Preschool books are educational powerhouses that can help smooth transitions and teach while entertaining!
When my youngest started a Montessori preschool, we were both a bit of a wreck. The older two were attending a homeschool co-op one day a week and they offered a preschool program for younger siblings at the same time. Even though she was precocious, she was still only three and that meant we were both nervous about the transition.
Thankfully, we found some great preschool books that walked us through a lot of the transition process, so that we knew what to expect. Those picture books helped us feel more comfortable about her attending preschool and answered a lot of the questions we both had. Even better, they validated the feelings we were having about the separation – and that was probably the thing that helped us the most.
As a former classroom teacher who started her career in a preschool, I have more books for preschoolers than any one person should probably ever have. Some people collect figurines, I collect children’s books. When those books have the ability to teach and touch hearts regardless of age, it’s impossible not to fall in love with them over and over again.
Preschool Books About Feelings
One of the things I love about kids literature the most is that it has a way of making scary and tough subjects a lot easier to talk about. Scared of going to preschool? There are first day of preschool books that walk you through the day, so that’s it not as scary anymore. Afraid of the dark at bedtime? There are a lot of characters who have the same worries, but find ways to overcome them. Whatever your child might be feeling, there’s a children’s book that can help them through it.
Simply put, preschool books make preschoolers feel less alone and normalize their feelings. They demonstrate through colorful pictures and dynamic language that we’re all a lot more alike than we are different. Helping children develop that connection to the world around them is an important skill; preschool books help them do that.
Use Preschool Books to Teach
Preschool books also help teach kids about everything from trains to boats to dinosaurs and apples. Whether you’re teaching kids in a classroom or doing homeschool preschool, there are children’s books for just about any topic you’re studying. Use them to introduce topics or to supplement your lessons. Or, read them just for fun!
When we start a new unit study, the first thing I do is pull together a book list. Not only does it give me great material, but it’s also a fun way to get your kids excited about learning. There’s something magical about seeing a new pile of books just waiting to be explored!
Preschool Book Lists
Finding books on your own can be time consuming, so we’ve gathered some of our favorite book lists that you can use with your kids. We’ll be constantly adding to the list, so check back often.
- Books About Eleanor Roosevelt
- Books About Music for Preschoolers
- Spring Books for Preschoolers
- Books About Bikes and Bike Safety
- St Patrick’s Day Books for Preschoolers
- Winter Books for Preschoolers
- Christmas Books for Kids
- Preschool Books About Trains
- Preschool Books About Boats
- Summer Books for Preschool
Don’t see the topic you’re looking for? Just leave a comment and we’ll be sure to add it to our list for research!