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Read to Grow is frequently asked to provide guidance to parents and providers on developmentally appropriate books to read to and share with children. Using our expertise, we have put together three separate lists of suggested authors and titles to help you choose books for infants (under age 1), toddlers (1-3 years old) and preschoolers (age 3 and above). 

Great Books to Read with Infants

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
Tomie dePaola’s Mother Goose by Tomie dePaola
My First Book Series by Dorling Kindersley Publishing
Touch and Feel Series by Dorling Kindersley Publishing
The Everything Book by Denise Fleming
Ten Little Ladybugs by Melanie Gerth
Global Babies by Global Fund for Children
Black & White by Tana Hoban
Zoom City by Thatcher Hurd
Peek-a-Baby by Karen Katz
My First Signs by Annie Kubler
Peek-a-Who by Nina Lawden
Look at the Animals by Peter Linenthal
Look, Look! by Peter Linenthal
Look Baby! Books by Margaret Miller
I Kissed the Baby! by Mary Murphy
Here Comes Mother Goose by Ionie Opie/ My First Mother Goose by Ionie Opie
Baby Faces Series by Scholastic
Five Little Ducks by Justine Smith
Hey Diddle Diddle by Jeannette Winter/ The Itsy Bitsy Spider by Jeannette Winter/
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star by Jeannette Winter
Animal Play: A Touch and Feel Book by Harriet Ziefert
Who Said Moo? by Harriet Ziefert


Great Books to Read with Toddlers

 Hug by Jez Alborough
Big Fat Hen by Keith Baker
The Three Bears by Byron Barton
Blue Hat Green Hat by Sandra Boynton/ The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton
Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
From Head to Toe by Eric Carle
Maisy’s Amazing Big Book of Words by Lucy Cousins
Freight Train by Donald Crews
Jamberry by Bruce Degen
Honey Baby Sugar Child by Alice Duncan
My Numbers=Mis Numeros by Rebecca Emberley
Time for Bed by Mem Fox
Tip Tip Dig Dig by Emma Garcia
Where’s Spot? by Eric Hill
Hush! A Thai Lullaby by Minfong Ho
Rosie’s Walk by Pat Hutchins
Over in the Meadow by Ezra Jack Keats
Charlie Parker Played Bebop by Chris Raschka
Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathman
One Duck Stuck by Phyllis Root
Andy Warhol’s Colors by Susan Goldman Rubin
What Do You Say? by Mandy Stanley
Where’s My House? by Simms Taback
More More More Said the Baby by Vera B. Williams


Great Books to Read with Preschoolers

Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain by Verna Aardema
The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Bounce and Wiggle by Doreen Cronin
Are You My Mother?  by P. D. Eastman
Oodles of Animals by Lois Ehlert
Hattie and the Fox by Mem Fox
The Red Book by Barbara Lehman
Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See?/ Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?/ Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? by Bill Martin, Jr.
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin,Jr.
Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
What Do You Do With a Tale Like This?  by Robin Page
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
Cars and Trucks and Things That Go by Richard Scarry
Richard Scarry’s Best Word Book Ever by Richard Scarry
Chewie Louie by Howie Schneider
Hop on Pop and One Fish,Two Fish by Dr. Seuss
Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback
The Skin You Live In by Michael Tyler
The Napping House by Audrey Wood
Quick as a Cricket by Audrey Wood

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