Parents as Partners:

Predictable Books That Children Love to Read:
Kindergarten Teacher Favorite

Children will quickly memorize the language patterns and repeated refrains of these delightful books and role-play themselves as successful readers! Because it is the familiarity with the English language that allows children's decoding to be error free and reading to be fluent, we encourage this *“magical memory reading” — especially in preschool and kindergarten. When we give children quality literature with art and language that is worthy of reading over and over again, we begin developing a life-long love of wonderful books. Ask for these classic books at your local library.

  • A Dark Dark Tale, Ruth Brown, Andersen Press Ltd., 1981
  • A House is a House for Me, Mary Ann Hoberman, Viking Press, 1978 (BB)
  • An Egg is an Egg, Nicki Weiss, G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1990
  • Ask Mr. Bear, Marjorie Flack, Macmillan, 1932
  • Bears, Ruth Krauss, Scholastic, 1948 (BB), reissued 2005 (The reissue, illustrated by Maurice Sendak, is printed in cursive.)
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, Bill Martin Jr., Harcourt Brace, 1970 (BB) The original version.
  • Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault
  • Five Little Pumpkins, traditional, Nellie Edge Resources, 1988 (BB)
  • Fortunately, Remy Charlip, Simon and Schuster, 1964
  • Good Night Owl, Pat Hutchins, Macmillan, 1972
  • Goodnight Mr. Beetle, Bill Martin Jr., 1974 (BB)
  • Goodnight Moon, Margaret Wise Brown, Harper and Row, 1947
  • I Can Read Colors, Nellie Edge, Nellie Edge Resources, Inc. 1988 (BB)
  • I Have A Cat, revised, Nellie Edge, Nellie Edge Resources, Inc., revised 2003 (BB)
  • I Love You, A Rebus Poem, Jean Marzollo, Scholastic, 2000
  • I Went Walking, Sue Williams, Harcourt Brace, Jovanovich, 1989 (BB)
  • Is Your Mama a Llama?, Deborah Guarino, Scholastic, 1989
  • It Looked Like Spilt Milk, Charles B. Shaw, 1947
  • Jack-O-Faces, traditional, Nellie Edge Resources, Inc. 1988 (BB)
  • Joseph Had a Little Overcoat, Simms Taback, The Penguin Group, 1999
  • One Sun: A Book of Terse Verse, Bruce McMillan, A Holiday House Book, 1990
  • Pumpkin, Pumpkin, Jeanne Titherington, Greenwillow Books, 1963 (BB)
  • Quick as a Cricket, Audrey and Don Wood, Child’s Play International, 1982
  • Rosie’s Walk, Pat Hutchins, Macmillan, 1968 (BB)
  • Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, traditional, adapted by Nellie Edge, Nellie Edge Resources, Inc. 1988
  • Ten Cats Have Hats, Jean Marzollo, ill. by David McPhail, Scholastic, 1994
  • The Great Big Enormous Turnip, Alexei Tolstoy, Franklin Watts, 1968
  • The House that Jack Built, Janet Stevens, Holiday House, 1985
  • The Lady With the Alligator Purse, Nadine Wescott, 1998
  • The Napping House, Don and Audrey Wood, Harcott, Brace, 1984
  • The Opposite Song, Nellie Edge, Nellie Edge Resources, Inc. 1988 (BB)
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Eric Carle, Collins World, 1969 (BB)
  • Too Much Noise, Ann McGovern, Scholastic, 1967
  • Tough Boris, Mem Fox, ill. by Kathryn Brown, Harcourt Brace, 1994
  • Where’s Spot?, Eric Hill, G.P. Putnam, 1980
  • Who’s Mouse Are You?, Robert Kraus, MacMillan Publishing, 1970
  • Would You Rather, John Burmingham, Harper Collins, 1978, reissued 2002
  • Zoo-Looking, Mem Fox, ill. By Candace Whitman, Mondo Publishing, 1996
For additional information on magical memory reading see Magical Memory Reading Precedes Guided Reading.
(BB) – Also available as a Big Book