12 Fantastic Books for Preschoolers

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These are some of our favourite books to read to a preschooler. At Newy with Kids, we’re partial to an engaging story and fantastic illustrations, all of which these books contain.

The Cat in the Hat

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

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 by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin which follows the adventures of the animals and their industrial action against Farmer Brown.

Duck for President

The same collaboration as the previous book (Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin) 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

“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 written by Debi Gliori 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, 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 by Alan Durant and Simon Rickerty.  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

This classic written by by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Alex Scheffler is a must-read. 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

If you have a wild child in your household, they will love this classic story by Maurice Sendak 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 is a collection of eight stories by Lucy Cousins 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

A tale about a gorilla and his blanket by Lisa Shanahan & Wayne Harris 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

This book by Georgie Adams and Emily Bolam 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

A story by Sam McBratney and Charles Fuge 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

If your child is starting to ask questions about the moon, this book by Anna Milbourne and Benji Davies 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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