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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Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late Book Poster Image
The perfect go-to-bed book for stalling kids.
By Mo Willems
(2007)
(2006)
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Let's Play! Book Poster Image
Artist charms with another engaging hands-on book.
By Hervé Tullet
(2016)
(2016)
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Cheerful trucks show teamwork at its best.
By Sherri Duskey Rinker
(2017)
(2017)
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Richard Scarry's Cars and Trucks and Things That Go Book Poster Image
Excellent vocab builder is also big wacky fun.
By Richard Scarry
(2012)
(1974)
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Say Zoop! Book Poster Image
Joyfully noisy book sparkles with creative energy.
By Hervé Tullet
(2017)
(2017)
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Classic captures a kid's delight in freshly fallen snow.
By Ezra Jack Keats
(2003)
(1962)
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Cute, fresh take on having an imaginary friend.
By Dan Santat
(2014)
(2014)
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Kids easily grasp opposites through bold, stylized art.
By Lizi Boyd
(2015)
(2015)
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Strikingly designed tale of cat-kitten friendship.
By Elisha Cooper
(2018)
(2017)
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Clever story of a boy who conquers his fear of the dark.
By Lemony Snicket
(2013)
(2013)
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Crayons send postcards, beg to return in hilarious sequel.
By Drew Daywalt
(2015)
(2015)
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Crayons complain to their owner in funny ode to color.
By Drew Daywalt
(2013)
(2013)
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Gorgeous, magical story of a girl with music in her heart.
By Margarita Engle
(2015)
(2015)
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First Snow Book Poster Image
Young dog discovers snow is fun in cute, relatable story.
By Peter McCarty
(2015)
(2015)
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Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs: As Retold by Mo Willems Book Poster Image
Silly dino twist on Goldilocks tale is roaring good fun.
By Mo Willems
(2012)
(2012)
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The Grasshopper and the Ants Book Poster Image
Twist on classic fable boosts value of play as well as work.
By Jerry Pinkney
(2015)
(2015)
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I Am (Not) Scared Book Poster Image
Two scaredy bears who face their fears are relatably funny.
By Anna Kang
(2017)
(2017)
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Kitten's First Full Moon Book Poster Image
Kids will connect with Kitten and her dilemma.
By Kevin Henkes
(2004)
(2004)
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Tender story of Nana showing grandson city beauty via bus.
By Matt de la Peña
(2015)
(2015)
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Tiger lets loose his roar and finds joy in gorgeous book.
By Peter Brown
(2013)
(2013)
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The Nonsense Show Book Poster Image
Bright, silly scenes of world turned upside down.
By Eric Carle
(2015)
(2015)
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Sweet, nostalgic friendship tale with a truly classic look.
By Loren Long
(2009)
(2009)
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Cartoon character scolds the reader in funny tale.
By Patrick McDonnell
(2014)
(2014)
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Everyone sees differently in clever look at point of view.
By Brendan Wenzel
(2016)
(2016)
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Special Delivery Book Poster Image
Determined girl sends great-aunt an elephant in quirky tale.
By Philip C. Stead
(2015)
(2015)
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This Is Not My Hat Book Poster Image
Little fish tries to outsmart big one in funny thief tale.
By Jon Klassen
(2012)
(2012)
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Unicorn believes in little girls in cute misfit tale.
By Amy Krouse Rosenthal
(2014)
(2014)
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A gem of a book about noticing small, everyday wonders.
By Antoinette Portis
(2015)
(2015)
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We Found a Hat Book Poster Image
Two turtles, one hat, and a satisfyingly dreamy solution.
By Jon Klassen
(2016)
(2016)
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Jubilant book conveys giddy anticipation of a birthday.
By Julie Fogliano
(2017)
(2017)
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In charming classic, a boy learns to whistle for his pup.
By Ezra Jack Keats
(2016)
(1964)
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Windows Book Poster Image
Artful glimpse of boy's walk in his neighborhood at dusk.
By Julia Denos
(2018)
(2017)
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Rhyming text and trucks galore make natural kid pleaser.
By David Friend
(2016)
(2016)
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A fresh and funny take on new baby in the house.
By Ame Dyckman
(2015)
(2015)
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Sweet what-to-be-when-you-grow-up book taps parental hopes.
By Emily Winfield Martin
(2016)
(2016)
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Encouraging Humpty Dumpty story helps kids face fears.
By Dan Santat
(2017)
(2017)
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Fun account of family's travel day tells all about airports.
By Lisa Brown
(2016)
(2016)
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Very funny picture book imagines new baby as demanding boss.
By Marla Frazee
(2016)
(2010)
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Mocking monkeys, rewarding repetition make this a classic.
By Esphyr Slobodkina
(2003)
(1969)
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Farm animals go on strike in funny, award-winning book.
By Doreen Cronin
(2012)
(2000)
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Hilarious tale of a rabbit afraid of his scary underpants.
By Aaron Reynolds
(2017)
(2017)
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Taco party has fiery consequences in funny dragon tale.
By Adam Rubin
(2012)
(2012)
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Du Iz Tak? Book Poster Image
Bugs speak gibberish and marvel at nature in joyous book.
By Carson Ellis
(2016)
(2016)
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Egg Book Poster Image
Egg
Sweet and simple tale of hatching, flying, and friendship.
By Kevin Henkes
(2017)
(2017)
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Underwater fantasy world revealed in magical watercolors.
By David Wiesner
(2007)
(2006)
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I Am Otter Book Poster Image
Adorable otter makes a mess in fun friendship story.
By Sam Garton
(2014)
(2014)
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If You Give a Mouse a Brownie Book Poster Image
Familiar formula still works in adorable mouse romp.
By Laura Numeroff
(2016)
(2016)
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If You Plant a Seed Book Poster Image
Garden critters offer relatable lesson on kindness, sharing.
By Kadir Nelson
(2015)
(2015)
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Neighbors build playground together in cheery teamwork tale.
By Hillary Clinton
(2017)
(2017)
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Granny treks off to knit in peace in funny modern folktale.
By Vera Brosgol
(2017)
(2016)
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Raucous fun imagining origin story for popular kids' game.
By Drew Daywalt
(2017)
(2017)
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Little Elliot, Big City Book Poster Image
Isolated elephant finds pal in sweet tale with dazzling art.
By Mike Curato
(2014)
(2014)
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Sweet, whimsical tale of magic hats transforming town.
By Sonja Wimmer
(2017)
(2016)
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Highly original, very visual tale of cat vs. tiny aliens.
By David Wiesner
(2013)
(2013)
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Nanette's Baguette Book Poster Image
Kid-size dilemma turns hilarious with silly rhymes.
By Mo Willems
(2016)
(2016)
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Screen-addicted bird ignores real-life pal in funny story.
By Aaron Reynolds
(2017)
(2017)
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Boy plays Mexican wrestler in exuberant bilingual tale.
By Yuyi Morales
(2015)
(2014)
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Guessing game with rhymes makes apartment noises fun.
By Mac Barnett
(2017)
(2017)
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Adorable pig learns danger of eavesdropping in cute story.
By Ian Falconer
(2017)
(2017)
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A Piece of Cake Book Poster Image
Clever friendship story models creative problem solving.
By LeUyen Pham
(2014)
(2014)
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Pinkalicious Book Poster Image
Sneaking cupcakes has disastrous results in fun tale.
By Victoria Kann, Elizabeth Kann
(2013)
(2006)
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Robinson Book Poster Image
Magical story and art take readers on island adventure.
By Peter Sis
(2017)
(2017)
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Sam & Dave Dig a Hole Book Poster Image
Quirky tale of boys' spectacular backyard adventure.
By Mac Barnett
(2014)
(2014)
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This Is a Moose Book Poster Image
Misfit moose defies expectations in funny movie-shoot tale.
By Richard T. Morris
(2014)
(2014)
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Gorgeous illustrations buoy book about bears and teamwork.
By David Soman
(2014)
(2014)
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The Three Billy Goats Gruff Book Poster Image
Classic tale given new, thoughtful ending and exquisite art.
By Jerry Pinkney
(2017)
(2017)
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Toys calmly take in whatever happens in Zen-like tale.
By Kevin Henkes
(2015)
(2015)
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Girl rescues lost wolf pup in wordless tale of compassion.
By Matthew Cordell
(2018)
(2018)
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The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse Book Poster Image
Quirky and drily witty tale of animals swallowed by wolf.
By Mac Barnett
(2017)
(2017)
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Joyous charmer of a book celebrates a whole day of yeses.
By Amy Krouse Rosenthal
(2017)
(2009)
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Quirky, whimsical, insightful look at passing moods.
By Lemony Snicket
(2017)
(2017)
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Joyful, foot-tapping celebration of fresh haircut, culture.
By Derrick Barnes
(2018)
(2017)
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Dad helps son manage fears in kind story full of empathy.
By Gennifer Choldenko
(2017)
(2017)
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Sweet, engaging steps for budding readers.
By Kate Messner
(2015)
(2015)
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Girl brings alligator for show-and-tell in funny romp.
By Elise Parsley
(2015)
(2015)
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Dog turns house into moon rocket in fun, wacky story.
By Jon Agee
(2015)
(2015)
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Nobel winner tells what inspired activism in relatable tale.
By Malala Yousafzai
(2017)
(2017)
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Lots of fruity fun in rhyming tale of fruit and friendship.
By Adam Rex
(2017)
(2017)
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Fun, relatable look at kids' daily lives around globe.
By Matt Lamothe
(2017)
(2017)
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Triangle Book Poster Image
Shapes play pranks in simple, funny friendship story.
By Mac Barnett
(2017)
(2017)
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Gorgeous book about love shows family worry and pain, too.
By Matt de la Peña
(2018)
(2018)
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Hansel & Gretel Book Poster Image
Retelling of familiar tale has exquisite art, rich prose.
By Neil Gaiman
(2014)
(2014)
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Her Right Foot Book Poster Image
Inspiring, fresh take on the welcoming Statue of Liberty.
By Dave Eggers
(2017)
(2017)
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