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Kindergarten Aestas Libri

Libri Aestivi /ˈlibɾi aestīvī/ is Latin for "Summer Books".

Please select summer reading lIsts by Incoming grade:


We encourage you to look for and read quality literature with and to your child at least 15 minutes each day throughout the summer. Now is the time to develop a love affair with books by reading your children outstanding picture books which not only entertain but introduce new words and experiences which your child may not have come across before.

Books listed below with an asterisk might prove more of a challenge to locate, but are well worth the effort. We suggest your try the library first and then online options. Learn more about Aestas Libri guidelines and requirements.


A Apple Pie and Traditional Nursery Rhymes

By Kate Greenway

Introduces the letters of the alphabet while following the fortunes of an apple pie; includes illustrated Mother Goose rhymes.

ISBN 0-375-41511-4

Dr. Seuss’s ABC

By Dr. Seuss

Originally created to encourage children to read all by themselves, with simple words and illustrations that give clues to their meaning.

ISBN 0-394-80030-3

Favorite Poems of Childhood

By Philip Smith

Contains a collection of poems for young readers from well-known authors.

ISBN 0-486-27089-0

Random House Book of Poetry for Children

Illustrated by Arnold Lobel

More than 550 poems by American, English, and anonymous authors.

ISBN 0-394-85010-6

The Real Mother Goose

Illustrated by Blanche Fisher Wright

A collection of over 300 traditional nursery rhymes.

ISBN 0-486-46824-0

The Helen Oxenbury Nursery Collection *

By Helen Oxenbury

This collection brings together a wealth of nursery stories and rhymes brought to life by one of the foremost illustrators.

ISBN 037582992X

First Nature Encyclopedia

By Caroline Bingham

Presents phot-illustrated facts on animals and plants around the world, arranged by habitat.


The Animal Book: A Visual Encyclopedia Of Life On Earth

By David Burnie

The wonders of the natural world are set on display in this book created by Smithsonian and DK Publishing

ISBN 1-46541-457-6

The Biggest Story: How the Snake Crusher brings us back to the Garden

By Kevin DeYoung

This illustrated Bible story book imaginatively retells the Bible narrative in one continuous story helping kids connect the dots from Genesis to Revelation.


Egermeier’s Bible Story Book*

By Elsie Egermeier

Stories from the Old and New Testaments are told in chronological order, helping readers journey through a complete narrative of the Bible.

ISBN 1593173350

Egermeier’s Bible Storybook for Beginner’s*

By Elise Egermeier

This version features shorter versions of the 19 best-loved stories from the original book (see above).

ISBN 1593174268

ABC Egermeier’s Story Book*

By Elise Egermeier

This book uses each letter of the alphabet to highlight some of the best-loved stories of the Bible.

ISBN 1593171560

Stories That Never Grow Old*

By Watty Piper

This book is for those who love fantasy and fairy tales.

ISBN 044842004X

The Little Engine that Could

By Watty Piper

Children and parents will treasure the story of blue locomotive who exemplifies the power of positive thinking.

ISBN 0-593-09600-2

The Little House*

By Virginia Lee Burton

A country house is unhappy when the city, with all its buildings and traffic, grows up around it.

ISBN 0-395-25938-2


By Alice McLerran

A hill covered with rocks and boxes becomes an imaginary town for Marian, her sisters, and their friends

ISBN 0-06-053633-5


Margaret Wise Brown

  • Goodnight Moon
  • The Runaway Bunny
  • Bunny’s Noisy Book
  • Big Red Barn
  • Home for a Bunny
  • The Little Island
  • Wait Till the Moon is Full

Norman Bridwell

  • Clifford at the Circus
  • Clifford Barks
  • Clifford goes to Dog School
  • Clifford Goes to Kindergarten
  • Clifford makes the Team
  • Clifford’s ABC’s
  • Clifford’s Birthday Party
  • Clifford’s Class Trip
  • Clifford’s Day with Dad
  • Clifford’s Family
  • Clifford’s Field Day
  • Clifford’s First Day of School
  • Clifford’s First Snow
  • Clifford’s Good Deeds
  • Clifford’s Manners
  • Clifford’s Spring Clean-Up
  • Clifford takes a Trip
  • Clifford the Big Red Dog
  • Clifford the Firehouse Dog
  • Clifford the Small Red Puppy
  • Clifford to the Rescue
  • Clifford Visits the Zoo

Jean deBrunhoff*

  • Babar the King
  • The Travels of Babar
  • Babar’s Birthday Surprise
  • Babar’s Book of Color
  • Babar’s Museum of Art: (closed Mondays)
  • Babar’s USA

Eric Carle

  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See?
  • Do You Want to Be my Friend?
  • Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What do you See?
  • Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What do you Hear?
  • “Slowly, Slowly, Slowly,” Said the Sloth
  • Draw Me a Star
  • The Foolish Tortoise
  • The Grouchy Ladybug
  • Have you Seen my Cat?
  • Hello, Red Fox
  • A House for a Hermit Crab
  • Little Cloud
  • The Mixed-up Chameleon
  • Pancakes, Pancakes
  • The Very Busy Spider
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar
  • The Very Lonely Firefly
  • Rooster Is Off to See the World
  • The Very Quiet Cricket

Tomie dePaola

  • Meet the Barkers series
  • Andy and Sandy series
  • Bill and Pete series
  • The Art Lesson
  • The Knight and the Dragon
  • Now one Foot, Now the Other
  • Pancakes for Breakfast

P. D. Eastman

  • Aaron Has a Lazy Day
  • Aaron is a Good Sport
  • Aaron is Cool
  • Aaron Loves Apples and Pumpkins
  • The Alphabet Book
  • Snow
  • Are You My Mother?
  • The Best Nest
  • Big Dog – Little Dog
  • A Fish Out of Water
  • Flap Your Wings
  • Go Dog Go!
  • My Nest is Best
  • I’ll Teach My Dog 100 Words
  • Robert the Rose Horse
  • Sam and the Firefly

Marjorie Flack*

  • Angus and the Cat
  • Angus and the Ducks
  • Angus Lost
  • Ask Mr. Bear
  • The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes
  • The Story of Ping

Shirley Hughes*

  • Alfie series
  • Lucy and Tom series

Mercer Mayer

  • Little Critter series
  • A Boy, A Dog, A Frog and a Friend (wordless)
  • A Boy, A Dog, and a Frog(wordless)
  • Bubble, Bubble Frog on His Own (wordless)
  • Frog Where Are You? (wordless)
  • One Frog To Many (wordless)
  • There’s a Nightmare in my Closet
  • There’s an Alligator Under my Bed
  • There’s Something in my Attic
  • What do you do with a Kangaroo?

Robert McCloskey

  • Blueberries for Sal
  • Burt Down, deep-water Man
  • Lentil
  • The Man Who lost his Head
  • One Morning in Maine
  • Time of Wonder

A. A. Milne

  • The House at Pooh Corner
  • When We Were Very Young (poetry)
  • Now We Are Six (poetry)
  • Winnie the Pooh

Laura Numeroff

  • If You Give a Mouse a Cookie series
  • The Jellybeans series
  • Beatrice Doesn’t Want To
  • The Chicken Sisters
  • Nighty-Night Cooper
  • Dogs Don’t Wear Sneakers
  • What Aunts Do Best;What Uncles Do Best
  • What Grandmas Do Best; What Grandpas Do Best
  • What Mommies Do Best; What Daddys Do Best
  • What Sister’s Do Best; What Brothers Do Best

Bill Peet

  • The Ant and the Elephant
  • Big Bad Bruce
  • The Caboose Who Got Loose
  • Chester, the Worldly Pig
  • Cowardly Clyde
  • The Pinkish, Purplish, Blueish Egg
  • The Wump World
  • Kermit the Hermit
  • Ella Eli
  • The Gnats of Knotty Pine
  • Hugh Harold

Beatrix Potter

  • The Tale of Benjamin Bunny
  • The Tale of Jeremy Fisher
  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit
  • The Tale of Two Bad Mice
  • The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin
  • The Tailor of Gloucester
  • The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle
  • The Tale of Tom Kitten
  • The Tale of Tom Kitten
  • The Tale of Jeremiah Puddle-Duck
  • The tale of the Flopsy Bunnies

Richard Scarry*

  • The Bunny Book
  • Mr. Paint Pig’s ABC
  • Richard Scarry’s a Day at the Airport
  • Richard Scarry’s a Day at the Fire Station
  • Richard Scarry’s a Day at the Police Station
  • Richard Scarry’s Best Busy Year Ever
  • Ricahard Scarry’s Be Careful, Mr. Frumble!
  • Richard Scarry’s Busy, Busy World
  • Richard Scarry’s Best Lowly Worm Book Ever!
  • Richard Scarry’s Cars and Trucks and Things That Go
  • Richard Scarry’s Postman Pig and His Busy Neighbors

Mark Taylor*

  • Henry Explores the Jungle
  • Henry Explores the Mountains
  • Henry the Explorer
  • Henry the Castaway

Al Perkins

  • The Digging-est Dog
  • Hand, Hand, Finger, Thumb
  • The Ear Book