Books Recos: Top 100 Books for Preschoolers

One of the challenges of living in the Philippines is not having access to public libraries where one could peruse and borrow certain books for a period time. So I’ve become to realize that one of the biggest investments that you could provide for your children, while living in a tropical country with little to no access to libraries like the Philippines, is a modest collection of good books in your home library.

The first 30 selections are from my Top 3 Children’s Book Authors, and are definite must-haves on my list. But I also took the liberty of highlighting in bold the ones that I highly recommend if you do not wish to purchase all one hundred of them. I reckon this is a list that I will be updating as the years progress, even as my children and I grow in our literary loves.

Updated last 26 May 2020

  1. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Eric Carle
  2. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  3. Does a Kangaroo Have A Mother, Too? by Eric Carle
  4. From Head to Toe by Eric Carle
  5. Papa, Will You Get the Moon For Me? by Eric Carle
  1. Mister Seahorse by Eric Carle
  2. Pancakes, Pancakes by Eric Carle
  3. Walter the Baker by Eric Carle
  4. The Little Seed by Eric Carle
  5. The Very Busy Spider Eric Carle
  1. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
  2. Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown
  3. Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown
  4. Home For A Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown
  5. The Little Island by Margaret Wise Brown
  1. The Important Book by Margaret Wise Brown
  2. I Like Bugs by Margaret Wise Brown
  3. The Color Kittens by Margaret Wise Brown
  4. Mister Dog by Margaret Wise Brown
  5. Bunny’s Noisy Book by Margaret Wise Brown
  1. The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson
  2. The Gruffalo’s Child by Julia Donaldson
  3. Tiddler by Julia Donaldson
  4. Zog by Julia Donaldson
  5. Stick Man by Julia Donaldson
  1. Monkey Puzzle by Julia Donaldson
  2. Charlie Cook’s Favorite Book by Julia Donaldson
  3. The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson
  4. A Squash and a Squeeze by Julia Donaldson
  5. The Smartest Giant In Town by Julia Donaldson
  1. The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
  2. Horton Hears a Who by Dr. Seuss
  3. Dr. Seuss’s ABC by Dr. Seuss
  4. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
  5. Oh, The Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss
  1. One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss
  2. Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss
  3. Ten Apples Up On Top by Dr. Seuss
  4. Fox on Socks by Dr. Seuss
  5. The Grinch by Dr. Seuss
  1. Are You My Mother? by P. D. Eastman
  2. Go, Dog. Go! by P. D. Eastman
  3. Big Dog, Little Dog by P. D. Eastman
  4. Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb by Al Perkins
  5. Put Me in the Zoo by Robert Lopshire
  1. Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
  2. Goodnight Gorilla by Peggy Rathman
  3. Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
  4. If You Give A Mouse A Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff
  5. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
  1. Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crickett Johnson
  2. Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt
  3. The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss
  4. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.
  5. Saggy Baggy Elephant by Kathryn Jackson
  1. Prayer for a Child by Rachel Field
  2. Owl Babies by Martin Waddell
  3. Busy Timmy by Kathryn and Byron Jackson
  4. We Help Mommy by Jean Cushman
  5. Baby Dear by Esther Wilkin
  1. Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
  2. Curios George by H. A. Rey
  3. The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
  4. Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton
  5. The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton
  1. Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle
  2. Frances books by Russell Hoban
  3. My Mommy, My Teacher by Johanna Bluedorn
  1. Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish
  2. The Story of Babar by Jean De Brunhoff
  1. Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site by Sherri Duskey
  2. Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear? by Nancy White Carlstrom
  3. Frederick by Leo Lionni
  4. Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion
  5. Katy No Pocket by Emmy Payne
  1. The Story About Ping by Marjorie Flack and Kurt Wiesez
  2. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig
  3. We’re Going On A Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
  4. The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
  5. The Storm Book by Charlotte Zolotow
  1. Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
  2. The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper
  3. Little Bear books by Else Homelund Minarik
  4. Good Night, Little Bear by Patsy Scarry
  5. Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
  1. The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
  2. A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond
  3. Alexander and the TerribleHorribleNo Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
  4. The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr
  5. Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling
  1. The Tale of Peter Rabbit and Friends by Beatrix Potter
  2. Stone Soup by Marcia Brown
  3. The Story of Little Babaji by Helen Bannerman
  4. Frog and Toad series by Arnold Lobel
  5. Ox-Cart Man by Barbara Cooney
  1. Winnie the Pooh books by A. A. Milne
  2. Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
  3. The Real Mother Goose Board Book
  4. A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson
  5. My First Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder

No doubt there is room for more than a hundred. But I’ve tried to select the best ones that we have cherished over the years. And I hope your family does, too.

Did I miss any of your family favorites? Please share them in the comments!

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