Entering Kinder Students 2022-23

Welcome to the Oswalt Kindergarten page for incoming kindergarten students for the 2022-2023 school year.
Please complete the Back to School Questionnaire electronically via this link. You will also be emailed the link in your welcome email from Oswalt. If you are unable to complete it digitally, you can download a copy below, print, complete, and return to your child's teacher.
Here are links to the Kindergarten supply list.
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All kindergarten children are expected to come into school showing mastery of academic and social skills. 

We have provided two lists, one of academic and one of social skills we would expect your child to display on the first day of school.
We have also attached a recommended school supply list to help your child prepare for school. Please note that this list is recommended and all donations are greatly appreciated.

You will find practice pages to help your child master academic skills and other suggestions for social skill mastery, so that he/she has a successful kindergarten year.
Here is another link that has a list of "71 Things Your Child Needs to Know Before Kindergarten" http://www.icanteachmychild.com/2012/03/71-things-your-child-needs-to-know-before-kindergarten
This is an online assessment to help you determine if your child is ready to begin Kindergarten or which skills he or she needs to practice before school begins.
This one is the shortest (only 5 steps) and gives you tips if your child is on target, shows mastery, or has a red flag.

We have attached a booklet for you and your child to work through as you prepare for kindergarten. You can find it below entitled "Bridge to Kindergarten Excellent Summer Practice".

A child snuggled on your lap listening to the rise and fall of your voice as you read We’re Going On a Bear Hunt or The Very Hungry Caterpillar evoke the most precious memories you have about your little ones.  There are so many wonderful books for kids to share with kids. In fact, there are some books that I think no child should miss hearing during those beginning years.  So, I’ve compiled a list of 101 books to read to kids before kindergarten.

I know that your child will have life-long memories of being read to by a loved one and chances are one of these books will trigger that memory when he or she is older.

The list is a mix of classics and newer books that will someday be classics.  Normally, on Growing Book by Book I share a little about each book.  Since this list is so long, I’m going to just list the books this time.

The purpose of this list is to get little ones “hooked” on books!

101 Books to Read to Kids Before Kindergarten

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Not to Be Missed Books for Babies  

One of the main goals of reading with babies is so that they can soak up our voices and listen to our language.  Another big reason to read to babies is that it is a wonderful and nurturing bonding experience between reader and baby.

All the books in this section are board books which means that they have heavy pages that babies will have a hard time tearing.

Books that Require Us to Sing and Chant

Snuggle Puppy by Sandra Boynton- You’ll see some more Boynton books on this list too!

Old MacDonald Had a Farm and Other Favorite Children’s Songs by Tiger Tails- We read this so many times the cover fell off

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow

4  Hickory Dickory Dock by Tiger Tails- a nice collection of beginning nursery rhymes

More Favorites

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

That’s Not My Panda by Fiona Watt or any other of the many That’s Not My… books published by Usborne- a great touch-and-feel series

Peek-a-Who? by Nina Laden

Tickle, Tickle by Helen Oxenbury

9  My Truck is Stuck by Kevin Lewis and Daniel Kirk

10 Global Babies– little ones love the photographs

11 Toes, Ears, & Nose by Marion Dane Bauer and illustrated by Karen Katz- Once your little one starts to grab the flaps, you will want to put it away for a bit.  Our copy ended up with no flaps.

12 Where is Baby’s Belly Button by Karen Katz- see note above

13 Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox

14 Where’s Spot? by Eric Hill

15 The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper

16  Dr. Seuss’s ABC An Amazing Alphabet Book! by Dr. Seuss


17 Open the Barn Door by Christopher Santoro

18 Time for Bed by Mem Fox

19 Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell

20 Black & White by Tana Hoban

*For tips on reading with baby, check out this post.—>Reading With Baby

Don’t Miss Books for Toddlers  

Here you will find a mixture of board books and hardcover/paperback books.  These books are highly engaging with is important for little ones on the move.

21 Blue Hat, Green Hat by Sandra Boynton

22 The Going To Bed Book by Sandra Boynton

23 Cars Go by Steve Light

24 Duck and Goose Find a Pumpkin by Tad Hills

25 Little Blue Truck

26 Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Ratham

27 Jamberry by Bruce Degen

28 Bee Bim Bop by Linda Sue Park

29 Lola at the Library by Anna McQuinn

30 Otis by Loren Long

31 The Little Dump Truck by Margery Cuyler

32 Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr.

33 Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr.

34 The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

35 The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle

36 Rosie’s Walk by Pat Hutchins

37 Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

38 Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh

39 Mr. Cookie Baker by Monica Wellington

40 The Three Bears by Byron Barton

41 The Three Little Pigsby Patricia Siebert


42 The Gingerbread Man by Karen Schmidt

43 Clifford by Norman Birdwell

44 If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff

45 The Busy Little Squirrel by Nancy Tafuri

46 We’re Going on a Bear Huntby Helen Oxenbury

47 Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy Shaw

48 Each Peach Pear Plumby Allan Ahlberg

49 Is Your Mama a Llama? by Deborah Guarino

50 Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae

51 The Napping House by Audrey Wood

52 Even Firefighters Go to the Potty by Wendy Wax

53 Yummy, Yucky by Leslie Patricelli

54 Go, Dog, Go! by P.D. Eastman

55 Click, Clack, Surprise! by Doreen Cronin

56 Peck, Peck, Peck by Lucy Cousins

57 Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson

58 Good Night, Construction Site by Tom Lichtenheld

59 Cars, Trucks, and Things that Go by Richard Scarry- for older toddlers and easily bridges to the preschool crowd and beyond

*For more books that toddlers will love, check out this post.—>New Board Books for Toddlers

Not to Be Missed Books for Preschoolers 

This list includes books that will have preschoolers begging to be read over and over.  There are also books that deal with new situations that preschoolers face such as starting school.

60 Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas

61 Elephant & Piggie by Mo Willems

62 Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems

63 Mike Mulligan and the Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton

64 Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey

65 The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss


66The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson

67 Pancakes for Breakfast by Tomie DePaola

68 Stick Man by Julia Donaldson- it’s our favorite book by Donaldson

69 Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson

70 Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina

71 The Kissing Handby Audrey Penn

72 The Paperbag Princess by Robert Munsch

73 Fireman Small by Herbert Yee Wong

74 The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr

75 The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

76 Snowmen at Work by the Buehners

77 Curious George by H.A. Rey

78 Owen by Kevin Henkes

79Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson

80 Corduroy by Don Freeman

81 Pete the Cat I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin

82 Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin

83 Pinkalicious by Victoria Kann

84 Fancy Nancy by Jane O’Connor

85 The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak

86The Mittenby Jan Brett

87 Nuts to You! by Lois Ehlert

88 Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney

89Stone Soupby Marcia Brown

90 The Little Red Hen by Paul Galdone

91 The Three Billy Goats Gruff by Paul Galdone

92 One Day in the Eucalyptus Tree, Eucalyptus Tree by Daniel Bernstrom

93 They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel- a super clever book

94 Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans


95 The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf

96 The Thankful Book by Todd Parr

97 Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion

*For more preschool book recommendations, check out this list.—>The Ultimate List of Preschool Books

Don’t Miss First Chapter Read-Aloud Books 

Around age 4, kids are eager to listen to chapter books.  You have to find the right books though.  Here are a few to start with on this leg of the reading journey.

98 Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne

99 A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond

100 James Herriot’s Treasury for Children by James Herriot- not really a chapter book but rather of collection of stories

*For more books that make great first chapter book read-alouds, check out this list.—>First Chapter Book Read-Alouds


Number 101 is for you to fill in on the list.  It’s that one book when you close your eyes and think back to be snuggled up on someone’s lap, you vividly remember.  That book is a must read with your child.  What book is it?