Building Your Classroom Bookshelf

Browse books you can use to support children’s Core Skills

Books We Recommend

This library shares children’s books that can be read to foster each Core Skill. Our book recommendations feature diverse authors, illustrators, and characters. Each book is accompanied by a reading guide, which highlights ways you can engage children while also supporting a specific skill.


Books that focus on building relationships, supporting self-confidence, and fostering empathy and sense of self
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Building Relationships Through Books

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Fostering Empathy and Sense of Self

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Boy Happy with Hands in Air

Developing Self-Confidence

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Books that support young children's growing understanding of emotions and help build their executive function skills
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children listening to a story. Teacher reading story to group.

Supporting Emotions and Behaviors

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Teacher points to animal in book as baby looks on

Fostering Executive Function

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Books that focus on supporting children's motor skills, self-care, and healthy eating habits
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Supporting Motor Skills Through Books

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Supporting Self-Care and Healthy Habits Through Books

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Books that support young children's thinking skills, including imitation, exploration, inquiry, reasoning, and problem-solving
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Young boy and teacher pretending to use fake binoculars

Supporting Imitation and Exploration

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A teacher explaining her thoughts about an instrument to a toddler

Supporting Inquiry, Reasoning, and Problem-Solving

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Books that introduce mathematical concepts in meaningful and engaging ways
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An infant sits on the floor with an educator, and their mouth is open

Exploring Early Math with Infants Through Books

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Child counting quantity of apples

Supporting Numeracy, Operations, and Measurement

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Teacher points at book while sitting on floor with two toddlers

Supporting Geometry, Spatial Sense, and Patterning

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Books that support young children's communication skills, including language and literacy
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Supporting Early Language Development

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Children on floor listening as teacher holds a book

Building Literacy Skills

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