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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



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


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