“Read it again, mom!” How many times have you heard that phrase after reading a favorite story for the fifteenth time? Preschoolers often want to read the same book many, many times. According to early childhood education experts, that’s not such a bad thing! Repetition helps little ones learn.
Sometimes, reading the same books over and over isn’t as much fun for mom or dad, though. If you’re looking for a little more variety when it comes to the books you read to your preschooler, you’re sure to find some new titles to enjoy together on this list. This collection features both classic picture books you’ll recognize from your own childhood as well as newer titles that you’ll love discovering together. Maybe you’ll even find a few to read more than once!
20 Books to Read This Summer with your Preschooler
- Little Tree by Loren Long – A little tree in the forest doesn’t change his leaves like the other trees do. Parents and children will all love this sweet story about growing up.
- Our Great Big Backyard by Laura Bush and Jenna Bush Hager – Jane plans to spend her summer playing video games, but her parents have other ideas! Follow her as she learns to appreciate the great outdoors on a family road trip.
- The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin – This cute and funny rhyming book expresses the love and dreams that parents have for their children with beautiful illustrations. Little ones will want to hear this one again and again!
- Oh, the Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss – A classic family favorite, this book is a great choice for children just starting daycare or school. Dr. Seuss, as always, encourages readers to accept themselves and be their best.
- Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle – Animal and truck sounds delight little readers in this story about being kind to animals. This story teaches a valuable lesson about helping others!
- Miss Twiggley's Tree by Dorothea Warren Fox – Miss Twiggley is very shy – but why? Everyone learns a lesson about accepting others in this fun book.
- A Bucket of Blessings by Kabir Sehgal – This beautiful picture book is inspired by a traditional Indian myth. Monkey finds out if the old stories about peacocks dancing for rain are really true.
- You're Here for a Reason by Nancy Tillman – In the big picture of life, everyone is here for a reason. Author Nancy Tillman shows us how in this picture book.
- Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown – This poetic bedtime book is beloved by many generations. Say goodnight!
- The Ugly Duckling by Stephen Mitchell – Everyone says this baby bird is ugly. He believes it – until he grows up to be more beautiful than anyone could have imagined!
- Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak – Max loves nothing more than to use his imagination and go “where the wild things are.” Enjoy this classic before heading off to have your own outdoor adventures!
- THE GOING TO BED BOOK by Sandra Boynton – Energetic animals settle down to sleep. Read this with little ones as you wind down for the day.
- I'll Follow the Moon by Stephanie Lisa Tara – Follow baby sea turtle on a nighttime journey home. This enchanting and educational story will inspire little animal lovers.
- The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt – Every artist feels uninspired from time to time. But this time, it’s Duncan’s crayons that want to call it quits!
- What Do You Do With an Idea? by Kobi Yamada – A child nurtures and grows his brilliant idea and turns it into something amazing. Perfect for any child who has ever had an idea they wanted to welcome into the world.
- Love You Forever by Robert Munsch – This is the heartwarming story of a mother’s love for her child. A classic story that belongs in every family’s home.
- The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires – A charming story about a little girl and her dog setting out to make the most magnificent thing. Read along as the they overcome frustration push on towards success.
- Waiting by Kevin Henkes – Five friends sit on a windowsill waiting for marvelous things to happen. Spark the imagination with this wonderful picture book.
- The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister – A visually appealing book with a heartfelt story. This modern classic follows along as a beautiful fish learns to make friends.
- I Wish You More by Amy Krouse Rosenthal – A wonderful book of endless wishes. Perfect for children of all ages.