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Andy and the Lion

Andy makes a new lion friend on his way to school in this retelling of a classic folktale.

Author

James Daugherty

Illustrator

James Daugherty

Amazon Reviews

4.6 Stars

Age Range

3-7 Year Olds

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A Friend for Minerva Louise

Minerva Louise is a curious and misinformed hen who is trying to figure where her new guest has gone. Your kids will fall in love with this adorable hen!

Author

Janet Morgan

Stoeke

Illustrator

Janet Morgan

Stoeke

Amazon Reviews

4.7 Stars

Age Range

2-5 Year Olds

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Bear Feels Sick

Bear isn't feeling well so his trustworthy friends come to his aid! This is one of several stories in The Bear Book series by Karma Wilson.

Author

Karma Wilson

Illustrator

Jane Chapman

Amazon Reviews

4.8 Stars

Age Range

3-7 Year Olds

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Blueberries for Sal

What happens when Sal and her mother cross paths with a bear cub and her mother? Find out in this story of lost ones being found. Find a full review here

Author

Robert McCloskey

Illustrator

Robert McCloskey

Amazon Reviews

4.8 Stars

Age Range

3-7 Year Olds

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Corduroy

The story of Don Freeman's beloved teddy bear named Corduroy who is waiting in a department store hoping to be chosen by a child.

Author

Don Freeman

Illustrator

Don Freeman

Amazon Reviews

4.8 Stars

Age Range

2-5 Year Olds

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Cowardly Clyde

Our favorite Bill Peet picture book about a knight and his not-so-brave horse who must face his fears to save the day.

Author

Bill Peet

Illustrator

Bill Peet

Amazon Reviews

4.8 Stars

Age Range

4-7 Year Olds

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Hush!

The tale of a mother's efforts to keep different animals from waking her baby. Distinct illustrations and rhyming text give this book rereading appeal.

Author

Mingfong Ho

Illustrator

Holly Meade

Amazon Reviews

4.6 Stars

Age Range

3-7 Year Olds

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Grandad's Island

Benji Davies tells a story of loss in an unexpected way in this beautifully touching book.

Author

Benji Davies

Illustrator

Benji Davies

Amazon Reviews

4.6 Stars

Age Range

4-8 Year Olds

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Harold and the Purple Crayon

What Harold draws with his purple crayon becomes a reality in Crockett Johnson's imaginative classic.

Author

Crockett Johnson

Illustrator

Crockett Johnson

Amazon Reviews

4.8 Stars

Age Range

4-8 Year Olds

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The Mitten

Jan Brett's modern classic has been a favorite for families for over 25 years. The story centers around a lost mitten and the animals in the forest who curiously decide to crawl into it.

Author

Jan Brett

Illustrator

Jan Brett

Amazon Reviews

4.8 Stars

Age Range

3-5 Year Olds

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In the Tall, Tall Grass

A fuzzy caterpillar crawling through the grass is our tour guide in this wonderfully illustrated book. Who knew a little bug could challenge us all to stop and notice the beauty all around us.

Author

Denise Fleming

Illustrator

Denise Fleming

Amazon Reviews

4.8 Stars

Age Range

2-8 Year Olds

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The Knight and the Dragon

Our family's favorite book from author/illustrator Tomie DePaola about enemies who defeat all odds to become friends...and business partners.

Author

Tomie DePaola

Illustrator

Tomie DePaola

Amazon Reviews

4.3 Stars

Age Range

4-8 Year Olds

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Last Stop on Market Street

Take a bus ride through the city with CJ and his grandma to gain a different perspective on life. It's not a surprise that this book racked in the awards when it was published in 2016.

Author

Matt de la Pena

Illustrator

Christian Robinson

Amazon Reviews

4.5 Stars

Age Range

3-5 Year Olds

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Make Way for Ducklings

Another wonderfully written and illustrated classic by Robert McCloskey. Follow the mallard family's adventures as they look for a place to live in Boston.

Author

Robert McCloskey

Illustrator

Robert McCloskey

Amazon Reviews

4.8 Stars

Age Range

3-7 Year Olds

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Nobody Likes a Goblin

Goblins are ALWAYS the character in stories that get a bad rap, but the little goblin in Ben Hatke's story may have you seeing these monsters in a different light.

Author

Ben Hatke

Illustrator

Ben Hatke

Amazon Reviews

4.9 Stars

Age Range

4-8 Year Olds

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The Seven Silly Eaters

If you are a mom with multiple children, you know that kids never want the same thing to eat. Mary Ann Hoberman's story takes that feeling and pushes it to the limit. What happens when SEVEN kids all what something different to eat?

Author

Mary Ann

Hoberman

Illustrator

Marla Frazee

Amazon Reviews

4.9 Stars

Age Range

4-7 Year Olds

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Mr. Gumpy's Outing

An afternoon boat ride with Mr. Gumpy reaches maximum capacity in this funny story that your whole family will enjoy.

Author

John Burningham

Illustrator

John Burningham

Amazon Reviews

4.7 Stars

Age Range

4-8 Year Olds

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Richard Scarry's Best Mother Goose Ever

Every family bookshelf needs a great treasury of nursery rhymes. This one is worthy of being your next addition.

Author

Various

Illustrator

Richard Scarry

Amazon Reviews

4.7 Stars

Age Range

2-7 Year Olds

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Roxaboxen

A celebration of the magic and imagination of childhood, Roxaboxen is the story of a rocky hill that is transformed into a place that a group of children will never forget.

Author

Alice McLerran

Illustrator

Barbara Cooney

Amazon Reviews

4.8 Stars

Age Range

4-8 Year Olds

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Sam and Dave Dig a Hole

You never know what you will find if you dig down deep enough. Sam and Dave set out to find the extraordinary in the ordinary...and they just might find it!

Author

Mac Barnett

Illustrator

Jon Klassen

Amazon Reviews

4.5 Stars

Age Range

4-8 Year Olds

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The Snowy Day

Ezra Jack Keat's story captures the wonder of a snowy day through the eyes of a child. This is a classic you need to add to your family bookshelf.

Author

Ezra Jack Keats

Illustrator

Ezra Jack Keats

Amazon Reviews

4.8 Stars

Age Range

2-5 Year Olds

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The Storm Whale

A heartwarming tale of a father, a son, and their journey to return a whale to the sea.

Author

Benji Davies

Illustrator

Benji Davies

Amazon Reviews

4.6 Stars

Age Range

4-8 Year Olds

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Strega Nona

Probably Tomie DePaola's best known book that tells the story of Strega Nona (Grandma Witch), Big Anthony, and a magical, always full pot of pasta.

Author

Tomie DePaola

Illustrator

Tomie DePaola

Amazon Reviews

4.7 Stars

Age Range

4-8 Year Olds

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Stuck

Oliver Jeffer's hilarious story of a boy named Floyd and the lengths he will go to retrieve his stuck kite from a tree. Find a full review here

Author

Oliver Jeffers

Illustrator

Oliver Jeffers

Amazon Reviews

4.5 Stars

Age Range

3-7 Year Olds

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The Three Billy Goats Gruff

A classic fairy tale about three goat brothers who face off against an angry bridge troll. Paul Galdone is the master of bringing familiar fairy tales to life.

Author

Paul Galdone

Illustrator

Paul Galdone

Amazon Reviews

4.6 Stars

Age Range

4-7 Year Olds

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Tops and Bottoms

Janet Stevens' trickster tale about a smart rabbit who outwits a lazy bear.

Author

Janet Stevens

Illustrator

Janet Stevens

Amazon Reviews

4.8 Stars

Age Range

4-7 Year Olds

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Unlovable

Alfred the pug thinks he is unlovable but he soon learns this isn't true when he meets a new friend.

Author

Dan Yaccarino

Illustrator

Dan Yaccarino

Amazon Reviews

4.4 Stars

Age Range

3-6 Year Olds

Looking for more family book recommendations? Check out the rest of our Story Lists!