100 Books Every Child Should Hear Before Starting Kindergarten

By: Ahlberg, Allan.
A young boy named Banjo Cannon always eats a sausage for dinner, until the night that his sausage--and the rest of his meal--runs away.
By: Asch, Frank.
Bear climbs a mountain to find out when the moon's birthday is so that he can buy the moon a birthday present.
By: Baker, Keith, 1953-
Big Fat Hen counts to ten with her friends and all her chicks
By: Bang, Molly.
A father and his little girl count down objects from ten to one as she prepares herself to go to bed
By: Anno, Mitsumasa
The reader is asked to perform a series of mathematical operations integrated into the story of a lazy man who plants magic seeds and reaps an increasingly abundant harvest.
By: Bemelmans, Ludwig, 1898-1962.
The Caldecott Honor-winning classic is set in picturesque Paris follows the tale of brave young Madeline's trip to the hospital after she comes down with appendicitis.
By: Brown, Marcia.
Three hungry soldiers trick the inhabitants of a French village into sharing their food with them by concocting a wonderful pot of stone soup. Caldecott Honor Book.
By: Brown, Margaret Wise, 1910-1952.
A little bunny bids goodnight to all the objects in his room before falling asleep.
By: Bryan, Ashley.
In a story of the Ila people that celebrates the importance of appreciating one's own inner beauty, the colorful birds of Africa ask Blackbird, whom they think is the most beautiful of birds, to decorate them with some of his "blackening brew."
By: Barnett, Mac.
With a supply of yarn that never runs out, Annabelle knits for everyone and everything in town until an evil archduke decides he wants the yarn for himself.
By: Burningham, John.
Mr. Gumpy accepts more and more riders on his boat until the inevitable occurs.
By: Burton, Virginia Lee, 1909-1968.
Although threatened by competition from modern shovels, Mike proves the worth of his old steam shovel
By: Bunting, Eve, 1928-
All the animals of the barnyard community hurry to greet their newest member, who is just pecking his way out of an egg.
By: Carle, Eric.
Follows the progress of a hungry little caterpillar as he eats his way through a varied and very large quantity of food until, full at last, he forms a cocoon around himself and goes to sleep.
By: Cisneros, Sandra.
A child describes how each person in the family has hair that looks and acts different, Papa's like a broom, Kiki's like fur, and Mama's with the smell of warm bread
By: Cooney, Barbara, 1917-
As a child Great-aunt Alice Rumphius resolved that when she grew up she would go to faraway places, live by the sea in her old age, and do something to make the world more beautiful--and she does all those things, the last being the most difficult of all.
By: Crews, Donald.
Brief text and illustrations trace the journey of a colorful train as it goes through tunnels, by cities, and over trestles.
By: DePaola, Tomie, 1934-
When Strega Nona leaves him alone with her magic pasta pot, Big Anthony is determined to show the townspeople how it works.
By: Eastman, P. D. (Philip D.)
Never having seen his mother, a baby bird makes humorous mistakes trying to find her
By: Ehlert, Lois.
An alphabetical tour of the world of fruits and vegetables, from apricot and artichoke to yam and zucchini.
By: Emberley, Ed.
A scary green monster begins to disappear, piece by piece and page by page, in a die-cut picture book that lets youngsters take control of the monsters in their lives.
By: Falconer, Ian.
Whether at home getting ready for the day, enjoying the beach, or at bedtime, Olivia is a feisty pig who has too much energy for her own good.
By: Feiffer, Jules.
George is a puppy who does not sound like a puppy should, despite the efforts of his mother
By: Fox, Mem, 1946-
A story about many different sheep, and one that seems to be missing.
By: Fleming, Denise, 1950-
A very hungry mouse eats a large lunch comprised of colorful foods