100 BOOKS EVERY CHILD SHOULD HEAR BEFORE STARTING SCHOOL

Since it’s back to school time, it seems fitting that we share some great books for kids…  Local librarieshave various lists of books – here’s one, Thanks to the King County Library System, Washington.  What if our Kindergarteners, first graders, or second graders come to us not having heard most of these books (or any others)?  We need to read aloud to our students.  Every day. Just like we eat. And just like we need gas in our car (or a plug in for our electric car) to drive it, our students need to hear good books, for reading and writing and background knowledge and vocabulary – and just for the love of reading…  Don’t let the age levels cloud your thinking!

Recommended for Babies:
 1.   Ten, Nine, Eight by Mollly Bang
 2.   Goodnight Moon, by Margaret Wise Brown
 3.   The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle
 4.   Freight Train, by Donald Crews
 5.   Lunch, by Denise Fleming
 6.   Where’s Spot, by Eric Hill
 7.   Is it Red? Is it Yellow? Is it Blue? An Adventure in 
      Color, by Tana Hoban
 8.   Brown Bear, Brown Bear, by Bill Martin
 9.   Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom, by Bill Martin
10. Who’s Counting? by Nancy Tafuri
11. How Do I Put It On? by Shigeo Watanabe

Recommended for Toddlers:
12. On The Day I Was Born, by Debbi Chocolate
13. Good Dog, Carl, by Alexandra Day
14. Feathers for Lunch, by Lois Ehlert
15. Go Away, Big Green Monster! by Ed Emberley
16. Ask Mr. Bear, by Marjorie Flack
17. Is Your Mama a Llama? by Deborah Guarina
18. Hush! A Thai Lullaby, by Minfong Ho
19. Rosie’s Walk, by Pat Hutchins
20. Harold and the Purple Crayon, by Crockett Johnson
21. Jump, Frog, Jump! by Robert Kalan
22. The Teddy Bears’ Picnic, by Jimmy Kennedy
23. Whose Mouse are You? by Robert Kraus
24. The Carrot Seed, by Ruth Krauss
25. Over in the Meadow, by John Langstaff
26. Dim Sum for Everyone! by Grace Lin
27. Little Blue and Little Yellow, by Leo Lionni
28. Guess How Much I Love You, by Sam McBratney
29. Whose Hat? by Margaret Miller
30. Shades of Black, by Sandra Pinkney
31. The Little Engine that Could, by Watty Piper
32. Good Night, Gorilla, by Peggy Rathmann
33. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, by Michael Rosen
34. Cars and Trucks and Things that Go, by Richard
      Scarry
35. Lizard’s Song, by George Shannon
36. It Looked Like Spilt Milk, by Charles Shaw
37. Farmer Duck, by Martin Waddell
38. Mouse Paint, by Ellen Stoll Walsh
39. “Hi, Pizza Man!” by Virginia Walter
40. Noisy Nora, by Rosemary Wells
41. The Lady with the Alligator Purse, by Nadine  
      Westcott
42. Buzz, by Janet Wong
43. The Napping House, by Audrey Wood

Recommended for Preschoolers:
44. Happy Birthday, Moon, by Frank Asch
45. Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing, by Judi 
      Barrett
46. Madeline, by Ludwig Bemelmans
47. The Mitten, by Jan Brett
48. Stone Soup, by Marcia Brown
49. The Story of Babar, the Little Elephant, by Jean de 
      Brunhoff
50. Mr. Grumpy’s Outing, by John Burningham
51. Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, by Virginia Lee 
      Burton
52. Mama Zooms, by Jane Cowen-Fletcher
53. The Empty Pot, by Demi
54. Pancakes for Breakfast, by Tomie DePaola
55. Abuela, by Authur Dorros
56. Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman
57. Corduroy, by Don Freeman
58. Millions of Cats, by Wanda Gag
59. The Three Billy Goats Gruff, by Paul Galdone
60. The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses, by Paul Goble
61. All the Colors of the Earth, by Sheila Hamanaka
62. Lilly’s Puple Plastic Purse, by Kevin Henkes
63. Bread and Jam for Frances, by Russell Hoban
64. Amazing Grace, by Mary Hoffman
65. Angelina Ballerina, by Katherine Holabird
66. The Wolf’s Chicken Stew, by Keiko Kasza
67. The Snowy Day, by Ezra Jack Keats
68. The Caterpillar and the Polliwog, by Jack Kent
69. Anansi and the Moss Covered Rock, by Eric Kimmel
70. I Took My Frogs to the Library, by Eric Kimmel
71. Tacky the Penguin, by Helen Lester
72. I Love You Like Crazy Cakes, by Rose Lewis
73. On Market Street, by Anita Lobel
74. Frog and Toad Are Friends, by Arnold Lobel
75. Frog Goes to Dinner, by Mercer Mayer
76. Make Way for Ducklings, by Robert McCloskey
77. Raven, by Gerald McDermott
78. Goin’ Someplace Special, by Pat McKissack
79. Pigs Aplenty, Pigs Galore, by David McPhail
80. Martha Speaks, by Susan Meddaugh
           81. The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash, by Trinka  
                 Noble
           82. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, by Laura Numeroff
           83. The Ant and the Elephant, by Bill Peet
           84. The Talk of Peter Rabbit, by Beatrix Potter
           85. Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Martin Luther King,            
                Jr., by Doreen Rappaport
           86. Curious George, by H. A. Rey
           87. The Relatives Came, by Cynthia Rylant
           88. Grandfather’s Journey, by Allen Say
           89. Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak
           90. The Cat in the Hat, by Dr. Seuss
           91. Caps for Sale, by Esphyr Slobodkina
           92. Imogene’s Antlers, by David Small
           93. Snapshots from the Wedding, by Gary Soto
           94. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, by William Steig
           95. There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly, by  
                 Simms Taback
           96. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very 
                 Bad Day, by Judith Viorst
           97. Lyle, Lyle Crocodile, by Bernard Waber
           98. Owl Moon, by Jane Yolen
           99. Seven Blind Mice, by Ed Young
           100.  Harry, the Dirty Dog, by Gene Zion

How can exposing students to these books and others increase higher order thinking skills?

My favorite is My Big Dog, by Janet Stevens and her sister, Susan Stevens Crummel.  What’s yours?  Next month, I’ll share my personal favorite list, including Children’s and YA books.


Our topic next Thursday is Digital Literacy.  Stay connected for some great info!

Until next time, share a literacy strategy,
Dr. Denise Gudwin

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