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I'm looking for some GREAT picture books for a storytime. Ages of kids will range from 2-5. Any themes. What books did you LOVE to read? Or books your kids LOVED to hear?

Do you go to the library-what books did they read that your dc really enjoyed?


Please help! We need some new reading material

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1. Elephant and piggie series and the pigeon series by Mo Willems

2. Seven silly eaters

3. Knuffle bunny

4. Some books by Audrey Wood

5. Corduroy

6. Picture books - there's a website that lists 20 top picture books. One is titled The Red book another is The Museum. At least I think so.

7. Little house on the prairie first chapter books


I hope this helps.

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Highly under-appreciated rhyming and slyly hidden character message book: https://www.amazon.com/Frog-Log-Kes-Gray/dp/0545687918/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1470512678&sr=8-1&keywords=frog+on+a+log


Not a fancy award winner but I personally believe good books aren't limited to Caldecott-seal-of-approval, and this is beloved by my son: https://www.amazon.com/Unicorn-Thinks-Hes-Pretty-Great/dp/1423159527/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1470512711&sr=8-1&keywords=unicorn+thinks+he%27s+pretty+great


Love. https://www.amazon.com/Wonderful-Wildlife-123-Meadowside-Board/dp/1472334442/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1470512784&sr=8-1&keywords=wonderful+wildlife+123


A gentle book with some sweet things (the steadfastness of an oak, the passage of time, life goes on even after it passes): https://www.amazon.com/Oak-Tree-Grows-Brian-Karas/dp/0399252339/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1470512811&sr=8-1&keywords=an+oak+tree+grows


These are just a few. We read them for enjoyment, not for cultural enrichment (although an enjoyable book is enriching regardless IMO). 


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Oh, how we love picture books! I hope my kids never entirely outgrow them. I will cry a river if/when they do.


These are ones that I love to read, and/or that all of my children have loved and asked for consistently from a very young age (my youngest is 4, and I know that her interest in these started around 2 or 3. Some of them are a stretch for a 2yo, but of course it depends on the child). 


Beatrix Potter - any and all. Our faves are Peter Rabbit, Squirrel Nutkin, Jemima Puddle Duck, and the Tale of Samuel Whiskers

Robert McCloskey: Make Way for Ducklings, Blueberries for Sal, One Morning in Maine

Joyce Sidman: Red Sings from Treetops

Barbara McClintock: Adele and Simon, Adele and Simon in America

Ezra Jack Keats: Jennie's Hat, The Snowy Day, Peter's Chair, A Letter for Amy

Janice May Udry: A Tree Is Nice

Munro Leaf: Ferdinand

Tomie dePaola: Strega Nona

Barbara Cooney: Chanticleer and the Fox

Donald Hall: Ox-Cart Man

Janell Cannon: Verdi, Stellaluna

Jane Yolen: Owl Moon

Virginia Burton: The Little House, Mike Mulligan

Margaret Wise Brown: The Little Island, Big Red Barn

Roger Duvoisin: Petunia

Ian Falconer: Olivia books

Sarah Stewart: The Gardener, The Library

Marjorie Flack: The Story about Ping

Don Freeman: Corduroy, A Pocket for Corduroy, Dandelion

Bill Martin: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Gail Haley: A Story, A Story

Dr. Suess: The Lorax


The Emperor's New Clothes, illustrated by Virginia Burton (Folk Tale Classics edition)




A Child's Garden of Verses (we love the one illustrated by Tasha Tudor)


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Some of our favorites for that age:


Sunflower House

Hildilid's Night


Moon Mouse

Gregory the Terrible Eater

Mr. Crank

The Hungry Thing

We Were Tired of Living in a House

The Letters are Lost


Pancakes, Pancakes

The Gingerbread Cowboy

The Hello Goodbye Window

Gilberto and the Wind

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Anything by Shirley Hughes (esp. Alfie's Feet) and Robert McCloskey (Esp. Make Way For Ducklings + Blueberries For Sal + Lentil). And Patricia Polacco (When Lightning Comes In A Jar).


Seven Silly Eaters.

A Growing Story.


Mama, Is It Summer Yet?


The original Curious George books.

Library Lion.


Toot and Puddle.

Miss Rumphius.

The Milkman.

Brambly Hedge.

A Bargain For Frances.

Ox Cart Man.

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I love everybody else's suggestions!  


Here are a few books that may not be classics but are fun ...  

  • Pete the Cat & His 4 Groovy Buttons by Dean  
  • The Book With No Pictures by B. J. Novak (it actually does work for a group setting!)
  • Jumpy Jack & Googily by Meg Rosoff
  • An Undone Fairytale by Ian Lendler
  • Amy Krouse Rosenthal's books (Little Hoot, Little Pea, Chopsticks, Spoon, Exclamation Point)
  • Allan Ahlberg's books (The Jolly Postman, The Runaway Dinner, Previously)
  • Karma Wilson's books (you could do a theme of "seasons" using her Bear books)
  • Mo Willems' books (some have already been suggested, but all of his books are fun.)
  • Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett
  • Press Here by Herve Tullet


Books that have very admirable protagonists:

  • Brave Irene by William Steig
  • The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spire
  • Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beatty  (also Iggy Peck, Architect)


Longer Picture books:

  • Allen Say's books



  • George & Martha books by James Marshall
  • Hoban's Frances books
  • How My Parents Learned to Eat by Ina Friedman


For the 2 year old ... we just read Bang by Leo Timmers and there is a lot that you can do with it (colors, predictions, animals).  It was fun!

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So many great recommendations, but I have a few to add!


For younger kids, but the 5 year old will also enjoy:


Jon Klassen Books: "This is not my hat" and "I want my hat back"


Dan Stantat Books: "The Adventures of Beekle: the Unimaginary Friend" and so many others



For 4-5 year olds (my 5 yo's current favorites):


Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear


The Talking Eggs by Robert D. San Souci


Fritz and the Beautiful Horses by Jan Brett


Taka-Chan and I: A Dog's Journey to Japan by Runcible (DD is mesmerized by this book--it's so unusual and wonderful)


All things WIlliam Stieg but especially Doctor De Soto and Sylvester and the Magic Pebble


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Yes!  But be careful on Shrek!  My kids did not like it.  William Steig was great!!!


Agree! The rhymes in Shrek are dense and it's super slim on story. DD didn't ask for it a second time. The Amazing Bone, The Toy Brother, Sylvester, Brave Irene, Doctor De Soto...basically all the others are winners. :)

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My 2 year old's current pile of favorites:


Rosie the Hen by Pat Hutchins

Goodnight, Owl, by Pat Hutchins

Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet and Allen Ahlberg

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

The Wonderful Things You Will Be by Emily Winfield Martin


She also LOVES the Farmyard Tales book by Usborne

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