Parent picks: What preschoolers are reading for the holidays

Preschoolers find wonder in so many places, but they seem to be especially drawn to animals and their antics. Parent favorites for this age group include classics like Harold and the Purple Crayon and new takes on bedtime stories. These books are sure to keep everyone engaged and inspired.

By GreatSchools Staff

The Pigeon Wants a Puppy!

"The Pigeon" series

The Pigeon books by Mo Willems
Hyperion Books for Children

This series about a persistent pigeon draws in young children by making the bird’s adventures (and hilarious tantrums) relatable. A fun read for both parents and preschoolers.

How do Dinosaurs

"How Do Dinosaurs?" series

How Do Dinosaurs books by Jane Yolen
BlueSky Press

Yolen is one of the most prolific children’s writers of our time, with titles for kids in preschool through fifth grade. This series is a proven hit with the under-6 set. From How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? to How Do Dinosaurs Clean Their Rooms?, these books are sure to delight.

It's Okay to Be Different

It's Okay to Be Different by Todd Parr
Little, Brown Young Readers (April 2009), $7

As your youngster starts noticing the world around him, he’ll begin questioning why things are different. GreatSchools parents recommend this book to help children learn about — and accept — a diversity of people and situations.

Yummy Yucky

Yummy Yucky by Leslie Patricelli
Candlewick (2003), $6

Learning what is and isn’t OK to put in your mouth is an important part of growing up. Burgers? Yummy! Boogers? Yucky! Parents love Yummy Yucky for its humorous take on the subject and simple but colorful illustrations.

Harold and the Purple Crayon

Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
HarperTrophy (1981)

Many of us will remember imaginative Harold from our own childhoods. These books about an artistic little boy, with true-to-life illustrations, have withstood the test of time and are a must-have for every child’s collection.

"Good Night Our World" series

Good Night Our World books by various authors
New Board Books

Leave the “great green room” behind and expand your child’s bedtime repertoire with these wonderful stories that take place in different cities and states around the country.