Picture Books for 5- and 6-Year Olds

You can find more titles for this age group on the Classic Picture Book list, in the JE/ER section for Early readers, or among the Fairy and Folk Tales in nonfiction 398.2. Click here for a print-friendly version of this list.

Eaton Great, Now We've Got Barbarians!    (Why fuss about tidiness? Because Barbarians love messes!)
Barnett Sam and Dave Dig a Hole    (Sam and Dave dig to discover something spectacular.)
Beaty Iggy peck, Architect    (Iggy saves the day with his architectural knowledge.)
Bee Beware of the Frog    (Sweet old Mrs. Collywobbles lives near the wood with her guard frog. )
Bingham Z Is for Moose    (Moose misses his turn in an alphabet game, but Zebra finds a spot for him.)
Bruel Bad Kitty    (She used to be a good kitty, until--)
Cannon Stellaluna    (After she falls into a bird's nest, a baby bat is raised there until she is reunited with her mother.)
Cole The Winter Wren    (When his village suffers from a hard winter, Simon goes in search of spring.)
Daywalt The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors    (Chronicles the legendary battle behind the game.)
Feiffer Meanwhile . . .    (Raymond discovers a way to skip from one adventure to another.)
Graham How to Heal a Broken Wing    (Will finds a bird with a broken wing, so he takes it home and cares for it.)
Hatke Julia's House for Lost Creatures    (Julia invites all kinds of lost creatures into her house--and then she has to make it work.)
Henkes Chrysanthemus    (Chrysanthemum hates her name until she meets a teacher named Delphinium.)
Huget How to Clean Your Room in 10 Easy Steps    (A young girl provides unique advice on how to tidy a bedroom. )
Johnson Palazzo Inverso    (An apprentice to a master builder causes trouble. Inspired by the work of M.C. Escher.)
Klassen This Is Not My Hat    (The big fish wants his hat back from a little fish who took it.)
LaMarche Lost and Found: Three Dog Stories    (Three dog stories about being lost, being found, and finding home.)
Long How I Became a Pirate    (Jeremy Jacob joins Braid Beard and his pirate crew.)
Lucas The Robot and the Bluebird    (A broken robot makes a home for a bluebird trying to fly south for the winter.)
Mollel Kele's Secret    (A young African boy follows the family's hen to find out where she is hiding her eggs.)
Namioka The Hungriest Boy in the World    (After swallowing a Hunger Monster, Jiro starts eating everything in sight.)
Novak The Book with No Pictures    (In this book with no pictures, the reader has to say every single silly word.)
O'Connor Peanut Butter and Jellyfish    (Join Fancy Nancy on an exciting trip to the aquarium!)
Ray The Apple-Pip Princess    (A king challenges his daughters to make his barren kingdom bloom again. )
Reibstein Wabi Sabi    (Wabi Sabi, a cat in Kyoto, learns the Japanese concept of beauty through simplicity.)
Santat Adventures of Beekle    (An imaginary friend sets out on a quest to find a boy to imagine him.)
Scott Brave As a Mountain Lion    (Spider has stage fright, but he decides to be as brave as his Shoshoni ancestors.)
Seuss Yertle the Turtle, and Other Stories    (Includes three humorous stories in verse: Yertle the Turtle, Gertrude McFuzz, and The Big Brag.)
Stevenson Don't Make Me Laugh    (Readers are requested not to influence the behavior of animal characters in this book.)
Vagin Peter and the Wolf    (Retells the story behind Prokofiev's classical piece.)

Last Updated: 11/18


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