21 Best Reading Books For Kinder Update 05/2022

Books for grade K: This list of books for kindergarteners has been put together by teachers and school librarians for kids ages 5 to 6. There are picture books, nursery rhymes, books to read together, and books that can be read alone for the first time, as well as books for more experienced readers. There are also books that encourage discussion, thought, imagination, writing ideas, and creative art, as well as books that give you writing prompts.

Books for Grade K (Kindergarten) – our recommendations

We Don’t Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins

Penelope can’t wait to start school and meet her new classmates. That means, because she’s a T-Rex dinosaur, she can’t wait to eat them. When you read this book for kids ages 3-5, however, things start to change.

Leave Me Alone! by Vera Brosgol

It’s a picture book that has won a lot of awards. Because of her large family, Grandma can’t finish knitting sweaters for all of them at the same time. She leaves home to find peace. When she goes on a trip, she meets goats, bears, and people from all over the world along the way. It’s not clear if she will ever finish her knitting.

Hey, Water! by Antoinette Portis

A fun non-fiction book for the classroom or at home. Learn about water in all its forms, find out what words are used to describe water, and link them to the pictures. The simple text explains how water moves through the world and why it is so important to us all.

I Don’t Want to Be a Frog by Dev Petty

A moral story about a young frog who can’t see the good in how things are and wants to be something else. His father, on the other hand, is very good at putting him in the real world. As a parent, you can read this with your kids, and as a teacher, you can read and talk about it with your class.

The Lion & the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney

The story is based on an Aesop fable and is about friendship and loyalty. A mouse saves a lion from being eaten by a lion after the lion decides not to eat him. The lion and its surroundings in the Serengeti are shown in beautiful art.

Ten on a Twig by Lo Cole

A great counting story with a lot of repetition. It’s great for people who aren’t very good at reading on their own to share with adults and read aloud. Creative and bright art could be a great starting point for bulletin boards and classroom displays.

Grumpy Monkey by Suzanne Lang

Jim’s friends have a lot of good ideas for how to make him feel better. But the more they try to help, the more angry Jim gets until he throws a fit. This is a good story for younger kids to read to help them talk about empathy because it has bright and funny art all the way through. Norman the gorilla is great.

I Am Enough by Grace Byers

An award-winning and beautifully illustrated book that teaches kids how to think positive, believe in themselves, and love different kinds of people in the world. A good book to start people talking about.

What Color Is Night? by Grant Snider

An imaginative picture book with dream-like nightscapes that will pique the interest of kindergarteners. A beautiful book to read at night.

Locomotive by Brian Floca

Onomatopoeic words in this picture book make the reader feel like they’re inside of a train or a locomotive. This book is evocative and exciting. A great book for kids who are interested in how things work.

Shh! We Have a Plan by Chris Haughton

It’s a good way for kindergarten-age kids to learn that it’s not just loud people who come up with good ideas, but quiet people, too. When a group of four friends try to catch a bird, they fail miserably until they listen to the one who is quiet and pays attention.

The Gingerbread Cowboy by Janet Squires

Cacti, cows, and coyotes are added to the traditional Gingerbread Man fairy tale in the Wild West setting, where the story takes place. Yeehaw! A wonderful, fun, and immersive rhyming story that uses clever repetition and catchy words to make it fun and easy to read.

The Word Collector by Peter H. Reynolds.

Jerome doesn’t like trading cards, coins, or stamps. Instead, he likes words. This man has a lot of things in his collection. He has short words that are easy to read, complicated words that are hard to understand, and words that can change or persuade. A very unique picture book that is great for encouraging a child’s imagination and interest in language.

One Tiny Turtle by Nicola Davies

A picture book that tells the story of one loggerhead turtle as she migrates thousands of miles over three decades is very cute and beautiful. This story is a good one to read and share with young children because it is educational, inspirational, and beautiful.

The Adventures of Beekle by Dan Santat

An adorable story about an imaginary friend who goes on a long journey to find a child to adopt him. This is a great picture book to help kids come up with creative writing and story ideas.

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña

To and from church every Sunday, CJ sees places that are very different from where he lives. Children in kindergarten will learn about a wide range of different neighborhoods, people, and backgrounds through this evocative picture book story.

Pink Is for Boys by Robb Pearlman

When a child wants to play baseball, try on different colors of clothes, or like unicorns, this story will show them that they can do what they want. A good book to start a conversation about and help kids learn how to be kind and accept others.

Tiger vs. Nightmare by Emily Tetri

In Tiger’s room, there is a monster that lives under the bed. But this isn’t your average monster. Every night, it scares away any dreams so Tiger can get some sleep. That’s not always the case. One day, there is a nightmare so big that it can’t be scared away. Will Tiger and Monster be able to find the courage to get through the nightmare? A bedtime story that ends up being positive and encouraging.

The Way Home in the Night by Akiko Miyakoshi

A picture book that’s filled with awe and wonder. There are many things that happen at night, and a young bunny wonders what they are. A good book for kindergarteners to read to get ideas for stories, like this one.

The Seven Silly Eaters by Mary Ann Hoberman

All kinds of crazy things happen when a busy mom has seven kids who all want different things to eat. The rhymed verse is very funny. A good way to show kids that being picky about what they eat can be bad.

Ish by Peter H. Reynolds

He loves to draw, but when his older brother says something that hurts him, his sister Marisol helps him see problems and obstacles in a new way. An inspirational book, and one that is great to read to kids who are afraid or don’t know what to do.

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