100 Books To Read Before Kindergarten

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To help support early literacy at home, we’ve created a collection of some of our favourite books to enjoy with your child during their first five years.  Rediscover classics, explore something new, and read what you love!  Early exposure to books and reading have a multiplying effect on children’s success throughout their school years. Why not enjoy reading with your child now and install that life-long love of reading in them!

Download our “100 Books To Read Before Kindergarten” checklist and keep track of what you have read. Click here for a printable version of the brochure.


To make things easier for busy families, we also have these titles ready for checkout in bags of 5 books.  Grab a bag, quickly check out and GO!

Click on a title from the list below to go to its catalogue record, there you can place a hold for the book.  You can either request the book on its own, or get it in a bag with 4 other classic books.

Bag #1
Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas
The Paperboy by Dav Pilkey
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig
Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Bag #2
The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown
Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik
A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead
Jillian Jiggs to the Rescue by Phoebe Gilman
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin and John Archambault

Bag #3
Can You Make a Scary Face? by Jan Thomas
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
The Monster at the End of this Book by Jon Stone
Fortunately by Remy Charlip

Bag #4
Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
It’s a Tiger by David LaRochelle
Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola
Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
Good Night Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann

Bag #5 (Travel theme)
The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
Grandfather’s Journey by Allen Say (only available in this bag)
Journey by Aaron Becker
Night Cars by Teddy Jam
Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy Shaw

Bag #6 (Winter theme)
The Mitten by Jan Brett
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
Brave Irene by William Steig
The Jacket I Wear in the Snow by Shirley Neitzel
Red is Best by Kathy Stinson

Bag #7 (Chicken theme)
Chicken, Pig, Cow by Ruth Ohi
Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein
The Little Red Hen by Paul Galdone
Sing a Song of Mother Goose by Barbara Reid
Rosie’s Walk by Pat Hutchins

Bag #8 (Bears theme)
A Visitor for Bear by Bonny Becker
Big Bear Hug by Nicholas Oldland
The Very Cranky Bear by Nick Bland
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr.
Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson

Bag #9 (Dogs theme)
Harry and the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion
Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann
Stanley’s Party by Linda Bailey
Bark, George by Jules Feiffer
Go, Dog. Go! by P.D. Eastman

Bag #1 Oversized
Chalk by Bill Thomson
Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems
Chester by Melanie Watt
Tuesday by David Wiesner
Zen Shorts by Jon J. Muth

Bag #2 Oversized
Make Way For Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
The Library by Sarah Stewart
Skinnamarink by Sharon, Lois and Bram
Flotsam by David Wiesner
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt

Bag #12
The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen
Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt
Jamberry by Bruce Degen
But Not the Hippopotamus by Sandra Boynton

Bag #13
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka
Frog and Toad Are Friends by Arnold Lobel
Blue Goose by Nancy Tafuri
Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson

Bag #14
Boo Hoo Bird by Jeremy Tankard
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett
Something from Nothing by Phoebe Gilman
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
Moo, Baa, La La La by Sandra Boynton

Bag #15
Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes
I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag
The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss

Bag #16
The Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg
Not a Box by Antoinette Portis
Caps For Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
Bread and Jam for Frances by Russell Hoban
Hooray for Hat by Brian Won

Bag #17
The Keeping Quilt by Patricia Polacco
Go Away, Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley
Stella: Star of the Sea by Marie-Louise Gay
Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet and Allan Ahlberg
Where’s Spot? by Eric Hill

Bag #18
Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
Thunder Boy Jr. by Sherman Alexie
The Napping House by Audrey Wood
Baby Beluga by Raffi
The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

Bag #19
There is a Bird on Your Head by Mo Willems
Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
The Quiet Book by Deborah Underwood
Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox
Read Me a Book by Barbara Reid

Bag #20
Stellaluna by Janell Cannon
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
Is Your Mama a Llama? by Deborah Guarino
Hug by Jez Alborough
Good Dog, Carl by Alexandra Day