Best Kids Books About Books

18 Kids Books About Books

Updated Mar. 19, 2019
Dog Loves Books book
#1
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.

The Wall in the Middle of the Book book
#2
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
#3
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
#4
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
#5
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.

Ike's Incredible Ink book
#6
Ike's Incredible Ink
Written and illustrated by Brianne Farley
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Thoughts from 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.

Cleaning his room and talking to his best friend while preparing to write what he knows will be an incredible story, little Ike discovers that he is missing just the right ink to get his project underway, a need that requires extraordinary effort to fulfill.

Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré book
#7
Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré
Written by Anika Denise and illustrated by Paola Escobar
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

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.

Books Do Not Have Wings book
#8
Books Do Not Have Wings
Written by Brynne Barnes and illustrated by Rogerio Coelho
picture book
Recommend Ages: 7-8

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.

A Perfectly Messed-Up Story book
#9
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
#10
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.

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Books! book
#11
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.

The Red Book book
#12
The Red Book
Written and illustrated by Barbara Lehman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

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

Duncan the Story Dragon book
#13
Duncan the Story Dragon
Written and illustrated by Amanda Driscoll
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

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!

Book! Book! Book! book
#14
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.

We Are in a Book! (An Elephant and Piggie Book) book
#15
We Are in a Book! (An Elephant and Piggie Book)
Written and illustrated by Mo Willems
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

When Gerald the elephant and Piggie realize that they are in a book, they decide to have some fun with the reader.

Waiting for the BiblioBurro book
#16
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.

The Bored Book book
#17
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.

The Best Book to Read book
#18
The Best Book to Read
Written by Debbie Bertram and illustrated by Michael Garland
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

A young boy goes to the library with his class and hears about the many kinds of books that can be found there.

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