Interested in reading a story that takes place in a different time period? Try checking out one of these historic tales. Books are suggested for Kindergarten, but remember that each reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

Busing Brewster by Richard Michelson

Bused across town to a school in a white neighborhood of Boston in 1974, a young African American boy named Brewster describes his first day in first grade. Includes historical notes on the court-ordered busing.

Dancing with Katya by Dori Chaconas

In the late 1920s, Anna tries to help her younger sister Katya regain her strength and joy in life after she becomes crippled by polio.

In Venice, Italy, in the 1890s, a stray cat draws attention to a coffee shop in which he inspired composer Guiseppi Verdi, and as the feline's fame grows, the shop's owner entertains royalty, the Pope, and many others. Includes historical notes about the real Nini and his visitors.


Looking for a good read in a comic book format? Try checking out one of these daring graphic novels. Books are suggested for Kindergarten, but remember that each reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

Baxter the Tweeting dog by Doreen Mulryan Marts

Baxter's friend Lucy is missing, and so he begins "Twoofing," the dog equivalent of "Tweeting," with all of the neighborhood pups, who find clues to her whereabouts while going about their daily routines.

Bean Dog and Nugget : the ball by Charise Mericle Harper

Bean Dog and Nugget lose Bean Dog's shiny new ball in a bush. They dream up elaborate and silly ways to get it back while they argue about who is actually going to go and get it.

Dr. Bugspit and his top-secret Fix-It-Up syrup treat a variety of strange maladies at his outer space clinic.

Pictures of animals wearing clothes show why this would be a ridiculous custom for them to adopt.

Bark, George by Jules Feiffer

What's going on with George? When George's mother says bark, George meows, or quacks!̀.

Battle Bunny by Jon Scieszka

Alex, whose birthday it is, hijacks a story about Birthday Bunny on his special day and turns it into a battle between a supervillain and his enemies in the forest--who, in the original story, are simply planning a surprise party.

The bear ate your sandwich by Julia Sarcone-Roach

When a sandwich goes missing, it seems that a bear is the unlikely culprit.


Looking for action, adventure, or survival? Try checking out one of these daring tales. Books are suggested for Kindergarten, but remember that each reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

As the Clearwaters travel west, fearless Granny and Little Critter are jolted from the horse-drawn wagon and have many exotic adventures before being reunited with the rest of their family.

An Anaconda Ate My Homework by Alice Schertle

On his way home from school, Digby, unhappy about the ten pages of homework due the following day, is carried off to the jungle by a raptor and must escape from an extraordinary series of dangers using items from his backpack.

Feeling adventurous one day, a frog leaves her pond and sets out to visit the great sea she has heard so much about.

As imaginary superhero Bumblebee Boy, Sam rejects his pesky little brother's help in defeating pirates, dragons, and saber-toothed lions, but when Sam comes up against some scary aliens, he discovers the advantage of having a sidekick.

Bad weather! by Frank Berrios

Batman and Superman join the Super Friends to stop Mr. Freeze from using his weather control machine.

Buzz Boy and Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold

Buzz creates a comic book that features Buzz Boy and Fly Guy as the superheroes.

The day I lost my superpowers by Michaël Escoffier

When a young superhero-in-training gets hurt, she discovers that mothers have superpowers, too.


The following titles may be enjoyed by Kindergartners. All readers are at different levels and have different interests, so not all titles will appeal to, or be appropriate for, all readers. For additional recommendations, ask at the Children's Reference Desk.


Fiction books for Kindergartners can be found in a variety of locations, including J PICTURE BOOK, J READER, KIDS GRAPHIC NOVEL, and J FICTION. Click on each title for location and availability.

Andy, Also by Maxwell Eaton

Andy, a crabby alligator, is a reluctant friend to Preston, an enthusiastic coyote pup.

Check out these great sports-themed titles. Books are suggested for Kindergarten, but remember that each Reader is different, and may find something interesting at another level.

Dino-baseball by Lisa Wheeler

Meat-eating dinosaurs face plant-eating dinosaurs in a baseball game.

I can be a gymnast by Kristen L Depken

Barbie joins a gymnastics team and takes part in a competition.

Late Nate in a race by Emily Arnold McCully

Always late Nate who likes to go slow surprises everyone at the race.

Alice the fairy by David Shannon

Alice, who claims to be a Temporary Fairy, still has a lot to learn, such as how to make her clothes put themselves away in the closet.

Boy + Bot by Ame Dyckman

A boy and a robot strike up a friendship despite their differences.

Buttercup goes to the ball by Cicely Mary Barker

In the meadow, the Flower Fairies gather round as Buttercup's friend Poppy announces that she has an idea.

Dragon goes searching for Easter eggs when they go missing from their hiding places.

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 probably won't find many dragons or wizards or outer space adventures here. Books are suggested for Kindergarten, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

A year with Marmalade by Alison Reynolds

A cat and a young girl slowly become friends when someone they love moves away.

Amazing Monty by Johanna Hurwitz

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


Truth is sometimes stranger than fiction. Explore these fascinating stories about real people. Books are suggested for Kindergarten, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

This introduction to the unconventional life of the eminent mathematician describes the phenomenal math talents he demonstrated from an early age while revealing how he was often stymied by everyday tasks.

Also available in: audiobook | e-video

This picture book introduction to the life of the mid-twentieth-century aviation and auto racing pioneer, describing her fascination with vehicles during childhood and the daring achievements that earned her the title "First Lady of Firsts."

The inspiring true story of Florence Mills chronicles her birth to former slaves, her discovery at an early age that she loved to sing, and how her sweet, bird-like voice catapulted her all the way to the stages of 1920s Broadway.  Additionally, readers will discover how she supported works by her fellow black performers while heralding a call for their civil rights.

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