Grades K-1: Suggested Picture Books

This reading list was created by your Youth Services Librarians and includes great contemporary and classic books for kids. 

Picture books use natural language and are often difficult for beginning readers to read on their own.  They are meant to be read aloud by an adult! 

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Let's Eat!

by Ana Zamarano; illustrated by Julie Vivas

Owl Moon

by Jane Yolen; illustrated by John Schoenherr

The Pigeon Needs a Bath!

by Mo Willems

The Three Pigs

by David Wiesner

Bunny Cakes

by Rosemary Wells

Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile

by Bernard Waber

Lyle Finds His Mother

by Bernard Waber

Lyle at the Office

by Bernard Waber

Lyle Walks the Dogs: A Counting Book

by Bernard Waber; illustrated by Paulis Waber

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

by Judith Viorst; illustrated by Ray Cruz

Alexander, Who Used to be Rich Last Sunday

by Judith Viorst; illustrated by Ray Cruz

Alexander, Who's Not (Do You Hear Me? I Mean It!) Going to Move

by Judith Viorst; illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser

Absolutely Positively Alexander: the Complete Stories

by Judith Viorst; illustrated by Ray Cruz and Robin Preiss Glasser

Mary McScary (Readalong)

by R. L. Stine; illustrated by Marc Brown

Mary McScary

by R. L. Stine; illustrated by Marc Brown

The Singing Chick

by Victoria Stenmark; illustrated by Randy Cecil

Interrupting Chicken

by David Ezra Stein

A Sick Day for Amos McGee

by Philip C. Stead; illustrated by Erin E. Stead

Circus Caps for Sale

by Esphyr Slobodkina

Caps for Sale and the Mindful Monkey

by Esphyr Slobodkina and Ann Marie Mulhearn Sayer

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