100 Books Every Child Should Hear Before Starting Kindergarten

By: Mayer, Mercer, 1943-
Barricaded and helmeted, with cannon and infantry at the ready, the young hero awaits his rival, the Nightmare
By: McBratney, Sam.
During a bedtime game, every time Little Nutbrown Hare demonstrates how much he loves his father, Big Nutbrown Hare gently shows him that the love is returned even more.
By: McCloskey, Robert, 1914-2003.
A little girl and a bear cub follow the wrong mothers as they all hunt blueberries in the pasture
By: McPhail, David M.
A boy sets out to sail his boat in a puddle and is joined by a frog, a turtle, an alligator, a pig, and an elephant
By: Meddaugh, Susan.
Problems arise when Martha, the family dog, learns to speak after eating alphabet soup.
By: Mora, Pat.
While helping his family in their work as migrant laborers far from their home, Tomas finds an entire world to explore in the books at the local public library
By: Morales, Yuyi.
In this version of a traditional tale, Senor Calavera arrives at Grandma Beetle's door, ready to take her to the next life, but after helping her count, in English and Spanish, as she makes her birthday preparations, he changes his mind.
By: Mosel, Arlene.
An illustrated Chinese folk tale describes how the Chinese came to give all of their children short names.
By: Nodset, Joan L.
The wind blows away the farmer's hat and he finds it being used in a most surprising way
By: Munari, Bruno.
Beginning with an "Ant on an Apple," illustrations, simple text, and a pesky fly who will not stay on his page introduce the letters of the alphabet.
By: Murphy, Mary, 1961-
Various animals tell how they saw, fed, sang to, tickled, and kissed the new duckling, in an adorable book with eye-catching, black-and-white graphics and bouncy text.
By: Numeroff, Laura Joffe.
A boy discovers that you can never tell where it will stop once you have given a demanding mouse a cookie.
By: Parr, Todd.
Illustrations and brief text describe all kinds of differences that are "okay," such as "It's okay to be a different color," "It's okay to need some help," "It's okay to be adopted," and "It's okay to have a different nose."
By: Pinkney, Jerry.
In this wordless retelling of an Aesop fable set in the African Serengeti, an adventuresome mouse proves that even small creatures are capable of great deeds when she rescues the King of the Jungle.
By: Potter, Beatrix, 1866-1943.
Peter disobeys his mother by going into Mr. McGregor's garden and almost gets caught.
By: Rathmann, Peggy.
A zookeeper finds his normal nighttime routine upset when a mischievous little ape steals his keys and lets all his animal charges out of their cages
By: Rey, Margret
In this hefty 192-page hardcover treasury, Curious George fans will find eight stories based on the popular primate, painted in Rey’s original watercolor and charcoal style.
By: Ringgold, Faith.
In a story based on a quilt painting by the author, eight-year-old Cassie Louise Lightfoot dreams of flying above her Harlem home, claiming all she sees for herself and her family
By: Rosen, Michael, 1946-
Brave bear hunters go through grass, a river, mud, and other obstacles before the inevitable encounter with the bear forces a headlong retreat.
By: Rosenthal, Amy Krouse.
Little Pea hates eating candy for dinner, but his parents will not let him have his spinach dessert until he cleans his plate, in a story that many children can relate to!
By: Rylant, Cynthia.
A cumulative tale about a small dog named Gracie whose quiet life is disrupted by some noisy painters.
By: Say, Allen.
A Japanese American man recounts his grandfather's journey to America which he later also undertakes, and the feelings of being torn by a love for two different countries
By: Scarry, Richard.
A collection of stories, nursery rhymes, fables, and illustrated topical word lists covering such subjects as numbers, alphabets, manners, seasons, and many others.
By: Sendak, Maurice.
A naughty little boy, sent to bed without his supper, sails to the land of the wild things where he becomes their king.
By: Seuss, Dr.
Sam-I-Am tries to persuade his friend to try green eggs and ham