The 9 Best Beginning-Preschool Books to see Together With Your Kids of 2020



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The First Ten Picture Books I Read My Students

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Classical Music for Reading Mozart, Chopin, Debussy, Tchaikovsky…

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Children’s Books That Celebrate Diversity: Children’s Book Haul for Toddlers & Preschoolers (2020)

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It’s time to make your 2020 reading list! This is our fifth year to round up all the year’s best-of lists of children’s books, all in one convenient place for you, so you can have quick access to dozens of ideas when you’re at the bookstore or library. The 50 Best Books for 11and 12-Year-Olds 15 Classics That 8to 12-Year-Olds Say Are Worth Reading Today 21 Middle Grade & Chapter Books to Dive Into This Fall 2020 Popular Topics Books Boys Love Books Girls Love Action & Adventure.

The best selling authors James and Kimberly Dean have come up with this amazing picture book which sends a great message to the kids while doing fun activities and enjoying reading books. Pete the cat wants to have a party with his gang and finds the cupcakes missing and gets on the mission of solving the mystery. The best books for toddlers should be fun, whether they’re learning new words or drifting off to sleep.

Whimsical and sweet, it’s a fun read and ends with some lyrics from one of Boynton’s delightful songs on the same topic: “Ooo, belly button, you’re oh so fine! The 10 Best Children’s Books of 2020. By Cheryl Lock The 11 Best. Our mom and teacher advice will help you sidestep common PreK snafus so you and your child can both begin the year happy.

Article. Resolve Kid Conflicts Quickly Try this at home: a simple three-step process that teachers use to overcome sharing spats. Books & Reading Guides BOOK LISTS & READING All Books & Reading Raise a Reader Blog Book. Starting preschool can be a big step for little feet, and even if they seem excited, they may also be a bit fearful, unsure of what to expect, or confused about what preschool is.

Fortunately, there are some great books to help children overcome fears and separation anxiety while explaining a bit about what the day will bring. Books for Kids Reading and Writing Activities for Kids. 100 of the BEST Books for Preschoolers! 728 Views. Sharing is caring!

Share; Tweet; Pin; 69678 shares. Books are a huge part of our lives, we absolutely LOVE them! When I originally sat down to do this post I was only planning on sharing 25 titles with y’all and well I guess it kinda. Reading with your child is a great way to increase her interest in books and create a bonding experience.

But sadly, 250 million children aren’t learning basic reading skills, and today’s. When it comes to being read aloud to at home, more that 8 in 10 kids (83%) across age groups (6-17) say they loved or liked it a lot – the main reason being it was a special time with parents. 70% of kids ages 6-17 say when reading for fun they like “books that make me laugh.”.

Spark your child’s love of reading with the best baby books in 2020. From classic baby books to new favorites, these need to be in baby’s first library.

List of related literature:

Building home-school communities (2015, Routledge); Teaching English Creatively (2nd ed., 2015, Routledge); Building Communities of Engaged Readers: Reading for pleasure (2014, Routledge) and The International Handbook of Research into Children’s Literacy, Learning and Culture (2013, Blackwell).

“Teaching Science Creatively” by Dan Davies, Deb McGregor
from Teaching Science Creatively
by Dan Davies, Deb McGregor
Taylor & Francis, 2016

Here are four favorite treasuries: The New Read-Aloud Handbook, by Jim Trelease; How to Get Your Child to Love Reading, by Esmé Raji Codell; Best Booksfor Kids Who (Think They) Hate to Read, by

“The Big Book of Parenting Solutions: 101 Answers to Your Everyday Challenges and Wildest Worries” by Michele Borba
from The Big Book of Parenting Solutions: 101 Answers to Your Everyday Challenges and Wildest Worries
by Michele Borba
Wiley, 2009

Book experts such as Kathleen Odean provide multiple selection guides, such as Great Books About Things Kids Love: More Than 750 Recommended Books for Children 3 to 14 (2001), among several others, or Walter Mayes’s and Valerie Lewis’s Valerie & Walter’s Best Books for Children: A Lively, Opinionated Guide (2004).

“Children's Literature in Action: A Librarian's Guide, 2nd Edition: A Librarian's Guide” by Sylvia M. Vardell
from Children’s Literature in Action: A Librarian’s Guide, 2nd Edition: A Librarian’s Guide
by Sylvia M. Vardell
ABC-CLIO, 2014

In a volume designed for parents who want to initiate read-aloud activities, two childreading experts advocate beginning early (Cullinan & Bagert, 1996).

“Handbook of Children and the Media” by Dorothy G. Singer, Jerome L. Singer
from Handbook of Children and the Media
by Dorothy G. Singer, Jerome L. Singer
SAGE Publications, 2001

Some are chapter books— marvelous milestones for a child.

“Honey for a Child's Heart: The Imaginative Use of Books in Family Life” by Gladys Hunt
from Honey for a Child’s Heart: The Imaginative Use of Books in Family Life
by Gladys Hunt
Zondervan, 2010

Best are those that tap into your toddler’s love of learning, with books topping the list.

“What to Expect: The Second Year” by Heidi Murkoff
from What to Expect: The Second Year
by Heidi Murkoff
Simon & Schuster UK, 2012

Best Books for Children: Preschool through Grade 6.

“Fundamentals of Collection Development and Management” by Peggy Johnson
from Fundamentals of Collection Development and Management
by Peggy Johnson
American Library Association, 2014, in conjunction with the National Education Association, has created a list of the best books for children.

“Hope in the Age of Anxiety” by Anthony Scioli, Henry Biller
from Hope in the Age of Anxiety
by Anthony Scioli, Henry Biller
Oxford University Press, 2009

Books for parents The Nursery Years (Routledge, 1929).

“How Children Learn (New Edition)” by Linda Pound
from How Children Learn (New Edition)
by Linda Pound
Andrews UK Limited, 2019

Pleasing language, clear illusyoung children live and play together, lovingly 368 Priceman, Marjorie pictured in rich watercolors and a carefully other Spot books by Eric Hill, as they lift flaps crafted text.

“The Essential Guide to Children's Books and Their Creators” by Anita Silvey
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by Anita Silvey
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,

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  • The best book store I remember.. in bremerton Washington… play this kind of music…. perfect for any occasion…. barnes and noble…. I read and read and napped… if I didnt finish reading…. I bought the book

  • Magnífica y especial esta música, entra a borbotones y con fuerza invade todo el interior, eleva y da una fuerza muy especial, preciosa en todos los modos que la escuches. Gracias.

  • Amazing video! We have the toddler version of Little Leaders. Vashti Harrison’s artwork is just so incredible. I can’t wait to add more of these to our library and send to friends as well!

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    By purchasing from Book Shop, you are not only committing to this WORK but you are also helping to support independent book stores as well as myself (affiliate). Don’t forget to “like” this video and subscribe to my channel. It really does help to support me and my work!

  • I read some of the ones you shared today. I enjoy starting the year with The Night Gardener by Terry Fan and Eric Fan. It leads to great conversations about the illustrations and feeds students’ creativity.

  • I think there is another version of the Little Leaders book geared toward smaller children. I bought one that has simple short sentences about each woman. I will definitely get the one you showed in this video for when my son gets older! Thank you for your suggestions on bookshop I bought a bunch, can’t wait for them to come!

  • New subscriber here �� Thank you for the recommendations I haven’t even bought them yet but I love the books already! Such great meaning behind these books and beautiful illustrations.

  • During our first week of school a few of the picture books we read were First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg, and also The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig. We also read a few of the ones you mentioned as well, like We Don’t Eat Our Classmates:) (that one is always fun) and The Day You Begin.

  • Some of my favorites for the first week are The Day You Begin, We Don’t Eat Our Classmates, and the Legend if Rock, Paper, Scissors.

  • Within a minute and I’m already thinking about that old man in Toy Story 2 repairing Woody������‍♀️ besides that, I have discovered a new love for classical music. As a child, I’ve always wanted to play the piano. I had a small piano and played a bit but eventually didn’t use it and was given away. Now I’m 22 and want to get back into it again��

  • This was so helpful! I’ve had several of these on my radar so it was great to see the insides and a little bit more about what they are about!

  • Opportunities are just like sea shells. Once it appears, grab it. If you didn’t, the waves will swallow it and it will become part of the ocean.

  • I also love reading After the Fall and the Book of Mistakes. Other favorites of mine include The Remember Balloons, Adrian Simcox Does NOT Have a Horse, the Hat Series by Jon Klassen, and 14 Cows for America. Plus many more!

  • me: plays music and opens book
    “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”

  • nowadays i never hear kids listening to classical music that are teenagers and honestly i don’t know why it’s beautiful to listen to when reading i love it so much

  • I teach high school & use picture books all the time; I love hearing how you use them, too. One of my favourites to read with my students is Each Kindness. It’s a great prompt for memoir writing. We also love This is the Rope which we use to think about story structure and how an object can spark narrative.

  • I put this on during a zoom meeting. I was in a breakout room, but then the teacher came in. He asked us, “Do you want to extend the class period so we could listen to this longer?” LOL

  • I sat up in my seat when i heard Yirumas river flows in you. He is by far my favorite pianist and that song is one of my favorites from him. This entire video was amazing I love classical music so much

  • coming from insta @littlewildtrees �������� im majoring in psychology too! and am a mom to a toddler myself also �� and got into this field because i have a passion with children and just helping people. Really great books by the way! hope to win the giveaway

  • Thank you! I’m a (white) foster mom and I’m always looking books to add to our collection of diverse books that match some of kiddos that I care for. I will be buying most of these!

  • Honestly…. I’m using this music for balet, it’s great for it because it helps me focused on that. Have a great day everyone reading this comment and I hope you stay focused on whatever you’re doing

  • Dislikes to this musical selection may be due to:

    1. the person is deaf.

    2. the person is ignorant, bold and rude.

    3. the person knows music of a higher quality than what is in this selection. If so, he/she should share his/her musical wisdom.

    4. It’s not a person, it’s an ape.

  • It’s been 6+ months working remotely from home. I kind of miss going to work and interacting with coworkers, but I really enjoy listening to these beautiful pieces of music while doing some work. Very peaceful.

  • Thank you for this great list! I love to read Ten Rules You Absolutely Must Not Break if You Want to Survive the School Bus by John Grandits and Illustrated by Michael Allen Austin. The text lends itself to intermediate grades and the illustrations pop off the page. It is hilarious and lends itself to voices. I model the bus driver’s voice off of our gym teacher lol. My 5th graders clapped when I finished!

  • I just keep on listening to your music over and over. May God bless you for providing such pleasure to ears. I wish I could make same kind of music in my channel aswell.

  • Hey Colby! Thanks for all of the great book recommendations. One of my favorite titles that I read aloud to my students this year was, “We Don’t Eat Our Classmates” by Ryan T. Higgins. A book with great illustrations, humor, and a heartfelt story to build empathy in the classroom. I gave you a shout-out on my blog this week. I hope you’ll check it out!

  • I love the What You Do Matters set by Kobi Yamada….What Do You Do With A Problem? What Do you Do With An Idea? and What Do You Do With A Chance….even the back cover is inspiring. I also love The Lion and the Little Red Bird which is a beautiful story of coming upon someone different from yourself and not only being intrigued by the difference but being full of admiration for the other. I stumbled upon After the Fall at Target and was awestruck! Especially once I realized how in the end not only did he over come his fear but it gave him wings….he became what he had admired.

  • To start the school year this year, I read All Are Welcome. Students loved that the other side of the book jacket is a beautiful poster!

  • I read picture books all year! One of my books this week is One by Kathryn Otoshi. Check out the Classroom Book a day inspired by Donalyn Miller’s Bookaday Challenge.

  • All Are Welcome, You Matter, Same Same Different, and Mrs. Spitzer’s Garden. They bring me joy and remind kiddos we are all important and different and the same all at once.

  • We Don’ t Eat our Classmates is a must title for my 5th graders in the 1st week. They love the humor! This week a local bookstore is hosting a conversation with Ryan T. Higgins. I am fortunate to be able to attend virtually.
    Also, I just finished reading Echo Mountain by Lauren Wolk. Such an amazing storyteller! I didn’t see it on your 2020 best list yet, so I wanted to share with you that this story is just truly special. PS I loved her other two books, as well. First day tomorrow, reading On The Day You Begin!

  • My kiddos really enjoyed the Mercy Watson series. We are having fun with the Greetings from Somewhere series too! Each book takes place in a different country so I could see a kind of unit study accompanying if you feel led to. �� The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls books have been fantastic! Similar to Magic Treehouse, but IMO better because (we steer clear of wizards,etc) they are about Bible events.

  • This week I am sharing the new picture book Fauja Singh Keeps Going: The True Story of the Oldest Person to Ever Run a Marathon. Love this story! He is the oldest marathon runnernever too late to learn and try new things.

  • The Day you Begin (Jacqueline Woodson) and Hair Love (Kevin Henkes) were 2 of my favorites that I started the year with in my 5th grade classroom (in person). We had great discussions with both books. Thanks for sharing your favs!

  • I love using What Do You Do With A Chance, After the Fall, and Each Kindness at the beginning of the year. Awesome picture books for any age group.

  • I have a two-fer to share. I love reading The Dot and The Word Collector both by Peter H. Reynolds. Thank you Colby for sharing your favorite picture books. I have some updating to do now.

  • Great video, Colby. My picture book read aloud is also the most normal part of my day and what I look forward to the most. I hope your school year goes well. Are you still circulating books from your classroom library?

  • Please read “Alexis Zorba” while listening to this..
    I can’t describe how out of this world this feeling is, it makes me wanna scream in outer space

  • I teach 5th grade in Lebanon, Ohio. We are Face to Face as well. I love to read School’s First Day of School on the first day! It’s become one of my favorites! Thank you for all you do for reading and teachers, Colby! I feel like you’re my friend!

  • I noticed you still have your classroom library books on display. Do you have a system for students to browse books without touching them? How are you checking out books to kids this year?

  • At the beginning of the year, I like to read We Are All Wonders and Our Class is a Family. Thanks for sharing your favorite read alouds.

  • Read-alouds definitely look different this year with my kids sitting in desks six feet apart, rather than all of us gathered on the rug, but it’s still our favorite part of the day! Thanks for sharing these amazing books! I’ve read a few, but now I have some new titles to add to my list!

  • I appreciate how you are teaching while continuing to be amazing! I love reading “All Are Welcome” at the beginning and throughout the year!

  • As a new elementary school librarian, I have loved doing picture book read-alouds to start off this year. So far, my favorite has been The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson. It’s such a beautiful and validating book for students, and they really connected with it.

  • Great books! I’ve read The Day You Begin to my 6th graders. This year I have 8th grade and we read We Don’t Eat Our Classmates. So funny!

  • Thank you! We read some of the picture books still, “The Berenstain Bears” series. Mine are 4 and 2 year olds. And at night I read to them a day out of the “365 Read-Along Bedtime Bible Stories.” This one doesn’t have any pictures (barely,) so while in bed is when I read it to them in Spanish.

  • I read The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi. I have my students go home and find out how they were given their names. Many of them are having these conversations for the first time. Then they share their stories with the class.

  • Meet the artists behind the compilation! ����
    Sarah Joy plays The Swan:
    Luke Faulkner plays Spiegel im Spiegel:
    Vadim Chaimovich plays Chopin, Grieg & more:
    Mr & Mrs Cello play Nuvole Bianche:

  • Thanks for sharing these titles and keeping picture books alive in the middle grades!! I like reading After the Fall by Dan Santat

  • Thanks for your Sunday morning videos. You always get me pumped up and ready for my next week! Thanks for the inspiration. On to my favorite early in the year picture bookI love to read Ish by Peter H. Reynolds. I think it helps students see that how you see, feel, and do things is important and beautiful.

  • Be You! by Peter Reynolds, The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson, and The Book of Mistakes are some of my favorites to start the year.

  • A book I love to read is Just Like Rube Goldberg. I pair it with the OK Go video and swish by creezy on youtube. There’s also companion information on Wonderopolis. The reason I love this book and companion activities is that it inspires kids. I had so many kids building rube Goldberg’s at home and sending me videos all year long.

  • The best thing about reading aloud to kids is to watch their facial expressions as the plot changes throughout the story. I love the energy in the room when something unexpected happens! One such book that comes with some surprises is Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh by Sally M. Walker. Several kids asked to read the book themselves in the days following our read aloud. ��

  • I have read to my classroom The Best Part of Me. They loved it. Then my intern read The Days the Crayons Quit, and then we’ve read The Man in the Red Bandana.

  • Some of my favorite picture books to read is After the Fall and What Do You Do With a Problem? I’m reading both of these to my 5th and 6th grade classes right now and they lead to such great discussion especially with everything that is going on right now.

  • I just bought my daughter Skin Like Mine and I am Perfectly Designed. I’m so excited to add more of these recommendations to her collection!

  • Colby, you inspire me to be a better teacher. I love what you are doing and ashamed to say that I have only read The Day You Begin and then the mentor texts that go with the mentor sentence we are working on each week.

  • I teach in a rural community with little diversity, so I chose All Are Welcome to read to my fourth graders this year on Day 1. I felt it was important to show images of children that reflect the diversity of people in our country, and to send the message of total acceptance.

  • Thanks for sharing!! One book I like for the beginning of the year is Alma and How She Got Her Name. It’s a great way to open up conversation amongst the new classroom family members that encourages students to share about themselves. Great for community building and getting students to invest in the class. ����

  • I always love your recommendations. I especially love the reminder that sharing books is the most normal thing we can do. “Stories connect us”….wherever we are! I shared Remarkably You with kindergarten students.

  • I teach pre-service teachers at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, AR. I met you last year at the annual Literacy Conference in Little Rock. Because I can’t get close to my students either, I actually prerecord them at home and we watch them during class. We have really had a great time considering the circumstances this semester. I’ve noticed things like how big my hands are and such that we laugh about while watching. So far this semester, I have read My Teacher’s Secret Life, The Wednesday Surprise, Enemy Pie, The Toughest Cowboy, and My Lucky Day. I also teach a child and young adult literature class and I’ve read 14 Cows for America, The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, Leo the Late Bloomer, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, Harry, the Dirty Dog, Officer Buckle and Gloria, The Paper Kingdom, Saturday, and Ode the Fresh Cut. I know this was a long one, but I get excited being able to talk about books!

  • We read All Are Welcome on the first day and it was so good! I also had a 5th grade student ask if we will read Pbs often and her face lit up when I said yes. ☺️

  • First day with students(remote) this Wednesday-plan to read Kamala Harris: Rooted in Justice and later All Because You Matter when released.

  • Colby you captured my exact thoughts about the magic of picture books. I’ll be reading them all through this year because it’s what makes us feel the closest in class. I love to share The Day you begin during the first few weeks of school. This year I started with I Promise by Lebron James.

  • The bible says to keep the 7th day sabbath (Saturday), and if you are worshiping on Sunday you are breaking the 4th commandment. Sunday laws are being lobbied and when they are ENFORCED (fines, jail, buy/sell revocation, death) many will choose man’s law over God’s law, thus taking the Mark of the Beast. Search out the truth for yourself: open your KJV bible, check out Walter Veith’s Total Onslaught vid series and Nader Mansour’s sermons on YouTube, read Ellen White’s The Conflict of the Ages series for free online or from the library.

  • I used to use picture books to introduce concepts to my middle schoolers. I have been teaching visual art, and now gifted education, for the past four year, and I haven’t really used picture books effectively in these two roles. Thank you for reminding me of how important it is. We start back F2F on 9/21, so I need to get some books together before then!

  • Just wondering, are you also reading the Rowley Jefferson book you chose as your read aloud? or do you wait to start the longer book?

  • So far we’ve read All Are Welcome, The Name Jar, Little Spot Learns Online, and Our Class is a Family. This week we are adding Ordinary Mary’s Extraordinary Deed, Each Kindness, The Day You Begin and The Curious Garden.

  • My daughter received a copy of The Rabbit Listened through Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. One of the best illustrated children’s books I’ve read in a long time.

  • I love the books you’ve read so far. My favorite read aloud so far has been Lovely by Jess Hong. So simple but the message is powerful!

  • I have read the day you begin. We just started this week, I read Be You. On my list are Most Marshmallows, What if, Crown Ode to a Fresh Haircut and Magic Ramen. I know I have more but I am picturing what I left on my board for me to choose. We have also started Save Me a Seat.

  • I always read “Thank You Mr. Falker” with my students very early. It is followed by many other Patricia Polacco classics throughout the year. I want all my kids to know that we’re not all in the same place with our learning and our abilities, but we all have places to grow and learn. I was so blessed this year when one of my classes applauded when I finished reading “Thank You Mr. Falker”. Their appreciation of a good book brought me such joy. I’m now reading “Fish in a Tree” to them and they are loving making connections and hate when I have to stop reading. I agree that literature is THE way to build our classroom community. I’m thankful that I’m able to teach fully face to face right now, but when I wasn’t sure if I would be virtual or not, I KNEW the one thing I would do to build relationships with my students was going to be through literature and shared stories. Thanks fo always sharing books with us (and of course, your students!). You are a great source of me learning about more great books!

  • I read two of those this week too! My issue with my read alouds this year is visibility. I can’t really get close to the kids to show the pictures so I’m turning on my Zoom and using my document camera, which is mounted so kids at home can see the kids at school, so I have to reach up and hold the book up to the camera. It’s definitely not ideal, and doesn’t have the same feel, we used to all find comfy spots on pillows. However, as you said, it feels so good to at least have the kids there and be reading aloud again! Thanks for the recommendations, sorry for the rant. ��