Last week I wrote a blog about the top 25 children’s books for toddlers & preschoolers. This week I wanted to go a little deeper with questions you can ask your little one as you read these books together.

The books I chose for this particular blog are some of my favorite books I’ve read to my toddler as well as my kindergarten and 2nd grade students. These are books that your little one will love up until their elementary years, so they are books that can certainly last quite awhile.

Here are the books and questions that a kindergarten teacher might ask your child while reading. Some of these questions may be a little advanced but this is definitely a blog you can continue coming back to as your child grows and you’re looking for more questions to ask as you read together with your child.


Ten Black Dots by: Donald Crews

A perfect book for toddlers and all the way to elementary students. This book is about 10 black dots and what you can do with them. It not only introduces number sense, counting, ways to make ten, but it is a lot of fun to read. Your child will begin noticing numbers and quantities all around them after reading this book.

  • How many dots are on the book cover? Let’s count.
  • Which was your favorite picture? Why?
  • In the book, it says 2 black dots can make the eyes of a fox. What else can 2 black dots make?
  • If you could add another page to this book, what would it be? How many black dots?


Chicka Chicka Boom Boom  by: Bill Martin Jr.

A fun, quick read about the letters of the alphabet. This book is filled with rhyming words, which is great for early readers. It is also a fun book to read together and soon your little one will begin reading most of this book themselves.

  • Let’s find letters! Can you find the letter C?
  • What letter is this? (parent finds a letter) What sound does it make?
  • Can you find the little r?
  • What is your favorite letter? Why? Think of words that begin with that letter.


The Doorbell Rang  by: Pat Hutchins

A great book about sharing, sequencing, and simple math. This book is about a mother who made cookies for her kids but the doorbell keeps ringing. The kids share their cookies as each new person enters their home until they are almost out of cookies. Your little one will love this sweet ending.

  • How many cookies did they start with?
  • What happened to the number of cookies each time the kids shared?
  • Why did the doorbell keep ringing? What were they thinking?
  • What happened at the end of the story?
  • Think about a time that you shared something that you really wanted. How did it make you feel?


Edward the Emu  by: Sheena Knowles

A precious book about Edward the Emu. He was tired of being an Emu so he decides he wants to be another animal. See what happens as he tries to become different animals.

  • Which animals did Edward the Emu try to become?
  • What happened each day as he hung out with these animals and did what they did?
  • Why did he decide to become an emu again?
  • What happened at the end of the story? How did Edward feel?


My Five Senses  by: Aliki

A great and informative book about the five senses. This is a perfect read to get your little one thinking about their senses. Go outside after reading this book and see if your child can try to use and notice all of their senses.

  • What are your five senses?
  • How do you use your senses?
  • Why are they important?
  • What does it mean to be aware?
  • Talk about a time that you’ve used your senses. How many did you use?
  • Think about how you could use all five senses at once. What does that look like?


Goodnight Moon   by: Margaret Wise Brown

This book is a classic bedtime story that has been around for many years. This is one of my favorite books to read to my child. It is so well written and the words will seem to put your little one to sleep.

  • Did you notice any rhyming words in this story? What were some of them?
  • What was your favorite part from this story?
  • Does this book remind you of anything in your room?
  • How can you tell this book was written many years ago?


Goodnight Gorilla   by: Peggy Rathmann

This is a book about a gorilla who follows a zookeeper around the zoo as he is saying good night to all of the animals. Each time you read this book you’ll notice something new in the pictures you may have missed the time before. A super cute story that has my little one giggling each time.

  • What did the gorilla do in this story?
  • What did the other animals do in this story?
  • What happened after the zookeeper said good night?
  • What did the zookeeper’s wife think? How can you tell?
  • What happened at the end of this story?


The Little Red Hen   by: Paul Galdone

A classic story about a little red hen who asks for help from her friends but not one of them want to help her. The perfect story to read to your little one about pitching in and helping to get the work complete.

  • What happened in this story?
  • Why did the little red hen have to do everything herself? What things did she have to do by herself?
  • What happened at the end of this story? Did she share her cake? Would you have shared your cake? Why or why not?
  • Why does it say that the next time there were chores she had 3 very eager helpers?
  • Does this remind you of anything?


Harry the Dirty Dog by: Gene Zion

This is a cute story about a dirty dog named Harry who didn’t want a bath. Your little one will love how this story plays out.

  • Why did Harry hide the brush?
  • What happened after he hid the brush?
  • Why didn’t the family recognize him?
  • What made the family recognize him again?
  • Why do you think the brush was under the pillow at the end of the story?
  • Does this story remind you of anything?


Knuffle Bunny  by: Mo Willems

This book may be for me more than it is for my son. It’s such a sweet book about a little girl’s adventure with her dad to the laundromat until something happens. Every parent can seem themselves in this story. Definitely a fun read.

  • What happened in this book?
  • What was the problem?
  • Why couldn’t her dad understand her?
  • What happened at the end of the story?
  • Does this story remind you of anything? Explain.
  • Did you like this story? Why or why not?


Llama Llama Red Pajama  by: Anna Dewdney

A cute rhyming book about Llama Llama wanting his mother after she tucks him into bed. A great story to read to your little one before bed.

  • Talk about what happened in this story.
  • What was the problem?
  • This story is filled with rhyming words. Name some of the rhyming words.
  • What does it mean to be patient?
  • Why did Llama Llama’s mom say to be patient? Does that remind you of anything?


The Monster at the End of this Book by: Jon Stone

There is a monster at the end of this book! Grover does not want you to turn any pages. Your child will get a kick out of this one!

  • Why didn’t Grover want you to turn the page?
  • What did Grover do to try to keep you from turning the page?
  • What happened at the end of the story?
  • What did you think of this book?


Are You My Mother?   by: P.D. Eastman

One of my absolute favorite books. It’s about a mother bird who left her nest and the baby bird hatched. The baby bird goes searching for his mother but can’t seem to find her anywhere.

  • Talk about the events in this story. What happened first, next, last?
  • What was the problem?
  • What things/animals did the baby bird think was his mother?
  • What happened at the end of the story?
  • Does this story remind you of anything?


Orange Pear Apple Bear  by: Emily Gravett

A short book with only 5 words in it. But the 5 words repeat over and over in meaningful ways.

  • Looking at the illustrations, did it help us with the order of these words? How so?
  • What happened at the end of the story? What was left?
  • Did you like this story? Why or why not?


Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes  by Eric Litwin

This has always been a favorite book of mine. My kindergarten students absolutely loved Pete the Cat, even at the end of the school year it was still their favorite. My two year old son loves it as well and requests this story quite often.

  • What happened to Pete’s shoes?
  • What colors did they turn?
  • What did Pete say each time he stepped in something?
  • What is the moral of Pete’s story? What do you think it means?
  • Did you like this story? Why or why not?
  • It’s fun to read this together. Let’s read it together next time!


My Friend Rabbit  by: Eric Rohmann

This is a cute story about two friends, Mouse and Rabbit. Rabbit means well as he tries to help Mouse.

  • Talk about the events in this story.
  • What was the problem?
  • How did Rabbit try to solve it?
  • What happened when he tried to solve it?
  • Why were the animals not happy?
  • Does this story remind you of anything?


Rattletrap Car  by: Phyllis Root

This is a fun rhyming book about a family trying to get to the lake in their rattletrap car.

  • What do you think is a rattletrap car?
  • What kept happening in the story?
  • What did they do to try to solve the problem?
  • What was your favorite part of this story?


You are (Not) Small  by: Anna Kang

A book about two creatures who can’t decide who is small and who is big until two guests show up.

  • What was the problem in the story?
  • What was the solution?
  • Why couldn’t they agree who was small and who was big?
  • How did they solve it?
  • Look back at the last page, what do you think may happen next?
  • Why do you think the author wrote this story?


The Tub People  by: Pam Conrad

This story is a tad longer than the other books. It’s about tub people who always sit on the side of the bathtub until one of them goes missing.

  • What happened in this story? What was the problem?
  • Who were the main characters in this story?
  • Where did the boy go?
  • How did they get him back?
  • What changed at the end of the story? Why do you think it changed?


Up and Down by: Oliver Jeffers

A sweet book about a penguin who really wants to fly and will try everything to be able to do it.

  • What happened in this story?
  • What things did penguin try?
  • How did his friend help him?
  • How did they get separated?
  • Did this story remind you of anything?
  • Why did penguin decide penguins really don’t want to fly?


The Very Busy Spider  by: Eric Carle

An Eric Carle classic story about a very busy spider who was too busy to play with the animals. Read with your little one to see what the spider was doing.

  • Retell this story. What happened first, next, last?
  • Why didn’t the spider answer?
  • Which animals asked her to do things?
  • What sounds did these animals make?
  • Why was she spinning her web? What did she catch?
  • Why was it a very busy day for her?


When the Elephant Walks  by: Keiko Kasza

When the Elephant Walks is about animals scaring each other. It definitely has a cute ending.

  • What happened in this story?
  • Why were they getting scared?
  • Is this a fiction or non-fiction story? (discuss with your child the difference)
  • How can you tell?
  • Why were the animals scared of the mouse?


The Crayon Box that Talked  by: Shane Derolf

A great book about crayons in a crayon box who don’t get along until they go home with a little girl and they begin to work together.

  • Talk about what happened in this story.
  • Why didn’t the crayons get along?
  • What happened when the little girl brought them home? What did she do?
  • What did they begin to think?
  • Why did they change their minds?


Yo! Yes?  by: Chris Raschka

This cute book is about two strangers meeting and talking to each other.

  • What happened in this story?
  • What was different about this story?
  • What was the problem?
  • What was the solution?
  • Does this story remind you of anything?

Dear Zoo  by: Rod Campbell

This book is about a child writing to the zoo and asking for a pet. See what the zoo ends up sending him.

  • What animals did the zoo send the child?
  • What were the reasons the child sent them back?
  • Would you want a zoo animal as a pet? Why or why not?
  • What happened at the end? Why do you think they sent him that animal?

Happy reading! Let me know how your little one is enjoying these books!



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