Kindergarten Reading Recommendations

Carpenter’s Helper by Sybil Rosen

Renata and her Papi are hard at work renovating their bathroom. Renata can’t wait to build castles of bubbles in the deep, old-fashioned bathtub. But one morning, she finds dried leaves and pine needles heaped on a shelf in the corner. How did they get there? She soon realizes that a bird has built a nest on the shelf, and inside it are four rosy eggs! Weeks pass, and Renata watches as the wrens come and go, building a home in her bathroom… until, one day, with a little help from Renata, the birds are ready to fly.  (Schwartz & Wade Books)

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Dumplings for Lili by Melissa Iwai

Lili loves to cook little dumplings called baos with her grandmother, but when cabbage is needed, Lili races up and down the stairs of her grandmother's apartment building to find the ingredient and help the other grandmothers borrow ingredients for different dumplings, from Jamaican meat patties and Italian ravioli to Lebanese fatayer and more. (Norton Young Readers)

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When We Are Kind by Monique Gray Smith

When We Are Kind celebrates simple acts of everyday kindness and encourages children to explore how they feel when they initiate and receive acts of kindness in their lives. Celebrated author Monique Gray Smith has written many books on the topics of resilience and reconciliation and communicates an important message through carefully chosen words for readers of all ages. Beautifully illustrated by artist Nicole Neidhardt, this book encourages children to be kind to others and to themselves. (Orca Book Publishers)

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The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle

Early one morning, a little spider begins to spin her web on a fence post. One by one, the animals of the nearby farm try to divert her, each with its own sound and species-specific enticement: "Maa! Maa!" said the goat. "Want to jump on the rocks?" "Oink! Oink!" grunted the pig. "Want to roll in the mud?" Continuing patiently with her work, the industrious spider doesn't answer. She has a busy day ahead of her, but at the end she will be able to show the animals that her web is both beautiful and very useful. (Philomel Books)

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The Tree In Me by Corinna Luyken

Through poetic text and exquisite illustrations of children revelling in nature, this picture book explores the various ways we as human beings are strong, creative, and connected to others. Each of us is like a tree, with roots and fruit, and an enduring link to everything else in nature. “The tree in me is strong. It bends in the wind, and has roots that go deep . . . to where other roots reach up toward their own trunk-branch-crown and sky.”

As Corinna Luyken did in her award-winning My Heart, she again provides an invigorating conversation-starter that contains a world of truths–about self-esteem, community, and living a meaningful life. (Dial Books for Young Readers)

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Fatima’s Great Outdoors by Ambreen Tariq 

After a rough week at school, Fatima is thrilled to join her family on their first campout. On the way, Mama offers warm homemade samosas for a snack while the radio plays Bollywood music. As the Khazi family navigates setting up a tent, fending off pests, and making a proper campfire, they connect to the outdoors and each other. This diverse voices book is an ode to the timeless invitation for families to reconnect in nature. (Kokila)

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J'adore mon nouveau jouet! de Mo Willems

Rosie adore son nouveau jouet! Mais, comment y joue-t-on exactement? Gérald propose de le lancer dans les airs. La proposition est acceptée avec enthousiasme, mais, lorsqu'il atterrit sur le sol, la babiole se brise en deux. Fâchée et triste à la fois, la petite truie éclate en sanglots, bientôt suivie par Gérald. L'amitié survivra-t-elle à cette épreuve? (Scholastic)

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Ne laissez pas le pigeon conduire le bus! de Mo Willems

Malgré l'interdiction formelle du chauffeur de bus, le pigeon veut prendre le volant.

Il va déployer ses multiples talents de persuasion pour parvenir à ses fins… et toi, tu le laisserais conduire? (Kaléidoscope)

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