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Onomatopoeia: Picture Books For Kids

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

As you can see, this list of kids books about onomatopoeia is a work in progress! We’re currently exploring the best books available, and we’d love your input. If you have a title you’d suggest including on our list of kids books about onomatopoeia, please share it with us!

We’ll be featuring a variety of titles on our list, from well known classics to popular bestsellers to lesser known titles that deserve a bigger audience. We’re also including books for a range of ages, from board books for babies and toddlers, to picture books for preschool and kindergarten age kids, to chapter books for early elementary age kids.

We’d love to hear any book suggestions you have—you can comment below or email us at [email protected].

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On a Windy Night
Written by Nancy Raines Day & illustrated by George Bates
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

On a windy Halloween night, as a little boy makes his way home after trick-or-treating, he hears a voice: “Cracklety-clack, bones in a sack. They could be yours—if you look back.” As his heart flip-flops with fear, the boy dashes through woods and fields that seem full of haunting shapes—owls, ghosts, skeletons, and more. The detailed illustrations are packed with visual tricks for children to discover. Are those skeletons or cornstalks? Ghostly hands or tree branches? The playful tone of the text makes this a perfect, not-too-scary read-aloud, with an enjoyable surprise ending.

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Squeak!
Written by Laura McGee Kvasnosky & illustrated by Kate Harvey McGee
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Who knew that one little noise could set off a whole cacophony? In this chain-reaction story, the animal world wakes up with a squeak!

Early one morning, a gentle breeze tickles the ear of a small mouse, and he wakes up with a squeak! That squeak wakes up the some chipmunks, who rattle tree branches and knock pinecones into the river. Those pinecones wake the trout, who splash around and wake up an elk on the riverbank.

And so goes the story of Squeak!, a chain-reaction story set in a beautiful, rolling landscape with animals who are all woken up one by one with the rising of the sun. With lush and vivid art, and plenty of fun animal noises on each page, this story is a perfect read-aloud to wake up to–or to read any time of day.

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Boing!
Written by Tim McCanna & 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!

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Watersong
Written by Tim McCanna & illustrated by Richard Smythe
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

“A fox’s journey to take shelter from a rainstorm, told entirely in onomatopoeia”—

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Storm Song
Written by Nancy Viau & illustrated by Gynux
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

As thunder and lightning approach, a family gathers inside to play, sing, eat, and snuggle together until the weather clears. This sweet story captures both the excitement of a thunderstorm and the reassurance children need during a storm. The lively, rhythmic text mimics the storm sounds while the bold, playful art conveys this special family time.

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