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Picture Book Month

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In honor of Picture Book Month this November, our Youth Services Librarians have put together a list of children's books that are special to us and our families at home.

You can always find updated recommendations from our Youth Services Librarians by following our Picture Book board on Pinterest. These titles are perfect for those participating in our Reading Programs or simply looking for something new!


  • Who Wet My Pants? by Bob Shea – All Reuben the Bear wanted to do was share some donuts with his woodland buddies but someone went and wet his pants. He is determined to discover the culprit! This comically depicts the absurdity of blame.
  • A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead – Zookeeper Amos McGee always made time to visit his friends until one day he is too sick to visit. His animal friends decide it is time they visit him. A gentle lesson of empathy and friendship.
  • Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall – Jabari learned how to swim. Now he needs to jump off the diving board. He is not scared. He just needs to figure a few things out before he takes his leap. This is a genuinely sweet story about a brave little boy overcoming his fears with his father at his side.



  • Bear Snores on by Karma Wilson – Great read with beautiful pictures of many animals that kids know. You can change your voice with the words to grab attention and who doesn't want to be part of a party with yummy food.
  • The Black Rabbit by Philippa Leathers – A scary story with a fun ending, perfect for Halloween. I love the way the young rabbit comes to believe in himself.




  • Arnie the Doughnut by Laurie Keller – Delightful adventures of a doughnut who sets out to prove he is more than just a sweet treat. You will. never be able to eat a chocolate doughnut with sprinkles again!
  • The Great Fuzz Frenzy by Janet Stevens – Chaos ensues when a happy go lucky dog loses his tennis ball down a prairie dog tunnel. Adorable prairie dogs take on human characteristics - good and bad. Illustrations and book layout support this great read aloud.
  • Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss – Classic! Special to me because I read it to my sons in vitro in an effort to counter act the influence of their picky eater father.


  • Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson - A fun, interactive book that explores the seasons! Through the text children are encouraged to tap, touch, and wiggle the illustrations as they experience the changes that the tree goes through.
  • Go! Go! Go! Stop! by Charise Mericle Harper – If you have a little one who loves construction vehicles - add this title to your list! The construction site is a busy place and Little Green helps get things going by saying "go!" but when it becomes busy, he has to help figure out how to keep everyone safe by saying "stop!"
  • My Heart is Like a Zoo by Michael Hall – There are so many things to love in this book - animals, shapes, and rhyming text. Little ones will love identifying the animals and grownups will enjoy reading this book to wind down at the end of the day.



  • The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton – This was one of my all time favorites growing up. I loved the illustrations and the way the house lived through so many generations and started to deteriorate and then ended up well taken care of in the end. I liked how it reflected on the changing of seasons and the changing of our country from more agrarian to a more industrialized place with big urban cities.
  • Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown – One of our kids’ favorites. We would read it almost every night when my daughter was little and she can still recite almost the whole book. The words were like a gentle lullaby, perfect for reading before bed.


  • Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin – Dragons. Tacos. What is not to love?! My family still loves this cautionary tale of inviting dragons to your taco party and the dangers of accidentally serving them spicy salsa.
  • The Book with No Pictures by B.J. Novack - This silly book was on nightly repeat in our house. My boys absolutely loved making mom and dad read EVERY word and funny sound in this book over and over...and over again. So many giggles had by all!




  • The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams – A brave woman is oddly followed by various articles of clothing as she walks along the path in the woods toward home. She comes up with an idea for them to come together and make themselves useful. The story not only has cumulative verses; it has actions, too. A fun read for the Fall.
  • Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina – Set in a small town in old Europe, a peddler carries the caps he has to sell stacked upon his head, rather than in a case. When he sits down for a nap at the foot of a tree, monkeys come down from the branches and each puts a cap on its head. How will the peddler ever get his caps back? A fun copy-cat story. This is a favorite from my childhood.
  • What a Wonderful World by George David Weiss – The song made famous by Louis Armstrong is transformed into a colorful puppet show put on by multicultural children. The puppet show follows the lyrics of the song, so cuing up an audio of Armstrong singing adds another layer of enjoyment. A beautiful way to remember that our world is indeed wonderful.



  • Shelter by Celine Claire – Shelter is about kindness and generosity to people you don't know, and it's about sharing your home. We're all pretty vulnerable these days. It's a good reminder that without intentional kindness, often outside of our comfort zone, we might leave someone out in the cold.
  • Love and the Rocking Chair by Leo and Diane Dillon - Love and the Rocking Chair looks like an old-fashioned classic, but it was released just last year. It's a gentle story about the family that grows and changes around a special chair.