St. Francis Summer Reading - Rising Kindergarten

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For Rising Kindergarteners

Dear Parents,

As the long days of summer stretch before us, we encourage our students to read and explore books daily. Children love to hear adults read to them. It creates a special time between adults and children. 

Our list can be used as a starting point with your soon-to-be-kindergartener and includes award-winning books and books recognized by teachers as meaningful reading for students of kindergarten age. Please read some of these great books to your children and check out the suggested parent reading list. We also encourage reading fairy tales, folk tales, and nursery rhymes. They are a rich and beneficial part of our literary heritage, and they enhance children’s phonological awareness.

BOOK LIST

Here is a book we highly recommend for parents to read.

  • The Power of Play: Learning What Comes Naturally by David Elkind

Here are some of our favorites for reading aloud to your children.

  • Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
  • Little Oink and Little Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

  • Why Do You Cry? by Kate Klise

  • Corduroy by Don Freeman

  • Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss

  • Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

  • Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin

  • Lyle and the Birthday Party by Bernard Waber

The Power of Play: Learning What Comes Naturally Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780738211107
Availability: Not currently on our shelves, but available to order (usually within a few days)
Published: Da Capo Lifelong Books - December 25th, 2007

Chrysanthemum Cover Image
By Kevin Henkes, Kevin Henkes (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780062983374
Availability: On Our Shelves in the last 24 hours. Click to see a specific store location's stock.
Published: Greenwillow Books - May 12th, 2020

Little Pea: (Children's Book, Books for Baby, Books about Picky Eaters, Board Books for Kids) Cover Image
By Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Jen Corace (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780811846585
Availability: Not currently on our shelves, but available to order (usually within a few days)
Published: Chronicle Books - February 17th, 2005

Why Do You Cry?: Not a Sob Story Cover Image
By Kate Klise, M. Sarah Klise (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780805073195
Availability: The book is not currently in stock at our stores. Please call us for price and availability.
Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - May 30th, 2006

Corduroy Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780140501735
Availability: On Our Shelves in the last 24 hours. Click to see a specific store location's stock.
Published: Puffin Books - September 30th, 1976

Hop on Pop (Beginner Books(R)) Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780394800295
Availability: On Our Shelves in the last 24 hours. Click to see a specific store location's stock.
Published: Random House Books for Young Readers -

Where the Wild Things Are Cover Image
By Maurice Sendak, Maurice Sendak (Illustrator)
$8.95
ISBN: 9780064431781
Availability: On Our Shelves in the last 24 hours. Click to see a specific store location's stock.
Published: HarperCollins - December 26th, 2012

Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes Cover Image
By Eric Litwin, James Dean (Illustrator), Kimberly Dean
$17.99
ISBN: 9780061906220
Availability: On Our Shelves in the last 24 hours. Click to see a specific store location's stock.
Published: HarperCollins - March 2nd, 2010

Lyle and the Birthday Party (Lyle the Crocodile) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780395174517
Availability: Not currently on our shelves, but available to order (usually within a few days)
Published: HMH Books for Young Readers - August 31st, 1973