The Best Children’s Books for Preschoolers


The Best Children's Books for Preschoolers

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We go through books like kleenex in our house. If you’re like us and always looking for new fun books to read to your children, I’ve got a great list for you.

The Professional Mom Project’s List of the Best Children’s Books

The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

Best Children's Books for Preschoolers The GruffaloThis story is an example of how the little guy can win the day.  It is a fun story of a mouse who encounters a make believe monster (the Gruffalo) while trying to avoid the animals that are trying to catch him. It’s such a popular story that there are several follow up books, a website and even a movie.



Best children's books for preschoolers The Hockey SweaterThe Hockey Sweater by Roch Carrier, Sheldon Cohen and Sheila Fischman

Our house is a Montreal Canadiens house. E is a huge Habs fan and in turn so is R.

The Hockey Sweater was written for families like ours and it’s a Canadian classic. The story takes place in small town Quebec in the 1940s when Maurice “the Rocket” Richard was the biggest Canadian hockey star. Like most little boys at the time, the protagonist loved to play hockey in his Montreal Canadians sweater. When the wrong jersey was sent to his house he was forced to play hockey in a Toronto Maple Leafs sweater. He was not very happy about it…

I can’t say that this book teaches any positive life lessons but it’s still fun.

Puckster best books for kidsPuckster’s First Hockey Game by Lorna Schultz Nicholson and Kelly Findley

We first found out about this book when my son brought it home from his school library.

Puckster is the polar bear mascot for the Canadian National Hockey Team. He has a diverse group of friends on his team including a female fox and a moose who uses a sled to play. The characters are all different sizes and have different confidence levels. The characters all encourage each other and promote positive play.

I really like the message behind this book since it’s about doing your best, encouraging your friends and staying positive.

How to Catch a Star Best Kids BooksHow to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers

We really love all of Oliver Jeffers’ story books. The illustrations are beautiful and simple and the stories are enjoyable and sweet. In How to Catch a Star a young boy searches for a star of his very own. The same boy shows up in subsequent books like Lost and Found and The Way Back Home – two more of our favourite books.

snail and the whale best kids booksSnail and the Whale

The Snail and the Whale is another amazing story with beautiful illustrations by Donaldson and Scheffler. In this story a snail with an itchy foot goes an a journey around the world with his friend the humpback whale. It’s a story of friendship and how the big guy and the little guy can work together to succeed.


Octonauts best kids booksOctonauts and the Sea of Shade  and Octonauts and the Only Lonely Monster by Meomi

My son loves the Octonauts and I do too. I really like how these books teach kids to solve problems and work together as a team.

Ferdinand the bull best kids booksThe Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson

I like this story of Ferdinand the gentle bull who would rather smell the roses than fight the matadors in Madrid. It teaches the reader to stick to his/her guns and be true to his/her personality regardless of what the other kids are doing. A simple but important lesson.


Something from Nothing best children booksSomething from Nothing by Phoebe Gilman

When R was born we received 3 or 4 copies of this book. It’s a great book but I think one copy would have been enough! This book is about a little boy who has a blanket that he loves dearly but it keeps on getting holes, stains etc. As the boy grows his grandfather turns the blanket into different articles of clothing so the boy can always carry it with him.

Any books by Robert Munsch (Just one Goal, We Share Everything, The Fire Station)

Robert Munch best kids booksThese books are funny, perfectly geared to kids and feature children from all over the world. The illustrations are amazing and I think I can recite Just one Goal word for word since we’ve read it too many times!





Animalia best children's booksAnimalia by Graeme Base

This book is an elaborately illustrated alphabet book. Every page is dedicated to a different letter with illustrations including animals and objects focused on the specific letter. Every time I look at the book I find something new.



That’s our list of the best children’s books – I tried to keep it to 10 but there are just too many awesome books out there!

Since we’re always looking for new books to read at bedtime please let me know in the comments which are the favourites at your house.


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25 thoughts on “The Best Children’s Books for Preschoolers”

  1. What a great list of books, there are a couple on here my sons and I love and many I haven’t even heard of. 🙂 I am always on amazon searching out ideas for books but there are so many to choose from that having a list like this is a huge help! I didn’t realize there were Octanaut books too…we’d better look for those.:)

    1. Thanks for your comment Colleen I’m glad the list helps you out a bit. There are actually two types of Octonauts books – the originals are the ones that I mention and then there are some based on the tv show. Those ones are great too but the original books have such fantastic illustrations

  2. Your opening comment comparing books to Kleenex made me laugh – that’s how it is around here, too! This is a great list. I’ll have to check out a lot of these.

    We have Something from Nothing, as well as the book Joseph Had a Little Overcoat – written from the same folktale. Joseph is a grown man, rather than a little boy, but the premise is the same and my kids love the funky mixed-media illustrations and the die-cut holes in each page.

  3. I still haven’t started to build our preschool library, and I really should because it’s not too far off. I’ll be pinning this post to refer to it later. Thank you so much for sharing with us at the Friday Funday blog hop! <3

  4. I forgot about the book Something From Nothing! What a classic. I remember reading it over and over as I child, and will be looking for it to share with our kids in the future. Also interested in Ferdinand The Bull as I remember it being referenced in the amazing movie The Blind Side. It portrays such a powerful and important message to our kids! Great list! #KCACOLS

  5. This is a great selection of books, there is something for every little one here. My boy loves all books by Julia Donaldson and anything to do with monsters. We visit the library every week and always come home with atleast 3 new books. There’s a few here we haven’t read then so I will look out for them on our next visit, thanks!

    Thank you for linking this up to #KCACOLS. Hope to see you again next Sunday xx

  6. Thank you for this list of books. It is always great when you want to get more new books for your kids but you don’t know what is good. I haven’t read with my girls most of the books you mentioned so I will definitely make a note although some of them I guess are more likely to appeal to boys than girls. We absolutely adore all the books from Julia Donaldson. The Stick Man and Room on the Broom are really good too. Thanks so much for sharing this great list of books at #KCACOLS. I would love to see you again on Sunday! 🙂 x

  7. I never really got into the Gruffalo, my daughter thought the movie or TV show (whatever is on Netflix) was scary. We love a variety of books though. Right now The Princess and the Pony and anything Llama LLama.

  8. Found you from the Get It Together Link Up Party! Lovely list of books you have here. I so want some of these for my daughter. Lots of love from Pink Heart String <3

  9. It has been a long time since I’ve had preschoolers in the house but I still have some books from way back then. Reading to your kids is one of the best pleasures you can experience and it creates a love for books that the kids will carry into adulthood. Out of my four three have become bookworms so keep up the good work. Thank you for joining us over at Sweet Inspiration.

  10. My kids just recently saw the Gruffalo movie! I thought it was a book, too! We should probably read the book now we’ve seen the movie. 😉 Thanks for sharing this post at the Family Joy Linky Party!

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