Charming Books for PreSchoolers

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Here are some of my favorite books to read with my preschooler. If time would permit, I could list many more.

We love Hoot, by Jane Hissey. In fact, any book in Hissey’s Old Bear Stories series ranks as a favorite, and we have collected several. The charming artwork complements the funny tales about these  stuffed animal friends. There are also some precious old British DVDs of the stuffed animals in these books. The books are getting easier to find!

Another one of our favorite books is The Paper Princess by Elisa Kleven. This seems like it would be a book for a girl, but all four of my boys have loved it. I still find that it chokes me up a bit when I read it, even after all these years.

We love anything by Robert McCloskey. My current preschooler is in love with Blueberries for Sal, but my other boys have, in turn, cherished Lentil and Make Way for Ducklings, while my oldest still enjoys McCloskey’s older fare, Homer Price and Centerburg Tales: More Adventures of Homer Price.

Another author we look for is Marjorie Flack. My boys have all loved Angus Lost, Angus and the Ducks, Ask Mr. Bear, and Story about Ping.

One of our bedtime favorites, which we’ve owned for ten years now, is Reeve Lindbergh’s The Midnight Farm
This peaceful counting rhyme is the perfect story before dropping off to sleep at night.

One thing I like about The Midnight Farm is the illustrations by Susan Jeffers. She is one of my favorites. I love her drawings in this copy of Robert Frost’s poem Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening.

I also like the illustrators Jan Brett, Paul Zelinski and Peter Spier.

We just discovered the Read Aloud Bible Stories by Ella Lindvall this year, but it has become an instant favorite.

The Wedding Procession of the Rag Doll and the Broom Handle and Who Was in It by poet Carl Sandburg is a silly favorite. We love reading about the procession of the Chocolate Chins, the Spoonlickers and the Easy-ticklers.

What are some of your favorites? I would love to hear your comments on this topic.

About Molly Evert

Writer Molly Evert is a wife and homeschooling mom to 6 kids, who range in age from 2 to 18. She runs an educational website, My Audio School (, providing access to the best in children's audio literature. She also blogs at CounterCultural Mom ( and CounterCultural School (

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  1. Susan Rehberg says:

    Thanks for these suggestions, Molly! As a lover of books, a past librarian and now a grandma, I’m always looking for new titles to explore and read with my grandkiddos. I’ve read some of the books you suggest. Some I’ve forgotten about and appreciate the reminder, and I look forward to checking out the ones I’m not familiar with. Thanks again.