Don’t miss these book activities for preschoolers. Printables, crafts, and more based on the most popular preschool books on the market.
I love to read with little ones. Books open up a whole new world for preschoolers. When you pair your child’s favorite story with some preschool book activities, you can bring the stories to life.
Are you looking for a craft to go with your favorite picture book? Or maybe you need some free preschool printables to extend the learning? Maybe, you’re looking for some fun hands-on activities. No matter what you’re looking for, this list is a great place to start.
As I create more book-based activities, I’ll add them to this page. So, be sure to bookmark it or pin it for future reference.
Book Activities for Preschoolers
There is no way to have a comprehensive list of activities for EVERY book on the market. But, I’ve tried to include many popular picture books.
And, I’ve got many more posts in the works. If you are looking for a specific activity or an activity to go with a specific book, please leave me a comment and let me know. I’ll add it to my list!
My book list is in alphabetical order. So, scroll down to find what you’re looking for.
Bear’s Loose Tooth
Prepare your preschoolers for their first loose tooth with some quick, fun activities to go along with Bear’s Loose Tooth by Karma Wilson.
Bear Snores On
Bear Snores On is a great book to read with kids in the winter when discussing bears or animals that hibernate. It’s also perfect for early spring if you’re discussing animals coming out of hibernation or everything coming back to life after a long cold winter.
These Bear Snores On sequencing cards are perfect for storytelling and sequencing practice. These are great skills for little ones to learn as they begin to read.
Cat in the Hat
No child’s home library is complete without a copy of Cat in the Hat! It’s a favorite for preschoolers, preschool mommas, and preschool teachers alike. Kids love the cat and all his antics. Moms love the rhythm and rhyme. Teachers love all the fun activities they can use to bring the story to life!
There are fifteen fun Cat in the Hat crafts in this post. The list includes snacks, sensory activities, and more!
Dr. Seuss (general book activities)
The posts below include a variety of Dr Seuss books. Check them out to see if your favorite is included.
From crafts and printables to hands-on activities and more, discover more than twenty Dr Seuss activities for preschoolers.
Little ones will love sitting down to learn with this Dr Seuss printable! This free preschool printable includes 17 pages of Dr. Seuss-themed learning fun!
Growing Vegetable Soup
Growing Vegetable Soup is a great book to have on hand in the spring and summer. Together, a father and child share the joys of planting, watering, and watching seeds grow. Add this book to your lessons about seeds and plants or about healthy eating.
Discuss seeds, plants, and gardening as well as sequencing with these Growing Vegetable Soup story sequence cards.
How to Catch an Elf
Add these How to Catch an Elf book activities to your preschool reading and literacy centers this holiday season! Kids will love them!
Humpty Dumpty preschool science activities are the perfect addition to your nursery rhyme lesson plans. Explore eggs with these experiments!
These Humpty Dumpty literacy activities are a great way to add rhymes, syllables, and CVC words to your nursery rhyme unit.
Hunting the Daddysaurus
If you haven’t read Hunting the Daddyosaurus yet, you’ve missed a treat. Two dinosaur siblings search the house hunting for their daddyosaurus. The rhyme and rhythm draw you in and keep you hooked until the last stanza.
If You Give a Cat a Cupcake
Laura Numeroff’s circular stories are some of my very favorite preschool picture books. Kids love watching the main character cycle through the day only to end up right back where they started.
In this story, cat wants a cupcake which ultimately takes him to the beach, the park, karate class, and more!
If You Give a Cat a Cupcake story sequencing cards are a great way to help students retell their favorite story! Four card styles allow for differentiation.
If You Give a Mouse a Brownie
Mouse wants a brownie, and then goes on an adventure which includes a concert, a trip to the grocery, sailing in a boat, and more.
These If You Give a Mouse a Brownie printables will help kids dive deeper into the story with early math and literacy activities.
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
This is the book that started it all. Mouse wants a cookie, and continues on to paint pictures, trim his whiskers, and more!
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie sequencing printables will help your students retell and sequence their favorite story!
If You Give a Pig a Party
If you give a pig a party, she’s going to ask for some balloons. When you give her the balloons, she’ll want to decorate the house. When she’s finished, she’ll put on her favorite dress.
Whether you’re studying Laura Numeroff or preparing for a birthday party, your preschoolers will love each of these If You Give a Pig a Party activities!
Jack Be Nimble
This pack of Jack Be Nimble activities is perfect for kids ages 3-7. This unit includes a variety of math and literacy activities preschoolers will love.
Little Red Hen
The little red hen finds come grain and wonders which of her friends will help her plant it, tend it, grind it into flour, and ultimately turn it into a lovely loaf of bread.
I’ve shared three ways you can use these free printable Little Red Hen sequencing cards with your preschoolers.
I love all of Dr. Seuss’s books, and The Lorax is no exception. This book teaches kids about taking care of the environment in a non-confrontational way.
Add these Lorax inspired crafts to your Dr Seuss activities! Your preschoolers are sure to love each one. They’ll be begging to do just one more!
I have yet to read a Jan Brett book that I didn’t love. The Mitten begins with a pair of snow white mittens and ends with a large group of animals trying to squeeze inside to stay warm. Kids will love the story and the illustrations!
Preschool and kindergarten kiddos will practice ordering events with this set of The Mitten story sequence activities. Set includes sequencing discs, mat, and character cards.
This winter, be sure to read Jan Brett’s The Mitten with your kids. Then, choose one or more of these The Mitten printable activities to extend the learning.
Mouse Paint is a great book to use when you’re teaching color mixing to your preschoolers. They’ll follow a group of white mice as they encounter some jars of paint and begin exploring all the different colors they can make.
These Mouse Paint activities for kids are a great way to bring Ellen Stoll Walsh’s book to life for your little ones. Crafts, printables, and more!
Your preschoolers will love this Itsy Bitsy Spider sequencing activity! It’s so colorful, and it’s the perfect sequencing activity for your spider theme!
One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish
Beginning with just five fish and continuing into flights of fancy, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish celebrates how much fun imagination can be.
Discover fifteen hands-on One Fish Two Fish printables and activities to use alongside the Dr. Seuss book. Your preschoolers will love them!
Dr. Seuss Day is the perfect day to try one or more of these One Fish Two Fish activities and snacks! They’re perfect for homeschools and classrooms.
Put Me in the Zoo
Spot believes he deserves to be in the zoo with the other amazing animals. Spot shows two young friends all the exciting things he can do with his spots. From changing their color and juggling them to moving them onto everything around him, you won’t believe what Spot can do.
Your preschoolers will be so excited to get in the kitchen to help you mix up a batch of these yummy Put Me in the Zoo inspired sugar cookies.
And, if you need more activities to bring the story to life, check out these Put Me in the Zoo activities which include more recipes, crafts, and printables.
This pack of Rainbow Fish book printables will help you extend the learning after reading Marcus Pfister’s classic story of sharing and friendship.
Snowmen at Night
If your kids have ever wondered why their snowman looks a little different the day after he was built, they’ll love Snowmen at Night. It opens the door for some very creative discussions about what snowmen do when everyone else is asleep.
Young readers will have a blast with this Snowmen at Night sequencing activity. With four versions of the sequencing cards, it’s easy to differentiate for all learning levels.
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Turkey
Focus on early math and literacy skills when you add these There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Turkey activities to your holiday preschool lessons.
The Three Little Pigs Activities
Your kids will love diving deep into the story with these hands-on Three Little Pigs preschool activities! Worksheets, STEM challenges, and crafts galore!
Miscellaneous Book Activities
Check out these Nursery Rhyme costumes! They’re perfect for Halloween and Nursery Rhymes Day. But, they’re great for dress up any day!
Be sure to check back regularly as this post will be updated often to reflect my latest book-based activities for preschoolers!
Remember, if you are looking for a specific activity or an activity to go with a specific book, please leave me a comment and let me know.