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Suggested Realistic Fiction for Kindergarten


Sometimes we just want to read about what's familiar or what's possible. Here are some suggestions for books that feature a high level of realism. You won't find many dragons or wizards or outer space adventures here, but you will find stories about things that really could happen. Books are suggested for Kindergarten, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

Amazing Monty by Johanna Hurwitz

In this gently humorous adventure, Monty faces the unpredictable, everyday turns of a first-grader’s life -- including having a tooth fall out and learning he will have a new sibling -- with his usual lovable charm.

In the rhythm of a familiar folk song, a child cannot resist adding one more dab of paint in surprising places.

Also available in: e-audiobook | video

Trixie becomes very unhappy when she accompanies her daddy to the laundromat and realizes she has lost her stuffed bunny. More adventures of Knuffle Bunny can be found in Knuffle Bunny, Too and Knuffle Bunny Free.  Knuffle Bunny is also available to listen to in Spanish.

Ling and Ting are identical twins that people think are exactly the same, but time and again they prove to be different. More Ling and Ting stories can be found in J READER LIN.

Lucy rescued by Harriet Ziefert

When Lucy is first adopted from a shelter she seems like the perfect puppy, but soon nothing can make her stop howling -- not even a visit to a dog psychologist -- until her new owner discovers that Lucy needs a stuffed friend.

Rhyming text affirms that girls can pursue their many interests, from playing sports to planting flowers in the dirt, without giving up their tiaras.

One special day by Lola M. Schaefer

An energetic and imaginative boy becomes a big brother.

The snowy day by Ezra Jack Keats
Also available in: audiobook | e-audiobook

Follow the adventures of a little boy in the city on a very snowy day.

Sophie's squash by Pat Zietlow Miller

On a trip to the farmers' market with her parents, Sophie chooses a squash, but instead of letting her mom cook it, she names it Bernice. From then on, Sophie brings Bernice everywhere, despite her parents' gentle warnings that Bernice will begin to rot.  What's a girl to do when the squash she loves is in trouble?