Favorite Books: Preschoolers

20 Books for your Preschooler

Favorite Books: Preschoolers (Age 3-5)

At this age, your child is more than willing to sit down for longer reading sessions and enjoy more drawn out story lines.  There are a plethora of amazing books to choose from at this age, and could not keep it to one list.  I previously posted on our favorite authors, but this list includes many of the other books we read again and again in our house.

Disclosure – The book recommendations below link to Amazon.  These are affiliate links, which means if you decide to make a purchase through my link, Amazon may pay me a commission for it. This does not cost you anything additional.




















Did I miss any of your favorite books?  Tell us in the comments!

Koala Crate Review - music

Koala Crate Review – Music

Koala Crate Review - music - lemon blvd

It has been awhile since M received two Kiwi Crate boxes for her birthday.  After we had an opportunity to try them out, we decided it was worth the cost to sign up for the subscription.

Kiwi Crate subscriptions currently start at $60.00 for 3 months ($20.00/month) and go up to $205.00 for 12 months ($17.09/month).  In lieu of a subscription, they also allow you to purchase single crates, at an individual price of $19.95 plus shipping.

When I went to the site, they had a coupon code which actually made it more economical to purchase individual boxes, so we went that route.  While I had one or two Kiwi Crates in the mix, we ended up selecting some from the Koala Crate section as well.

The cost for a subscription to Koala Crate is the same as Kiwi Crate, however the boxes are targeted for the 3-4 year old age group.  When our six boxes I arrived, I quickly put them in a closet so I could pull just one out a time, and mimic the subscription service.

 

The first box we pulled out was music.

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It came with a small “imagine” book which included stories, activities, and picture search pages.

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There were three small activities in this box, and instructions for all three were in a single booklet.  Each activity had a gauge for the messiness factor, and parental involvement.

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We started with the dancing silk.  The kids always enjoy kitchen activities, and mixing the Kool-Aid “dye” was no exception.  We checked on the silk scarf a few times as it say, so the kids could better see the process of dying the silk.  As we waited for the silk to change color and then dry, we did the other activities.

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Next on the list was the singing trumpet.  Each kid placed a few stickers on the cardboard tube, and then we tested it out with different numbers of holes in the tissue paper to see how the sound changed.

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The last activity was the rhythm game.  All of the kids had fun playing with the guiro, and I must say it was a high-quality musical instrument which will certainly be kept in our collection!  J was the only one who wanted to try all f the different rhythm patterns.

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This was a wonderful crate for my kids, and I continue to be impressed by the quality of the product.

50+ Books for your Preschooler - favorite authors and series - lemon blvd

Favorite Books: Preschooler Authors and Series

50+ Books for your Preschooler - favorite authors and series - lemon blvd

Favorite Books: Preschoolers (Age 3-5)

At this age, your child is more than willing to sit down for longer reading sessions and enjoy more drawn out story lines.  There are a plethora of amazing books to choose from at this age, and could not keep it to one list.  This list is dedicated to our favorite authors; those we have specifically sought out for additional books either because their writing style worked for our children or the book series was excellent.  Some of these books appear on prior lists, but are too good to pass up if you have not already put them into your library.

Disclosure – The book recommendations below link to Amazon.  These are affiliate links, which means if you decide to make a purchase through my link, Amazon may pay me a commission for it. This does not cost you anything additional.

Favorite Authors

Chris Van Dusen





Oliver Jeffers






Julia Donaldson





Leo Lionni





Dr. Seuss





 

Favorite Series

Pete the Cate


Diary of a… Bug Series


Skippyjon Jones



Andrea Beaty’s Kid Careers

Ada Twist – Coming Soon!

Day the Crayons Quit

 

The following book series did not quite stick in our house, but are greatly loved in other households so I did not want to leave them off the list.




These were the favorite authors and book series in our house; what are yours?

Quiet Book Page - Winter Fun - Snowman and penguin sledding

My Quiet Book – Winter Fun

The last page of our quiet book is all about winter fun.  It includes two main elements of play: building a snowman and a sledding penguin.

Winter Fun Quiet Book Page - lemon blvd

 

The snowman pieces tuck away into a pocket in the hill, and when you are ready to build each section of the snowman will attach to the page with velcro.  The kids can then choose from different hats and accessories.  I found an excellent pattern here which included many of the pieces.

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The penguin slides up and down the hill on a ribbon.  I am not certain where I found the penguin, though it is possible it is not from a quiet book, but I might have found a drawing somewhere that I used for inspiration.  There is a nice tutorial here of how to put together a felt item that moves on ribbon.  You can also see in the picture below, the detail added with the snowflakes using sequins and beads.

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This page builds a few different skills, including using velcro, sliding an item along a ribbon, and putting things into and taking them out of a pouch.  It also encourages imaginative play.

Quiet Book Page - Build a Sandcastle

My Quiet Book – Sandcastle

 

Another popular quiet book page is all about the beach: building a sandcastle!  I found a great free pattern here.  Because I wanted a quiet book with many different activities, but not too bulky, I reduced the pattern to have everything fit on one page.

Sandcastle Quiet Book Page - includes castle and bucket for storage - lemon blvd

As I was looking at similar pages, I stumbled across this one.  The door of the castle flaps down to reveal a sewn on crab.  It was so adorable, and added a touch of whimsy to the page.

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When we are done playing, all of the pieces tuck into the sand bucket.  Note the decorative seashells at the bottom of the page, which add just a bit more to the page.

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This page primarily encourages imaginative play, however it does allow the kids to practice taking things out and putting them back into the bucket, and includes a flap that lifts down.  There is also texture on the crab and seashells.

Books for your Toddler - books to build a children's library

Favorite Books: Toddlers

Books for your Toddler - books to build a children's library

Favorite Books: Toddlers (2-3 Years Old)

This is a difficult age, as some children are ready for longer and more complicated story lines, while others still prefer the shorter stories from years past.  I saw this difference even within my own children.   If you have not already, you might start venturing beyond board books and including paper pages in your collection.

Amazon usually offers a “Look inside” the book so you can read the first couple of pages, and decide whether you think your child is ready or not.  Another great option is to visit your local library to preview a story before purchasing your own copy.

Disclosure – The book recommendations below link to Amazon.  These are affiliate links, which means if you decide to make a purchase through my link, Amazon may pay me a commission for it. This does not cost you anything additional.

Animals 
The books below are not all about animals, but close!  The list includes a mix of land animals, dinosaurs, and water life.

















 

Just For Fun
A few of our favorite books, which simply do not fit into any other category, some of which induce giggles from your little one for their silliness, including a pea who hates eating candy!




Love
It never hurts to remind your child the depths of a parent’s love.


 

Bedtime
Having a few books dedicated to going to sleep are never a bad idea.  It helps set the tone for your toddler as you prepare for bedtime.






Bear Snores On

 

What are your favorite books for this age?

Books for your Young Toddler - building a children's library

Favorite Books: Young Toddler

50+ Books for your Young Toddler - lemon blvd

Favorite Books for Young Toddlers (12-24 months)

In this age group you can expand on your baby’s first library, by including books with longer sentences and more depth.  Your toddler will be more aware of the world around, and will be interested to learn more each day.  You will likely want to continue to choose board books when practical, to ensure they withstand being dragged, thrown, and chewed on.

Disclosure – The book recommendations below link to Amazon.  These are affiliate links, which means if you decide to make a purchase through my link, Amazon may pay me a commission for it. This does not cost you anything additional.

Educational
These books focus on key learning concepts, and introduce your toddler to some of the first words they will need to communicate.










 

Interactive
These books provide for an additional element of interaction to reading, such as a touch and feel texture, objects to count, lift the flap, or special movements.  There are many books in the That’s Not My… series, including animals, transportation, and many more.









Bedtime
While you can read any book before your little one’s bedtime, having a few dedicated books about going to bed helps get your child in the right mindset.  Of course, some of these are better at calming than others!






 

Dr. Seuss
This is a great age to introduce the whimsical world of Dr. Seuss.  While many books can be too long to hold your toddler’s attention span, there are several which are perfect to start your book collection.




Sandra Boynton
These books are a favorite in many households.  The books are playful, and have a great rhythm which makes them fun to read to toddlers.  You may have noticed a few of her books in the bedtime section as well.







 

Just for Fun
Given the age, it makes sense that most of the books available involve animals.  However you will find other themes in the list below, including bugs, farm life, and transportation.










 

Love
What better way to spend time with your toddler, than talking about a parent’s love.





So what are your favorite books for young toddlers?

Quiet Book Page - Ice Cream Sundae and Cones

My Quiet Book – Ice Cream Parlor

Another page in our quiet book that is all about imaginative play, is the ice cream parlor.

Ice Cream Parlor - Quiet Book Page - lemon blvd

 

This is an adorable page, which was created using the free pattern here.  The only main change I made to the page was the inclusion of a sprinkles jar, found from the same website here.  Instead of decorative candy jars, this sprinkle jar has an open top with a spoon that can be placed inside, giving the illusion of putting sprinkles onto the spoon.

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All of the ice cream can tuck into the containers on the left page , and the toppings fit in the purple bowl for storage.

 

Like many of my other pages, this one is less about skill building and more about entertaining.   There is an element of texture on this page with the beads for sprinkles,  and stitching on the waffle cones.  In addition, the kids can practice putting things in and taking them out of a container.

 

 

My Quiet Book – Picnic Page

In a previous post I showed pictures of the camping page in our quiet book.  Anytime we go camping or hiking, we like to have a picnic, so of course we including a picnic page in our book!

Picnic Quiet Book Page - lemon blvd

 

The kids have always enjoyed playing eeBoo’s The Picnic Game, so it made sense to include a picnic theme in the quiet book.  I actually used their favorite foods from this game as a template.

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Everything tucks inside of the picnic basked when not in use.

Picnic Quiet Book Page - food tucks into the basket for storage - lemon blvd

 

This page primarily encourages imaginative play, however it does allow the kids to practice taking things out and putting them back into a pouch.

Favorite Books: Baby’s First Library

30 Books for Baby's First Library

Baby’s First Library (0-12 months)

In this age group you want to focus on books with simple text, bright colors or textures, and of course books made from a sturdy material, to endure teething or rough play.  Short books are a good choice; if you have a wriggly little one you can engage them in shorter reading sessions, but if they are enjoying the moment you can simply read more than one!

The images of the books below link to Amazon.  These are affiliate links, which means if you decide to make a purchase through my link, Amazon may pay me a commission for it. This does not cost you anything additional.

Educational
These books are all about introducing your baby to new words and basic concepts.  While you will undoubtedly talk with your little one throughout the day about these things, the books give you another way to introduce your child to the words.









Contrast
There is such a thing as pictures which are too busy.  A page with several colors and objects can be overwhelming, but simple high-contrast images can actually hold your new baby’s attention. There is a nice article on visual stimulation by Dr. Sears which discusses  contrasting colors.

Animals
What child doesn’t like animals?  Of course any animal book is an obvious choice. These were some of our favorites for their rhymes, or additional features such as lift-the-flap.

Texture
Another way to stimulate your baby’s senses is through the use of texture.  There are many different types of books available, including cloth books, touch and feel, or finger puppet books. We owned at least a half-dozen books from the In My… series, and there are many other options in the Baby Touch and Feel series including animals, seasons, dinosaurs, and transportation.





Nursery Rhymes
Really any nursery rhyme books will work, but this was a nice set for our home which included many well-known classics, along with others we were less familiar with.

Bedtime
At this age we read 2-3 short books before bed each night, and eventually worked to include at least one book that was all about going to sleep.  These were a few of our favorites.



 

Love
Sitting in a chair and reading to your little one can be one of the best parts of your day, and I still look back on those memories quite fondly.  What better way to embrace the moment than to read to your baby about how much you love him or her.




I know there are many more books we enjoyed reading at this age.  What are some of your favorites?