This is a comprehensive book list by Subject Area or Concept. Please email me if you have a book to add to the list! I'm adding a link to Amazon for each book so you can see what the cover looks like.
Where to find cheap books:
Of course, the library has many free books! However, parents don't always know which books are good books to pick for their children. This list is to help you navigate to find the right book for your child's age. You can also pick up books through scholastic book orders, book sales, yard sales, etc. Also, ask your friends if you can borrow books from their home library too!
*Please note that not all libraries have a children's librarian. Our local library does have a knowledgable librarian who does well with children.
Books to read to your baby:
At this stage, many classics can be found in hard-cover. However, they are very expensive. I found many of these types of books at book sales, yard sales, etc. Books on colors, shapes, letters, numbers, animals, and many other concepts exist in Board Book form. These are more sturdy, and children can actually slobber all over them, and it doesn't ruin the pages!
These books can also have texture added to them. For example, my son LOVED his board book about animals that had fur, pig "skin", and many other materials in the book. Children LOVE books with texture and color!
Books to read to your Pre-schooler:
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown - a great introduction to rhyming!
Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Eric Carle- a great introduction to rhyming!
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle - teaches sequence and the days of the week.
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Ray Cruz
We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett
Corduroy by Don Freeman
The Gingerbread Boy by Richard Egielski
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault - Teaches the letter names in a fun, creative way. This is to be read in a sing-song kind of way.
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni
The Wheels on the Bus- any version that allows you to sing the song too.
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly
Books to Use for Math Lessons:
The Math Curse by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith
Greedy Triangles by Marilyn Burns
One Hundred Hungry Ants by Elinor Pinczes
A Remainder of One by Elinor Pinczes
Anno's Mysterious Multiplying Jar by Masaichiro and Mitsumasa Anno
Early Chapter Books (sorted by easy to difficult)
Nate the Great
Amber Brown Series
Junie B. Jones
A to Z Mysteries (Series)
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
The Mouse and the Motorcycle
Ralph S. Mouse
Harder Chapter Books
Because of Winn Dixie
Laura Ingalls Wilder series
Books to Read to Your Tween/Adolescent Child
Hattie Big Sky
Percy Jackson and the Olympians
Shadow of a Bull
The Westing Game
Where the Red Fern Grows
Please visit the following websites for suggestions: