In the comic strip “Calvin and Hobbes” young Calvin insists that every night his dad reads his favorite book, “Hamster Huey and the Gooey Kablooie.” Though Calvin wasn’t a preschooler, youngsters do prefer familiar, repetitive, and imaginative storytelling as their interest in reading develops. Indeed, many books intended for preschoolers have become cultural icons that we remember fondly well into adulthood.
Here are ten books for preschoolers that stand the test of time.
“Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” by Bill Martin, Jr. and Eric Carle
“Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” by Bill Martin, Jr.Check out this link here. and John Archambault, illustrated by Lois Ehlert
“Go, Dog. Go!” by P.D. Eastman
“Goodnight Moon” by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Clement Hurd
“Guess How Much I Love You” by Sam McBratney, illustrated by Anita Jeram
“Harold and the Purple Crayon” by Crockett Johnson
“Hop On Pop” by Dr. Seuss
“Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel” by Virginia Lee Burton
“The Story of Ferdinand” by Munro Leaf, illustrated by Robert Lawson
“The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle
And if you can find a copy of “Hamster Huey and the Gooey Kablooie,” be sure to snap it up. It’s destined to become a classic.