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Meet Vicky

Vicky is an Early Literacy Supervisor for Phoenix Public Library. Part of her job is to create school readiness programs to teach parents how to prepare their kids for kindergarten. Teaching a preschooler about persistence, problem-solving, or empathy can be hard!

Meet her list

Vicky recommends using the books on this list as a simple way to start a conversation about not so simple topics.

Attend a Tools for School program

Who's it for? Children three to five years old and their favorite grownups

What will you do? You and your child will get a head start on kindergarten! Share books and activities that build kindergarten skills in class and are easily practiced at home.

What will we learn? Learn kindergarten basics like letters, numbers, shapes, and colors. You and your child will also go beyond the basics to work on social and emotional skills that all children need for school.

Find a Tools for School program near you.


​Set Goals and Work Independently

You can do it, Bert!You Can Do It, Bert!

by Ole Könnecke

The dreamerThe Dreamer

by Il Sung Na

How to Catch a StarHow to Catch a Star

by Oliver Jeffers

Froggy gets dressedFroggy Gets Dressed

by Jonathan London

Ella Sarah gets dressedElla Sarah Gets Dressed

by Margaret Chodos-Irvine

​Feelings and Empathy

Horrible bear!Horrible Bear

by Ame Dyckman

The rabbit listenedThe Rabbit Listened

by Cori Doerrfeld

Bad seedThe Bad Seed

by Jory John

Stick and StoneStick and Stone

by Beth Ferry

Little BrownLittle Brown

by Marlas Frazee

The quiet bookThe Quiet Book

by Deborah Underwood

Grumpy pantsGrumpy Pants

by Claire Messer

Crunch, the shy dinosaurCrunch, the Shy Dinosaur

by Cirocco Dunlap

Dragon was terribleDragon Was Terrible

by Kelly DiPucchio

Wild feelingsWild Feelings

by David Milgrim

Grumpy BirdGrumpy Bird

by Jeremy Tankard

Knuffle Bunny : a cautionary taleKnuffle Bunny

by Mo Willems

​Solving Problems

StuckStuck

by Oliver Jeffers

I am batI Am Bat

by Morag Hood

Enemy pieEnemy Pie

by Derek Munson

We found a hatWe Found a Hat

by Jan Klassen

Give me back my book!Give Me Back My Book

by Travis Foster

​Using Your Imagination

Not a boxNot a Box

by Antoinette Portis

​TThis is a ballhis Is a Ball

by Beck and Matt Stanton

Not a stickNot a Stick

by Antoinette Portis

The Night GardenerThe Night Gardener

by Terry and Eric Fan


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