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, and among the Fairy and Folk Tales in nonfiction J/Y 398.2. Click here for a print-friendly version of this list.

Barnett Sam and Dave Dig a Hole    (Sam and Dave dig to discover something spectacular.)
Bingham Z Is for Moose    (Moose misses his turn in an alphabet game, but Zebra finds a spot for him.)
Bledsoe Hammer and Nails    (After her playdate is cancelled, a girl and her dad have a fun day tackling their to-do lists together.)
Cannon Stellaluna    (After she falls into a bird's nest, a baby bat is raised there until she is reunited with her mother.)
Daywalt The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors    (Chronicles the legendary battle behind the game.)
Eaton Great, Now We've Got Barbarians!    (Why fuss about tidiness? Because Barbarians love messes!)
Feiffer Meanwhile . . .    (Raymond discovers a way to skip from one adventure to another.)
Gay Fern and Horn    ( Fern and Horn have different ways of seeing the world. What happens when their visions collide? )
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.)
Howell Whale in a Fishbowl    (Wednesday the whale is inspired by a little girl named Piper to try to reach the sea.)
Johnson Palazzo Inverso    (An apprentice to a master builder causes trouble. Inspired by the work of M.C. Escher.)
Jonker The Very Last Castle    (Despite warnings about something fearful inside, Ibbs accepts an invitation to enter the last castle in her village.)
Lucas The Robot and the Bluebird    (A broken robot makes a home for a bluebird trying to fly south for the winter.)
Je Meddour Lubna and Pebble    (Arriving in a strange new place, Lubna turns a pebble into a friend she can share with others. )
Mollel Kele's Secret    (A young African boy follows the family's hen to find out where she is hiding her eggs.)
Novak The Book with No Pictures    (In this book with no pictures, the reader has to say every single silly word.)
Park Gondra's Treasure    (Gondra, who is a little dragon, celebrates her father's homeland in the East and her mother's in the West.)
Perry The Book That Eats People    (The reader is warned to be careful around this book, which is always hungry and has already eaten several people.)
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 Shoshone ancestors.)
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 music composition.)
Willems Because    (One small event at a time leads a young child to become an accomplished musician.)
Tsarfati The Neighbors    (As she climbs the seven stories to her apartment, a girl imagines what happens behind the other doors.)

Last Updated: 11/19


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