First Games 2-3 y/o

Turn Taking, Simple Matching & Fun Motor

  • Candy Land 
  • Barnyard Bingo
  • Elefun

Preschool Games

Turn Taking, Memory, Counting, Colors, Sorting, Matching & Gross Motor 

  • Chutes & Ladders
  • Memory
  • Hi Ho Cherry-O
  • Sequence Preschool/ Kids
  • Go Fish
  • I Spy Preschool 
  • Uno
  • Dr Suess Games: What is in the Cat's Hat?
  • Melissa & Doug Sandwich Stacking Game
  • Zingo
  • Cranium Hullabaloo
  • Matchin' Middles Cookie Game
  • Curious George Games: Discovery Beach

Books 0 -12mo

Interactive, Simple & Rhyming

  • Baby Faces
  • Flip Books
  • Bold Picture Books...Bright Baby Series
  • Peakaboo Series
  • Peek-a-Who?
  • Mirror Books 
  • Begin Smart Series
  • Touch & Feel Series (sensory-textures)  

Books 12-36 mo ...and beyond

 Repetition, Rhythm & Rhyme, Early Lessons, Love

  • Mr Brown Can Moo! Can You? Dr Seuss 
  • Hand Hand Finger Thumb by Al Perkins
  • Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar, by Eric Carle
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? By Bill Martin Jr.Brown 
  • Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? By Bill Martin Jr.Brown 
  • Hippos Go Berserk by Sandra Boynton
  • Opposites by Eric Carle & by Sandra Boynton
  • Counting Kisses by Karen Katz
  • Toes, Ears, & Nose by Marion Dane Bauer
  • Hands Are Not for Hitting by Martin Agassi
  • Look and Find Series
  • I Went Walking by Sue Williams
  • No Biting! by Karen Katz
  • Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt
  • Guess How Much I Love by Sam Mc Bratney
  • Good Night Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
  • The Napping House by Audrey Wood
  • Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow

Benefits of Reading to Your Child:

  • Bonding with parents & caregivers
  • Positive association with books & increased value of reading
  • Exposure to rhyme & repetition increases understanding of to letters & letter sounds 
  • Encourages early literacy skills & imagination
  • Promotes language development & inquisitive communication
  • Social stories provide a reference for real life situations & lessons


  • Rhyming is an important preliteracy activity 
  • Nursery rhymes, learned before 3 years of age, have been linked to improved reading and spelling skills  
  • Letter rhyming has been correlated to a better understanding of letter name and sound recognition and therefore ease of learning to reading

-Bailet LL, Repper KK, Piasta SB, Murphy SP. 2009. Emergent literacy intervention for prekindergarteners at risk for reading failure. J Learn Disabil. 42(4):336-55. 
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-Coch D, Hart T, Mitra P. 2008. Three kinds of rhymes: An ERP study. Brain Lang. 104(3):230-43. 
-Corriveau KH, Goswami U, Thomson JM. (2010). Auditory processing and early literacy skills in a preschool and kindergarten population.J Learn Disabil. 43(4), 369-82.
-Lemons CJ, Key AP, Fuchs D, Yoder PJ, Fuchs LS, Compton DL, Williams SM, Bouton B. (2010). Predicting Reading Growth with Event-Related Potentials:    Thinking Differently about Indexing "Responsiveness"Learn Individ Differ. 1;20(3),158-166.
-Martin ME, Byrne B. (2002). Teaching children to recognise rhyme does not directly promote phonemic awareness. Br J Educ Psychol. 72(Pt 4), 561-72.
-Peifer K, Perez L. (2010). Effectiveness of a Coordinated Community Effort to Promote Early Literacy Behaviors. Matern Child Health J. [Epub ahead of print]
-Zuckerman B, Augustyn M. (2011). Books and reading: evidence-based standard of care whose time has come. Acad Pediatr. 11(1), 11-7.
Books Preschool (3-5 y/o)

Non Fiction: 
basic books on topics of interest for your child

Social Stories & Lessons: 
sharing, stranger danger, manners, kindness, 
diversity, pets, new siblings...

  • Nobunny's Perfect by Anna Dewdney

  • Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

  • Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice SendaPak
  • Freight Train by Donald Crews
  • Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
  • Go, Dog, Go! by PD Eastman
  • Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh
  • Jamberry by Bruce Degen
  • We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
  • Corduroy by Don Freeman
  • Chicka Chicka  Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.
  • It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles G. Shaw
  • Moon Bear by Frank Asch
  • Elephant and Piggie by Mo Williams
  • Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss
  • Cat in the Hat by Dr Seuss
  • Oh Say Can You Say by Dr Seuss
  • One Fine Day by Nonny Hogrogain
  • The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
  • Stellaluna by Janell Cannon


  • Ring Around the Rosy
  • Farmer In the Dell
  • Duck Duck Goose
  • Hop Scotch
  • Tag
  • Hide & Seek


  • Who Stole the Cookie From the Cookie Jar?
  • I Spy With My Little Eye 
  • "Letter of the Day"fill a box with items or cut out pictures that start with the letter, encourages children to learn letter sounds
  • "Creative Storytelling":pick 3 pictures or objects and encourage your child to join you in creating a story related to the items, build to incorporate a beginning/ middle/ end or a firsst/ next/ finally concept
It's never too early to start:
Dr. Seuss'
Oh, Baby, the Places You'll Go!: a book to be read in Utero
There are many wonderful books; however here are some tried and true classics suggested by elementary & kindergarten teachers, to guide your selection. You don't have to buy them all, please visit your local library too.
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