When you read books to kids, it’s the best. Even if you don’t say anything at all, they’ll love you for it. I don’t have any kids of my own, but I work at a public library and I’ve been reading to kids for a long time. When a child finds a new favorite book, it makes me happy. It’s also very important that parents enjoy the book with their kids, because you’ll be reading it like 27 times in a row. There are a lot of different types of books that you can read aloud to kids in kindergarten, but I’m focusing on those that have good stories and good pictures. I’ve added a few chapter books at the end for you to read together. They’re easy to read and share with each other.
Gaston by Kelly DiPucchio and Christian Robinson
This book is a great way to learn about how different people are. Gaston doesn’t look like his three poodle siblings: Fi-Fi, Foo-Foo, and Ooh-La-La. He doesn’t look like them. At the park, he meets a family of dogs that look like him. They also have a dog that looks like his family. In this case, the mismatched puppies switch places, but something doesn’t feel right about the switch.
Use Your Imagination by Nicola O’ByRne
This book is a lot of fun because a bored rabbit is persuaded to write a story with a mean wolf. It’s a great lesson in narrative for kids, and they’ll be thrilled when our rabbit-y narrator turns the tables on the wolf at the end.
Stuck by Oliver Jeffers
My favorite read aloud book is this one. When a young boy gets his kite stuck in a tree, he tries to get it down by throwing things and animals into the leaves. A whale gets stuck in a tree! English firefighters are then thrown up there as well! This book is so wacky and cute that no one can stand it! I swear!
The One Day House by Julia Durango and Bianca Diaz
It’s Wilson’s dream to help his friend improve her home. When Wilson and Gigi are friends with each other, they show how a young boy and an elderly neighbor can be good friends. The story is about a community coming together to do something good. Great work with a lot of different things!
King Pig by Nick Bland
People in the land of sheep can do what King Pig wants them to do. People don’t like him even though he’s good. He gets angry and comes up with a way to make the sheep happy. Hilarious.
Bedtime is Canceled by Cece Meng
Most kids can agree with this idea. There are two sneaky kids who don’t like going to bed. They write a note that says “bedtime is cancelled!” The note is made public through the news, and it causes a lot of trouble. Kids stay up late and exhaust their parents, parents can’t work, and society is falling apart. The note is made public through the news. Bedtime is a part of life, and eventually the kids come to accept that it’s a must.
Number One Sam by Greg Pizzoli
Races are Sam’s favorite thing to do. One day, his best friend Maggie beats him. Sam has a new sense of insecurity. He needs to win the next race.
Maybe Something Beautiful by F. Isabel Campoy, Theresa Howell and Rafael López
A heartfelt story about a young girl who wants to use art to make her neighborhood less grey. based on the true story of how the Urban Art Trail in San Diego, California, came to be. It’s a really good story.
Kevin by Rob Biddulph
An adorable monster in a beautiful color scheme makes me smile. I love the clever, fun rhymes, and I can’t get enough of them! Little Sid blames an imaginary monster for all the trouble he causes. Then, Kevin the monster turns out to be real and Sid can’t believe it. The story changes in a cute way to teach Sid a lesson about being selfish, lying, and friendship.
Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty and David Roberts
Love the rhyme scheme in this book. The illustrations are also great. Tiny Ada Twist has too many questions for her parents to answer, so she asks them all herself. As they get used to her, they realize that she’s a super curious scientist kid who shouldn’t be stifled! Iggy Peck, Architect and Rosie Revere, Engineer are also great books in this series.
Wolfie the Bunny by Ame Dyckman and Zachariah Ohora
This book is a great way to teach siblings to love each other. Dot Bunny has a new brother – a wolf! Mom and Dad can’t get enough of her cute little Wolfie, but Dot thinks there must be a bad plan going on. This is a great read-aloud for kindergarteners because the refrain is always the same.
Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen
This story is so good. I love it. Annabelle finds a box of bright, soft yarn on a grey day in a small town. She makes a warm sweater for herself, and then the yarn box fills up and she can make gifts for all her friends. In this book, the art is warm and funny, and the story has a great message about being kind and considerate.
The Bear Who Wasn’t There by LeUyen Pham
During story time, I read this one time, and it was a real winner-winner! They laughed, and I felt good about myself because I was good at reading to kids.
Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise by Sean Taylor
An owl is trying to find food by dressing up in clever disguises. This is a cute and simple book. Hoot Owl’s disguises are very silly, and kids will find them very funny.
Can You Make A Scary Face? by Jan Thomas
It never fails to amaze me how enthusiastic kids are when it comes to taking part in books. Ask them to do a bunch of crazy things, and they’ll be all for it. All of Thomas’s books are great for this, but this one is my favorite. I like it the best.
Bark, George by Jules Pfeiffer
This is a story time favorite. It has all the best things: animal sounds, wacky illustrations, and a surprise at the very end. His mom doesn’t know why George won’t bark. He doesn’t seem to have a problem with mooing, quacking, or meowing, so why won’t he just bark like he used to do before?
Flo by Kyo Maclear and Jay Fleck
She’s small, but very cute, and she’s called Flo. The smallest and cutest, in fact. Even though she’s a little more slow than the rest of them, she still makes them want to hurry up. It doesn’t matter how simple Maclear’s writing is; it’s still very good, and kids will be able to understand how it feels to be small and slow.
Ducks Don’t Wear Socks by John Nedwidek and Lee White
In this case, Emily is very serious and Duck is… His weird accessories keep turning up all over the place. Emily knows that ducks don’t wear them. As a child, you’ll love Duck because he’s so different.
Mice Skating by Annie Silvestro and Teagan White
If you want to go ice skating, Lucy, a mouse, is a great fan. Her friends, on the other hand, want to stay inside where it’s warm and cheese is easy to get. Yes, she can get them to join her for some winter-themed fun. The story is cute, the art is beautiful, and the pages are full of cheese-y jokes (you’ll see).
Shhh! We Have a Plan by Chris Haughton
This picture book is very good at making you feel nervous or scared. Plan: A group of naive warriors have a way to get around. It’s not very well thought out, and most of it is just creeping around after a bird. a lot of repetition, which kids will want to help you with. a lot of repetition They especially like when they can join in on the shhhhhhing.