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Looking for a list of the best kids books about daily activities?

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

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, and you can also use our table of contents to jump to particular topics you think your kid will enjoy.

When it comes to children’s stories about daily activities, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like Rock-a-Bye Farm to popular sellers like The Going-To-Bed Book to some of our favorite hidden gems like Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site.

We hope this list of kids books about daily activities 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.

Top 10 Books About Daily Activities

Hop Along Boo, Time for Bed book
#1
Hop Along Boo, Time for Bed
Written by Mark Sperring & illustrated by Mandy Sutcliffe
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

This is an AMAZING book that I never get tired of reading and my toddler never gets tired of listening to. He’ll ask for this book again and again and again and when we had a couple night stay in the hospital earlier this year, this is one of the three books we grabbed as we ran out the door. The illustrations are peaceful and dreamy (the parades of children in their pajamas are my favorite!) and the rhymes are calming and lullaby-esque.

picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Join Belle and her bunny, Boo, as they follow ballerinas, cowboys, pirates, and others through dreamy fantasies to a cozy bed of their own. Gentle rhymes and luminous illustrations will help little ones wind down and tuck in for a good night’s sleep. This lullaby journey is as captivating and soothing as any parent or child could want — by the end, there won’t be an open eye in the house!

Belle & Boo is a British lifestyle brand known for original, nostalgic ‘story book’ illustrations of children. Visit them at belleandboo.com.

The Going-To-Bed Book book
#2
The Going-To-Bed Book
Written & illustrated by Sandra Boynton
Thoughts from Mom of Boys

Lots of bedtime stories are kind of slow and sweet. This one is lots of fun. The rhymes are great as it goes through a (semi) normal bedtime routine, with a little bit of wit and humor. We like reading this before bedtime.

board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Getting ready for sleep is tons of fun in this Sandra Boynton classic.

The sun has set not long ago. Now everybody goes below to take a bath in one big tub with soap all over—SCRUB SCRUB SCRUB!

This classic bedtime story is just right for winding down the day as a joyful, silly group of animals scrub scrub scrub in the tub, brush and brush and brush their teeth, and finally rock and rock and rock to sleep.

When the World Is Ready for Bed book
#3
When the World Is Ready for Bed
Written by Gillian Shields & illustrated by Anna Currey
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

I. Love. This. Book. The illustrations are beautiful, and I love that this bedtime book goes through a beautiful routine from sunset and eating dinner to discussing the day, reading a book, giving kisses, and falling asleep. The whole thing is beautiful!

picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

A rabbit family prepares for bed by cleaning up toys, folding clothes, talking about the events of the day, and reading a book.

Lion's Lullaby book
#4
Lion's Lullaby
Written by Mij Kelly & illustrated by Holly Clifton-Brown
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

I absolutely love the illustrations in this sweet bedtime book! It’s filled with the cutest animals and has a lovely rhyme and flow. There’s not a huge story line to this one, but it’s fun to go through all the animals and ask who puts them to bed. :)

picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

With the help of hugs and lullabies, a young girl tucks her stuffed animals into bed, one by one, in this cuddly good-night read. Holly Clifton-Brown’s soft palette and adorable illustrations paired with Mij Kelly’s comforting rhyming text set the perfect tone for bedtime.

Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site book
#5
Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site
Written by Sherri Duskey Rinker & illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

The #1 New York Times bestseller As the sun sets behind the big construction site, all the hardworking trucks get ready to say goodnight. One by one, Crane Truck, Cement Mixer, Dump Truck, Bulldozer, and Excavator finish their work and lie down to rest—so they’ll be ready for another day of rough and tough construction play! With irresistible artwork by best-selling illustrator Tom Lichtenheld and sweet, rhyming text, this book will have truck lovers of all ages begging for more.

All the Awake Animals Are Almost Asleep book
#6
All the Awake Animals Are Almost Asleep
Written by Crescent Dragonwagon & illustrated by David McPhail
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

Now in board book format, this lyrical animal ABC book is just right for bedtime—or anytime! From antlered antelope to zzz-ing zebra, all the awake animals are getting sleepy in this abridged board book edition of a favorite bedtime alphabet book, from an acclaimed author and bestselling illustrator. This exquisite celebration of language and nature is perfect for lulling little ones into a cozy, soothing slumber.

Steam Train, Dream Train book
#7
Steam Train, Dream Train
Written by Sherri Duskey Rinker & illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

An unabridged board book version of the bestselling hardcover, perfect for small hands! The dream train pulls into the station, and one by one the train cars are loaded: polar bears pack the reefer car with ice cream, elephants fill the tanker cars with paints, tortoises stock the auto rack with race cars, and kangaroos stuff the hopper car with balls (while zebras referee). Dreamy illustrations and gentle rhyming text make this a beloved bedtime favorite for budding train enthusiasts everywhere.

Bear Is Not Tired book
#8
Bear Is Not Tired
Written & illustrated by Ciara Gavin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Bear and his duck family do everything together. That is, until winter arrives. Bear is supposed to hibernate this time of year, but he doesn’t want to miss out on any of the fun. But can Bear really stay awake all winter long? Gentle humor and endearing illustrations bring a delightful twist to a bedtime routine that children and their parents will easily recognize.

Sleep, Baby, Sleep book
#9
Sleep, Baby, Sleep
Written by Maryann Cusimano Love & illustrated by Maria van Lieshout
Thoughts from Mom of Boys

When you think of bedtime books you may think of lullabies and bedtime routines, but this book is different. It begins with sleep, baby, sleep, but goes through a whole series of hopes the parents have for the child: rising, soaring, laughing, climbing, growing and so much more. It is a wonderful book.

board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

As their baby sleeps, the parents wish for their child the many characteristics found in animals, such as being gentle as a lamb, having the sight of a hawk, and the peacefulness of a snowy dove.

Goodnight Football book
#10
Goodnight Football
Written by Michael Dahl & illustrated by Christina E. Forshay
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

In rhyming text a child, home from a game, bids goodnight to all the sights and sounds of a school football game.

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Books About Daily Activities and Bedtime

Hop Along Boo, Time for Bed
Written by Mark Sperring & illustrated by Mandy Sutcliffe
Thoughts from The Book Snob Mom

This is an AMAZING book that I never get tired of reading and my toddler never gets tired of listening to. He’ll ask for this book again and again and again and when we had a couple night stay in the hospital earlier this year, this is one of the three books we grabbed as we ran out the door. The illustrations are peaceful and dreamy (the parades of children in their pajamas are my favorite!) and the rhymes are calming and lullaby-esque.

picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Join Belle and her bunny, Boo, as they follow ballerinas, cowboys, pirates, and others through dreamy fantasies to a cozy bed of their own. Gentle rhymes and luminous illustrations will help little ones wind down and tuck in for a good night’s sleep. This lullaby journey is as captivating and soothing as any parent or child could want — by the end, there won’t be an open eye in the house!

Belle & Boo is a British lifestyle brand known for original, nostalgic ‘story book’ illustrations of children. Visit them at belleandboo.com.

The Going-To-Bed Book
Written & illustrated by Sandra Boynton
Thoughts from Mom of Boys

Lots of bedtime stories are kind of slow and sweet. This one is lots of fun. The rhymes are great as it goes through a (semi) normal bedtime routine, with a little bit of wit and humor. We like reading this before bedtime.

board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Getting ready for sleep is tons of fun in this Sandra Boynton classic.

The sun has set not long ago. Now everybody goes below to take a bath in one big tub with soap all over—SCRUB SCRUB SCRUB!

This classic bedtime story is just right for winding down the day as a joyful, silly group of animals scrub scrub scrub in the tub, brush and brush and brush their teeth, and finally rock and rock and rock to sleep.

When the World Is Ready for Bed
Written by Gillian Shields & illustrated by Anna Currey
Thoughts from B is for Bookworm

I. Love. This. Book. The illustrations are beautiful, and I love that this bedtime book goes through a beautiful routine from sunset and eating dinner to discussing the day, reading a book, giving kisses, and falling asleep. The whole thing is beautiful!

picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

A rabbit family prepares for bed by cleaning up toys, folding clothes, talking about the events of the day, and reading a book.

Honorable Mentions
  1. Lion's Lullaby - B is for Bookworm - I absolutely love the illustrations in this sweet bedtime book! It’s filled with the cutest animals and has a lovely rhyme and flow. There’s not a huge story line to this one, but it’s fun to go through all the animals and ask who puts them to bed. :)

  2. Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site - The #1 New York Times bestseller As the sun sets behind the big construction site, all the hardworking trucks get ready to say goodnight. One by one, Crane Truck, Cement Mixer, Dump Truck, Bulldozer, and Excavator finish their work and lie down to rest—so they’ll be ready for another day of rough and tough construction play! With irresistible artwork by best-selling illustrator Tom Lichtenheld and sweet, rhyming text, this book will have truck lovers of all ages begging for more.

  3. All the Awake Animals Are Almost Asleep - Now in board book format, this lyrical animal ABC book is just right for bedtime—or anytime! From antlered antelope to zzz-ing zebra, all the awake animals are getting sleepy in this abridged board book edition of a favorite bedtime alphabet book, from an acclaimed author and bestselling illustrator. This exquisite celebration of language and nature is perfect for lulling little ones into a cozy, soothing slumber.

  4. Steam Train, Dream Train - An unabridged board book version of the bestselling hardcover, perfect for small hands! The dream train pulls into the station, and one by one the train cars are loaded: polar bears pack the reefer car with ice cream, elephants fill the tanker cars with paints, tortoises stock the auto rack with race cars, and kangaroos stuff the hopper car with balls (while zebras referee). Dreamy illustrations and gentle rhyming text make this a beloved bedtime favorite for budding train enthusiasts everywhere.

Books About Daily Activities and Cleaning

Little Oink
Written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal & 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 Takes a Bath
Written & 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!

The Girl Who Wouldn't Brush Her Hair
Written by Kate Bernheimer & illustrated by Jake Parker
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

What happens when our heroine neglects her long tresses? Well, one day a mouse comes to live in a particularly tangled lock. Soon after, more mice move in, and the girl’s unruly mop is transformed into a marvelous mouse palace complete with secret passageways and a cheese cellar! But as the girl comes to find out, living with more than a hundred mice atop your head isn’t always easy. . . .

Honorable Mentions
  1. Night Job - When the sun sets, Dad’s job as a school custodian is just beginning. What is it like to work on a Friday night while the rest of the city is asleep? There’s the smell of lilacs in the night air, the dusky highway in the moonlight, and glimpses of shy nighttime animals to make the dark magical. Shooting baskets in the half-lit gym, sweeping the stage with the game on the radio, and reading out loud to his father in the library all help the boy’s time pass quickly. But what makes the night really special is being with Dad. Newbery Medalist Karen Hesse’s quietly powerful story of a boy and his father is tenderly brought to life by G. Brian Karas in this luminous tribute to an enduring, everyday sort of love.

  2. 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!

  3. Clean It! - Which chores need doing today? What’s the best way of doing them? And who’s going to help? Helping with real tasks is a natural progression from pretend play, and is a crucial stage in a child’s development. Achieving a shared goal encourages a sense of responsibility, and develops many skills useful in later life. Simple conversational text and lively illustrations are carefully designed to encourage further dialogue between reader and child.

  4. The Messy One - Vivienne really enjoys being messy, but when she loses her favorite necklace she is determined to tidy up her room to find it.

Want to see books about cleaning?

Books About Daily Activities and Starting The Day

Sunrise, Moonrise
Written & illustrated by Betsy Thompson
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

Day turns into night and some animals drift to sleep while others spring to life in this beautiful high-contrast board book.

Sun rises. Bird sings.

And so the day begins in this beautifully simple board book with bold artwork and lyrical text that shows us the passing of time in the day. Fish swim under a blue sky, squirrels dream as the sun sets, the moon rises as stars blink, and an owl hoots when night falls. With word repetition and a single tree that houses both the bird who sings as the sun rises and the owl who hoots after the moon rises, little ones can begin to understand that the day begins and ends in the same way.

My First Day
Written by Leilani Sparrow & illustrated by Dan Taylor
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Get ready for the first day of school with this sweet, reassuring board book. Follow one little boy as he experiences all the firsts a first day of school brings, from his first story to his first friend. When it’s time to leave, he can’t wait for another day at school!

Llama Llama Wakey-Wake
Written & illustrated by Anna Dewdney
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Start a brand-new day the Llama way with this new board book by Anna Dewdney. A good day starts with breakfast and brushing, kissing and hugging.

Honorable Mentions
  1. Wakey, Wakey, Elephant! - A tickly feather. Roosters crowing. Even a marching band. Will ANYTHING wake Elephant? How do you make a snoozing, sleepyhead Elephant get up? Edgar tries everything, from putting a silly hat on Elephant’s head to dancing a cha-cha on the bed. Nothing works . . . until Edgar whispers something very special in his friend’s ear. SURPRISE! It’s Elephant’s birthday—and he’s ready to party. Lively, silly, and full of fun, this picture book is a joyful celebration.

  2. Isabella: Girl in Charge - Plucky, purple-haired Isabella, star of the New York Times bestselling picture book series, is back for another adventure! Just how high can a little girl dream? A big event has Isabella ready to leave home at the crack of dawn. But that’s a motion her parents are not likely to pass. After a two-to-one vote, it’s decided that some things need to happen before Isabellacan leave the house-like eating breakfast and brushing her teeth! If her house is going to work like a democracy, Isabella knows what she has to do; call an assembly and campaign her way out the door! Taking inspiration from the women who trail blazed their way onto the political map of America, Isabella celebrates the women who were first to hold their offices. And if Isabella can get her parents out the door, she might just witness the first woman voted into the highest position of all…

  3. Pigs in a Blanket - Three little piglets are all bundled up and as cozy as can be. Open the “blanket” flaps of this novelty board book and help the piglets start their day! Young readers will follow their wacky antics and ever-changing wardrobes as these energetic pigs jump, prance, and dance through a fun-filled day before finally climbing back into bed again. A delightful rhyme reinforces key daily rituals and the importance of winding down the day and going to sleep.

  4. Hey! Wake Up! - The perfect partner to Pajama Time!, Hey! Wake Up! is a good-morning book with the irrepressible language, the inimitable illustrations, the irresistible cast of characters only Sandra Boynton could create. Yawn. Stretch. Touch your toes. Shimmy shimmy shimmy, Wiggle your nose. Just watch out for the broccoli stew. (Ew.)

Books About Daily Activities and Friendship

Bath! Bath! Bath!
board book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Bath time is fun! fun! fun! in this playful board book! Today we had such fun! fun! fun! But now the day is done! done! done! After a fun-filled day, it’s time to go home and take a bath! From washing tiny toes and your little nose to making rubber ducky go quack! quack! quack!, bath time is fun! fun! fun! The rhyming text makes this the perfect read-along story to get little ones excited for bath time.

Time for a Hug
Written by Phillis Gershator & illustrated by David Walker
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

A little rabbit receives hugs around the clock.

A Toothbrush for Rex
Written & illustrated by Marisa Vestita
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-5

Follow along with Rex the T-Rex and his dinosaur friends in this delightful picture book!

In this charming new series of board books, parents and their children can enjoy the adventures of four baby dinosaur friends. With full-color illustrations and easy-to-understand language, boys and girls can learn valuable lessons about facing new experiences, confronting their fears, and what they need to do to grow up big and brave—just like the dinosaurs!

Bronto the Brontosaurs, Trixie the Triceratops, and Terri the Pterodactyl are nervous—there are some scary roars echoing throughout the forest and they’re coming from their friend Rex. Unfortunately, the poor baby dino has a stick stuck in his teeth! Terri comes to the rescue and pulls it out with her beak, and Rex’s friends remind him of an important fact: if Rex wants strong teeth like his dad, he has to brush his teeth!

This colorful board book is perfect to give as a gift or to read to your young children at bedtime. The adorable art and inspirational story will help encourage kids to brush their teeth so they grow big and strong, just like a T-Rex’s!

Honorable Mentions
  1. Pony in the City - Otis wants to know about the kids who ride at his stables. Do they sleep in stalls? Do they also get brushed and braided? The older ponies ignore his questions, so Otis heads to the city to see for himself. And he finds answers, but he gets lost, too . . . until some of his favorite friends come to the rescue. Kids will relate to this sweet story about an adorable, inquisitive little pony.

  2. Kiki & Jax: The Life-Changing Magic of Friendship - 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?

Want to see books about friendship?

Books About Daily Activities and Jobs And Careers

Good Morning, City
Written by Pat Kiernan & illustrated by Pascal Campion
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

It’s dark and quiet.

The moon still glimmers in the sky.

While the baker, the ferry boat captain, and the TV anchorman are busy at work, most people are cozily snuggled in bed. Then dawn’s first light peeks through the tree branches. Wake up, city! There is much to be done in neighborhoods all across the metropolis. As the morning gets brighter, the city streets bustle with people ready to begin the day. GOOD MORNING, CITY, by morning news anchor Pat Kiernan, is sure to start the day off right.

Great Job, Dad!
Written & illustrated by Holman Wang
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

A contemporary felted creation celebrating Dad’s many jobs from the co-creator of Cozy Classics. Being a dad is eleven jobs in one! This unique picture book for very young readers celebrates the many jobs being a parent encompasses: A receptionist scheduling important meetings (for playdates), an architect designing buildings (or pillow forts), an inspector (of diapers!) . . . When Dad gets home from his day job at the office, he never knows which job will be waiting for him, but he knows it’ll be fun! Each rhyming spread features intimate, familiar, comforting and humorous depictions of family life through a wholly original — and amazing! — needle-felted lens.

Great Job, Mom!
Written & illustrated by Holman Wang
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

A contemporary felted creation celebrating Mom’s many jobs from the co-creator of Cozy Classics. Being a mom is eleven jobs in one! This unique picture book for very young readers celebrates the many jobs being a parent encompasses: A general who rallies the troops (or unruly kids), a curator of modern art (or finger paintings), an archeologist looking for buried treasures (or socks) . . . when Mom gets home from her day job as a carpenter, she never knows which job will be waiting for her, but she knows it’ll be fun! Each rhyming spread features intimate, familiar, comforting and humorous depictions of family life through a wholly original — and amazing! — needle-felted lens.

Honorable Mentions
  1. The Night Job - With lyrical narration and elegant, evocative artwork, Newbery Medalist Karen Hesse and illustrator G. Brian Karas share the nighttime experience of a father and child. When the sun sets, Dad’s job as a school custodian is just beginning. What is it like to work on a Friday night while the rest of the city is asleep? There’s the smell of lilacs in the night air, the dusky highway in the moonlight, and glimpses of shy nighttime animals to make the dark magical. Shooting baskets in the half-lit gym, sweeping the stage with the game on the radio, and reading out loud to his father in the library all help the boy’s time pass quickly. But what makes the night really special is being with Dad. Newbery Medalist Karen Hesse’s quietly powerful story of a boy and his father is tenderly brought to life by G. Brian Karas in this luminous tribute to an enduring, everyday sort of love.

  2. Bea and Mr. Jones - Bea Jones is bored with kindergarten. Really bored. Her dad is fed up with being stuck in an office. Really, really fed up. So Bea and Mr. Jones decide to change places. Neither kindergarten nor the office will ever be the same. Originally published in 1982, Bea and Mr. Jones, Amy Schwartz’s unforgettable debut picture book, was a New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year and a Reading Rainbow selection. Now back with a fresh design, this charming favorite will inspire a new generation of children to see everyday life in a whole new light.

Books About Daily Activities and Bath Time

Bathtime for Twins
Written by Ellen Weiss & illustrated by Sam Williams
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

Bathtime fun, times two! An adorable duo heads for the tub in this board book companion to Playtime for Twins. Splashy, sploshy, splish. We are little fish! A delightful set of twins show what a blast bathtime can be in this playful board book. Expect grins and giggles from little ones as these funny siblings splash, have tea, play peek-a-boo, and more, until it’s time to say “good night.” Bubbly, rhyming text from Ellen Weiss and soft, charming illustrations by Sam Williams bring this playful story to life.

Dive In!
Written by April Jones Prince & illustrated by Michelle Berg
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

It’s a busy day on the construction site, and these industrious mice are up to something big! But what are they working on? Bold, colorful illustrations and recognizable vehicles with moving parts add to the fun, with hidden clues for the careful observer. Is that red paint . . . or red sauce? Is that a construction pit . . . or a drain? Children will delight in guessing their way to the end, when the final spread reveals a carefully constructed surprise. It’s favorite vehicles meet lunchtime and bathtime in these novelty board books with interactive mechanisms.

Cowpoke Clyde and Dirty Dawg
Written by Lori Mortensen & illustrated by Michael Allen Austin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Cowpoke Clyde’s house was completely clean—he’d even shooed off the horseflies: “Then right behind his cookin’ pot, / he spied one thing he’d plumb forgot: / ol’ Dawg, his faithful, snorin’ friend, / all caked with mud from end to end.” Needless to say, Dawg wakes up and runs. The chase that follows—with page-turn surprises—makes for a hilarious shaggy-dog story involving fleas, a hog, bribery, cats, deception, and a mule. The rhyming stanzas are pitch-perfect, Texas-style, and plumb near cry out to be read aloud. Austin’s expressive acrylic and colored-pencil caricatures of Cowpoke Clyde and his menagerie are priceless. A storytime shoo-in!

Honorable Mentions
  1. Baby Animals Take a Bath - Sometimes bath time means a roll in the mud, and sometimes it’s a plunge in the snow. Little ones learn how baby animals friends clean up.

  2. Smelly Bill - Bill the dog loves smelly things, like muddy ponds and rubbish bins. Will the arrival of Great Aunt Bleach put an end to his smelly ways, or will Bill live to stink another day?

  3. Grumpy Pants - Have you ever had a grumpy day and not known why? Penguin is having a grumpy day like that. No matter what he does, he just can’t shake it! Sometimes the only thing left to do is wash the grumpy day away and start over. The simple text and lively illustrations are the perfect cure for even the grumpiest of days.

  4. Swim with Little Fish!: Bath Book - Whether in the bath, at the table, or on the go, the youngest sea explorers are sure to love visiting Little Fish with this alluring waterproof edition that’s soft, squishy, and sturdy—ideal for babies and toddlers at bath time, high-chair time, or anytime. Full color. Consumable.able.

Books About Daily Activities and First Concepts

Something Smells!
Written by Blake Liliane Hellman & illustrated by Steven Henry
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Elliot wakes up one morning to the most terrible smell. But what could it be? Find out in this gentle introduction to hygiene that’s stinkin’ adorable! One morning, Elliot wakes up and smells something awful. Is it the trash? No… The dog? No… Dad? His sister? The baby? Grandma’s famous gerfartzenschanffel? No, no, no, and no! Elliot searches high and low for the something that smells, but he just can’t find it, and it’s driving him and his nostrils crazy. Almost as bad, now his mother wants him to take a bath, which means taking off his super cool skeleton costume that he’s been wearing since Halloween! The funny thing is, after Elliot finishes his bath and Mom puts his costume in the wash, something doesn’t smell anymore…

Pitter Pattern
Written & illustrated by Joyce Hesselberth
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Patterns are everywhere! How many can you find?

This gorgeously illustrated book from Joyce Hesselberth, the creator of the acclaimed Mapping Sam, expertly introduces readers to basic patterns in nature, music, sports, art, language, and math. Pitter Pattern is an exceptional mix of fiction and nonfiction perfect for home as well as classroom sharing.

Pitter, pitter, pat! Pitter, pitter, pat! Hey, it’s a pitter, pitter, pattern!

Lu and her friends love spotting patterns in their daily activities. Lu learns that patterns can be found at soccer practice, during her piano lessons, in dance class, at snack time, and even at the park! How many patterns can you spot as Lu goes about her week?

Patterns are an important building block of preschool and early elementary education, and Pitter Pattern includes examples of patterns found in music, weather, time, play, shapes, nature, math, and language. The accessible and playful illustrations feature additional patterns for engaged readers to discover. An expert blend of fiction and nonfiction, this beautiful and innovative character-driven picture book is an ideal read-aloud for classrooms, family story times, and for fans of Hervé Tullet, Lois Ehlert, Steve Jenkins, and Joyce Sidman. Includes backmatter about the patterns in the book.

Good Morning - Buenos Días
Written by Meritzell Marti & illustrated by Xavier Salomó
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

A bilingual slide-the-tab board book, with text in English and Spanish. Cleverly introduce basic ideas about what happens in the morning when you wake up, including a rooster crowing, an alarm clock ringing, Dad shaving, and neighbors making coffee. The tabs add fun and unexpected movement for illustrator Xavier Salomó’s simple but engaging art. Illustrator Xavier Salomó was born in Barcelona. He studied illustration, drawing, and printing at the Massana School of Barcelona and art history at the University of Barcelona. He’s worked as an illustrator and graphic designer for various advertising agencies and publishers. In 2006, he won the Junceda Prize for his book The Sounds of . . . Meritxell Martí was born in Barcelona, and is a writer and professor of humanities at the Open University of Catalonia.

Honorable Mentions
  1. Hello Robots! - New from beloved author Joan Holub, Hello Robots! is a fun, playful board book about robots and sequencing! Hello Buzz. Hello Beep. Hello robots fast asleep. Wake up! Get dressed, robots! Perfect for reading out loud, Joan Holub’s hilarious text and Chris Dickason’s lively illustrations will have little ones learning and laughing as they try to help sleepy robots complete their morning routine in the correct order. A clever, interactive approach to first concepts, the Hello board book series introduces important “next-step” concepts like sequencing in a hilariously engaging way.

  2. A Day with Pepe & Millie - Follow best friends Pepe and Millie throughout the day as they get dressed, cook, swing, and so much more! With Pepe and Millie something is always going on. Includes sliders and lift-the-flaps perfect for toddler interaction!

  3. Baby's Big Busy Book - From beloved author-illustrator Karen Katz comes a brand-new busy book filled with touch-and-feels, lift-the-flaps, mirrors, and more! Follow along throughout the day as Baby wakes up, eats, and gets ready to play! This jumbo-sized busy book featuring Karen Katz’s bright and colorful artwork is jam-packed with interactive activities that are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained. It’s a must-have for every Karen Katz collection!

  4. The Importance of Being 3 - The perfect present for three-year-olds, this picture book is a celebration of all things three! All the best things come in threes, not one, not two, but three, like the three-year-olds in this sweet picture book. As all parents know, three is a big year. Follow along as three friends learn new things in threes—from tricycles to triangles—take a dip in the pool, and play in the park with their friends! Of course, it’s not all fun and games. There’s a tantrum and then hugs all around as the three kids head to bed. This adorable picture book celebrating important life events is the perfect gift for third birthdays. Kids will love pointing out all the activities they can do now that they are three years old.

Books About Daily Activities and Food

LMNO Peas
Written & illustrated by Keith Baker
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Get ready to roll through the alphabet with a jaunty cast of busy little peas. Featuring a range of zippy characters from Acrobat Peas to Zoologist Peas, this delightful picture book highlights a variety of interests, hobbies, and careers—each one themed to a letter of the alphabet—and gives a wonderful sense of the colorful world we live in. Children will have so much fun poring over the detailed scenes that they won’t even realize they’re learning the alphabet along the way!

Unstoppable Me
Written by Susan Verde & illustrated by Andrew Joyner
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

This lyrical picture book about a little boy with boundless energy celebrates the exuberance of an active child.

I am movement Heat Static electricity Fueled by food And powered by PLAY!

Unstoppable Me is about the sort of energetic child we all know and love—full of fun and play and a bit exhausting! In this book, we see an unstoppable little boy run, jump, and soar through his day. He takes a little time to refuel, then he’s back at it—zooming and zipping around. This poetic, joyful book—filled with illustrations as bright and energetic as the boy himself— is a celebration of the active child.

Mealtime
Written & illustrated by Courtney Dicmas
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

Mealtimes can be wild, especially when animal babies are involved! Sometimes messy, often chaotic and always exhausting, they offer perfect bonding opportunities – of a kind!Courtney’s wacky style and eye for detail perfectly illustrate the fun, laughter and love shared each day in family life.

Honorable Mentions
  1. Tales for Very Picky Eaters - A father tells outlandish stories while trying to get his young son, who is a very picky eater, to eat foods he thinks he will not like.

  2. Cook It! - Who’s home for dinner? What shall we cook? What do we need to buy? And don’t forget the washing-up! Helping with real tasks is a natural progression from pretend play, and is a crucial stage in a child’s development. Achieving a shared goal encourages a sense of responsibility, and develops many skills useful in later life. Simple conversational text and lively illustrations are carefully designed to encourage further dialogue between reader and child.

  3. Spot Goes Shopping - Grocery shopping is a treat with Spot! Spot is helping his mom shop at the grocery store. He gets to have his very own shopping cart, and helps pick out the cheese, eggs, cereal, and juice. His mom may even have a tasty surprise for him since he helped out so well!

  4. I Hear a Pickle - Hearing, smelling, seeing, touching, tasting-our five senses allow us to experience the world in so many ways! With our ears we hear the birds sing; with our nose we smell the stinky cheese; with our eyes we see the moon and stars (and sometimes glasses help us see even better!); with our skin we feel the rain (and learn not to touch the hot stove!); and with our tongue we can taste our favorite foods. Isadora’s lively art reveals the power and delight of each sense, and young children will see themselves in the charming vignettes that explore a wide range of familiar activities throughout the seasons.

Want to see books about food?

Books About Daily Activities and Parents

You Push, I Ride
Written by Abby Levine & illustrated by Margot Apple
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Rhymed text and illustrations describe the activities of a little pig’s day, including watching his dad shave and riding in the stroller with his mother. Full color.

My Mommy and Me
Written & illustrated by Liesbet Slegers
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

From bestselling author-illustrator Liesbet Slegers, a cheerful book with interactive flaps about the love between a mother and a child. What do you love to do with your mommy? There are so many things you can do together! Will you come and take a look? A cheerful book with flaps that make animals appear in a surprising way. For toddlers ages 18 months and up, with a focus on the child’s emotions.

What I Like Most
Written by Mary Murphy & illustrated by Zhu Cheng-Liang
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

In a lyrical story by Mary Murphy, gorgeously illustrated by award-winning artist Zhu Cheng-Liang, a child offers an ode to her favorite things — and people.

What I like most in the world is my window. This morning, through my window, I see the postman at the red gate. . . .

A little girl observes, one by one, things that give her pleasure — the apricot jam on her toast, the light-up shoes that make her feet bounce, the sparkling river, the pencil whose color comes out like a ribbon. But even after the jar becomes empty, and the shoes grow too small, and the pencil is all used up, one thing will never change. In a tenderly imagined story, Mary Murphy celebrates the intimacy of the bond between mother and child, while Zhu Cheng-Liang’s wonderfully inviting artwork brings the day-to-day details to life.

Honorable Mentions
  1. Don't Get Lost, Odysseus! - When Odysseus goes shopping with his mom, she tells him to stay close, and he does—until he is tempted by The Odyssey-inspired play area in the mall and wanders off. He has fun at first, but when he can’t find Mom, he gets scared. Not to worry: Mom was always close behind, and, reunited, they make their way home together. Conceived and crafted by Greek-mythology expert Joan Holub and illustrated by the bestselling Leslie Patricelli, this book also includes a summary of the original journey of Odysseus.

  2. With My Daddy - A young girl describes all of the wonderful feelings she has while spending time with her father, knowing that they love one another no matter what.

  3. Spot Loves His Mommy - Spot loves spending time with his Mom.Whether playing hide-and-seek, baking a cake, or reading his favorite story, Spot and Mommy have lots of fun together. Perfect for Mother’s Day and all year long, this touching and heartwarming book is great for sharing.

  4. Ladybug Girl and Her Mama - Ladybug Girl stars in this concept board book about spending time with Mama. The short, simple text and sturdy format make this book perfect for sharing with the toddler in your life. Ladybug Girl loves her mama, and can’t wait to spend the day with her. They plant flowers in the garden, share a special lunch, and enjoy a favorite movie. Together-time has never been so sweet. Just right for Mother’s Day!

Books About Daily Activities and Animals

Time for a Bath
Written by Phillis Gershator & illustrated by David Walker
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

No matter what kind of messes a little bunny experiences through the day, bath time makes things fresh and new.

Bathtime
Written by Alice Le Henand & illustrated by Thierry Bedouet
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

For many young children (and sometimes their parents), bathtime is a chore. Kids can think of a million things they’d rather be doing than take a bath. The latest title in the Pull and Play Books(TM) series provides reassurance and support through gently humorous situations, showing children that bathtime is not only essential but oodles of fun! Children will identify with the feelings voiced by Little Crocodile and his friends- whether it’s keeping their hair dry or not wanting to stop playing. Using pull tabs to control the changing pictures, young readers are empowered to apply their newly learned knowledge to their own experiences. Look, Mom and Dad, no more tears!

Get Out of My Bath!
Written & illustrated by Britta Teckentrup
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-3

Ellie the elephant loves to have fun in the bath, but she’s not the only one. A crocodile decides to join her, followed by a flamingo, then a mouse, and even a tiger! Instructions to tilt, shake, and shout encourage a fun, interactive experience.

Honorable Mentions
  1. Hop Up Wriggle Over - “Hop up! Wriggle over! Wakey-wakey: hungry!” Thus starts a full and busy day for an appealing animal family. Simple onomatopoeic words and irresistible illustrations capture familiar routines in a young read-aloud containing a warm and subtle reminder that families come in all shapes and sizes.

  2. Big Red Tub - It’s bathtime for Stan and Stella, but too many friends want to join them in the big, red bathtub. Stan and Stella are having lots of fun in the big, red bathtub. And soon all of the animals want to join them. First Dog, then Lion, and soon Kangaroo wants to come in, too. But when Hippopotamus tries to fit, the bathtime adventure begins.

  3. Welcome to Morningtown - Greet the new day with the adorable animal families of Morningtown in this sweet, classically inspired picture book! Welcome to Morningtown! In Morningtown, animal families of all shapes and sizes are waking up to a shiny new day. They get up out of fluffy beds, hard beds, and secret beds. They hop, splash, and flutter through their morning routines, getting ready for whatever the day holds. One thing is certain—every day is a beautiful day in Morningtown!

  4. Terrible, Awful, Horrible Manners! - Pete is terribly rude, but when his family begins acting just like him, he begins to realize that manners are important.

Books About Daily Activities and Imagination And Play

When Your Lion Needs a Bath
Written by Susanna Leonard Hill & illustrated by Daniel Wiseman
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

When your lion needs a bath, you have to be pretty sneaky! This charming and hilarious board book highlights the many ways to get your lion into that tub! Does your lion need a bath? When your lion needs a bath, you must be a little sneaky. After all, have you ever met a cat who likes water? So gather up your towels and rubber ducks and get that lion into the tub! But be careful…or you just might end up in the bath, too!

Good Morning, Superman!
Written by Michael Dahl & illustrated by Omar Lozano
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Look, up in the sky! It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s the… SUN! When morning comes, a young boy must prepare for his day, faster than a speeding bullet. Follow along as he leaps tall buildings (jumps out of bed) in a single bound, dons his heroic uniform (his clothes), and faces his greatest weakness (Kryptonite-colored toothpaste). Then it’s up, up, and away to daycare! The perfect companion to the best-selling author Michael Dahl’s Bedtime for Batman, this official DC Comics picture book will have Superman fans young and old delighting in their morning routines. Includes a morning routine checklist.

Who's in the Bathroom?
Written by Jeanne Willis & illustrated by Adrian Reynolds
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

A farting rhino, pooping elephant, and piddling penguin have taken over the bathroom and now everyone must wait for them to clear out, in an amusing book filled with bathroom humor. By the author of Gorilla! Gorilla!

Honorable Mentions
  1. Snippet the Early Riser - Snippet is a typical snail. He loves to draw. He loves to play soccer. He loves piggyback rides. But unlike other snails, he does not love to sleep in. While his family is snoozing the morning away, he is wide awake and determined to rouse his family. But how? Snippet the Early Riser is the perfect bedtime (or wake-up time!) tale, celebrating early birds and late snoozers alike.

  2. Elmer's Day - From dawn to dusk, with lots of food and fun between, join Elmer on his day! This chunky board book with easy-grip toddler tabs on every page is perfect for the very youngest Elmer fans.

  3. Bath Time! - What makes bath time fun for baby? Bath toys! From parading penguins and splashing seals to frolicking frogs and bathing beavers, these joyful animal toys are ready to play. Join the splashy party in the tub…you may even get wet too!  
    Bright, vibrant illustrations from Christine Battuz match the energy of a baby in the bath as you’re introduced to Eric Walters’s animal alliterations across each page. It’s just good clean fun!

Books About Daily Activities and Babies

Everywhere Babies
Written by Susan Meyers & illustrated by Marla Frazee
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Describes babies and the things they do from the time they are born until their first birthday. On board pages.

Busy Babies
Written & illustrated by Amy Schwartz
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

An exuberant celebration of busy babies on the move! Busy babies have so much to do, from blowing bubbles to making trouble, whether they are in buggies or in snugglies! Join a rambunctious group of little ones as they go about the day, doing all of the wonderful things babies do. This adorable picture book features bouncy, rhyming text that makes it the perfect read-aloud to share with the busy baby in your life.

On the Go!
Written & illustrated by Ailie Busby
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-2

Babies love lifting the flaps in these board books to find out all about themselves. Encouraging interaction and discussion, they are designed to support the Personal, Social and Emotional Development aspects of the Early Years Foundation Stage. A modern remake of one of our bestselling series with vivid illustrations by Ailie Busby.

Honorable Mentions
  1. Spoonful! - Open wide—it’s time to eat! Fussy babies may not be interested in food themselves, but they might want to share a spoonful with absolutely anyone else! There’s a spoonful for Mommy, one for the fish, for the fly in the corner, even the lady in the picture. With bright, engaging illustrations, a die-cut open mouth to feed, and just enough silliness, this fun board book is bound to make dinner entertaining for your stubborn baby. Hooray—you ate it all!

  2. Now I'm Big! - Big kids can do all sorts of things babies cannot: zip their own zippers, drink from a cup, read their own books, and even sleep in a BIG bed! Karen Katz’s energetic text and illustrations highlight the awesome aspects of getting big, making this the perfect board book for older toddlers who are proud of everything they can do.

  3. Leo Gets a Checkup - When Dad takes Leo to visit the doctor, Leo learns to wait his turn, sit quietly while his eyes and ears are checked, and be brave during a shot. And, of course, Leo gets a book before he leaves! Little brother Leo was first introduced through the best-selling Lola Reads series in Lola Reads to Leo. In 2014, Leo made his debut with his own adventure, Leo Loves Baby Time, followed by 2016’s Leo Can Swim. This spin-off of the best-selling Lola Reads series is perfect for babies and toddlers.

  4. Baby Loves - Baby’s attention is fickle to all the wonderful things he encounters throughout the day, but his parents’ love for him is constant.

Want to see books about babies?

Books About Daily Activities and Bedtime And Dreams

Even Superheroes Have to Sleep
Written by Sara Crow & illustrated by Adam Record
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Toddlers will feel better about bedtime when they learn that superheroes, cowboys, princesses, and astronauts ALL have to sleep too! It’s bedtime for superheroes . . . and KIDS! Young ones will enjoy this sweet, short, rhyming story that lulls them to sleep with the promise that all their heroes are getting tucked into bed too. It’s the perfect story to choose for a peaceful bedtime ritual. And don’t miss the companion book - Even Superheroes Use the Potty - to help teach kids good bathroom habits. “Will ease little readers to restful states.”—Kirkus

Good Night, Spot
Written & illustrated by Eric Hill
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

Spot has been very busy, and it’s time to get ready for bed. After a bath and drying off in his warm, fuzzy towel, Spot chooses a favorite book for a bedtime story. Any young child can relate to the ritual of preparing for bedtime with this board book, now available with a bold, colorful cover.

Olive the Sheep Can't Sleep
Written by Clementina Almeida & illustrated by Ana Camilla Silva
picture book
Recommend Ages: 32-3

Adorable Olive had a long day and is tired. She settles in for a good night’s sleep, but it isn’t easy. Using techniques based in neuroscience to help children relax, fall asleep, and stay asleep, author and child psychologist Clementina Almeida presents a charming bedtime story teaching parents techniques to help their child turn off . Why is it sometimes so hard for little ones to fall asleep? “Because,” says Almeida, “the world never ceases to surprise them, . . . their mind cannot ‘disconnect.’”

Honorable Mentions
  1. I Just Want to Say Good Night - Caldecott Honor-winner Rachel Isadora’s stunning oil paintings illustrate this delightful bedtime tale, set on the African plains. The sun has set and the moon is rising, and that means it’s bedtime. But not if Lala has a say—because she’s not ready to go to sleep! First she needs to say good night to the cat. And the goat. And the chickens. And, and, and . . . Lala’s adorable stalling strategy will ring true for all parents whose little ones aren’t ready to say goodbye to the day—and all will appreciate the wonderful culmination to the bedtime ritual.

  2. It Is Not Time for Sleeping - As the day comes to an end, bedtime draws near. But the little boy in this book is quite sure it is NOT time for sleeping. As each piece of his evening routine is completed—helping with the dishes, playing with the dog, getting into pajamas, brushing teeth with Dad, being tucked in by Mom, and listening to a story—he becomes a little more certain: it is definitely not time for sleeping. The question is, when WILL it be time for sleeping? A rhythmic, cumulative text and lush twilit scenes come together to create a perfect bedtime book that will be treasured for generations to come.

  3. It's Time to Take a Nap - Based loosely on the Comden & Green song “I Said Good Morning,” jaunty verse takes readers to different landscapes in which a small boy is saying so many “good mornings” that by the time he is done, it’s nap-time! All are rendered in Barroux’s signature droll and endearing style.

  4. Monsters Go Night-Night - Bedtime means brushing your teeth, putting on pajamas, snuggling, and kissing your family goodnight. But for monsters, bedtime looks a little different. They brush their teeth, but not with a toothbrush. They get dressed for bed, but not in slippers and nightcaps. They snuggle, but not with a blankie or a teddy bear. Monsters Go Night-Night takes readers through the bedtime ritual of seven friendly monsters while making each step of the routine a guessing game. Getting ready for bed has never been so much fun!

Books About Daily Activities and Social Themes

Indestructibles: Let's Be Kind
Written by & illustrated by Ekaterina Trukhan and Amy Pixton
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-2

Now selling a million copies a year, INDESTRUCTIBLES is the runaway little series that could! Printed on a special nontoxic, 100% washable, paperlike, recyclable material that is rip proof, chew proof, and drool proof, they are books designed for the way babies read—with their mouths!

Let’s Be Kind encourages kindness by introducing words and phrases like please, thank you, and I’m sorry in a warm, familial setting.

INDESTRUCTIBLES’ text is simple and engaging, and the bold, bright illustrations hold baby’s attention. Priced at just $5.95, these books are such a great value, parents will want to collect them all.

My Hair is a Garden
Written & illustrated by Cozbi A. Cabrera
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

After a day of being taunted by classmates about her unruly hair, Mackenzie can’t take any more and she seeks guidance from her wise and comforting neighbor, Miss Tillie. Using the beautiful garden in the backyard as a metaphor, Miss Tillie shows Mackenzie that maintaining healthy hair is not a chore nor is it something to fear. Most importantly, Mackenzie learns that natural black hair is beautiful.

I Got the School Spirit
Written by Connie Schofield-Morrison & illustrated by Frank Morrison
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

This exuberant celebration of the first day of school illustrated by award-winning illustrator Frank Morrison will have every kid cheering for school to begin!

Summer is over, and this little girl has got the school spirit! She hears the school spirit in the bus driving up the street—VROOM, VROOM!--and in the bell sounding in the halls—RING-A-DING! She sings the school spirit in class with her friends—ABC, 123!

The school spirit helps us all strive and grow. What will you learn today?

Don’t miss these other exuberant titles:
I Got the Rhythm
I Got the Christmas Spirit

Honorable Mentions
  1. Schools Have Rules - What rules do I need to follow at school? In Schools Have Rules, young readers learn that being part of a strong, diverse school community means raising your hand, taking turns, being kind, listening … Paired with playful yet realistic illustrations, a 1st-person student narrator shows kids best practices, focusing on character education aspects.

  2. Gracias / Thanks - In a series of poetic sentences, a young boy (biracial Mexican/Caucasian) tells about some of the everyday things for which he is thankful. Come share the joy, and think about all the things for which you can say, ¡Gracias! Thanks!

  3. The Wrong Side of the Bed - When you wake up on the wrong side of the bed, there’s just no getting around it: The porcupine under the covers will insist on snuggling (oww); penguins will make bubbles in your bath (eww); and a crocodile will probably need to borrow your toothbrush (no, thanks). It’s just going to be that sort of day. Unless, that is, you decide to do something about it. A whimsical assortment of havoc-wreaking critters is here to inspire Lucy—and readers—to turn their all-wrong days into all-right ones.

  4. Peep and Egg: I'm Not Taking a Bath - “Egg doesn’t want to take a bath, until Peep convinces her to”—

Books About Daily Activities and Feelings And Emotions

Llama Llama Mad at Mama
Written & illustrated by Anna Dewdney
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Yucky music, great big feet. Ladies smelling way too sweet. Look at knees and stand in line. Llama Llama starts to whine.

Does any child like to go shopping? Not Llama Llama! But Mama can’t leave Llama at home, so off they go to Shop-O-Rama. Lots of aisles. Long lines. Mama is too busy to notice that Llama Llama is getting m-a-d! And before he knows it, he’s having a full-out tantrum! Mama quickly calms him down, but she also realizes that they need to make shopping more fun for both of them. Parents and children are sure to recognize themselves in this fun-to-read follow-up to the popular Llama Llama Red Pajama.

Meditation Is an Open Sky
Written by Whitney Stewart & illustrated by Sally Rippin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Feeling mindful is feeling good! You know when you’re having a bad day, you have that wobbly feeling inside and nothing seems to go right? Find a quiet place, sit down, and meditate! In this daily companion, kids of any age will learn simple exercises to help manage stress and emotions, find focus, and face challenges. They’ll discover how to feel safe when scared, relax when anxious, spread kindness, and calm anger when frustrated. Simple, secular, and mainstream, this mindfulness book is an excellent tool for helping kids deal with the stresses of everyday life.

Peaceful Piggy Meditation
Written & illustrated by Kerry Lee MacLean
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

What can you do when you’re mad, sad, or anxious? Find a quiet spot, sit, and breathe. When you meditate every day, your mind stays happy, and even bad days are a little easier.

Honorable Mentions
  1. Meditate with Me - “A classroom full of animals demonstrates the principles of mindfulness in this guide to meditation for children”

  2. Joy: A Celebration of Mindfulness - This book takes a playful approach to finding joy in our daily lives and features the many ways children can experience happiness. From finding joy in stories to finding joy in quiet time, readers will recognize the moments and actions that put a smile on their face.

  3. Lessons of a LAC - Lessons of a LAC is an essential resource tool, presented in an engaging picture-book format, to help children manage their worries and anxieties. Through the characters of Loppy LAC (‘Little Anxious Creature’) and Curly the Calmster, kids discover a useful way to think about their anxieties — the first crucial step in managing them. This is the first book in the gorgeous ‘Lessons of a LAC’ series, designed to give children ways to think about and manage common emotional difficulties.

  4. I Love You, Mommy - An adorable, heartfelt padded board book for mothers and children, just in time for Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day! A heartwarming story of a baby bear who loves doing things with her Mommy, like having fun at breakfast time, playing in the backyard, enjoying yummy snacks, and watching clouds together. This beautifully illustrated padded board book is the perfect gift for mom’s birthday or for Mother’s Day!

Epilogue

10 books that are just too good to leave off of our daily activities list.
  1. Sheep Go to Sleep - At the end of the day, tired sheep return to their shed but none can sleep until the collie arrives, giving a hug, a drink of water, and more until all have begun to snore.

  2. If Animals Kissed Good Night - Rhyming text explores what would happen if animals kissed like humans do, from a slow kiss between a sloth and her cub to a mud-happy kiss from a hippo calf to his father.

  3. Hush Little Baby - In this variation on the classic lullaby, a mother soothes her child to sleep with the promise of such things as a quilt, a banjo tune, and the sights and sounds of nature.

  4. Monster & Son - Mr. Staccato - Despite having monsters in the title, this is a rather gentle going to bed book. I enjoyed the author’s incorporation of language such as “chase you into bed” and “gobbled down a snack” that shows a tender side of fatherhood while still reminding you of their monster side.

  1. Rock-a-Bye Farm - B is for Bookworm - This sweet, rhyming bedtime book is perfect for animal lovers. The farmer helps all of his animals get to sleep before going to bed himself. The illustrations are sweet and perfect for bedtime.

  2. Everyone Sleeps - “A wide-awake dog looks for a friend in a nighttime world full of sleeping animals”—

  3. Baby Bedtime - Join these adorable elephants for a lyrical good night routine in this tender bedtime tale from the bestselling author of Time for Bed and Hello Baby! After all the kissing, and the hugging, and the rocking, and the snuggling, there at last comes a time for—sleeping. From beloved, bestselling picture book author Mem Fox, this cozy, dreamy bedtime book is a soothing lullaby that’s just right for lulling little ones to sleep.

  4. Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star - In this tenderly illustrated edition of the classic rhyme, award-winning artist Sylvia Long touches the hearts of readers yet again. Her detailed watercolors depict a group of animal friends as they make their way home under the night sky to complete their bedtime rituals.

  1. Ten Wishing Stars - Star light, star bright…these wishing sheep will light up your night! Fluff up your pillow and turn down the lights. Counting sheep has never been so illuminating. Count down to bedtime with ten dreamy sheep as they each make a wish on a glow-in-the-dark star. A perfect book to read by nightlight!

  2. I See the Moon: Rhymes for Bedtime - A beautifully illustrated collection of favorite rhymes for little ones preparing for bedtime. Rosalind Beardshaw’s artwork features wonderful natural scenes, with adorable sleepy animals and babies ready to be lulled to sleep. Includes: “I See the Moon,” “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star,” “Hush-a-Bye, Baby,” “Golden Slumbers,” “Bed in Summer,” “Star Light, Star Bright,” “Girls and Boys Come Out to Play,” “Hush, Little Baby,” and “Good Night, Sleep Tight”

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