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

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 books, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like Dog Loves Drawing to popular sellers like Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library to some of our favorite hidden gems like Dog Loves Books.

We hope this list of kids books about books can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book! As you explore the list, please comment below to let us know what books you would add.

The Wall in the Middle of the Book book
#1
The Wall in the Middle of the Book
Written and illustrated by Jon Agee
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A knight who feels secure on his side of the wall that divides his book discovers that his side is not as safe as he thought, and the other side is not as threatening.

The Children Who Loved Books book
#2
The Children Who Loved Books
Written and illustrated by Peter Carnavas
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Thoughts from Mom of Boys

This was such a cute book! What a fun story about books and how they bring us close together as families. It was darling how it seemed to portray the message that books can provide us with all the adventure we need in life.

Good Family Read!

My Pet Book book
#3
My Pet Book
Written and illustrated by Bob Staake
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7
Thoughts from The Goodfather

We are big fans of Bob Staake, we love to read and reread his books, including My Pet Book. It combines clever and original rhyming (“charity”) with Bob’s distinct illustration style. And since we love books around our home, we connect with the book’s praise of books and reading.

A boy’s search for the perfect pet leads him to the bookstore, where he finds a bright red book that becomes his best friend.

Dog Loves Drawing book
#4
Dog Loves Drawing
Written and illustrated by Louise Yates
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Dog loves books, but one day he receives a strange one in the mail—it’s blank! Soon, Dog realizes that this book is not for reading, but for drawing. Before long, Dog is doodling and drawing himself into a new world, full of friends and surprises.

Dog Loves Books book
#5
Dog Loves Books
Written and illustrated by Louise Yates
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Dog loves books so much that he decides to open a book store.

  1. Ike's Incredible Ink - Lemony Snickers - Ike’s Incredible Ink is a fun book about writing a book. Meta, right? Like so many writers, Ike wants to write, but it doesn’t take long before writer’s block stares him straight in the face and he looks for distraction. I think most of us can relate to that feeling, and it’s a great introduction for talking with children about procrastination, about creativity, and about stick-to-it-iveness.

  2. Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré - An inspiring picture book biography of storyteller, puppeteer, and New York City’s first Puerto Rican librarian, who championed bilingual literature. When she came to America in 1921, Pura Belpré carried the cuentos folklóricos of her Puerto Rican homeland. Finding a new home at the New York Public Library as a bilingual assistant, she turned her popular retellings into libros and spread story seeds across the land. Today, these seeds have grown into a lush landscape as generations of children and storytellers continue to share her tales and celebrate Pura’s legacy. Brought to colorful life by Paola Escobar’s elegant and exuberant illustrations and Anika Aldamuy Denise’s lyrical text, this gorgeous book is perfect for the pioneers in your life. Informative backmatter and suggested further reading included.

  3. Books Do Not Have Wings - This whimsical, rhyming tale whirls readers through all the fantastic things that can be found between the pages of a book. From a pirate adventure to a fairy fete, Books Do Not Have Wings explores all the wonderful things a book is that go way beyond its cover and pages.

  4. Love You, Hug You, Read to You! - “There are three things I’ll always do . . . love you, hug you, read to you!” The simple promise of togetherness offered in this board book is enhanced by interactive prompts throughout, encouraging parents to engage with their child while reading. Studies show that asking questions, like the ones in this book, helps children learn to read faster than if they just listen to a story. Love and literacy are gifts we can give to our children every day! Also available as a bilingual (Spanish and English) edition entitled Te Amo, te Abrazo, leo contigo!

A Perfectly Messed-Up Story book
#10
A Perfectly Messed-Up Story
Written and illustrated by Patrick McDonnell
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

In this interactive and engaging read-aloud, bestselling author and award-winning artist Patrick McDonnell creates a funny, engaging, and almost perfect story about embracing life’s messes. Little Louie’s story keeps getting messed up, and he’s not happy about it! What’s the point of telling his tale if he can’t tell it perfectly? But when he stops and takes a deep breath, he realizes that everything is actually just fine, and his story is a good one—imperfections and all.

The Wolf Who Fell Out of a Book book
#11
The Wolf Who Fell Out of a Book
Written by Thierry Robberecht and illustrated by Gregoire Mabire
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Finding where you belong isn’t easy . . . especially when you’re a storybook wolf. In this illustrated fractured fairy tale for kids, a book falls to the floor and a wolf tumbles out. The wolf needs to get back to his story, but a hungry cat has other ideas. Jumping from book to book, this wolf is on a journey to find a new home (and to avoid becoming dinner). His sharp, pointy teeth don’t help him fit in with the dinosaurs, and his shiny black fur doesn’t get him into the ball. But a little girl in a red hood is waiting for someone just like him to arrive. For children and adults who enjoy playful twists on a classic story, The Wolf Who Fell Out of a Book’s colorful illustrations and a “story-starter” ending are sure to keep your imagination turning even after the book is returned to its shelf. Thierry Robberecht is a children’s author, graphic novel scriptwriter, and songwriter. He lives in Brussels, where he devotes himself to a passion for literature. Gregoire Mabire studied illustration at the Saint Luc Institute in Brussels. He illustrates children’s picture books and contributes to children’s magazines.

Waiting for the BiblioBurro book
#12
Waiting for the BiblioBurro
Written by Monica Brown and illustrated by John Parra
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Ana loves stories. She often makes them up to help her little brother fall asleep. But in her small village there are only a few books and she has read them all. One morning, Ana wakes up to the clip-clop of hooves, and there before her, is the most wonderful sight: a traveling library resting on the backs of two burros‑all the books a little girl could dream of, with enough stories to encourage her to create one of her own.

Inspired by the heroic efforts of real-life librarian Luis Soriano, award-winning picture book creators Monica Brown and John Parra introduce readers to the mobile library that journeys over mountains and through valleys to bring literacy and culture to rural Colombia, and to the children who wait for the BiblioBurro.

A portion of the proceeds from sales of this book was donated to Luis Soriano’s BiblioBurro program.

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Books! book
#13
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Books!
Written by Lucille Colandro and illustrated by Brynne Barnes
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

A twist on the classic tale of “There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly” takes the story even further as the lady goes about swallowing a variety of items related to school, including books, a ruler, and chalk.

Ban This Book book
#14
Ban This Book
Written and illustrated by Alan Gratz
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

You’re Never Too Young to Fight Censorship! In Ban This Book by Alan Gratz, a fourth grader fights back when From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg is challenged by a well-meaning parent and taken off the shelves of her school library. Amy Anne is shy and soft-spoken, but don’t mess with her when it comes to her favorite book in the whole world. Amy Anne and her lieutenants wage a battle for the books that will make you laugh and pump your fists as they start a secret banned books locker library, make up ridiculous reasons to ban every single book in the library to make a point, and take a stand against censorship. Ban This Book is a stirring defense against censorship that’s perfect for middle grade readers. Let kids know that they can make a difference in their schools, communities, and lives! “Readers, librarians, and all those books that have drawn a challenge have a brand new hero…. Stand up and cheer, book lovers. This one’s for you.” —Kathi Appelt, author of the Newbery Honor-winning The Underneath “Ban This Book is absolutely brilliant and belongs on the shelves of every library in the multiverse.”—Lauren Myracle, author of the bestselling Internet Girls series, the most challenged books of 2009 and 2011 “Quick paced and with clear, easy-to-read prose, this is a book poised for wide readership and classroom use.”—Booklist “A stout defense of the right to read.” —Kirkus Reviews “Gratz delivers a book lover’s book that speaks volumes about kids’ power to effect change at a grassroots level.” —Publishers Weekly

  1. The Red Book - In detailed illustrations, a young girl crosses oceans and continents to meet a new friend, in a wordless book-within-a-book story.

  2. The Unbreakable Code (The Book Scavenger series) - Could books hidden through the Book Scavenger game be linked to an arsonist’s web of destruction? Find out in the New York Times-bestselling second book in the action packed Book Scavenger series by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman.

  3. Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library - “Twelve-year-old Kyle gets to stay overnight in the new town library, designed by his hero (the famous gamemaker Luigi Lemoncello), with other students but finds that come morning he must work with friends to solve puzzles in order to escape”—

  4. Story Thieves - Except for reading the Kiel Gnomenfoot magic adventure series, Owen’s life is boring until he sees his classmate Bethany climb out of a book in the library. Bethany is half-fictional and has been searching every book she can find for her missing father, a fictional character.

Book! Book! Book! book
#19
Book! Book! Book!
Written by Deborah Bruss and illustrated by Tiphanie Beeke
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

When the children go back to school, the animals on the farm are bored, so they go into the library in town trying to find something to do.

Winterhouse book
#20
Winterhouse
Written by Ben Guterson
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-12

Elizabeth, eleven, spends Christmas break at Winterhouse hotel under strange circumstances, where she discovers that she has magic, and her love of puzzles helps her solve a mystery.

The Year of the Book book
#21
The Year of the Book
Written by Andrea Cheng and illustrated by Abigail Halpin
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

This fully illustrated chapter book follows Anna, a young Asian-American girl, as she navigates relationships with family, friends, and her fourth-grade classroom, and finds a true best friend.

The Book of Nonsense book
#22
The Book of Nonsense
Written by David Michael Slater and illustrated by Mauro Sorghienti
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 10-16

Before there were books, there were Words of Power, and those who spoke them could rule the world… Dexter and Daphna Wax don’t quite fit in, even with each other. She loves reading, and he loathes it, but neither is pleased by their “special” thirteenth birthday gift, a ruined old book full of nonsense. But the moment it enters Daphna and Dexter’s lives, bizarre things begin to happen. Why is their father, who found the book, suddenly so distant? Is the old man who took it from him some kind of hypnotist? Why is a giant, red-eyed man-child menacing them? Now Dex and Daphna have to work together to stop the old man from ruining their lives. But as they unravel the secrets of the Book of Nonsense, they will discover the truth about their own extraordinary destiny.

The Bored Book book
#23
The Bored Book
Written by David Michael Slater and illustrated by Doug Keith
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-4

A brother and sister are bored and irritated visiting their grandfather. There’s no TV, no video games or computers - only books! Sent by their grandfather into the attic, they discover a dusty volume that is unlike all the others. When they open it, it expands into a giant map. As the map grows larger and larger, filling the attic, the children fall into adventures that take them all over the world, face to face with sharks, pirates, knights, even an abominable snowman. Suddenly their visit is anything but boring! The Bored Book uses stunning illustrations, with no text, to remind youngsters of the unique adventures to be found in books. The hardcover edition of The Bored Book was nominated for the 2011 Sakura Medal.

  1. Duncan the Story Dragon - Duncan the Dragon loves to read. When he reads a story, his imagination catches fire! Unfortunately . . . so does his book. Fire breath is great for roasting marshmallows, but it’s not so great for reading. Duncan just wants to get to those two wonderful words, like the last sip of a chocolate milk shake: The End. Will he ever find out how the story ends? This bright, warm tale champions determination, friendship, and a love for books. And milk shakes!

  2. Bear's Book - A story about stories, writing, reading, and friendship When Bear’s favorite book of stories falls apart, he is determined to write one of his own. He ventures into the forest for inspiration, but writing is harder than he thinks, and he soon discovers that he needs help from his friends. See how Bear transforms their day into a wonderful adventure in this story about creativity and friendship.

  3. Look! - Everyone needs a little attention from time to time. Just ask our gorilla who will stop at nothing to be noticed by the boy with his eyes glued to the TV set. But for the gorilla, it’s going to take more than a quiet nudge to steal away the boy’s attention. When his usual antics fail to catch the boy’s eye-Look Out!The gorilla has some other tricks up his sleeve. Using only two words-Look and Out-Jeff Mack relates an adorably hilarious story about an attention-loving gorilla, a television-loving boy, and a friendship that develops over books. Simple in construct yet richly creative, this interactive and colorful tale will leave children laughing and loving books for years to come. Perfect for fans of It’s a Book and Officer Buckle and Gloria.

  4. We Are in a Book! (An Elephant and Piggie Book) - When Gerald the elephant and Piggie realize that they are in a book, they decide to have some fun with the reader.

Hug This Book! book
#28
Hug This Book!
Written by Barney Saltzberg and illustrated by Fred Benaglia
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

An energetic, heartfelt, and humorous ode to book love You can spin and twirl and dance with this book. You can listen while someone else reads it. You can take your book to lunch. Just do not try to feed it. Expertly whimsical illustrations accompany this rhyming celebration of the printed book, and the attachment many of us all feel to our very favourites. The imaginative humour is balanced by earnest devotion, traits to which the young audience will relate. A sure-to-be favourite, this title will draw giggles and snuggles … with the book itself!

A Book book
#29
A Book
Written and illustrated by Mordicai Gerstein
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Among a family who lives in a book, the youngest daughter is the only one who doesn’t have a story to belong to, so she sets out among fairy tales, adventures, mysteries, histories, science fiction, and others to track down her story. By the Calecott Medal winner of The Man Who Walked Between the Towers.

Hooray for Books! book
#30
Hooray for Books!
Written and illustrated by Brian Won
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Turtle has looked everywhere for his favorite book, but it’s nowhere to be found! Maybe his book was borrowed by Zebra, Owl, Giraffe, Elephant, or Lion. As Turtle searches, his friends offer to share their own favorite stories, but other books just won’t do. Or is it time for Turtle to try something different? A tribute to books, reading, and the joy of sharing stories with others from Brian Won, the author/illustrator of Hooray for Hat! and Hooray for Today!.

Doris the Bookasaurus book
#31
Doris the Bookasaurus
Written by Diana Murray and illustrated by Yuyi Chen
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Hooray for books! They make me ROAR!

Doris the Bookasaurus thinks books are mega-dino-tastic! They make her spiky tail wiggle and her imagination soar.

Her boisterous little brothers, Max and T.J., do not agree. They want her to stop reading and play Chomp the Flag and STEGO Blocks . . . until Doris shares her pirate book aloud. Soon they’re using their imagination for on an epic adventure to Sharktooth bay.

With charming rhyming text about an adorable dinosaur family, Doris and her siblings show rambunctious readers everywhere that reading and playing go perfectly together!

By Mouse and Frog book
#32
By Mouse and Frog
Written and illustrated by Deborah Freedman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

One morning, Mouse woke up epecially early, eager to write a brand-new story . . . Praise for Deborah Freedman-‘Shines in both concept and beauty.’ Kirkus Reviews, starred review of The Story of Fish and Snail’ A delightful treat.’ Booklist, starred review of Blue Chicken ‘Simply exquisite.’ Kirkus Reviews, starred reviewof Blue Chicken

  1. Also an Octopus - Even the most totally awesome story starts with a little bit of nothing. What happens next is up to you! A delightfully meta picture book that will set imaginations soaring. It begins with an octopus who plays the ukulele. Since this is a story, the octopus has to want something—maybe to travel to faraway galaxies in a totally awesome purple spaceship. Then the octopus sets out to build a spaceship out of soda cans, glue, umbrellas, glitter, and waffles. OK, maybe the octopus needs some help, like from an adorable bunny friend, and maybe that bunny turns out to be . . . a rocket scientist? (Probably not.) But could something even more amazing come to pass? Debut author Maggie Tokuda-Hall, with the help of illustrator Benji Davies, sets up an endearingly funny story, then hands the baton to readers, who will be more than primed to take it away.

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