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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



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