10 Best Picture Books for Preschoolers

Picture books introduce children to a world of learning and imagination!

Reading picture books yields so many benefits!

  • Strengthens visual thinking skills
  • Improves listening skills
  • Develops critical thinking skills
  • Family bonding time
  • Sparks a love for reading and art

Here are some of the best picture books to read with your child today!

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The Litte Red Hen

                                by Diane Muldrow &

Illustrated by J. P. Miller

RedHenAn old folktale of the fable type, most likely of Russian origin. The story is applied in teaching children the virtues of work ethic and personal initiative.

In the tale, the little red hen finds a grain of wheat and asks for help from the other farmyard animals to plant it, but they all refuse.

At each later stage the hen again asks for help from the other animals, but again she doesn’t receive any help.

Finally, the hen has completed her task and asks who will help her eat the cornbread. This time, all the previous non-participants eagerly volunteer, but she disagrees with them, stating that no one helped her with her work. Thus, the hen eats it with her chicks, leaving none for anyone else.”

 

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by Peggy Christian & 

photography Barbara Hirsch Lember 

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“Think of all the rocks there are: skipping rocks, splashing rocks, climbing rocks, and wishing rocks. Children can’t help collecting them. With joyful, poetic text and luminous photographs, If you find a rock celebrates rocks everywhere- as well as the mysterious and wonderful places they are found.”

 

 

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Oh, Baby, the Places You’ll Go!

by Tish Rabe & Illustrated by Dr.Seuss

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“Artfully adapted almost entirely from Ted Geisel’s work, this introduction to the world of Dr. Seuss is a must for expectant parents and new babies! In simple rhymed verse, author Tish Rabe extolls the joys awaiting newborns when they meet the Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, Yertle the Turtle, the Great Birthday Bird, the Grinch, and twenty-five other beloved Seuss characters. Written to be read aloud to babies and babies-to-be (yes, babies in utero!), the book includes a brief introduction by Mrs. Dr. Seuss—Audrey Geisel—revealing how she and Ted were fascinated by the idea that babies could hear sounds while still in the womb—and might actually respond to the voices of their parents. A perfect gift for baby showers and newborns, Oh, Baby, the Places You’ll Go! is the ideal way to nurture a love of reading and Dr. Seuss in the very youngest children!”

 

 

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“A young woman holds her newborn son
And looks at him lovingly.

Softly she sings to him:
“I’ll love you forever
I’ll like you for always
As long as I’m living
My baby you’ll be.”

So begins the story that has touched the hearts of millions worldwide. Since publication in l986, Love You Forever has sold more than 15 million copies in paperback and the regular hardcover edition”

 

 

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Bear Snores On Board book

 

by Karma Wilson & Illustrated by Jane Chapman 

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“Bear’s cave fills with animal friends as he sleeps in this classic book from New York Times bestselling team of Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman.

In a cave in the woods,
in his deep, dark lair,
through the long, cold winter
sleeps a great brown bear.

One by one, a whole host of different animals and birds find their way out of the cold and into Bear’s cave to warm up. But even after the tea has been brewed and the corn has been popped, Bear just snores on!

See what happens when he finally wakes up and finds his cave full of uninvited guests—all of them having a party without him!”



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Good Night, Little Dragons

 by Leigh Ann Tyson 

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Probably the cutest bedtime story!

“What do little dragons do before going to bed? They brush their fangs, take a bath, and breathe fire, of course! This original Little Golden Book follows three small dragons through a funny-yet-familiar bedtime routine that kids ages 2-5 are sure to enjoy.”

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Bears in the Night Hardcover

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“Out of Bed, To the Window, Through the Woods… Whoooo!

It’s scares for little bears in this classic children’s book for beginning and reluctant readers! Lots of repetition makes for easy learning, and the spooky but safe theme is a big hit with young ones.

Beginner Books are designed to encourage even ‘non-reading’ children to read. Some Beginner Books are simple stories, others are hilarious nonsense: both types have been designed to give children confidence and make them want to go on reading. Perfect for both boys and girls of ages 3 and up.”


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“In Llama Llama and the Lucky Pajamas, Llama is having a lot of luck today. When he discovers that his mended red pyjamas are now lucky, he decides that he wants to wear them all day, every day—and so do all of his friends! So his friends decide to make their own lucky pyjamas. . . but the next day at school, nothing seems to be going right and it appears that all that good luck has worn off. Join Llama and his friends as they learn an important lesson about being grateful for all the wonderful things in their lives.”


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Me and My Dragon Paperback

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“Dragon lovers will jump at the chance to see what raising a friendly dragon just might look like in this hilarious read aloud about a boy and his pet.  While dragons may not be the most traditional of pets,  the boy explains how his dragon, Sparky, would be the perfect pet and pal. He details tips for how to pick a dragon, what to do when your dragon misbehaves, and what NOT to feed them (broccoli).  Clever and wry text paired with bright and comedic illustrations will make Me and My Dragon a storytime favourite for kids and adults alike.”

 

Alphan

“Once upon a time, all the letters of the alphabet were together. But now they’re lost! One showed up in the Bath. There was one under a Hat, another one on a Quilt, and even one in the Sandbox. Where are the rest? Readers will delight in finding out in this vibrant, charming introduction to the alphabet.”