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Storytime Book List

We have been reading up a storm the last few weeks, and I bet you at home have too. I thought now would be a good time to organize a list of our favorite storytime books, in case anyone needs recommendations! Definitely check with your local booksellers to see if they have any copies on hand, as I am sure they would love to hear from you. Most of these authors and illustrators have additional titles not listed here (that list would stretch to the moon!) so be sure to check out their other books too. Before we begin, a special shout-out to our Hazel Village friends, who always keep us company while we read.  

Lion Lessons by Jon Agee (also The Wall in the Middle of the Book, It’s Only Stanley, and so many more)

Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees

Colette’s Lost Pet by Isabelle Arsenault 

Happy Birthday, Moon by Frank Asch

Up in the Tree by Margaret Atwood 

Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen (also The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse, Sam and Dave Dig a Hole, and their Shape trilogy)

The Madeline books by Ludwig Bemelmans

The Thelma the Unicorn books by Aaron Blabey

The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton (also Dinosaur Dance, But Not the Hippopotamus and so many more) 

The Mitten by Jan Brett (also The Hat and so many more)

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown 

Lenny the Lobster Can’t Stay for Dinner by Matthew Buckley and Finn Buckley 

The Unbudgeable Curmudgeon by Matthew Burgess and Fiona Woodcock

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton (also Katy and the Big Snow, and The Little House

Good Morning, Neighbor by Davide Cali and Maria Dek

The Franklin and Luna books by Jen Campbell and Katie Harnett 

The Mermaid and the Shoe by K.G. Campbell (also Lester’s Dreadful Sweaters) 

Hug Machine by Scott Campbell

Apple Cake, A Gratitude by Dawn Casey and Genevieve Godbout

The There Was An Old Lady series by Lucille Colandro

City Moon by Rachael Cole and Blanca Gomez 

Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena and Christian Robinson (also Carmela Full of Wishes)

Quiet by Tomie dePaola (also Strega Nona and so many more) 

Gaston by Kelly DiPucchio and Christian Robinson (Also, Antoinette

The Rabbit Listened by Cori Doerrfeld 


We Toot by Arwen Evans and Ashley Wheelock
Everyone Poops by Taro Gomi

The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson (also The Snail and the Whale, and Room on the Broom) 

Ten Apples Up on Top by Dr. Seuss (In A People House is another Seuss favorite)

Crunch by Cirocco Dunlap and Greg Pizzoli

Mighty, Mighty, Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenfeld (also Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site and many others) 

Wolfie the Bunny by Ame Dyckman and Zachariah OHora

The Olivia books by Ian Falconer

The Happy Lion by Louise Fatio and Roger Duvoisin

Sometimes Rain by Meg Fleming and Diana Sudyka

The Golden Glow by Benjamin Flouw

My Best Friend by Julie Fogliano and Jillian Tamaki 

Just In Case You Want to Fly by Julie Fogliano and Christian Robinson 

Pokko and the Drum by Matthew Forsythe 

The Doll Hospital by Kallie George and Sara Gillingham

Seb and the Sun by Jami Gigot 

Old MacDonald Had a Truck by Steve Goetz and Eda Kaban (also Old MacDonald Had a Boat

Nobody Hugs a Cactus by Carter Goodrich

Oh, Bear by Melissa Nelson Greenberg and Ruth Hengeveld

Sweep by Louise Greig and Julia Sarda

The King Who Banned the Dark by Emily Haworth-Booth 

Robert the Rose Horse by Joan Heilbroner and P.D. Eastman 

Waiting by Kevin Henkes (also Old Bear, Kitten’s First Full Moon and many others)

We Don’t Eat Our Classmates by Ryan T. Higgins (also his Mother Bruce series)

Sophie Johnson, Unicorn Expert by Morag Hood and Ella Okstad

Too Many Carrots by Katy Hudson

The Girl and the Dinosaur by Hollie Hughes and Sarah Massini 

Pearl by Molly Idle (also Tea Rex, Sea Rex, and Camp Rex)

Ella May Does It Her Way by Mick Jackson and Andrea Stegmaier 

How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers (also Stuck, This Moose Belongs to Me, and so many more)

Giraffe Problems by Jory John and Lane Smith (also Penguin Problems

The Goodnight, Already books by Jory John and Benji Davis 

I Say Ooh, You Say Aah by John Kane 

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats (also A Letter to Amy and so many more) 

The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr 

The Little Rabbit by Nicola Killen (also The Little Reindeer

Rabbit Moon by Jean Kim

The Serious Goose by Jimmy Kimmel

We Found a Hat by Jon Klassen (Also I Want My Hat Back and This is Not My Hat)

Flock by Gemma Koomen 

Uni the Unicorn books by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Brigette Barrager 

The Digger and the Flower by Joseph Kuefler (also Beyond the Pond)

The Grumpy Monkey books by Suzanne Lang and Max Lang 

Toto’s Apple by Mathieu Lavoie

The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf

Home is a Window by Stephanie Ledyard and Chris Sasaki

The Alphabet Tree by Leo Lionni (and so many more!) 

A Big Mooncake for Little Star by Grace Lin 

Giant John by Arnold Lobel (also Frog and Toad, Mouse Soup, Owl at Home and many others)

Julian Is a Mermaid by Jessica Love 

Mamasaurus by Stephan Lomp (also Papasaurus)

The Wish Tree by Kyo Maclear and Chris Turnham

In A Jar by Deborah Marcero 

Plant the Tiny Seed by Christie Matheson (Also Tap the Magic Tree and Touch the Brightest Star)

What Do You Do with a Kangaroo? by Mercer Mayer

Tea Party in the Woods by Akiko Miyakoshi

Bear Came Along by Richard T. Morris and LeUyen Pham

Unicorn Day by Diana Murray and Luke Flowers

Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey (also Make Way for Ducklings and One Morning in Maine)

Mary Wears What She Wants by Keith Negley 

The If You Give a Mouse a Cookie books by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond 

This is Sadie by Sara O’Leary and Julie Morstad

Miles of Smiles by Karen Kaufman Orloff and Luciano Lozano

Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb by Al Perkins and Eric Gurney 

School’s First Day of School by Adam Rex and Christian Robinson

We’re Going On a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury

Dragons Love Tacos books by Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri 

It’s Not Easy Being a Bunny by Marilyn Sadler and Roger Bollen

The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Alma and the Beast by Esme Shapiro 

The Little Blue Truck books by Alice Schertle and Jill McElmurry

Not Quite Narwhal by Jessie Sima (also Harriet Gets Carried Away and Love, Z

Escargot by Dashka Slater and Sydney Hanson (also A Book for Escargot

Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina 

A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead and Erin E. Stead

Mermaid School by Joanne Stewart Wetzel and Julianna Swaney

The Red Knit Cap Girl books by Naoko Stoop 

Duckworth the Difficult Child by Michael Sussman and Julia Sarda

The Eloise books by Kay Thompson 

I’d Know You Anywhere, My Love by Nancy Tillman (also On the Night You Were Born and many others)

Crictor by Tomi Ungerer (also Rufus, Emile, and so many more)

The If I Built A books by Chris Van Dusen (also The Circus Ship)

The Hedgehugs books by Steve Wilson and Lucy Tapper

Nanette’s Baguette by Mo Willems (also the Knuffle Bunny books, the Elephant and Piggie books, and the Pigeon books)

The Littlest Family’s Big Day by Emily Winfield Martin (also Dream Animals, Day Dreamers, and The Wonderful Things You Will Be) 

Baby Bear Sees Blue by Ashley Wolff

Hooray for Hat! by Brian Won (also Hooray for Books! and Hooray for Today!)

The Napping House by Audrey Wood and Don Wood (also The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear) 

The Lola Dutch books by Kenneth Wright and Sarah Jane Wright 

The How Do Dinosaurs books by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague 

Bobby’s Got a Brand New Car by Zidrou and Sebastien Chebret

Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion and Margaret Bloy Graham (also Harry by the Sea and No Roses for Harry)

Please let me know about your favorite storytime books -- we are always looking for new ones to add to our library! You can find me on Instagram at @hellokristendickson. As always, thank you so much to Allie at Rose and Rex for carrying the best toys and allowing us to share our experiences with them. 

About the Author

Kristen Dickson was an event and wedding planner in Dallas for ten years before hanging up her party hat in lieu of her first love: books. She worked at the corporate marketing office of Half Price Books for a few years until she had the opportunity to stay home with her daughters Jane and Rose. Together they spend their time reading and baking and playing pretend and dressing up, and Kristen documents their days on Instagram at @hellokristendickson, where she combines books and parties as often as possible.

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