Reading aloud to your children is one of the best gifts you can give them. And the books we have chosen for our Junior Kindergarten Read-Aloud Set are beautiful in their art and prose. It is never too early to begin building your child’s library of beautiful books. Also available for purchase individually.
- The Little Red Hen by Paul Galdone
- The House That Jack Built illustrated by J.P. Miller *
- Mr. Pine’s Purple House by Leonard Kessler *
- Curious George by H.A. Rey *
- Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
- My Shadow by Robert Louis Stevenson, illustrated by Glenna Lang
- Charlie Needs a Cloak by Tomie dePaola
- Barndance by Bill Martin Kr. & John Archambault
- Tikki Tikki Tembo retold by Arlene Mosel
- Noah’s Ark by Barbara Shook Hazen & Diane Muldrow *
- The Quilt Story by Tony Johnston & Tomie dePaola
- In November by Cynthia Rylant
- The Gingerbread Boy by Paul Galdone
- The Little Drummer Boy by Ezra Jack Keats
- The Friendly Beasts by Tomie dePaola
- Color Kittens by Margaret Wise Brown*
- The Mitten by Jan Brett *
- Snow by Cynthia Rylant *
- Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney *
- Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann *
- Never Tease a Weasel by Jean Conder Soule
- The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown
- The Golden Egg Book by Margaret Wise Brown *
- Home for a Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown *
- Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss *
- Corduroy by Don Freeman
- One Fine Day by Nonny Hogrogian
- Three Billy Goats Gruff by Paul Galdone
- Andy and the Lion by James Daugherty
- Chester’s Way by Kevin Henkes
- The Story of Little Babaji by Helen Bannerman
- Ten Little Rubber Ducks by Eric Carle *
- The Empty Pot by Demi
- The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant
- The Song of Francis by Tomie dePaola *
My daughter just completed Jr. K this year and was upset because the “fun new books” she’d become accustomed to each week had stopped along with her studies. These books are carefully selected to go along with each week’s lesson in the Jr. Kindergarten curriculum and they’re delightful reads. Both my daughter and I looked forward to reading the new selection each week and since then, we’ve read them over and over again. Each book features a lovely story and very good illustrations – just the thing to begin gently introducing children to quality literature at an early age. Even if I hadn’t done the Jr. Kindergarten core with her, I’d still consider these books a very good investment.
I have written a long series of blog post reviews on the entirety of Junior Kindergarten.
Specifically to the read-aloud set: *The picture book set is listed as optional, but really the entirety of your literature lesson depends on it. So if you are not going to buy them you have to at least acquire the books from the library as they are needed on their one week.
My favorite part of the lesson plans is the Literature portion. Starting out in this age I figured you just read, but I wouldn’t really know what to discuss or point out besides the obvious (see the bird?). So here we have a “before you read”, “as you read”, and vocabulary section. It’s fabulous! I’m ecstatic (as a book-a-holic and book reviewer) to see my daughter understand and talk about copyright dates and notice that this author also wrote this other book we read or have on our shelves. It also is neat to me to see her really learn new words and part of stories. As a beginning to classical education, I think we are on a great start. Of course as this stage we are not really narrating and no dictation, but she is able to answer questions about the stories and make connections to other things that I never would have expected.