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

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

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.

When it comes to children’s stories about luck, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like Bun Bun Button to popular sellers like Hard Luck.

We hope this list of kids books about luck can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book!

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Bun Bun Button
Written & illustrated by Patricia Polacco
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Paige loves cuddling with Gramma and all of Gramma’s pets in the Old Blue Chair. And when Gramma makes her Bun Bun Button, an adorable homemade stuffed bunny with a button nose, this special time becomes even more cozy. Then a balloon carries the little bunny away. Bun Bun braves honking geese and a wide night sky, until luck - or love - magically brings her back home to the little girl who loves her.

This heartwarming story celebrates the special bond between grandparents and grandchildren, and is perfect for children who imagine their toys have secret adventures when no one’s watching.

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Sam and the Lucky Money
Written by Karen Chin & illustrated by Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-hwa Hu
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Sam must decide how to spend the lucky money he’s received for Chinese New Year.

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Fortunately
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Recommend Ages: 5-8

Good and bad luck accompany Ned from New York to Florida on his way to a surprise party.

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Lucky Me, Lucy McGee
Written by Mary Amato & illustrated by Jessica Meserve
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-10

Fourth grader Lucy McGee’s ukulele is missing–and if she doesn’t find it soon, she’ll be kicked out of the Songwriting Club!

Lucy McGee is determined to track down her beloved instrument, but she can’t let anyone catch on–even best friend Phillip. When Lucy learns that YouTube songwriting stars Ben & Bee are playing a show on Saturday and they’re giving away a free ukulele, it seems like the perfect solution. If only it wasn’t the most in-demand, expensive concert ever.

Soon frenemy Scarlett announces that she has an extra ticket to the show, prompting everyone in the Songwriting Club to try to win her over. Lucy McGee will have to get extra creative to find out what happened to her uke and to charm the always-scheming Scarlett in this humorous but heartfelt chapter book.

The third book in Mary Amato’s charming Lucy McGee series features artwork on every page as well as song lyrics for aspiring musicians to try out on their own.

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Fiona's Luck
Written by Teresa Bateman & illustrated by Kelly Murphy
picture book
Recommend Ages: 0-0

An original folktale full of wit, magic, and leprechauns, that is sure to delight for St. Patrick’s Day as well as all year round. The luck of the Irish has waned after the greedy Leprechaun King has taken all the good fortune in Ireland and locked it away. It is up to one cunning girl, Fiona to come up with a plan to get the luck and good tidings back from the leprechauns to help the people of Ireland. Through clever charades, Fiona uses her wit to outsmart the powerful Leprechaun King and restore luck to the Emerald Isle.

Luminous and enchanting illustrations add to the wonder of this original folktale, that is sure to charm readers young and old who are looking for a bit of magic to spark their story time.

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  • Kindergarten Luck - What makes a lucky day?<br><em>One gloomy morning, Theodore found a bright, shiny penny on the way down to breakfast. There was Abraham Lincoln, face up. What luck! “Oh THANK you, Mr. Famous President!” Theodore said. And he tucked that shiny, new penny in his pocket.</em><br>Follow Theodore through a day bursting with the simple joys and endless verve of young children–a reminder of how much luck abounds in the world, and how sometimes, it’s just waiting to be found.

  • Popo's Lucky Chinese New Year - When her Chinese grandmother comes to visit, a young Chinese-American girl learns of and participates in the customs and beliefs celebrating an authentic Chinese New Year.

  • Big Nate: In the Zone - Soon to be an animated series from Nickelodeon!

  • Hard Luck - Greg Heffley’s on a losing streak. His best friend, Rowley Jefferson, has ditched him, and finding new friends in middle school is proving to be a tough task. To change his fortunes, Greg decides to take a leap of faith and turn his decisions over to chance. Will a roll of the dice turn things around, or is Greg’s life destined to be just another hard-luck story?

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Lost in Hollywood
Written & illustrated by Cindy Callaghan
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 9-13

When Ginger Carlson’s aunt finds herself in financial trouble, Ginger’s entire family and her best friend head to Hollywood to help find the missing money.

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Good Luck Bear
Written & illustrated by Greg Foley
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Bear and Mouse are looking for luck. Four-leaf clover luck. Will they find it? Monkey says there’s no such thing. Turtle thinks it’ll take too long. And Groundhog wonders if they’ll be unlucky if they can’t find one! Suddenly Bear isn’t sure if he should keep looking or give up . . . until Mouse sees something unusual.”Does it have four leaves?” asks Bear. “No . . .” says Mouse. Maybe Bear and Mouse’s luck has changed. But which way? Greg Foley gives us another wonderful, heartwarming surprise with Good Luck Bear.

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Crystal Ball Fortunes
Written by & illustrated by Luisa Uribe
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-10

The best-friend-cousins at 861/2 Twenty-Third Avenue are back for a party! With adorable illustrations and short, easy-to-read chapters, this second installment in the Hand-Me-Down Magic series is perfect for fans of Ivy and Bean and Dory Fantasmagory.

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Judy Moody and the Bad Luck Charm
Written by Megan McDonald & illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

Will Judy’s lucky penny lead her to the nation’s capital – or to third-grade C-A-L-A-M-I-T-Y? And what do her spelling-bee nemesis and a potbellied pig have to do with it? The lucky penny in Judy Moody’s pocket sure does seem to be working. She can’t stop winning – at bowling, spelling, the unbeatable Prize Claw, everything! For sure and absolute positive, she’ll ride that wave of good fortune all the way to Washington, D.C. Watch out, District of Cool, here comes Judy Moody, the luckiest kid ever, until . . . oh, no! Her lucky penny just did a belly flop into a porcelain bowl of yucky, blucky UNluck. Has the coin’s magic gone kerflooey?Are some people, like Jessica Finch or Stink, destined to have all the luck, while she, Judy Moody, gets stuck with a yard full of three-not-four leaf clovers, a squealing potbellied pig in an elevator, and a squashed penny with cooties? ROAR!

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Too Much Good Luck
Written by Ellen Potter & illustrated by Qin Leng
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 7-9
Book two of Ellen Potter's charming new illustrated early chapter book series set on an island off the coast of Maine, where kids, lobster boats, and a hint of magic are part of everyday life.
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  • Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? - Dr. Seuss’s irrepressible optimism is front and center in Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? The perfect send-off for grads getting ready to venture off into the world!
    “When you think things are bad, when you feel sour and blue,when you start to get mad . . .you should do what I do!”
    So begins the terrific advice of the wise old man in the Desert of Drize. This classic book provides the perfect antidote for readers of all ages who are feeling a bit down in the dumps. Thanks to Dr. Seuss’s trademark rhymes and signature illustrations, readers will, without a doubt, realize just how lucky they truly are.

  • Ellie and the Good-Luck Pig, Volume 10 - The Critter Club cares for a precocious pig that might just be giving Ellie good luck in the tenth book of the Critter Club series. <p/>When The Critter Club takes in an abandoned pig named Plum, the girls are really excited. They’ve never had a pig at the club before! They love learning how to take care of Plum. And they especially love watching Ms. Sullivan’s dog, Rufus, interact with the pig. But no one is happier about the club’s guest than Ellie. <p/>Soon after Plum arrives, Ellie starts having some unusually good luck. She does really well on a test for her least favorite subject; she aces an audition for a play at a local theater; and she wins a prize at school! Ellie is sure that Plum is bringing her good luck. So when the rest of the girls tell Ellie that they’ve found someone to adopt the pig, Ellie knows she should be excited…but she’s not. Will Ellie’s good luck turn bad once Plum leaves? <p/>With easy-to-read language and illustrations on almost every page, The Critter Club chapter books are perfect for beginning readers!

  • Amelia Bedelia Tries Her Luck - Amelia Bedelia Tries Her Luck is a funny I Can Read adventure, starring Amelia Bedelia as a young girl, that is just right for beginning readers. Amelia Bedelia, America's favorite housekeeper, has been making readers laugh for fifty years!

  • Beyond Lucky - Twelve-year-old Ari Fish is sure that the rare trading card he found has changed his luck and that of his soccer team, but after the card is stolen he comes to know that we make our own luck, and that heroes can be fallible.

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The Good Luck Cat
Written by Joy Harjo & illustrated by Paul Lee
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Some cats are good luck. You pet them and good things happen. Woogie is one of those cats. But as Woogie gets into one mishap after another, everyone starts to worry. Can a good luck cat’s good luck run out? <BR>The first children’s book from an acclaimed poet whose honors include the American Book Award and the William Carlos Williams Award <BR>Celebrates the special relationship between a young girl and her cat A modern Native American story from a member of the Muskogee-Creek tribe<BR>”

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Mulan's Lunar New Year
Written by Natasha Yim & illustrated by Sophie Li
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-8

It’s the Lunar New Year, and it happens to be Mulan’s favorite festival! There is a lot to do to prepare for this important celebration, and for the first time, Mulan is old enough to help out. But everything Mulan does seems to turn out wrong. . . . Follow along with Mulan in this special Lunar New Year story that captures the unique sense of magic, imagination, and possibility that surrounds the holiday!

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Terrific
Written & illustrated by Jon Agee
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

When grumpy Eugene wins a free cruise to Bermuda, he thinks he knows just what to expect: a really nasty sunburn. But instead, after a shipwreck, he finds himself stranded on a tiny island with no one—except for a parrot with a busted wing. “Terrific,” says Eugene. “What good is a parrot?” It turns out a parrot is good for a lot, including planning a very elaborate escape. And when the castaways are rescued by a team of fishermen, it’s Eugene’s turn to be kind to his new friend.

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The Cat Who Went to Heaven
Written by Elizabeth Coatsworth & illustrated by Raoul Vitale
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

A Newberry Medal Winner

This timeless fable has been a classic since its first publication in 1930, and this beautifully reillustrated edition brings the magic and wonder of the tale to a new generation of readers.

In ancient Japan, a struggling artist is angered when his housekeeper brings home a tiny white cat he can barely afford to feed. But when the village’s head priest commissions a painting of the Buddha for a healthy sum, the artist softens toward the animal he believes has brought him luck.

According to legend, the proud and haughty cat was denied the Buddha’s blessing for refusing to accept his teachings and pay him homage. So when the artist, moved by compassion for his pet, includes the cat in his painting, the priest rejects the work and decrees that it must be destroyed. It seems the artist’s life is ruined as well—until he is rewarded for his act of love by a Buddhist miracle.

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Lucky Break
Written & illustrated by Marty Kelley
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

When Molly Mac loses her “lucky” pencil, she starts to panic. She needs her pencil to create a drawing for the school’s art show. Just when her luck is running out, things get even worse. Will Molly be able to enter the art contest? She needs good luck, and fast!

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  • What a Lucky Day! - Four animals are off to the lake to go fishing, but each thinks the other will wreck their day. <p></p><p>Raccoons are thieves.</p><p>Frogs give you warts.</p><p>Storks deliver babies.</p><p></p><p>Wait. What?</p><p>Where did these crazy ideas come from?</p><p></p><p>As this wryly humorous and thoroughly satisfying tale shows, it’s a mistake to judge others on what you’ve heard–and there’s plenty of luck for everyone.</p>

  • Sasha and Puck and the Potion of Luck - When local chocolate maker Ms. Kozlow comes to the Juicy Gizzard potion shop asking for luck, Sasha needs to find out why. Does Ms. Kozlow need luck because she has a matchmaking appointment with Granny Yenta this afternoon? Can Sasha and her new friend Puck make it Ms. Kozlow’s lucky day?

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