I am creating lists of books for preschool themes that I am doing with my own child at home. For each theme, I searched out books on that topic at my local library. My list includes the books that I found to be appropriate for my child. I have personally read each of these books to my child. I have attempted to include books that are culturally diverse and that cover a range of subjects within each theme. Most themes will not contain books of a religious nature, unless the theme highlights the diversity of holidays in a season.
My review includes a brief summary of the book. Following that, I include the subjects (such as math or social studies) covered by the book. I have included an affiliate link to the Amazon page of the book, so that you can quickly read more about it, if it interests you. If you make a purchase through one of the links, I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you if you purchase products using these links.
Sometimes, my lists will follow a common idea for a while. Occasionally, I will make a random list unrelated to the others because we had a reason to learn about a certain topic. The list of themes below will be expanded and grouped into units as I create new lists of books:
This theme focuses on how family members work together on a variety of tasks. Some of the books expand this idea to include community members, in addition to the family.
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- Feast for 10 by Cathryn Falwell
This book uses short phrases to tell how a mom and her five children shop for groceries, followed by how they, together with the dad, prepare a meal at home for the whole extended family.
MATH: Counting from 1 to 10 is used twice during the telling of the story.
SOCIAL STUDIES: Family life, African-American, grocery store
- D.W.’s Lost Blankie by Marc Brown
This book is based on the PBS series Arthur. It tells about a little girl who has lost her favorite blanket and how her father and brother try to help her find it.
SOCIAL STUDIES: Some discussion of community areas, like playground, library, and car wash. The family seems to include a working mom.
HEALTH: Going to sleep.
- Just shopping with mom by Mercer Mayer
This “Little Critter” book tells about the mayhem the little sister causes during a grocery shopping trip. The big brother and the mother try to manage to get her through the trip.
SOCIAL STUDIES: Shows unacceptable behavior in stores, though the moral is a bit diluted by the fact that they all get a treat at the end.
- I lost my bear by Jules Feiffer
This book is partially in the style of a graphic novel and the pictures are funny. It tells about a girl who has lost her teddy bear and how she tries to find it by implementing her family member’s (not so helpful) suggestions.
SOCIAL STUDIES: Family relationships
- Martha doesn’t share! by Samantha Berger
This book tells about a little girl who keeps everything for herself. When her parents and brother do not want to play with her because of her selfishness, she realizes that it would be better to share.
HEALTH: Selfishness and sharing
- Day by day by Susan Gal
Short phrases tell the story of a family of pigs who move to a new home and their interactions with their new community.
SCIENCE: Planting crops and harvest
SOCIAL STUDIES: Neighbors and community events
- What a Good Big Brother! by Diane Wright Landolf
In this book, a young boy learns why his baby sister cries and he helps to soothe her.
SCIENCE/HEALTH: Taking care of a baby, including references and illustration of a baby breastfeeding.
- A chair for my mother by Vera B. Williams
This story tells about a girl, her mom, and her grandmother who save up change to buy an armchair. It may be a bit scary for children because the girl talks about their house burning down and having to start over in a new apartment. However, she also explains how her extended family and neighbors helped them.
SOCIAL STUDIES: Jobs, saving money, working mom, community helping, banks
MATH: Saving money, counting coins, exchanging coins for paper money
- The Littlest Dinosaur by Michael Foreman
This book is a very tiny dinosaur who has trouble keeping up with his bigger relatives. However, one day, he saves them all because he is so small and is able to get help.
SOCIAL STUDIES: Family life
MATH: Size comparison
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