Picture Books for Primary Grades
Books Too Good to Miss
Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman
Although classmates say that she cannot play Peter Pan in the school play because she is black and a girl, Grace
discovers that she can do anything she sets her mind to do.
A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon
In order to ensure her popularity, Camilla Cream always does what is expected, until the day arrives when she no
longer recognizes herself.
The Bee Tree by Patricia Polacco
To teach his daughter the value of books, a father leads a growing crowd in search of the tree where the bees keep
all their honey.
Blabber Mouse by True Kelley
Blabber Mouse is always telling secrets until his teacher and classmates come up with a plan that they hope will
help him learn to keep secrets.
Book! Book! Book! by Deborah Bruss
When the children leave the farm to go back to school, the bored barnyard animals head to the library in search of
something to do.
A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams
A young girl thinks of a wonderful surprise for her mother’s birthday present.
Chato’s Kitchen by Gary Soto
To get the “ratoncitos,” little mice who have moved into the barrio, to come to his house, Chato the cat prepares all
kinds of good food: fajitas, frijoles, salsa, enchiladas, and more.
Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin
When Farmer Brown’s cows find a typewriter in the barn they start making demands and then go on strike when
the farmer refuses to give them what they want.
Cook-a-Doodle-Doo! by Janet Stevens
With the questionable help of his friends, Big Brown Rooster manages to bake a strawberry shortcake which would
have pleased his great-grandmother, Little Red Hen.
Daisy Comes Home by Jan Brett
Daisy, an unhappy hen in China, floats down the river in a basket and has an adventure.
Dog Breath by Dav Pilkey
Hally, the Tosis family dog, has such bad breath that Mr. and Mrs. Tosis plan to give her away, until she proves to
be an invaluable watchdog.
Don’t Fidget a Feather! by Erica Silverman
Their contest to decide who is the champion of champions almost has disastrous consequences for Gander and
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems
When a bus driver goes on break, he asks the audience to keep an eye on his vehicle and the pigeon who
desperately wants to drive it. The pigeon then relentlessly begs readers for some time behind the wheel.
Duck on a Bike by David Shannon
A duck decides to ride a bike and soon influences all the other animals on the farm to ride bikes too.
Dumpy La Rue by Elizabeth Winthrop
This is the story of Dumpy La’Rue, the pig who knew what he wanted to do!
Ella Sarah Gets Dressed by Margaret Chodos-Irvine
Despite the advice of others in her family, Ella Sarah persists in wearing the striking and unusual outfit of her own
A Fine, Fine School by Sharon Creech
This book shares the story of a “fine fine school” where the principal thinks that everyone should attend even on the
George and Martha by James Marshall
This favorite book relates several episodes in the friendship of two hippos.
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
A little bunny bids goodnight to all the objects in his room before falling asleep.
Grandpa’s Teeth by Rod Clement
Soon after Grandpa’s teeth disappear from a glass of water near his bed, Officer Rate has the whole town under
Hondo & Fabian by Peter McCarty
Hondo the dog and his friend Fred are going to the beach for a day of adventure. Fabian the cat is left behind at
home to play with the baby. Who will cause more trouble? Who will have more fun?
Hooway for Wodney Wat by Helen Lester
All his classmates make fun of Rodney because he can’t pronounce his name, but it is Rodney’s speech impediment
that drives away the class bully.
I will Never, Not Ever Eat a Tomato by Lauren Child
A fussy eater decides to sample the carrots after her brother convinces her that they are really orange twiglets from
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff
Relating the cycle of requests a mouse is likely to make after you give him a cookie takes the reader through a
young child’s day.
Ira Sleeps Over by Bernard Waber
A little boy is excited at the prospect of spending the night at his friend’s house but worries how he’ll get along
without his teddy bear.
Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg
Left on their own for an afternoon, two bored and restless children find more excitement than they bargained for in
a mysterious and mystical jungle adventure board game.
Knufflebunny by Mo Williams
This Caldecott honor-winning book is sure to make you smile and remind you of the long-time favorite Corduroy
by Don Freeman.
“Let’s Get a Pup!” Said Kate by Graham, Bob
When Kate and her parents visit the animal shelter, an adorable puppy charms them, but it is very hard to leave an
older dog behind.
Livingstone Mouse by Pamela Duncan Edwards
An explorer mouse in search of China discovers that he must be careful to choose a new home that does not offend
his sense of smell, sight, hearing, taste, or touch.
Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes
Lilly loves everything about school, especially her teacher, but when he asks her to wait a while before showing her
new purse, she does something she regrets later.
Lost by Paul Brett Johnson
Because she never gives up hope that her beagle, lost in the desert, will be found, the young girl keeps something
special in her pocket for her dog.
The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
The Lorax is an ecological warming about the dangers of clear-cutting, pollution, and disregard for the earth’s
Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
This is the first of five of the original Madeline stories, and all are sure to be loved.
Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
The classic story of a family of mallard ducks in downtown Boston.
Martha Speaks by Susan Meddaugh
Problems arise when Martha, the family dog, learns to speak after eating alphabet soup.
Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! by Fleming, Candace
After planting the garden he has dreamed of for years, Mr. McGreely tries to find a way to keep some persistent
bunnies from eating all his vegetables.
Mice and Beans by Pam Muñoz Ryan
Rosa Maria spends the week getting ready for her granddaughter’s birthday and trying to avoid attracting mice—
unaware that the mice are preparing for a party of their own.
Miss Nelson Is Missing by Harry Allard
The kids in Room 207 take advantage of their teacher’s good nature until she disappears and they are faced with a
Mr. Tanen’s Ties by Maryann Cocca-Leffler
Mr. Tanen, an elementary school principal, is well known for his colorful and unusual ties, but he and his students
are saddened when his boss orders him to stop wearing them.
My Friend Rabbit by Eric Rohmann
When mouse lets his best friend, Rabbit, play with his brand-new airplane, he finds that trouble isn’t far behind. Of
course, Rabbit has a solution—but when Rabbit sets out to solve a problem, even bigger problems follow.
The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi,
On the way to her first day of school, the children on the bus tease Unhei because of her Korean name. When she
reaches the classroom and is asked her name, she tells her classmates that she has not yet decided on one.
The Napping House by Audrey Wood
In this cumulative tale, a wakeful flea atop a number of sleeping creatures causes a commotion, with just one bite.
Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann
The children at Napville Elementary School always ignore Officer Buckle’s safety tips, until a police dog named
Gloria accompanies him when he gives his safety speeches.
Piggie Pie! By Margie Palatini
Gritch the witch flies to Old MacDonald’s farm for some pigs to make a piggie pie, but when she arrives she can’t
find a single porker.
Ruby the Copycat by Peggy Rathmann
Ruby insists on copying Angela, until her teacher helps her discover her own creative resources.
The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown
A little bunny thinks of ways to escape, but his clever mother always finds a way to keep up with him.
Saving Sweetness by Diane Stanley
The sheriff of a dusty western town rescues Sweetness, an unusually resourceful orphan, from nasty old Mrs. Sump
and her terrible orphanage.
The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
This Caldecott Medal winner tells about a special day of playing in new-fallen snow.
The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
The disobedient Peter Rabbit goes into Mr. McGregor’s garden, contrary to his mother’s wish.
The Spider and the Fly by Tony DiTerllizzi
“Will you walk into my parlor, said the spider to the fly . . . ” is easily one of the most recognized and quoted first
lines of all English verse. But do you have any idea how the age-old tale of the Spider and the Fly ends?
Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell
Even when the class bully at her new school makes fun of her, Molly remembers what her grandmother told her and
she feels good about herself.
Stella Louella’s Runaway Book by Lisa Campbell Ernst
As she tries to find the book that she must return to the library that day, Stella gathers a growing group of people
who have all enjoyed reading the book.
Stellaluna by Janell Cannon
After she falls headfirst into a bird’s nest, a baby bat is raised like a bird until she is reunited with her mother.
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka
The wolf gives his own outlandish version of what really happened when he tangled with the three little pigs.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
This is the favorite story of a colorful and clever counting book about a very special and very hungry caterpillar.
Wolf! by Becky Bloom
A wolf learns to read in order to impress a group of farmyard animals he has met.
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
When he is sent supperless to bed for behaving like “a wild thing,” Max imagines a world of wild things of which
he is king.
Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears by Verna Aardema
This West African tale reveals the meaning of the mosquito’s buzz.
Prepared by Helen Foster James, Media Services Coordinator, Retired
San Diego County Office of Education
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