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5 Perfect Picture Books About Patience

Betty Bunny Loves Chocolate Cake book
#1
Betty Bunny Loves Chocolate Cake
Written by Michael Kaplan and illustrated by Stephane Jorisch
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

From her first bite, young Betty Bunny likes chocolate cake so much that she claims she will marry it one day, and she has trouble learning to wait patiently until she can have her next taste.

Patience, Miyuki book
#2
Patience, Miyuki
Written by Roxane Marie Galliez and illustrated by Seng Soun Ratanavanh
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

Miyuki wakes up early to say good morning to every flower in the garden, but there's one sleepy flower that still hasn't bloomed. Miyuki's grandfather tells her that not every flower blooms at the same time, but she runs around, quickly, quickly, looking for water to wake the flower up. 'Sometimes, Miyuki, sometimes it is not necessary to run, don't you know? You must be patient, the journey is a bit long.'

What's the Matter, Aunty May? book
#3
What's the Matter, Aunty May?
Written by Peter Friend and illustrated by Andrew Joyner
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

When the Help becomes a hindrance, Aunty May is left clean out of patience. In this ultimate portrait of childhood optimism and cheer, the narrator proceeds from chore to chore leaving a trail of destruction behind him, oblivious to his Aunty's horror.

May I Come In? book
#4
May I Come In?
Written by Marsha Diane Arnold and illustrated by Jennie Poh
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

When thunder roars and lightning flashes, Raccoon is afraid to be alone in his home. So he hurries out to see if any of his neighbors in Thistle Hollow have room to spare for a friend in need. When Raccoon knocks on the doors of Possum, Quail, and Woodchuck, he is turned away. But then Raccoon spies a bright light in the storm. Will this next neighbor open up her house and heart to Raccoon? A tender story that reminds readers of all ages that a kind heart will always make room for one more.

Waiting for Snow book
#5
Waiting for Snow
Written by Marsha Diane Arnold and illustrated by Renata Liwska
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

Badger cannot wait one more minute for it to snow. When his friend Hedgehog explains that everything comes in its time, Badger is as unconvinced and impatient as ever. But Badger’s friends have a few tricks up their sleeve to try to get the snow’s attention and distract their pal in the meantime. In the end, Badger sees there’s no trick—only waiting—until at last, it’s time.

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