Books We Love

Below you'll find some of our teachers' current favorite books for preschoolers. If a website exists for the author, you will be linked to it by clicking on the cover art of each book.


Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes By Eric Litwin

Synopsis: Pete the Cat goes walking down the street wearing his brand new white shoes. Along the way, his shoes change from white to red to blue to brown to WET as he steps in piles of strawberries, blueberries, and other big messes! But no matter what color his shoes are, Pete keeps movin' and groovin' and singing his song...because it's all good. Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes asks the reader questions about the colors of different foods and objects.


A Mother for Choco by Keiko Kasza

Synopsis: Choco wishes he had a mother, but who could she be? He sets off to find her, asking all kinds of animals, but he doesn't meet anyone who looks just like him. He doesn't even think of asking Mrs. Bear if she's his mother-but then she starts to do just the things a mommy might do. And when she brings him home, he meets her other children-a piglet, a hippo, and an alligator-and learns that families can come in all shapes and sizes and still fit together.


The Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown

Synopsis: A joyous portrait of a day on a busy farm, where the horses, sheep, geese, goats, field mice, chickens, and cows seem to have the run of the place — together with plenty of noisy offspring. "But in this story the children are away. Only the animals are here today." And just look how much excitement the children are missing!


Little Sweet Potato by Amy Beth Bloom

Synopsis: It's not all mulch and sunshine out there. When Little Sweet Potato rolls away from his patch, he is forced to search for a new home. He stumbles upon some very mean plants and flowers on his journey and begins to wonder: Is he too lumpy and bumpy to belong anywhere? Will Little Sweet Potato ever find a home that's just right for him?


Press Here by Hervé Tullet

Synopsis: Press the yellow dot on the cover of this book, follow the instructions within, and embark upon a magical journey! Each page of this surprising book instructs the reader to press the dots, shake the pages, tilt the book, and who knows what will happen next! Children and adults alike will giggle with delight as the dots multiply, change direction, and grow in size! Especially remarkable because the adventure occurs on the flat surface of the simple, printed page, this unique picture book about the power of imagination and interactivity will provide read-aloud fun for all ages!


Digger Dog by William Bee

Synopsis: Digger Dog loves to dig up bones - the bigger the better. But for the biggest bone in the world, what will Digger Dog need? The biggest digger in the world, of course! All through the story, the diggers get bigger, the hole gets deeper and there is the most fantastic fold-out surprise at the end! It has all the ingredients for a brilliant picture book for pre-schoolers.


Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy Shaw

Synopsis: When five foolish sheep cram into one jeep, their high spirits and occasional lack of foresight (like forgetting to steer) combine to make a riotous, ill-fated, road trip. Plummeting over a hill, tumbling into a mud puddle, yelping for help, these silly sheep just can't get their act together, which makes for a funny story for preschoolers.


The Family Book by Todd Parr

Synopsis: The Family Book celebrates the love we feel for our families and all the different varieties they come in. Whether you have two moms or two dads, a big family or a small family, a clean family or a messy one, Todd Parr assures readers that no matter what kind of family you have, every family is special in its own unique way. Parr's message about the importance of embracing our differences is delivered in a playful way. With his trademark bold, bright colors and silly scenes, this book will encourage children to ask questions about their own families.


Tap! Tap! Tap! by Keith Faulkner; Illustrated by Jonathan Lambert

Synopsis: Who is doing that tapping in the forest? All the animals are puzzled. It is bear cub? Is it baby beaver or little squirrel? As toddlers turn the pages, they see different animals asking their babies. “Is that you tapping?” But each baby animal says no, and kids who follow this charming story are challenged to guess: Who is tapping in the forest? Little boys and girls can seek out clues by lifting flaps and finding hidden creatures in every illustration. Finally, the mystery is solved in a brilliant double gatefold illustration at the story’s end. A woodpecker has been doing all that tapping, and he has created a fascinating surprise. Kids will discover the surprise when they open the gatefold pages.


When I Was Young in the Mountains by Cynthia Rylant

Synopsis: The family life and simple pleasures of a girl growing up in a small mountain town are explored in this Caldecott Honor-winning book. "An evocative remembrance of the simple pleasures in country living; splashing in the swimming hole, taking baths in the kitchen, sharing family times, each is eloquently portrayed here in both the misty-hued scenes and in the poetic text." — Association for Childhood Education International


A Good Day by Kevin Henkes

Synopsis: Little yellow bird has lost his favorite tail feather; little white dog's leash has gotten tangled up in the fence; little orange fox has lost his mother; and little brown squirrel has dropped her nut. "But then..." The ellipsis has magic in it, turning all these bad days into good.