Thematic Reading List: Kindergarten
Kindergarten- the first formal education of many children. The concept of Kindergarten was created by Wilhelm August Frobel whom started the very first Kindergarten in Germany in 1837. Frobel believed that children learn through play and experience. Kindergarten was a balance of the two that would allow children to transition from home to school more easily that just a book-work setting.
National Kindergarten Day, observed annually on April 21, honors the day Friedrich Wilhelm August Frobel was born.
|Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten?
By: Audrey Vernick
Illustrated by: Daniel Jennewein
Although kindergarten provides unique challenges for a young buffalo, one who follows the rules and tries his best will get along fine.
By: Jacqueline Rogers
Presents the special activities of a kindergarten class on the day devoted to each letter of the alphabet, from finding acorns outside on A day to zero more letters and a trip to the zoo on Z day.
| Kindergarten Day USA and China / Kindergarten Day China and USA: a flip-me-over book
By: Trish Marx and Ellen B. Senisi
Contains two stories that depict a day in an American and Chinese kindergarten classrooms to reveal the similarities and differences between how classes are run in the two countries.
By: Antoinette Portis
Annalina’s diary entries reflect her feelings and experiences as she goes from being afraid to go to kindergarten to loving it during her first month of school.
|Kindergarten is Cool!
By: Linda Marshall
Illustrated by: Chris Chatterton
Rhyming text describes the activities a child experiences on the first day of kindergarten.
By: Louise Borden
Illustrated by: Genevieve Godbout
After he finds a brand new shiny penny, Theodore has a perfect day in Kindergarten.
|The Last Day of Kindergarten
By: Nancy Loewen
Illustrated by: Sachiko Yoshikawa
As she prepares for her Kindergarten graduation ceremony, a first grader-to-be remembers her enjoyable year in kindergarten.
By: Rosemary Wells
Through a month-by-month review of a year in kindergarten, Emily shares her stories of the many happy experiences she has at her school with her new classmates.
|Planet Kindergarten: 100 days in orbit
By: Sue Ganz-Schmitt
Illustrated by: Shane Prigmore
A young child imagines kindergarten as a mission in space, with his fellow kindernauts, and this is their one hundredth day.
|Ready, Set, Kindergarten!
By: Paula Ayer
Illustrated by Danielle Arbour
A young girl describes how she gets ready for her first day of kindergarten.