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Contentment: Books For Kids

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

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

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 contentment, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like The Chalk Giraffe to popular sellers like The Best Nest to some of our favorite hidden gems like The Little Green Girl.

We hope this list of kids books about contentment 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 Perfect Sofa
Written & illustrated by Fifi Kuo
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Penguin and Panda decide it’s time for a new sofa—but they are overwhelmed by the options. Will they find what they’re looking for? When Penguin and Panda decide their tired sofa is in need of replacement, they set out to find the perfect one. But none of the options are quite right and no sofa can seem to match the comfort of the one they already have. Is what they’re looking for closer than they think?

The Little Green Girl
Written & illustrated by Lisa Anchin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Mr. Aster, who likes routine, is happy to care for Little Green Girl when she arrives in his garden, but not interested in helping her see the world beyond its walls.

The Best Nest
Written & illustrated by P. D. Eastman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Mr. and Mrs. Bird search for a place to build a new nest only to discover their old one is better.

The Chalk Giraffe
Written by Kirsty Paxton & illustrated by Megan Lotter
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

A little girl’s imagination springs to life when the chalk giraffe she drew on the pavement begins talking to her. But then the fickle giraffe begins making demands, and the girl must draw surroundings to fulfill his requests…a tree, soft grass, and animal friends. But nothing seems to please him! This delightful rhyming story escalates until the girl draws a laughing giraffe companion that cheers up the grumpy giraffe at last.

Just One More
Written & illustrated by Jennifer Hansen Rolli
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Sometimes Ruby needs just one more minute of sleep, one more thingy for her hair, one more push on the swing, and one more scoop on her cone, (and one more, and one more, and one more . . .) until one more is just too much. Maybe it’s time for just one? If you know a someone like Ruby, Just One More will be just right!

  • The Smallest Elephant in the World - Mocked throughout the jungles of India, the smallest elephant in the world-no bigger than a house cat-has decided enough is enough. If he’s no bigger than a house cat, then a house is where he belongs! After a long journey, this smallest elephant in the world finds himself a home with a nice little boy inside. Unfortunately, the boy’s mother doesn’t believe elephants make suitable house pets… First published in 1959, The Smallest Elephant in the World, written by Alvin Tresselt and illustrated by Milton Glaser, is a witty, sweet, and funny tale of friendship, unlikely disguise, and the search for home.

  • Otto the Book Bear - Otto lives in a book and is happiest when his story is being read. But Otto has a secret: when no one is looking and the mood strikes, Otto walks right off of his book’s pages! Full color.

  • Happiness Doesn't Come from Headstands - Trying—and failing—can be a path to happiness too. Leela loves to do yoga. She could do all sorts of poses, but there was one pose she couldn’t do. Every time Leela tried to do a headstand…KERPLUNK! This book explores the themes of acceptance, resilience, and self-compassion and offers the message that just because we may experience a failure does not mean that we are a failure. Written as a counterpoint to the message of The Little Engine that Could, Happiness Doesn’t Come from Headstands is a story about a girl who tries her best, but still falls down. Through the process she learns that happiness is not determined by external achievement. Even in the face of failure, peace can be found if we accept that we cannot do everything and focus on our experience.

  • Dave's Cave - Dave loves his cave. The inside is decorated exactly the way he likes it. But what if there’s a better cave out there? Dave needs to find out for himself. This humorous romp from a celebrated author-illustrator reminds readers that sometimes there’s no place like home. Full color.

It's Not Easy Being Number Three
Written & illustrated by Drew Dernavich
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

The Number Three is having an identity crisis-there are so many other things he could do with his life; why stop at being just a number? He tries being a ship’s anchor, a spatula, even a shiny bronze sculpture, and he won’t listen when the other numbers beg him to come back to the lineup. But after awhile, Number Three starts to realize that what he enjoys most is the job no one else can do: being the Number Three.

It’s Not Easy Being Number Three is a clever book that celebrates the importance of feeling appreciated for one’s talents.

Lana Lynn Howls at the Moon
Written by Rebecca Van Slyke & illustrated by Anca Sandu and Rebecca Van Slyke
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

An adventurous sheep tries to take a walk on the wild side and encounters more than she expected.

Lana Lynn is an intrepid sheep. The other members of her flock are content to nibble grass in the pasture, sip water from the pond, and nap in the meadow. But not Lana Lynn. She wants… adventure!

So one night, when the moon is high and the other sheep are asleep, she finds a disguise and dashes into the wild woods to see what life is like as a wolf. It’s fun to run through the wild woods, stay up very late, and howl at the Moon—but is life with the wolf pack everything it seems?

The Monster Princess
Written by D. J. MacHale & illustrated by Alexandra Boiger
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

Deep in a cave there’s a story, it seems, of a sweet little monster with very big dreams. She wished she was pretty. She wished she could dance. She wished to be special…and this was her chance.

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