Printable books can make such a difference in your preschool classroom. These free printable emergent readers are perfect for teaching young children early literacy skills.
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I love making books with kids, be they class books, emergent readers, or individual kid-directed books. There is just SO MUCH learning that can take place during this process.
Plus, it’s just plain fun. For the kids. And me. Because, let’s be honest, I have just as much fun making these books as the children do!
Free Printable Books for Preschoolers
Below you’ll find all of my free printable books, all of which I’ve used with my preschool and kindergarten students.
Of course, I have even more to share with you. So I’ll be adding to this post as I write about more!
Please note that these are both printable emergent readers, printable class books, and printable words that you can combine with kids’ art to make books.
Simple Butterfly Life Cycle Book
This is a simple, repetitive butterfly life cycle printable book. It’s perfect for extending a preschool butterfly theme, or as an activity after the kids have observed the butterfly life cycle in real life.
Add some basic items as illustrations, then let the kids read and reread their books.
Colorful Dinosaur Emergent Reader
This dinosaur emergent reader pairs well with a preschool dinosaur theme. Or maybe you just have a classroom of future paleontologists?!
Have the kids work on math and literacy concepts with this book about dinosaur colors.
Counting Flowers Easy Reader
I’m always amazed at how into books the kids get. Let me tell you, this printable book about counting flowers was a hit the instant I introduced it to the kids!
The children can count, identify numbers, and explore early reading skills all in one fun book.
Counting Apples Printable Book
Our free printable book about counting apples is great for a preschool apple theme or during a fruit and vegetable theme.
This children count and represent numbers 1 through 5 in this printable apple book.
“The Mitten” Emergent Reader
The Mitten printable book is a wonderful way to extend a Jan Brett author study. It helps the children explore the characters in a simple, repetitive way.
The children can retell the well-loved book by Jan Brett using this emergent reader.
“Look at the Turkey” Homemade Book
Grab this Thanksgiving printable easy reader when you’re talking about turkeys or Thanksgiving.
The kids explore color words and early reading skills in one activity.
“On the Farm” Book-Making
This farm book-making printable combines kids’ art with text to make a book all about farm animals.
Make these printable books during your next farm theme, or as a way to follow up a trip to a real-life farm.
Halloween Emergent Reader
Our printable Halloween emergent reader touches on different Halloween costumes kids might wear trick-or-treating.
Print out the color version to read with the children, or let them color/paint the black-and-white version themselves.
Spider Counting Book
The kids can explore Halloween math with a spider counting book. Perfect for kids who aren’t too found of spiders, too.
Use children’s fingerprints as part of the illustrations in this counting book.
Apple Emergent Reader
Extend a preschool apple theme with a printable apple emergent reader. It’s a very basic book, but the kids always seem to enjoy making it with me!
Kids can learn color words, and other sight words, with this easy reader.
For this Halloween bookmaking experience, the kids combine printable sentences with their own colorful artwork.
Great for a preschool Halloween theme, a monster theme, or just for fun!
“If I Were a Leprechaun” Book
Make a class book about where the kids would hide gold if they were leprechauns!
You can find this printable with my other St. Patrick’s Day activities for preschoolers.
Turkey Tracks Class Book
Make some fun process art with “turkey tracks”. Then turn that art into a class book about where the turkeys are hiding out.
Read more, and grab the printable, in my turkey tracks turkey art post.
Watermelon Counting Book
This watermelon printable book would be great during a summer camp, a watermelon theme, or a fruit theme.
Lots of early literacy skills, along with counting and one-to-one correspondence practice.
How Do Printable Books Help Preschoolers?
I mentioned earlier that children can learn A LOT with printable emergent readers or homemade books. In case you were wondering, I wasn’t exaggerating that at all!
In addition to the skills covered in the early readers (like counting, colors, etc.), children also touch on quite a few early literacy concepts. Here is a list of such concepts (and this list is by no means an exhaustive one):
- Basic book knowledge (front and back of the book)
- Directionality (we read left to right, top to bottom)
- Concept of a word
- Sight words
- Letter-sound correspondence
- Context cues
Related: Preschool Worksheets Vs. Printables
How to Fold Printable Books
I’m often asked how to fold many of the emergent readers I share. Here’s a quick video that shows how to fold many of my free printable books:
Of course, if you’d rather just cut the pages in half and then staple them you can!
More Printable Literacy Resources
If you’re looking to save some time planning for preschool, be sure to pop over to Preschool Teacher 101.
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