More summer reading | 5 books for preschoolers


Isn’t thumbing through a book or swiping through the kindle, one of the greatest joys in life? A book opens up a hidden door that leads to one of those faraway imaginary lands. Wouldn’t you want your preschooler to embark on an adventure too? Preschoolers greatly benefit from reading. Choosing books for preschoolers is a fun experience, but allow him/her to make the choice. Even if your child chooses to read the same story over and over again. After popular demand, here’s another list of books for preschoolers. You can skim through our previous reading list here. Pick a book that you’d like to read with your child, who knows? This simple activity could turn your child into a bibliophile for life.

1. All by Myself by Mercer Mayer

This story revolves around Little Critter and his independent streak. From coloring, tending to his younger sister, to getting into bed Little Critter can do all of it himself. But what’s the one thing that Little Critter cannot do? It’s reading a bedtime story.

Our Favorite Moment-

It’s at the end of the book when Little Critter is snugly tucked into bed and his dad reads to him a bed-time story. Reading to your preschoolers each day at bedtime is an excellent way to soothe their nerves before they drift into sleep.

2. The Wonderful Things you Will be by Emily Winfield Martin

Emily Winfield Martin delightfully enraptures young readers by opening up a world of possibilities with her narrative. The plot unfolds with a plentitude of career options that intrigue and fascinate a preschooler. And the story comes to a close, with a message for young readers telling them no matter what they grow up to be, love will engulf them.

Our Favorite moment-

There’s a part in the book which states the following, ‘When the nights are black, when days are gray, you’ll be brave and bright so no shadows can stay.’ Communicated so simply and beautifully, it’s a wonderful quality to instill in a child at a young age.

3. The Incredible Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers

Oliver Jeffers, adds a funny twist to this bedtime story. It’s the tale of a boy named Henry who eats books. Henry harbored the belief that this book-eating activity of his could perhaps one day turn him into the world’s smartest person. But an interesting turn of events, made him realize that reading and not eating books makes a person smart.

Our Favorite moment-

The book is filled with a series of heart-warming moments but one instance leaves an imprint in the mind. It’s the innocence with which Henry began to eat letters and eventually whole books.

4. Happy Birthday Moon, By Frank Asch

Frank Asch presents an extremely delightful depiction of the friendship between a bear and the moon. It’s the heart-warming tale of a make-believe conversation between the two. Their innocent exchanges entail greetings and an inquiry about their birthday gift preferences. The responses that the bear thinks the moon gives him, are merely his own echoes. His misconception is not cleared even until the end of the story.

Our Favorite Moment –

It isn’t too often that we teach our kids about the virtues of sharing, caring and maintaining friendships. The bear portrays kindness by placing the hat on the tree branch for the moon.

5. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Eric Carle taps into the imagination of a child with this story. An egg is cracked open and a caterpillar unfurls from within the broken cracks. This was not your regular caterpillar, it was an extremely hungry one. The caterpillar ate more and more, all through the week and was suffering from a stomach pain one night. The following day on consuming a green leaf the caterpillar’s hunger pangs came to a stop. After which the caterpillar retreated into the cocoon, and flew out as a pretty multi-hued butterfly after two weeks.

Our Favorite moment-

Nature and its workings are indeed beautiful. The closing scene when the caterpillar flies out like a butterfly fills in children a sense of wonder and hope.

These books for preschoolers become mementos which a parent keepsakes. Hence, make storytelling a part of your daily- routine, a child needs to believe in the magic of stories.  Have you ever stopped to wonder what the importance of a story is? It plays a role in the transmission of knowledge, it mirrors the culture of the place it is set in, it imparts wisdom, it aids in problem solving, it offers solace in lonely times and it lights up a reader’s life. Encourage your child to read, you could turn him/her into a wordsmith.


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