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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.
The Day the Crayons Quit
Dazzle the Dinosaur
Little Polar Bear and the Brave Little Hare
My son loves all the books about Lars. They are adorable.
The Secret Shortcut
The Story of Frog Belly Rat Bone
Happy Birthday, Monster!
Both my kids loved it even in kindergarten.
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 and the Emperor
Zoomer For two more Zoomer books , click here.
Enemy Pie (watch online here)
Shark vs. Train
Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type
Little Bobo We also liked the other adventures of Bobo.
The Emperor of Absurdia
Lisa’s Airplane Trip
Lisa in New York
My Penguin Osbert and my son liked also the sequel My Penguin Osbert in Love
The Circus Ship
Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy 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.
Toot & Puddle
Diary of a Worm
Diary of a Spider
Diary of a Fly
If I Built a Car
A Camping Spree With Mr. Magee and other Mr. Magee books
Ace Lacewing: Bug Detective
Ace Lacewing, Bug Detective: Bad Bugs Are My Business
Zero the Hero
The Curious Garden
The Invisible Boy
The Story of Little Babaji
The Snail and the Whale
The Gruffalo (the short movie is absolutely delightful too; watch the movie trailer here)
The Gruffalo’s Child
Chloe and the Lion
We read it in kindergarten, a very nice book but it might be boring for very young kids.
The Eleventh Hour: A Curious Mystery
The Three Little Aliens and the Big Bad Robot
A Sick Day for Amos McGee
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs
Stellaluna (watch online here)
Noko and the Night Monster My son adores this book. Check out also Noko’s Surprise Party.
Frank Was a Monster Who Wanted to Dance
The Spiffiest Giant in Town
Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale
Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity
Knuffle Bunny Free: An Unexpected Diversion
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 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.
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
Library Lion (watch online here)
Russell the Sheep
The Lion & the Mouse
Diary of a Wombat (very funny)
Monkey with a Tool Belt For little boys.
Monkey with a Tool Belt and the Noisy Problem For little boys.
Tikki Tikki Tembo
This Moose Belongs to Me
The Incredible Book Eating Boy
Jeffrey and Sloth
The Lima Bean Monster
Princess Justina Albertina
The Rainbow Goblins
I Need My Monster (watch online here)
This is Not My Hat
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.
A Bad Case Of Stripes (watch online here)
The Story about Ping
The Story of Babar
Officer Buckle & Gloria
The Man in the Moon
The Sandman: The Story of Sanderson Mansnoozie (The Guardians of Childhood)
The Leaf Men
Panda and Polar Bear
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
The Biggest Snowman Ever
He Came with the Couch
Amos & Boris
How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans
Art & Max
The Black Rabbit
George and Martha
Not a Box
My Friend Rabbit
Little Pea Look up lso the other Little books, such as Little Hoot.
Make Way for Ducklings
A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue
The Three Little Wolves and The Big Bad Pig
Voices in the Park
Iggy Peck, Architect
Rosie Revere, Engineer
The very ugly bug
Blueberries for Sal
Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears: A West African Tale
The Cloud Spinner
Buddha at Bedtime
Children Make Terrible Pets
Louise, The Adventures of a Chicken
Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy
The Most Magnificent Thing
Love You Forever
I Have To Go!
The Paper Bag Princess
The Chicken of the Family
Big Mean Mike
That Is Not a Good Idea!
Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs
Leonardo, the Terrible Monster
Three Hens and a Peacock
Little Pink Pup
The Way Back Home
Lost and Found
The Water Hole
But No Elephants
The Rat and the Tiger
The Wump World
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.
Boot & Shoe
The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales
The Mysterious Tadpole
Scaredy Squirrel and its sequels.
Too much Glue
The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish
The Boss Baby
Trouble with Trolls
Ten Timid Ghosts on a Christmas Night
Nugget and Fang: Friends Forever–or Snack Time?
How to Train a Train
A Visitor for Bear
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
The Tooth Mouse
You Think It’s Easy Being the Tooth Fairy?
Five Nice Mice & the Great Car Race
The Island of the Skog
Memoirs of a Goldfish
The Book with No Pictures (hilarious)
Two Speckled Eggs
Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse
The Pout-Pout Fish
Thank You, Mr. Falker
Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon
Miss Smith’s Incredible Storybook
Double Trouble In Walla Walla My daughter liked it a lot, my son said it was okay but not his favorite.
Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude (not enjoyable for very young kids)
Sam and Dave Dig a Hole
The Bear’s Song and its sequel The Bear’s Sea Escape
Annie and the Wild Animals (My daughter likes many books by Jan Brett)
Miss Brooks’ Story Nook
The Greedy Triangle
The Bravest Knight
Sally and the Some-Thing
A Perfectly Messed-Up Story
Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great
This Is a Moose
Punctuation Takes a Vacation
The Plot Chickens
Mr. Tiger Goes Wild
Mix It Up!
Chopsticks (very young kids would not get the puns)
How to Bicycle to the Moon to Plant Sunflowers: A Simple but Brilliant Plan in 24 Easy Steps
One Big Pair of Underwear
Shh! We Have a Plan
Rules of Summer
Lost and Found: Three by Shaun Tan (Lost and Found Omnibus)
Bats at the Library
Warning: Do Not Open This Book!
And Tango Makes Three
The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend (my son said it was okay but my daughter loved it)
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.
Have Fun, Molly Lou Melon
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)
The Big Orange Splot (I liked the message, especially for my daughter who is under peer pressure a lot)
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
My Teacher Is a Monster!
How to Catch a Star
When Blue Met Egg
The Three Questions
Adventure Annie Goes to Work
Hooway for Wodney Wat My son LOVED this one. We also read its sequel Wodney Wat’s Wobot.
Blizzard (a true story)
Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!
The Scrambled States of America
I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More!
The Last King of Angkor Wat
Clever Jack Takes the Cake
The Great Paper Caper
The Mighty Lalouche
Zombie in Love and Zombie in Love 2 + 1
Edward in the Jungle
Open Very Carefully: A Book with Bite
Gator Gumbo: A Spicy-Hot Tale
Cinder Edna My son (almost 7) said it was okay, my daughter (8) really liked it.
Falling For Rapunzel (funny)
Max’s Castle (full of wordplay so kids who can read at least a bit will enjoy it more)
It’s a Book
Imagine a Day
Violet and Victor Write the Best-Ever Bookworm Book
My Grandfather’s Coat
Adèle & Simon
Adèle & Simon in America
A Chocolate Moose for Dinner
Monsters 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)
Lon Po Po: A Red-Riding Hood Story from China
The Toll-Bridge Troll
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)
I Dare You Not to Yawn
My Three Best Friends and Me, Zulay
I Don’t Want to Be a Frog
The Tooth Fairy Wars
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to School
Beautiful Warrior: The Legend of the Nun’s Kung Fu
Luck of the Loch Ness Monster: A Tale of Picky Eating
The Grudge Keeper (my 9-year-old daughter liked it)
The Witch’s Walking Stick (my 9-year-old daughter liked it)
The Day Louis Got Eaten
Andrew Henry’s Meadow
The Night World
The Mermaid and the Shoe
Trafalgar True (dragons) This is a series, for a full list click here.
Flight of the Last Dragon
Ada Twist, Scientist
What Do You Do With a Problem?
Violet the Pilot
The Curvy Tree
The Bear and the Piano
Spot, the Cat
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
Nobody Likes a Goblin
Baby Monkey, Private Eye
We Don’t Eat Our Classmates
The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors
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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