Recommended Books

Picture Books

A Book by Mordicai Gerstein
A Dark, Dark Tale by Ruth Brown
Adèle and Simon in America
by Barbara McClintock
All in Just One Cookie by Susan E. Goodman, illustrated by Timothy Bush
Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock by Eric A. Kimmel, illustrated by Janet Stevens
Anansi and the Talking Melon by Eric A. Kimmel, illustrated by Janet Stevens
A Year at a Construction Site, A Year on a Pirate Ship, A Year in the World of Dinosaurs by Nicholas Harris, Elizabeth Havercroft
The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Birthday
by Stan and Jan Berenstain
Beware of the Frog by William Bee
Cat Up a Tree by John and Ann Hassett
The Complete Adventures of Big Dog and Little Dog
by Dav Pilkey
Cornelius P. Mud, Are You Ready for Bed? by Barney Saltzberg
A Dark, Dark Tale by Ruth Brown
Diary of a Wombat
by Jackie French, illustrated by Bruce Whatley
Ed Emberley’s Make a World by Ed Emberley
Edwardo, The Horriblest Boy in the Whole Wide World by John Burningham
Elfwyn’s Saga written and illustrated by David Wisniewski
Five Minutes’ Peace by Jill Murphy
The Giant Jam Sandwich story and pictures by John Vernon Lord, verse by Janet Burroway
Gnomes by Wil Huygen, illustrated by Rien Poortvliet
Go Away, Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley
Good Babies: A Tale of Trolls, Humans, a Witch, and a Switch by Tim Myers, illustrated by Kelly Murphy
Grandpa’s Too-Good Garden by James Stevenson
The Great Quillow by James Thurber, illustrated by Steven Kellogg
Half of an Elephant
by Gusti
Henny Penny by Jane Wattenberg
Henry Builds a Cabin by D.B. Johnson
Henry Climbs a Mountain by D.B. Johnson
Henry Hikes to Fitchburg by D.B. Johnson
Henry Works by D.B. Johnson
Here Comes the Garbage Barge by Jonah Winter, illustrated by Red Nose Studio
Higher! Higher! by Leslie Patricelli
How Robin Saved Spring by Debbie Ouellet, illustrated by Nicoletta Ceccoli
I Need My Monster by Amanda Noll, illustrated by Howard McWilliam
If I Built a Car by Chris Van Dusen
In the Town All Year ‘Round by Rotraut Susanne Berner
Jeremy Draws a Monster by Peter McCarty
Jumpy Jack and Googily by Meg Rosoff, illustrated by Sophie Blackall
The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney
The Little Fisherman by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Dahlov Ipcar
The Little Red Hen (Makes a Pizza)
by Philemon Sturges, illustrated by Amy Walrod
The Loathsome Dragon retold by David Wiesner and Kim Kahng, illustrated by David Wiesner
Ollie Forgot by Tedd Arnold
Once Upon a Banana by Jennifer Armstrong, illustrated by David Small
Once Upon a Time, The End (Asleep in 60 Seconds) by Geoffrey Kloske, illustrated by Barry Blitt
1 Zany Zoo by Lori Degman, illustrated by Colin Jack
A Pet for Petunia by Paul Schmid
Petit, the Monster by Isol
Play With Your Food
by Joost Elffers
Please Baby, Please by Spike and Tonya Lewis Lee, illustrated by Kadir Nelson
A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams by Jen Bryant, Illustrated by Melissa Sweet
Rumpelstiltskin by the brothers Grimm and illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky
The Scary Places Map Book by B.G. Hennessy, illustrated by Erwin Madrid
The Scrambled States of America by Laurie Keller
Silent Letters Loud and Clear by Robin Pulver, illustrated by Lynn Rowe Reed
Sixteen Cows by Lisa Wheeler, illustrated by Kurt Cyrus
The Stray Dog by Marc Simont
Taking Charge by Sonia Levitin, illustrated by Cat Bowman Smith
The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr
The Three Robbers by Tomi Ungerer
Trout, Trout, Trout (A Fish Chant) by April Pulley Sayre, illustrated by Trip Park
Turk and Runt: A Thanksgiving Comedy by Lisa Wheeler, Illustrated by Frank Ansley
Unusual Creatures by Michael Hearst
Weslandia by Paul Fleischman, illustrated by Kevin Hawkes
What Will Fat Cat Sit On? by Jan Thomas
Who Needs Donuts? by Mark Alan Stamaty
Yesterday’s Snowman by Gail Mack, illustrated by Erik Blegvad
You Can’t Take a Balloon into the Museum of Fine Arts by Jacqueline Preiss Wiseman and Robin Preiss Glasser

Picture Books reviewed on the Brain Burps About Books podcast

Al Pha’s Bet by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by Delphine Durand
And Then It’s Spring
by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Erin Stead
Another Brother by Matthew Cordell
Bailey by Harry Bliss
Bear with Me by Max Kornell
Betty Bunny Loves Chocolate Cake by Michael B. Kaplan, illustrated by Stephane Jorisch
Chloe and the Lion by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Adam Rex
Cecil the Pet Glacier
by Matthea Harvey, illustrated by Giselle Potter
Dear Flyary
by Dianne Young, illustrated by John Martz
Dog Parade by Barbara Joosse, illustrated by Eugene Yelchin
Hello Hello
by Matthew Cordell
King Hugo’s Huge Ego by Chris Van Dusen
Magritte’s Marvelous Hat by D.B. Johnson
Neville by Norton Juster, illustrated by G. Brian Karas
Nighttime Ninja
by Barbara DaCosta, illustrated by Ed Young
Nothing Like a Puffin by Sue Soltis, illustrated by Bob Kolar
Nursery Rhyme Comics edited by Chris Duffy
The Obstinate Pen by Frank W. Dormer
A Pet for Petunia by Paul Schmid
Piggy Bunny by Rachel Vail, illustrated by Jeremy Tankard
Say Hello to Zorro! by Carter Goodrich
Scapegoat by Dean Hale, illustrated by Michael Slack
Stay: The True Story of Ten Dogs by Michaela Muntean, photos by K.C. Bailey and Steve Kazmierski
A Strange Place to Call Home by Marilyn Singer, illustrated by Ed Young
Tweak Tweak by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Sergio Ruzzier
Wagons Ho! by George Hallowell and Joan Holub, illustrated by Lynne Avril
What Animals Really Like by Fiona Robinson


My A to Z Recipe Box by Hilary Karmilowicz, illustrated by Melissa Sweet

Dinosaur Books

Barnum Brown: Dinosaur Hunter by David Sheldon
The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins: An Illuminating Story of Mr. Waterhouse Hawkins, Artist and Lecturer by Barbara Kerley, illustrated by Brian Selznick
If Dinosaurs Were Alive Today by Dougal Dixon

Digger and Truck Books

Dig Dig Digging by Margaret Mayo, Illustrated by Alex Ayliffe
Digger Man by Andrea Zimmerman and David Clemesha
I Love Trucks by Philemon Sturges, illustrated by Shari Halpern
The Mighty Street Sweeper by Patrick Moore

Poetry Books

Polka Bats and Octopus Slacks by Calef Brown
Wool Gathering: A Sheep Family Reunion by Lisa Wheeler, pictures by Frank Ansley

History Books

Ancient Egypt Drawing Book by Ralph Masiello
Samuel Eaton’s Day
by Kate Waters, photos by Russ Kendall
Sarah Morton’s Day by Kate Waters, photos by Russ Kendall
Tapenum’s Day by Kate Waters, photos by Russ Kendall

Holiday Books

Christmas in Noisy Village by Astrid Lindgren, illustrated by Ilon Wikland
An Early American Christmas by Tomie DePaola
Little Tree by e.e. cummings
The Mole Family’s Christmas by Russell Hoban, illustrated by Lillian Hoban
Mr. Willowby’s Christmas Tree by Robert Barry
Peter Spier’s Christmas by Peter Spier

Chapter Books

The Big List of Recommended Chapter Books

By the Great Horn Spoon! by Sid Fleischman
Cabin on Trouble Creek by Jean Van Leeuwen
Clever Lollipop by Dick King-Smith
Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl
Ivy and Bean by Annie Barrows, illustrated by Sophie Blackall
Invisible Inkling by Emily Jenkins, illustrated by Harry Bliss
Lady Lollipop by Dick King-Smith
Paddle to the Sea by Holling Clancy Holling
Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes by Jonathan Auxier
The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare
A Tale Dark and Grimm
by Adam Gidwitz
The Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White
Twenty Tellable Tales: Audience Participation Folktales for the Beginning Storyteller by Margaret Read MacDonald, Illustrated by Roxane Murphy
Whitefoot: A Story from the Center of the World by Wendell Berry, illustrated by Davis TeSelle

Easy Readers

Commander Toad and the Dis-Asteroid by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Bruce Degen
Commander Toad and the Intergalactic Spy by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Bruce Degen
Commander Toad and the Planet of the Grapes by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Bruce Degen
Commander Toad in Space by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Bruce Degen
Elephant and Piggie books, by Mo Willems