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Original 50 Books to Read in Kindergarten Lists

The 50 Books

  1. The Ugly Duckling
    by Hans Christian Andersen/Jerry Pinkney
  2. Hi! Fly Guy
    by Tedd Arnold
  3. I Ain't Gonna Paint No More
    by Karen Beaumont
  4. Book! Book! Book!
    by Deborah Bruss/Tiphanie Beeke
  5. A Splendid Friend Indeed
    by Suzanne Bloom
  6. Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel
    by Virginia Lee Burton
  7. The Very Hungry Caterpillar
    by Eric Carle
  8. Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed
    by Eileen Christelow
  9. The Neighborhood Mother Goose
    by Nina Crews
  10. Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type
    by Doreen Cronin
  11. Strega Nona: an Old Tale
    by Tomie de Paola
  12. Snowballs
    by Lois Ehlert
  13. Bark, George
    by Jules Feiffer
  14. In the Small, Small Pond
    Denise Fleming
  15. Hattie and the Fox
    by Mem Fox
  16. Corduroy
    by Don Freeman
  17. How Are You Peeling? Foods With Moods
    by Saxton Freymann and Joost Elffers
  18. Millions of Cats
    by Wanda Gag
  19. Three Billy Goats Gruff
    by Paul Galdone
  20. Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse
    by Kevin Henkes
  21. Bedtime for Frances
    by Russell Hoban
  22. Harold and the Purple Crayon
    by Crockett Johnson
  23. The Wolf's Chicken Stew
    by Keiko Kasza
  24. The Snowy Day
    by Ezra Jack Keats
  25. Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock
    by Eric Kimmel
  26. Tacky the Penguin
    by Helen Lester
  27. Swimmy
    by Leo Lionni
  28. Frog and Toad are Friends
    by Arnold Lobel
  29. Make Way for Ducklings
    by Robert McCloskey
  30. I Stink!
    by Kate and Jim McMullan
  31. Goldilocks and the Three Bears
    by James Marshall
  32. Little Bear
    by Else Holmelund Minarik
  33. The Little Engine That Could
    by Watty Piper/Loren Long
  34. The Complete Adventures of Peter Rabbit
    by Beatrix Potter
  35. Mother, Mother I Want Another
    by Maria Polushkin Robbins/Jon Goodell
  36. The Relatives Came
    by Cynthia Rylant
  37. Down the Road
    by Alex Schertle
  38. Where the Wild Things Are
    by Maurice Sendak
  39. Green Eggs and Ham
    by Dr. Seuss
  40. Spicy Hot Colors
    by Sherry Shahan
  41. Gregory, the Terrible Eater
    by Mitchell Sharmat
  42. Sheep in a Jeep
    by Nancy Shaw
  43. Caps for Sale
    by Esphyr Slobodkina
  44. Pete's a Pizza
    by William Steig
  45. There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed
    a Fly by Sims Taback
  46. My Kindergarten
    by Rosemary Wells
  47. Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus
    by Mo Willems
  48. King Bidgood's in the Bathtub
    by Don and Audrey Wood
  49. How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night?
    by Jane Yolen
  50. Harry, the Dirty Dog
    by Gene Zion
  51. A Bad Case of Stripes
    by David Shannon
  52. A Chair for My Mother
    by Vera B. Williams
  53. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
    by Judith Viorst
  54. Bear Snores On
    by Karma Wilson
  55. Bill Grogan’s Goat
    by Mary Ann Hoberman
  56. Biscuit
    by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
  57. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
    by Judi Barrett
  58. Fireman Small
    by Wong Herbert Yee
  59. Fish, Swish! Splash, Dash!: Counting Round and Round 
    by Suse MacDonald
  60. Froggy Gets Dressed
    by Jonathan London
  61. Hurry! Hurry!
    by Eve Bunting
  62. I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato
    by Lauren Child
  63. It Looked Like Spilt Milk
    by Charles G. Shaw
  64. Lemons Are Not Red
    by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
  65. Leo the Late Bloomer
    by Robert Kraus
  66. Llama, Llama Red Pajama
    by Anna Dewdney
  67. Look Out, Kindergarten, Here I Come!
    by Nancy Carlson
  68. Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile
    by Bernard Waber
  69. Mañana, Iguana
    by Ann Whitford Paul
  70. Me I Am!
    by Jack Prelutsky
  71. Miss Nelson is Missing
    by Harry Allard
  72. Mr. Gumpy’s Outing
    by John Burningham
  73. Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!
    by Candace Fleming
  74. Oh No, Gotta Go!
    by Susan Middleton Elya
  75. Old MacDonald Had a Farm
    by Jane Cabrera
  76. Olivia
    by Ian Falconer
  77. Once I Ate a Pie
    by Patricia MacLachlan
    and Emily MacLachlan Charest
  78. Orange Pear Apple Bear
    by Emily Gravett
  79. Owl Babies
    by Martin Waddell
  80. Please, Puppy, Please
    by Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee
  81. Rapunzel
    by Paul Zelinsky
  82. Snowmen at Night
    by Caralyn Buehner
  83. Stellaluna
    by Janell Cannon
  84. Stone Soup
    by Marcia Brown
  85. The Biggest Bear
    by Lynd Ward
  86. The Carrot Seed
    by Ruth Krauss
  87. The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash
    by Trinka Hakes Noble
  88. The Doorbell Rang
    by Pat Hutchins
  89. The Empty Pot
    by Demi
  90. The Jacket I Wear in the Snow
    by Shirley Neitzel
  91. The Mitten
    by Jan Brett
  92. The Mysterious Tadpole
    by Steven Kellogg
  93. The Seals on the Bus
    by Lenny Hort
  94. The Story of Ferdinand
    by Munro Leaf
  95. The Stray Dog
    by Marc Simont
  96. There’s a Nightmare in My Closet
    by Mercer Mayer
  97. Tikki Tikki Tembo
    by Arlene Mosel
  98. Too Much Noise
    by Ann McGovern
  99. Turtle’s Race With Beaver: A Traditional Seneca Story
    by Joseph Bruchac
  100. Whose Chick Are You?
    by Nancy Tafuri