Read-Alouds for the Very Young

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QUESTION: Can you suggest some quality books to read to the very young (0-3)? –Sudi Kate

The Bike Lesson by Stan and Jan Berenstain
Love You Forever by Robert Munsch and Sheila McGraw
God’s Names by Sally Michael
The Very Hungry Caterpillar and others by Eric Carle
Ask Mr. Bear by Marjorie Flack
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
Going to Sleep on the Farm by Wendy Cheyette Lewison and Juan Wijngaard
Night House, Bright House by Monica Wellington
Four Little Kittens by Kathleen N. Daly
Curious George books by H.A. Rey
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin and Eric Carle
Swimmy by Leo Lionni
Owl Moon by Jane Yolen and John Schoenherr
One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss
Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse by Leo Lionni
Dinosaur Roar by Paul and Henrietta Strickland
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr., John Archambault, and Lois Ehlert
Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne
Bark, George by Jules Feiffer
Tom and Pippo books by Helen Oxenbury
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton
The Story About Ping by Marjorie Flack and Kurt Wiese
Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
God’s Wisdom for Little Girls: Virtues and Fun from Proverbs 31 by Elizabeth George and Judy Luenebrink
God’s Wisdom for Little Boys: Character-Building Fun from Proverbs by Jim George, Elizabeth George, and Judy Luenebrink
If Jesus Came to My House by Joan Gale Thomas (get the older edition)
Prayer for a Child by Rachel Field and Elizabeth Orton Jones
The Princess and the Kiss by Jennie Bishop and Preston McDaniels
Minnie and Moo books by Denys Cazet
The Rhyme Bible Storybook by Linda Sattgast
Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown and Felicia Bond
Goodnight Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann
Babies by Gyo Fujikawa
The Rumpoles and the Barleys by Karen Hunt
Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy E. Shaw and Margot Apple
The Foot Book by Dr. Suess
Books by Sandra Boynton
Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram
The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd
James Herriot’s Treasury for Children
Each Peach Pear Plum by Allan and Janet Ahlbergs
Wild Baby books by Barbro Lindgren
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
Beatrix Potter books
Thomas the Tank Engine books by Wilbert Awdry (original series)
The Pokey Little Puppy by Janette Sebring Lowrey and Gustaf Tenggren
Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton
Apple Apple Who’s Got the Apple by Jan Pfloog


  1. Jill

    I would add your daughter Johanna’s books to this list as well.

  2. Deborah Scott

    God’s World and Johnny was given to us to read to “littles”. We read it until it fell apart. The order portrayed in the book was a great peace-builder in Mom : ).

    I love Dinosaur Roar!


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