Monday, October 10, 2011

100 Books to Read to a Child Before Kindergarten

Do you remember those book lists that were put out listing the 100 books you should read? I wondered today, if there were such a list called 100 Books to Read to a Child Before Kindergarten, what books would be on that list? I asked on my Facebook page and got several suggestions:

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
Millions of Cats
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Good Night Moon
Pat the Bunny
Guess How Much I Love You
Brown Bear Brown Bear
What Do You See
Are You My Mother
The Little Engine That Could
The Poky Little Puppy
Llama Llama Red Pajama
Leading Little Ones To God

My Aunt, a dedicated educator offered this list:
The Dr. Seuss books, The Winnie the Pooh books, Corduroy the Bear books, Paddington Bear books. The real Grimms fairy tales (edit as you read to be developmentally appropriate) - not the Disney versions. Same with Anderson's Fairy Tales. Mother Goose. Where the Wild Things Are. Harold and the Purple Crayon. Owl Moon. Click Clack Moo. So many books, so little time... books by Patrica Polacco, The Little Prince, Make Way for Ducklings, Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, Berenstain Bear books, Curious George, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Frog and Toad, Mr. Poppers Penguins, Sylvester and the Magic Pebble. Ferdinand the Bull, Little Toot the Tugboat, A Children's Garden of Verses, Runaway Bunny, Velveteen Rabbit

In addition, I decide to do a search for a classical education book list for preschoolers and Kindergarteners. I came across this:

and this:

I printed out the latter and am already tackling it with the ones we already own!

I've been looking forward to compiling a reading list since we started homeschooling this year. Not that I haven't read to them. Before, though, it was just whatever I happened to grab off the shelf, or whatever they chose. I've been plagued with a sore throat and bogged down vocal chords for nearly 6 weeks now, so that's hindered homeschool reading. Now that I have a list, I'm fighting through it.


Elisabeth Black said...

That last reading list is epic. Also, I like to find a book we already know we love on Amazon, scroll to the bottom of the page for lists that mention it, and open those lists. I can go for hours finding books that way, then ordering them on my library's website.

hensrule said...

Hi, I just read your blog for the first time, and love it. May I recommend "The Paper Bag Princess" to read to all little girls. (It wouldn't hurt to read it to boys too.) Thanks and best wishes. Dorothy