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Picture books are generally for children in preschool through 3rd grade, but they are entertaining for all ages. The pictures in these books help tell the story, unlike illustrated books where pictures are just decoration for the text. Picture books can be full of words or wordless, colorful or black and white, and include a variety of themes so there is something for every child. Picture books can help children develop early literacy skills as outlined by Every Child Ready to Read @ Your Library.

  • Phonological Awareness – The ability to hear and use the smaller sounds in words (Phonics)
  • Vocabulary – Knowing the names of things
  • Print Awareness – Knowing how to handle a book, follow text on page and notice the words all around them.
  • Narrative Skills- The ability to tell their own stories.
  • Letter Knowledge – Knowing the difference between the letters by their shape, name and sound.


Miss Nelson is Missing
Harry Allard & James Marshall

The kids in Room 207 were misbehaving again. Spitballs stuck to the ceiling. Paper planes whizzing through the air. They were the worst-behaved class in the whole school. So begins this quirky classic, first published in 1977 and still relevant today as a lighthearted reminder to show our appreciation to those we value. The students don't proffer a shred of respect for their good-natured teacher Miss Nelson, but when the witchy substitute Miss Viola Swamp appears on the scene, they start to regret their own wicked ways.

Over the River: A Turkey’s Tale
Derek Anderson

Over the river Mama, Papa, and Baby Turkey embark for their vegetarian Thanksgiving Feast. But when a hungry boy and his dog start sniffing around, the turkeys have got to think fast before they become the main course!Acclaimed artist Derek Anderson's glorious autumn artwork adds heaps of holiday humor to Lydia Maria Child's classic Thanksgiving song. And readers of all ages will be wondering who gobbles up whom until the dessert finale.

I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More!
Karen Beaumont

A dab of blue here, a splash of red there, a goopy smear of green . . . everywhere. To the tune of "It Ain't Gonna Rain No More," one creative kid floods his world with color, painting first the walls, then the ceiling, then HIMSELF! Before this feisty artist is through, he'll have painted his head, back, hands, legs, feet, and . . . Oh no--here comes Mama! Karen Beaumont's zippy text and David Catrow's zany illustrations turn an infamous childhood activity into raucous storytime fun, giving a silly twist to the fine art of self-expression.

Walk the Dog
Bob Barner

Meet a parade of sniffing, barking, scratching dogs in this tail-wagging picturebook. From airedales to zorros, twenty-six different breeds gather to form one big, boisterous barking pack. Children will love to imitate the different actions on eac page, and an informative, illustrated list of breeds is featured at the back of the book. With Bob Barner's colorful collage illustrations, this book is a playful introduction to the boundless energy of man's (and kid's) best friend.

Shark vs. Train
Chris Barton

If you think Superman vs. Batman would be an exciting matchup, wait until you see Shark vs. Train. In this hilarious and wacky picture book, Shark and Train egg each other on for one competition after another, including burping, bowling, Ping Pong, piano playing, pie eating, and many more! Who do YOU think will win, Shark or Train?

There’s a Cow in the Cabbage Patch
Clare Beaton

All the animals in this mixed-up farmyard are out of place, but when dinnertime comes around, suddenly they are all back where they belong. Simple, repetitive rhyming text that introduces young readers to different kinds of vocabulary, including nouns and adjectives, and encourages early reading.

The Firefighters' Thanksgiving
Maribeth Boelts

Station 1 is always a busy place. When there aren't fires to put out there are plenty of chores to do. And on Thanksgiving Day there's a big feast to prepare. Lou is in charge of dinner this year, but just as they finish shopping, a call comes in. They drop everything to get to the fire. Other calls interrupt Lou's cooking throughout the day, and it looks like there may not be a Thanksgiving dinner for these firefighters.Luckily, the grateful families in their neighborhood show their thanks in a thoughtful, perfect way.This heart-warming story about dedicated firefighters and their appreciative community is illustrated with stunning, dramatic paintings.

Victoria Kann

Pink, pink, pink. More than anything, Pinkalicious loves pink, especially pink cupcakes. Her parents warn her not to eat too many of them, but when Pinkalicious does . . . she turns pink! What to do? This sparkling picture book, filled with such favorites as pink bubble gum, pink peonies, pink cotton candy, and pink fairy princess dresses, celebrates all things pink while showing that being yourself is best of all.

Hurry! Hurry!
Eve Bunting

Rooster is spreading the word: Hurry! Hurry! All the animals rush to the barn--and arrive just in time to greet the tiniest member of the farm family, hatching out of his egg. Eve Bunting's simple energetic text and Jeff Mack's colorful art come together in a joyful book that's perfect for preschoolers.

Dirtball Pete
Eileen Brennan

It's a fact. Dirtball Pete stinks to high heaven. His sister, Amanda, says so, and her friend Janine totally agrees. Even with a good scrubbing from his mom, Dirtball Pete usually manages to revert to his dirtball self in no time. But today is no ordinary day--it's THE FIFTY STATES AND WHY THEY'RE GREAT! day at school, and Dirtball Pete has a speech to recite in the school play. Will he remember his lines? Will he manage to avoid his dog's muddy paws? Will the stink of his pet ferret, Eggroll, cling to his Pennsylvania costume? And can Dirtball Pete make his mom proud even if he is a dirtball? Eileen Brennan's funny picture book has a refreshingly original voice and style and a lovable new character in Dirtball Pete, who, with his unassuming, carefree ways, will charm kids and adults alike.

A Girl and Her Gator
Sean Bryan

Claire, the sister of the boy who one day woke up with a bunny on his head, discovers that she too has a strange new condition: When she looks in the mirror, there is a gator in her hair! What is she to do? Panic? Run to Mother? Or, like her brother, learn to enjoy her new friend? With A GIRL AND HER GATOR Sean Bryan and Tom Murphy, the author and illustrator of A Boy and His Bunny, have once again worked their magic. In Claire, they have created an equally spunky and lovable character bound to delight and entertain young children and their parents.

The Cow that Laid an Egg
Andy Cutbill

Marjorie is an insecure cow who wishes she had some special talent. She can't ride a bicycle or do handstands like the other cows. Then one morning (thanks to a bunch of scheming chickens and a paintbrush), Marjorie is astonished to discover something extraordinary: shes laid an egg!

Tyson the Terrible
Diane and Christyan Fox

Stegg, Serra, and Plod are playing soccer when they suddenly hear BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!in the distance. This can only mean one thing, of course: Tyson the Terrible is coming! With his scaly skin, horrible horns, and gigantic jaws, he's the biggest, meanest, scariest dinosaur around! These dinosaurs better run for cover before Tyson gets there . . . shouldn't they? With bold illustrations that saturate every page and a surprising pop-up ending, this is a story that begs to be read aloud.

Dear Zoo
Rod Campbell

Each animal arriving from the zoo as a possible pet fails to suit its prospective owner, until just the right one is found. Movable flaps reveal the contents of each package. This delightful pop-up edition of the classic storybook about a youngster loooking for a perfect pet is available for the first time. Lift the flaps and see each three-dimensional animal the ZOO has sent -- and the special touch-and-feel surprise at the end.

Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type
Doreen Cronin

Farmer Brown has a problem. His cows like to type. All day long he hears Click, clack, MOO. Click, clack, MOO. Clickety, clack, MOO. But Farmer Brown's problems REALLY begin when his cows start leaving him notes.... Doreen Cronin's understated text and Betsy Lewin's expressive illustrations make the most of this hilarious situation. Come join the fun as a bunch of literate cows turn Farmer Brown's farm upside down.

I’d Really Like to Eat a Child
Sylviane Donnio

A scrawny little crocodile wants the opportunity to bite off more than he can chew. He's tired of bananas; today he'd like to eat a child. But he's smaller than he thinks, and the little girl he chooses for his first meal puts him in his place&--she picks him up and tickles his tummy! The little crocodile is going to have to eat a lot of bananas and grow a lot bigger before he can add children to his menu! Simple yet hilarious artwork brings this droll story to life.

Dog’s Colorful Day

Emma Dodd

Dog always seems to be underfoot when something messy (and colorful) is spilt, giving readers ten different spots on his white coat to count before book's end and Dog's bath. In this colorful story of a sloppy dog, you can count on a happy ending.

David Goes to School

David Shannon

As David zips through his school, he discovers that his least-favorite word, "no", is often spoken here: "NO, DAVID!" "No Yelling!" No pushing!" "No running in the halls!" This lighthearted companion to the Caldecott Honor book, No, David! Is an entertaining, laugh-out-loud romp from the beginning of class to the end of the day.


Ann Jonas

A little girl's turtle, fish, frogs, dog, and cat jump in and out of a backyard pond, constantly changing the answer to the question "How many are in my pond?"

He Came With the Couch

David Slonim

Sophie's family has found the perfect couch, but it comes with something extra, and getting rid of that extra something is impossible. In the end, though, who would want to?This zany tale of upholsterosis (a chronic state of couch-potato-ness) is sure to tickle the funny bones of young readers and not-so-young-readers too!


Ed Vere

Two monkeys. One banana. What's to be done?   Ed Vere's hilariously eye-popping art tells the story of two monkeys learning to share in this stunning, nearly-wordless picture book.

The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog!

Mo Willems

Pigeon learns about sharing when a curious duckling keeps asking questions about the hot dog Pigeon has found.

Knuffle Bunny
Mo Willems

Trixie, Daddy, and Knuffle Bunny take a trip to the neighborhood Laundromat. But the exciting adventure takes a dramatic turn when Trixie realizes somebunny was left behind . . . Using a combination of muted black-and-white photographs and expressive illustrations, this stunning book tells a brilliantly true-to-life tale about what happens when Daddys in charge and things go terribly, hilariously wrong.

Scaredy Squirrel
Melanie Watt

Scaredy Squirrel never leaves his nut tree. It's way too dangerous out there. He could encounter tarantulas, green Martians or killer bees. But in his tree, every day is the same and if danger comes along, he's well-prepared. Scaredy Squirrel's emergency kit includes antibacterial soap, Band-Aids and a parachute. Day after day he watches and waits, and waits and watches, until one day & his worst nightmare comes true! Scaredy suddenly finds himself out of his tree, where germs, poison ivy and sharks lurk. But as Scaredy Squirrel leaps into the unknown, he discovers something really uplifting

Do Lions Live on Lily Pads?
Melanie Walsh

Do lions live on lily pads? No, but frogs do! Do guinea pigs live in webs? No, but spiders do! Do crocodiles live in shells? No, but . . . Toddlers learn all about where animals live-and where they don't-in this latest book from Melanie Walsh. Adorable illustrations and engaging text keep children guessing what comes next. A silly book for silly readers.

Do Monkeys Tweet?
Melanie Walsh

Monkeys never tweet; birds do! But . . . have you ever heard a horse bark? Or a butterfly growl? Or even a rabbit go oink? Find out for sure in this delightful book to read aloud, in which a series of questions with bright bold illustrations prompt readers and listeners to guess the answers. Preschoolers will clamor to participate and to show off their newly acquired knowledge of animal sounds.


These additional featured items are great for older readers or to read together as a family!
The best part is that some of these selections are part of a continuing series which means you can look forward to a bunch of fun nights snuggled up with a family friendly, super-entertaining read!

39 Clues
Various Authors

Al Capone Does My shirts
Gennifer Choldenko

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda
Tom Angleberger

Turtle in Paradise
Jennifer L. Holm

The Tail of Emily Windsnap
Liz Kessler

My Weird School - My Weird School Daze
Dan Gutman

The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series
Maryrose Wood

The City of Ember
Jeanne DuPrau

Anne of Green Gables
L.M. Montgomery

Tuesdays at the Castle
Jessica Day George

Percy Jackson & the Olympians - Heroes of Olympus series
Rick Riordan

Harry Potter series
J.K. Rowling

Ivy and Bean series
Annie Barrows