Kindergarten Summer Reading List

Fiction

  • Alborough, Jez. Super Duck – A runaway kite and the resulting chaos is all it takes to make Super Duck ideal for reading and laughing out loud.
  • Beaumont, Karen. I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More! – In the rhythm of a familiar folk song, a child cannot resist painting his whole body.
  • Billingsley, Franny. Big Bad Bunny – When a mouse dressed in a bunny suit becomes lost in the forest, his mother follows the sound of his cries and gets a funny fright.
  • Broach, Elise. When Dinosaurs Came with Everything – A young boy is delighted to discover that every shop in town is giving away real dinosaurs to their customers.
  • Bruel, Nick. Poor Puppy and Bad Kitty – When Bad Kitty won’t play with him, Poor Puppy amuses himself with an alphabetical list of toys and countries.
  • Bryan, Sean. A Bear and His Boy – Mack the bear tries to complete a schedule that is “jam-packed” while a boy named Zack suggests that he relax.
  • Buehner, Caralyn. Superdog: The Heart of a Hero – Tired of being overlooked because he is so small, a big-hearted dog named Dexter transforms himself into a superhero.
  • Clement, Nathan. Drive – In brief text with bold illustrations, a boy describes his father’s work as a truck driver.
  • Crews, Nina. Below – After losing his action figure, Jack attempts a thrilling rescue.
  • Donnio, Sylviane. I’d Really Like to Eat a Child – A young crocodile insists he will eat a child—but when he finally comes across a little girl, she puts him in his place.
  • Dunbar, Polly. Penguin – Ben’s toy penguin will not respond to him in any way, no matter what Ben does, until at last they discover the language of friendship.
  • Fox, Mem. Whoever You Are – This book is a celebration of the world’s diverse cultures, both our similarities and differences.
  • French Jackie. Diary of a Wombat – Wombats are cuddly-looking, slow-moving Australian animals.  Here, in the words of one unusually articulate wombat, is the account of a busy week: eating, sleeping, digging holes…and training a family of humans to produce treats on demand.
  • Gordon, David. Smitten – The adventures of a sock and a mitten who go searching for the mates they’ve lost.
  • Gordon, Michael. The Angry Dragon – Why are dragons so angry?  Despite our best efforts, reality doesn’t always meet our expectations.
  • Henkes, Kevin. Birds – Fascinated by the colors, shapes, sounds and movements of different birds, a little girl is happy to discover she shares something in common with them.
  • Henkes, Kevin. Owen – With Kindergarten right around the corner, Owen’s parents wonder if it’s time for him to give up his cherished blanket.
  • Higgins, Ryan. Mother Bruce – Bruce the bear likes to keep to himself.  That, and eat eggs. But when his hard-boiled goose eggs turn out to be real, live goslings, what’s a bear to do?
  • Himmelman, John. Katie Loves the Kittens – The enthusiasm of Katie the dog frightens the family’s new kittens away—until she learns that quiet patience is needed.
  • Jeffers, Oliver. The Way Back Home – Stranded on the moon, a boy meets a marooned young Martian.
  • Kranz, Linda. Only One You – There is only one you in the world.  Make it a better place. This exquisitely illustrated book explodes with color and honest insights.
  • Miller, Pat Zietlow. Wherever You Go – Join an adventurous rabbit and his animal friends on a journey of new experiences.
  • Numeroff, Laura. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie – When Mouse and his friends get together, one thing always leads to another in the most unexpected ways.  You just never know where things will end.
  • Rosen, Michael. We’re Going on a Bear Hunt – This is a tale of a brave family’s joyous travels in search of a bear.  Read to find out what happens when they encounter one face to face.
  • Rosenthal, Amy Krouse.  I Wish You More – Enjoy this happy book of exuberant good wishes.
  • Rubin, Adam. Dragons Love Tacos – Dragons love tacos.  Unfortunately, where there are tacos, there is also salsa.  And if a dragon accidentally eats spicy salsa…oh boy. You’re in red-hot trouble.
  • Sanders, Chloe. My T-Rex Gets a Bath – Tom has a funny pet dinosaur, but there is one big problem.  Rex doesn’t take a bath, doesn’t brush his teeth, and ruins pajamas.
  • Stevens, Janet.  The Great Fuzz Frenzy – Deep, deep down in their underground town, the prairie dogs live in harmony – until a mysterious fuzzy thing (otherwise known as a tennis ball) rolls down their hole.
  • Tallac, Olivier. Who Done It? and Who Was That? These two books are great for engaging readers with using their memory and the detailed illustrations to figure out “who done it?” And “who was that?”
  • Walsh, Melanie. 10 Things I Can Do to Help My World – A beautifully simple book for small children in which transforming pages reveal ten things that everyone can do to help the planet.
  • Whybrow, Ian. Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs – Harry finds some old dinosaurs in his Grandma’s attic.  He cleans them up and makes them his own.
  • Wong, Liz. Quackers – This quirky funny book is about standing, fitting in, and building a life with room for all.

Nonfiction

  • Allen, Judy. Are You A Bee? Share the story from the perspective of a honeybee and the challenges it faces in the backyard.
  • Bradley, Kimberly. Pop! A Book About Bubbles – What are bubbles made of? Why are they always round? Read and find out about the science behind soap bubbles.
  • Dorling Kindersley Readers – Learn about real animals, bugs, people and places.
  • Fliess, Sue. The Bug Book – This fun rhyming story lists all the bugs you can imagine – creep bugs, climb bugs, sticky-slime bugs!
  • Jenkins, Steve.  Actual Size – How big is a crocodile? What about a tiger? Sometimes facts and figures don’t tell the whole story.  Sometimes you need to see things for yourself – at their actual size.
  • Jenkins, Steve. Creature Features – Twenty-five animals explain why they look the way they do.
  • Jenkins, Steve. What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? – A nose for digging?  Eyes that squirt blood? Explore the many amazing things animals can do in the interactive guessing book.
  • National Geographic Kids Readers – Learn all about fascinating people, amazing places, and interesting animals in the National Geographic readers.
  • Parr, Todd. The Earth Book  – “I take care of the earth because I know I can do better things everyday to make a BIG difference…”
  • Schaeffer, Lola M. Because Of An Acorn – Because of an acorn, a tree grows, a bird nests, a seed becomes a flower.