Top ten books for preschoolers

The preschool years are a period of rapid language development and an excellent time to update your child’s library with books that introduce new words and cater to their interests. Our preschool teachers at SDN Paddington recently sat down to create a list of their top ten books for preschoolers.


Beautiful Oops by Barney Salzbeg – Lift the flaps to find out how a mistake can be an opportunity to make something beautiful.

How to catch a star by Oliver Jeffers – Beautifully illustrated, this book can be used as a stepping stone to deeper conversations and a trigger for the imagination.

Shh …we have a plan by Chris Haughton – A gorgeous picture book about what happens when plans gone awry. Your child will love the humour, repetition and rhythm in this book.

The Polar Bear by Jenni Desmond – A beautifully illustrated non-fiction book about the polar bear’s habitat, food sources and life cycle.

The Book with No Pictures by B.J. Novak – Any book with the line ‘my head is made of blueberry pizza” is always going to be a winner. This book will have your children (and you) laughing out loud.

The Wonky Donkey by Craig Smith – What do you call a three legged donkey? A wonky! The children will love the repetition in this book and you’ll love the humour.

The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson– the rhyme and repetition and twist in the plot make it hard to go past this classic.

Bamboozled by David Legge – There’s something a little different about Grandad’s house. Can your child figure it out?

How Many Jelly Beans? by Andrea Menotti - A fun and colourful way for children to learn about numbers.

Where the forest meets the sea by Jeannie Baker Take a trip through the forest and imagine how it looked a million years ago in this classic from 1988.

Are any of these books your child’s favourite? Remember to check out other titles by that author.

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