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Fall Leaves Stories

Fall Leaves Stories for preschoolers
Fall Leaves Stories

Fall is a magical time when the leaves on trees change colors and eventually fall off the branches. Looking at the beautiful colors and collecting leaves are lots of fun! Preschoolers love to explore and naturally curious about the world around. Read these stories about the changing of the leaves and learn why trees lose their leaves in the fall.

7 Fall Leaves Stories:

1. Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert–

This book is a visual treat! The pictures are actual leaves and Lois Ehlert’s signature die-cut pages are fantastic. Leaf Man is beautiful tribute to nature and preschoolers will delight in Leaf Man’s wind-blown adventures.

Leaf Trouble book

2. Leaf Trouble by Jonathan Emmett–

Learn about the changing of seasons with two cute little squirrels in this story. Worried about the falling leaves, a brother and sister squirrel unsuccessfully try to put the leaves back on the tree. Mommy squirrel teaches them all about fall and reassures them that new leaves will grow in the springtime.

"When the Leaf Blew In" book

3. When the Leaf Blew In by Steve Metzger–

This fun picture book is about an autumn leaf blows that into a barn causing a cow to sneeze. The sneeze sets off a series of barnyard events in this silly tale that will have preschoolers asking you to reread it over and over again! Be sure to check your library for this one!

4. We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt by Steve Metzger —

This rhyming story is a fun, leaf-hunting adventure. Preschoolers love Steve Metzger’s books and the silly sound effects that he skillfully incorporates into the story. This one will become a fall-favorite! Have your own leaf hunt after the story to continue the fun!

There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves

5. There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves by Lucille Colandro–

The silly old lady is back in this fall-themed story. She goes on a stomach-filling journey, gobbling up fall-themed items (a pumpkin, a rope, and some leaves). Preschoolers will laugh away at all of the silliness going on in this book!

Fletcher and the Falling Leaves

6. Fletcher and the Falling Leaves by Julia Rawlinson–

In this beautifully illustrated book, we meet a young fox named Fletcher who is unaware that some trees lose their leaves in the fall. Fletcher is determined to save the leaves from falling off of his favorite tree. Unfortunately each one of his ideas fail to keep the leaves on the tree. After the last leaf falls off the tree, Fletcher carries the little leaf home to his den. He puts it into a nice cozy bed for the night. When he returns to his tree in the early morning, a beautiful sight is waiting for him. His tree is covered in sparkling icicles! His tree reassures him that all is fine and that Fletcher is free to enjoy the beauty in front of him without worry for his tree.

"The Leaf Thief"

7. The Leaf Thief by Alice Hemming–

Every day Squirrel counts the leaves on his tree. One day, a leaf goes missing and Squirrel sets off to find the missing leaf. Along the way, Bird joins in and the two friends discover who the mysterious leaf thief is! This is a beautifully illustrated story about the natural changes that occur in the fall season.

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Check your library for these and other fall leaves stories. To help cover the costs of this site, I joined Amazon’s Affiliate program. If you buy a book through one of my links, then I get a small percentage of the sale (at no additional cost to you). Thank you for your support! Happy Reading 🙂

LEAF STICK PUPPET

Continue the leaf fun by making Leaf Stick Puppets–Go on a leaf hunt and collect leaves to make your stick puppet pals.

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Rocket Books

9 Rocket Books

Preschoolers loves rockets, spaceships, and UFOs! Who isn’t fascinated about the possibility of blasting-off into space? Here are some of my son’s favorite rocket books. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do. My kiddo loved them so much that we ended up buying several of them. Check your public library for these stories and borrow them for free!

9 Great Rocket Books

Roaring Rockets

1. Roaring Rockets by Tony Mitton—

Tony Mitton has written lots of books about “things that go” and my son especially enjoyed this one about rockets. Witty rhymes and great illustrations make this story lots of fun to read together. The author packs plenty of great information about rockets and space into this fun story!

Space Race book

2. Space Race by Joy Cowley—

This is an older book, but that didn’t stop my son from loving so much that we had to buy it! In this story, 5 rockets race into space, but one-by-one the rockets encounter a humorous/silly problem and can’t continue the race. Read this one to find out who will win!

Go. Otto, Go

3. Go, Otto, Go by David Milgrim—

The adventures of Otto the robot are sure to delight the preschool crowd. Otto is a space robot visiting Earth. Otto misses his family so he builds a robot to take him. Read this funny story to find out if he make the spaceship fly. Otto has several more books, each one sparsely worded with humorous pictures!

Interstellar Cinderella book

4. Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood–

This is a fantastic STEM and girl-power book! In this take on the Cinderella fairytale, Cinderella is rocket mechanic who fixes the prince’s spaceship. She captures his attention with her repair skills and turns down his marriage proposal to be his lead mechanic instead. The book has great pictures and rhyming text, which will kids will love!

On the Launch Pad: a counting book about rockets

5. On the Launch Pad: a counting book by Michael Dahl—

This is a great book for preschoolers — it has counting, rockets, and bright colors! Kids will love seeing the rocket, astronauts, satellites, and other space things while searching the pages for the hidden numbers. My son loves to find the hidden numbers in book illustrations! This book will help get preschoolers excited about numbers and counting 🙂

Sadie Sprocket Builds a Rocket

6. Sadie Sprocket Builds a Rocket by Sue Fliess—

This rhyming story is sure to charm your preschooler! Sadie builds a rocket and hires her crew (stuffed animals) and heads into space. They make it Mars and plant their flag. An incoming storm causes them to depart. Sadie and her crew return to Earth as history- making heroes! This inspiring story concludes with facts about Mars and women in space.

Curious George and the Rocket

7. Curious George and the Rocket by Margaret Rey–

George becomes the first monkey in space in this cute story. Get ready to count down and blast off with this curious monkey as he zooms into outer space. Once safely back on Earth, George is awarded a medal for his heroism. Bright pictures and short text make this book a great choice for kids who can’t sit still for long stories.

The Snow Rocket

8. The Snow Rocket by Derek Anderson–

Although this is not a space story, friends Romeo and Lou build a rocket out of snow that magically comes to life and flies them far away from home! They land in a city and mistake the new people, animals, and things that they discover for more familiar home creatures: penguins, seals, walruses, and fish! The mistaken identities will make kids laugh as the two friends make their way through the city in search of a new rocket ship to take them home. When they are beginning to lose hope, Romeo and Lou board a cargo ship and make a rocket out of cardboard boxes and set off! Kids might just want to make a rocket of their own after reading this!

Sheep Blast Off

9. Sheep Blast Off by Nancy Shaw–

We love Nancy Shaw’s sheep adventures! These silly sheep always inadvertently get themselves into trouble. In this story, the sheep find a spaceship and they all get in and blast off into space! Unfortunately none of the sheep know how to fly a rocket. Get ready to giggle as the sheep blunder their way through space.

Disclaimer:

Check your library for these and other rocket books. To help cover the costs of this site, I joined Amazon’s Affiliate program. If you buy a book through one of my links, then I get a small percentage of the sale (at no additional cost to you). Thank you for your support! Happy Reading 🙂

MORE SPACE!!!

Looking for more stories to read, check out our Alien Stories recommendations!

Space “I Spy” Worksheets: print out these 2 fun space themed I Spy pages and count how many of each space object you can find in the picture.

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Alien Stories for Preschoolers

Aliens are a popular topic for preschoolers! It seems lots of their favorite shows and movie feature creatures from outer space. Here are 8 great alien stories to read with your preschooler so that they can further grow their imaginations!

8 Alien Stories
8 Alien Stories

Aliens Stories:

Aliens Love Underpants

1. Aliens Love Underpants by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort–

Using silly, rhyming text, Aliens Love Underpants explains that aliens come to planet Earth is search of underwear! So you had better check your undies for aliens before you put them on! Check your library for this one, or you can buy it on Amazon here. There are several sequels to this book: Aliens in Underpants Save the World, Aliens Love Dinopants, and Aliens Love Panta Claus!

There's an Alien in Your Book

2. There’s an Alien in Your Book by Tom Fletcher —

This is a fun, interactive book about a little alien who crash lands in your book! Meeting an alien seems scary at first, but the reader learns that being mean is not the answer. Fletcher incorporates a gentle message of acceptance mixed in with lots of humor that will keep your preschooler entertained. My son enjoyed the interactive components to the book and had fun shaking and flapping the book to try and rid it of the alien.

Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot

3. Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot by Margaret McNamara—

Loosely based on The Three Little Pigs story, this book is a giggle-inducing space and robot adventure. The little aliens set out to build themselves homes, only to have the big, bad robot knock down the first two homes. Will the aliens be safe in a house made of bricks with solar panels and a telescope? Great tool for learning about the planets and interstellar travel! This book is little on the long side and may not be ideal for wiggly kiddos; parents can skip parts to make it shorter if needed.

Chase's Space Case

4. Chase’s Space Case (Paw Patrol) by Kristen L. Depkin —

Preschoolers’ favorite Paw Patrol Pups plus aliens makes this book a winner! This book is based on the TV episode about an alien who crash lands in Adventure Bay. Mysterious giant bubbles begin lifting up the animals on Famer Al and Farmer Yumi’s farm and Paw Patrol comes to the rescue. Join Chase and the other pups as they save the animals, find the alien, fix the spaceship, and help get the alien back to space! The book is quick read with great pup pictures and it has stickers (which my child always likes).

The Smeds and the Smoos book

5. The Smeds and the Smoos by Julia Donaldson—

Julia Donaldson creates a silly, rhyming story about two aliens (one is a Smed and one is a Smoo) who are star-crossed lovers. Since the Smeds and the Smoos have a long-standing feud, these two aliens wed secretly and leave their home planet in search of a place where their families will not come and tear them apart. The Smeds and the Smoos are both worried about the missing aliens and they team up to find them. Along the way, the Smeds and the Smoos realize that they actually like each other in spite of their differences. Everyone gets a happily ever after when the runaways are reunited with their family and everyone becomes friends.

Aliens Get the Sniffles Too

6. Aliens Get the Sniffles Too! Ahhh-choo! by Katy Duffield—

Oh no, Little Alien has a cold and nothing anyone does seems to help make Little Alien feel better. Mars Rover, the aliens’ three-eyed pup, is determined to make Little Alien smile. The pup does all sorts of tricks to finally earn a smile. Filled with space puns and lots of spacey-words that preschoolers will recognized, this story and its cute pictures will have your preschooler entertained.

Best Frints in the Whole Universe

7. Best Frints in the Whole Universe by Antoinette Portis–

Aliens, Yelfred and Omek, have been best frints forever. But when Omek takes Yelfred’s new toy without asking and then breaks it, the two aliens get in a fight. Is their frintship over? No! Eventually the two aliens realize that their frintship is stronger than their fight. Filled with funny words and bright illustrations, your preschooler will enjoy reading this story with you.

Spacebot book

8. Spacebot by Mike Twohy—

My son LOVES this book! He actually clapped after I read it to him! A mysterious UFO lands in Dog’s backyard. A robot space dog appears and Dog is excited to someone who looks like a dog. However, it is the household appliances that the visitor is here for, and they come to life and start to fly around! When play time is over, the appliances return home. Poor Dog feels left out of the fun! Robot space dog gives Dog a special nose and now it is Dog’s turn for adventure! This poetic, rhyming book is absolutely amazing. The story and the pictures will capture your child’s imagination.

Check your library for these and other alien-themed books. To help cover the costs of this site, I joined Amazon’s Affiliate program. If you buy a book through one of my links, then I get a small percentage of the sale (at no additional cost to you). Thank you for your support! Happy Reading 🙂

Animals

Cat Books

Recently, we adopted two kittens and my son is currently cat-obsessed! We have been reading lots of cat books and made a list of our favorites. It is a mix of old and new books from some of our favorite authors, as well as a few newly-discovered ones! You’ll recognize some of these characters — Pete the Cat, Lola, and Cat from the If You Give a Mouse a Cookie show. We were able to borrow all of them from our local library, so hopefully your library will carry them too!

Cat Books

Twelve Great Cat Books

I Love Cats!

1. I Love Cats! by Sue Stainton–

My son loves this book about a kid who wants the world to know that “I love cats!” The rhyming text and bold, energetic illustrations will keep your child engaged with this cat book. This book highlights all different kinds of cats — scaredy cats, prancing cats, and cuddly cats — in all different colors and sizes. Your child will love looking at the pictures and giggle at the silliness!

Kitten and the Night Watchman

2. Kitten and the Night Watchman by John Sullivan–

In this beautifully illustrated book, a night watchman says goodbye to his family and goes to work at a construction site. The night is full of noises from animals and cars, and suddenly, meows from a stray kitten. The watchman is gentle and empathetic with the little cat. The kitten follows the man through the site and they check to make sure all is well. The construction vehicles make whimsical shadows and the night sounds inspire kids to mimic them. Once the man’s shift is done, the kitten gets in the car and heads home with the watchman to meet its new family. Your child will want to pour over the pages and reread this lovely story over and over again.

Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons

3. Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin —

Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons is not only one of my favorites to read at the library’s preschool story-time, but it is one of my son’s favorites too. The book is set up in the call-and-response style, which makes it interactive and fun for both me and my son. You and your child will enjoy chanting along with Pete as his buttons pop off. This is one of the original Pete the Cat books written by Eric Litwin and it is much shorter and more sing-songy than the more recent ones written by James and Kimberly Dean.

Kitten for a Day

4. Kitten for a Day by Ezra Jack Keats —

A young puppy stumbles upon a bunch of kittens and wants to play with them. The cats wonder if puppy can be kitten? Sure he can — just watch. Puppy tries his best to copy the kittens, but he is just not as graceful as a cat, or quiet as a cat, or as good at chasing mice. Mama dog comes to fetch her puppy. Will the cats want to play again? Absolutely! And next time they will pretend to be dogs. Your preschooler will giggle at the puppy trying to be a cat. With only a couple words per page, this book encourages children to infer what is happening from the illustrations and tell you the story!

Cat Secrets

5. Cat Secrets by Jef Czekaj–

This is a fun, interactive book that your preschooler will enjoy 🙂 In order to learn the top-secret cat secrets, the reader must prove they are a cat! Meow, purr, nap, and do other cat-like things to earn the cats’ trust so that the secrets can be revealed to you. Keep a lookout for the sneaky mouse!

Cat Problems

6. Cat Problems by Jory John–

Get ready to laugh as a pampered house cat lists all of its grievances! The sun doesn’t hold still so Cat cannot always be in the sunlight. Sometimes the food gets low, and not only that, but it is dry food instead of wet food. And the other cat gets all of the best napping spots! Plus, the squirrel is outside and Cat is stuck inside. Sigh. I bet you didn’t know it was so hard to be a cat! Even if you don’t have a cat, you will get a laugh out of this book.

If You Give a Cat a Cupcake

7. If You Give a Cat a Cupcake by Laura Numeroff–

Preschoolers love Laura Numeroff’s “If You Give” series and this cat story will not disappoint. In this book, find out what happens if you give a cat a cupcake! Sprinkles, a mess, a trip to the beach, and a tour of a science museum ensue. Full of silliness, some crazy “ifs,” and a cute cat, preschoolers will enjoy hearing this story over and over again.

Skeleton Cat

8. Skeleton Cat by Kristyn Crow–

Kristyn Crow writes great spooky books for preschoolers! In this rhyming, rocking book, Skeleton Cat comes back to the land of living after his bones are struck by lightning. He goes searching for the perfect band to accompany his drumming. Preschoolers will love the illustrations and the rock-n-roll fun of this book!

Cooking with the Cat

9. Cooking with the Cat by Bonnie Worth–

While not written by Dr. Seuss, this book does feature one of his most famous characters, the Cat in the Hat! Featuring rhymes and plenty of silliness, this short book features the Cat in the Hat cooking up some of his favorite cupcakes. The cat arrives, cookbook and egg beater in hand, to cook with the kids. Readers will see the steps involved with making cupcakes, and enjoy the Cat’s antics.

Keith the Cat With the Magic Hat

10. Keith the Cat with the Magic Hat by Sue Hendra–

We love the Keith the Cat and His Magic Hat book! An ice cream cone falls on Keith’s head and the other cats make fun of him, so he tells them that it is a magic hat. “Magical” things begin to happen and giggles ensue because as your child will catch on that it really is just a series of coincidences. The story has a great moral to it — treat everyone nicely and don’t make fun of others. The pictures are bright and cheerful too.

Kitten's First Full Moon

11. Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes —

My son loves this book. He was skeptical to try it at first because the illustrations are in black and white, but he found the illustrations to be amusing and enjoyed them. This book is a playful and sweet story about a kitten who thinks the full moon is a bowl of milk in the sky. She makes numerous (often comical) attempts to reach this bowl of milk. With no luck catching the moon, kitten returns home to find a real bowl of milk waiting for her.

Lola Gets a Cat

12. Lola Gets a Cat by Anna McQuinn–

I am a huge fan of the Lola series! Lola is a sweet, imaginative girl who loves books. In this story, Lola wants a cat, but she has to learn how to take care of one before she can have a real cat. Lola reads a book about cat care and practices on one of her toys. Finally Lola is ready for the big responsibility of being a pet owner! Lola adopts a cat from the shelter 🙂 With lots of love, care, and patience, Lola helps her new cat, Makeda, settle into in its new home.

Check your library for these and other cat books. To help cover the costs of this site, I joined Amazon’s Affiliate program. If you buy a book through one of my links, then I get a small percentage of the sale (at no additional cost to you). Thank you for your support! Happy Reading

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Awesome Vegetable Books

It can be hard to get preschoolers excited about vegetables. Here is a list of awesome vegetable books to help your child view vegetables in a positive light.

Awesome Vegetable Books!
Vegetable Books

10 Vegetable Books:

Supertato

1. Supertato by Sue Hendra—

There’s an evil pea on loose and it is terrorizing the other vegetables! Who will stop it? Here comes Supertato to the rescue. No pea can match Supertato’s speed, strength, and determination! In this funny supermarket battle between the vegetables, Supertato defeats the pea and locks it back up in the freezer so all of the other vegetables can live in peace. Full of jokes, action, and bright illustrations, you and your child will enjoy reading this book together! Fortunately there is a whole series staring Supertato and his vegetable friends so the fun can continue 🙂

Grandma's Garden

2. Grandma’s Garden by Mercer Mayer —

Little Critter is a preschool favorite! In this story, Little Critter and Little Sister help Grandma grow a vegetable garden. They pick their seeds and carefully plant them. Little Critter learns that plants need water to grow and that he has to keep the weeds away so that the little veggies have room to grow. Wow, gardens take a lot of work! In the end, all of their hard work pays off and they get to enjoy a yummy meal made from their garden! Like the other Little Critter stories, this one is full of good intentions gone wrong and the author’s trademark humor to leave preschoolers giggling.

I will never, not ever eat a tomato

3. I Will Never, Not Ever Eat a Tomato by Lauren Child—

Lola is a fussy eater, but her older brother, Charlie, comes up with all sorts of funny names for the foods that Lola believes she won’t like and Lola is convince Lola to give them a try. For example, she won’t eat carrots, but she will eat orange twiglets from Jupiter! So far Charlie is able to convince her to everything except tomatoes. After trying all of the foods that Lola declared she would never eat, the only thing left at the table is the tomatoes. She points to the tomatoes and asks Charlie to hand her one. Charlie is in shock! Lola takes a tomato and says, “Moonsquirters are my favorite! You didn’t think they were tomatoes, did you Charlie?” My son loved the illustrations and the collage art style!

Vegetables in Underwear

4. Vegetables in Underwear by Jared Chapman–

In this short book, vegetables model an assortment of underwear. My son laughed at potato’s small undies and at the beet’s funny underwear! Everyone wears underwear, even babies, the book says. Wait a minute…babies don’t wear undies! Cue the giggles 🙂 With bright, silly pictures of veggies in undies, this book will make your preschooler laugh.

Eating the Alphabet: fruits and vegetables from A to Z

5. Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert—

We love Lois Ehlert’s books! In this yummy book, Ehlert takes the reader on a journey around the world to learn about fruits and vegetables. She includes a pronunciation guide in the back so you can look up how to say each one. As I read this one to my son, I like to say “Oh, I love broccoli” or “okra” and have him tell me which ones are his favorites to eat. This book is great for learning the alphabet, as well as incorporating some healthy eating habits.

Growing Vegetable Soup

6. Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert–

Lois Ehlert teaches young gardeners the steps to growing their own vegetable soup! With bright illustrations, and not a lot of words, this books shows the necessary tools to tend a garden, planting seeds, caring for your garden, and then harvesting your vegetables and preparing the soup! Ehlert’s art style will keep your preschooler enthralled with the garden process and pique their interest in growing their own vegetables. The book also includes a recipe for vegetable soup.

Tops and Bottoms

7. Tops and Bottoms by Janet Stevens–

A clever hare with a family to feed convinces a lazy bear, who owns lots of land for growing yummy veggies, to split his the crops in half — tops and bottoms. Bear chooses “tops,” so Hare plants root vegetables. This leaves bear with useless “tops.” Next time, Bear picks “bottoms” so Hare grows corn! The book is filled with humor and opens vertically, to better illustrate tops and bottoms.

The Turnip

8. The Turnip by Jan Brett—

In this retelling of the Russian folktale, Jan Brett provides beautiful illustrations and her trademark humor to tell a story of a family who grows a turnip so large that they can’t pull it out of the ground. One by one, family and friends try their hardest to free the turnip, but without success. Finally the rooster comes along and proclaims that he can get the turnip out of the ground! Out pops the turnip, but was it really the rooster who freed it? Pay attention to the pictures of the bears along the sides of the book and watch as they become the real heroes.

Zombies Don’t Eat Veggies by Jorge Lacer

9. Zombies Don’t Eat Veggies by Jorge Lacera —

This is a humorous story about a young zombie who loves vegetables, not brains. The little zombie comes up with all sorts of schemes to get his parents to eat veggies! Will his parents finally try vegetables? A little bit spooky and a whole lot of fun, this book is perfect for young monster-lovers.

Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!

10. Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! by Candace Fleming —

This one of my favorite “vegetable books!” Mr. McGreely has dreamed of planting a vegetable garden. Finally, this is year that he is going to do it. Three little bunnies are excited about the new vegetables he’s growing and they sneak in to eat the yummy food each night. Mr. McGreely builds fences, walls, a moat, and finally a fortress around his vegetable garden to keep the bunnies out. It looks like the bunnies are finally locked out of the garden. Mr. McGreely does a happy dance and carries his basket into the fortress, across the moat and over the wall to pick his vegetables. But who is that hiding in the basket? It’s the bunnies! Muncha, muncha, muncha!

Check your library for these and other vegetable books. To help cover the costs of this site, I joined Amazon’s Affiliate program. If you buy a book through one of my links, then I get a small percentage of the sale (at no additional cost to you). Thank you for your support! Happy Reading 🙂

Vegetable Worksheets:

  1. Which ones are vegetables? Color the pictures of vegetables. Circle your favorite veggie.

2. Living or Non-living? Cut out the pictures below and then paste them either in the living column or the non-living column. What vegetables do you see?

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Garden Stories for Preschoolers

Garden Stories for Preschoolers

Gardens are a lot of fun to do with your preschooler. Whether a vegetable garden, a flower garden, or both, gardening takes a lot of work to get a good result. Check out these garden stories from your library and get ideas for your own gardens and see what steps are involved with creating and caring for a garden.

Seven Garden Stories

Lola Plants a Garden

1. Lola Plants a Garden by Anna McQuinn —

I love the Lola stories! They are perfect for preschoolers because they are not too wordy, super cute stories, and great illustrations. In this Lola book, Lola and her mommy read garden poems, which inspires them to plant their own garden! They go to the store and get everything they need. Lola demonstrates what is involved with planting seeds and helping them grow.

Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!

2. Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! by Candace Fleming —

Mr. McGreely has dreamed of planting a vegetable garden. Finally, this is year that he is going to do it. Three little bunnies are excited about the new vegetables he’s growing and they sneak in to eat the yummy food each night. Mr. McGreely builds fences, walls, a moat, and finally a fortress around his vegetable garden to keep the bunnies out. It looks like the bunnies are finally locked out of the garden. Mr. McGreely does a happy dance and carries his basket into the fortress, across the moat and over the wall to pick his vegetables. But who is that hiding in the basket? It’s the bunnies! Muncha, muncha, muncha!

Planting a Rainbow

3. Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert —

We love Lois Ehlert’s books! They always have great pictures. In this book and child helps mom plant a flower garden in a rainbow of colors. The book shows a great step-by-step guide to the planting process for children. Once the flowers bloom, each color is highlighted in its own spread and the names of the flowers are given.

A Green, Green Garden

4. A Green, Green Garden by Mercer Mayer —

Little Critter learns that gardening is a lot of work! The Critter family demonstrates the steps that go into planting and caring for a vegetable garden. Preschoolers will like this short story that ends with a bunch of colorful vegetables for the family to enjoy! This book presents a nice opportunity to name the vegetables and gets kids excited about growing their own garden.

My Garden

5. My Garden by Kevin Henkes —

In this fanciful story, a girl helps her mother with a garden, then the girl grows all sorts of interesting things in her imagination. She grows chocolate rabbits, tomatoes as big a beach balls, and jellybeans. And one of the coolest parts is that the flowers change colors just by wishing them to change! A nice look at what is involved with a real garden, as well as enjoyable, imaginary place.

6. There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Frog by Lucille Colandro —

The silly old lady gets spring fever and she begins swallowing all sorts of things, starting with a frog. After swallowing dirt, seeds, rain, sunlight, gloves, and a rake, she burps everything back up and gets a garden! With rhyming text and silly pictures, preschoolers will enjoy this book. A great look at sequencing. Try asking: What did she swallow first? What are the steps to create a garden?

The Curious Garden

7. The Curious Garden by Peter Brown —

In an ugly, greenless city, a curious little boy named Liam discovers a few wildflowers trying to grow along the railroad tracks. Liam takes it upon himself to care for the plants and nurture them into a thriving garden. The garden grows restless and begins to expand along the railway. Liam tends to the growing garden throughout the spring and summer. When the snow falls, Liam uses the time to gather supplies to revive his garden in the spring. The curious garden comes back to life in the spring and begins spreading throughout the city. The plants loved all of the old and abandoned places! Soon, other people begin helping tend the garden and the city is transformed into a beautiful place.

Check your library for these and other garden stories. To help cover the costs of this site, I joined Amazon’s Affiliate program. If you buy a book through one of my links, then I get a small percentage of the sale (at no additional cost to you). Thank you for your support! Happy Reading 🙂

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Books about Moms

Books about Moms

Whether it is Mother’s Day or any other time of year, here are stories celebrating moms! My son and I have read all of these books about moms and we really enjoyed them. Each one speaks to the special relationship between a mother and her child.

Ten Books About Moms

Me and Mama

1. Me and Mama by Cozbi A. Cabrera–

I love this story about the beautiful bond between a mother and a daughter who spend a rainy day together. This lovely story takes you with them through all the special moments they spend together. Whether it is eating breakfast together, doing hair, or walking the dog, spending time together is a precious thing. After a fun day together, it is time for bed and a good night kiss. “I love you, mama.”

Just Me and My Mom

2. Just Me and My Mom by Mercer Mayer —

My son really likes Little Critter stories and this one is particularly sweet to read with him. In this story, Little Critter and Mom plan a special day together. They take a train into the city and tour museums and go to a fancy restaurant. In true Little Critter style, his natural curiosity and desire to be a “big kid” get the better of him and he loses the train tickets, touches things he is not supposed to touch at the museum, and brings a frog to the restaurant. Mom and Little Critter end up eating a hot dog. On the way home, Little Critter cuddles his Mom during the train ride, concluding a beautiful day of togetherness, even if it didn’t go quite as planned.

Mama, Do You Love Me?

3. Mama, Do You Love Me? by Barbara M. Joosse —

A long time ago, my coworker discovered this book and fell in love with it. She shared it with me and I am so happy to be able to share it with you! A mother tells her child that she loves her daughter more than anything! Set in the arctic, this beautifully illustrated story reassures children that even if mom is angry, she stills loves her children. No matter the scenario the little girl comes up, her mother tells her that she will love her. Overall a sweet story about how much moms love their children.

Mommy Hugs book

4. Mommy Hugs by Karen Katz —

This short and sweet story is great for 2-3 year olds. In this book, author Karen Katz shares 10 different kinds of mommy hugs — each one super special! Get ready to give lots of hugs as you read this one 🙂 This book also has counting woven into the story so your preschooler can help you count all of the hugs. My favorite hug is the “I love you” bedtime hug–you get to do it 10 times!

Are you my mother?

5. Are You My Mother? by PD Eastman —

A baby bird hatches while its mother is off finding food. Alone, the little bird leaves the nest in search of its mother. The bird finds all sorts of creatures and things, asking each one, “Are you my mother?” Readers will giggle as the baby bird asks a cow, a dog, a big machine, and a ship. Baby and mother are reunited in a sweet ending.

6. My Monster Mama Loves Me So by Laura Leuck —

This sweet, rhyming story is an ode to a mama’s love for her little one. It chronicles all of the loving things mom’s do for their little monsters. Mom’s play with, cheer-on, protect, comfort, and take care of their little ones, whether they be monsters or humans. Preschoolers will giggle at the gross things little monster likes, such as lizard juice and bugs.

The Runaway Bunny

7. The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown —

A mommy rabbit gently reassures her little bunny that no matter what may come or where the little one may go, mommy will always be there. The little bunny comes up with all sorts of fanciful scenarios that would take it away from mommy. Mommy, however, always has the perfect reply. A beautiful story about the strength of a mother’s love.

The Mommy Book

8. The Mommy Book by Todd Parr–

Moms are awesome! This book highlights lots of moms. Moms have a variety of jobs and interests. Even though moms like different things, they all like hanging out with their kids. Whether it is teaching something new, singing songs, or reading bedtime stories, moms love their kids!

Mamasaurus

9. Mamasaurus by Stephen Lomp —

One day babysaurus accidently slides down mamasaurus’ back and sails into the jungle. He can’t find mama! He starts asking the other little dinos if they have seen his mama. Each little dino describes their own mama dino, but none of them are quite right. His mama isn’t very fast, she doesn’t have a long horn, and she can’t fly. Babysaurus’ mom moves slowly and takes great big steps. She has a long neck and is very tall. He tells the little T-Rex that his mama gets him the yummiest leaves from the highest branches! Then mamasaurus appears. Hooray! Babysaurus is so excited and proclaims that she is the best mama in the jungle.

Pirate Boy

10. Pirate Boy by Eve Bunting —

In this sweet, reassuring story, a mother’s love will follow her son anywhere, even onboard a pirate ship. The boy throws out all sorts of scenarios where the pirates will take him away and not give him back. No distance, no sea monsters, and no unruly pirates will be able to stop Mom.

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Animals, Spring

Sheep Stories

Sheep Stories for Preschoolers
Sheep Stories for Preschoolers

8 Sheep Stories

Baa, Baa, Black Sheep

1. Baa, Baa Black Sheep by Jane Cabrera–

Jane Cabrera’s nursey rhyme books are the best! I love the illustrations, her sense of humor, and the positive portrayals of some dark stories. The sheep keeps generously giving its wool to the girl and other animals, allowing everyone to have something cozy to wear or snuggle into. Eventually, however, sheep runs out of wool. Now what is going to do? The little girl comes up with an idea to repay the sheep’s kindness. She knits a sweater for sheep to wear!

Russell the Sheep

2. Russell the Sheep by Rob Scotton–

This is a whimsical, humorous story about a sheep who can’t fall asleep. Russell struggles at bedtime, thinking maybe it’s not dark enough. Perhaps he’s too hot or too cold. Maybe he needs to adjust his pillow! We’ve all felt like Russell at some point. Finally Russell decided to count things in hopes that he falls asleep. Hmm, what should Russell count? Why sheep, of course! This does the trick and soon Russell is fast asleep.

Sheep Dog and Sheep Sheep

3. Sheep Dog and Sheep Sheep by Eric Barclay–

This book is so funny! My son and I just cracked up reading it. This book is about a whimsical, but clueless sheep and the sheepdog who tries to protect her. Sheep is a self-declared expert at watching sheep. When the dog arrives to take over the position, sheep decides to help sheepdog do the job properly. Sheep pins back the dog’s hair from its eyes, finds some binoculars, and gets a map. While sheep is being “helpful,” the dog has to save her from predators, as well as her own mishaps because she is not paying attention. After both go through so much trouble to help the other, sheep realizes that she is NOT a sheep watching expert. What is she supposed to do now? Dog suggests that maybe sheep is dog-sheep. Of course! Everyone knows that sheep is an expert at watching dogs.

Sheep in a Jeep 5 Minute Stories


4. Sheep in a Jeep 5-Minute Stories by Nancy Shaw–

My son loves all of these sheep stories. His favorites are “Sheep Take a Hike,” “Sheep Blast Off,” and “Sheep Go to Sleep.” Each story is silly and the sheep always seem to accidently cause trouble! Preschoolers can relate to good intentions going wrong. Get ready for lots of giggles as you read this set.

Time for Bed

5. Time for Bed by Mem Fox–

Although not a book solely about sheep, I had to include this beautifully illustrated and rhythmic bedtime story. Darkness is falling, the stars are out, and its time for young animals to go to bed. The term for each baby animal is given as each little one snuggles in with a parent. In this sweet book, the parents provide love and comfort and wishes for sweet dreams to each animal. The story ends with a mother putting her child. Good night.

Wee Little Lamb

6. Wee Little Lamb by Lauren Thompson–

Little lamb is just a baby and too shy to leave its mother’s side. Preschoolers will be able to relate to the longing to try something new and the trepidation that often comes with venturing out on one’s own. Little lamb meets lots of animals, but isn’t ready to go off and play yet. It’s okay to do things are your own speed and comfort level. When a little mouse and its mother come along, little lamb finally feels brave enough to step away from mom and play with its new friend!

Where is Green Sheep?


7. Where is Green Sheep? By Mem Fox–

Preschoolers will love this rhythmic story featuring lots of fun sheep. They’re swinging and sliding, playing and traveling, near and far, and some are even in space! But where is the green sheep this whole time? Read this one and find out! My son loves this book and says that you have to check it from your library because it is so good 😊.

No Sleep for the Sheep!

8. No Sleep for the Sheep by Karen Beaumont —

In this silly story, poor sheep is trying to sleep in the barn, but all of the other animals are noisy. One by one, they all come to the barn quacking, mooing, neighing, clucking, and oinking while sheep is trying to sleep. Preschools will enjoy the rhymes and the funny illustrations of sheep growing more and more exasperated with each new visitor. Check this one from your library and find out if sheep ever gets to sleep!

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Animals, Spring

Bunny Books for Preschoolers

Bunny Books for Preschoolers

It’s Spring and cute bunny stuff is popping up everywhere! Preschoolers can’t resist cute little rabbits. Here is a list of my family’s favorite bunny books. Check your library for these and other stories with bunnies, rabbits, and hares.

Twelve Great Bunny Books

Bunny Cakes

1. Bunny Cakes by Rosemary Wells —

My son loves Rosemary Wells’ stories! The Easter Bunny brought him this book one year and he immediately wanted us to sit down together and read it 🙂 In this story its Max vs. his sister, Ruby. Both bunnies want to make a cake for Grandma. Max wants to make a gross worm cake and Ruby wants to make an angel food cake. Max makes his cake but it’s missing something—red hot squirters. When Ruby sends Max to grocery store, Max tries to add the red hot squirters to the list, but he can’t write yet. Max inadvertently keeps spilling Ruby’s ingredients, resulting in more trips to the store. Finally Max draw a picture of the red hot squirters and the grocer gives him some. Soon both cakes are ready. Grandma is so excited—She doesn’t know which to eat first!

It's Not Easy Being a Bunny

2. It’s Not Easy Being a Bunny by Marilyn Sadler —

In this funny book, P.J. Funnybunny doesn’t want to be a rabbit anymore. He lists all of the bunny things that he is sick of, and thinks that life would be better if he was a different animal. First he tries being a bear, but that wasn’t exciting enough. P.J. then tries living with birds, beavers, pigs, moose, possums, and skunks, but nothing is quite right. Finally P.J. Decides that he wants to be a bunny and he hurries back home to his family.

The Runaway Bunny

3. The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown —

A mommy rabbit gently reassures her little bunny that no matter what may come or where the little one may go, mommy will always be there. The little bunny comes up with all sorts of fanciful scenarios that would take it away from mommy. Mommy, however, always has the perfect reply. A beautiful story about the strength of a mother’s love.

Bunny's Book Club

4. Bunny’s Book Club by Annie Silvestro —

Bunny loves attending the library’s outside Storytime. But when it gets cold and Storytime moves inside, Bunny is left out. Bunny comes up with a plan to sneak into the library at night and take books home to read. Soon Bunny’s friends want books too. When the animals sneak into the library, there’re caught by a librarian. The librarian gives the animals their own library cards! Now they all get to check out books and discuss their stories at Bunny’s book club 😀.

Wee Little Bunny

5. Wee Little Bunny by Lauren Thompson —

It’s springtime and little bunny is too excited to sit still. There is so much to see and do! Bunny is super busy chasing dragonflies, making new friends, and checking out the world around it. When mama bunny calls, baby bunny races home to tell mama about its fun adventure. This book is not very long and has fantastic illustrations, making it a great choice for wiggly preschoolers.

A Boy and His Bunny

6. A Boy and His Bunny by Sean Bryan —

This is a silly rhyming story about a boy and bunny who appears on his head one day. At first it seems like having a bunny on your head might be a problem, but both boy and bunny quickly show that you can do anything with a bunny on your head. Get ready to giggle as the boy races down a hill on a sled, eats, and drives a moped with a bunny on his head!

Guess How Much I Love You?

7. Guess How Much I love You? by Sam McBratney–

This story is a children’s classic! Little Nutbrown Hare and the Big Nutbrown Hare take turns saying how much they love each other. Preschoolers will enjoy the hares’ analogies of the size of their love–as high as they can jump, to the tips of their toes, and to the moon and back! This is a lovely and reassuring bedtime story to read with your little love.

The Rabbit, the Dark, and the Cookie Tin by Nicola O'Byrne

8. The Rabbit, the Dark, and the Cookie Tin by Nicola O’Byrne–

It’s nighttime, but Rabbit doesn’t want to go to bed (preschoolers can relate!). Rabbit thinks that if it doesn’t get dark, then he won’t have to go to bed. Rabbit hatches a plan to catch the dark in a cookie tin and not let it out so that rabbit can stay up. In this story, preschoolers learn the importance of nighttime, and eventually rabbit agrees to let the dark out of the cookie tin. The reader gets to lift the flap and open up the cookie tin, releasing the dark in an awesome pop-up!

Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!

9. Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! by Candace Fleming —

Mr. McGreely has dreamed of planting a vegatable garden. Finally, this is year that is going to do it. Three little bunnies are excited about the new vegetables he’s growing and they sneak in to eat the yummy food each night. Mr. McGreely builds fences, walls, a moat, and finally a fortress around his vegetable garden to keep the bunnies out. It looks like the bunnies are finally locked out of the garden. Mr. McGreely does a happy dance and carries his basket into the fortress, across the moat and over the wall to pick his vegetables. But who is that hiding in the basket? It’s the bunnies! Muncha, muncha, Muncha!

The Tale of Peter Rabbit

10. The Tale of Peter Rabbit Story Board Book by Beatrix Potter —

No bunny books list is complete without Peter Rabbit! In this board book edition of the original Peter Rabbit story, preschoolers can get to know this naughty bunny who sneaks into Mr. McGregor’s garden. This version is shorter than the original, but still has Beatrix Potter’s charming illustrations.

Curious George and the Bunny

11. Curious George and the Bunny

George is a very curious monkey and always seems to get into trouble. One day, George finds a family of bunnies in a hutch. The bunnies look so soft and fluffy. George really wants to hold one, so he opens the door and takes out a baby bunny. Uh-oh, the bunny hops away and now George can’t find it! George didn’t mean to lose the bunny and he feels bad. He looks everywhere, but the bunny is still missing. Mommy bunny comes to rescue and finds her hidden baby! Yay! George puts the bunny family safety back in their hutch.

Creepy Carrots

12. Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds.

This book has just the right about of humor and spookiness that preschoolers love! Jasper Rabbit loves carrots and eats them all of the time. All is well until the carrots start to follow him. . . (cue creepy music). My son loves this book and it’s sequel, Creepy Underwear. It was not scary for him at age 3, and he thought it was really funny.

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More Bunny Fun!

Bunny Maze: help the bunny get through the maze to the yummy carrot!

Easter Bunny Letter Tracing: trace all of the letters in the words EASTER BUNNY and then color the pictures.

Adorable Bunny Paper Plate Craft: make this super cute bunny craft with a few supplies and the free template!

Easter, Spring

Easter Picture Books

Easter Picture Books
Easter Picture Books

Easter is almost here and there are so many adorable books to read! My son and I made a list of our favorite Easter picture books. These books are filled with bunnies, eggs, chocolate, and Easter fun that’s perfect for preschoolers. There are a mix of old and new favorites here. Visit your library and check for these fun titles.

Easter Books:

Pete the Cat's Big Easter Adventure by James Dean

1. Pete the Cat’s Big Easter Adventure by James Dean —

The Easter Bunny calls on Pete the Cat to help deliver Easter eggs in this fun picture book. It’s up to Pete to get the eggs dyed and hidden for his friends to find. Along his way, Pete adds to his bunny costume. First the ears, then the nose and tail — a cat dressed like a bunny, that’s funny!

How to Catch the Easter Bunny

2. How to Catch the Easter Bunny by Adam Wallace —

The Easter Bunny has to keep its identity a secret because there are kids out there who want to catch it! E.B., as the bunny known, has gotten really good at avoiding traps when he delivers and hides the Easter eggs. This rhyming story shows just clever E.B. is. There are lots of traps made by kids; some are pretty clever. Will E.B. get caught this year? With a little bit of magic, he gets all of the eggs delivered and heads safely home.

Peter Easter Frog

3. Peter Easter Frog by Erin Dealy —

This is a funny story about a frog who thinks he could be the Easter Bunny too because frogs hop just like a rabbit. Along his way, he meets an assortment of other animals who all want to lend a hand and help Peter spread Easter cheer. Preschoolers will love this silly rhyming story. Just wait until Peter and friends meet the real Easter Bunny!

Happy Easter, Biscuit!

4. Happy Easter, Biscuit! by Alyssa Capucilli —

Meet Biscuit, a cute a little puppy, who is excited for Easter! It’s Biscuit’s first Easter and there are so many eggs to be found. Help Biscuit find all of the hidden eggs by lifting the flaps throughout the book. This sparsely worded, interactive book will be a hit with wiggly preschoolers!

Max Counts His Chickens

5. Max Counts His Chickens by Rosemary Wells —

My son loves this story! I can’t even count how many times we have read this. In this Easter counting story, Max and his sister search their home for marshmallow chicks left by the Easter Bunny. Ruby is really good at finding at the hidden treats, while all Max manages to do is make a mess. Max looks in the toothpaste container, the cereal, and in the juice, but no chicks. Ruby finds all of the chicks and poor Max doesn’t have any treats. Grandma makes a quick phone call and the Easter Bunny comes back to give Max some marshmallow chicks of his own.

Mater and the Easter Buggy

6. Mater and the Easter Buggy by Kirsten Larsen —

Welcome to Easter in Radiator Springs! The cars are busy decorating and preparing for the Easter Buggy to come. Mater is so excited! He plans to wait up and see the Easter Buggy this year. Lightning McQueen doesn’t believe in the Easter Buggy. However, not wanting his friend to be disappointed, Lightning decides to give Mater a basket of treats and pretend its from the Easter Buggy. While trying to be sneaky, Lighting makes a lot of noise and wakes up Mater! Now Lighting has to wait for Mater to fall asleep again, only this time, Lightning falls asleep too. When they awake, they both find the real Easter Buggy visited them after all.

Ollie's Easter Eggs

7. Ollie’s Easter Eggs by Oliver Dunrea —

Gossie and her gosling friends are dying Eater eggs! Little Ollie wants some eggs too. He devised a plan to get his wings on the eggs by secretly taking them from his friends. Ollie, wearing cute bunny ears, then creates his own fun egg hunt for the goslings! Preschoolers will love the pictures and sympathize with Ollie’s impatience for the fun to begin.

Happy Easter, Curious George

8. Happy Easter, Curious George by RP Anderson —

George, a curious monkey, is enjoying an outdoor Easter celebration with his friend, the man in the yellow hat. Everything is so exciting. There’s a cute, fluffy bunny to pet, eggs to decorate, and fun to be had! While everyone is busy dying the eggs, the Easter bunny escapes from its pen. George see a man leaving a bunch of eggs in odd places. Thinking the man dropped the eggs on accident, George collects them all. Meanwhile, the kids notice that the bunny is missing. Oh-no! George sees a white egg under a bush and goes to grab it. That’s not an egg, but a bunny tail! With the Easter bunny safely returned to its pen, George re-hides the eggs for the kids to find!

Happy Easter, Pout-Pout Fish

9. Happy Easter, Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen —

This short Pout-Pout Fish board book is great for young children with short attention spans. The rhyming text and cute illustrations help keep preschoolers interested in this Easter story. Mr. Fish, donning a pair of bunny ears, brings Easter fun to all of his ocean friends. Each friend has a special egg to find. Can you help them find their eggs?

Berenstain Bears and the Real Easter Eggs by Stan and Jan Berenstain

10. Berenstain Bears and the Real Easter Eggs by Stan and Jan Berenstain —

The Berenstain Bear family is excited for the town Easter egg hunt! The cubs are determined to find the most eggs and win the egg hunt. They get so wrapped up in the idea of winning that they are missing out in the joy and fun of spring. When the cubs find a nest with real eggs, they realize that stopping and enjoying the beauty of nature is more important than winning.

The Bunny Hop

11. The Bunny Hop by Sarah Albee—

This book is perfect for little Elmo fans! On Easter morning Elmo and his friends find cute little bunnies all over Sesame Street. The bunnies are appearing in the most unusual places. Where did all of these bunnies come from? Elmo sets out to solve the mystery.

Max's Chocolate Chicken

12. Max’s Chocolate Chicken by Rosemary Wells —

On Easter morning Max and his sister, Ruby, hunt for hidden eggs. The one to find the most eggs wins the chocolate chicken. Ruby is great at finding eggs while Max gets distracted by the great outdoors. Max find mud and makes mud pancakes while his sister collects eggs. Realizing Ruby us going to win the egg hunt, Max steals the chocolate chicken. While in his secret hiding spot, he eats all of the chocolate! Fortunately the Eater Bunny was watching and gives Ruby her own chocolate.

Count on the Easter Pups

13. Count on the Easter Pups

Preschoolers love Paw Patrol! My son was obsessed with Paw Patrol at ages 3-4, so we had to read about the pups saving Easter. Filled with Easter fun and my son’s favorite Paw Patrol friends, made this board book a fun read.

Happy Easter, Little Critter

14. Happy Easter, Little Critter by Mercer Mayer —

My son loves Little Critter stories! In this story, Little Critter and Little Sister enjoy a fun Easter with their family and friends. They awake to Easter baskets filled with toys and yummy treats! Then they go to church, where after the service, they get to decorate Easter eggs. Now it’s time for the parents to hide all of the eggs for the kids to find. Your preschooler will have fun pointing all of the eggs!

Easter Eggs

Check your library for these and other Easter picture books. To help cover the costs of this site, I joined Amazon’s Affiliate program. If you buy a book through one of my links, then I get a small percentage of the sale (at no additional cost to you). Thank you for your support! Happy Reading 🙂