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Uncles: Books For Kids

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

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

Our list includes picture books and chapter books. 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 uncles, there are a variety of titles. This list covers everything, from classics like The Spirit of Tio Fernando: A Day of the Dead Story to popular sellers like Marc’s Mission to some of our favorite hidden gems like The Big Ideas of Buster Bickles.

We hope this list of kids books about uncles 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 Big Ideas of Buster Bickles
Written & illustrated by Dave Wasson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Buster Bickles's big ideas are always getting him into trouble. But when Buster gets to test the newly invented What-if Machine, anything Buster imagines becomes reality. Packed with rivers of chocolate, robot dinosaurs, and eggs-ray vision, the world becomes Buster's creation in this fantastically creative picture book by debut author-illustrator Dave Wasson.
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Uncle Monarch and the Day of the Dead
Written by Judy Goldman & illustrated by Rene King Moreno and Judy Goldman
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6
A family celebrates Día de Muertos, a holiday for remembering those who have passed. When the monarch butterflies return to her Mexican countryside, Lupita knows that Día de Muertos, "the Day of the Dead," is near. She and her favorite uncle watch the butterflies flutter in the trees. When a butterfly lands on Lupita's hand, her uncle reminds her that she should never hurt a monarch because they are believed to be the souls of the departed. Lupita and her family get ready for the holiday. When the first of November arrives, the family will go to the cemetery to honor the memories of their loved ones. But this year is different—Lupita's uncle cannot join them. Now, Lupita learns the true meaning of the celebration.
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They Don't Make Books About Uncles
Written by Joe Jurek
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6
They Don't Make Books About Uncles is an adorable story for nieces and nephews written by a real life Uncle. "They don't make books about Uncles. It's not very clear why. And that's weird, because Uncles are interesting guys. They're awesome and handsome and funny, it's true. Anything you can imagine, Uncles can do . . . " This is the story of an Uncle who takes his niece and nephew on a journey inside their favorite storybooks. They soon learn that anything they can imagine, their Uncle will do for them. And still . . . "They Don't Make Books About Uncles"
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Marc's Mission
Written by Jocko Willink & illustrated by Jon Bozak
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12
New York Times-bestselling author Jocko Willink delivers a second powerful and empowering Way of the Warrior Kid book about finding your inner strength and being the best you can be, even in the face of adversity in Marc's Mission.
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Bread Pet: A Sourdough Story
Written by Kate DePalma & illustrated by Nelleke Verhoef
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7
Cora promises to keep Uncle JB’s Bread Pet alive but didn’t anticipate its exponential growth! She needs to come up with a solution -- and fast! This whimsical STEM story of family, creativity and community will inspire young makers to experiment and share their gifts with others. Includes sourdough starter and sourdough bread recipes.
The Train book
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Magnolia Mudd and the Super Jumptastic Launcher Deluxe book
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Gobbled by Ghorks book
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Zacktastic book
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  • The Train - Ashley meets her great-uncle by the old train tracks near their reserve in Nova Scotia. When she sees his sadness, he shares with her the history of those tracks. Uncle tells her that, during his childhood, the train would bring their community supplies, but there came a day when the train took away with it something much more important. One day he and the other children from the reserve were taken aboard and transported to a residential school, where their lives were changed forever. Ashley promises to wait with her uncle as he sits by the tracks, waiting for what was taken from their people to come back to them.

  • Magnolia Mudd and the Super Jumptastic Launcher Deluxe - Magnolia Mudd’s Uncle Jamie is the very BEST grown-up. He always invents cool things with her . . . until the day he and Miss Emily announce their engagement. That’s bad enough—but even worse, Miss Emily wants Magnolia to be a FLOWER GIRL! No way is Magnolia tossing petals. But maybe Uncle Jamie’s new bride-to-be is more fun that Magnolia imagined . . .

  • Gobbled by Ghorks - When Jean-Remy receives a singing telegram from his long-lost sister, Eloise Yvette, the Creature Department is once again thrown into an invention frenzy. Rumor has it that the Ghorks have taken Heppleworth’s Food Factory hostage. And worse, they are threatening to make tasty treats of the creatures inside.”

  • Zacktastic - On his tenth birthday, Zack learns from his uncle that he is descended from a long line of genies and before he has a chance to process this information, he is whisked through a bottle portal and sent on his first assignment.

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Ants 'n' Uncles
Written & illustrated by Clay Rice
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6
Ants 'n' uncles, uncles 'n' ants, dancin' 'cross the world with ants in his pants. Goin' everywhere he's never been before, on his ant-imated world tour. What happens when Uncle steps on an ant hill? The ants in his pants make him dance, of course, and his dancing skills become famous around the world. From award-winning author and silhouette artist Clay Rice comesthe rhyming tale of an accidental hero. Filled with scenes from countries and cultures around the globe, this lively, silly story is sure to delight children and parents.
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The Big Green Book
Written by Robert Graves & illustrated by Maurice Sendak
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
**FANS OF MAURICE SENDAK’S CALDECOTT MEDAL-WINNING _WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE_ WILL LOVE _THE BIG GREEN BOOK_—NOW BACK IN PRINT!** A little boy named Jack discovers a big green book of magic in the attic and learns all sorts of spells—spells to change the look of things, spells to make him old and gray or disappear entirely! Jack makes the most of his new magic powers, and his poor old aunt and uncle are quite bewildered. This enchanting tale by noted British author Robert Graves is masterfully illustrated by Maurice Sendak, seven-time Caldecott Honor recipient, National Book Award winner, and the Caldecott Medal-winning creator of _Where the Wild Things Are_.
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Book Uncle and Me
Written by Uma Krishnaswami & illustrated by Julianna Swaney
picture book
Recommend Ages: 7-10
Every day, nine-year-old Yasmin borrows a book from Book Uncle, a retired teacher who has set up a free lending library on the street corner. But when the mayor tries to shut down the rickety bookstand, Yasmin has to take her nose out of her book and do something.
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James to the Rescue
Written by Elise Broach & illustrated by Kelly Murphy
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-9
"Marvin the beetle is going collecting with his family. All is good and well until Uncle Albert gets hurt. Marvin needs his human friend James's help to save Uncle Albert before it's too late"--
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The Spirit of Tio Fernando: A Day of the Dead Story
Written by Janice Levy & illustrated by Morella Fuenmayor and Teresa Miawer
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
It's the Day of the Dead and Nando and his mother are going to honor Tío Fernando. Nando, named for Uncle Fernando, listens as his mother tells him that later, at the cemetery, they will meet with Tío Fernando's spirit. Es el Día de los Muertos y Nando y su Madre van a honrar a Tío Fernando. Nando, nombrado en honor de Tío Fernando, escucha a su Madre decirle que mas adelante en el cementerio se van a encontrarse con el espirito de Tío Fernando.
Henry & Eva and the Castle on the Cliff book
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The Way to Stay in Destiny book
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My Apron book
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A River Dream book
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  • Henry & Eva and the Castle on the Cliff - Prominent Environmentalist and Oceanographer Die in Boating Accident This is the headline that changes Henry and Eva’s lives. Their parents, environmentalist William Billings and his oceanographer wife Margo, disappear mysteriously at sea. But for Henry and Eva, things are about to go from bad to worse. Their jerk-face uncle (nicknamed Claude the Clod) and his awful girlfriend (Terri the Terrible) have moved into their big house on the cliff to “take care of them,” but Eva has her doubts about their intentions. And when some spooky visitors appear with a message, they realize that their parents’ deaths might not have been as cut and dry as everyone thinks. It’s up to Henry and Eva to discover the truth—but can they do it before the Clod catches them? Perfect for fans of Lemony Snicket, readers of this arch, spooky, timeless tale will find themselves enraptured with this fresh new middle grade series.

  • The Way to Stay in Destiny - Moving in with his resentful Vietnam War veteran uncle, young Theo devotes his time to playing the piano and helping a new friend, baseball fanatic Anabel, investigate a local mystery about famous ballplayer residents. Simultaneous eBook.

  • My Apron - When an eight-year-old boy helps his uncle at his job as a plasterer, he takes a fancy to his workman’s apron with a pocket. As a result of his fascination, his aunt makes him an apron of his own and he spends a few days as his Uncle Adam’s assistant. The text is brief and simple but clearly conveys the warmth between the man and his nephew and the child’s satisfaction in a job well done. The line/tissue paper illustrations are colorful and somewhat geometric, reminiscent of French Cubist Leger’s work featuring laborers. An added bonus is the child-size apron that comes with the book, but the story will be enjoyed with or without the tangible item.
    - SLJ

  • A River Dream - A little boy takes a fantasy trip up the river by his house to fly-fish with his uncle.

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The Dog Who Loved the Moon
Written by Cristina Garcia & illustrated by Sebastià Serra
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6
When her dog becomes lovesick for the moon, a young Cuban girl and her uncle call the moon down to give the dog a kiss, with surprising results.
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The Funeral
Written & illustrated by Matt James
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8
Norma and her parents are going to her great-uncle Frank’s funeral, and Norma is more excited than sad. She is looking forward to playing with her favorite cousin, Ray, but when she arrives at the church, she is confronted with rituals and ideas that have never occurred to her before. While not all questions can be answered, when the day is over Norma is certain of one thing ― Uncle Frank would have enjoyed his funeral. This sensitive and life-affirming story will lead young readers to ask their own questions about life, death and how we remember those who have gone before us.

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