PreSchool thru Second Grade Booklist

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Early Childhood Picture Books - Preschool through Second Grade

Children in this age group would enjoy all of these books, but we have split them in two sections: Preschool and Primary.  the school-aged books have more plot.

SR, Silent Reader, indicates a book that a strong reader in the last half of second grade could read silently
*  indicates a classic book that belongs in any collection.

Mostly for Preschoolers
     Songs and Poems

Mostly for Primary
     People Real and Magic
     Animals Real and Magic
Mostly for preschoolers

Blackboard Bear by Martha Alexander SR
The Mitten by Jan Brett SR
Johnny Crow's Party by Leslie Brooke * SR
Petunia books by Duvoisin.
Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag * SR
Angelina Ballerina by Holabird SR
The Poky Little Puppy by Janet Sebring Lowrey SR
George and Martha by James Marshall SR
Blueberries for Sal, Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey * SR
Little Bear by Elsie Minarik, illus by Maurice Sendak * SR
Beatrix Potter, the small Warne editions, Peter Rabbit, Flopsy Bunnies *
Goodnight, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann SR
Horton Hatches the Egg by Dr. Seuss * SR
Little Grey Rabbit Books by Alison Uttley SR
The Elephant and the Bad Baby by Elfrida Vipont/Briggs SR
The Biggest Bear by Lynd Ward SR
The Bunny Planet Books, Shy Charles by Rosemary Wells SR
Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present by Charlotte Zolotow, illus Sendak * SR

Corduroy by Don Freeman SR
Teddy Bears Take the Train and others by Suzanna Gretz SR

People and Magic People
Peter in Blueberry Land and other books by Elsa Beskow*
Miss Jaster's Garden, Boedecker
All the Trotter Street Books by Shirley Hughes
Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson SR
Whistle for Willie, The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats * SR
Flicka, Ricka, and Dicka and Snipp, Snapp, and Snurr series by Maj Lindman SR
When the Root Children Wake Up by Sibylle von Olfers, fascinating illustrations
Tell Me a Mitzi by Lore Segal/Pincus
Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina * SR
Anna in Charge by Yoriko TsuTsui/Akiko Hayashi SR
The Moon Jumpers, by Janet Udry/Sendak
Owl Moon by Jane Yolen/Schoenherr SR
Umbrella by Taro Yashima

Machines at Work by Byron Barton SR
Little Toot by Hardy Gramatky SR
Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Burton * SR
The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper, illus by Hauman (not Lenski) *

Songs and Poems
Tortillitas para Mama ed. by Margot Griego, illus by Barbara Cooney
A Thai Lullaby by Minfong Ho SR
When the Sky is Like Lace by Elinor Lander, illus by Barbara Cooney
Nutshell Library by Maurice Sendak SR
Mommy, Buy Me a China Doll by Zemach

Mostly for Primary

All of the Little Tim books by Edward Ardizzone*
Andy and the Lion by James Daugherty
The Accident by Carol and Donald Carrick, others in series SR
Paddle-to-the-Sea by Holling C. Holling *
Harriet and the Promised Land by Jacob Lawrence
The Red Balloon by Albert Lamorisse
The Ice Horse, and The Boy Who Held Back the Sea by Thomas Locker
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Little Fox Goes to the End of the World by Ann Tompert, illus by Wallner

People Real and Magic
Walk Together Children, spirituals illus. by Ashley Bryan.
Patrick by Quentin Blake * SR
Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans * SR
The Little House by Virginia Burton * SR
In My Mother's House by Ann Nolan Clark, illus by Velino Herrera *SR
Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney *SR
Shortcut by Donald Crews.
The Little Snowgirl by Carolyn Croll (a happier version)
Don't Count Your Chickens, Abraham Lincoln by the d'Aulaires
Strega Nona by Tomie de Paola SR
The Fabulous Fireworks Family by James Flora
The Joking Man by James Flora
Buffalo Woman by Paul Goble
Katie Morag Delivers the Mail by Mairi Hedderwick
Nine Days to Christmas by Labastida and Ets *
The Tomten by Astrid Lindgren, illus by Harald Wilberg SR
The Man Whose Mother Was a Pirate by Margaret Mahy
Lentil, One Morning in Maine by Robert McCloskey * SR
Roxaboxen by Alice McLerran, illus by Barbara Cooney SR
Mirandy and Brother Wind by Patricia C. McKissack, illus by Pinkney SR
Harvey Potter's Balloon Farm by Jerdine Nolan, illus by Mark Buehner SR
Pedro of Olvera Street and other California picture books by Leo Politi
The Balancing Girl by Bernice Rabe, illus by Lilian Hoban SR
Tree of Cranes by Alan Say
Too Many Tamales by Gary Soto, illlus by Martinez
People by Peter Spier SR
A Bad Case of the Stripes David Shannon SR
Boy of the Three Year Nap retold by Dianne Snyder, illus by Allen Say
Stevie, and Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters by John Steptoe
Brave Irene by William Steig
Eloise and its sequels, Kay Thompson, illus by Hilary Knight
The Polar Express by Van Allsburg
A Chair for My Mother by Vera Williams SR

Animals, Real and Magic
Gabriel Churchkitten by Margot Austin
The Secret Hiding Place by Rainey Bennett
The Fast Sooner Hound by Arna Bontemps, illus by Jack Conroy
The Little Island by Golden MacDonald (M. W. Brown), illus by Weisgard * SR
Babar the King by Jean de Brunhoff, * (no dead mother in this one!)
Little Dumpty by Miko Imai SR
Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling, illus by J. M. Gleeson, individual stories illustrated by Rojankovsky.
The Country Bunny&the Little Gold Shoes by Dubose Heyward, illus by Flack *
Emmet Otter's Jug-band Christmas by Russell Hoban
The Story of Ferdinand by Monro Leaf/Lawson * SR
Tico and the Golden Wings by Leo Lionni *SR
High, Wide, and Handsome by Jean Merrill/Solber and others SR
April's Kittens, Barkis, Marshmallow by Clare Newberry
Tree of Birds by Susan Meddaugh SR
Church Mice books, Graham Oakley
Farewell to Shady Glade, and others by Bill Peet SR
Beatrix Potter Mrs. Tittlemouse, Mrs. Tiggywinkle *
Our Animal Friends at Maple Hill Farm by the Provensens *
Curious George by H. L. Rey
Horton Hatches the Egg, Thidwick and others by Dr. Seuss * SR
Roland the Minstrel Pig, and others by William Steig
Barbapappa's Ark Annette Tison SR