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Favorite Read Aloud Books for Preschoolers

This post was originally published in 2012.

Looking for a new bedtime story? Need a wonderful gift for a special kiddo in your life? These are my kids' favorite read aloud books.

My nephews will be 9 months and 2 years old this holiday season, so I've been talking to my kids about what books would make great gifts for them. We talked about what their favorite read aloud books were during those early years,

My nephews will be 9 months and 2 years old this holiday season, so I've been talking to my kids about what books would make great gifts for them.

We talked about what their favorite read aloud books were during those early years, and they've enjoyed pulling them off the bookshelves to re-read together. Now that my twin 6-year-olds can read, they're reading the books alone and to each other. It's so sweet!

Our Favorite Read-Aloud Books

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Corduroy by Don Freeman

Corduroy | Favorite Read Aloud Books for Preschoolers | my three kids' favorites! | MoneywiseMoms

Corduroy is a sweet story of a department store bear looking for a home. This was one of my son's favorites, read hundreds of times at bedtime.

Sometimes it's nice to have a sweet, slow story to calm down with at the end of a busy preschooler's day. There are several sequels, but we've always appreciated the original the most.

Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina

Caps for Sale | Favorite Read Aloud Books for Preschoolers | my three kids' favorites! | MoneywiseMoms

Caps for Sale is not only one of my kids' favorite stories, it was a huge hit in my 1st grade classroom, and it was one of my own favorites growing up.

My mom loved reading this to my sisters and I, and all kids love the silly monkeys and how they harass the peddler.

It's especially fun for kids to act out the monkey parts, shaking their fingers and stomping their feet.

The Mitten by Jan Brett

The Mitten | Favorite Read Aloud Books for Preschoolers | my three kids' favorites! | MoneywiseMoms

We love all of Jan Brett's books, but The Mitten is definitely our favorite. Not only is it a sweet story about a boy and his grandmother, it's also a humorous tale of how all the animals want to fit into the cozy mitten, which stretches and stretches until it can't fit any more!

The margins of the book have clues that get kids predicting what will happen next, and the art is just beautiful. Once you fall in love with Jan Brett, you'll also enjoy The Hat.

The Three Billy Goats Gruff by Paul Galdone

The Three Billy Goats Gruff | Favorite Read Aloud Books for Preschoolers | my three kids' favorites! | MoneywiseMoms

The Three Billy Goats Gruff is our favorite version of this often-retold classic. Galdone's illustrations are distinct, and he has an entire series of classics. Another favorite of ours is The Gingerbread Boy.

It's fun to read aloud the Billy Goats as three different voices, plus the kids love seeing the troll bested at the end.

Ten Black Dots by Donald Crews

Ten Black Dots | Favorite Read Aloud Books for Preschoolers | my three kids' favorites! | MoneywiseMoms

Ten Black Dots has been around since the '60s, but its bold colors and shapes are still enchanting kids. It's the perfect book to read aloud with early counters and then early readers.

Most kids are familiar with Crews' Freight Train and Truck (both Caldecott Award Winners), but we've always enjoyed the rhyming verses and creative use of black dots.

More book recommendations

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Favorite Books for 2-6 year olds

As I mentioned yesterday in 5 Favorite Kids books for 2-6 year olds, I'm often asked what's a good book for certain ages. I still have quite a collection of chapter books from my years as an elementary teacher, but I'm enjoying reading newly published books with my son as he's become an avid reader. Here are some of my family's favorites:

Favorite Books for 4-9 year olds

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