Looking for a list of great books for your Kindergartners to read? Here are over 50 books early readers can read themselves arranged by book level. In this Kindergarten Book List, we’ve even included a free printable kindergarten reading list in the pdf file download to take with you to the library.
Kindergarten Book List
It can be overwhelming to pick out books at the library. All the early readers are all grouped together and kids can spend a long time opening up each cover to decipher the reading level! I don’t know about your kids, but mine get frustrated. Really frustrated. That is why I made this Kindergarten Book List! This kindergarten reading list will save you time by allowing you to quickly and easily find the right level of books for your kindergartens to read that are both fun-to-read, engaging, and appropriate for your child’s reading abilities.
Note: If you are confused with finding your child’s reading level make sure to read Making Sense of Reading Levels!
Kindergarten Reading List
Here are some of the BEST books for Kindergarten age kids to read themselves. You can conveniently order them from Amazon using the links provided so your child to read over and over to achieve fluency. OR print the convenient library book marks below for an easy way to get the books free from your local library. Books are listed from easiest to hardest with the Book Level used by most libraries in parenthesis for your convenience.
Books are listed from easiest to read to more advanced Kindergarten readers.
Books kindergarteners can read
The earliest readers will likely being in late preschool and early Kindergarten with these books:
I Want a Pet! by Cathy Morrison (0.3) follows a young boy who takes a trip to the zoo to find the perfect pet, and finds a surprising answer.
Show and Tell by Mercer Mayer (0.3) joins Little Critter at school as he tries to show all of his pets to his friends during Show and Tell, and causes a bit of commotion.
Big Brown Bear by David McPhail (0.4) is an easy to read story about a big brown Bear trying to fix up his tree house. The short, simple sentences tell a funny story when Little Bear’s actions cause some trouble for Bear.
The Foot Book by Dr. Seuss (0.6) is a silly rhyming book that explores all kinds of feet, and teaches kids about opposites.
I Love School! by Hans Wilhelm (0.6) features Noodles, a little white dog, who wants to go to school, but gets a little overwhelmed when he gets there. But some new friends help him realize how great school can be.
I Lost My Tooth! by Hans Wilhelm (0.7) follows a little puppy with a loose tooth who is determined to get treats from the Tooth Fairy, even if his missing tooth goes missing.
Biscuit Finds a Friend by Alyssa Satin Capucilli (0.8) revisits Biscuit the puppy as he meets a lost duckling and makes a new friend.
David Goes to School by David Shannon (0.9) is a silly story following the trouble making David as he goes to school and causes trouble with his antics.
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems (0.9) introduces readers to Pigeon, a determined bird who tries everything to convince the reader to let him drive the bus.
Big Pig and Little Pig by David McPhail (0.9) follows Big Pig and Little Pig as they try to build a pool.
Please Write Back! by Jennifer E. Morris (0.9) tells the story of a little alligator named Alfie who writes a letter to his Grandma, and waits for her response.
Books that Kindergarteners can read
By mid year, your kinders will be ready to read these books with easy, fun-to-read text and cute illustrations:
Bear and Bee by Sergio Ruzzier (1.0) introduces the reader to a hungry bear who goes on a search for honey after hibernation, only to meet a friendly bee who offers to share.
Cinderella’s Countdown to the Ball by Heidi Kilgras (1.0) is an easy reading book that encourages the reader to count along with the familiar fairy tale.
Busy, Busy, Butterfly by Molly Carroll (1.0) is an easy to read book that introduces kids to the life cycle of butterflies.
How to Be a Kitten by Sharon Callen (1.0) is a colorful book that walks the reader through the daily routine of 3 new kittens and their mother.
Happy Birthday, Princess! by Jennifer Liberts Weinberg (1.0) is a sweet rhyming book that visits a variety of Disney princesses as they celebrate their birthdays.
Let’s Go for a Drive! by Mo Willems (1.0) features the beloved characters Gerald and Piggie as they think about going for a drive. The text is told through conversation bubbles between the two characters.
Princesses and Puppies by Jennifer Liberts Weinberg (1.0) follows the Disney princesses as they laugh and play with a variety of cute puppies.
The Sandcastle by Ira Wood (1.0) tells the story of a young boy named Miguel and his Dad as they build a sandcastle together.
The Berenstain Bears’ Big Bear, Small Bear by Stan Berenstain (1.0) follows Big Bear and Small Bear as they try on different hats and teach kids the concepts of big and small.
What’s in the Sky, Dear Dragon? by Margaret Hillert (1.0) explores all of the things to see in the day and night skies through the eyes of a young boy and his pet dragon.
Anna’s Best Friends by Christy Webster (1.1) is a simple retelling of the popular Disney movie “Frozen”, following Anna and her friends as they try to save their kingdom.
Petting Zoo by Deborah Lock (1.1) introduces kids to a variety of animals and what it takes to care for them.
All by Myself! by Aliki (1.1) is a rhyming book that follows a young child as he gets ready for the day all by himself.
Hog and Dog by Diane Wright Landolf (1.1) is a story of friendship between a hog and a dog as they try different sports together and cheer each other on.
May I Please Have a Cookie? by Jennifer E. Morris (1.1) is a funny story that follows Alfie the alligator as he tries all different ways to get one of his mom’s cookies, and learns an important lesson about manners.
Must be Santa by Tim Moore (1.1) is an adorable illustrated version of the popular Christmas song.
Monkey Play by Alyssa Satin Capucilli (1.1) joins a group of adorable monkeys as they race around playing together throughout the day.
Before and After by Joy Frisch-Schmoll (1.2) explores the concepts of before and after with full color photographs and simple text.
Clifford the Big Red Dog by Norman Bridwell (1.2) introduces the reader to Emily Elizabeth and her large red dog named Clifford.
Baby Pandas by Bethany Olson (1.2) teaches the reader about baby panda bears with adorable pictures and easy to read sentences.
Puppy Mudge Finds a Friend by Cynthia Rylant (1.2) is a story of friendship between Mudge the puppy and his new cat friend named Fluffy.
Flying High by Nick Eliopulos (1.2) features the DC Super Friends as they face off against the Penguin and all the birds in Gotham.
Go, Dog. Go! by P.D. Eastman (1.2) is a a funny story full of brightly colored dogs all doing silly things.
Construction Kitties by Judy Sue Goodwin-Sturges (1.2) follows a group of kittens as they work hard on a construction site to build something special.
The Berenstain Bears Ride the Thunderbolt by Stan Berenstain (1.2) joins the beloved Berenstain Bear family as they spend the day at the Bear Country Amusement Park.
Ballet Stars by Joan Holub (1.2) showcases all the fun of ballet dancing, with simple text and brightly colored illustrations.
Mittens at School by Lola M. Schaefer (1.2) follows a young boy named Nick as he brings his kitten Mittens to school for show and tell, leading to a bit of chaos.
I Like Bugs by Margaret Wise Brown (1.2) uses a very simple repetitive text and colorful illustrations to highlight a child’s love of bugs.
Too Many Dogs by Lori Haskins (1.2) is a fun book full of dogs of all sizes, colors, and breeds. The simple text is paired with busy, colorful illustrations.
Money, Money Honey Bunny! by Marilyn Sadler (1.2) teaches kids about saving and spending money with the help of Honey Bunny FunnyBunny.
I Love Rocks by Cari Meister (1.2) is an easy to read introduction to different types of rocks, with simple text and funny illustrations.
Great Day for UP by Dr. Seuss (1.3) introduces the reader to the different meanings of the word “up” through funny illustrations and simple text.
Richard Scarry’s Readers Cake Soup by Erica Farber (1.3) follows Huckle Cat and Bridget as they try to make a cake for Lowly Worm’s birthday.
Honey Helps by Laura Godwin (1.3) explores the relationship between Honey the cat and Happy the dog, using short simple sentences, and cute illustrations.
Ink, Wink, and Blink Work Out! by Pete Whitehead (1.3) encourages kids to get up and get moving with the silly animal characters.
We Play on a Rainy Day by Angela Shelf Medearis (1.3) celebrates the joys of playing in the rain, when dressed in appropriate clothing.
See Me Dig by Paul Meisel (1.3) follows a group of dogs who love to dig. They keep digging and trying to find the perfect spot, disturbing other animals in the process.
Tiny Goes to the Library by Cari Meister (1.3) shows what happens when Tiny the big dog goes to the library with his best friend.
Beep! Beep! It’s Beeper! by Carole Lexa Schaefer (1.3) introduces kids to Beeper, a friendly alien who likes to paint, count, bake, and more.
Follow Me, Mittens by Lola M. Schaefer (1.3) follows Mittens the kitten as she goes on a walk with her friend Nick and gets lost.
Listen to My Trumpet! by Mo Willems (1.3) shows what happens when Piggie wants to play her new trumpet for her best friend Gerald the elephant.
Noodles: No Kisses, Please! by Hans Wilhelm (1.3) follows Noodles the puppy as he tries to avoid getting kisses from visiting Auntie Judy.
Free Kindergarten books
To make it east to find great books for your new reader I made a printable from this list. There are 10 different styles.
- The first 5 are in color. Just print, fold in half, and laminate to make a convenient bookmark they can bring along to the library. They can go through them in order and check them off with a dry erase marker when they’ve read a book.
- The next 5 are in black and white to save on printing costs or to allow your Kindergartner to personalize their list. You can either print it on cardstock and cut apart to make 2 separate bookmarks (one with easier and the 2nd with more difficult books) OR you can print on plain paper and allow them to color it. Then fold in half and laminate. Use with a dry erase or sharpie marker to mark off books your child reads.
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- Monthly Reading Log – this free printable has ‘traditional’ monthly themes
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- 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
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By reading books in order they will confidently read and be successful while gaining a lot of practice and exposure to a lot of vocabulary.
Reading List for Kindergarten
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