I reviewed over 20 preschool friendship books and came up with my top 11 based on specific criteria. Then I created free printables to accompany each book, practice pages for different skills.
I love young children’s books so much that I haven’t stopped adding to my private collection! I love young children’s books SO much, it’s the main goal of this blog. It is the main goal of my pinterest board.
My goal for book lists is to equip myself and other educators to use books as a curriculum basis. When I started developing my own preschool curriculum I always used a book as a base.
However, I found that with most recommended book lists they were often:
Overgeneralized= Applied for the obvious. Z is for Moose can be used for abc’s but also, isn’t kindness showed later to Moose when Moose is FINALLY included?
Silly books are rarely recommended for preschoolers for skill based learning: for example “Rex vs Edna”. Edna is a chicken and wins, and I have tied in this book as a diving off point to study the chicken life cycle.
My Review Criteria:
Story meets storytelling standards according to my children’s literacy class criteria.
Story needs to be adaptable for shorter attention spans.
Pictures need to be easily recognized- for example, not all of my students know what a llama looks like, so I don’t “Llama llama” until, we have talked about real Llamas.
A board style is preferable for classroom so children have access to “read” themselves.
Each book demonstrates friendship components by “showing” not “telling”.
Most books involves a non person character=Inclusive. If I don’t identify with the girl I can identify with the turtle. Or easily identifiable non gendered traits.
Reviews are listed under book, along with a description of its printable.
Books are linked to Amazon Kindle Page.
YouTube link supplied as available.
(I may start an affiliate store, but only because listing books this way are easier for myself and my readers.}