Jamie Goodwin

75 Must-Have Books in a Kindergarten Classroom

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I love picture books, and I love reading to young kids. When choosing books to read to kindergartners, it’s important to find ones that will capture and hold their attention. Check out this list for some ideas!

75 must-have books in a kindergarten classroom

  1. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
  2. All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon
  3. Alphabet Adventure by Audrey Wood
  4. Bark, George by Jules Feiffer
  5. A Birthday for Frances by Russell Hoban & Lillian Hoban
  6. Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
  7. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr. & Eric Carle
  8. Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
  9. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. & John Archambault
  10. Click Clack Moo, Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin
  11. Counting Crocodiles by Judy Sierra
  12. David Goes to School by David Shannon
  13. The Day Jimmy’s Boa Constrictor Ate the Wash by Trinka Hanks Noble
  14. A Day With No Crayons by Elizabeth Rusch
  15. Do Monsters Wear Undies? by Mark Smith
  16. Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems
  17. Elmer by David McKee
  18. Fancy Nancy by Jane O’Connor
  19. Fall Leaves Fall! by Zoe Hall
  20. First Day Jitters by Julie Daneberg
  21. Five Little Monkeys by Eileen Christelow
  22. Fly Guy Series by Tedd Arnold
  23. George and Martha by James Marshall
  24. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
  25. Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann
  26. Harold & the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
  27. Harry and the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion & Margaret Bloy Graham
  28. Have You Filled a Bucket? By Carol McCloud
  29. How Do Dinosaurs Go to School? by Jane Yolen
  30. How to Be a Friend: A Guide to Making Friends and Keeping Them by Laurie Kransy Brown
  31. I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More by Karen Baumont
  32. I Love You Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt
  33. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff
  34. Is Your Mama a Llama by Deborah Guarino
  35. It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles G. Shaw
  36. The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
  37. Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems
  38. Lacey Walker, Nonstop Talker by Christianne C. Jones
  39. Lemons Are Not Red by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
  40. Leo the Late Bloomer by Robert Kraus
  41. Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes
  42. Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Lionni
  43. Little by Little by Amber Stewart
  44. The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper
  45. The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear by Don Wood
  46. Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come! by Nancy Carlson
  47. Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten by Joseph Slate
  48. The Mitten by Jan Brett
  49. The Monster at the End of This Book by Jon Stone
  50. The Napping House by Audrey Wood
  51. Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathman
  52. Olivia by Ian Falconer
  53. One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss
  54. The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch
  55. Pete the Cat Series by Eric Litwin
  56. Quick as a Cricket by Audrey Wood
  57. The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfisterx
  58. Sleep, Black Bear, Sleep by Jane Yolen and Heidi Stemple
  59. Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner
  60. The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
  61. Splat the Cat by Cari Meister
  62. Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry
  63. The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
  64. Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola
  65. Stone Soup by Marcia Brown
  66. Tacky the Penguin by Helen Lester
  67. There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly by Simms Taback
  68. There’s a Nightmare in My Closet by Mercer Mayer
  69. The Three Little Fish and the Big Bad Shark by Ken Geist
  70. Tikki Tikki Tembo by Arlene Mosel & Blair Lent
  71. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  72. We Share Everything by Robert Munsch
  73. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
  74. Wonderful Worms by Linda Glaser
  75. You Get What You Get by Julie Gassman

Are there any other must have books that you love to read with your students? Add them to the comments below!


  • Jamie Goodwin

    Jamie graduated from Brigham Young University- Idaho with a degree in English Education. She spent several years teaching and tutoring students at the elementary, high school, and college level. She currently works as a contract writer and curriculum developer for online education courses. In her free time, she enjoys running and spending time with her boys!

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