The 5 Best Books for Preschoolers

Written by Pat O’Neill

Circle round, it’s story time. Preschool is a time of learning, but it’s also a time of unbridled imagination. Curiosity takes many forms at this formidable age. The books kids read should, too. Your little sponge is ready to soak up stories about the fantastical and the practical, to play doctor in the living room and paleontologist in the backyard, to adopt a pet elephant and peek inside a bakery at night.

Literati, a child’s book club based in Austin, Texas, has been using  some serious science to study the world of make-believe in books. The question they asked was simple: if you give a child a book, do they read it again and again?

Based on Literati’s findings, here are the five best books for kids–the books kept the most often and read again and again. To receive all five in one lovely package, sign up for Literati’s Club Sprout today. Enjoy the first month free with offer code 5BESTSPROUT.

Ruby’s Sleepover, by Kathryn White

Remember your first sleepover, the time when you stayed up late listening for all sorts of noises? We’ve got a book for you. Ruby and Mai are camping out in the garden. As the night draws in, all sorts of scary characters head towards their tent. Luckily, Ruby has some magical objects in her rucksack.

Love this book? Receive it in your first box along with the others on this list when you sign up for Literati’s Club Sprout.

One Dog Canoe, by Mary Casanova

A girl and her dog set out on a canoe trip together. They’re expecting a quiet afternoon for two. Then a beaver decides to join them, even though their vessel is just big enough to be a one-dog canoe. The more the merrier in this story, as long as you aren’t afraid of the smell of wet dog! Filled with rhymes and endearing  illustrations, this book is sure to make a splash with your Sprout. 

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The Tiny Tale of Little Pea, by Davide Cali

Little Pea is so teeny he can sleep in a matchbox, wear doll clothes and drive a wind-up toy car. What he can’t do is fit in at school. How will he find his place in the world? The Tiny Tale of Little Pea reminds us that even the littlest among us can make a big mark. Author Davide Cali and Sebastien Mourrain tell a surreal, heartfelt story about how what makes us different can also make us artists. 

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Camp Tiger, by Susan Choi

Caldecott Honor winner John Rocco illustrates this poetic and tender ode to childhood, written by Pulitzer Prize finalist Susan Choi. Every year, a boy and his family go camping at Mountain Pond. But this year is different. For one, the boy is going into first grade, and his mother is encouraging him to do things on his own. For another, this year, a tiger comes into the woods.

Love this book? Receive it in your first box along with the others on this list when you sign up for Literati’s Club Sprout.

Invisible Lizard, by Kurt Cyrus

Making friends is hard. Napoleon is the spiffiest chameleon in the jungle, but he has no friends. And why is that? Because no one can see him! Chameleons like Napoleon blend in with their surroundings. Napoleon is practically invisible. So he tries every trick he can think of, from waving his arms to weaving a welcome mat to making funny faces, to get the other jungle animals to see him. 

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