12 Fantastic Books for Preschoolers

These are some of my favourite books to read to my preschooler. I’m partial to an engaging story and fantastic illustrations all of which these books contain.

The Cat in the Hat by Dr Seuss

How much fun is reading this book out loud? The adventures of the Cat in the Hat is a perfect book to read to preschoolers who will delight in the chaos that the cat brings. With its magnificent illustrations and entertaining rhyming story, its easy to understand why this classic is still popular with kids today.  Just make sure that you do funny voices for all the characters.

Click Clack Moo Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin

How can you not love a book in which the animals go on strike to get what they want? Who knew cows could type. Very cute book which follows the adventures of the animals and their industrial action against Farmer Brown.

Duck for President by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin

The same collaboration as the previous book also produced the hilarious Duck for President which is a fantastic send up of American presidential campaigns. Duck for President is a great book for grown-ups who will get the references to past presidents.

When I’m Big by Debi Gliori

“When I’m bigger and bigger…” is a frequent refrain from my child in our house so it was lovely to find a book that captured this sentiment. This book is about a child who recites all of the things that she is going to do when she’s big. My favourite is “When I’m big, I’m going to grow triffids and Venus fly-traps and man-eating orchids instead of mustard and cress.” Very ambitious gardening!

Unfortunately by Alan Durant and Simon Rickerty

Unfortunately, this book will end up being a favourite that will have to be read over and over again. Fortunately, it’s a very entertaining book.  The book covers the fortunate and unfortunate adventures of a little boy and girl. Outlandish and farfetched? Yes but so much fun to read with very colourful illustrations.

The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson and Alex Scheffler

A great book to illustrate that courage and quick thinking are all you need to outwit an owl, snake, fox and of course a gruffalo. Just love the illustrations of the gruffalo. He’s adorably ugly.

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

If you have a wild child in your household, they will love this story about a mischievous boy who sails away to an island inhabited with “Wild Things”. It’s lovely to see how Max tames the creatures and becomes King of the Wild Things. The illustrations are wonderful especially the expressions on the Wild Things’ faces.

Yummy by Lucy Cousins

Yummy is a collection of eight stories which have the dubious theme of eating or being eaten. The tales include Little Red Riding Hood, The Three Little Pigs and Henny Penny. The very colourful illustrations are not for the faint-hearted with lots of gobbling by big bad wolves and even a decapitation.  But it’s one of my child’s favourite books at the moment.  Nasty business, some of these classic stories!

Gordon’s Got A Snookie by Lisa Shanahan & Wayne Harris

A tale about a gorilla and his blanket is a reassuring story for any child still attached to their “snookie”. Poor Gordon. His attachment to his snookie makes him the laughingstock of the zoo which isn’t exactly conducive to his task of impressing the female gorillas. With beautiful depictions of zoo animals and an inspiring story, this is a entertaining story to read to preschoolers.

The Three Little Pirates by Georgie Adams and Emily Bolam

This book about the adventures of three little girl pirates is a great choice to read to preschoolers. Divided into nine parts, each chapter finishes with a cliffhanger making it perfect to read over a period of time. With amusing colourful illustrations, maps and a cast of entertaining characters, this will be a favourite with your little pirates.

It’s Lovely When You Smile by Sam McBratney and Charles Fuge

A story about a grumpy baby roo is a great yarn to read to your little one if they’ve got their “grumpy pants” on. It follows the story of a mama kangaroo and her efforts to cheer up her joey. It truly is lovely when you see your little ones smile when they read this book.

On The Moon by Anna Milbourne and Benji Davies

If your child is starting to ask questions about the moon, this book is sure to provide some answers. With easy to understand explanations and illustrations using photos supplied by NASA, this book is perfect for budding astronomers or astronauts.


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Looking for some books to read with your preschooler? These are some of my favourite books to read to my preschooler. I’m partial to an engaging story and fantastic illustrations all of which these books contain.