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Suggested Realistic Fiction for Kindergarten

Sometimes we just want to read about what's familiar or what's possible. Here are some suggestions for books that feature a high level of realism. You won't find many dragons or wizards or outer space adventures here, but you will find stories about things that really could happen. Books are suggested for Kindergarten, but remember that each Reader is different, and might find something interesting at another level.

Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman
Also available in: audiobook

Although a classmate says that she cannot play Peter Pan in the school play because she is black, Grace discovers that she can do anything she sets her mind to do.

And then it's spring by Julie Fogliano
Also available in: e-video

A young boy and his dog decide they have had enough of winter, so they resolve to plant a garden. Join them as they savor the anticipation of new growth. 

Bad bye, good bye by Deborah Underwood

Illustrations and simple, rhyming text follow a family as they move to a new town.

Last stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña
Also available in: e-book | video | e-video

A young boy rides the bus across town with his grandmother and learns to appreciate the beauty in everyday things.

This book is also available in Chinese.

Maple & Willow apart by illustrator Lori Nichols

Sisters Maple and Willow miss each other when Maple starts school, leaving Willow behind at home. This is the final installment, following Maple, and Maple and Willow Together.

Let's go fishing! by Erica Silverman

Unable to interest her parents, her brothers, or even her dog in going fishing with her, Lana creates her own boat and lake in her bedroom and soon has all the company a girl could want. Find other Lana's World titles in J READER SIL.

While Nell and her dog, Rusty, dig in their yard, Norman, the boy next door who hates getting dirty, looks on until he finally decides to join in the fun.

Lucía the luchadora by Cynthia Leonor Garza

When the boys on the playground tell her that girls can't be superheroes, Lucía is discouraged until her abuela reveals to her the power of the luchadoras. Follow Lucía's adventures in Lucía the Luchadora and the Million Masks

Tulip loves Rex by Alyssa Satin Capucilli

Loving to dance all of her life, a little girl wishes for a special friend and meets a dance-loving dog in the park who wears a sign around his neck revealing that he is unlike other dogs and needs a home.

One word from Sophia by Jim Averbeck

All Sophie wants for her birthday is a pet giraffe, but as she tries to convince different members of her family to support her cause, each tells her she is using too many words until she finally hits on the perfect one. Sophia's story continues in Two Problems for Sophia.