Cover of "How to Speak Moo!"
Cover of How to Speak Moo!

Many of these books I read aloud multiple times for the children in my story times.  I put in bold the ones I loved. I underlined ones that kids seemed to especially like.  Listed alphabetically by title.

Picture Books, Easy Readers, and Board Books

  1. 10, 9, 8 by Molly Bang (board book)
  2. Aarrgghh! Spider! by Lydia Monks
  3. Alison’s Zinnia by Anita Lobel
  4. Alistair’s Elephant by Marilyn Sadler
  5. Baa for Beginners by Deborah Fajerman (funny)
  6. Bad Baby by Ross MacDonald
  7. Bad Frogs by Thacher Hurd
  8. Band of Dirty Pirates by Harvey Damian (easy reader) (some 10 year olds liked this one)
  9. Barefooted Bad-Tempered Baby Brigade by Deborah Diesen  (My kids didn’t like it.  But a mother apologized for its state since her young son had lovingly chewed on it.)
  10. Beach Tail by Karen Williams (mothers liked this one)
  11. Bear in the Air by Susan Meyers  (charming)
  12. Bear Wants More by Karma Wilson  (food stories go over well)
  13. Bedtime for Bear by Bonny Becker  (funny)
  14. Big Chickens Go to Town by Leslie Helakoski
  15. Bing: Get Dressed by Ted Dewan  (very popular)
  16. Bing: Go Picnic by Ted Dewan  (but my copies are falling to pieces)
  17. Bing: Make Music by Ted Dewan  (and they are out of print, *sigh*)
  18. Boogie Knights by Lisa Wheeler
  19. Brave Potatoes by Toby Speed
  20. Bug City by Dahlov Ipcar
  21. Bunny Bungalow by Cynthia Rylant
  22. Burger Boy by Alan Durant
  23. Cat & Mouse: A Delicious Tale by Jiwon Oh (quirky)
  24. Chicken Cheeks by Michael Ian Black  (makes mothers nervous)
  25. Christmas Cricket by Eve Bunting
  26. City Dog, Country Frog by Mo Willems
  27. Click, Clack, Splish, Splash by Doreen Cronin
  28. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett
  29. Cobweb Christmas by Shirley Climo
  30. Come on Rain by by Karen Hesse
  31. Cool Cat, Hot Dog by Sandy Turner
  32. Cow Loves Cookies by Karma Wilson
  33. Cowboy and Octopus by Jon Scieszka  (not many adults share my adoration for this book.)
  34. Crocodaddy by Kim Norman
  35. Curious Garden by Peter Brown
  36. Dancing Dinos by Sally Lucas (easy reader)  (lively)
  37. Dear Fish by Chris Gall
  38. Diary of a Spider by Doreen Cronin
  39. Dibble and Dabble by Dave Saunders
  40. Dinosaur vs. the Potty by Bob Shea (kids appear to be put off by this hilarious book.)
  41. Do Little Mermaids Wet Their Beds by Jeanne Willis
  42. Do’s and Don’t by Todd Parr (board book)
  43. Dog Breath by Dave Pilkey
  44. Dollhouse Fairy by Jane Ray
  45. Duck & Goose, it’s Time for Christmas! by Tad Hills (board book)
  46. Duck for President by Doreen Cronin
  47. Duck is Dirty by Satoshi Kitamura (board book)
  48. Duck on a Bike by David Shannon (funny)
  49. Duck, Duck, Goose by Tad Hills
  50. Ducks Disappearing by Phyllis Naylor
  51. Ella, Of Course by Sarah Weeks
  52. Elmer by David McKee
  53. Eloise at the Wedding by Margaret McNamara
  54. Everything I Know About Pirates by Tom Lichtenheld
  55. Everywhere Babies by Susan Meyers (very popular)
  56. Five Little Pumpkins by Ben Mantle (board book)  (3 year boy likes this one)
  57. Fletcher and the Falling Leaves by Julia Rawlingson (charming)
  58. Fletcher and the Snowflake Christmas by Julia Rawlingson
  59. Fletcher and the Springtime Blossoms by Julia Rawlingson (charming)
  60. Floop’s New Umbrella by Carole Tremblay (easy reader)
  61. Flotsam by David Wiesner (Caldecott Medal) (wordless)
  62. Froggy Eats Out by Jonathan London
  63. Froggy Eats Out by Jonathan London
  64. Giggle, Giggle, Quack by Doreen Cronin
  65. Gingerbread Pirates by Kristin Kladstrup (pirates and santa – they couldn’t go wrong)
  66. Glass Slipper, Gold Sandal:  A Worldwide Cinderella by Paul Fleischman  (clever but hard to follow)
  67. Goldilicious by Victoria Kann
  68. Golem by David Wisniewski (Caldecott Medal)
  69. Hallelujah Flight by Phil Bildner  (interesting history, poetically written)
  70. Hallo-Wiener by Dav Pilkey (funny)
  71. Harry on the Rocks by Susan Meddaugh
  72. Harry’s Box by Angela McAllister
  73. Hello, Goodbye Window by Norton Juster & Chris Raschka (Caldecott Medal)
  74. House in the Night by Susan Swanson (Caldecott)
  75. How are You Peeling by Joost Elffers
  76. How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food by Jane Yolen
  77. How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight by Jane Yolen
  78. How to Catch an Elephant by Amy Schwartz
  79. How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman
  80. How to Speak Moo! by Daborah Fajerman
  81. Humbug Witch by Lorna Balian
  82. Hungry Coat by Demi
  83. Hush, Hush! by Margaret Wild (board book)
  84. I am the Dog by Daniel Pinkwater (quirky)
  85. I Hate Reading by Arthur Bacon, Henry Bacon
  86. I Love Bugs by Philemon Sturges
  87. I Love My Mom by Anna Walker (board book)
  88. I Love My Pirate Papa by Laura Leuck
  89. I’m Dirty! by Kate McMullan
  90. In the Haunted House by Eve Bunting
  91. Inspector Hopper’s Mystery Year by Doug Cushman (easy reader)
  92. Interrupting Chicken by David Stein
  93. Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten? by Audrey Vernick
  94. Ivy Loves to Give by Freya Blackwood (charming, especially the illustrations)
  95. Jazzmatazz by Stephanie Calmenson
  96. Jeannette Claus Saves Christmas by Douglas Rees (clever)
  97. Joe on the Go by Peggy Anderson
  98. Joseph Had a Little Overcoat by Simms Taback (Caldecott Medal)
  99. Jump Frog Jump by Robert Kalan (board book)
  100. Just Like Mama by Lesléa Newman
  101. Katie Saves Thanksgiving by Fran Manushkin (easy reader)
  102. Knuffle Bunny Too:  A Case of Mistaken Identity by Mo Willems
  103. Ladybug Girl at the Beach by David Soman (touching)
  104. Letters from a Desperate Dog by Eileen Christelow
  105. Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney (wordless; Caldecott)
  106. Listen to the Rain by Bill Martin
  107. Little Brown Bear Won’t Take a Nap by Jane Dyer
  108. Little Bunny Foo Foo:  by the Good Fairy by Paul Johnson
  109. Little Cloud by Eric Carle
  110. Little Pea by Amy Rosenthal
  111. Little Tumbo by Steven Salerno
  112. Looking for Ginny by Claude Dubois (wordless) (charming)
  113. Loud Emily by Alex O’Neill
  114. Lullaby Moon by Rosie Reeve (board book)
  115. Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein (Caldecott)  (not really for children at all. But wonderful)
  116. Manatee Winter by Kathleen Zoehfeld
  117. Many Marvelous Monsters by Edward Heck (board book)  (non threatening monster book – in high demand)
  118. Max and the Chocolate Chicken by Rosemary Wells
  119. Max’s Breakfast by Rosemary Wells (board book) (funny)
  120. Mermaid Dance by Marjorie Hakala (it sparkles)
  121. Mia and the Too Big Tutu by Robin Farley (easy reader)
  122. Millie in the Snow by Alexander Steffensmeier
  123. Minerva Louise on Christmas Eve by Janet Stoeke
  124. Minnie and Moo Go to Paris by Denys Cazet (easy reader)  (funny)
  125. Miss Spider’s Tea by David Kirk (board book)
  126. Mister Seahorse by Eric Carle (classy)
  127. More, More, More, More said the Baby by Vera B. William (board book)
  128. Mother’s Song by Janet Lawler
  129. Mouse’s First Fall by Lauren Thompson (board books)  (charming)
  130. My Friend Rabbit by Eric Rohmann (Caldecott Medal)
  131. My Shadow by Robert Louis Stevenson
  132. Nellie’s Knot by Rene Deetlefs
  133. No Ghost Under My Bed by Guido van Genechten
  134. No-Good Do Good Pirates by Jim Kraft
  135. Noisy Counting Book by Susan Schade (board book)  (fun to chime in)
  136. Not a Box by Antoinette Portis
  137. Not All Princesses Dress in Pink by Jane Yolen
  138. Officer Buckle and Goldie by Peggy Rathmann (Caldecott Medal)  (funny)
  139. Oink by Margie Palatini
  140. Old Pig by Margaret Wild  (just perfect)
  141. Oliver Finds His Way by Phyllis Root
  142. Olivia’s Opposites by Ian Falconer (board book)
  143. One Frog Sang by Shirley Parenteau
  144. Only a Witch can Fly by Alison McGhee
  145. Perfect Pet by Margie Palatini
  146. Perfectly Martha by Susan Meddaugh
  147. Pig Parade by Michael Black
  148. Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog by Mo Willems (easy reader)
  149. Pigeon Loves Things that Go by Mo Willems (Board book)
  150. Pigeon Wants a Puppy by Mo Willems (easy reader)
  151. Pirate Pete’s Talk Like a Pirate by Kim Kennedy
  152. Postman’s Palace by Adrian Henri
  153. Princess and the Pea by Susanna Davidson (easy reader)
  154. Princess Bess Gets Dressed by Margery Cuyler
  155. Psst! by Adam Rex
  156. Pumpkin Eye by Denise Fleming
  157. Quiet Book by Deborah Underwood
  158. Rabbit and Turtle Go to School by Lucy Floyd (easy reader)
  159. Rabbits & Raindrops by Jim Arnosky (beautiful)
  160. Rainbabies by Laura Melmed
  161. Rainbow Fairies by Daisy Meadows #2 (easy reader)  (I probably would have liked this at the right age)
  162. Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister (board book)  (pretty pictures)
  163. Rainy Day Anna Milbourne
  164. Really Rabbits by Virginia L. Kroll
  165. Red Rubber Boot Day by Mary Ray
  166. Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson
  167. Ruby the Copycat by Peggy Rathmann
  168. Santa Claus the World’s Number One Toy Expert by Marla Frazee  (charming)
  169. Santa Duck by David Milgrim
  170. Seven Hungry Babies Candace Fleming (lot of tension for kids)
  171. Shark vs. Train by Chris Barton
  172. Sheep in a Shop by Nancy Shaw (heh)
  173. Sheep Out to Eat by Nancy Shaw (hee)
  174. Silver Rain Brown by Mary-Claire Helldorfer
  175. Skeleton Hiccups by Margery Cuyler
  176. Small Sister by Jessica Meserve
  177. Snow Globe Family by Jane O’Connor  (quirky)
  178. Snowmen at Christmas by Caralyn Buehner (pretty pictures)
  179. Something to Tell the Grandcows by Eileen Spinelli  (funny)
  180. Spooky Tire by Jon Scieszka (Easy Reader)
  181. Spoon by Amy Rosenthal (quirky)
  182. Stick by Steven Breen
  183. Stick Man by Julia Donaldson (quirky)
  184. Stina by Lena Anderson (charming)
  185. Stop, Elephant, Stop! by Andrea Shavick (board book)
  186. Tabu and the Dancing Elephants by Rene Deetlefs
  187. Taking Care of Mama by Mitra Modarressi
  188. Tea Time by Karen Rostoker-Gruber (board books)
  189. Thanksgiving is Here by Diane Goode
  190. That Book Woman by Heather Henson
  191. Fierce Yellow Pumpkin by Margaret Wise Brown
  192. The Mightiest by Keiko Kasza
  193. The Puddle by David McPhail
  194. Ugly Pumpkin by Dave Horowtiz
  195. The Wedding by Iza Trapani
  196. There is a Bird on Your Head by Mo Willems (easy reader)
  197. This is the House that Jack Built by Simms Taback
  198. Three Pigs by David Wiesner (Caldecott Medal)
  199. Time for Bed, the Babysitter Said by Anderson, Peggy
  200. Tough Chicks by Cece Meng
  201. Traction Man Meets TurboDog by Mini Grey
  202. Twenty-One Elephants and Still Standing by April Prince (not great for kids but interesting and beautifully illustrated)
  203. Undone Fairy Tale by Ian Lendler
  204. Unicorn and the Moon by Tomie De Paola
  205. Walter Was a Frog by Diane Redfield Massey
  206. Way Down Deep in the Deep Blue Sea by Jan Peck
  207. We Are in a Book by Mo Willems (easy reader)
  208. Wee Little Chick by Lauren Thompson
  209. Wet Dog by Elise Broach
  210. What Aunts/Uncles Do Best by Laura Numeroff
  211. Where Oh Where is Santa Claus? by Lisa Wheeler
  212. Who Loves the Little Lamb? by Lezlie Evans
  213. Wishing Hat by Annegert Fuchshuber
  214. You’re My Little Bunny by Claire Freedman (board book)

These books I reread

  1. A Boy, A Dog and A Frog by Mercer Mayer (wordless)
  2. Are You My Mother? by P. D. Eastman (funny)
  3. Berenstain Bears and the Spooky Old Tree by Stan & Jan Berenstain (easy reader)  (spookiness)
  4. Blueberries For Sal by Robert McCloskey
  5. Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
  6. Caterpillar and the Polliwog by Jack Kent
  7. Circles of Hope by Karen Williams
  8. Curious George Rides a Bike by Margaret & H. A. Rey
  9. Dorrie and the Weather-Box by Coombs, Patricia
  10. Duncan & Dolores by Samuels, Barbara
  11. Friend for Dragon by Dav Pilkey (easy reader)
  12. George and Martha: One Fine Day by James Marshall (easy reader)
  13. George and Martha: Full of Surprises by James Marshall (easy reader)
  14. Goat in the Rug by Charles Blood  (understated charm)
  15. Jennie’s Hat by Ezra Keats
  16. Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes (Caldecott Medal)
  17. Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper
  18. Monster at the End of this Book by Jon Stone (picture book)  (funny)
  19. Mooncake by Frank Asch (like the trick ending)
  20. Mr. Grumpy’s Motor Car by John Burningham
  21. Mr. Willoughby’s Christmas Tree by Robert Barry (perfect)
  22. Mysterious Tadpole by Steve Kellog
  23. No Bath Tonight by Jane Yolen
  24. Noah’s Ark by Peter Spier (wordless) (Caldecott)
  25. North Wind and the Sun by Jean de la Fontaine
  26. Pinkerton, Behave! by Steve Kellog (funny)
  27. Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
  28. Round Robin by Jack Kent (funny)
  29. Saggy Baggy Elephant by K. Jackson
  30. Saint George and the Dragon by Margaret Hodges, Trina Hyman (Caldecott)
  31. Something Queer at the Library by Elizabeth Levy
  32. Ten Apples Up On Top by LeSieg, Theo. (easy reader)
  33. Three Billy Goats Gruff by Paul Galdone (illustrator)
  34. Tiki Tiki Tembo by Arlene Mosel (catchy)
  35. What Was I Scared of? by Dr. Seuss
  36. When the Sky is Like Lace by Elinor Lander Horwitz (poetic)
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