Preschool Picture Book Round-up

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Reading picture books aloud to my children (regardless of their age) is such a delight.  There is something especially precious, however, about cuddling up with your 3 or 4 year old with a beloved picture book.  Their bodies are still squishy and lovable, and they snuggle close as you turn the pages.

Favorite Preschool Picture Books Round Up

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My youngest child is now preschool age, and I love getting to introduce him to many of our family’s favorite picture books!  There are books we have read so frequently that I can nearly recite the lines by heart.  Some of our favorites (like Freight Train) have had to be replaced multiple times over the course of 5 children as they’ve been loved to pieces!

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Start with the lovely stories below, then check out my post detailing how we homeschool preschool!  These picture books also make a great addition to your morning time, even if there are older siblings around.  At the end of the post, you will find a printable version of this book list that you can bring with you to the library or used bookstore.

Preschool Picture Book Round-up

Picture Books from some of our favorite authors and illustrators:

Robert McCloskey

Make Way for McCloskey

Blueberries for Sal

One Morning in Maine

Time of Wonder

Burt Dow, Deep-Water Man


Make Way for Ducklings

Virginia Lee Burton

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel

Katy and the Big Snow

The Little House

Choo Choo

Ezra Jack Keats

The Snowy Day

Peter’s Chair

Whistle for Willie

Donald Crews

Freight Train


Bill Martin, Jr

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do You See?

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Eric Carle

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

(The Very Hungry Caterpillar lends itself easily to crafts, projects, and even foreign language acquisition, if that’s something your family enjoys.)

The Very Busy Spider

Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me

The Very Lonely Firely

The Very Quiet Cricket

The Tiny Seed

Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother, Too?

Margaret Wise Brown

Good Night Moon

The Runaway Bunny

P. D. Eastman

Are You My Mother?

Go Dog, Go!

Big Dog, Little Dog

Sandra Boynton

Moo, Baa, La, La, La

But Not the Hippopotamus

Snuggle Puppy


Blue Hat, Green Hat

Rhinoceros Tap, Blue Moo, and Frog Trouble

Helen Oxenbury

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

The Giant Jumperee

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King Jack and the Dragons

Captain Jack and the Pirates

Audrey Wood

Quick as a Cricket

The Napping House

Heckedy Peg

Marjorie Flack

The Story About Ping

Angus and the Cat

Angus and the Ducks

Even More Favorite Picture Books:

Complete Tales of Beatrix Potter

Katy No-Pocket

First Book About the Orchestra

Frank and Ernest


The Little Engine that Could (original classic edition)

Owl Babies

The Story of Ferdinand


Ox-Cart Man

Caps for Sale

Stone Soup

Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile

How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World

Tikki Tikki Tembo

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble

On Mother’s Lap

A Sick Day for Amos McGee

Thy Friend, Obadiah

James Herriot’s Treasury for Children

The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh

And some other favorite picture book authors and illustrators:

Richard Scarry

Gail Gibbons

Lois Ehlert

Dianna Hutts Aston

Glen Keane

Jim Arnosky

Arnold Lobel

Sally Lloyd-Jones

Jane Dyer

Jonathan Bean

What are your favorite preschool picture books?

Questions? Thoughts?  Did I leave out your favorite books? I’d love to hear your comments below.  Or you can join the conversation on Facebook and Instagram.

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Here is the printable book list you can take to the library!

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