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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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