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Parades: Books For Kids

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

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

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 parades, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like The Rain Stomper to popular sellers like Balloons Over Broadway.

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

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Balloons Over Broadway
Written & illustrated by Melissa Sweet
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Presents a tribute to the creator of the giant balloons that fill the sky during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, tracing the work of artist Tony Sarg, whose innovative “upside-down puppet” creations have become the parade’s trademark.

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The Rain Stomper
Written by Addie Boswell & illustrated by Eric Velasquez
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

When it begins to rain and storm on the day of her big parade, Jazmin–a baton twirler–stomps, shouts, and does all she can think of to drive the rain away.

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It's Raining Bats & Frogs
Written by Rebecca Colby & illustrated by Steven Henry
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

A little witch named Delia has been looking forward all year to flying in the annual Witch Parade. When the rumors of rain come true and the other witches start complaining, Delia takes action. Using her best magic, Delia changes the rain to cats and dogs. At first this goes over quite well, but she quickly realizes the animals cause a few issues. She must change the rain again! This time to hats and clogs. And finally, she tries bats and frogs. But each new type of rain brings its own set of problems. How will Delia save the day?

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Mindy Kim and the Lunar New Year Parade
Written by Lyla Lee & illustrated by Dung Ho
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-9
Fresh Off the Boat meets Junie B. Jones in this second novel in an adorable new chapter book series about Mindy Kim, a young Asian American girl who is getting ready to celebrate Lunar New Year!
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This Day in June
Written by Gayle E. Pitman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

In a wildly whimsical, validating, and exuberant reflection of the LGBT community, this title welcomes readers to experience a pride celebration and share in a day when we are all united. Also included is a reading guide chock-full of facts about LGBT history and culture, as well as a ‘Note to Parents and Caregivers’ with information on how to talk to children about sexual orientation and gender identity in age-appropriate ways.

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  • Quickest Kid in Clarksville - It’s the day before the big parade. Alta can only think about one thing: Wilma Rudolph, three-time Olympic gold medalist. She’ll be riding on a float tomorrow. See, Alta is the quickest kid in Clarksville, Tennessee, just like Wilma once was. It doesn’t matter that Alta’s shoes have holes because Wilma came from hard times, too. But what happens when a new girl with shiny new shoes comes along and challenges Alta to a race? Will she still be the quickest kid? <em>The Quickest Kid in Clarksville</em> is a timeless story of dreams, determination, and the power of friendship.

  • Made by Maxine - When Maxine’s school puts on a pet parade, she creates a unique contraption to allow her very special pet fish, Milton, to participate.

  • Milly and the Macy's Parade - Inspired by the true story behind the first Macy’s Day Parade in 1924, this heartwarming tale celebrates a treasured American passion.<P>When a spirited girl named Milly imagines a way to combine her family’s old country traditions with their new American heritage, the result is a holiday season filled with mirth and magic – and the creation of a uniquely American event.<P>Told with facility and flair, and illustrated with exquisite jewel-like paintings, this joyful picture book is a must-have for every American family.

  • Hoorade Day! - It is the Fourth of July, and a young girl and her parents are off to see the town’s big parade–Hoorade Day! Boosted up on daddy s shoulders, the girl excitedly waves to her family members in the parade and joyfully describes each section. From the bleats and bangs of the marching band to the graceful twirls of the ribbon dancers, the little girl spots it all, reciting simple, rhyming cheers that complement the bright illustrations of the diverse community on each page. Narrated in jolly, lively verse, Hoorade Day! celebrates the birthday of a nation founded on principles of unity and hope. It will delight children and adults alike, keeping them smiling to the very last page.

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Milo's Christmas Parade
Written by Jennie Palmer
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A new picture book from Jennie Palmer starring Milo, a little opossum with a big dream . . . to join the annual Christmas parade
 
Every year, Milo and his family watch the Christmas parade.
Well, Milo is the only one who’s really watching. The other opossums are interested only in snacking on dropped bits of popcorn and peppermint sticks. But Milo is riveted by the colorful costumes, giant balloons, and fantastic parade floats trimmed with fringe.
It’s his dream to one day join the Christmas parade. And this year, with a plan, hard work, and the unwavering support of his passel, Milo is determined to make his dream come true.
After months of drafting and building, Milo’s float is ready to roll, but is the Christmas parade ready for Milo? From author-illustrator Jennie Palmer comes a celebration of Christmas, family, and learning to shine bright.

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The Glitter Parade
Written by Calliope Glass & illustrated by Hollie Mengert
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-10

Sparkleton's super-gloomy best friend gets THE MOST EMBARRASSING unicorn magic ever just in time for the town's big parade in the second book of this highly illustrated early chapter book series about a shaggy purple unicorn who can't wait to have wish-granting powers.

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Curious George: Parade Day
board book
Recommend Ages: 0-3

There’s nothing like waiting for something special and magical to happen. Today George is waiting for a parade to start! But before it does, this little monkey manages to find–and make–plenty of mischief. When the fun gets a little out of control, George must save the parade . . . but will it mean he misses a spectacular end to the day? Each spread features a short poem and the fun tabbed pages are perfect for little fingers!</p>

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