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Wee Read Picture Books


This is not an exhaustive list of all the picture books I’ve ever read to my kids, but these are the ones I can remember since I started keeping track.

I hope you’ll find something for your little ones to enjoy too!

Books about Self-Esteem, Anti-Bullying
One by Kathryn Otoshi
Llama Llama and the Bully Goat by Anna Dewdney
Red by Jan De Kinder

Books With Great Rhymes (Cadence)
Where’s My T-R-U-C-K? by Karen Beaumont
No Sleep for the Sheep by Karen Beaumont
Have You Seen My New Blue Socks? by Eve Bunting
What the Ladybug Heard by Julia Donaldson
If All the Animals Came Inside by Eric Pinder
The Pout Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen
Where’s My Mom? by Julia Donaldson
The Rain Came Down by David Shannon
Sun Bread by Elisa Kleven
EIEIO: How Old MacDonald Got His Farm With a Little Help from a Hen by Judy Sierra
Who’s in the Forest? by Phyllis Gershator
Good Night, Sleep Tight by Mem Fox
A Squash and a Squeeze by Julia Donaldson
The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson
The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson
Bee-Bim Bop! by Linda Sue Park
Rumble in the Jungle by Giles Andreae
The Seven Silly Eaters by Mary Ann Hoberman
I Know a Rhino by Charles Fuge
Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae
Iggy Peck Architect by Andrea Beaty
Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty
Duck in the Truck by Jez Alborough
Maybe I’ll Sleep in the Bathtub Tonight by Debbie Levy
Is Your Mama a Llama? by Deborah Guarino
Guyku: A Year of Haiku for Boys by Bob Raczka
Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin by Lloyd Moss
The Spiffiest Giant in Town by Julia Donaldson
Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson

Potty Training Books
Potty by Leslie Patricelli
Everyone Poops by Taro Gomi
A Potty for Me! by Karen Katz
Time to Pee! by Mo Willems
The Potty Book for Boys by Alyssa Satin Capucilli

Religious Books
Read Aloud Bible Stories Vol. 1 by Ella K. Lindvall
To Everything There is a Season by Jude Daly
All Things Bright and Beautiful by Cecil F. Alexander

Books About A New Baby Brother/Sister Arriving
The Baby Tree by Sophie Blackall

Books About Sharing and Manners
The Very Greedy Bee by Steve Smallman
Llama Llama Time to Share by Anna Dewdney
Please, Mr. Panda by Steve Anthony
The Bear Who Shared by Catherine Rayner

Books to Give For Graduation
How Big Is the World? by Britta Teckentrup
Only One You by Linda Kranz
Oh, the Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss

Llama Llama Books
Llama Llama Holiday Drama by Anna Dewdney (Also a Christmas book)
Llama Llama Home With Mama by Anna Dewdney
Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney
Llama Llama Mad at Mama by Anna Dewdney
Nelly Gnu and Daddy Too by Anna Dewdney

Books to Help Children Transition to School
Llama Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney
First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg
The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi
The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
My Name is Yoon by Helen Recorvits
Maisy Goes to Preschool by Lucy Cousins
The Night Before Preschool by Natasha Wing
Oh My Baby, Little One Kathi Appelt
Starting School by Janet and Allan Ahlberg
My Preschool by Anne Rockwell
Pete the Cat The Wheels on the Bus by James Dean
Pete the Cat Too Cool for School by James Dean
Dad’s First Day by Mike Wohnoutka
Miss Nelson is Missing! by Harry Allard
Froggy Goes to School by Jonathan London
Curious George’s First Day of School by H.A. Rey
Follow the Line to School by Laura Ljungkvist
Rosie Goes to Preschool by Karen Katz

Books About Taking Responsibility for Your Actions
Three Bears on a Boat by David Soman

Books About Friendship
You Will Be My Friend! by Peter Brown
Found by Salina Yoon
Hooray For Hat! by Brian Won
The Gift of Nothing by Patrick McDonnell
Where Bear? by Sophy Henn
When Blue Met Egg by Lindsay Ward
The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi
A Visitor for Bear by Bonny Becker
Leon and Bob by Simon James

Books About Having Courage and Being Brave
If I Never Forever Endeavor by Holly Meade
Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909 by Michelle Markel

Interactive Books
Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson
Press Here by Herve Tullet
The Book with a Hole by Herve Tullet
Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt

Pull Tab and Flap Books
Dog by Matthew Van Fleet
Heads by Matthew Van Fleet
Tails by Matthew Van Fleet
How Do You Feed a Hungry Giant? by Caitlin Friedman
Polar Bear’s Underwear by Tupera Tupera
I Spy Pets by Edward Gibbs
Open This Little Book by Jesse Klausmeier

Wordless Picture Books
Chalk by Bill Thomson
Draw! by Raul Colon
Wave by Suzy Lee

Winter Books
Ten on the Sled by Kim Norman
The Twelve Days of Winter: A School Counting Book by Deborah Lee Rose (Also a book you can sing and a counting book!)
Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson
Little Bear’s Big Sweater by David Bedford
Snow Babies by Laura Ellen Anderson

Books You Can Sing
Shoo Fly! by Iza Trapani

Counting Books
Have You Seen My Dragon? by Steve Light
One Big Pair of Underwear by Laura Gehl
My Book of Counting by Britta Teckentrup
Ten Little Ladybugs by Melanie Gerth
Chicka Chicka 123 by Bill Martin Jr.
The Grapes of Math by Greg Tang
Math Curse by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith
The Coin Counting Book by Rozanne Lanczak Williams
Countablock by Christopher Franceschelli
Jenny Found a Penny by Trudy Harris
1-2-3 Peas by Keith Baker
Numbers Everywhere by Elliot Kaufman

Science Books
Science Verse by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith

Christmas Books
Bear Stays Up for Christmas by Karma Wilson
Shhh! by Julie Sykes
Merry Christmas, Mouse! by Laura Numeroff
Maisy’s Christmas Day by Lucy Cousins
Counting Christmas by Karen Katz (Also a counting book)
Frozen Noses by Jan Carr
Under My Hood I Have a Hat by Karla Kuskin
Pete the Cat Saves Christmas by James Dean
Get Dressed, Santa by Tomie dePaola
The Last Christmas Tree by Stephen Krensky
The Little Fir Tree by Margaret Wise Brown (Also a classic book)
Kwanzaa Kids by Joan Holub
Christmas Peekaboo by DK Publishing

Easter Books
One Brown Bunny by Marion Dane Bauer
Hank Finds an Egg by Rebecca Dudley (Also a wordless picture book)
Emma’s Easter by Lisa Bullard

Spring Books
Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt by Kate Messner
Finding Spring by Carin Berger

Summer Books
The Longest Day: Celebrating the Summer Solstice by Wendy Pfeffer
Llama Llama Sand & Sun by Anna Dewdney
The Night Before Summer Vacation by Natasha Wing
Hide and Seek Harry at the Beach by Kenny Harrison

Mother’s Day Books
If You Were Born a Kitten by Marion Dane Bauer
What Mommies Do Best by Laura Numeroff
I Love You as Much by Laura Krauss Melmed
Love You Forever by Robert Munsch

Father’s Day Books
Saturday is Dadurday by Robin Pulver
The Daddy Mountain by Jules Feiffer
Kisses for Daddy by Frances Watts
Daddy Hugs 123 by Karen Katz
Just the Two of Us by Will Smith
The Daddy Book by Todd Parr
Baby Dance by Ann Taylor
Because I am Your Daddy by Sherry North
My Dad! by Charles Fuge
The Night Before Father’s Day by Natasha Wing
Oh Daddy! by Bob Shea

Books About Making the World a Better Place (Some are ideal for Earth Day)
Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
How Full is Your Bucket? For Kids by Tom Rath and Mary Reckmeyer
The Curious Garden by Peter Brown
Biscuit’s Earth Day Celebration by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
We Planted a Tree by Diane Muldrow

Classic Books
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
Prayer for a Child by Rachel Field (also a Religious book)
Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina

Alphabet Books
The Sleepy Little Alphabet by Judy Sierra
The Alphabet Room by Sara Pinto
Once Upon an Alphabet by Oliver Jeffers
The Alphabet Tree by Leo Lionni
Take Away the A by Michael Escoffier
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.
Animal ABC by Susi Martin
ABCs at the Store by Rebecca Rissman
Alpha Block by Christopher Franceschelli
New York, New York: The Big Apple from A to Z by Laura Krauss Melmed
Feelings to Share from A to Z by Todd and Peggy Snow
Alpha Oops!  The Day Z Went First by Alethea Kontis
Alphabet Mystery by Audrey Wood
Alphabet Adventure by Audrey Wood
Alphabeasties and Other Amazing Types by Sharon Werner
LMNO Peas by Keith Baker
Alphabet Everywhere by Elliot Kaufman
Teddy Bears ABC by Susanna Gretz
Alpha Oops: H is for Halloween (also a Halloween book) by Alethea Kontis
The Turn Around, Upside Down, Alphabet Book by Lisa Campbell Ernst

Books to Read by Flashlight
Secrets of the Apple Tree by Carron Brown and Alyssa Nassner
The Dark, Dark Night by M. Christina Butler and Jane Chapman
Flashlight by Lizi Boyd
On the Train by Carron Brown
The Dark by Lemony Snicket

Books for Kids Afraid of Thunder and Storms
Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco
Stormy Night by Salina Yoon

Easy Reader Books
Sam Sheep Can’t Sleep by Phil Roxbee Cox
Shark in the Park by Phil Roxbee Cox
-Ed as in Bed by Amanda Rondeau
-Um as in Drum by Nancy Tuminelly

Elephant and Piggie Easy Reader Books
I Am Invited to a Party! by Mo Willems
Let’s Go for a Drive by Mo Willems
Should I Share My Ice Cream? by Mo Willems
I Love My New Toy by Mo Willems
We Are in a Book! by Mo Willems
Waiting Is Not Easy by Mo Willems
I Broke My Trunk by Mo Willems
Can I Play Too? by Mo Willems
My New Friend is So Fun! by Mo Willems

Bedtime Books
Froggy Goes to Bed by Jonathan London
Goodnight iPad by Ann Droyd
Goodnight Already! by Jory John & Benji Davies
Sleepyheads by Sandra J. Howatt
Baby Bedtime by Mem Fox & Emma Quay
Wynken, Blynken & Nod by Eugene Field
Dream Away by Julia Durango & Katie Belle Trupiano
Always by Emma Dodd
You’re Here for a Reason by Nancy Tillman
On the Night You Were Born by Nancy Tillman

Pop-Up Books
The Wide-Mouthed Frog by Keith Faulkner

Wearable Books
Book-O-Beards by Donald Lemke and Bob Lentz

Books to Get You Moving/Exercising
Get Up and Go! by Nancy Carlson
You Are a Lion and Other Fun Yoga Poses by Tae-Eun Yoo

Dr. Seuss Books
The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss
Oh, The Thinks You Can Think by Dr. Seuss
The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
What Pet Should I Get? by Dr. Seuss

Pete the Cat Books
Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin and James Dean
Pete the Cat Rocking in My School Shoes by Eric Litwin and James Dean
Pete the Cat I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin and James Dean

Other Books We’ve Read
The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak
Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett
How to Read a Story by Kate Messner
Bear Feels Sick by Karma Wilson
Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
The Maggie B. by Irene Haas
The Way Back Home by Oliver Jeffers
Stuck by Oliver Jeffers
Last Stop on Market Street by Matt De La Pena
Yoo-Hoo Lady Bug! by Mem Fox
Wait by Antoinette Portis
The Everything Book by Denise Fleming
Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
The Piegon Needs a Bath! by Mo Willems
That Is Not a Good Idea by Mo Willems
The Tale of Jemima Puddle Duck by Beatrix Potter
The Bear’s Song by Benjamin Chaud
Go! Go! Go! Stop! by Charise Mericle Harper
The Story About Ping by Marjorie Flack
My Mouth is a Volcano!  by Julia Cook
This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen
Lola Plants a Garden by Anna McQuinn
I Got the Rhythm by Connie Schofield-Morrison
Almost by Richard Torrey
Supertruck by Stephen Savage
Please, Puppy, Please by Skike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee
Home by Carson Ellis
You Nest Here With Me by Jane Yolen
Life Size Zoo by Teruyuki Komiya
Life Size Aquarium by Teruyuki Komiya
Cat Says Meow and other animalopoeia by Michael Arndt
Little Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Water is Water by Miranda Paul
How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? by Jane Yolen
Queen Victoria’s Bathing Machine by Gloria Whelan
A Bed for Bear by Clive McFarland
Get Out of My Bath! by Nosy Crow
The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt
Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
In This Book by Fani Marceau
The Terrible Plop by Ursula Dubosarsky
Hippos Can’t Swim and Other Fun Facts by Laura Lyn DiSiena
Tiptoe Joe by Ginger Foglesong Gibson
Mung Mung by Linda Sue Park
Tickle Monster by Josie Bissett
Animal Spots and Stripes by Britta Teckentrup

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