Book Recommendations for Preschool

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Kids' Book Recommendations for Preschoolers

Reading to Preschoolers

Reading to preschoolers is a great way to enjoy your children's company while teaching them valuable lessons at the same time. Reading to preschool children teaches them about language, increases their attention spans, and can even help them learn to deal with their emotions. Studies show that preschoolers who are read to on a consistent basis are more ready to attend school and more successful when they get there.

Bedtime Books

Bedtime is a wonderful time to read to your preschooler. With the hustle and bustle of the day, it can be challenging to find time to read to children through the day. That's why creating a bedtime ritual that includes a story or two is so important. Many good bedtime stories touch on kids' -- and parents' -- emotions, making them a loving way to end each day. The following preschool book recommendations are guaranteed to give you that warm and fuzzy feeling:

Dr. Seuss

The rhyming and patterns of Dr. Seuss books are wonderful for preschool age children. It exposes them to the cadence and repetition of our language. Some preschoolers may even learn to read some of the words in the simple word families used in Dr. Seuss books, like "cat," "hat," and "sat." Some wonderful Dr. Seuss recommedations include:

Series Books

Many preschool children begin to enjoy books that belong to a series. These books feature the same characters in each book, but the topics vary widely. Many of these books feature a lesson or a moral at the end. Some great series book recommendations include:

Character Books

Most preschool children have a favorite cartoon character. Sometimes kids love these characters to the exclusion of any other interests. But rest assured, whatever character your child loves, there are probably some books featuring their animated friend. With young children, the act of reading is more important than what you are reading. If your child shows no interest in books unless the Power Rangers are involved, then work with his interests, rather than against them. Doing an online search for the character's name and the word "book" will probably net you at least a few possibilities.

Books for Emotional Development

Preschool children have strong emotions. They often feel frustrated, and even angry, when they can't get their way. They are learning about sharing and treating others with kindness and respect. Reading books can help young children understand and deal with their emotions. The following recommendations could help your child the next time he feels angry or scared:

Books for Academic Development

Kindergarten is no longer the show-and-tell, cookies-and-milk play time that many parents remember from their own childhoods. Most public schools now expect children to be reading by the end of kindergarten. This means that it falls on parents to teach their children those pre-academic skills that will help them be ready to enter school. They're called "kindergarten readiness skills," and they include color and shape recognition, counting, beginning letter and sound recognition, and the like. The following book recommendations are great resources to help your child learn these skills:

Kids' Book Recommendations: Preschool Summary

Reading to preschool children in one of the most important things parents can do for their children. Carving out even a few minutes a day to share a story can make a big difference in your children's development - and maybe even in your relationship with them.For more great kids book recommendations for preschool, take a look at Kathleen Odean's resource books, Great Books for Girls and Great Books for Boys.

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