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prepare young children for success in kindergarten


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Children’s Books Recommended by Kindergarten Readiness

A is for Apple: Take a Peek! Slide and Seek! (letter sounds)

A You’re Adorable by Buddy Kaye (alphabet, letter sounds)

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst

Arthur series by Marc Brown

The Berenstain Bears series by Stan and Jan Berenstain

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault (ABCs)

Cinderella - fairy tale

Clifford books by Norman Bridwell

The Complete Adventures of Curious George by H.A. Rey (making choices)

The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins (math)

Dr. Seuss books (rhyming) The Cat in the Hat ;

Green Eggs and Ham ; Hop on Pop ;

Horton Hears a Who!

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Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet and Allen Ahlberg

Eric Carle books

Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett

The Gingerbread Man illustrated by Karen Shmidt

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein (generosity)

Goldie Locks and the Three Bears - folktale

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

Goodnight Owl by Pat Hutchins

Gregory the Terrible Eater by Mitchell Sharmat (nutrition)

Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie series by Laura Joffe Numeroff

The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper

Little Red Riding Hood – folktale

Look Out Kindergarten, Here I Come! by Nancy Carlson

Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten by Joseph Slate

The Mitten by Jan Brett (and others)

No, David! by David Shannon

No Jumping on the Bed by Tedd Arnold

Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister (sharing)

Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy Shaw (rhyming)

The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

The Three Little Pigs by Margot Zemach

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle (days of week, counting)

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak (imagination)

Also recommended: Usborne Books

Videos Recommended by Kindergarten Readiness

Alphabet Phonics and Fun

Baby Babble - Speech-Enhancing DVD for Babies and Toddlers

Baby Einstein video series

Barney’s ABC’s and 1,2,3’s

Barney: It’s Time For Counting

Barney’s Rhyme Time Rhythm

Blue’s Clues- ABC’s and 1,2,3’s by Steve Burns

Blue’s Clues- Reading With Blue by Steve Burns

Blue’s Clues- Telling Time With Blue by Steve Burns

Clifford Series

Disney movies

**Leapfrog Letter Factory**

**Leapfrog Talking Words Factory**

Magic School Bus Video Series (age 5-plus)

Maisy’s Colors and Shapes by Lucy Cousins (mostly colors)

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My Baby Can Talk- First Signs (
ages10-24 months)

Richard Scarry’s Best Counting Video Ever! by Richard Scarry

Richard Scarry’s Best ABC Video Ever! by Richard Scarry

Richard Scarry’s Best Learning Songs Video Ever! by Richard Scarry

Richard Scarry’s Best Sing Along Mother Goose Video Ever! by Richard Scarry

Sesame Street- Do the Alphabet by Jim Henson

Sesame Street- Learning About Letters by Jim Henson

Sesame Street- Learning About Numbers by Jim Henson

Sesame Street- 1,2,3 Count With Me

Sounds of Letters

Yo Gabba Gabba

Zoo Phonics


Educational Software Recommended by Kindergarten Readiness

Adventure Workshop Grades Preschool-1st Dr. Seuss 

 Blue’s Clues ABC Time Activities

Blue’s Clues 123 Time Activities

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Curious George Learns Phonics

Disney Learning Kindergarten

Dr. Seuss ABC

Jumpstart Preschool

Jumpstart Advanced Preschool

Jumpstart Kindergarten



Reader Rabbit Preschool

Reader Rabbit Kindergarten

Reader Rabbit Learn to Read With Phonics

Reading Lesson CD-ROM

Schoolzone: Alphabet Express Preschool

Sesame Street Elmo’s Art Workshop Ages 2-6

Storybook Weaver

Stuart Little Learning Adventures

Educational Toys Recommended by Kindergarten Readiness


The 12 Best Toys of 2010

Best Toys for Preschoolers 2009

LEGO Brand Retail

Simple Games that Promote Early Brain Development

Leapfrog Products

LeapFrog Enterprises Inc.

Tag Reading System

Tag Junior

Leapfrog Letters and Lessons DVD Gift Pack

Letter Factory DVD

Talking Words DVD

Let’s Go to School DVD

Leapster and Leapster 2

Leapfrog Fridge Phonics

LeapFrog Enterprises Inc.

Discovery Toys

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