Books for Pre-Readers

(Four- and Five-Year-Olds)

Cronin, Doreen
Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type
Print awareness
2000

Dunbar, Polly
Penguin
Print awareness
2007

Emberley, Ed
Go Away, Big Green Monster
Print motivation
1992

Falconer, Ian
Olivia
Print motivation
2000

Feiffer, Jules
Bark, George
Print motivation, narrative skills
1999

Fleming, Candace
Muncha, Muncha, Muncha
Phonological awareness, print motivation
2002

Henkes, Kevin
Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse
Print motivation
1996

Hutchins, Pat
The Doorbell Rang
Narrative skills
1986

London, Jonathan
Froggy Gets Dressed
Phonological awareness, print awareness
1992

Lund, Deb
All Aboard the Dinotrain and Dinosailors
Phonological awareness, vocabulary, print motivation

MacDonald, Suse
Alphabatics
Letter knowledge
1986

Martin, Bill
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
Letter knowledge, phonological awareness
1989

Massie, Diane Redfield
The Baby Beebee Bird
Phonological awareness, print motivation
2000

McLeod, Bob
Superhero ABC
Letter knowledge, phonological awareness
2006

McMullan, Kate and Jim
I Stink!
Print motivation, phonological awareness, letter knowledge
2002

O’Connor, Jane
Fancy Nancy (and other Fancy Nancy titles)
Vocabulary
2005

Rathmann, Peggy
Good Night, Gorilla
Narrative skills
1994

Sendak, Maurice
Where the Wild Things Are
Phonological awareness, print motivation
1963

Seuss, Dr.
Dr. Seuss’s ABC (and other titles by Dr. Seuss)
Phonological awareness, letter knowledge

Shannon, David
Duck on a Bike and No David!
Narrative skills

Slobodkina, Esphyr
Caps for Sale
Vocabulary, narrative skills
1947

Walsh, Ellen Stoll
Mouse Paint
Print awareness, print motivation
1989

Webb, Steve
Tanka Tanka Skunk
Phonological awareness
2004

Wells, Rosemary
Bunny Cakes and Get Set for Kindergarten series
Print awareness, phonological awareness, letter knowledge

Wiesner, David
Tuesday
Narrative skills
1991

Willems, Mo
Knuffle Bunny: a Cautionary Tale and Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus
Vocabulary, print motivation, narrative skills

Wood, Aubrey
The Napping House
Vocabulary, narrative skills
1984

Wood, Aubrey
Silly Sally
Phonological awareness
1992

Wormell, Chris
George and the Dragon
Print awareness, print motivation, vocabulary
2006

Yolen, Jane
How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night
Print motivation, phonological awareness
2000

More book suggestions for pre-readers are available at www.wccls.org under the Kid’s Place link, as well as bilingual book suggestions.

Ask a librarian for the accompanying Every Child Ready to Read @ your library brochure for more ideas about how you can help your child be ready to read.