Kindergarten Books

List of Best Selling Books
for Preschoolers Kindergartners


Looking for kindergarten books and children's chapter books? Here's a list of best selling books to help you choose good books for kids aged 3-6.

This list is also a useful resource if you're a writer looking for ideas and insights into what's popular with young readers:


Top-Selling Kindergarten Books #1: Story Books About Animals


Bestselling Kindergarten Books & Approximate Sales Figures
Marcus Pfister: The Rainbow Fish (over 4 million)
Robert McCloskey: Make Way for Ducklings (Caldecott Medal; 3 million)
Peter Zallinger: Dinosaurs (over 2.3 million)
Dodie Smith: 101 Dalmatians (over 2 million)
Syd Hoff: Danny and the Dinosaur (1.6 million)
Else Holmelund Minarik: Little Bear (1.6 million)
Natalie Standiford: The Bravest Dog Ever (over 1.25 million)
Marc Brown: Arthur's Birthday (over 1.15 million); Arthur's Reading Race (over 1.15 million); Arthur Goes to School (1 million)
Janell Cannon: Stellaluna (over 1 million)
Jon Scieszka: The True Story of the Three Little Pigs (over 970,000); The Stinky Cheese Man (Caldecott Honor; over 850,000)


Popular Book Series of Kindergarten Books About Animals, with Approximate Sales Figures

Beatrix Potter: Peter Rabbit Series (150 million), especially The Tale of Peter Rabbit (45 million); The Tale of Benjamin Bunny (over 4 million); The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck (over 3.8 million); The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin (over 3 million); The Tale of Tom Kitten (over 3 million); The Tale of Miss Moppet; The Tale of Jeremy Fisher;

Hans Augusto Rey: Curious George series (27 million)

Mercer Mayer: Little Crittur stories, especially Just Me and My Dad (over 4.7 million); Just Go to Bed (over 3.8 million); Merry Christmas, Mom and Dad (3.5 million); Just Grandma and Me (over 3.4 million); Just for You (3.4 million); All by Myself (3.2 million); I Was So Mad (3 million); I Just Forgot (over 2.7 million); When I Get Bigger (2.7 million); The New Baby (2.5 million); Just Me and My Mom (2.2 million); Me Too! (2.2 million); Just Me and My Puppy (over 2 million); Just Shopping with Mom (2 million); Just My Friend and Me (1.8 million); Just Lost (1.75 million); Just Grandpa and Me (1.75 million); Just a Mess (1.7 million); Just Me and My Little Brother (1.6 million); Just Me in the Tub (over 1.55 million); What a Bad Dream! (1.55 million); Happy Easter, Little Critter (over 1.4 million); Just Going to the Dentist (over 1.3 milllion); A Very Special Critter (over 1.2 million); Just a Daydream (over 1 million); Just Me and My Cousin (over 1 million)


Stan and Jan Berenstain: Berenstain Bear series, especially The Berenstain Bears' New Baby (over 3.7 million); The Berenstain Bears and the Messy Room (over 3.6 million); The Berenstain Bears Go to School (3.3 million); The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food (over 3 million); The Berenstain Bears and Too Much TV (over 2.9 million); The Berenstain Bears Forget Their Manners (over 2.9 million); The Berenstain Bears Learn about Strangers (over 2.8 million); The Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist (over 2.8 million); The Berenstain Bears and the Truth (over 2.8 million); The Berenstain Bears in the Dark (over 2.6 million); The Berenstain Bears Go to the Doctor (over 2.4 million); The Berenstain Bears Get in a Fight (over 2.4 million); The Berenstain Bears: No Girls Allowed (over 2.2 million); The Berenstain Bears and the Sitter (over 2.1 million); The Berenstain Bears Get the Gimmies (over 2 million); The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Birthday (over 2 million); The Berenstain Bears and the Trouble with Friends (2 million); The Berenstain Bears and the Week at Grandma's (over 1.9 million); The Berenstain Bears Go Out for the Team (over 1.95 million); The Berenstain Bears Go to Camp (over 1.9 million); The Berenstain Bears' Moving Day (over 1.85 million); The Berenstain Bears and the Bad Dream (over 1.85 million); The Berenstain Bears' Trouble with Money (over 1.6 million); The Berenstain Bears' Nursery Tales (1.6 million); The Berenstain Bears: Trouble at School (over 1.5 million); The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Vacation (over 1.5 million); The Berenstain Bears and the Double Dare (over 1.4 million); The Berenstain Bears and the Bad Habit (over 1.4 million); The Berenstain Bears and Mama's New Job (over 1.4 million); The Berenstain Bears and the Ghost of the Forest (1.4 million); The Berenstain Bears and the Slumber Party (1.4 million); The Berenstain Bears and the In-Crowd (over 1.35 million); The Berenstain Bears and the Trouble with Pets (over 1.35 million); The Berenstain Bears and the Big Road Race (over 1.35 million); The Berenstain Bears Get Stage Fright (over 1.2 million); The Berenstain Bears and the Prize Pumpkin (1.2 million); The Berenstain Bears Don't Pollute (Anymore) (over 1.1 million)

Arnold Lobel: Frog and Toad are Friends (over 2 million); Frog and Toad Together (Newbery Award; over 1.7 million)

Jean/Laurent De Brunhoff: Babar series (over 1.2 million), especially The Story of Babar (Carnegie Medal)


Favorite Kindergarten Books About Animals
Ruth Bornstein: Little Gorilla
Jan Brett: Annie and the Wild Animals
Wanda Gag: Millions of Cats
Russell Hoban: Bread and Jam for Frances ; A Baby Sister for Frances ; Best Friends for Frances ; A Birthday for Frances
Katharine Holabird: Angelina Ballerina
Steven Kellogg: Can I Keep Him?
Arnold Lobel: Frog and Toad series : Frog and Toad are Friends ; Days with Frog and Toad ; Frog and Toad Together ; Frog and Toad All Year

Else Holmelund Minarik: Little Bear ; Little Bear's Friend ; A Kiss for Little Bear ; Father Bear Comes Home ; Little Bear's Visit (Caldecott Honor)

Dr Seuss: Horton Hatches the Egg
William Steig: Sylvester and the Magic Pebble (Caldecott Medal); Doctor De Soto (Newbery Honor)


Top-Selling Kindergarten Books #2: Stories About Parent & Sibling Relationships, Friends & School


Bestselling Kindergarten Books & Approximate Sales Figures
Clement Moore: The Night Before Christmas (over 3.2 million)
Judith Viorst: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (over 2.7 million)
Ludwig Bemelmans: Madeline (Caldecott Medal; over 1.6 million)
Ezra Jack Keats: Snowy Day (Caldecott Medal; 1.3 million)
Else Holmelund Minarik: Little Bear (1.6 million)
Marc Brown: Ärthur's Birthday (over 1.15 million); Arthur's Reading Race (over 1.15 million); Arthur Goes to School (1 million)


Popular Book Series of Kindergarten Books About Family, Friends & School

Mercer Mayer: Little Crittur stories, especially Just Me and My Dad (over 4.7 million); Just Go to Bed (over 3.8 million); Merry Christmas, Mom and Dad (3.5 million); Just Grandma and Me (over 3.4 million); Just for You (3.4 million); All by Myself (3.2 million); I Was So Mad (3 million); I Just Forgot (over 2.7 million); When I Get Bigger (2.7 million); The New Baby (2.5 million); Just Me and My Mom (2.2 million); Me Too! (2.2 million); Just Me and My Puppy (over 2 million); Just Shopping with Mom (2 million); Just My Friend and Me (1.8 million); Just Lost (1.75 million); Just Grandpa and Me (1.75 million); Just a Mess (1.7 million); Just Me and My Little Brother (1.6 million); Just Me in the Tub (over 1.55 million); What a Bad Dream! (1.55 million); Happy Easter, Little Critter (over 1.4 million); Just Going to the Dentist (over 1.3 milllion); A Very Special Critter (over 1.2 million); Just a Daydream (over 1 million); Just Me and My Cousin (over 1 million)


Stan and Jan Berenstain: Berenstain Bear series, especially The Berenstain Bears' New Baby (over 3.7 million); The Berenstain Bears and the Messy Room (over 3.6 million); The Berenstain Bears Go to School (3.3 million); The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food (over 3 million); The Berenstain Bears and Too Much TV (over 2.9 million); The Berenstain Bears Forget Their Manners (over 2.9 million); The Berenstain Bears Learn about Strangers (over 2.8 million); The Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist (over 2.8 million); The Berenstain Bears and the Truth (over 2.8 million); The Berenstain Bears in the Dark (over 2.6 million); The Berenstain Bears Go to the Doctor (over 2.4 million); The Berenstain Bears Get in a Fight (over 2.4 million); The Berenstain Bears: No Girls Allowed (over 2.2 million); The Berenstain Bears and the Sitter (over 2.1 million); The Berenstain Bears Get the Gimmies (over 2 million); The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Birthday (over 2 million); The Berenstain Bears and the Trouble with Friends (2 million); The Berenstain Bears and the Week at Grandma's (over 1.9 million); The Berenstain Bears Go Out for the Team (over 1.95 million); The Berenstain Bears Go to Camp (over 1.9 million); The Berenstain Bears' Moving Day (over 1.85 million); The Berenstain Bears and the Bad Dream (over 1.85 million); The Berenstain Bears' Trouble with Money (over 1.6 million); The Berenstain Bears' Nursery Tales (1.6 million); The Berenstain Bears: Trouble at School (over 1.5 million); The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Vacation (over 1.5 million); The Berenstain Bears and the Double Dare (over 1.4 million); The Berenstain Bears and the Bad Habit (over 1.4 million); The Berenstain Bears and Mama's New Job (over 1.4 million); The Berenstain Bears and the Ghost of the Forest (1.4 million); The Berenstain Bears and the Slumber Party (1.4 million); The Berenstain Bears and the In-Crowd (over 1.35 million); The Berenstain Bears and the Trouble with Pets (over 1.35 million); The Berenstain Bears and the Big Road Race (over 1.35 million); The Berenstain Bears Get Stage Fright (over 1.2 million); The Berenstain Bears and the Prize Pumpkin (1.2 million); The Berenstain Bears Don't Pollute (Anymore) (over 1.1 million)

Arnold Lobel: Frog and Toad are Friends (over 2 million); Frog and Toad Together (Newbery Award; over 1.7 million)


Favorite Kindergarten Books About Family, Friends & School
Shirley Hughes: Alfie Gets in First ; An Evening at Alfie's ; Alfie Gives a Hand ; Alfie's Feet ; The Alfie Collection
Russell Hoban: Bread and Jam for Frances ; A Baby Sister for Frances ; Best Friends for Frances ; A Birthday for Frances
Cynthia Rylant: The Relatives Came (Caldecott Honor)
Jean Van Leeuwen: Amanda Pig series, especially Amanda Pig and Her Big Brother Oliver ; Amanda Pig on Her Own ; Oliver, Amanda and Grandmother Pig ; Tales of Oliver Pig ; More Tales of Oliver Pig ; More Tales of Amanda Pig


Top-Selling Kindergarten Books #3: Best Fantasy Books & Adventure Books for Kids

Bestselling Kindergarten Books & Approximate Sales Figures
Enid Blyton: Noddy Series (200 million)
AA Milne: Winnie-the-Pooh Series (70 million)
Maurice Sendak: Where the Wild Things Are (Caldecott Medal; 6 million)
Margery Williams: The Velveteen Rabbit (over 2 million)
Ludwig Bemelmans: Madeline (Caldecott Medal; over 1.6 million)
Syd Hoff: Danny and the Dinosaur (1.6 million)
Kay Thompson: Eloise (over 1.5 million)

Kindergarten Books: Best Fantasy Books & Adventure Stories
Ursula Le Guin: Catwings (A Catwings Tale) ; Catwings Return ; Wonderful Alexander and the Catwings ; Jane on Her Own
Arthur Ransome: The Fool of the World and the Flying Ship (Caldecott Medal)
David McPhail: Edward and the Pirates
William Steig: Sylvester and the Magic Pebble (Caldecott Medal); Brave Irene
Michael Bond: A Bear Called Paddington


Top-Selling Kindergarten Books #4: Meeting Preschoolers' Needs for Love, Acceptance & Self-Esteem

Bestselling Kindergarten Books & Approximate Sales Figures
Robert Munsch: Love You Forever (over 8 million)
Kathryn and Byron Jackson: Saggy Baggy Elephant (7.5 million)
Watty Piper: The Little Engine that Could (over 5 million)
Mercer Mayer: Just Me and My Dad (over 4.7 million); Just Grandma and Me (over 3.4 million); Just Me and My Mom (2.2 million); Just Grandpa and Me (1.75 million); A Very Special Critter (over 1.2 million)
Debra Frasier: On the Day You were Born (over 1 million)

Popular Kindergarten Books that Meet Preschoolers' Needs for Love, Acceptance & Self-Esteem
Jamie Lee Curtis: Tell Me Again about the Night I was Born
Dayle Ann Dodds: Sing, Sophie!
Mem Fox: Wombat Divine
Mary Hoffman: Amazing Grace
Leslie Parrott: God Made You Nose to Toes
Ann Warren Turner: Through Moon and Stars and Night Skies
Taro Yashima: Crow Boy (Caldecott Honor)


Top-Selling Kindergarten Books #5: Kids' Stories that Teach Values & Help Preschoolers with Challenges

Bestselling Kindergarten Books & Approximate Sales Figures
Shel Silverstein: The Giving Tree (over 5.6 million)
Watty Piper: The Little Engine that Could (over 5 million)
Marcus Pfister: The Rainbow Fish (over 4 million)

Stan and Jan Berenstain: The Berenstain Bears and the Messy Room (over 3.6 million); The Berenstain Bears Forget Their Manners (over 2.9 million); The Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist (over 2.8 million); The Berenstain Bears and the Truth (over 2.8 million); The Berenstain Bears in the Dark (over 2.6 million); The Berenstain Bears Get in a Fight (over 2.4 million); The Berenstain Bears Get the Gimmies (over 2 million); The Berenstain Bears and the Trouble with Friends (2 million); The Berenstain Bears' Trouble with Money (over 1.6 million); The Berenstain Bears: Trouble at School (over 1.5 million); The Berenstain Bears and the Double Dare (over 1.4 million); The Berenstain Bears and the Bad Habit (over 1.4 million); The Berenstain Bears and the In Crowd (over 1.35 million); The Berenstain Bears Don't Pollute (Anymore) (over 1.1 million)

Judith Viorst: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (over 2.7 million)
Mercer Mayer: The New Baby (2.5 million); Just Going to the Dentist (over 1.3 million)
Arnold Lobel: Frog and Toad are Friends (over 2 million); Frog and Toad Together (Newbery Honor; over 1.7 million)
Margery Williams: The Velveteen Rabbit (over 2 million)
Virginia Lee Burton: Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel (over 1 million)

Favorite Kindergarten Books that Teach Values & Help Preschoolers with Challenges
Lenore Blegvad: Anna Banana and Me
Marc Brown: DW Rides Again ; Arthur's Nose; Ärthur's Eyes ; Ärthur's Tooth
Kevin Henkes: Julius, the Baby of the World
Mercer Mayer: There's an Alligator Under My Bed ; There's a Nightmare in My Closet ; and There's Something in My Attic
Emily Arnold McCully: Mirette on the High Wire (Caldecott Medal)
Judith Viorst: The Tenth Good Thing about Barney
Marjorie Weinman Sharmat: Gila Monsters Meet You at the Airport
Bernard Waber: Ira Sleeps Over
Oscar Wilde: The Selfish Giant
Vera Williams: A Chair for My Mother (Caldecott Honor)


Top-Selling Kindergarten Books #6: Exposing Preschoolers Kindergartners to New Worlds, Experiences & Ideas

Bestselling Kindergarten Books & Approximate Sales Figures
Maurice Sendak: Where the Wild Things Are (Caldecott Medal; 6 million); In the Night Kitchen (Caldecott Honor)
Barbara Robinson: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (over 3 million)
Syd Hoff: Danny and the Dinosaur (1.6 million)
Janet and Allan Ahlberg: The Jolly Postman (over 960,000

Popular Kindergarten Books that Expose Preschoolers Kindergartners to New Worlds, Experiences & Ideas
Marjorie Flack: The Story about Ping
Donald Hall: The Ox Cart Man (Caldecott Medal)
Munro Leaf: The Story of Ferdinand
William Steig: Sylvester and the Magic Pebble (Caldecott Medal)
Chris Van Allsburg: Jumanji (Caldecott Medal)
Jane Yolen: Owl Moon (Caldecott Medal)
Ed Young: Seven Blind Mice (Caldecott Honor)


Top-Selling Kindergarten Books #7: Kids' Poetry, Nursery Rhymes & Rhyming Songs for Preschoolers Kindergarners

Best Selling Kindergarten Books & Approximate Sales Figures
Dr Seuss: Green Eggs and Ham (over 8 million); The Cat in the Hat (over 7.2 million); One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish (over 6 million); Hop on Pop (5.5 million); Oh the Places You'll Go! (over 5 million); Fox in Socks (3.7 million); and Mr Brown Can Moo! Can You? (over 2.65 million)
Watty Piper: The Little Engine that Could (over 5 million)
Clement Moore: The Night Before Christmas (over 3.2 million)
Ludwig Bemelmans: Madeline (Caldecott Medal; over 1.6 million)

Favorite Kindergarten Books: Kids' Poetry, Nursery Rhymes & Rhyming Songs for Preschoolers
Edward Lear: The Owl and the Pussycat
Arnold Lobel: Whiskers and Rhymes
Eve Merriam: You be Good and I'll be Night
AA Milne: When We Were Very Young ; and Now We Are Six
Jack Prelutsky: The Beauty of the Beast: Poems from the Animal Kingdom
Michael Rosen: Poems for the Very Young

Top-Selling Kindergarten Books #8: Favorite Funny Stories & Funny Poems

Bestselling Kindergarten Books & Approximate Sales Figures
Dr Seuss: Green Eggs and Ham (over 8 million); The Cat in the Hat (over 7.2 million); One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish (over 6 million); Mr Brown Can Moo! Can You? (over 2.65 million); There's a Wocket in My Pocket (over 1.35 million)
Watty Piper: The Little Engine that Could (over 5 million)
PD Eastman: Go, Dog. Go! (3.5 million)
Barbara Robinson: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (over 3 million)
Judith Viorst: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (over 2.7 million)
Patrick Catling: The Chocolate Touch (over 2.4 million)
Syd Hoff: Danny and the Dinosaur (1.6 million)
Esphyr Slobodkina: Caps for Sale (1.2 million)
Jon Scieszka: The True Story of the Three Little Pigs (over 970,000); The Stinky Cheese Man (Caldecott Honor; over 850,000)
Marilyn Sadler: PJ Funnybunny: It's Not Easy Being a Bunny (970,000)
Janet and Allan Ahlberg: The Jolly Postman (over 960,000)

Popular Kindergarten Books in Series: Favorite Funny Stories & Funny Poems, with Approximate Sales Figures
AA Milne: Winnie-the-Pooh Series (70 million)
Laura Numeroff: "If You Give..." Series: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie (1.8 million); If You Give a Moose a Muffin (1.15 million); and If You Give a Pig a Pancake (900,000)
Ludwig Bemelmans: Madeline (Caldecott Medal; over 1.6 million) and sequels

Favorite Kindergarten Books: Funny Stories & Funny Poems
Anne Isaacs: Swamp Angel (Caldecott Honor)
Arnold Lobel: Mouse Tales
James Marshall: George and Martha and sequels
Susan Meddaugh: Martha Speaks (Caldecott Honor) and sequels
Will Lipkind and Nicolas Mordvinoff: Finders Keepers (Caldecott Medal)
Peggy Parish: Amelia Bedelia and sequels
William Steig: Doctor De Soto (Newbery Honor)
Arthur Yorinks: Hey Al! (Caldecott Medal)
Margot Zemach: It Could Always be Worse (Caldecott Honor)


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