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Picture books to share with children that capture their attention and keep them engaged

Before I came to the Helen Hall Library as a Public Services Librarian, I was a Children's Librarian for about 12 years.  I loved doing story time with children and their families, and picture books were a big part of that.  When a picture book is just as it should be:  brief, with appealing illustrations, and touching, fun or stirring to the imagination, it is a joy to read aloud.  

Please enjoy the following titles that I highly recommend!

Recommended Picture Book Titles

Have You Seen Elephant? by David Barrow​

 

 

 

 

I Want My Hat Back, by Jon Klassen

 

 

 

 

Pete with No Pants, by Rowboat Watkins

 

 

 

 

Please, Mr. Panda, by Steve Antony

 

 

 

 

Shh! We Have a Plan, by Chris Haughton

 

 

 

 

Vegetables in Underwear, by Jared Chapman

The Dot, by Peter H. Reynolds

 

 

 

 

Not a Box, by Antoinette Portis

 

 

 

 

This is Sadie, by Sara O'Leary

 

 

 

 

What Do You Do with an Idea? by Kobi Yamada

 

 

 

 

What to Do with a Box, by Jane Yolen

All the World, by Elizabeth Garton Scanlon

 

 

 

 

Bring Me a Rock! by Daniel Miyares

 

 

 

 

The Cow Who Climbed a Tree, by Gemma Merino

 

 

 

 

Dear Girl, by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

 

 

 

 

Iggy Peck, Architect, by Andrea Beaty

 

 

 

 

Ish, by Peter H. Reynolds

 

 

 

 

Me...Jane, by Patrick McDonnell

The Book With No Pictures, by B.J. Novak

 

 

 

 

Don't Push the Button! by Bill Cotter

 

 

 

 

Huff & Puff, by Claudia Rueda

 

 

 

 

Can You Make a Scary Face? by Jan Thomas

 

 

 

 

It's a Tiger! by David LaRochelle

 

 

 

 

We Are in a Book! by Mo Willems

Hugs from Pearl, by Paul Schmid

 

 

 

 

Maple, by Lori Nichols

 

 

 

 

Otto the Book Bear, by Katie Cleminson

 

 

 

 

Pandora, by Victoria Turnbull

 

 

 

 

Shy, by Deborah Freedman

Breathtaking backgrounds and appealing animal illustrations draw the reader in.  This story touches any child who might be shy, an animal lover, and those wanting to have a friend.  

 

 

Bear Snores On, by Karma Wilson

 

 

 

 

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems

 

 

 

 

I Like Me, by Nancy Carlson

 

 

 

 

Max's Dragon Shirt, by Rosemary Wells

 

 

 

 

Owen, by Kevin Henkes

Here are some additional titles that are fun to read aloud to children.  Check these out from our library and see how your children like them!

         

Carrot & Pea

by Morag Hood

 

The Not So Quiet Library

by Zachariah Ohora

 

School's First Day of School

by Adam Rex

 

Sleep Like a Tiger

by Mary Logue

 

This is Not My Hat

by Jon Klassen

Mother Bruce

by Ryan T. Higgins

                     
         

One Word from Sophia

by Jim Averbeck

 

Dad's First Day

by Mike Wohnoutka

 

Edmund Unravels

by Andrew Kolb

 

Stick and Stone

by Beth Ferry

 

Ribbit!

by Rodrigo Folgueira

The World is Waiting for You

by Barbara Kerley

                     
         

Two Speckled Eggs

by Jennifer K. Mann

 

Three Little Peas

by Marine Rivoal

 

Sam & Dave Dig a Hole

by Mac Barnett

 

Dinosaur Kisses

by David Ezra Stein

 

If Kids Ruled the World

by Linda Bailey

 

Hello, My Name is Ruby

by Philip Christian Stead

 

Assistant City Librarian for Public Services

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