25 Beloved Picture Books for Your Preschool Basket

25 Beloved Picture Books for Your Preschool Basket

Hello friends! This book list is in response to a reader request, yay!

I loved making this list.  Well-written and illustrated preschool books play an important role in early learning because they are often a child’s first introduction to art and poetry.   You can use this book list for older or younger children too, but this list was designed to hit a sweet spot between the board book and full picture book stages.  (You’ll see I like to introduce A.A. Milne and Beatrix Potter as early as possible!)

Even if your little one does not initially understand everything in these books right away, don’t worry, they will!  In the mean time, it will gently expand their attention span and vocabulary, while introducing them to the beauty of rhyme and cadence.  Small children will love to be read rhythmic stories, so I have included lots of those here.

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1.) Bread and Jam for Frances, by Lillian and Russell Hoban

2.) Blueberries for Sal, by Robert McClosky

3.) The Relatives Came, by Cynthia Rylant

4.) No, No, Yes, Yes, by Leslie Patricelli

5.) A Child’s Book of Poems, by Gyo Fujikawa

6.)  The Seven Silly Eaters, by Mary Ann Hoberman

7.)  The Little Blue Truck, by Alex Schertle

8.)  Dogger, by Shirley Hughes

9.)  The Little Red Hen, by Diane Muldrow (The Paul Galdone Classic of this book is also very good.)

10.)  The Year at Maple Hill Farm, by Alice and Martin Provensen

11.)  The Goodnight Train, by June Sobel

12.)  The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carl

13.) If You Give a Mouse A Cookie, by Laura Numeroff

14.)  Go Dog, Go, by P.D. Eastman

15.)  Courderoy, by Don Freeman

16.)  Berenstain Bears Messy Room, by Stand and Jan Bernstain

17.)  Popcorn, by Frank Asch (All of his books are Montessori-inspired and wonderful for preschoolers.)

18.)  Green Eggs and Ham, by Dr. Seuss

19.)  Home for a Bunny, by Margaret Wise Brown

20.)  The Tale of Peter Rabbit, by Beatrix Potter

21.)  So Many Bunnies: A Bedtime ABC and Counting Book, by Rick Walton

22.)  Counting with Barefoot Critters, by Teagan White

23.)  The Winnie the Pooh Story Book by A.A. Milne (A short anthology of Pooh classics with illustrations by E.H. Shepherd.  I found it at a thrift store and it is out of print, but there are many other Pooh anthologies like this one on Amazon!)

24.)  Caps for Sale, by Esphyr Slobodkina 

25.)  Adele and Simon, by Barbara McClintock

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There are so many more books I wanted to add, but for the sake of length I chose the books my children ask for over and over.  If you were to come to my house, you would see many other books by the same authors and illustrators! Starting with good authors and illustrators will help you expand your bookshelves into a collection worth passing down.

And I have to say, perusing for picture books at your local thrift store is so much fun.  The majority of our picture book collection was thrifted, with most being free or around a dollar. (And no, when I find favorites that we already own, I never gather them together in a little display with the covers facing out for a special person to happen upon. Only weird homeschool moms would do that!)

Enjoy filling your basket with some of these beautiful picture books!

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