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Parent picks: What preschoolers are reading this summer

GreatSchools members share their favorite children's books, from classics to trendy tales.

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By GreatSchools Staff

Preschoolers find wonder in so many places, but they seem to be especially drawn to animals and their antics. Parents also reveal their favorite classics like Harold and the Purple Crayon and new takes on bedtime stories. These books are sure to keep your little ones engaged and inspired:

 • The Pigeon books by Mo Willems. 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 books by Jane Yolen. 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 by Todd Parr. 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 by Leslie Patricelli. 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 by Crockett Johnson. 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 books, various authors. 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.

Have your own book recommendations? Add them to the Parent Picks list!

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