What are your Must-Have Books for Kindergarten?

The Question:
What are your MUST HAVE books for kindergarten?
The Answers:
Lauren Combo
Mrs Wishy Washy 😉
Geri Lutes Sullivan
Caps For Sale
Jamie Schultz Tucker
Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready For Kindergarten…… ♥
Jennifer Collins Grabruck
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
Allyson Weikel
All the Miss Bindergartens, of course, & Chicka Chicka Boom Boom!
Buena Kaylor
The Kissing Hand, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Pete the Cat,
Susan Quinley Raines
All the Eric Carle books
Margaret Johnson
We Share Everything by Robert Munsch,
Anne McArdle Gregory
Have you filled a bucket
Susie Siegel
All Robert Munsch Books
Wendy Carole
The Giving Tree and My Name is Yoon
Allyson Weikel
 ♥ Robert Munsch!
Christine Temple
I love all “The Night Before…” books! I have one for almost every holiday and the kids look forward to them!!
Betty Seely
 ‎”The Kissing Hand”
Margie Cioci
 Lots of non-fiction books. The kids are very interested in learning about everything.
Wendy Orndorff
”Me first”
Colleen Russell Guertin
 Not a must have, but almost: All the seasonal There Was an Old Lady books. The kids love them!!!
Bethany Charlebois Arsenault
Aliens Love Underwear and Moostache!
Jennifer Janin Hughes
Anything by Mo Willems!!!!!
Dina Marie
 Llama Llama books
Melaina Kinsey
Anything by David Shannon, Donald Crews, Ezra Jack Keats, and Eric Carle
Melea Fields Kercheval
I love books! After 27 years of teaching, I’ve managed to collect over 1500! My favorite is Lester Laminack’s Saturdays and Teacakes. It is great to use with Writer’s Workshop (personal naratives) and Grandparents Day. Get the one with the CD. Lester reads his story, discusses it and also includes comprehension questions I think.
Sue Bowen
 Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems. The children love to say “No” to the pigeon.
Mary Hewitt 
So many great books – Underwear books are all great we laughed everytime we read about them Aliens Love Underwear, Dinosaurs Love Underwear, Underwear, The Underpants Zoo. There was an old Lady ones are good to teach sequencing, The House That Jack Built, If You Give a – are also awesome books. Don’t think you can possibly list all the must have. My class at read aloud time love Froggie books–we are reading them now. I don’t do chapter books in Kindergarten–too many great picture books to read and get them excited about books.
Nadine Inglis Berger 
All of the books mentioned above and Go Away Big Green monster
Becky Streiker 
Too many to list but I really could not have made it through this year without Have you filled a Bucket Today.
Rachel Taylor 
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs! I love using it during my weather unit and having the kids come up with their own “Cloudy with a chance of…” that we make into a class book every spring.
Cindy Branam Boyer 
Besides all the Miss Bindergarten books–Dr. Seuss books, Chrysantheum, Eric Carle books, Dandelion, Corduroy, and yes, the Bucket book.
Moe Lambert 
Gingerbread man, baby, friends, and girl
Jan Coats Honea 
Jan Brett books, especially the Gingerbread Baby. Kids love classic fairy tales such as The Three Little Pigs and Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
Carrie Wharff 
All Lio Lionni books. Especially Swimmy! We always talk about how much we can accomplish when we work together after reading that.
Sharon Bohn 
What a wonderful list!
Karin Muir 
Kindergarten Rocks and Diane Degroat books
Kathy Ticona
 Mo Willems, Dr. Seuss, Keats, Munsch, Bears Snores On! I ♥ teaching kindergarten!
Nancy Creech
 Robert Munsch, Leo Lionni, Eric Carle, Pete the Cat and especially my new favorite: Mo Willems! The Elephant and Piggy books rock!
Mary Gross-Urbaniak 
Kevin Henkes books!
Linda Plumlee Riley 
Clifford! Have a huge one in my room, also.
Ginger Di Paola Kleypas
 Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes, and Wemberley Worried by Kevin Henkes, Mrs. Bindergarten celebrates the 100th day of school, No David, David goes to school, I also read Junie B. Jones books to my kids and the LOVE them, Swimmy by Leo Lionnie, any books with the illustrator David Catrow, Five Little Ducks, Tomie de Paola books like Pancakes, Today is Monday, Have you seen my cat?, Strega Nona, etc.  Also, I love any Gail Gibbons books. They are informational, and very appropriate for Kinder.  Also, It’s Great to be Five, and When I was a Baby, by Jamie Lee Curtis those are precious…
Teresa Nordstrom Sanchez 
Rainbow Fish – to teach about character, sharing and friendship.
Kristen Finnegan 
Swim! Swim! And all three Knuffle Bunny books.
Patti Brady Greenwood 
Love the idea sharing! Keep them coming!
Kathy Price Collins
 Yo. Yes! to teach punctuation. My kids love the Splat the Cat books and Silly Sally.
Heather Walker
 Eric Carle, Leo Lionni, Kevin Henkes, Ezra Jack Keats, Mem Fox, Lois Ehlert, Donald Crews, Cynthia Rylant, and Pat Hutchins – my very favorites:)
Anne Aycock Pulley 
Robert Munsch books, Ferdinand, Leo the Late Bloomer ( which is great for the beginning of the year), the 3 books (3 Pigs, 3 Bears, 3 Billy Goats Gruff).
Mary Rosiak Thompson 
Chrysanthemum! And Sometimes I’m Bombaloo.
Cheryl Schein Vourvoulas 
Without reading all the other 49 comments, my ideas may repeat others, but here goes: Of course Miss Bindergarten series, The Kissing Hand series, Arthur, Franklin, and the new Howard K. Wigglebottom series!
Amy Oakes 
Biscuit Books, Puppy Mudge Books, and any Froggy Books.
Cheri Dodson Smith
 The Land of Many Colors, All the “Bindergarten” books, and anything by Margaret Wise Brown, Leo Lionni, and Eric Carle. And….all the books that Heather Walker listed!
Katharine Vera Noble 
I just discovered a new wordless book — I’m a speech/ language pathologist, can’t help it. Here are a few of those: The Adventures of Polo; Wonder Bear; Where’s Walrus; Frog, Where Are You? Also, of course, Miss B!! (My favorites for in-class being ‘100th Day’ and ‘Wild Day.’)
Amy Fabriziani 
Mrs. Wishy Washy books!
Elizabeth Danyew 
Stand Tall Molly Lou Mellon, Harold and the Purple Crayon, Mouse Paint, Mouse Count, I am a book addict!
Nancy Bittner 
CRUNCH ZIP HEE and the ABC’s. I use it nearly every day.
Laurie Leahy 
Rosemary Wells’ MacDuff Books!…and, Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett. And Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey. And Whistle for Willie by EJKeats. And The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter. And….. And…. And….!
Chrissy Pierson 
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
Latisia Craig 
A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue!!!!!!
Nola Boyd 
Pete the Cat (New Shoes); Pete the Cat (School shoes)- perfect to start the year- everyone has new shoes and the school school one introduces different parts of the school to children. Such fun books and great songs to go with, too.
Laurie Warnock 
My kids want to read Dirty Bertie at least once a week! Love Junie B……but I skip the one about cutting hair because no matter how many times we discussed why it is a bad idea….I have wisps on the floor!
Judy Arnold Rose 
Gila monsters meet you at the airport, The big enormous lie, Mitchell is moving and other Marjorie Weinman Sharmat books.
Roxanne Lee 
The Kissing Hand and the rest of the series with Chester Raccoon. Mine love Junie B Jones Books too. We do graduation girl and 1st Grade At Last at the end of the year but read the others throughout. : )
Sarah Lee 
The Gruffalo (great for rhyming), Gregory the Terrible Eater, Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, anything by Kevin Henkes, Jan Brett, or Elsa Besko, The Complete Grimm’s Fairy Tales (told, not read- so magical), Healing Stories for Challenging Behaviour.
Patti Brady Greenwood 
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

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