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Looking for a list of the best children's books about balloons?

Children’s literature has many notable options when it comes to balloons. To help you find the right books for you and your young reader, we’ve compiled a list of the best kids books about balloons.

Our list includes board books, picture books, and chapter books. Board books are best for babies and toddlers from ages newborn to 2 or 3. Picture books are generally great options for toddlers and for preschool and kindergarten age children. Picture books are especially enjoyable for adults to read aloud with young kids. The chapter books on our list are generally best for elementary through early middle school age tween kids. You can filter to sort by the best book type for your kid.

When it comes to children’s stories about balloons, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like Balloonia to popular sellers like The Twenty-One Balloons (Puffin Modern Classics) to some of our favorite hidden gems like The Remember Balloons.

We hope this list of kids books about balloons can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book!

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The Remember Balloons
Written by Jessie Oliveros & illustrated by Dana Wulfekotte
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-9

A 2019 Schneider Family Award Honor Book!

What’s Happening to Grandpa meets Up in this tender, sensitive picture book that gently explains the memory loss associated with aging and diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

James’s Grandpa has the best balloons because he has the best memories. He has balloons showing Dad when he was young and Grandma when they were married. Grandpa has balloons about camping and Aunt Nelle’s poor cow. Grandpa also has a silver balloon filled with the memory of a fishing trip he and James took together.

But when Grandpa’s balloons begin to float away, James is heartbroken. No matter how hard he runs, James can’t catch them. One day, Grandpa lets go of the silver balloon—and he doesn’t even notice!

Grandpa no longer has balloons of his own. But James has many more than before. It’s up to him to share those balloons, one by one.

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Spencer's New Pet
Written & illustrated by Jessie Sima
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

When Spencer gets a new pet, he’s excited to do all the things that pets do—taking walks in the park, going to the vet, and attending parties together. There’s just one hitch: Spencer’s new pet is a balloon. And that means No. Sharp. Objects. No drooling dogs at the park. No prickly porcupines at the vet. And absolutely no pinning tails on any donkeys! Spencer’s New Pet is a story of pure fun about a boy, his dog, and a friendship that endures life’s sharpest…and most unexpected twists.

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Brown Rabbit's Shapes
Written & illustrated by Alan Baker
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

A mysterious package leads Brown Rabbit on a fun-filled shapes trail. Young children will enjoy following Alan Baker’s inquisitive LITTLE RABBITS as they make new discoveries. Simple storylines and playful artwork offer a fresh approach to learning early concepts.

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Can One Balloon Make an Elephant Fly?
Written by Dan Richards & illustrated by Jeff Newman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Dan Richards teams up with celebrated artist, Jeff Newman, to share a funny and vibrant picture book about how powerful a child’s imagination can be…with a little encouragement.

Evan asks a simple question, “Can one balloon make an elephant fly?”

At first, his mother is too busy to answer. But when she takes the time to play the game with her son…magic happens.

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Balloonia
Written & illustrated by Audrey Wood
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

One night, Jessica discovers where balloons go at bedtime.

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  • You Poked My Heart! - Introducing You Poked My Heart!, a sweet board book featuring adorable puppies! Mom has a surprise for Sue and Lou. Two balloons! A red heart for Lou and a yellow one for Sue. Lou loves his red balloon, but Sue is disappointed with hers and wants Lou’s. She tries to take his balloon and accidentally pops it, prompting him to say, “You poked my heart!” Lou becomes very sad. Sue tries to fix the situation and finds a long, skinny red balloon, which she twists and fashions into a heart shape. Sue and Lou make up, and all is well again. Featuring adorable puppy illustrations by illustrator Laura Logan, this book is sure to tug (not poke!) at everyone’s heart!

  • Aberdeen - Aberdeen never meant to leave the yard in the first place. BUT a balloon floated by and…. He is suddenly off on an unexpected adventure! Before long, Aberdeen follows his whims and fancy to unknown territory, a little too far away from home – and from mama. Who doesn’t know the feeling of one thing leading to another leading to another – until you’re not quite sure how you ended up where you did? Aberdeen’s adorable antics will have readers excited to see where he lands next, and on the edges of their seats as he searches for a way back home.

  • Bird, Balloon, Bear - A fresh and heartwarming new story from Il Sung Na about finding the courage to make a friend. Bird is new to the forest, and he’s looking for a friend. Bear could use a friend, too. But Bird is too shy to introduce himself. Just as he musters the courage to say hello . . . it’s too late! Bear has already found a friend: a bright, shiny red balloon. Has Bird missed his chance? From the acclaimed Il Sung Na comes a charming and beautifully illustrated story about courage, kindness, and friendship.

  • I Have a Balloon - Owl has a balloon. Monkey does not. What will happen next? Hint: this is not a book about sharing. Owl has a red balloon. Monkey does not. “That red balloon matches my shiny red tie,” says Monkey. “I’d look fancy walking to school with a shiny red balloon. The only thing I’ve ever wanted, since right now, is a shiny, big red balloon. It would make me SO HAPPY!” But Owl does not want to give it to him. So Monkey tries to find something that Owl wants: a teddy bear, a robot, a picture of TEN balloons. Owl does not want any of these things. But then, Monkey offers him…a sock! Hmmmmm…Owl is intrigued. Will he trade his shiny red balloon with Monkey?

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Where Is My Balloon?
Written by Ariel Bernstein & illustrated by Scott Magoon
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Owl and Monkey from I Have a Balloon are back! But what happened to Owl’s balloon? Find out in this hilarious picture book about making mistakes and finding forgiveness.

Owl has a balloon. Monkey has a sock with a star and a perfectly shaped hole. But then Owl asks Monkey to hold his balloon, just for a second. What do you think happens? POP! When Owl returns and asks for his balloon, Monkey offers him everything under the sun…except for the balloon. Can their friendship survive this catastrophe?

Kirkus Reviews praised Owl and Monkey’s first adventure, I Have a Balloon, “This tightly paced narrative soars,” in a starred review.

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Rise of the Balloon Goons
Written & illustrated by Troy Cummings
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-8
Monsters + Humor + Fun = THE NOTEBOOK OF DOOM!
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The Bear and the Moon
Written by Matthew Burgess & illustrated by Catia Chien
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

The Bear and the Moon is a picture book that follows what happens when the gift of a balloon floats into Bear’s life.

The two companions embark on a journey—a magical tale that encompasses the joys of friendship and discovery.

This is a gentle book filled with humor, while tackling complex topics like the transcendence of loss and forgiveness.

• Filled with emotive text and radiant illustrations • Simply told and profoundly felt • Award winning author-illustrator team

The Bear and the Moon is a compassionate tale that honors the small but profound world of the very young.

This sweet book teaches social and emotional skills to kids, and offers a clever way to soothe some of our most difficult feelings: loss and guilt.

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Please Bring Balloons
Written & illustrated by Lindsay Ward
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Emma finds a note tucked into the saddle of a carousel polar bear asking her to bring balloons, and soon she is off on an amazing adventure.

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See Pip Point
Written & illustrated by David Milgrim
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Otto must rescue a friend who is swept away by a gust of wind in this Pre-level 1 Ready-to-Read by <i>New York Times </i>bestselling author/illustrator, David Milgrim, part of the award-winning, star-reviewed The Adventures of Otto series. <p/>Meet Otto’s friend, Pip. Pip wants Otto’s balloon. Otto’s balloon is very, very big. Pip is very, very small. So when Otto gives Pip his balloon, a breeze sweeps Pip and the balloon up, up, and away! It’s up to Otto (with some help from Zee the Bee) to rescue his friend. Help, Otto, help! <p/>This Pre-level 1 Ready-to-Read with bright illustrations and minimal text is perfect for the true emergent reader.

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  • Emily's Balloon - One day, Emily gets a balloon. By the end of the afternoon, the balloon is no longer just a plaything–Emily and the balloon are friends. But when the balloon blows away, what will Emily do? Sweet, compelling, and filled with beautifully evocative illustrations, the timeless innocence of a story about the wonder and discovery of friendship makes this deceptively simple book a classic.

  • The Twenty-One Balloons (Puffin Modern Classics) - A Newbery Medal Winner Professor William Waterman Sherman intends to fly across the Pacific Ocean. But through a twist of fate, he lands on Krakatoa, and discovers a world of unimaginable wealth, eccentric inhabitants, and incredible balloon inventions.Winner of the 1948 Newbery Medal, this classic fantasy-adventure is now available in a handsome new edition. “William Pene du Bois combines his rich imagination, scientific tastes, and brilliant artistry to tell a story that has no age limit.” —The Horn Book

  • Where Do Balloons Go? An Uplifting Mystery - Haven’t you ever wondered …

    Where do balloons go
    when you let them go free?
    It can happen by accident.
    It happened to me.
    Do they tango with airplanes?
    Or cha-cha with birds?
    Can plain balloons read
    balloons printed with words?
    When one little boy accidentally lets go of his balloon, his imagination takes him on its journey. Jamie Lee Curtis’s gentle and humorous exploration of the joys and perils of a balloon’s life is whimsically brought to life by Laura Cornell’s illustrations. From the best-selling author-illustrator team of Today I Feel Silly and Other Moods that Make My Day comes another delightful mystery about letting go.

  • Ball & Balloon - Balloon can soar, he can fly, he can dip, duck, and hover—all on his own. Balloon is full of gas. He knows it, too. It makes Ball feel grounded by gravity. Balloon is super special. What if Ball is not so special? Turns out Ball’s got some moves of his own.

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Pete the Kitty and Baby Animals
Written & illustrated by James Dean
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-4

This groovy series from New York Times bestselling author-illustrator James Dean introduces Pete the Cat before he was Pete the Cat...when he was little Pete the Kitty!

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