Picture Book Fiction
Barrett, Judi. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs.
Life is delicious in the town of Chewandswallow where it rains soup and juice, snows mashed potatoes, and blows storms of hamburgers—until the weather takes a turn for the worse!
Barton, Byron. The Little Red Hen.
The little red hen finds none of her lazy friends willing to help her plant, harvest, or grind wheat into flour, but all are eager to eat the bread she makes from it.
Bemelmans, Ludwig. Madeline. (series)
Twelve little girls and their headmistress travel through a series of madcap adventures.
Brett, Jan. The Mitten.
When Nicki drops his newly knitted mitten in the snow, the animals put it to good use!
Bond, Michael. Paddington at the Beach.
Paddington Bear heads to the Beach and worries if he will be able to enjoy his bun as one seagull after another follows him in the hope of stealing his snack.
Bridwell, Norman. Clifford the Big Red Dog. (series)
Emily Elizabeth describes the activities she enjoys with her very big, very red dog and how they take care of each other.
Brown, Ken. What’s the Time, Grandma Wolf?
A group of brave, or foolhardy, animals creep closer to grandma wolf as she prepares to fix dinner, with a surprising outcome.
Burningham, John. Mr. Gumpy’s Motor Car.
Mr. Gumpy’s human and animals friends squash into his old car and go for a drive – until it starts to rain.
Carle, Eric. The Very Busy Spider.
The farm animals try to avert a very busy spider from spinning her web, but she persists and produces a thing of both beauty and usefulness.
Christelow, Eileen. Five Little Monkeys Reading in Bed. (series)
Mama says it time for “Lights out?”, but five little monkeys can’t resist reading just a few more books to one another.
Cronin, Doreen. Giggle, Giggle, Quack. (series)
When Farmer Brown goes on vacation and leaves Brother Bob in charge, duck makes trouble by changing all his instructions to notes the animals like much better.
De Paola, Tomi. Charlie Needs a Cloak.
A shepherd shears his sheep, cards and spins the wool, weaves and dyes the cloth, and sews a beautiful new red cloak.
Ehlert, Lois. Waiting for Wings.
Illustrates the life-cycles of four common butterflies by featuring butterfly and flower facts.
Freeman Don. Corduroy.
A toy bear in a department store wants a number of things, but when a little girl finally buys him he finds what he has wanted most of all.
Henkes, Kevin. Kitten’s First Full Moon.
When Kitten mistakes the full moon for a bowl of milk, she winds up tired, wet, and hungry trying to reach it.
Hest, Amy. In the Rain with Baby Duck.
Although her parents love walking in the rain, Baby Duck does not – until Grandpa shares a secret with her.
Hoberman, Mary Ann. Miss Mary Mack.
An adaptation of a familiar hand-clapping rhyme about a young girl and an elephant.
Holabird, Katharine. Angelina Ballerina. (series)
A little mousewants to be a ballerina and gets her heart’s desire.
Klassen, Jon. This is Not My Hat.
A little fish makes off with the hat of a sleeping bigger fish, but his hopes of getting away with the theft may not turn out as he planned.
Johnson, Crockett. Harold and the Purple Crayon. (series)
One night when Harold cannot sleep, he takes his purple crayon and draws himself into an adventure.
Keats, Ezra Jack. Pet Show.
When he can’t find his cat to enter in the neighborhood pet show, Archie must do some fast thinking to win a prize.
Lester, Helen. Tacky the Penguin. (series)
Tacky the penguin does not fit in with his sleek and graceful companions, but his odd behavior comes in handy when hunters come with maps and traps.
Lionni, Leo. Swimmy.
Little Swimmy is alone in the sea. The rest of his school was swallowed by a tuna, but he figures out a camouflage plan for survival.
London, Jonathan. Froggy Goes to School. (series)
Froggy is his funny, lovable, forgetful self as he starts off for school with a “flop, flop, flop!”
Matheson, Christie. Tap the Magic Tree.
Invites the reader to tap, rub, touch, and wiggle illustrations to make an apple tree bloom, produce fruit, and lose its leaves.
Nodset, Joan L. Who Took the Farmer’s Hat?
The wind blows away the farmer’s hat and he finds it being used in a most surprising way.
Rey, H. A. Curious George. (series)
George, a small monkey captured in Africa by a man wearing a yellow hat, is brought back to live in the city. However, George’s curiosity leads him to wreak havoc.
Shaw, Nancy. Sheep in a Jeep. (series)
Records the mis-adventures of a group of sheep that go riding in a jeep.
Slobodkina, Esphyr. Caps for Sale.
A band of mischievous monkeys steals every one of a peddlers caps while he takes a nap under a tree.
Stoeke, Janet Morgan. Minerva Louise. (series)
A hen has fun exploring the house with red curtains.
Tafuri, Nancy. Busy Little Squirrel.
Squirrel is too busy getting ready for winter to nibble a pumpkin with Mouse, run in the field with Dog, or play with any of the other animals in the forest.
Thomas, Jan. Rhyming Dust Bunnies.
As three dust bunnies, Ed , Ned, and Ted, are demonstrating how much they love to rhyme, a fourth, Bob, is trying to warn them of approaching danger.
Wheeler, Lisa. Dino-Baseball. (series)
Meat-eating dinosaurs face plant-eating dinosaurs in a baseball game.
Willems, Mo. Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale.
After a day with Daddy at the laundromat, Trixie quickly notices that her cherished Knuffle Bunny is missing and turns to her father to help her get him back.
Wilson, Karma. The Bear Snores On. (series)
On a cold winter night many animals gather to party in the cave of a sleepy bear, then the bear wakes and protests that he has missed all the food and fun.
Wood, Don. The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear.
The little mouse worries that the big hungry bear will take his freshly picked ripe red strawberry for himself.
Yolen, Jane. How Do Dinosaurs Go to School? (series)
Depicts dinosaurs as they ride the bus to school, jump on top of their desks, read their favorite books and have fun on the playground with their friends.
Zion, Gene. Harry the Dirty Dog. (series)
When a white dog with black spots runs away from home, he gets so dirty that his family doesn’t recognize him.