These traditional verses have rhythms that are contagious and joyous. Preschoolers still need lullabies and traditional songs, especially at bedtime.
Most children enjoy preposterous, funny, and nonsensical stories that touch their funny bone. Read these stories often, as children need to develop a good sense of humor.
Winding down at the end of a day requires soothing, comforting stories that they can slide into sleep with. For some children, having a parent read aloud is all the security they need.
The Bear Who Shared
Bear's Loose Tooth
Can't Sleep Without Sheep
Chicken, Pig, Cow and the Class Pet
Chicken, Pig, Cow Horse Around
Gideon & Otto
Have You Seen Duck?
My Friend Rabbit
Noodle and Lou
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
Very Hairy Bear
Most familiar fairy tales are not for younger children because their themes are more sophisticated. At this age, they cannot discriminate between the real and the unreal. Some folktales may be acceptable, but must be free of violence.
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.