100 Books Every Child Should Hear Before Starting Kindergarten

By: Freeman, Don, 1908-1978.
A toy bear in a department store wants a number of things, but when a little girl finally buys him he finds what he has always wanted most of all.
By: Gag, Wanda, 1893-1946.
An old man makes an unwise decision when he brings too many cats home to his wife
By: Asbjornsen, Peter Christen, 1812-1885.
Colorful illustrations accompany this version of the classic children's tale of three goat brothers and a contemptible troll
By: Ginsburg, Mirra.
How can an ant, butterfly, mouse, sparrow, and rabbit all take shelter from the rain under the same mushroom when, at first, there was only room for the ant?
By: Goble, Paul.
Paintings inspired by the pictorial forms of the Plains Indians illustrate an original tale about a young girl who longs for the freedom of living among a herd of wild horses
By: Guarino, Deborah.
A young llama asks his friends if their mamas are llamas and finds out, in rhyme, that their mothers are other types of animals.
By: Henkes, Kevin.
Lilly loves everything about school, especially her teacher, but when he asks her to wait a while before showing her new purse, she does something for which she is very sorry later
By: Hoban, Russell.
Frances decides she likes to eat only bread and jam at every meal, until to her surprise, her parents grant her wish
By: Hutchins, Pat, 1942-
A picture book about a hen and the fox who follows her around the farm
By: Jeffers, Oliver.
Follows the trials and tribulations of a boy named Henry who, having a voracious appetite for books, discovers that the more books he eats, the smarter he gets--until the unthinkable happens!
By: Johnson, Crockett, 1906-1975.
Harold draws himself into quite an adventure with his purple crayon
By: Kasza, Keiko.
A hungry wolf's attempts to fatten a chicken for his stewpot have unexpected results
By: Keats, Ezra Jack.
Peter is delighted with the deep snow and plays outdoors all day
By: Krauss, Ruth.
A little boy who plants and cares for a carrot seed does not lose hope when others tell him that nothing will grow
By: Leaf, Munro, 1905-
A gentle Spanish bull would much rather smell flowers than fight
By: Lester, Helen.
Tacky the penguin does not fit in with his sleek and graceful companions, but his odd behavior comes in handy when hunters come with maps and traps.
By: Lobel, Anita.
A child buys presents from A to Z in the shops along Market Street.
By: Lionni, Leo, 1910-1999.
A little black fish in a school of red fish figures out a way of protecting them all from their natural enemies.
By: Lobel, Arnold.
Five tales recounting the adventures of two best friends - Frog and Toad.
An illustrated collection of Mother Goose nursery rhymes includes well-known ones such as "Bah, Bah, Black Sheep" and "Little Boy Blue" and less familiar ones such as "Doctor Foster Went to Gloucester" and "When Clouds Appear Like Rocks and Towers."
By: London, Jonathan, 1947-
Froggy wants to go out and play in the snow, but his mother has to keep calling him back in to dress him properly for the cold weather.
By: Marshall, James, 1942-1992.
Short stories depict the experiences of two hippopotamuses who find that friendship has its own problems and rewards
By: MacDonald, Margaret Read, 1940-
When Little Boy is frightened by a squeaky bedroom door, his grandmother brings in various animals to help him feel secure enough to sleep.
By: Mahy, Margaret.
A poor family is searching down the back of a chair for Dad's lost car keys and, miraculously in the mess of things back there, their financial problems are solved.
By: Martin, Bill, 1916-2004.
Animal illustrations and captions provide an entertaining introduction to color concepts and word-recognition skills.