Picture Books

From the earliest age, kids love looking at picture books: The colors, the shapes, the characters -- they all come to life on the page. And when you pair great art with a memorable story, it's even better. This list of some of our favorite picture books includes stories about siblings, holidays, bedtime, overcoming fears, and more.

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AGE
2
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The perfect go-to-bed book for stalling kids.
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By Mo Willems
(2007)
AGE
2
QUALITY
 
Excellent vocab builder is also big wacky fun.
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By Richard Scarry
(2012)
AGE
2
QUALITY
 
Classic captures a kid's delight in freshly fallen snow.
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By Ezra Jack Keats
(2003)
AGE
3
QUALITY
 
Cute, fresh take on having an imaginary friend.
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By Dan Santat
(2014)
AGE
3
QUALITY
 
Clever story of a boy who conquers his fear of the dark.
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By Lemony Snicket
(2013)
AGE
3
QUALITY
 
Crayons complain to their owner in funny ode to color.
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By Drew Daywalt
(2013)
AGE
3
QUALITY
 
Young dog discovers snow is fun in cute, relatable story.
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By Peter McCarty
(2015)
AGE
3
QUALITY
 
Silly dino twist on Goldilocks tale is roaring good fun.
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By Mo Willems
(2012)
AGE
3
QUALITY
 
Twist on classic fable boosts value of play as well as work.
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By Jerry Pinkney
(2015)
AGE
3
QUALITY
 
Kids will connect with Kitten and her dilemma.
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By Kevin Henkes
(2004)
AGE
3
QUALITY
 
Tender story of Nana showing grandson city beauty via bus.
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By Matt de la Pena
(2015)
AGE
3
QUALITY
 
Tiger lets loose his roar and finds joy in gorgeous book.
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By Peter Brown
(2013)
AGE
3
QUALITY
 
Sweet, nostalgic friendship tale with a truly classic look.
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By Loren Long
(2009)
AGE
3
QUALITY
 
Cartoon character scolds the reader in funny tale.
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By Patrick McDonnell
(2014)
AGE
3
QUALITY
 
Determined girl sends great-aunt an elephant in quirky tale.
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By Philip C. Stead
(2015)
AGE
3
QUALITY
 
Little fish tries to outsmart big one in funny thief tale.
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By Jon Klassen
(2012)
AGE
3
QUALITY
 
Unicorn believes in little girls in cute misfit tale.
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By Amy Krouse Rosenthal
(2014)
AGE
3
QUALITY
 
A fresh and funny take on new baby in the house.
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By Ame Dyckman
(2015)
AGE
4
QUALITY
 
Quirky tale of boys' spectacular backyard adventure.
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By Mac Barnett
(2014)
AGE
4
QUALITY
 
Clever friendship story models creative problem solving.
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By LeUyen Pham
(2014)
AGE
4
QUALITY
 
Farm animals go on strike in funny, award-winning book.
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By Doreen Cronin
(2012)
AGE
4
QUALITY
 
Taco party has fiery consequences in funny dragon tale.
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By Adam Rubin
(2012)
AGE
4
QUALITY
 
Underwater fantasy world revealed in magical watercolors.
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By David Wiesner
(2007)
AGE
4
QUALITY
 
Adorable otter makes a mess in fun friendship story.
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By Sam Garton
(2014)
AGE
4
QUALITY
 
Garden critters offer relatable lesson on kindness, sharing.
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By Kadir Nelson
(2015)
AGE
4
QUALITY
 
Highly original, very visual tale of cat vs. tiny aliens.
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By David Wiesner
(2013)
AGE
4
QUALITY
 
Misfit moose defies expectations in funny movie-shoot tale.
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By Richard T. Morris
(2014)
AGE
4
QUALITY
 
Gorgeous illustrations buoy book about bears and teamwork.
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By David Soman
(2014)
AGE
5
QUALITY
 
Sweet, engaging steps for budding readers.
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By Kate Messner
(2015)
AGE
5
QUALITY
 
Dog turns house into moon rocket in fun, wacky story.
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By Jon Agee
(2015)
AGE
7
QUALITY
 
Retelling of familiar tale has exquisite art, rich prose.
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By Neil Gaiman
(2014)

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