These books were all on heavy rotation at our house during the preschool years. They were ones that my kids requested over and over. What are your favorite gifts for preschoolers?
- In the Town All Year ‘Round – by Rotraut Susanne Berner
This is a big, beautiful book with very few words. It is similar to a look-and-find, where kids can spot a cast of colorful characters as they go about their day-to-day activities in the same little town. We must have read this one a hundred times, and every time my kids found a new detail or new character to spot. The book is split into four seasons – so it is great for little guys who are still learning about seasons.
- 10 Minutes till Bedtime – by Peggy Rathmann
All three of my kids LOVED Goodnight Gorilla. This book is by the same author and it we have read it countless times. Just like Goodnight Gorilla, there are very few words, so the reader narrates the illustrations. It is about a little boy going through his bedtime routine and is visited by a ever-expanding group of hamsters.
- An Elephant & Piggie Biggie! (An Elephant and Piggie Book) – by Mo Willems
This set makes a terrific gift. There are five great Elephant and Piggie books combined in one big book for around $8. These books are great for reading to preschoolers. Even better, you will get years of use out of them as they are the BEST for kids learning how to read. You will find them in almost any kindergarten classroom. Want to give a big gift? You can get also get all 25 hardcover books in a set: Elephant & Piggie: The Complete Collection
- Richard Scarry’s Big Busy Sticker & Activity Book – by Richard Scarry
OK – so this one is not actually a book. It is a sticker book – and it is hands-down the best sticker book I have ever seen. I have given it as a gift countless times. When Amazon has it in stock, I buy a bunch of copies and save them for birthday parties. It is PERFECT for a 4-year-old. It covers so many skills that kids will need for kindergarten (and that used in private school testing): sorting, patterns, puzzles, letter and letter sound recognition. You may need to help a 4-year-old with some of the activities (peeling stickers and explaining some of the puzzles) while a 5-year-old may be able to do this all on their own.