Livingston Lord Library
Curriculum Materials Center

Best Read Aloud Picture Books

Toddlers through Age 5

Adams, Diane. Zoom! Illus. Kevin Luthardt. Atlanta: Peachtree, 2005.

Andreasen, Dan. A Special Day for Mommy. New York: Margaret K. McElderry Books-Simon & Schuster, 2004.

Ashman, Linda. Starry Safari. Illus. Jeff Mack. New York: Harcourt, 2005.

Bachelet, Gilles. My Cat, the Silliest Cat in the World. New York: Abrams Books, 2006. 2007 Wanda Gág Honor Book

Bailey, Linda. Stanley’s Wild Ride. Illus. Bill Slavin. Tonawanda: Kids Can Press, 2006.

Bania, Michael. Kumak's Fish: A Tall Tale from the Far North. Portland, OR: Alaska Northwest Books, 2004.  2005 Wanda Gág Honor Book

Barrett, Judi. Never Take a Shark to the Dentist (and Other Things Not to Do). Illus. John Nickle. New York: Atheneum-Simon & Schuster, 2008.

Beaumont, Karen. Baby Danced the Polka. Illus. Jennifer Plecas. New York: Dial Books, 2004.

Beaumont, Karen. Duck, Duck, Goose! (A Coyote’s on the Loose!). Illus. Jose Aruego and Ariane Dewey. New York: HarperCollins, 2004

Beaumont, Karen. I Like Myself. Illus. David Catrow. Orlando: Harcourt, 2004. 2005 Wanda Gág Book Award

Beaumont, Karen. Move Over, Rover! Illus. Jane Dyer. Orlando: Harcourt, 2006.

Bechtold, Lisze. Sally and the Purple Socks. New York: Philomel Books, 2008.

Becker, Bonny. A Visitor for Bear. Illus. Kady MacDonald Denton. Cambridge: Candlewick Press, 2008. 2009 Wanda Gág Honor Book

Bergman, Mara. Snip Snap! What’s That? Illus. Nick Maland. New York: Greenwillow Books-HarperCollins, 2005.

Berkes, Marianne. Over in the Jungle: A Rainforest Rhyme. Illus. Jeanette Canyon. Nevada City:  Dawn Publications, 2007.

Best, Cari. What’s So Bad About Being an Only Child? Illus. Sophie Blackall. New York: Melanie Kroupa-Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007.

Blankenship, LeeAnn. Mr. Tuggle’s Troubles. Illus. Karen Dugan. Honesdale: Boyds Mills Press, 2005.

Bluemle, Elizabeth. My Father the Dog. Illus. Randy Cecil. Cambridge: Candlewick Press, 2006. 2007 Wanda Gág Book Award

Bogan, Paulette. Momma’s Magical Purse. New York: Bloomsbury, 2004.

Brown, Jo. Hoppity Skip Little Chick. Wilton, CT: Tiger Tales, 2005.

Calmenson, Stephanie. Late for School! Illus. by Sachiko Yoshikawa. Minneapolis: Carolrhoda Books, 2008.

Calvert, Pam. Princess Peepers. Illus. Tuesday Mourning. Tarrytown: Marshall Cavendish, 2008.    

Carle, Eric. Mister Seahorse. New York: Philomel Books, 2004.

Carle, Eric. 10 Little Rubber Ducks. New York: HarperCollins, 2005.

Cecil, Randy. Duck. Cambridge: Candlewick Press, 2008.

Church, Caroline Jayne. Little Apple Goat. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans Books, 2007.

Church, Caroline Jayne. Ping Pong Pig. New York: Holiday House, 2008.

Cooper, Helen. Delicious! A Pumpkin Soup Story. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006.

Cronin, Doreen. Dooby Dooby Moo. Illus. Betsy Lewin. New York: Atheneum, 2006.

Cronin, Doreen. Wiggle. Illus. Scott Menchin. New York: Atheneum, 2005.

Cutbill, Andy. The Cow That Laid an Egg. Illus. Russell Ayto. New York: HarperCollins, 2008. 2009 Wanda Gág Award

Cuyler, Margery, adaptor. We’re Going on a Lion Hunt. Illus. by Joe Mathieu. Tarrytown: Marshall Cavendish, 2008.

Davidson, Ellen Dee. Princess Justina Albertina: A Cautionary Tale. Illus. Michael Chesworth. Watertown: Charlesbridge, 2007.

DeFelice, Cynthia. One Potato, Two Potato. Illus. Andrea U’Ren. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2006. 2007 Wanda Gág Honor Book

Delaney, Mary. Mabel O’Leary Puts Peas in Her Ear-y. Illus. Kathy Couri. New York: Little, Brown, 2006.

Dewdney, Anna. Llama Llama Red Pajama. New York: Viking, 2005. 2006 Wanda Gág Honor Book

Dodds, Dayle Ann. The Prince Won’t Go To Bed. Illus. Krysten Brooker. New York: Melanie Kroupa Books-Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2007.

Donaldson, Julia. The Gruffalo’s Child. Illus. Axel Scheffler. New York: Dial Books, 2005.

Durango, Julia. Cha-Cha Chimps. Illus. Eleanor Taylor. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2006.

Durant, Alan. I Love You, Little Monkey. Illus. Katharine McEwen. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2006.

Duval, Kathy. The Three Bears’ Christmas. Illus. Paul Meisel. New York: Holiday House, 2005.

Ellery, Tom, and Amanda Ellery. If I had a Dragon. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2006.

Emmett, Jonathan. Someone Bigger. Illus. Adrian Reynolds. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004.

Eriksson, Eva. A Crash Course for Molly. Trans. Elisabeth Kallick Dyssegaard. New York: R&S Books, 2005.

Feiffer, Kate. Double Pink. Illus. Bruce Ingman. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2005.

Fletcher, Ralph. The Sandman. Illus. Richard Cowdrey. New York: Henry Holt, 2008. 2009 Wanda Gág Honor Book

Fore, S. J. Tiger Can’t Sleep. Illus. R.W. Alley. New York: Viking, 2006.

Frazier, Craig. Stanley Mows the Lawn. San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 2005. 2006 Wanda Gág Honor Book

Friedman, Laurie. Love, Ruby Valentine. Illus. Lynne Avril Cravath. Minneapolis: Carolrhoda Books, 2006.

Fromental, Jean-Luc. 365 Penguins. Illus. Joëlle Jolivet. New York: Abrams Books, 2005. 2006 Wanda Gág Honor Book

Gorbachev, Valeri. Red Red Red. New York: Philomel Books, 2007.

Gorbachev, Valeri. That’s What Friends Are For. New York: Philomel Books, 2005.

Gorbachev, Valeri. Turtle’s Penguin Day. New York: Knopf, 2008.

Grambling, Lois G. T. Rex Trick-or-Treats. Illus. Jack E. Davis. New York: Katherine Tegen Books-HarperCollins, 2005.

Gray, Kes. Cluck O’Clock. Illus. Mary McQuillan. New York: Holiday House, 2004.

Grégoire, Caroline. Counting with Apollo. La Jolla: Kane/Miller, 2004.

Helakoski, Leslie. Big Chickens Fly the Coop. Illus. Henry Cole. New York: Dutton, 2008.

Henkes, Kevin. Kitten’s First Full Moon. New York: Greenwillow Books-HarperCollins, 2004.

Henkes, Kevin. Lilly’s Big Day. New York: Greenwillow Books-HarperCollins, 2006.

Hermsen, Ronald. The Story of Giraffe. Illus. Guido Pigni. Asheville: Front Street, 2006.

Himmelman, John. Katie Loves the Kittens. New York: Henry Holt, 2008.

Ho, Minfong. Peek! A Thai Hide-and-Seek. Illus. Holly Meade. Cambridge: Candlewick Press, 2004.

Ichikawa, Satomi. My Father’s Shop. La Jolla: Kane/Miller, 2006.

James, Simon. Baby Brains. Cambridge: Candlewick Press, 2004.

Keller, Holly. Nosy Rosie. New York: Greenwillow Books, 2006.

Kinerk, Robert. Timothy Cox Will Not Change His Socks. Illus. Stephen Gammell. New York: Paula Wiseman Book-Simon & Schuster, 2005.

Kirk, Daniel. Keisha Ann Can! New York: Putnam’s, 2008.

Kulka, Joe. Wolf’s Coming. Minneapolis: Carolrhoda Books, 2007. 2008 Wanda Gág Book Award

Kutner, Merrily. Down on the Farm. Illus. Will Hillenbrand. New York: Holiday House, 2004.

LaRochelle, David. The Best Pet of All. Illus. Hanako Wakiyama. New York: Dutton, 2004.

Lechner, John. A Froggy Fable. Cambridge: Candlewick Press, 2005.

Lloyd, Sam. Mr. Pusskins: A Love Story. New York: Atheneum, 2006.

Lobel, Anita. Hello, Day! New York: Greenwillow Books-HarperCollins, 2008.

Lord, Janet. Albert the Fix-It Man. Illus. Julie Paschkis. Atlanta: Peachtree, 2008.

Loupy, Christophe. Wiggles. Illus. Eve Tharlet. New York: North-South Books, 2005.

MacDonald, Margaret Read. A Hen, a Chick and a String Guitar: Inspired by a Chilean Folk Tale. Illus. Sophie Fatus. Cambridge: Barefoot Books, 2005.

MacDonald, Margaret Read, reteller. The Old Woman and Her Pig: An Appalachian Folktale. Illus. John Kanzler. New York: HarperCollins, 2007.

MacDonald, Margaret Read. The Squeaky Door. Illus. Mary Newell DePalma. New York: HarperCollins, 2006.

MacLachlan, Patricia, and Emilh MacLachlan. Bittle. Illus. Dan Yaccarino. New York: Joanna Colter Books-HarperCollins, 2004.

McPhail, David. Big Brown Bear Goes to Town. Orlando: Harcourt, 2006.

Merz, Jennifer J. Playground Day! New York: Clarion Books, 2007.

Mewburn, Kyle. Kiss! Kiss! Yuck! Yuck! Illus. Ali Teo, and John O’Reilly. Atlanta: Peachtree, 2008.

Meyers, Susan. Kittens! Kittens! Kittens! Illus. David Walker. New York: Abrams Books, 2007.

Meyers, Susan. Puppies! Puppies! Puppies! Illus. David Walker. New York: Abrams Books, 2005.

Monks, Lydia. Aaaarrgghh! Spider! New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2004.

Moss, Miriam. Bare Bear. Illus. Mary McQuillan. New York: Holiday House, 2005.

Nedwidek, John. Ducks Don’t Wear Socks. Illus. Lee White. New York: Penguin, 2008.

Newman, Lesléa. Where Is Bear? Illus. Valeri Gorbachev. Orlando: Gulliver Books, 2004.

Niland, Deborah. Annie’s Chair. New York: Walker, 2006.

O’Connor, Jane. Ready, Set, Skip! Illus. Ann James. New York: Viking, 2007.

Odanaka, Barbara. Smash! Mash! Crash! There Goes the Trash! Illus. Will Hillenbrand. New York: Margaret K. McElderry Books-Simon & Schuster, 2006.

Oppenheim, Joanne. The Prince’s Bedtime. Illus. Miriam Latimer. Cambridge: Barefoot Books, 2006.

Page, Gail. How to Be a Good Dog. New York: Bloomsbury, 2006.

Patricelli, Leslie. The Birthday Box. Cambridge: Candlewick Press, 2007.

Pinkney, Jerry. Little Red Riding Hood. New York: Little, Brown, 2007.

Pitzer, Susanna. Not Afraid of Dogs. Illus. Larry Day. New York: Walker, 2006.

Plourde, Lynn. A Mountain of Mittens. Illus. Mitch Vane. Watertown: Charlesbridge, 2007.

Prince, Joshua. I Saw an Ant on the Railroad Track. Illus. Macky Pamintuan. New York: Sterling, 2006.

Rosenthal, Amy Krouse. Little Hoot. Illus. Jen Corace. San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 2008.

Rostoker-Gruber, Karen. Rooster Can’t Cock-a-Doodle-Doo. Illus. Paul Rátz de Tagyos. New York: Dial Books, 2004.

Salley, Coleen. Epossumondas Saves the Day. Illus. Janet Stevens. Orlando: Harcourt, 2006. 2007 Comstock Book Award

San Souci, Robert D. Zig Zag. Illus. Stefan Czernecki. Little Rock: August House, 2005.

Sayre, April Pulleu. Trout, Trout, Trout! Illus. Trip Park. Chanhassen: Northwood Press, 2004.

Schwartz, Corey Rosen, and Tali Klein. Hop! Plop! Illus. Olivier Dunrea. New York: Walker, 2006.

Scotton, Rob. Splat the Cat. New York: HarperCollins, 2008.

Shannon, George. Rabbit’s Gift: A Fable from China. Illus. Laura Dronzek. Orlando: Harcourt, 2007.

Sherry, Kevin. I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean. New York: Dial Books, 2007.

Sierra, Judy. What Time Is It, Mr. Crocodile? Illus. Doug Cushman. Orlando: Gulliver Books, 2004.

Skalak, Barbara Anne. Waddle, Waddle, Quack, Quack, Quack. Illus. Sylvia Long. San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 2005.

Slonim, David. He Came with the Couch. San Francisco: Chronicle Books, 2005.

Smith, Stu. The Bubble Gum Kid. Illus. Julia Woolf. Philadelphia: Running Press Kids, 2006.

Spinelli, Eileen. Do You Have a Hat? Illus. Geraldo Valério. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2004.

Stein, Mathilde. Mine! Illus. Mies van Hout. Honesdale: Lemniscaat-Boyds Mill Press, 2006.

Stevens, April. Waking Up Wendell. Illus. Tad Hills. New York: Schwartz and Wade Books-Random House, 2007.

Stevens, Janet, and Susan Stevens Crummel. Plaidypus Lost. Illus. Janet Stevens. New York: Holiday House, 2004.

Stringer, Lauren. Winter Is the Warmest Season. Orlando: Harcourt, 2006.

Taback, Simms. I Miss You Every Day. New York: Viking, 2007.

Teckentrup, Britta. Grumpy Cat. New York: Boxer Books, 2008.

Tekavec, Heather. What's That AWFUL Smell? Illus. Margaret Spengler. New York: Dial Books, 2004.

Thompson, Lauren. Little Quack’s Bedtime. Illus. Derek Anderson. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2005.

Thompson, Lauren. Polar Bear Night. Illus. Stephen Savage. New York: Scholastic, 2004.

Timmers, Leo. Who Is Driving? New York: Bloomsbury, 2005.

Van Rossum, Heleen. Will You Carry Me? Illus. Peter Van Harmelen. La Jolla: Kane/Miller, 2005. 

VanPatter, Bruce. Farley Found It! Honesdale: Boyds Mills Press, 2006.

Wilcox, Leah. Waking Beauty. Illus. Lydia Monks. New York: Putnam’s, 2008.
Wild, Margaret. Piglet and Mama. Illus. Stephen Michael King. New York: Abrams Books, 2004.

Wild, Margaret. Piglet and Papa. Illus. Stephen Michael King. New York: Abrams Books, 2007.

Willems, Mo. Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! New York: Hyperion, 2006. 

Willems, Mo. Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale. New York: Hyperion, 2004. 2005 Wanda Gág Honor Book
Willems, Mo. Knuffle Bunny Too: A Case of Mistaken Identity. New York: Hyperion, 2007. 2008 Wanda Gág Honor Book

Willems, Mo. Leonardo the Terrible Monster. New York: Hyperion, 2005.

Willems, Mo. The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog! New York: Hyperion, 2004.

Willey, Margaret. The 3 Bears and Goldilocks. Illus. by Heather M. Solomon. New York: Atheneum-Simon & Schuster, 2008.

Williams, Carol Ann. Booming Bella. Illus. Tatjana Mai-Wyss. New York: Putnam’s, 2008.

Wilson, Karma. Moose Tracks. Illus. Jack E. Davis. New York: Margaret K. McElderry-Simon & Schuster, 2006.

Wilson, Karma. Mortimer’s Christmas Manger. Illus. Jane Chapman. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2005.

Wilson, Karma. Sakes Alive! A Cattle Drive. Illus. Karla Firehammer. New York: Little, Brown, 2005.

Wilson, Karma. Where Is Home, Little Pip? Illus. Jane Chapman. New York: Margaret K. McElderry Books-Simon & Schuster, 2008.

Wood, Audrey. Ten Little Fish. Illus. Bruce Wood. New York: Blue Sky Press-Scholastic, 2005.

Yaccarino, Dan. The Birthday Fish. New York: Henry Holt, 2005.

Zalben, Jane Breskin. Hey, Mama Goose. Illus. Emilie Chollat. New York: Dutton, 2005.

Zimmerman, Andrea, and David Clemesha. Dig! Illus. Marc Rosenthal. San Diego: Silver Whistle-Harcourt, 2004.

Zimmerman, Andrea, and David Clemesha. Fire Engine Man. New York: Henry Holt, 2007.

Compiled and edited by Professor Carol Hanson Sibley, Curriculum Librarian and Korella Selzler, Library Technician, Curriculum Materials Center, Livingston Lord Library, Minnesota State University Moorhead, Moorhead, Minnesota. © 2010 Curriculum Materials Center/Livingston Lord Library.

This bibliography was supported by a Carnegie-Whitney Grant from the American Library Association; the Wanda Gág Book Award Fund of the Minnesota State University Moorhead Alumni Foundation, Moorhead, Minnesota; and the Livingston Lord Library.

This list may be reproduced (printable bibliography) and distributed by educational and/or nonprofit organizations so long as credit is given to the Curriculum Materials Center, Livingston Lord Library, Minnesota State University Moorhead, Moorhead, Minnesota.