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The following books have been screened by and are recommended for pre-school through kindergarten children by the authors of Straight Talk About Reading:

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Recommended Infant / Toddler / Pre-School /
Kindergarten Picture Books

Recommended Picture Books to Read-Aloud to an
Infant or Toddler Child




Copyright Date

Ahlberg, Janet & Allen Each Peach Pear Plum Viking, Scholastic, 1978
Arnold, Tedd No Jumping on the Bed

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Dial, 1987
Barton, Byron Trucks HarperCollins, 1986
Brown, Margaret Wise Goodnight Moon

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HarperCollins, 1947
Bruna, Dick Miffy Methuen, 1964
Carlstrom, Nancy White Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear? Simon & Schuster, 1963
Gibbons, Gail Trains Holiday House, 1987
Hill, Eric Where’s Spot?

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Putnam, 1980
Martin, Jr., Bill and Eric Carle Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Holt, 1967, 1983
Martin, Jr., Bill and John Archambault Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Simon & Schuster, 1989
Numeroff, Laura Joffe If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

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HarperCollins, 1985
Oxenbury, Helen Tom and Pippo and the Bicycle Candlewick Press, 1997

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Recommended Picture Books to Read-Aloud to a

Preschool or Kindergarten Child




Copyright Date

Allard, Harry Miss Nelson Is Missing Houghton Mifflin, 1977
Barrett, Judith Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs


MacMillan, 1978
Bartone, Elisa Peppe the Lamplighter Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1983
Bemelmans, Ludwig Madeline


Viking, 1939
Brett, Jan The Mitten G.P. Putnam, 1989
Brown, Marc Arthur’s Teacher Trouble Little, Brown, 1986
Burton, Virginia Lee




Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel

The Little House

Katy and the Big Snow

Houghton Mifflin, 1939

Houghton Mifflin, 1942

Philomel, 1969

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Cooney, Barbara Miss Rumphius Viking Penguin, 1982
DeBrunoff, Jean The Story of Babar Random House, 1933
dePaola, Tomie The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush Putnam, 1988
Gag, Wanda Millions of Cats Coward McCann, 1928
Freeman, Donald Corduroy Viking, 1968
Hall, Donald Ox-Cart Man

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Viking, 1979
Hoban, Russell A Baby Sister for Frances Harper, 1964
Holabrid, Katharine Angelina Ballerina Random House, 1983
Hutchins, Pat The Doorbell Rang Greenwillow/Scholastic, 1986
Hughes, Shirley An Evening at Alfie’s Morrow, 1985 (out of Print)
Lionni, Leo Frederick Random House, 1967

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Recommended Picture Books to Read-Aloud to a
Preschool or Kindergarten Child, Continued




Copyright Date

McCloskey, Robert Make Way for Ducklings

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Viking, 1941
McCully, Emily Arnold Mirette on the High Wire Putnam & Grosset, 1992
Marshall, James George and Martha Houghton Mifflin,, 1972
Polacco, Patricia Babushka’s Doll Simon & Schuster, 1990
Rey, H.A. The Complete Adventures of Curious George Houghton Mifflin, 1941
Seuss, Dr.


The Cat in the Hat

Green Eggs and Ham

Houghton Mifflin, 1957


Random House, 1960

Steptoe, John Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters William Morrow, 1987
Steig, William Doctor DeSoto Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1982
Van Allsburg, Chris The Wreck of the Zephyr Houghton Mifflin, 1983
Viorst, Judith


Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Atheneum, 1972

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Waber, Bernard


Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile

Ira Sleeps Over

Houghton Mifflin, 1965


Houghton Mifflin, 1972

Williams, Vera B. A Chair for My Mother Greenwillow, 1982
Yolen, Jane Owl Moon Philomel, 1987

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