Cleaning: Books For Kids

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

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

Our list includes board books and picture 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. You can filter to sort by the best book type for your kid.

When it comes to children’s stories about cleaning, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like Maisy Cleans Up to popular sellers like Little Oink to some of our favorite hidden gems like The Pout-Pout Fish Cleans Up the Ocean.

We hope this list of kids books about cleaning 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.

Little Oink book
#1
Little Oink
Written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and illustrated by Jen Corace
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Little Oink is a neat little fellow. Clean, clean, clean, that’s all he wants to do. But Mama and Papa won’t have it! They say in order to be a proper pig he has to learn to make a proper mess. What’s a little pig to do? Now available as a board book, Little Oink shows Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Jen Corace applying their traditionally wry humor to the issue of cleaning up, in a laugh-out-loud romp that is sure to make readers giggle with recognition.

Maisy Cleans Up book
#2
Maisy Cleans Up
Written and illustrated by Lucy Cousins
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

The celebrated mouse is back — and she’s cleaning house!

For Maisy, even cleaning up can be fun — if you have a friend stop by to help. In Maisy Cleans Up, Charley smells something delicious in Maisy’s kitchen but has to wait until the floor is dry. Time passes more quickly when he pitches in to pick up some toys, and washing the windows is a cinch with Charley inside and Maisy out. Now the floor is finally dry, and there are the treats, all ready to eat. Good job! A story for parents to love as much as kids!

The Pout-Pout Fish Cleans Up the Ocean book
#3
The Pout-Pout Fish Cleans Up the Ocean
Written by Deborah Diesen and illustrated by Dan Hanna
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Mr. Fish and his friends have noticed something strange in their ocean—a big, big MESS! How did it get there? What can they do about it? The closer they look, the more they see where the mess came from . . . and they’ll have to work together to get rid of it. This newest jacketed hardcover in the New York Times–bestselling Pout-Pout Fish series will teach little guppies how to take responsibility for their actions and for the environment.

Adi Sorts with Variables book
#4
Adi Sorts with Variables
Written by Caroline Karanja and illustrated by Ben William Whitehouse
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

It’s time to clean Adi’s room! If only a computer could do it for her! That gives Adi and her best friend Gabi an idea-think like a coder! These scientific thinkers put on their computer coding caps and make cleaning up a snap by sorting with variables!

Maisy Takes a Bath book
#5
Maisy Takes a Bath
Written and illustrated by Lucy Cousins
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Very young children will go crazy for Maisy — and bathtubs!

Maisy and her friends act out the lively adventures young children have — or dream of having — every day. In Maisy Takes a Bath, Tallulah doesn’t want Maisy to take a bubble bath just now. She wants her to come out and play instead. What will Maisy’s friend do next? Here’s another very good reason to be crazy for Maisy!

  1. Llama Llama Mess Mess Mess - Mama Llama teaches Llama Llama a humorous lesson in cleaning up in Anna Dewdney’s bestselling Llama Llama series. Time to pick up all your toys! Why is Mama making noise? Mama says it’s cleaning day . . . Llama only wants to play. Anna Dewdney’s Llama Llama is growing up, but he still loves to play with all his toys! When Mama Llama says it’s time to clean up, Llama responds like any child more interested in playing than cleaning . . . by ignoring her! But Mama has an imaginative response of her own. What if she never cleaned? What would happen then? Well, Llama Llama is going to find out! Here is a truly funny take on a childhood chore that all children will relate to and laugh at! And it is sure to be helpful to get kids cleaning up!

  2. Sweep - Ed’s bad mood begins as something really small, hardly a thing at all. But before long it grows, gathers pace, and spreads through the whole town. Can Ed sweep his troubles away?

  3. The Toy Fairy - Joe is a young boy who does not tidy his room. One night, before he goes to bed, he is warned that the Toy Fairy will take all his toys away. Joe knows there is no such thing as the Toy Fairy. So why do his toys keep going missing? Joe’s cunning plan to get the toys back takes him on an unexpected adventure.

  4. Poppy Pickle - Poppy gets into a major pickle when her imagination comes alive! Poppy has the most extraordinary imagination. When she is sent upstairs to clean her room, she just can’t help imagining, and suddenly . . . her imagination literally comes alive. Soon her room is jam-packed with all kinds of weird and wonderful creatures. There are a few problems, though: the mammoth puts his foot through the floor, and the hungry crocodile thinks Poppy would make a tasty snack. Poppy needs to get rid of all these creatures fast. But how?

Kiki & Jax: The Life-Changing Magic of Friendship book
#10
Kiki & Jax: The Life-Changing Magic of Friendship
Written by Marie Kondo and Salina Yoon and illustrated by Salina Yoon
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

International tidying superstar and New York Times bestselling author Marie Kondo brings her unique method to young readers in this charming story about how tidying up creates space for joy in all parts of your life, co-written and illustrated by beloved children’s book veteran Salina Yoon.

The KonMari Method inspires a charming friendship story that is sure to spark joy! Kiki and Jax are best friends, but they couldn’t be more different. The one thing they always agree on is how much fun they have together. But when things start to get in the way, can they make space for what has always sparked joy—each other?

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