Because their attention spans are increasing, introduce a few of the more complicated fairy tales, but stay away from the more gruesome ones.
Animals are the main characters and become substitutes for children.
Humor and nonsense keep life in balance and are essential ingredients in children's development. Children need silly and absurd stories that bring forth giggles and belly laughs. They can enjoy upside down situations and nonsensical stories because they know it's only make-believe.
Growing up can be so serious at times that it is important to present humor in as many ways as possible. Hopefully, children will never lose their appetite for fun and imagination. These are the stories they will remember and pass on to following generations.
Bear's Loose Tooth
Buglette the Messy Sleeper
George Flies South
A House in the Woods
Mouse & Lion
No Sleep for the Sheep
Noodle and Lou
Otis and the Puppy
Sea of Dreams
The Sniffles for Bear Too Tall Houses
Because people, places, and things are becoming more important to kindergartners, these books should give simple and straightforward information relating to the real world.
These books require that children interpret the story from the illustrations. The reader must follow the pictures in sequence for the story to make sense. Choose a variety of styles from muted to brilliant colors to black and white. Pictures also help children focus on details.
Introduce some, but try away from complex or gory ones. Try some folktales from other countries and cultures. They not only entertain, but teach children how universal stories are. Choose versions that maintain some of the flow of the original language.
A Classic is the rare book that has a special element, which enables it to endure the test of time and appeal to children from every generation. It stands out because it has the ability to touch the heart and cross the boundaries of culture, nationality, religion, race, gender, and status.