10 Picture Book Read-Alouds for Preschool through 2nd Grade

Updated: Mar 19

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Looking for some picture books to add to your bedtime routine. Here are my top 10 picks.

The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton

This classic picture book takes you through the lifetime of the little house as a city grows around it.


No, David! David Get's in Trouble and David Goes to School by David Shannon

David is quite the character, always getting into shenanigans. You and your child will laugh til you cry.


Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale by Mo Williems

This story leads us through a day when daddy is in charge. Chaos ensues.



Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Doreen Rappaport

This picture book biography uses Dr. King Jr.'s most quotable quotes to tell his story.


The Pigeon Series by Mo Willems

This is a favorite and a classic! Children and adults alike will be entertained by the great conversation between Piegon and his friends.


The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak

This book needs no pictures to be entertaining. All it needs is an energetic adult who is willing to read with expression and various voices. Add some fun to your read-aloud time with this book.


Last Stop on Market Street by Matt De La Pena

CJ learns to be grateful for what he has and the beauty around him as he rides the bus on Market Street with his grandma.


"Slowly, Slowly, Slowly," said the Sloth by Eric Carl

Any book by Eric Carle should be in your library. His books typically have repetition that encourages young readers to keep listening.


All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold and Suzanne Kaufman

This story is about a school with diversity of all kinds. The children learn that even though there are differences, we can usually find more similarities.


The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson

A clever mouse scares away all the animals trying to eat him by describing his made-up character, The Gruffalo.


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