Below is a reading list by The Chattanooga Public Library for your child! Each book falls under one of The Basics and is available for checkout at The Chattanooga Public Library.


Maximize Love, Manage Stress

  • Always by Emma Dodd
  • I Love You Like a Pig by Mac Barnett
  • I Just Want to Say Good Night  by Rachel Isadora
  • Where's Bunny by Theo Heras
  • This Story Is for You by Greg Pizzoli
  • I Really Want to See You Grandma by Taro Gomi
  • If My Love Were a Fire Truck: A Daddy's Love Song by Luke Reynolds
  • You Hold Me Up by Monique Gray Smith
  • Blanket of Love by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
  • All of Baby, Nose to Toes by Victoria Adler

Talk, Sing, and Point


  • Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle
  • The Library Book by Tom Chapin & Michael Mark
  • Mama, Look! by Patricia Murphy
  • Little Chickies = Los Pollitos by Susie Jaramillo (boardbook)
  • Every Little Thing by Cedella Marley
  • I Spy with My Little Eye by Edward Gibbs
  • Pete the Cat: The Wheels on the Bus by James Dean
  • Goodnight Everyone by Chris Haughton
  • Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Car by Kate Dopirak
  • Hello Hello by Brendan Wenzel

Count, Group, and Compare

  • Why Am I Me? By Paige Britt
  • Weather Girls by Aki
  • Grandma’s Tiny House by JaNay Brown-Wood
  • Goodnight Numbers by Danica McKellar
  • Ducks Away by Mem Fox
  • Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: A Muslim Book of Colors by Hena Khan
  • Big Bear, Small Mouse by Karma Wilson
  • R is for Rocket: An ABC Book by Tad Hills
  • Festival of Colors by Kabir Sehgal
  • You Are (Not) Small by Kang, Anna

Explore Through Movement and Play


  • Leo Loves Baby Time by Anna McQuinn
  • Dig In! by Andy Jenson-Elliott
  • Beautiful by Stacy McAnulty
  • Tap to Play by Salina Yoon
  • I Got the Rhythm by Connie Schofield-Morrison
  • Can You Make a Scary Face by Jan Thomas
  • Hooray For Birds! By Lucy Cousins
  • Pete the Cat and the Cool Cat Boogie by Kim Dean
  • Steppin’ Out: Jaunty Rhymes for Playful Times by Lin Oliver and Tomie dePaola
  • Old MacDonald Had a Boat by Steve Goetz

Read and Discuss Stories

  • Another Way to Climb a Tree by Liz Garton Scanlon
  • How to Find an Elephant by Kate Banks
  • Llama Llama Loves to Read by Anna Dewdney
  • Brave by Stacy McAnulty
  • We’re All Wonders by R. J. Palacio
  • If You Give a Mouse a Brownie by Laura Numeroff
  • Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall
  • Lucia the Luchadora by Cynthia Garza
  • Snappsy the Alligator Did Not Ask to Be in This Book by Julie Falatko
  • We Are Family by Patricia Hegarty