Pre-K Reading Recommendations

We All Play by Julie Flett

Animals and kids love to play! This wonderful book celebrates playtime and the connection between children and the natural world. Beautiful illustrations show birds who chase and chirp, bears who wiggle and wobble, whales who splash and swim, and a diverse group of kids who love to do the same, shouting: We play too! / kimêtawânaw mîna. At the end of the book, animals and children gently fall asleep after a fun day of playing outside, making this book a great bedtime story. A beautiful ode to the animals and humans we share our world with, We All Play belongs on every bookshelf. (Greystone Books)

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A New Green Day by Antoinette Portis

Explore nature through evocative riddles and bold imagery that take the reader from day to night and back again in this perfect read-aloud. Who scribbles on the sidewalk with glistening ink? Snail! Who's a comma in a long, long sentence of a stream? Tadpole! Active readers will delight in the clever language and striking illustrations by esteemed author/illustrator Antoinette Portis. On each spread, children will solve riddles about the familiar animals, plants and the weather that one child encounters outdoors throughout a whole day. (Neal Porter Books)

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This Is a Book of Shapes by Kenneth Kraegel

First comes the circle. Then the square and the triangle. Then the . . . emu pushing a pancake wagon down a hill? What begins as a concept book about everyone’s geometric favourites soon defies expectations with a series of funny and imaginative twists. Award-winning author-illustrator Kenneth Kraegel pairs a deadpan text with simple wood-grained shapes, interspersed with vibrant illustrations of animals engaged in hilariously absurd pastimes. Each page turn builds on the delicious anticipation the contrast creates to make this a unique and rollicking story-time hit. (Candlewick)

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You Matter by Christian Robinson

In this full, bright, and beautiful picture book, many different perspectives around the world are deftly and empathetically explored—from a pair of bird-watchers to the pigeons they’re feeding. Young readers will be drawn into the luminous illustrations inviting them to engage with the world in a new way and see how everyone is connected, and that everyone matters. (Simon & Schuster)

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Hurry Up: A Book About Slowing Down by Kate Dopirak

For one busy boy, life is all hurry up, hurry down, hurry round and round and round! That is until he takes a big breath...and a big break...and slows down to see all the wonderful things in the world around him.

From celebrated picture book creators Kate Dopirak and Christopher Silas Neal, this playful yet powerful picture book reminds us to be present, to be mindful, and to appreciate each moment. (Simon & Schuster)

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Me & Mama by Cozbi A. Cabrera

Mama’s love is brighter than the sun, even on the rainiest of days. This celebration of a mother-daughter relationship is perfect for sharing with little ones!

On a rainy day when the house smells like cinnamon and Papa and Luca are still asleep, when the clouds are wearing shadows and the wind paints the window with beads of water, I want to be everywhere Mama is.

With lyrical prose and a tender touch, the Caldecott and Coretta Scott King Honor Book Mama and Me is an ode to the strength of the bond between a mother and a daughter as they spend a rainy day together. (Denene Millner Books)

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Souris, tu veux un biscuit? de Laura Numeroff

Si un petit être affamé vient chez vous, vous lui donnerez sûrement un biscuit. Si vous lui donnez un biscuit, il demandera un verre de lait. Puis, il voudra se regarder dans un miroir pour vérifier s'il n'a pas de moustaches de lait et il vous demandera une paire de ciseaux pour se rafraîchir la moustache. Le fait de donner un biscuit à cette souris énergique épuisera son jeune hôte, mais les jeunes lecteurs s'amuseront des multiples demandes faites par cette souris tout au long de l'histoire. (Scholastic)

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Nous avons trouvé un chapeau de Jon Klassen

Les lecteurs friands des livres de Jon Klassen comme Rendez-moi mon chapeau! et Ce n'est pas mon chapeau se délecteront de voir deux tortues convoiter le même chapeau. L'une des tortues voudrait-elle le chapeau pour elle seule? Bien sûr que non! Les tortues de cette histoire n'oseraient jamais... trouveront-elles un moyen d'avoir chacune leur chapeau? (Scholastic)

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