young boy and his father have a good time making a map as they explore the neighborhood. Part of the "We Both Read" series, written for adults and children to read together.

On Earth     On Earth    
Brian Karas
    (Juvenile Picture Books Nonfiction - Ej 525 Kar)

We are all passengers of the Earth as it spins, tilts and circles the sun. Learn about the Earth's cycles and how they affect our lives through the days and seasons.

Once Upon a Banana     Once Upon a Banana    
Jennifer Armstrong
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Arm)

Everyday signs serve as captions for this pictorial tale of what happens after a man tosses a banana peel into the garbage can and misses.

Pete the Cat: Rocking in my School Shoes     Pete the Cat: Rocking in my School Shoes    
Eric Litwin
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Lit)
Pete the cat

Pete the cat wears his school shoes when visiting the library, the lunchroom, the playground, and more while singing his special song.

Puppy Mudge Takes a Bath     Puppy Mudge Takes a Bath    
Cynthia Rylant
    (Juvenile Early Readers - J-ER Ryl)

When his puppy Mudge gets dirty, Henry has some trouble giving him a bath.

Scaredy Squirrel     Scaredy Squirrel    
Melanie Watt
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Wat)

Meet Scaredy Squirrel, a squirrel who never leaves his nut tree because he's afraid. Laugh along when his careful plan produces unexpected results.

See Otto     See Otto    
David Milgram
    (Juvenile Early Readers - J-Er Mi)

Otto the robot lands on Earth, where he is chased by a rhinoceros and befriended by some monkeys.

Swing!     Swing!    
Rufus Seder
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Sed)

Rhyming text asks if the reader can move like a variety of athletes, in a book where striped acetate overlays on board pages give illustrations the illusion of movement.

Ten Apples Up on Top!     Ten Apples Up on Top!    
Theo LeSieg
    (Juvenile Early Readers - J-ER Le)

A lion, a dog, and a tiger balance apples on their heads.

The Handiest Things in the World     The Handiest Things in the World    
Andrew Clements
    (Juvenile Picture Book Nonfiction - Ej 612.97 Cle)

Celebrates in verse, accompanied by photographs, the many things hands can do -- and all the tools made for hands.

The Squeaky Door     The Squeaky Door    
Margaret Read MacDonald
    (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 398.2 Squeaky Door Mac)

When Little Boy is frightened by a squeaky bedroom door, his grandmother brings in various animals to help him feel secure enough to sleep.

Uh-Oh, Max     Uh-Oh, Max    
Jon Scieszka
    (Juvenile Early Readers - J-ER Sci)

When Max gets in trouble after speeding up a ramp, all of his Trucktown friends try to help out.

Up, Tall and High     Up, Tall and High    
Ethan Long
    (Juvenile Early Readers - J-ER Lon)

Through illustrations and simple text, birds demonstrate the meanings of the words up, tall, and high.

We Are in a Book!     We Are in a Book!    
Mo Willems
    (Juvenile Early Readers - J-ER Wil)

Best friends Gerald and Piggie discover the joy of "being read." But what will happen when the book ends?

Wet and Dry: An Animal Oppposites Book     Wet and Dry: An Animal Oppposites Book    
Lisa Bullard
    (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 590 Bul)

Brief text and stunning photographs compare animals that prefer to stay wet, with those that stay dry.

When Dinosaurs Came With Everything     When Dinosaurs Came With Everything    
Elise Broach
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Bro)

Although his mother is a little worried, a young boy is delighted to discover that every shop in town is giving away real dinosaurs to their customers.

Yes Day!     Yes Day!    
Amy Krouse Rosenthal
    (Juvenile Picture Books - Ej Ros)

A little boy gets everything he asks for on Yes Day, a special day that only comes once a year.

You and Me Together: Moms, Dads, and Kids Around the World     You and Me Together: Moms, Dads, and Kids Around the World    
Barbara Kerley
    (Juvenile Picture Books Nonfiction - Ej 306.874 Ker)

From a park in China to a campfire in Australia, loving moms, dads, and kids share their lives.

Yummy: Eight Favorite Fairy Tales     Yummy: Eight Favorite Fairy Tales    
Lucy Cousins
    (Juvenile Nonfiction - J 398.208 Cou)

Eight folktales from "Little Red Riding Hood" to "The Enormous Turnip" come to life from the author of the popular "Maisy" books.