Looking for the best kindergarten books to read aloud, this book list is filled with great books you Kindergarteners will love to hear? Just print the pdf file with the free printable kindergarten read alouds library book list to take with you to the library.
Best Kindergarten Books to Read Aloud
Here are some of the BEST books for to read aloud to Kindergarten age kids. You can conveniently order them from Amazon using the links provided so you can read these classics to your child over and over again or print the convenient book marks below to check them out for free from your local library.
It can be overwhelming to pick out books at the library. There are so many it is hard to find the gems for kids at different ages. Here are 45 books your Kindergarten will love to have red to them!
Note: If you are confused with finding your child’s reading level make sure to read Making Sense of Reading Levels!
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Kindergarten Read Alouds
A Grand Old Tree by Mary Newell Depalma illustrates the life cycle of a tree through simple lyrical text and colorful illustrations, showing the life that happens in the branches of one tree.
Africa Calling by Dan Adlerman visits the animals across Africa as night falls. The rhyming text and beautiful illustrations lull little ones to sleep.
Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse by Leo Lionni introduces the reader to Alexander, a real mouse who wonders why he is chased away while WIlly the wind-up mouse is beloved.
Animalia by Graeme Base takes the reader through the alphabet with creative illustrations and descriptive sentences only using words starting with each letter of the alphabet.
Bartholomew and the Oobleck by Dr. Seuss follows the mishaps in the Kingdom of Didd when the King’s royal magicians make Oobleck fall from the sky.
Bear’s New Friend by Karma Wilson visits the sweet Bear and his woodland friends as they investigate a strange noise and find a shy new friend.
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Eric Carle is a rhyming book with a catchy repeating text that introduces kids to colors and animals.
Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina follows a peddler as he tries to sell a stack of hats that he carries around on his head, and deals with a group of mischievous monkeys.
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. is a colorful rhyming book that introduces kids to upper and lower case letters through a silly story. Kids will love chanting along as the lower case letters race up the coconut tree.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett tells the fantastical story of Chewandswallow, a town where food and drinks fell from the sky.
Corduroy by Don Freeman introduces kids to the bear named Corduroy, who goes on a mission to find his missing button so someone will take him home.
Curious George in the Snow by H. A. and Margaret Rey takes kids on an adventure at a ski lodge with Curious George and the man in the yellow hat.
Easy Street by Rita Gray is a rhyming book with simple text and adorable illustrations that teach kids how a street is paved.
Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel is a collection of five stories about the two friends and the adventures they have together.
Froggy Gets Dressed by Jonathan London follows the energetic Froggy as he gets dressed and tries to run out to play in the snow.
Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae is a sweet story about a giraffe named Gerald who learns how to dance to his own tune.
Goodbye Earth, Hello Moon! by Gabriel Meil explores the topic of global warming through the responses of various animals who want to leave Earth for the moon.
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss is a classic rhyming book that follows the back and forth banter between the two characters in the story as Sam-I-Am tries to convince the main character to try green eggs and ham.
Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney follows a conversation between Little Nutbrown Hare and Big Nutbrown Hare as they share the depths of their love and affection.
How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman takes readers on a trip around the world gathering the ingredients to make an apple pie.
If You Give a Cat a Cupcake by Laura Numeroff is a silly story that imagines the events that could occur after giving a cupcake to a cat, told in a circular story.
In the Castle by Anna Milbourne tells the story of a boy named Harry, and life in a castle long ago.
Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney is a sweet rhyming story that follows a llama and his mother as he learns to go to bed on his own.
Make Way for Duckling by Robert McCloskey follows Mrs. Mallard as she tries to get her little ducklings safely to their new home through the streets of Boston.
Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton tells the tale of Mike Mulligan and his steam shovel Mary Anne as they attempt to prove that they are an unstoppable team, even against newer machinery.
Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! by Candace Fleming uses fun sound effects and colorful illustrations to tell the story of Mr. McGreely, his garden, and the bunnies who eat from it.
Owl Babies by Martin Waddell takes readers to the home of an owl family when owl babies wake up to find their mother is gone, and wait for her to return to them.
Roasted Peanuts by Tim Egan is a tale of friendship featuring two baseball loving friends who try out for the local team together.
Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy E. Shaw is a fun rhyming tale following sheep driving around the country in a bright red jeep.
Shhhh! Everybody’s Sleeping by Julie Marks is a sweet story that imagines how people in different places and careers sleep at night, pairing rhyming text with gentle illustrations.
Snow by Uri Shulevitz highlights the magic of an upcoming snowfall, following one little boy and his dog as they watch the snow start to pile up.
Under the Ground by Anna Milbourne introduces kids to what can be found under the ground, at various depths and levels.
Swimmy by Leo Lionni follows a brave little fish as he helps his friends to face the dangers lurking deep in the sea.
The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn is a touching tale of a little racoon and his mother facing the first day of school together with an easy loving ritual.
The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper is a classic tale of determination featuring a small blue train who attempts to help stranded toys get over a hill and reach the kids on the other side.
The Little Red Hen by Jerry Pinkney follows a little red hen as she attempts to make bread with seeds she finds, without the help of the other lazy animals.
The Mitten by Jan Brett is a funny story about a group of woodland animals who all try to climb into a child’s missing mitten. Kids will enjoy the silly conclusion and the detailed illustrations.
The Neighborhood Mother Goose by Nina Crews pairs familiar Mother Goose rhymes with colorful photographs and creative illustrations.
The Snowy Day by Ezra Keats celebrates the joy of a snowy day by following a young boy named Peter as he wanders the streets exploring the snowy world.
The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf introduce kids to Ferdinand, the big, strong bull who would rather smell the flowers than fight.
The Three Billy Goats Gruff by Paul Galdone is a classic story following three goat brothers as they try to get to the greener grass on the other side of the troll guarded bridge.
The Three Pigs by David Wiesner is a creatively illustrated version of the classic story, combining different illustration styles and dialogue bubbles to bring the story to life.
The Three Little Rigs by David Gordon is super cute twist on a classic story. Follow three little rigs as they set out on their own to build their own garages, which must stand up to the wrecking ball.
The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christian Anderson is a classic tale of survival that follows an awkward young duckling as he struggles against bullying and harsh conditions to find where he belongs.
Tubby the Tuba by Paul Tripp introduces the reader to Tubby, a tuba who wants to play beautiful music and learns an important lesson from a bullfrog.
Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein is a collection of poems and silly illustrations that range from hilarious to profound, encouraging kids to explore different kinds of poetry.
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Free Printable Reading Logs
- Monthly Reading Log – this free printable has ‘traditional’ monthly themes
- Bookshelf Free Printable Reading Logs – super cute and fun for kids of all ages!
- Pencil Free Printable Reading Logs -print reading worksheet and color a pencil for each book you read
- Frozen Free Printable Reading Logs – kids will have fun tracking their reading and the books they’ve read with this motivating free printable for kids of all ages
- Princess Free Printable Reading Logs – students will have fun tracking their reading with these free printable reading logs
- Super Hero Free Printable Reading Logs – using a favorite theme of kids will encourage kids to read
- Cars Free Printable Book Logs – children will have fun tracking the books they’ve read with these clever free reading log
- Summer Free Printable Reading Logs – students will be motivated to read this summer with these ideas
- Reading Comprehension Bookmarks – this is a great tool for making sure kids are understanding what they are reading
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- Kindergarten Calendar Printable
- Days of the Week Worksheets
- Kindergarten Spelling Words – add a vowel practice
- Free Kindergarten spelling words Printable
- Hoppy Frog Math Game (addition within 10 and addition to 20)
- Goldfish Kindergarten Subtraction Games
- Roll to 100 Counting Game
- Flower Shape Kindergarten Math Crafts
- Kids will have fun as they color and learn with these Ordinal Number Worksheets
- Spring Kite Skip Counting Craft
- Pirate I Spy Worksheets
- Crack the Code Worksheet Pages for Kindergarten and first graders
- Playdough Subtraction Smash free printable math activity
- Dinosaur Theme Kindergaten Math Worksheets
- What Comes Next Kindergarten Math
- Free Ice Cream Math Worksheets
- Short i cvc worksheets cut and paste pdf
- Short E CVC Words Booklet
- Crack the Code CVC Word Worksheets
- Short a CVC Word Book
- Crayon CVC Words Activity
- CVC Word Puzzles Free Printable
- Word Family Sliders Free – lots of styles to print in color or black and white
- Blowing Bubbles Word Family Activities
- Monster Match CVC Word Activity
- Free Printable Seasons Worksheets w/ Free 4 Season Printables
- Large Printable Weather Unit for kids
- Rain Cloud for Kids experiment and free worksheet
- Water Cycle for Kids Printable Book
- Lots of weather printables to help kids learn about weather terms while epracticing math and literacy skills
- Grab this free printable 5 senses preschool printables to explore the senses of sight, taste, sound, smell, and touch
- Human Body human body playdough mats – lots of choices to learn about various systems of the body including simple for preschoolers, skeletal system, organs, muscles, nerves, and more!
- EPIC, Life-size Human Body Project
- Amazing 5 Senses for kids lesson to explore with hands on activities, videos, books, and more!
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- Free Printable Community Helpers Matching Game
Best Kindergarten Books to Read
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