50 Must-Have Books for the Kindergarten Classroom: 20 New + 30 Tried and True

What better way to pull a young child into the thrills of reading than a great picture book? I have put together a list of our favorite new and classic picture books for kindergartners.  Believe me, it was difficult to limit the list to 50! Here are 50 Must-Have Books for the Kindergarten Classroom

What are your students’ favorite books? What book is constantly being poured over by a little one falling in love with reading? Make sure to comment at the bottom of the post with your must-have picture books for kindergartners.

The picture books featured in the “New” list have been published in the last 3 years. Many of the books were published in 2017 and 9 of the books made the latest New York Times Best Seller List.

The “Tried and True” picture books for kindergartners feature timeless classics that the littlest readers have enjoyed year after year. This list was difficult to narrow down. I’m sure you’ll see some of your favorites on the list. If your very favorite didn’t make the list, tell us what it is in the comments below!

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New Books For Your Kindergarten Classroom

You’ll love this list of fun, new books for your classroom! Keep your little readers engaged with the latest and most popular picture books available.

20. Be Quiet! by Ryan T. Higgins

19. Real Imagination by Areia Cobb

Real Imagination

18. Olivia the Spy by Ian Falconer

17. Places to Be by Mac Barnett

 

50 Must-Have Books for the Kindergarten Classroom: 20 New + 30 Tried and True

16. The Quiet Book by Deborah Underwood

15. Ball by Mary Sullivan

14. Go! Go! Go! Stop! by Charise Mericle Harper

13. She Persisted by Chelsea Clinton

50 Must-Have Books for the Kindergarten Classroom: 20 New + 30 Tried and True

12. The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin

11. The Day The Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalk

10. Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin

9. Dragons Love Tacos 2 The Sequel by Adam Rubin

50 Must-Have Books for the Kindergarten Classroom: 20 New + 30 Tried and True

8. Mighty, Mighty Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker

7. Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle

6. I Wish You More by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

5. Pete the Cat and the Surprise Teacher by James Dean

4. Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty

50 Must-Have Books for the Kindergarten Classroom: 20 New + 30 Tried and True

3. Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty

2. What Do You Do With An Idea? by Kobi Yamada

  1. The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires

 

Tried and True Books For the Kindergarten Classroom Library

A kindergarten classroom library wouldn’t be complete without these classic titles. Your kiddos will love the familiar texts that have made their way into the hearts of young and old readers alike.

 

30. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.

29. If You Give A Mouse A Cookie by Laura Numeroff

28. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

27. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

50 Must-Have Books for the Kindergarten Classroom: 20 New + 30 Tried and True

 

26. Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr.

25. Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann

24. The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

 

23. Corduroy by Don Freeman

 

22. The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister

 

21. Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson

 

20. Alexander and the terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst

 

19. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett

18. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Suess

50 Must-Have Books for the Kindergarten Classroom: 20 New + 30 Tried and True

17. The Cat In The Hat by Dr. Suess

 

16. One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Suess

 

15. Go, Dog. Go! by P.D. Eastman

 

14. The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper

 

13. Curious George by H.A. Rey

50 Must-Have Books for the Kindergarten Classroom: 20 New + 30 Tried and True

12. The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown

 

11. Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola

 

10. Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel

 

9. Little Bear by Else Homelund Minarik

 

8. Danny and the Dinosaur by Syd Hoff

 

7. A Splendid Friend, Indeed by Suzanne Bloom

50 Must-Have Books for the Kindergarten Classroom: 20 New + 30 Tried and True

6. Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten

 

5. Oh, the Thinks You Can Think! by Dr. Suess

 

4. Stone Soup by Ann McGovern

 

3. Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman

 

2. The Little Red Hen by Diane Muldrow

 

  1. The Little Red Caboose by Marian Potter

I’m sure I’ve missed one of your favorites! Make sure to comment below with your must-have picture books for kindergartners.

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