If you hadn’t noticed, I tend to write about what I know. And one thing that I know fairly well are books…for boys. This is not intended to exclude anyone with daughters — it’s just that I live in a house full of males, so I can only speak for that gender. Plus, there are probably some books on this list that would appeal to preschool girls as well. I just wouldn’t know for sure!
My kids love to read, but when it comes time to head to the library or buy a new book as a gift, I’m always overwhelmed by the options. There are so many books out there and I never know where to start. That’s why I thought that it would be particularly helpful to compile a list of some of our favorites. It’s summer, and these would be great additions to your kids’ summer reading lists!
If you have a 3-4 year-old boy of your own, or if you are just looking for a gift for your favorite grandson, nephew, or little boy friend, these should send you in the right direction. They are true winners, and they are the books that we read repeatedly in this house (click on the blue titles for more information and to purchase)!
Our Top 10 Favorite Books for Preschool Boys:
1. Down by the Station by Jennifer Riggs Vetter. When we read this book, we sing it as a song. We all have it memorized by now! The kids love the rhyming, as well as the fact that the book visits train stations, a bus depot, a rocket launch, boat docks, and just about every other mode of transportation.
2. Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker. This fun story puts all of the equipment at the construction site to bed. It’s the perfect nighttime story. And I can’t fail to also mention the newer book by the same author, which is also a favorite: Steam Train, Dream Train by Sherri Duskey Rinker.
3. Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle. One of my favorite stories! The Little Blue Truck does the right thing and lends a helping hand. We also love the follow-up book: Little Blue Truck Leads the Way by Alice Schertle.
4. I Stink! by Kate McMullan. A fun book about a garbage truck. The boys particularly love reading about all of his stinky trash — including ugly underpants and dirty diapers.
5. Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin. I had never heard about Pete the Cat until Gibbs started school. His teacher introduced the kids to Pete the Cat during the first week of school, and Gibbs hasn’t stopped singing the songs and talking about the books since. We have checked a few out of the library (there are a number of stories in the series) and they’re all very “groovy.” Our favorite is the White Shoes, though, which is great for learning colors.
6. Little Critter: Just a Little Sick by Mercer Mayer. This is a great book, but my boys actually love just about all of the Little Critter stories. There are so many good ones, and I think that they can relate to the cute little guy and all of his mishaps and frustrations. Some of our other favorites include Little Critter: This Is My Town and Little Critter: I Was So Mad.
7. The Berenstain Bears and the Spooky Old Tree by Stan and Jan Berenstain. Another classic series that’s a favorite in our house. The book that they love best is this one:
8. The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Don Wood. Casey actually adores this book (maybe it’s because he loves strawberries?), and it’s a pretty quick read…definitely one that a 2-year-old or younger would appreciate too. He has the lines memorized and I hear them repeated regularly!
9. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff. I love these “If You Give” books because the illustrations are fun, and we can usually tie them to an activity. We also like If You Give a Cat a Cupcake, and we used that story as an excuse to make Black Cat Cupcakes last fall. The boys just like that the stories are ridiculous and funny.
10. Go, Dog. Go! by P.D. Eastman. All of P.D. Eastman’s books are great, but I think that this one wins the award for most-read in our house. If you read it, be sure to make our Traffic Light Graham Cracker Snacks as well!
Okay, so this is obviously a very subjective list. What would YOU add to your list? What books am I missing?
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