Other Nonfiction Books We Liked

Sharing is good karma:

The non-fiction section at the library contains so much that it is hard to choose something that would catch my kids’ interest. Researching the books online is helping us to bring home nonfiction books that my kids enjoy a lot. I will post them here as we read them.

You may have an older kid at home or perhaps we don’t read a certain type of nonfiction books your children like. Or maybe you would like to read the books before I post them here (I certainly have a list of books tha are worth checking out but we can only manage to read a few every week) If you’d like to find very good nonfiction books for all ages on your own, here are two blogs to help you.

Nonfiction Monday

Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesday


Creature Features: Twenty-Five Animals Explain Why They Look the Way They Do
creature features

Chickens Don’t Fly
chickens dont fly
Hippos Can’t Swim
hipposcant swim
What If You Had Animal Teeth
what if you had animal teeth

What If You Had Animal Hair
what if you had animal hair

Actual Size
Actual size

What Do You Do with a Tail Like This?
what do you do with a tail

Biggest, Strongest, Fastest
Biggest, strongest, fastest

 The Fly
the fly

The Worm (Disgusting Creatures)
the worm


Tuesday Tucks Me In: The Loyal Bond between a Soldier and His Service Dog
tuesday tucks me in

Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla We also watched the short video on ZooAtlanta.org (links provided at the end of the book). We will definitely read The One and Only Ivan but I will wait one more year because I think my son is too young for it.

Eye to Eye: How Animals See The World (very interesting but I would not recommend this book to kids younger than 1st grade)
eye to eye

Animal Teachers
animal teachers

Moses: The True Story of an Elephant Baby

Sniffer Dogs How Dogs (and Their Noses) Save the World
Recommended age is 10 and up and I would agree with that because the chapters were too long and too scientific for both my kids even though I did the reading. As soon as we started it was clear that even the vocabulary was too difficult for them. I think it is  great book but good for older kids for independent reading. I went page by page scanning the text and basically telling my kids the most important message of each chapter, showing them the pictures. So now they know what I even didn’t that there are dogs trained to save kids suffering from diabetes by warning them or their family members if their blood sugar level changes. You can find videos to this book here.
sniffer dogs

Pop!: The Invention of Bubble Gum

The following two books are actually regular picture books but they are true stories so I added them to this list too:

Blizzard (true story)

Librarian on the Roof! A True Story
librarian on the roof

Winnie: The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh

How Big Is It?
how big is it

I Am Jazz
I am jazz

You Are Stardust
you are stardust

What If You Had An Animal Nose?
What If You Had An Animal Nose

Who Would Win? Killer Whale vs. Great White Shark For a list of books in the Who would win series click here.
who would win





Sharing is good karma:

Books about Famous People

Sharing is good karma:

I will be adding books to the nonfiction section every time we read one we like because I don’t want to post here books we have not tried ourselves. Check back for any updates.

Some books about famous people are also about a certain period in history so check also the section Books About History.
The Man Who Walked Between the Towers
the man who walked between towersThen we watched a short part of the documentary about Philippe Petit on Netflix. My kids, especially my daughter are always curious about what everything we read about looks like in real. If your child is interested, you can watch a short video on Youtube.
Nelson Mandela
A beautiful book but not for a younger child than 6.
nelson mandela

A Splash of Red
splash of red

The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus
the right word

Malala’s Magic Pencil

Odd Boy Out: Young Albert Einstein
odd boy out

On a Beam of Light: A Story of Albert Einstein
on a beam of light

Snowflake Bentley
snowflake bentley

Me . . . Jane
me Jane

The Watcher: Jane Goodall’s Life with the Chimps We also watched a short video with Jane Goodall.
the watcher

Balloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade
baloons over Broadway

The Boy Who Loved Math: The Improbable Life of Paul Erdos
the boy who loved math

The Story of Ruby Bridges
the story of ruby bridges

The following two books about Helen Keller were both good. We had them home at the same time. We read just one and then scanned the other one and read just whatever piece of information was not in the first one. Then we watched the movie (the newer version) The Miracle Worker on Youtube. My son (6) thought the movie was okay and asked some questions. My daughter (8) was fascinated both by the books and the movie.

Helen’s Big World: The Life of Helen Keller
helens big world

Annie and Helen
annie and helen

Mr. Ferris and His Wheel
mr ferris

Gus & Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar
gus and me

Dear Malala, We Stand with You
dear malala we stand with you

Viva Frida
viva frida

Mary Walker Wears the Pants: The True Story of the Doctor, Reformer, and Civil War Hero
mary walker

The Man With the Violin
the man with the violin

The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky’s Abstract Art
the noisy paint box

Grandfather Gandhi
grandfather gandhi

Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker (a bit too long for our taste, boring for my son in 1st grade but an interesting story, suitable for grades 3 and up I think). We went on Youtube afterwards and watched a few of her dances.

The Day-Glo Brothers
the day glo brothers

Manfish: A Story of Jacques Cousteau

Now & Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin
now and ben

Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea: Marie Tharp Maps the Ocean Floor
Solving the puzzle under the sea

I am Abraham Lincoln (Ordinary People Change the World). Look for more books like this on Amazon under this title.
I am Abraham Lincoln


!! Not exactly picture books but I was afraid you could miss this series. They are about famous people so they kind f belong in this category anyway. My daughter (in 3rd grade) loves this series that we discovered this year. Jim Trelease suggests grades 2 – 5 as a read-aloud.
It is called Who Was … or Who Is …? For a complete list of books in this series click here.
who was 4 who was 3 who was 1 who is

The following books are not exactly picture books like the other ones; they are thin paperbacks for elementary school kids full of pictures though. To see more books and CDs about musicians visit my entry Music.
Vincent van Gogh
Vincent van GoghI think a child younger than my son would not enjoy this book, it is geared toward elementary school kids (6 and up). My kids, especially my 8-year-old liked it a lot because there were a lot of interesting facts in this book (but simply said).
Lives of the Musicians
lives of the musiciansWe read a chapter about Beethoven and learned interesting facts about him (very well written for kids).
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
wolfgang amadeus mozartI had not known about Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists series by Mike Venezia until I began looking for biographies for children. We really liked it because it is written in a simple language, very understandable and interesting. We appreciated the pictures, drawings that showed Mozart and his family, places Mozart visited. What we disliked a lot were the cartoons that were trying to make the book funny. My son (6) did not understand half of the jokes and they just didn’t feel right. I would still recommend this book–just ignore the cartoons.
Ludwig Van Beethoven
ludwig van beethoven
Sharing is good karma:

Books about History

Sharing is good karma:

I will be adding books to the nonfiction section every week or two as we read them because I don’t want to post here books we have not tried ourselves. Check back for any updates.

The Matchbox Diary
matchbox diary

Jemmy Button
Jemmy Button

The Bobbin Girl
We just read it with our six and eight-year old and I think a younger child would not enjoy this book.
bobbin girl

Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909
brave girl clara

The Other Side
the other side

Pink and Say
pink and say

Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad
henrys freedom box

Boxes for Katje
boxes for katjie


Wall My son (1st grade) was not interested in the documentaries and photographs we found on the Internet but my daughter (3rd grade) was very curious about them.

Separate Is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez and Her Family’s Fight for Desegregation
separate is never equal

Not quite history but also very informative:

National Parks of the USA


Sharing is good karma:

Books about Other Cultures and Countries

Sharing is good karma:

If the World Were a Village
We read it with both our kids (now 6 and 8) and they enjoyed looking at the map and talking about the world’s people. To see almost 400 ratings and other reviews click here.
if the world were a village


An Elephant in the backyard
A very nice engaging book with photographs. Both my kids loved it.
an elephant in the backyard

One World, One Day (beautiful photos)
one world one day

A little Peace (photographs)
a little peace

What the World Eats 
We did not read the book—it would have been boring for my kids. But we went through the book page by page, looked at the pictures of families and the food they eat.
what the world eats

Material World: A Global Family Portrait
material world

Sharing is good karma:

Dragons, Dinosaurs, Pirates, and Ninjas

Sharing is good karma:

When a Dragon Moves In
when a dragon moves in

The Knight and the Dragon
the knight and the dragon

The Great Dragon Rescue
the great dragon rescue

The Egg
the egg

Have You Seen My Dragon?
Have you seen my dragon

Me and My Dragon
Me and My dragon

There’s No Such Thing as a Dragon
theres no such thing

The Tale of Custard the Dragon
the tale of custard

Good Night, Good Knight
Good night, good knight

The Loathsome Dragon
loathsome dragon

Saint George and the Dragon
Saint George and the dragon

Dragon’s Halloween
dragons halloween

Old MacDonald Had a Dragon
Old McDonald had a dragon

Dragons Love Tacos
Dragons love tacos

Good Night, Little Dragons
good night, little dragons

How Droofus the Dragon Lost His Head
how drufus the dragon lost his head

The Dragon Snatcher
the dragon snatcher

The truth about Dragons (non-fiction)
the truth about dragons

The Dragons Are Singing Tonight
Nice poems, I would say more suitable for a 5-year-old because the vocabulary is quite advanced in some poems.
dragons are singing

Dragon’s Extraordinary Egg
dragons extraordinary egg

King Jack and the Dragon
king jack and the dragon

Not Your Typical Dragon
not your typical dragon

King Arthur’s Very Great Grandson
king arthurs very great grandson

If I Had a Dragon (not among our favorites but still pretty good if you are looking for a dragon book–probably more suitable for younger kids)
if I had a dragon

Sylvia and Bird (the same thing here, not the most exciting but a good bedtime story for younger lovers of dragons)
sylvia and bird

Marigold and the Dragon
marigold and the dragon

Trafalgar True (dragons) This is a series, for a full list click here.
Trafalgar True

Flight of the Last Dragon
flight of the last dragon

The Library Dragon
the library dragon

Again! (nice but not a lot of action)

Elephant Joe, Brave Knight!
elephant joe brave knight

The Spaghetti-Slurping Sewer Serpent
the spaghetti slurping

Goodnight, Little Monster
goodnight, little monster

I Need My Monster

I need my monster

Wink, the Ninja Who Wanted to Be Noticed and its sequel Wink: The Ninja Who Wanted to Nap which I must say we did not like as much as the first one.

The Three Ninja Pigs
the three ninja pigs

The Boy Who Cried Ninja
the boy who cried ninja

Nightime Ninja
nighttime ninja


The Littlest Dinosaur
the littlest dinosaur

A Day with Wilbur Robinson
Wilbur Robinson

When Dinosaurs Came with Everything
when dinosaurs came with everything

Patrick’s Dinosaurs
patricks dinosaurs

Dinosaurs Love Underpants
dinosaurs love underpants

The Enormous Egg
the enormous egg

Dinosaur Habitat
A novel, not a picture book but I read it to my son when he was not even 6 and he loved it—it goes with the dinosaur theme here.
dinosaur habitat

Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs  There are other Harry and the Dinosaurs books.
hanry and the bucketfull of dinosaurs

Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp
saturday night, dinosaur stomp

All Aboard the Dinotrain
all aboard the dinotrain


Dinosaur Roar (for little boys)
dinosaur roar

How I Became a Pirate
How I became a pirate

Pirates Don’t Change Diapers
Pirates dont change diapers

The Pirate Cruncher
the pirate cruncher




There Was an Old Pirate Who Swallowed a Fish
There was an old pirate who swallowed

Captain Abdul’s Pirate School Fore more ratings and reviews click here.


Sharing is good karma:

Picture Book Series

Sharing is good karma:

Little Polar Bear Click here for a complete list.
little polar bear

Elephant and Piggie  Click here for a complete list.
elephant and piggie

Pigeon Click here for a complete list.

Froggy Click here for a complete list.

Tacky Click here for a complete list.
Tacky the Penguin

Franklin Click here for a complete list.

Gilbert  Click here for a complete list.

Gaspard and Lisa Click here for a complete list.
Gaspard and Lisa

Black Lagoon picture books series Click here for a complete list.
black lagoon

Toot & Puddle Click here for a complete list.
toot and puddle

Olivia Click here for a complete list.

Ladybug Girl Click here for a complete list.
ladybug girl

Amelia Bedelia
Amelia BedeliaMy daughter fell in love with her in kindergarten and still likes to go back to these books. Click here for a complete list.
ArthurJust in case you were ever wondering what kind of animal he is; I recently found out because we never knew exactly—he was some type of mouse to me, but no, he is an aardvark. Click here for a complete list.
Madeline  Click here for a complete list.

Fancy Nancy For little girls. Click here for a complete list.
Fancy Nancy

Books by Robert Munch: For a list of books by this author click here. My kids also love the CD with his stories, told by the author—a great audiobook for the car!

Stephanie’s ponytail
stephanies ponytail

The paperbag Princess
the paperbag princess

I have to go!
I have to go


Sharing is good karma:

Children’s Classics

Sharing is good karma:

I didn’t know what to do about those books most people are aware of. I would hate to omit them but then I would not want you to waste your time on something you already know. Then I thought that maybe some moms who came to the US from a different country will be in the same shoes as I was ten years ago. I had no idea about Harold and the Purple Crayon or Olivia until my kids were born. So, for all of you who would have to start from scratch, here are some pictures books you should not miss.

I have just found a 14-page pdf file listing children’s classics. I noticed that some of them are in my “Our Favorites” category and not here. Well, I really didn’t care when we read the books if it was a classic or a new book. Since I didn’t grow up here, it’s sometimes hard for me to tell which one is a classic and which one isn’t. I didn’t create this site to categorize every book we have read. I just want all parents to have books worth reading in one spot without having to click away on twenty websites or blogs.

Where the Sidewalk Ends
where the sidewalk endsThis is not a picture book but it is a great poetry book everybody knows. My kids love the poems. By the way, I had to include it here because Jim Trelease (author of The Read-Aloud Handbook) mentioned that if librarians and teachers had to name one book that disappeared most, it was this book.


Harold and the Purple Crayon
Harold and the Purple crayon

The Story of Ferdinand
The story of ferdinad

The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh
the complete tales of winnie the pooh

The Complete Adventures of Curious George
the complete adventures of curious george

The Little Engine That Could
little engine that could


Brave Irene (watch online here)
Brave Irene

Strega Nona
Strega Nona

Puff, the Magic Dragon
Puff the magic dragon

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
If you give a mouse a cookie

Where the Wild Things Are
where the wild things are

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
alexander and the terrible..

The Little House
the little house

Tikki Tikki Tembo
Tikki Tikki Tembo

The Giving Tree
the giving tree

The Napping House
the napping house

Polar Express
polar express

Bear Snores On and other Bear books.
bear snores on

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
cloudy with a chance of meatballs

Miss Nelson Is Missing!
miss nelson is missing

Madeline (series)

Beatrix Potter The Complete Tales (Peter Rabbit)
Beatrix Potter

The Biggest Bear
the biggest bear

The Very Hungry Caterpillar
very hungry caterpillar

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! and other stories with the Pigeon.
dont let the pigeon drive the bus

The Frog and Toad
frog and toad

In the Night Kitchen
in the night kitchen

The Velveteen Rabbit
velveteen rabbit

Caps for Sale
caps for sale

The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes
the country bunny

Julius, the Baby of the World

Sharing is good karma:

Wordless Picture Books

Sharing is good karma:

My kids especially enjoyed the first four.

Mr. Wuffles
Mr. wuffles


La sorciere a le blues (French Edition)
la sorciere a le bluesWe got this book as a gift from a friend from Europe and have enjoyed it for years. It is a beautiful wordless picture book so it doesn’t really matter that it is in French. It’s about a witch who wants to play with children but they are afraid of her and run away. Gradually they lose their fear and become friends. The book has no reviews on Amazon because nobody knows about it here in the US I think. Give it a try.

Sector 7
sector 7





Hank Finds an Egg
Hank finds an egg

Coming Home (My son was not excited about this book but my daughter liked it)
coming home

Sharing is good karma:

Our Favorites

Sharing is good karma:

The books are in no particular order but we liked them all. We mostly check them out from our library. We enjoyed them all. I will add more titles as I remember them. It was not easy to think of all the books we have read and loved in the past years.

For more books we loved, see also the sections Picture Books Series, Children’s Classics, Dragons, Dinosaurs, Pirates & Ninjas,  Wordless Picture Books, etc.

Check the entry Free Books Online for more books.

Creepy Carrots!
Creepy Carrots

The Day the Crayons Quit
the day the crayons quit

Dazzle the Dinosaur
Dazzle the dinosaur

Little Polar Bear and the Brave Little Hare
My son loves all the books about Lars. They are adorable.
little polar bear and the brave little hare

The Secret Shortcut
The secret shortcut

The Story of Frog Belly Rat Bone
The story of frog belly rat

Happy Birthday, Monster!
Happy Birthday, Monster

Press Here
Both my kids loved it even in kindergarten.
Press Here

Tacky, the Penguin
Look for the audiobook too; it is very well done. My son absolutely adores Tacky’s stories, for more books with Tacky, click here.
Tacky the Penguin

Tacky and the Emperor
Tacky and the emperor

Zoomer  For two more Zoomer books , click here.

Enemy Pie (watch online here)
Enemy pie

Shark vs. Train
Shark vs Train

Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type
click clack moo

Beautiful Oops!
Beautiful Oops

Little Bobo We also liked the other adventures of Bobo.
Little Bobo

The Emperor of Absurdia
The Emperor of Absurdia

Meggie Moon
Meggie Moon


Lisa’s Airplane Trip
lisas airplane trip

Lisa in New York
Lisa in New York

Zen Shorts
Zen Shorts

My Penguin Osbert and my son liked also the sequel My Penguin Osbert in Love
My Penguin Osbert

The Circus Ship
The Circus ship

Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons
Pete the cat and buttons

Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes
Of course, all the Pete the Cat books are great—you can even go online and find the songs—it’s really worth it.
Pete the cat and white shoes

Toot & Puddle
Toot and Puddle

Diary of a Worm
Diary of a worm

Diary of a Spider
Diary of a spider

Diary of a Fly
Diary of a Fly

If I Built a Car
If I built a Car

A Camping Spree With Mr. Magee and other Mr. Magee books
A Camping Spree with mr. Magee

Ace Lacewing: Bug Detective
Ace Lacewing Bug detective

Ace Lacewing, Bug Detective: Bad Bugs Are My Business
Ace Lacewing bad bugs are my business

Zero the Hero
Zero the Hero

The Curious Garden
The Curious Garden

The Invisible Boy
the invisible boy

The Story of Little Babaji
the story of little babaji

The Snail and the Whale
The snail and the whale

The Gruffalo  (the short movie is absolutely delightful too; watch the movie trailer here)
The Gruffalo

The Gruffalo’s Child
the gruffalos child

Chloe and the Lion
We read it in kindergarten, a very nice book but it might be boring for very young kids.
Chloe and the lion


The Eleventh Hour: A Curious Mystery
The eleventh hour

The Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot
the three little aliens and the big bad robot

A Sick Day for Amos McGee
A sick day for Amos MsGee

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs
the true story of the 3 little pigs

Stellaluna (watch online here)

Noko and the Night Monster My son adores this book. Check out also Noko’s Surprise Party.
Noko and the night monster

Frank Was a Monster Who Wanted to Dance
frank was a monster

The Spiffiest Giant in Town
The spiffiest giant

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale
Knuffle bunny

Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity
knuffle bunny too

Knuffle Bunny Free: An Unexpected Diversion
knuffle bunny free


A Chair for My Mother
a chair for my mother

Those Darn Squirrels!
If you have squirrels eating seeds from your birdfeeder you can relate to this one but it is funny even if you don’t.
Those darn squirrels

Those Darn Squirrels and the Cat Next Door
those darn squirrels and the cat next door

Walter the Farting Dog My son was rolling with laughter. If you have a kid who thinks farts are funny, definitely read this book.
walter the farting dog

The Dot
the dot


Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
sylvester and the magic pebble

Library Lion (watch online here)
library lion

Russell the Sheep
russel the sheep

The Lion & the Mouse
the lion and the mouse

Diary of a Wombat (very funny)
diary of a wombat


Extra Yarn
extra yarn

Monkey with a Tool Belt For little boys.
monkey with a toolbelt

Monkey with a Tool Belt and the Noisy Problem  For little boys.
monkey with a toolbelt and noisy

Stone Soup
Stone soup

Tikki Tikki Tembo
Tikki Tikki Tembo

This Moose Belongs to Me
This Moose belongs to me

The Incredible Book Eating Boy
The Incredible Book eating boy

Jeffrey and Sloth
Jeffrey and sloth

The Lima Bean Monster
the lima bean monster

Princess Justina Albertina
Princess Justina albertina

The Rainbow Goblins
the rainbow goblins

The Insomniacs
the insomniacs

I Need My Monster (watch online here)
I need my monster

This is Not My Hat
This is not my hat


Chicken Big
Chicken big

Lemon Sisters
I must include this book in my list because it is an old favorite of my daughter. She loved it so much that I actually bought her own copy.
The lemon sisters

A Bad Case Of Stripes (watch online here)
a bad case of stripes

The Story about Ping
the story about ping

The Story of Babar
The story of babar


Officer Buckle & Gloria
officer buckle and gloria

The Man in the Moon
the man in the moon

The Sandman: The Story of Sanderson Mansnoozie (The Guardians of Childhood)
The sandman

The Leaf Men
The leaf men

George Shrinks
george shrinks

Panda and Polar Bear
panda and polar bear

Little Panda
little panda

Library Mouse
Look for more titles: Library Mouse: A Friend’s Tale, Library Mouse: A World to Explore, Library Mouse: A Museum Adventure, Library Mouse: Home Sweet Home
library mouse

The Biggest Snowman Ever
the biggest snowman ever

He Came with the Couch
he came with the couch

Amos & Boris
Amos and Boris

Duck! Rabbit!
Duck rabbit

How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans
How Martha saved her parents from Green beans


Art & Max
art and max

The Black Rabbit
the black rabbit

The Pencil
the pencil

George and Martha
George and martha

Not a Box
not a box


My Friend Rabbit
my friend rabbit

Little Pea Look up lso the other Little books, such as Little Hoot.
Little pea

Those Shoes
those shoes

Make Way for Ducklings
make way for ducklings

A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue
a bad case of tattle tongue

The Three Little Wolves and The Big Bad Pig
the three little wolves and the big bad pig

Voices in the Park
Voices in the park

Owl Moon
Owl moon

Miss Rumphius
Miss Rumphius

Iggy Peck, Architect
Iggy Peck Architect

Rosie Revere, Engineer
Rosie Revere Engineer


The very ugly bug
The very ygly bug

Going places
Going places

Blueberries for Sal
blueberries for sal

Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears: A West African Tale
why mosquitoes

The Cloud Spinner
the cloud spinner

 Buddha at Bedtime
buddha at bedtime

Children Make Terrible Pets
children make terrible pets

Louise, The Adventures of a Chicken
louise the adventures of a chicken

Clever Beatrice
clever beatrice

Ladybug Girl
ladybug girl

Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy
ladybug girl and bumblebee boy

The Most Magnificent Thing
the most magnificent thing


Stephanie’s Ponytail
stephanies ponytail

Mud Puddle
mud puddle


Love You Forever
love you forever

I Have To Go!
I have to go

Smelly Socks
smelly socks

The Paper Bag Princess
the paperbab princess


The Chicken of the Family
the chicken of the family

Big Mean Mike
big mean mike

That Is Not a Good Idea!
that is not a good idea

Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs
goldilocks and three dinosaurs

Leonardo, the Terrible Monster
leonardo the terrible monster

Three Hens and a Peacock
three hens and a peacock

Little Pink Pup
little pink pup

Wiener Wolf
wiener wolf

The Way Back Home
the way back home

Lost and Found
lost and found

The Water Hole
The waterhole

But No Elephants
But no elephants

The Rat and the Tiger
The rat and the tiger

The Wump World
the wump world

The Whingdingdilly
the whingdingdilly

The Lion Storyteller Bedtime Book: World Folk Tales Especially for Reading Aloud
This is not a typical picture book. It’s about 40 stories, 2 – 4 pages each, with illustrations. My kids loved them. I noticed there is a newer version on Amazon now.
the lion storyteller

Boot & Shoe
boot & shoe

The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales
The stinky hceese man and other fairly

The Mysterious Tadpole
the mysterious tadpole

Black Dog
black dog


Stick Man
stick man

Scaredy Squirrel and its sequels.
scaredy squirrel

Too much Glue
Too much glue

The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish
the day I swapped my dad

The Boss Baby 
The Boss Baby

Trouble with Trolls
trouble with trolls

Ten Timid Ghosts on a Christmas Night
ten timid ghosts

Uno’s Garden
unos garden

The Monstore
the monstore

Nugget and Fang: Friends Forever–or Snack Time?
nugget and fang

Mostly Monsterly
mostly monsterly

How to Train a Train
how to train a train

A Visitor for Bear
a visitor for bear



Max’s Words
maxs words

The Gardener
the gardener

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
the fantastic flying books

The Tooth Mouse
the toth mouse

You Think It’s Easy Being the Tooth Fairy?
you think its easy

Five Nice Mice & the Great Car Race
five nice mice and the great car race

Dragon’s Halloween
dragons halloween

The Island of the Skog
the island of the skog

Sophie’s Squash

sophies squash

Memoirs of a Goldfish
memoirs of a goldfish

The Book with No Pictures (hilarious)
The book with no pictures

Each Kindness
each kindness

Two Speckled Eggs
two speckled eggs

Wemberly Worried
wemberly worried

Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse
lillys plastic

The Pout-Pout Fish
the pout pout fish


Thank You, Mr. Falker
thank you mr falker

Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon
stand tall

Miss Smith’s Incredible Storybook
miss smith

Double Trouble In Walla Walla My daughter liked it a lot, my son said it was okay but not his favorite.
walla walla

Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude (not enjoyable for very young kids)
once upon a cool motorcycle dude

Sam and Dave Dig a Hole
sam and dave dig a hole

The Bear’s Song  and its sequel The Bear’s Sea Escape
the bears song

Annie and the Wild Animals (My daughter likes many books by Jan Brett)
annie and the wild animals

Miss Brooks’ Story Nook
miss brooks story nook

The Greedy Triangle
the greedy triangles

The Cheese
the cheese

The Bravest Knight
the bravest knight

Sally and the Some-Thing
sally and the some thing

Monster Stew
monster stew

A Perfectly Messed-Up Story
a perfectly messed up story

Battle Bunny
battle bunny

Exclamation Mark
exclamation mark

Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great
unicorn thinks he is pretty great

This Is a Moose
this is a moose

Brimsby’s Hats
brimsbys hats

Punctuation Takes a Vacation
punctuation takes a vacation

The Plot Chickens
the plot chickens

Crafty Chloe
chrafty chloe

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild
mr tiger goes wild

Mix It Up!
mix it up

Chopsticks (very young kids would not get the puns)

The Jacket
the jacket


How to Bicycle to the Moon to Plant Sunflowers: A Simple but Brilliant Plan in 24 Easy Steps
how to bicycle to the moon

One Big Pair of Underwear
one big pair of underwear

Shh! We Have a Plan
Shh we have a plan

Rules of Summer
rules of summer

Lost and Found: Three by Shaun Tan (Lost and Found Omnibus)
lost and found

Bats at the Library
bats at the library


Flight School
flight school

Warning: Do Not Open This Book!
do not open this book

And Tango Makes Three
and tango makes three

The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend (my son said it was okay but my daughter loved it)
the adventures of beekle

The Book That Eats People This book was a huge hit—I try to snap their fingers and hands (and heads) while reading this book and I think it was extra fun. My daughter is eight and really enjoyed this one too.
the book that eats people

Have Fun, Molly Lou Melon
have fun molly lou

A Bus Called Heaven
a bus called heaven

Once Upon an Alphabet: Short Stories for All the Letters (a really cute book, no wonder it was on the “Best Books” list in 2014)
once upon an alphabet

The Big Orange Splot (I liked the message, especially for my daughter who is under peer pressure a lot)
the big orange splot

Herman and Rosie
herman and rosie

Wumbers My kids enjoyed this one a lot, took turns reading it. I think, however, that kids who cannot read yet or are just starting to read would not enjoy it as much. My kids are almost 7 and 8 now and it was just right for them.

The Story of Fish and Snail
the story of fish and snail

My Teacher Is a Monster!
my teacher is a monster

How to Catch a Star
how to catch a star

When Blue Met Egg
when blue met egg

Six-Dinner Sid
sixdinner sid

The Three Questions
the three questions

Adventure Annie Goes to Work
adventure annie

Hooway for Wodney Wat My son LOVED this one. We also read its sequel Wodney Wat’s Wobot.
hooway for wodney


Blizzard (a true story)

Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!

The Scrambled States of America
the scrambled states of america

365 Penguins
365 penguins

I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More!
I aint gonna paint no more

The Last King of Angkor Wat
the last king of angkor wat

Clever Jack Takes the Cake
clever jack takes the cake

The Great Paper Caper
the great paper caper


The Mighty Lalouche
the mighty lalouche

Chester’s Way
chesters way

Zombie in Love and Zombie in Love 2 + 1
zombie in love


Edward in the Jungle
edward in the jungle


More Parts
more parts

Open Very Carefully: A Book with Bite
open very carefully

Gator Gumbo: A Spicy-Hot Tale
gator gumbo

Cinder Edna My son (almost 7) said it was okay, my daughter (8) really liked it.
cinder edna

Falling For Rapunzel  (funny)
falling for rapunzel

Max’s Castle (full of wordplay so kids who can read at least a bit will enjoy it more)
maxs castle

It’s a Book
its a book

Imagine a Day
imagine a day

Violet and Victor Write the Best-Ever Bookworm Book
violte and victor

My Grandfather’s Coat
my gradfathers coat


Listen, Buddy
listen buddy

Adèle & Simon
Adele & Simon

Adèle & Simon in America
adele simon in america

Fortunately (funny)

A Chocolate Moose for Dinner
a chocolate moose for dinner

Monsters Eat Whiny Children
mosnters eat whiny children

Miss Alaineus: A Vocabulary Disaster (My daughter in 3rd grade liked it. My son in 1st grade did not enjoy it much. I think kids younger than in 3rd grade would not like it)
miss alaineus

Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China
lon po po

Odd Duck
odd duck

The Toll-Bridge Troll
the toll bridge troll

Arnie, the Doughnut
arnie the doughnut

The Boy Who Grew Flowers (My daughter liked it a lot, my son said it was just okay—not much action in this one, just a nice story)
the boy who grew flowers


I Dare You Not to Yawn
i dare you not to yawn

My Three Best Friends and Me, Zulay
my three best friends

I Don’t Want to Be a Frog
I dont want to be a frog

The Tooth Fairy Wars
the tooth fairy wars

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to School
a funny thing happened

Beautiful Warrior: The Legend of the Nun’s Kung Fu
beautiful warrior

Luck of the Loch Ness Monster: A Tale of Picky Eating
luck of loch ness monster

The Grudge Keeper (my 9-year-old daughter liked it)
grudge keeper

The Witch’s Walking Stick (my 9-year-old daughter liked it)
the witchs walking stick

The Day Louis Got Eaten
the day louis got eaten

Andrew Henry’s Meadow
andrew henrys meadow

The Night World
the night world

The Mermaid and the Shoe
the mermaid and the shoe

Trafalgar True (dragons) This is a series, for a full list click here.
Trafalgar True

Flight of the Last Dragon
flight of the last dragon

Ada Twist, Scientist
Ada Twist Scientist

What Do You Do With a Problem?
What Do You Do With a Problem

Violet the Pilot
Violet the Pilot

The Curvy Tree
The Curvy Tree

The Bear and the Piano
the bear and the piano


Spot, the Cat

Ninja Red Riding Hood
Ninja red riding hood

My kids are in 5th and 7th grade now and we no longer read picture books but the following books are some that I have seen come out and have good reviews:

Do Not Open This Math Book: Addition + Subtraction

Made for Me

Drawn Together

Nobody Likes a Goblin

Baby Monkey, Private Eye

We Don’t Eat Our Classmates

Visiting Feelings

The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors

Jabari Jumps

The Antlered Ship

Ocean Meets Sky

The Day You Begin

Star Wars Are You Scared, Darth Vader?

Prince & Knight

A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo

Rescue and Jessica: A Life-Changing Friendship

Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth

Princess Cora and the Crocodile

Nerdy Birdy Tweets

The Book of Mistakes



Sharing is good karma: