Parent's Guide to Early Literacy Development

Recommended Books for Reading at Home


  • Baby Dance by Ann Taylor
  • Baby Face Smile by Roberta Grobel Intrater
  • Animal Noises by Stephen Cartwright
  • Baby Colors by Dorling Kindersley Publishing
  • It's Raining, It's Pouring by Kin Eagle
  • The Itsy Bitsy Spider by Iza Trapani
  • The Silly Shapes Series by Sophie Fatus
  • I Can by Helen Oxenbury
  • Happy Baby Friends by Priddy Bicknell
  • Shake, Shake, Shake by Andrea & Brian Pinkney


  • My Family by Debbie Bailey
  • Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown
  • Time to Wake Up by Diane James
  • One Duck Stuck by Phyllis Root
  • Dinosaur Roar! by Paul and Henrietta Strickland
  • Quick as a Cricket by Audrey Wood
  • Tiger Cub See-and-Do by the Smithsonian Institution
  • The Wheels on the Bus by Child's Play
  • Time for Bed by Mem Fox
  • Good Morning, Chick by Mirra Ginsburg

Preschool & Pre-Kindergarten

  • The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss
  • Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems
  • But Excuse Me that is My Book by Lauren Child
  • Miss Spider's Tea Party by David Kirk
  • Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant by Jack Prelutsky
  • Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing by Judith Barrett
  • Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
  • A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle
  • Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy Shaw
  • Stellaluna by Janelle Cannon

Kindergartener to Second Grader (Beginning Readers)

  • Go, Dog. Go! by P.D. Eastman
  • Shoo, Fly Guy! by Tedd Arnold
  • Alpha Oops! by Alethea Kontis
  • Flotsam by David Wiesner
  • Amelia Bedelia Under Construction by Herman Parish
  • Beans Baker's Best Shot by Richard Torrey
  • Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel
  • A Kiss for Little Bear by Elsa Minarik
  • Henry and Mudge: The First Book of Their Adventures by Cynthia Rylant
  • A to Z Mysteries series by Ron Roy

Third through Fifth Grader

  • The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
  • The Winner's Walk by Nancy Ruth Patterson
  • Toys Go Out by Emily Jenkins
  • Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
  • The Mysterious Matter of I.M. Fine by Diane Stanley
  • James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
  • Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
  • Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien
  • Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard and Florence Atwater
  • The Borrowers by Mary Norton