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Being Late: Books For Kids

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

As you can see, this list of kids books about being late is a work in progress! We’re currently exploring the best books available, and we’d love your input. If you have a title you’d suggest including on our list of kids books about being late, please share it with us!

We’ll be featuring a variety of titles on our list, from well known classics to popular bestsellers to lesser known titles that deserve a bigger audience. We’re also including books for a range of ages, from board books for babies and toddlers, to picture books for preschool and kindergarten age kids, to chapter books for early elementary age kids.

We’d love to hear any book suggestions you have—you can comment below or email us at [email protected].

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Totally Tardy Marty
Written by Erica S Perl & illustrated by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Marty tries his best to be on time, but a new invention, a giant squid, or something else slows him down every day to the delight of Never Late Kate, but one day Marty needs Kate’s help and their unlikely new friendship changes both of their nicknames.

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The Poky Little Puppy
Written by Janette Sebring Lowrey & illustrated by Gustaf Tenggren
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Five little puppies dug a hole under the fence and went for a walk in the wide, wide world… .

The Poky Little Puppy was one of the original twelve Little Golden Books published in 1942, and went on to become the bestselling picture book of all time. The story of a curious puppy, who digs holes under fences and who has to go to bed without any strawberry shortcake, has delighted families for generations. it is, quite simply, an icon. Delightful to read aloud, The Poky Little Puppy is a cherished story that every child should know.

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Dilly Dally Daisy
Written & illustrated by Mark Fearing
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Get ready with Daisy the dawdler as she tries (really!) to get it together in this very real, very funny spin on dilly dallying.

Daisy Marsha Martin is always late. For good reasons, of course. She’s busy saving the world, or teaching her stuffed animals to dance, or finding the perfect shirt to wear. But if Daisy is late one more time, then it’s no more mermaid swim class for her!

This is the perfect story for fans of everyday silliness and for every kid who has been told to stop dawdling.

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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to School...
Written by Davide Cali & illustrated by Benjamin Chaud
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

First, some giant ants steal breakfast. Then there are the evil ninjas, massive ape, mysterious mole people, giant blob, and countless other daunting (and astonishing) detours along the way to school. Are these excuses really why this student is late? Or is there another explanation that is even more outrageous than the rest? From Davide Cali and Benjamin Chaud, the critically acclaimed author/illustrator team behind I Didn’t Do My Homework Because . . . comes a fast-paced, actionpacked, laugh-out-loud story about finding the way to school despite the odds—and the unbelievable oddness!

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Fox Is Late
Written & illustrated by Corey R. Tabor
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Fun-loving, mischievous Fox is late for lunch, so he hops on his skateboard. Go, Fox, go! What is this winning trickster character doing, zooming over and under and around on his skateboard? His animal friends follow him home to find out—and get a big surprise! Fox Is Late is a My First I Can Read book, which means it’s perfect for shared reading with a child. Other Fox books include: Fox the Tiger, Fox and the Jumping Contest, and Fox and the Bike Ride.

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