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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The perfect go-to-bed book for stalling kids.
By Mo Willems
(2007)
Excellent vocab builder is also big wacky fun.
By Richard Scarry
(2012)
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Classic captures a kid's delight in freshly fallen snow.
By Ezra Jack Keats
(2003)
Cute, fresh take on having an imaginary friend.
By Dan Santat
(2014)
Kids easily grasp opposites through bold, stylized art.
By Lizi Boyd
(2015)
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Clever story of a boy who conquers his fear of the dark.
By Lemony Snicket
(2013)
Crayons send postcards, beg to return in hilarious sequel.
By Drew Daywalt
(2015)
Crayons complain to their owner in funny ode to color.
By Drew Daywalt
(2013)
Gorgeous, magical story of a girl with music in her heart.
By Margarita Engle
(2015)
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Young dog discovers snow is fun in cute, relatable story.
By Peter McCarty
(2015)
Silly dino twist on Goldilocks tale is roaring good fun.
By Mo Willems
(2012)
Twist on classic fable boosts value of play as well as work.
By Jerry Pinkney
(2015)
Kids will connect with Kitten and her dilemma.
By Kevin Henkes
(2004)
Tender story of Nana showing grandson city beauty via bus.
By Matt de la Pena
(2015)
Tiger lets loose his roar and finds joy in gorgeous book.
By Peter Brown
(2013)
Bright, silly scenes of world turned upside down.
By Eric Carle
(2015)
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Sweet, nostalgic friendship tale with a truly classic look.
By Loren Long
(2009)
Rhyming text and trucks galore make natural kid pleaser.
By David Friend
(2016)
Cartoon character scolds the reader in funny tale.
By Patrick McDonnell
(2014)
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Determined girl sends great-aunt an elephant in quirky tale.
By Philip C. Stead
(2015)
Little fish tries to outsmart big one in funny thief tale.
By Jon Klassen
(2012)
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Unicorn believes in little girls in cute misfit tale.
By Amy Krouse Rosenthal
(2014)
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A gem of a book about noticing small, everyday wonders.
By Antoinette Portis
(2015)
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A fresh and funny take on new baby in the house.
By Ame Dyckman
(2015)
Sweet what-to-be-when-you-grow-up book taps parental hopes.
By Emily Winfield Martin
(2016)
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Fun account of family's travel day tells all about airports.
By Lisa Brown
(2016)
Mocking monkeys, rewarding repetition make this a classic.
By Esphyr Slobodkina
(2003)
Farm animals go on strike in funny, award-winning book.
By Doreen Cronin
(2012)
Taco party has fiery consequences in funny dragon tale.
By Adam Rubin
(2012)
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Underwater fantasy world revealed in magical watercolors.
By David Wiesner
(2007)
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Adorable otter makes a mess in fun friendship story.
By Sam Garton
(2014)
Garden critters offer relatable lesson on kindness, sharing.
By Kadir Nelson
(2015)
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Highly original, very visual tale of cat vs. tiny aliens.
By David Wiesner
(2013)
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Clever friendship story models creative problem solving.
By LeUyen Pham
(2014)
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Sneaking cupcakes has disastrous results in fun tale.
By Victoria Kann, Elizabeth Kann
(2013)
Quirky tale of boys' spectacular backyard adventure.
By Mac Barnett
(2014)
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Misfit moose defies expectations in funny movie-shoot tale.
By Richard T. Morris
(2014)
Gorgeous illustrations buoy book about bears and teamwork.
By David Soman
(2014)
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Toys calmly take in whatever happens in Zen-like tale.
By Kevin Henkes
(2015)
Sweet, engaging steps for budding readers.
By Kate Messner
(2015)
Girl brings alligator for show-and-tell in funny romp.
By Elise Parsley
(2015)
Dog turns house into moon rocket in fun, wacky story.
By Jon Agee
(2015)
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Retelling of familiar tale has exquisite art, rich prose.
By Neil Gaiman
(2014)

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