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​Graded Lists: Kindergarten

By kindergarten, children should understand that print has meaning, be familiar with the alphabet and the sounds that letters make. The more you read to them, the more motivated they will be to learn to read. Keep it fun; reading should never be a chore!

Curious George
First published in 1941, Curious George remains a classic because young children identify with the enthusiastic and curious little monkey whose antics invariably lead to trouble.
If you give a mouse a cookie
Great predictive story to help children connect actions to consequences.
How I became a pirate
A rollicking good tale of a young boy who sails off with pirates when his mother is preoccupied with his baby brother.   
Ivan the terrier
A surprisingly fun tale of an energetic pooch who interrupts storytelling. Children who are familiar with The Three Little Pigs, Billy Goats Gruff, and the Gingerbread Boy will get the joke immediately. But even without that knowledge, it’s impossible to resist the irrepressible Ivan.
Chicken soup with rice : a book of months
A wonderful silly poem that teaches the months of the year.
Goldilocks and the three bears
A clever traditional take on the classic folk tale.
Owl babies
A simple story of three little owlets waiting for their mother to return is gorgeously illustrated and a great opportunity to share a nature-inspired book.
Knuffle Bunny : a cautionary tale
Any child who has had a cherished toy will appreciate the anguish of Trixie when you loses her beloved Knuffle Bunny and her frustration when her daddy cannot understand what’s wrong.
Cubes, cones, cylinders, & spheres
This is a wordless picture book filled with crisp images of everyday objects that convey the shapes of the title. A great opportunity to share some basic math concepts in a picture walk.
The three billy goats Gruff
Share this classic folk tale in different versions. Retelling stories helps children develop narrative skills.
Bones, bones, dinosaur bones
Barton brings to life the complex job of paleontologists in this fun colorful book full of rare words and dinosaurs.
Goodnight, goodnight, construction site
A great bedtime cuddle that’s sure to appeal to fans of cement trucks.