Best Kids Books About Reading

46 Kids Books About Reading

Updated Jan. 19, 2019
The Snatchabook book
#1
The Snatchabook
Written by Helen Docherty and illustrated by Thomas Docherty
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

Where have all the bedtime stories gone? A delightful addition to the picture book canon about the love of reading One dark, dark night in Burrow Down, a rabbit named Eliza Brown found a book and settled down...when a Snatchabook flew into town. It's bedtime in the woods of Burrow Down, and all the animals are ready for their bedtime story. But books are mysteriously disappearing. Eliza Brown decides to to stay awake and catch the book thief. It turns out to be a little creature called the Snatchabook who has no one to read him a bedtime story. All turns out well when the books are returned and the animals take turns reading bedtime stories to the Snatchabook.

The Storybook Knight book
#2
The Storybook Knight
Written by Helen Docherty and illustrated by Thomas Docherty
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Even dragons love a good story... Leo was a gentle knight in thought and word and deed. While other knights liked fighting, Leo liked to sit and read... When Leo's mom and dad pack him off to fight a dragon, he takes a shield, a sword―and a pile of his favorite books. But can a story be as mighty as a sword?

The Spelling Bee Before Recess book
#3
The Spelling Bee Before Recess
Written by Deborah Lee Rose and illustrated by Carey F. Armstrong-Ellis
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

The students were squirming but none made a sound, as the spelling bee entered its championship round. It’s right before recess, and the annual school spelling bee is down to just three spellers: Cornelius the Genius, Smart Ruby, and The Slugger, who never strikes out. Round after round, the words whizz at them, but with one minute left until recess, there’s still no winner. Who will triumph? It all comes down to one final word, and a curveball that no one sees coming! Deborah Lee Rose’s clever rhyming text packs a laugh-out-loud wallop with words that young readers will enjoy spelling and reading aloud again and again. Fun and whimsical illustrations by Carey F. Armstrong-Ellis provide the perfect balance of humor and suspense as readers find out whether The Slugger will hit a grand slam or finally strike out. The book includes three spelling lists that can be used for spelling bees at home, in school, at the library, or for community events. An author’s note describes why and how words were chosen.

Santa's Book of Names book
#4
Santa's Book of Names
Written and illustrated by David McPhail
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Illustrated throughout with stunning watercolor nightscapes of snowy winter scenes, Santa's Book of Names depicts all the warmth and spirit of this special time of year in a story about a young boy who learns to read with Santa's help. David McPhail's inspirational holiday story emphasizes the importance of literacy while reminding readers that with patience and practice, you can achieve just about anything.

Nerdy Birdy book
#5
Nerdy Birdy
Written by Aaron Reynolds and illustrated by Matt Davies
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Nerdy Birdy likes reading, video games, and reading about video games, which immediately disqualifies him for membership in the cool crowd. One thing is clear: being a nerdy birdy is a lonely lifestyle. When he's at his lowest point, Nerdy Birdy meets a flock just like him. He has friends and discovers that there are far more nerdy birdies than cool birdies in the sky.

Whisper book
#6
Whisper
Written by Joe Fitzpatrick and illustrated by Marco Furlotti
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Bedtime has never been so quiet. This beautiful bedtime picture book will quickly become a favorite for naptime, bedtime and cuddle-up-and-read time. Remember to snuggle up close, because you whisper when you read this book.

The Wolf Who Fell Out of a Book book
#7
The Wolf Who Fell Out of a Book
Written by Thierry Robberecht and illustrated by Gregoire Mabire
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Finding where you belong isn't easy . . . especially when you're a storybook wolf. In this illustrated fractured fairy tale for kids, a book falls to the floor and a wolf tumbles out. The wolf needs to get back to his story, but a hungry cat has other ideas. Jumping from book to book, this wolf is on a journey to find a new home (and to avoid becoming dinner). His sharp, pointy teeth don't help him fit in with the dinosaurs, and his shiny black fur doesn't get him into the ball. But a little girl in a red hood is waiting for someone just like him to arrive. For children and adults who enjoy playful twists on a classic story, The Wolf Who Fell Out of a Book's colorful illustrations and a "story-starter" ending are sure to keep your imagination turning even after the book is returned to its shelf. Thierry Robberecht is a children's author, graphic novel scriptwriter, and songwriter. He lives in Brussels, where he devotes himself to a passion for literature. Gregoire Mabire studied illustration at the Saint Luc Institute in Brussels. He illustrates children's picture books and contributes to children's magazines.

Red Knit Cap Girl and the Reading Tree book
#8
Red Knit Cap Girl and the Reading Tree
Written and illustrated by Naoko Stoop
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

This new adventure with Red Knit Cap Girl and her friends uses simple prose and radiant illustrations to shine a light on the joy of reading and the importance of working together. One day Red Knit Cap Girl and her friends discover a hollow tree in the middle of the forest. What can be done with one ordinary tree? "I will keep my book in this nook so everyone can read it," Red Knit Cap Girl says. But the tree isn't only for books. Little by little, one by one, the animals share their unique gifts and turn the ordinary tree into a special spot for everyone to enjoy!

My ABC Book book
#9
My ABC Book
Written by Grosset & Dunlap and illustrated by Art Seiden
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Discover a treasure trove of beautifully illustrated books with our new series, G+D Vintage! Featuring books from our Wonder Books line originally published in the 1940s, 50s, and 60s, there’s something for every reader in these timeless stories accompanied by classic illustrations. A is for airplane, M is for merry-go-round, and V is for vegetables! Kids will love learning their ABCs with this vintage-illustrated book full of animals, toys, and much more.

Goldilocks and the Three Bears book
#10
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Written by Margot Channing and illustrated by Ellie Jenkins, Margot Channing
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

The Scribblers Look and Say series encourages eagle-eyed young readers to find creatures and objects hidden inside enchanting, charmingly-illustrated retellings of familiar fairy tales, like Goldilocks and the three bears. Every page features a sidebar containing items for children to spot and say aloud, practising their reading and speaking skills. A treasure hunt at the back invites readers to explore further.

Read the Book, Lemmings! book
#11
Read the Book, Lemmings!
Written by Ame Dyckman and illustrated by Zachariah OHora
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

The team behind the New York Times bestselling Wolfie the Bunny and Horrible Bear! is back with with new Arctic characters in this hilarious learning-to-read adventure! Aboard the S.S. Cliff, First Mate Foxy reads an interesting fact: "Lemmings don't jump off cliffs." But Foxy can't get the lemmings on the Cliff to read his book, too. They're too busy jumping off. After a chilly third rescue, exasperated Foxy and grumbly polar bear Captain PB realize their naughty nautical crew isn't being stubborn: The lemmings (Jumper, Me Too, and Ditto) can't read. And until Foxy patiently teaches his lemmings to read the book, he can't return to reading it, either!

Words Set Me Free book
#12
Words Set Me Free
Written by Lesa Cline-Ransome and illustrated by James E. Ransome
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-9

"Words Set Me Free is the inspiring story of young Frederick Douglass's path to freedom through reading"--

That Bear Can't Babysit book
#13
That Bear Can't Babysit
Written by Ruth Quayle and illustrated by Alison Friend
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

When Mr. and Mrs. Burrow need a babysitter, they are not expecting Bear. But Bear is the only one who shows up, so Bear gets the job of babysitting seven little bunnies who are full of mischief. Together, the bunnies persuade Bear to read a scary book, give them chocolate for dinner, and go crazy with the garden hose! But when the bunnies find Bear sailing the high seas in a make-believe ship, suddenly he isn't such a bad babysitter after all.

An Inconvenient Alphabet book
#14
An Inconvenient Alphabet
Written by Beth Anderson and illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-10

Do you ever wish English was eez-ee-yer to spell? Ben Franklin and Noah Webster did! Debut author Beth Anderson and the New York Times bestselling illustrator of I Dissent, Elizabeth Baddeley, tell the story of two patriots and their attempt to revolutionize the English alphabet. Once upon a revolutionary time, two great American patriots tried to make life easier. They knew how hard it was to spell words in English. They knew that sounds didn’t match letters. They knew that the problem was an inconvenient English alphabet. In 1786, Ben Franklin, at age eighty, and Noah Webster, twenty-eight, teamed up. Their goal? Make English easier to read and write. But even for great thinkers, what seems easy can turn out to be hard. Children today will be delighted to learn that when they “sound out” words, they are doing eg-zakt-lee what Ben and Noah wanted.

Sylvia's Bookshop book
#15
Sylvia's Bookshop
Written by Robert Burleigh and illustrated by Katy Wu
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Meet the trailblazer and book lover who started the Shakespeare and Company bookstore in Paris, France, in this beautifully illustrated picture book that celebrates stories, reading, and the importance of sharing ideas. “Books are my treasures—the best that I’ve got.” Books are like rivers that flow through my head. Books are like roads,” she just might have said. “Roads that connect my old self to my new. Unlocking our hearts to what’s noble and true.” Told by the bookstore itself, Sylvia’s Bookshop tells the story of the legendary Shakespeare and Company, its owner Sylvia Beach, and the many great writers who gathered there to meet, read, and remind us that books are more than the words on the page.

Library Day book
#16
Library Day
Written by Anne Rockwell and illustrated by Lizzy Rockwell
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

"A young boy visits the library for the very first time. While he's there he listens to stories, reads books and magazines, and learns that there are also movies, crafts, chess, and puppet shows and something for everyone"--Provided by publisher.

The Alphabet Book with No Pictures book
#17
The Alphabet Book with No Pictures
Written and illustrated by B J Novak
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

In this alphabet book that leaves all the fun to the words, not the pictures, kids will discover that reading is as simple as building a tower of letters. As more letters are introduced, the text becomes more enticing. The more letters, the more goofy humor—and if anybody knows humor, it’s B.J. Novak, comedian and author of the instant classic The Book With No Pictures. Here he’s using his message about the wonder of words in a new way that again shows kids how much power and joy there is in reading. Even better, the book pours that power right into their eager noggins. Instead of saying “Read it again!”, this time kids will be saying “Let me read it to you again!”

The Not So Quiet Library book
#18
The Not So Quiet Library
Written and illustrated by Zachariah OHora
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

It’s Saturday, which means Oskar and Theodore get to go to the library with their dad! It means donuts for breakfast! And it means endless quiet hours lost in stories. But on this not so quiet Saturday, Oskar and Teddy get a rude surprise when they’re interrupted by a five-headed, hangry monster! Will Oskar ever get to finish his book in peace? Will Teddy ever get to gorge on his donuts? Or might both of them hold the secret weapons to taming the beast?

The Wizard of Poob book
#19
The Wizard of Poob
Written by Peter Bently and illustrated by Duncan Beedie
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

Welcome to Planet Pok – the land of Monsters’ Nonsense. The monsters discover a strange spaceship belonging to a wizard from another planet. Can they help him save Planet Poob from the Space Slugs? Monsters' Nonsense is designed for children to practice decoding nonsense words within a fun and exciting story. The adult reads the main narrative whilst the child is encouraged to read the monsters' language in speech bubbles and these ‘non-words’ help them practise their emerging phonics skills at a level that is right for them. Brought to life by award-winning author Peter Bently and Duncan Beedie's comic book style, this series creates a valuable shared reading experience and will inspire any child to become a monster reader!

The Grumpy Guest book
#20
The Grumpy Guest
Written by Peter Bently and illustrated by Duncan Beedie
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

Welcome to Planet Pok – the land of Monsters’ Nonsense. Pem Pem’s bossy cousin has come to visit, but he’s not interested in the tour of Planet Pok. What will happen when Huff Huff discovers an underground tunnel? Step inside a world of monster fun and encourage children to sound out non-words, carefully selected at the right level to support phonic development. Monsters' Nonsense is designed for children to practice decoding nonsense words within a fun and exciting story. The adult reads the main narrative whilst the child is encouraged to read the monsters' language in speech bubbles and these ‘non-words’ help them practise their emerging phonics skills at a level that is right for them. Brought to life by award-winning author Peter Bently and Duncan Beedie's comic book style, this fun series creates a valuable shared reading experience and will inspire any child to become a monster reader!

Scaredy Book book
#21
Scaredy Book
Written by Devon Sillett and illustrated by Cara King
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Book lives at the library and desperately wants to go outside, but is intimidated by all the things that might happen ‘out there’. A page might get torn. Book’s cover might get dirty. Book might never be returned to the library! Meanwhile, Emma loves visiting the library and delights in the many adventures to be had in the stories she finds there. When Emma meets Book, they find they are just what each other needs. Together, Book and Emma move out of their comfort zone to try new things, meet new people, and enjoy a few quiet adventures - climbing trees, laughing in the rain, and even cheering along at a soccer match. Along the way, they discover that ‘out there’ needn’t be scary if you just take it one step at a time. Children and parents alike will enjoy this story about being brave, taking risks, and living to tell the tale!

W is for Webster book
#22
W is for Webster
Written by Tracey Fern and illustrated by Boris Kulikov
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

I Love a Book book
#23
I Love a Book
Written by Joe Rhatigan and illustrated by Aleksey Ivanov, Olga Ivanov
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

This is a celebration of books, reading, and our imaginations, I Love a Book opens with a list of types of books and where to find them. The simple, lyrical prose then becomes more frantic as a young reader encounters pirates sailing the sea, a classroom of monsters "learning math with their paws," and even an animal doctor making house calls in a helicopter. With lavish illustrations nearly spilling off the page, the young reader finally reaches the end of an exhausting day, ready for bed ... and more books. This book is for anyone who loves books and wants to instill this passion in the next generation.

Bears Make the Best Reading Buddies book
#24
Bears Make the Best Reading Buddies
Written and illustrated by Carmen Oliver
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

The Alphabet War book
#25
The Alphabet War
Written by Diane Burton Robb and illustrated by Gail Piazza
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

When Adam started kindergarten, the teacher wanted him to learn about letters. But "p" looked like "q," and "b" looked like "d." In first grade, he had to put the letters into words so he could read. That was the beginning of the Alphabet War! This engaging picture book will encourage children with dyslexia that their struggles will get easier over time, and provides a great resources for parents and educators.

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