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Picnics: Books For Kids

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

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

Our list includes board books and picture 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. You can filter to sort by the best book type for your kid.

When it comes to children’s stories about picnics, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like We Had a Picnic This Sunday Past to popular sellers like Good News, Bad News to some of our favorite hidden gems like The Perfect Picnic.

We hope this list of kids books about picnics can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book! As you explore the list, please comment below to let us know what books you would add.

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The Perfect Picnic
Written & illustrated by Ciara Flood
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A hilarious story from the author of Those Pesky Rabbits about friendship, perfectionists, and losing your sandwiches.

Squirrel and Mole are the best of friends, and they do everything together, including going on picnics. But while Mole doesn’t really mind where they have a picnic, Squirrel is very determined that this picnic will be PERFECT, and that means finding the perfect place. But does such a thing exist?

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Bunny Mail
Written & illustrated by Rosemary Wells
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Ruby is busy sending out party invitations, so Max decides he’ll write a letter too, asking for a special present. But when the postman delivers the letter to Grandma, she thinks Max is just saying hello. So Max sends another letter. It soon becomes clear to Grandma that Max is asking for something special. The only question is what? With eight clever flaps to lift, this heartwarming and interactive picture book gives Rosemary Wells fans even more reasons to love Max and Ruby, who are now starring in their own Nickelodeon television show.

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Max and Marla Are Having a Picnic
Written & illustrated by Alexandra Boiger
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Best friends Max and Marla are back in this charming spring tale of friendship and forgiveness

Max and Marla know how to enjoy the simple pleasures in life. So when the first sunny day of spring comes along, they’ve got the perfect plan—a picnic! They pack up their favorite dishes and their comfiest blanket and then they’re off to the lake. Once they settle in, Max realizes the picnic needs one more thing to be just right: a bouquet for Marla. But while he’s gone, Marla falls asleep, leaving their picnic prey to some thieving squirrels. Max returns to find their spread ruined and says it’s all Marla’s fault. But best friends can’t stay mad for long . . . Max and Marla Are Having a Picnic is another adorable ode to friendship from fan favorite Alexandra Boiger.

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Bats at the Beach
Written & illustrated by Brian Lies
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

On a night when the moon can grow no fatter, bats pack their moon-tan lotion, blankets, banjos, and baskets of treats and fly off for some fun where the foamy sea and soft sand meet. 15,000 first printing.

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The Lost Picnic
Written & illustrated by B. B. Cronin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

A brilliantly illustrated seek-and-find that dazzles even more than The Lost House, from the award-winning B. B. Cronin!

Grandad is taking his grandchildren on a picnic in his jalopy. They ride on a busy highway full of cars and signs, past charming villages and topiary-filled parks, out into the country. But when they finally arrive at the picnic spot, they discover all their food has tumbled out of the car along the way! It’s up to readers to find the missing food so the family can enjoy their meal at last.

Mouse's First Summer book
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The Very Hungry Caterpillar's Garden Picnic book
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  • Mouse's First Summer - Join Mouse and Minka for a summer picnic in this sunny Classic Board Book. Mouse and Minka invite you to celebrate summer with a picnic in the park. Roll down the hill on tickly green grass. Fly fluttery kites high in the sky. Enjoy some juicy watermelon! And before it’s time to go home, a summer surprise sparkles in the sky. Now available as a Classic Board Book, this seasonal story is ideal for the youngest readers—and the smallest hands.

  • Good News, Bad News - While on a picnic, Bunny and Mouse see everything that happens to them from opposite points of view—Bunny sees only the good, while Mouse sees only the bad.

  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar's Garden Picnic - Read along with The Very Hungry Caterpillar as he eats some of his favorite foods in this new scratch-and-sniff board book! Munch through different foods with The Very Hungry Caterpillar in this brand-new scratch-and-sniff board book! Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar Scratch-and-Sniff includes a sweet story about Eric Carle’s classic character eating through his favorite foods and includes six fun scents to scratch and sniff on every spread for added fun!

  • Pig and Goose and the First Day of Spring - In this early reader with five short chapters, emerging readers meet Pig and Goose. Pig is happy. She loves to dance. She loves to eat. But she cannot fly. And she cannot swim. Goose can fly like a bird. Goose can glide across the water beautifully. But he cannot tell stories or host a party like Pig can. Pig and Goose are very different. But what they do have in common is that they like each other. And they love springtime. Simple text and charming illustrations guide beginning readers throughout the story and encourage independent reading.

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We Had a Picnic This Sunday Past
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-8

Teeka fondly recalls the humor, the personalities, and the food that make up a family picnic in a debut picture book by a Coretta Scott King Honor-novelist. Doubleday Alt.

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Sun
Written & illustrated by Sam Usher
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

A boy and his grandad set off on a scorching adventure in this companion to Snow and Rain. It’s the hottest day of the year, hotter than broccoli soup, hotter than the Atacama Desert, hotter than the surface of the sun. It’s just the right kind of day for a boy and his granddad to go for a picnic. But as the sun beats down, Granddad keeps having to stop for a rest, and by the time they find the perfect picnic spot, some pirates have beaten them to it. Good thing they have enough food to share!

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