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. For other great reads, check out our 15 Picture Books With Truly Amazing Illustrations and Best Books for Preschoolers.

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Antiracist Baby

age 2+

Meaningful how-to for raising equity-conscious kids.

By: Ibram X. Kendi (2020)
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Corduroy

age 2+

Sweet, heartwarming picture-book classic.

By: Don Freeman (1968)
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Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late!

age 2+

The perfect go-to-bed book for stalling kids.

By: Mo Willems (2006)
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Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site

age 2+

Charming bedtime book is magic for truck lovers.

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Let's Play!

age 2+

Artist charms with another engaging hands-on book.

By: Hervé Tullet (2016)
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Mighty, Mighty Construction Site

age 2+

Cheerful trucks show teamwork at its best.

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Richard Scarry's Cars and Trucks and Things That Go

age 2+

Excellent vocab builder is also big wacky fun.

By: Richard Scarry (1974)
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Say Zoop!

age 2+

Joyfully noisy book sparkles with creative energy.

By: Hervé Tullet (2017)
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The Snowy Day

age 2+

Classic captures a kid's delight in freshly fallen snow.

By: Ezra Jack Keats (1962)
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So Many Sounds

age 2+

Fun exploration of everyday noises all around us.

By: Tim McCanna (2017)
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Will You Be My Friend?

age 2+

Warm, happy adventure is sequel to beloved picture book.

By: Sam McBratney (2020)
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Yes & No

age 2+

Playful story of animal siblings' ups and downs together.

By: Elisha Cooper (2021)
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The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend

age 3+

Cute, fresh take on having an imaginary friend.

By: Dan Santat (2014)
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Bear Is a Bear

age 3+

Gorgeous illustrations and warm message of love over time.

By: Jonathan Stutzman (2021)
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Big Bear Little Chair

age 3+

Kids easily grasp opposites through bold, stylized art.

By: Lizi Boyd (2015)
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Big Cat, Little Cat

age 3+

Strikingly designed tale of cat-kitten friendship.

By: Elisha Cooper (2017)
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A Big Mooncake for Little Star

age 3+

Girl sneaks nibbles, mooncake wanes in cozy bedtime charmer.

By: Grace Lin (2018)
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Cannonball

age 3+

Warm story of individuality and achieving a perfect splash.

By: Sacha Cotter (2020)
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Corduroy Takes a Bow

age 3+

Toy bear gets in the act at the theater in charming sequel.

By: Viola Davis (2018)
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The Dark

age 3+

Clever story of a boy who conquers his fear of the dark.

By: Lemony Snicket (2013)
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