Parent picks: What kindergartners are reading for the holidays

Vibrant picture books with creative story lines are ever popular among the kindergarten set. These titles are sure to spark your youngster's imagination and inspire her to start reading on her own.

By GreatSchools Staff



Otis by Loren Long
Philomel (September 2009), $18

Loren Long’s whimsical text and illustrations tell the tale of Otis, a useful if well-used little tractor, who gets cast aside when a big, new, shiny tractor takes his place. But when disaster strikes the farm, Otis must save the day. Loren Long’s story about friendship and believing in yourself will captivate your children long after they’ve outgrown its target age group.

The Snow Day

The Snow Day

The Snow Day by Komako Sakai
Arthur A. Levine (2008), $17

The Snow Day is a muted and dreamy story about a young bunny's snow day. School has been canceled, and a mother and child wait for the father's delayed flight. Immerse yourself in this enchanting picture book about snow and family.

Bats at the Library

Bats at the Library by Brian Lies
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2008), $16

While the plot about a bunch of bats paying a nocturnal visit to a public library is sure to delight, the detailed illustrations are the real treat.

The Magic Hat

The Magic Hat by Mem Fox and Tricia Tusa
Harcourt Children's Books (2002), $7

Children love the rhymes and repetition in this story about a mysterious, magical hat that turns unsuspecting people into animals.

Fancy Nancy

Fancy Nancy by Jane O’Connor
HarperCollins Publishers (2005), $16

Fancy Nancy is a captivating, quirky protagonist, and the illustrations in this series are just as engaging. Great for beginning readers too.

Owl Moon

Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
Philomel (1987), $17

This exquisitely written story about a special adventure between a young daughter and her father during a quiet winter night is an absolute treasure.

My Sister and I

My Sister and I by P. K. Hallinan
Ideals Publications (2003), $8

While this story touches on sibling relationships and the love they can foster, all of P. K. Hallinan’s heartwarming books focus on the importance of family, friendships, and good morals.

I Love You Stinkyface

I Love You Stinkyface by Lisa McCourt
Cartwheel Books (2003), $6

A sweet story about a boy who tests the limits of his mother’s love by turning himself into multiple slimy, stinky creatures before realizing that her love is unconditional.