Summer Reading 2019 Pre-K-K

Princeton Public Schools - Summer Reading Recommendations 2019


The Princeton Public School librarians created these lists of books popular with PreK and Kindergarten children. In addition to the following lists, we highly recommend sharing a variety of alphabet books, counting books and rhyming books with your child.


Some popular books to read with PreK and Kindergarten children:


A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka

City Shapes by Diana Murray

Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell

Fabulous Frogs by Martin Jenkins

Lion, Lion by Miriam Busch

The Little Red Cat Who Ran Away and Learned His ABC's (the Hard Way) by Patrick McDonnell

Peanut Butter's Tasty Opposites by Terry Border

Pete the Cat (series) by Eric Litwin and James Dean

Pinkalicious (series by Victoria Khan and I Can Read series)

Press Here by Herve Tullet

There's a Bear on My Chair by Ross Collins

Yo! Yes? by Chris Raschka


Some favorite authors and illustrators of PreK and Kindergarten children:

Eric Carle, Donald Crews, Lois Ehlert, Susan Middleton Elya, Kevin Henkes, Jon Klassen, Steve Jenkins, Ezra Jack Keats, Yuyi Morales, Jerry Pinkney, Laura Vaccaro Seeger, and Ed Young.


For emergent readers:

Biscuit (series) by Alyssa Capucilli

Don't Throw It to Mo! (series) by David Adler

Elephant and Piggie (series) by Mo Williams

Fly Guy (series) by Tedd Arnold

King & Kayla (series) by Dori Hillestad Butler (mystery)

Ling & Ting (series) by Grace Lin

Meet Yasmin (series) by Saadia Faruqi

Pedro (series) by Fran Manushkin

Pre-K to Grade 5

Did you read through the whole list and need more suggestions?!?  Below are a few of our book award winners and favorite lists of book recommendations created by others.  While perusing the lists, bear in mind that most of the lists include books for children up to age 14 which may not be appropriate for younger readers.


Jane Addams Children's Book Award - peace, social justice, global community and equity books

American Indian Youth Literature Award - books by and about Native Americans and Indigenous peoples of North America

Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature promoting Asian American cultures and heritages

Batchelder Award books originally published in another country and also translated to English

Pura Belpre Award celebrating the Latinx experience

Amelia Bloomer Book List feminist themes

Book Riot's 50 Must Read Middle Grade Graphic Novels

Caldecott Award - distinguished picture books (including graphic novels)

Children's Choice Awards and Children's Choices Reading List chosen for kids by kids

Geisel Award distinguished beginning to read books

Charlotte Huck Award - National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)'s award for fiction

Ezra Jack Keats Award new picture book authors and illustrators

Coretta Scott King Award African American culture and universal human values

Mathical Award Winners - books with a mathematical theme

NSTA's Outstanding Trade Books in Science

New York Public Library's Best Books for Children Lists

New York Times 2018 Notable Children's Books

Newbery Award distinguished contributions to children's literature (usually middle grade fiction)

Orbis Pictus Award National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)'s award for non-fiction

Scott O'Dell Award historical fiction

Princeton Public Library's Staff Picks for Kids

Schneider Family Book Award artistic representation of the disability experience

Sibert Informational Book Award distinguished non-fiction

Stonewall Award GLBT books

Charlotte Zolotow Award best picture book text