15 Kindergarten Books to Add to Your Library

It’s so much joy to share books with excited kindergarten children! You’ve got your old favorites, but if you’re seeking to add some new titles to your collection, here are 15 recent releases that we think have a lot of promise.

  1. Swashby and the Sea by Beth Ferry

Captain Swashby is a reclusive, retired sailor who is content with his peaceful life by the sea—until a lively young woman and her grandmother move in next door. This beautiful book ticks all the boxes for a kindergarten book: lovable and diverse characters, touching themes, charming artwork, and terminology that can be discussed. As children decipher messages written in the sand, there are a few genuine opportunities to revisit phonics skills and sight words.

  1. Out the Door by Christy Hale

This is a narrative about a girl’s school trip, which begins with her walking out the door, going through her urban neighborhood, and onto the subway, which has many potential curriculum links. Use this as a starting point for discussing communities and school commutes or as a writing mentor book to introduce tasks like prepositions, directions, or mapping.

  1. Love is Powerful  by Heather Dean Brewer

Mari isn’t convinced her letters are big enough for people to read their messages as she and her mother make signs for an upcoming march. People, on the other hand, read them. We guarantee you’ll have shivers by the time you get to the author’s note, which includes remarks from real-life six-year-old Mari on her experience attending a Women’s March in 2017. Share this to start an opinion writing unit or whenever you want to remind the kids in your life that love—and their own words—are extremely powerful.

  1. T. Rexes Can’t Tie Their Shoes by Anna Lazowski

You can never have enough letter books for kindergarten, and this one is particularly amusing. Even though horses can’t play hopscotch and raccoons can’t ride roller coasters, trying new things is still fun!

  1. Thank You, Omu! by Oge Mora

When Omu cooks her thick, red stew, the aroma entices many passers-by eager to have a bite. She gives every last bite away selflessly, but her grateful neighbors have a plan to express their gratitude. This is a great story to act out with your students.

  1. Saturday by Oge Mora

Yes, we’ve included two of her works in a row because we adore her. A mother and daughter pair make the best of a series of mistakes in this modest gem by remembering what’s important: being together.

  1. All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold

On the first day of school, families from all walks walk to school. They are greeted with joy and reverence by their teachers. This is one of our favorite new preschool books for beginning the year and returning year round.

  1. Little Red and the Very Hungry Lion by Alex T. Smith

With a fantastic broken fairy tale, you can’t go wrong in kindergarten. Little Red travels across the forest to bring medicine to her aunt in this version. We can’t get enough of the bright, lively drawings.

  1. Fern and Otto: A Story About Two Best Friends by Stephanie Graegin

Fern and Otto go on a big tour of fairy tale and children’s song events in the forest in search of a thrilling story idea. Finally, they discover that the best stories are closest to home. Add this book to your launch list for Writer’s Workshop!

  1. We Don’t Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins

Every kindergartener makes rash decisions now and then, so they’ll empathize with Penelope, who can’t stop herself from eating her peers. This amusing title is ideal for back-to-school, after a long break, or whenever you need to talk about impulse control.

  1. Pink is For Boys by Robb Pearlman

This appropriate title encourages students to go beyond gender stereotypes and establish a classroom culture where everyone can be themselves.

  1. The Little Red Fort by Brenda Maier

Ruby is the star of this Little Red Hen retelling, who sees some scrap wood and has the vision to build a great fort. Will any of her brothers assist her in constructing it?

  1. & 14.  Izzy Gizmo and Izzy Gizmo and the Invention Convention by Pip Jones

Meet Izzy Gizmo, the next STEM heroine in children’s literature. She’s on a quest to save a crow fly that’s been hurt. Fortunately, her supportive Grandpa has more than enough “gadgety things” to assist her. Izzy takes her innovation show on the road to the Technoff Isle’s Invention Convention in the sequel, which is just as exciting.

  1. Elmore by Holly Hobbie

When you’re a spiky porcupine, making friends can be difficult! This book encourages pupils to consider the various ways in which they can interact with others.

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