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Preschool and Prekindergarten Summer Reading Recommendations


The Night Gardener, by Terry Fan and Eric Fan

One day, William discovers that the tree outside his window has been sculpted into a wise owl. In the following days, more topiaries appear, and each one is more beautiful than the last. Soon, William’s gray little town is full of color and life. And though the mysterious night gardener disappears as suddenly as he appeared, William—and his town—are changed forever.


Shh!  We Have A Plan, by Chris Haughton

Four friends creep through the woods, and what do they spot? An exquisite bird high in a tree! “Hello birdie,” waves one. “Shh! We have a plan,” hush the others. They stealthily make their advance, nets in the air. Ready one, ready two, ready three, and go! But as one comically foiled plan follows another, it soon becomes clear that their quiet, observant companion, hand outstretched, has a far better idea. Award-winning author-illustrator Chris Haughton is back with another simple, satisfying story whose visual humor plays out in boldly graphic, vibrantly colorful illustrations.


Pete The Cat and His Magic Sunglasses, by Kimberly Dean and James Dean (illus.)

Pete the Cat wakes up feeling grumpy—nothing seems to be going his way. But with the help of some magic sunglasses, Pete learns that a good mood has been inside him all along.

Fans of Pete the Cat will love watching him take his positive outlook and transform a grumpy day into an awesome day!


Have you Filled a Bucket Today, by Carol McCloud

This heartwarming book encourages positive behavior by using the concept of an invisible bucket to show children how easy and rewarding it is to express kindness, appreciation and love by “filling buckets.”


Larf, by Ashley Spires, by Ashley Spires

Click here to access a digital version through Annie Wright’s ebook collection.

No one believes Larf exists, and he likes it that way. Larf, you see, is a sasquatch, the only sasquatch in the world (or so it seems). He has a very pleasant, and very private, life in the woods, where on any given day he might be found jogging, gardening or walking Eric, his pet bunny. But everything changes one morning when Larf discovers that another sasquatch is scheduled to make an appearance in the nearby city of Hunderfitz. What?! That must mean he’s not the only sasquatch in the world!

Excited by the prospect of having a friend to share hair grooming tips with (and let’s face it, teeter-tottering alone is no fun), Larf disguises himself as a city slicker and heads for Hunderfitz — where he’s in for a couple enormous surprises.

Additional Recommendations

Old Mikamba Had a Farm, by Rachel Isadora

Big Bad Bubble, by Adam Rubin | Click here to access a digital version

Duck! Rabbit!, by Amy Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld | Click here to access a digital version

Stuck, by Oliver Jeffers

A Perfectly Messed up Story, by Patrick McDonnell

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PreKindergarten & PreSchool Summer Reading Recommendations

Sam & Dave Dig a Hole, by Mac Barnett & Jon Klassen (illus.)

Sam and Dave are on a mission. A mission to find something spectacular. So they dig a hole. And they keep digging. And they find . . . nothing. Yet the day turns out to be pretty spectacular after all. Attentive readers will be rewarded with a rare treasure in this witty story of looking for the extraordinary — and finding it in a manner you’d never expect. (from the publisher’s note)

Creature Features: Twenty-Five Animals Explain Why They Look The Way They Do, by Steve Jenkins & Robin Page

Packed with many cool facts and visuals on where certain animals live and what they eat, this book captures twenty-five humorous—and very true—explanations of why animals look the way they do in order to exist in this world. (from publisher’s note)

Dory Fantasmagory, by Abby Hanlon

Her siblings may roll their eyes at her childish games, but Dory has lots of things to do: outsmarting the monsters all over the house, escaping from prison (aka time-out), and exacting revenge on her sister’s favorite doll. And when they really need her, daring Dory will prove her bravery, and finally get exactly what she has been looking for. (from publisher’s note)

Old Mikamba Had a Farm, by Rachel Isadora

This fabulous version of the classic nursery song “Old MacDonald” introduces children to a menagerie of African animals and their sounds. It is beautifully illustrated by Caldecott Honor winner Rachel Isadora, with her signature collage-style artwork. (from publisher’s note)

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild, by Peter Brown

Are you bored with being so proper? Do you want to have more fun? Mr Tiger knows exactly how you feel. So he decides to go wild. But does he go too far? There is a time and place for everything…even going wild. (from publisher’s note)

Additional Recommendations

Dino-Soccer, by Lisa Wheeler & Barry Gott (illus.) | Click here for an e-book edition

A Sick Day for Amos McGee, by Philip C. Stead & Erin E. Stead (illus.)

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