Best Kids Books About Listening

22 Kids Books About Listening

Updated Jan. 19, 2019
The Rabbit Listened book
#1
The Rabbit Listened
Written and illustrated by Cori Doerffeld
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

When Taylor's block castle is destroyed, all the animals think they know just what to do, but only the rabbit quietly listens to how Taylor is feeling

Ella WHO? book
#2
Ella WHO?
Written by Linda Ashman and illustrated by Sara Sanchez
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-8

Mom . . . there's an elephant in the living room. It's moving day--and look who slipped in the door: an elephant! But when a little girl tries to tell her family about their unusual guest, the distracted grown-ups just say, "Ella WHO?" Even as children giggle at the girl's adventures with the smallish pachyderm, and at the fun, recurring refrain, they'll relate to the poignant theme about making--and sometimes letting go of--new friends.

Duck, Duck, Dinosaur and the Noise at Night book
#3
Duck, Duck, Dinosaur and the Noise at Night
Written by Kallie George and illustrated by Oriol Vidal
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Feather, Flap, and Spike are spending their first night in their very own nest. They tell stories and snuggle up to get a good night’s sleep, until . . . GRRORE! What’s that scary-sounding noise? Young readers will find both humor and comfort in this cozy bedtime story, perfect for anybody who’s ever been nervous about a mysterious noise at night.

Chimpanzees for Tea! book
#4
Chimpanzees for Tea!
Written and illustrated by Jo Empson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

A silly, fun version of the game “telephone”—in which a grocery list committed to memory goes playfully awry. One day, Vincent’s mother asks him to go to the store to pick up a few items: “a bunch of carrots, a box of rice, some China tea, a big, firm pear, and a tin of peas” to be precise. “And hurry home in time for tea!” she says. Sounds easy enough. Yet distractions are at every turn, causing havoc with Vincent’s memory. All of a sudden, a tin of peas is replaced by a trapeze; a big, firm pear becomes a big furry bear; and a box of rice transforms into a box of mice! Needless to say, Vincent’s mother is in for quite a surprise. Told with a playful rhythm for reading aloud and illustrated with exuberance and great child appeal, this humorous picture book will have kids laughing and asking for repeated readings.

Boing! book
#5
Boing!
Written by Tim McCanna and illustrated by Jorge Martin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A great, big AH-CHOO! sends a Xavier’s bouncy ball flying! With a BOP! BIFF! BOOM! it sails out the window. Then a CLASH CLANK! DINK! DONK! That ball is loooooong gone. Will Xavier get it back? Follow the letters of the alphabet as the ball bounces and wreaks havoc through the city and find out!

The Poky Little Puppy book
#6
The Poky Little Puppy
Written by Janette Sebring Lowrey and illustrated by Gustaf Tenggren
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Five little puppies dug a hole under the fence and went for a walk in the wide, wide world… . The Poky Little Puppy was one of the original twelve Little Golden Books published in 1942, and went on to become the bestselling picture book of all time. The story of a curious puppy, who digs holes under fences and who has to go to bed without any strawberry shortcake, has delighted families for generations. it is, quite simply, an icon. Delightful to read aloud, The Poky Little Puppy is a cherished story that every child should know.

Did You Hear What I Heard? book
#7
Did You Hear What I Heard?
Written by Kay Winters and illustrated by Patrice Barton
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Blobfish Throws a Party book
#8
Blobfish Throws a Party
Written by Miranda Paul and illustrated by Maggie Caton
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Introducing Blobfish Throws a Party, a wild and hilarious story from award-winning author Miranda Paul! Blobfish lives at the bottom of the ocean with no lights, no friends, and no delicious treats. The only two ways he can think to change this would be to 1) throw a party, or 2) save the world in true hero style. He decides to do the first one. However, when he announces, "Deep sea party! Bring a treat to share!", the mermaids hear "Cheap, free party! Sling on a sheet to wear!", and the shorebirds hear "Cheep-peep party! Sing a tweet with flair!", and so on. Soon the whole world is partying in strange ways based on what they think they heard, and Blobfish is still sad and alone at the bottom of the sea. Will Blobfish ever get his lights, friends, and delicious treats?

The Loud Book! book
#9
The Loud Book!
Written by Deborah Underwood and illustrated by Renata Liwska
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

From the blare of an alarm clock in the morning to snores and crickets in the evening, simple text explores the many loud noises one might hear during the course of a day.

Peep and Egg: I'm Not Taking a Bath book
#10
Peep and Egg: I'm Not Taking a Bath
Written and illustrated by Laura Gehl
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

"Egg doesn't want to take a bath, until Peep convinces her to"--

The Storm Whale book
#11
The Storm Whale
Written and illustrated by Benji Davies
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Every day, in a house by the sea, a little boy watches his father leave for work. One night, a storm washes a small whale onto the beach. The boy discovers the whale is a good listener, and the father discovers the boy is lonely. Together, they return the whale to the sea, and the boy realizes his father can be a good listener, too. Full color.

No Sword Fighting in the House book
#12
No Sword Fighting in the House
Written by Susanna Leonard Hill and illustrated by True Kelley
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

After being told not to sword fight in the house, Art and Lance move to the backyard where they begin jousting on cows, but even there the boys manage to get into trouble as they flatten their mother's daffodils just before the big daffodil contest.

Social Butterfly book
#13
Social Butterfly
Written by Beth Bracken and illustrated by Sofia Cardoso
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

Charlotte loves playing and talking with her friends, but very often she plays and talks too much, and at school she has to learn that sometimes it is necessary to listen and let her friends and teacher do the talking.

Bear Has a Story to Tell book
#14
Bear Has a Story to Tell
Written by Philip C. Stead and illustrated by Erin E. Stead
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

It was almost winter and Bear was getting sleepy. But first, Bear had a story to tell... Bear found his friend Mouse, but Mouse was busy gathering seeds and didn't have time to listen to a story. Then Bear saw his friend Duck, but Duck was getting ready to fly south. What about his friend Toad? He was busy looking for a warm place to sleep. By the time Bear was through helping his friends get ready for winter, would anyone still be awake to hear his story?

Ideas Are All Around book
#15
Ideas Are All Around
Written and illustrated by Philip C. Stead
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

As an author and his dog, Wednesday, walk through their neighborhood, they look at sunflowers, say hi to Frank, a turtle, who makes quick for the water and disappears, and watch a train rumble by as they walk uphill to a big purple house that belongs to their friend Barbara. Wednesday chases squirrels while the two friends discuss fishing and war and how back before the neighborhood was there enormous woolly mammoths roamed where houses now sit. Thoughts open up to other thoughts, and ideas are born and carried forward, often transforming into other ideas until he finds that ideas really are all around, you just have to know what to do with them. This title has Common Core connections.

The House That Jack Built book
#16
The House That Jack Built
Written and illustrated by Diana Mayo
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

This classic children's rhyme gathers pace and complexity as it tumbles across the pages. Children will delight in repeating the rhymes and following antics of animals and characters of every size and shape.

Staying Safe at School book
#17
Staying Safe at School
Written by Thomas Kingsley Troupe and illustrated by Kat Uno
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

How do I stay safe at school? Fire drills, tornado drills, lockdowns ... School bus safety, playground rules, lunchroom do's and don'ts ... Staying Safe at School defines the many ways school communities keep their members safe, using bright, full-color illustrations and kid-friendly text delivered by a 1st-person student narrator with whom young readers can easily identify.

Let's Have a Dog Party book
#18
Let's Have a Dog Party
Written and illustrated by Mikela Prevost
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

A sparkling debut that celebrates friendship and encourages empathy, starring a lovable dog. Kate and Frank are best friends. To celebrate Frank's birthday, Kate throws him a party with all her favorite things: lots of friends, dancing in circles, loud singing, and sparkly confetti everywhere. But best friends don't always have the same taste in parties. Frank prefers quiet, sun-drenched naps on his favorite rug. So he hides. Kate must find a way to bring Frank back to the party--on his terms. This tender debut picture book by Mikela Prevost is a fresh take on the classic birthday-party story and one that encourages empathy and the art of listening.

Yes, I Can Listen! book
#19
Yes, I Can Listen!
Written by Steve Metzger and illustrated by Susan Szecsi
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Listening is an essential life skill that helps children achieve success at school, follow safety rules and show others that they care about them. In a world filled with distractions, being a "good listener" has become more difficult than ever. The playful rhymes of Yes, I Can Listen! encourage children to appreciate the rewards of attentive listening. With sweet characters, varied type faces, and vivid colors, this picture book introduces a variety of listening scenarios. Each two-page spread let children imagine how they might listen in a number of common situations. Yes, I Can Listen! concludes with a page of suggestions for parents who wish to explore more activities that encourage and develop their children's listening skills.

George Pearce And His Huge Massive Ears book
#20
George Pearce And His Huge Massive Ears
Written and illustrated by Felix Massie
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

Meet George Pearce - he's easy to spot, because of his huge massive ears. Having big ears has its advantages - nothing escapes George, and soon he is awash with information that he has picked up on the sly. The problem is, when so many other people's opinions start to fill your ears it's hard to hear the little voice inside your own head. Soon George is so disorientated by conflicting advice that he's overwhelmed. Can he find a way to reassert his identity? A fantastic follow up to Terry Perkins and his Upside Down Frown.

Field-Trip Fiasco book
#21
Field-Trip Fiasco
Written by Julie Danneberg and illustrated by Judy Love
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

Sarah Jane Hartwell and her class are back. After the stress of her last attempt at taking her class on a field trip (seen in First Year Letters), Mrs. Hartwell has a plan for an upcoming trip to the zoo—a plan that includes a lot of rules. Her students prove that they can line up straight, walk quietly, and take plenty of notes, but everyone soon realizes that this field trip isn’t as much fun as they’d hoped. Mrs. Hartwell rethinks her plan and saves the day.

Quiet! book
#22
Quiet!
Written and illustrated by Kate Alizadeh
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-7

Sssh! Listen, what's that noise? Each room in a house has different noises and in this book the text and visual clues help a child experience the home through sound, which will be familiar to those children who are blind or partially sighted.

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