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Books to Read in Kindergarten

The Lexington Public Library Books to Read in Kindergarten is a diverse list of titles including award-winning books, notable children’s authors, and promising new works chosen by experienced Children’s Librarians at the Lexington Public Library.  This list now includes 100 books.

The list spans from the beginning of the 20th century with Beatrix Potter’s The Complete Adventures of Peter Rabbit to the beginning of the 21st century in Karen Beaumont’s rollicking I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More.  Not only is the modern Kindergarten experience celebrated in titles like, Rosemary Wells’ My Kindergarten but children are introduced to other cultures through an African folktale in Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock by Eric Kimmel, and the beauty of the Spanish language in Sherry Shahan’s Spicy Hot Colors.

Children and their parents will find books that are familiar, like Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, and old friends with new looks like The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper and new illustrations by Loren Long. Parents will be able to share favorite stories from their youths and discover new ones with their children.

The Lexington Public Library Books to Read in Kindergarten will take children to diverse locales like the Boston Public Garden, the South Pole, and a neighborhood in New York City and feature interesting characters, including bunnies, garbage trucks, steam shovels, dogs, bears, badgers, goats, and even vegetables.

It is our hope that the Lexington Public Library Books to Read in Kindergarten will provide parents and children with a valuable and enjoyable reading experience and will establish a firm foundation for a lifetime of reading.

This was formerly called 50 Books to Read in Kindergarten but has been updated since we have added more books.