Children's Picture Books


General Picture Booklists

I Like Picture Books About... (Fairfax County Public Library, VA): Pull-down menu for picture books by category: Beaches, Bedtime stories, Bullies, Classics, Community Helpers, Concepts, Dinosaurs, Emotions, etc. Sort by author or title. Author, title, one-line description for each.

Picture Books by Subject (Deschutes PL, OR): Author, title, cover image, webcat link, and summary for picture books in these categories: Ballet, Bilingual/Spanish, Bullying, Community Helpers, Dinosaurs, Dragons and Unicorns, Fairies and Princesses, Flying, First Day of School, Horses, Manners, New Babies, Pirates, Potty Training, Shapes and Colors, Trains and Trucks.

100 Books Every Child Should Hear Before Starting School (Timberland Regional Library, WA): Author, title, summary, and webcat link for 100 books, almost all of which are picture books.

Suggested Reading for Babies and Toddlers (Montgomery County Library, MD): (PDF) Author, title, brief summary for about 30 books, including board books and picture books. Compiled June 2013.

Books for Preschoolers, 1-5 (Fairfax County Public Library, VA): A few lists (all catalog-linked): I Like Picture Books About...; What's New in Picture Books?; School Readiness: Resources for Early Childhood Educators, Parents, Caregivers; Caldecott Award Winners.

Picture Books About Angels (Boulder Public Library - Childrens Library): Picture books about angels. Author, title, publication year, webcat link for 12 books, from An angel just like me by Mary Hoffman to What night do the angels wander? by Phoebe Stone.

Picture Books for Young Adults (Louisville Free Public Library, KY): Author, title and summary for about 15 books, from Anno's Journey by Mitsumasa Anno to Wall by Eve Bunting. Oct. 2007.


Alphabet and Numbers Books

Alphabet Books

Alphabet Books (Karol Caparaso - Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, IN): Hundreds of alphabet books listed, with titles, authors, year published. Also listings of alphabet videos, alphabet software, and alphabet kits. Updated Sept 2013.

Bibliography: ABC, It's Easy as 123 ... Concept Books (Wendy E. Betts, Notes from the Windowsill): Cover images, author, title, publication info, suggested reading levels, detailed descriptions for about 150 books that introduce concepts like Hello and Goodbye, opposites, shape and size, as well as numbers and the alphabet. Updated March 2010.

Alphabet Books (Logan Library, UT): Author, title, publication year, webcat link for about 200 books. Updated Jan 2012.

Alphabet Books (EH Butler Library, Buffalo State College, NY): List of author, title pub. year, cover image and webcat link for about 210 alphabet books, mostly picture books.

A B C - Alphabet Books (Hennepin County Library, MN): Title, pub. year, webcat link, cover image and summary for about 40 titles.

>ABC Picture Books (Plymouth District Library, MI): Author, title, webcat link for about 30 ABC books.

Alphabet Books (Seattle PL, WA): Author, title, webcat link, cover image and summary for about 30 books.

A Sampling of Alphabet Books (Naperville PL, IL): PDF. Author, title, publication year, webcat link, and summary for about 25 books, from Jon Agee's Z Goes Home to Audrey Wood's Alphabet Adventure. Compiled Jan. 2004.

Books for Learning ABCs (Karol Caparaso - Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, IN): List of 15 books to help kids learn their ABCs, with titles, authors, year published. Updated Sept. 2013.

ABCs (Louisville Free Public Library, KY): Author and title only for about 65 books on the alphabet, from 26 Letters and 99 Cents by Tana Hoban to Zoe and her Zebra by Clare Beaton. Updated Oct. 2007.

ABCs (Helwett-Woodmere Public Library, NY): Author, title and webcat link for about 50 books. Updated July 2013.

Counting, Numbers and Math Concepts

Counting Picture Books (Logan Library, UT): Author, title, publication year for about 175 books. Updated Jan 2012.

Children's picture books that teach mathematics concepts (Christchurch City Libraries, NZ): Recommended for children aged 4 - 6. Lists about 65 books, with author, title, and summary for each, in these categories: Addition, Counting, Division, Fractions, Geometry, Measurement, Multiplication, Sets, Size, Subtraction, Time, and Other Concepts.

Counting and Numbers (EH Butler Library, Buffalo State College, NY): List of author, title pub. year, cover image and webcat link for about 85 books about counting and numbers, most of them picture books.

1 2 3 - Counting Books (Hennepin County Library, MN): Title, pub. year, webcat link, cover image and summary for about 40 titles.

Counting Books (Dawn Rose - Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, IN): List of about 20 counting books, with title, author, year published, webcat link, summary, from Selby Beeler's How Many Elephants? to Elizabeth Spurr's Farm Life. Updated Sept. 2013.

Books You can COUNT On (Naperville PL, IL): Author, title, cover image, and webcat link for about 25 books, from Arlene Alda's 1,2,3 to Animal Antics from 1 to 10. Compiled Feb. 2004.

123 Count (Plymouth District Library, MI): Author, title, webcat link for about 40 counting picture books.

Math Concepts (Helwett-Woodmere Public Library, NY): Author and title only for about 90 books. Updated Jan 2014.

123s (Helwett-Woodmere Public Library, NY): Author and title only for about 40 books. Updated Aug 2013.

Counting and Number Picture Books (Gayle's Preschool Rainbow): Author and title only for about 40 picture books about counting and numbers.

Counting Books (The Word Pool, UK): Author, title, summary for about a dozen counting books.


Picture Books Featuring Animals and Imaginary Creatures

Picture Books About Animals (Gayle's Preschool Rainbow): Author and title only for about 40 picture books about animals, from Adam Mouse's Book of Poems by Lilian Moore to Who Is Tapping At My Window? by A.G. Deming.

House Pets

Dog Picture Books (Dog Lovers Bookshop, NY): Author, title, publication info, page count, brief summary for about 80 dog picture books. Updated April 2014.

Picture Books About Dogs (Leon County PL, FL): 4-page PDF. Author and title only for about 100 books about dogs. Updated Aug. 2012

Kit Lit: Cat-Themed Picture Books (Cynthia Leitich Smith - Children's Literature Resources): About 25 books listed, with authors, titles, publication info, and summaries.

Pets (Helwett-Woodmere Public Library, NY): Author, title and type of pet listed for about 10 books. Updated April 2014.

Farm Animals

Picture Books about Horses (Deschutes PL, OR): Author, title, cover image, webcat link, and summary for about 30 books (most are picture books) about horses. Updated July 2012.

Picture Books About Farms (Gayle's Preschool Rainbow): Author and title only for about 20 picture books about farms, from Baby Farm Animals by Garth Williams to The Tiny, Tiny Boy and the Big, Big Cow by Nancy VanLaan.

Picture Books on Farming (Helwett-Woodmere Public Library, NY): Author and title only for about 20 books about (mostly animal) farming. Updated Feb. 2007.

Down on the Farm Picture Books (Karen Pepple, Elmhurst Public Library, IL): Author and title listed only for about 20 books (fiction and non-fiction) about farm life.

Stories about Olivia Pig's Piggy Pals (Santa Clara County Library, CA): Author, title, webcat link for about 25 picture books and about 8 easy readers about pigs.

Picture Books About Horses (Boulder Public Library - Childrens Library): Author, title, publication info, cover image, webcat link for about 10 books.

Zoos and Zoo Animals

We're Going to the Zoo, Zoo, Zoo (Warwick PL, RI): Author and title only for about 50 books about zoos and animals in zoos.

Wild Animals

Read a Croaking Good Book: Picture Books about Frogs (Warwick PL, RI): Author and title only for about 35 books about frogs; also some beginning readers, fiction, non-fiction, and videos on the same topic. Updated March 2005.

Picture Books That Aren't Just For the Birds (Ms. Brenda, Kansas City Public Library, KS): Eight picture books about birds, with author, title, summary of each.

Butterflies and Caterpillars (Helwett-Woodmere Public Library, NY): Author and title only for about 15 books. Updated July 2007.

Dinosaurs

Dinosaurs: Easy Picture Books (Naperville PL, IL): Author, title, publication year, webcat link and summary for about 85 (mostly) picture books. Updated July 2012.

Dinosaur Stories (Monroe County PL, IN): Author, title, webcat link and summary for about 25 picture books, from Giles Andreae & Russell Ayto's Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs to Yolen's How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night?. Also 4 easy readers and 6 non-fiction titles. Updated Nov. 2006.

Picture Books About Dinosaurs (Boulder Public Library - Childrens Library): Author, title, publication info, cover image, webcat link for about 25 books.

Dinosaur Picture Books (Burlington PL, ON, CN): Author, title and webcat link for about 40 picture books about dinosaurs.

Dinosaur Picture Books (Hampshire County Council, UK): Author, title, cover image and summary for 9 picture books feauring dinosaurs, from Dinosaur Time by Michael Foreman to How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? by Jane Yolen. Compiled 2004.

Dinosaur Stories (Wilmette PL, IL): Author, title, webcat link for about 60 books.

Dinosaurs (Helwett-Woodmere Public Library, NY): Author and title only for about 35 books. Updated March 2008.

Dreaming Of Dinosaurs: Picture Books (Penicton PL, BC, CN): Author and title only for about 25 books including Patrick's Dinosaurs by Carol Carrick, Little Grunt and the Big Egg by Tomie De Paola, The Dinosaur's New Clothes by Diane Goode, The Dinosaurs Are Back and It's All Your Fault, Edward! by Wendy Hartmann, Wendy and Niki Daly.

Dragons, Unicorns and Imaginary Animals

Dragons in Picture Books (Tina L. Hanlon, PhD): Separate sections: Retelling Traditional Dragon Lore; Folktales, Old and New; Dragons in the Imagination and Dreams; Satiric Dragon Stories; Tame and Timid Dragons. Author, title, publication info, and summaries that vary in length.

Dragons and Unicorns Picture Books (Deschutes PL, OR): Author, title, cover image, webcat link, and summary for about 60 (mostly) picture books about these creatures, plus some non-fiction titles, from Small Knight and George by Ronda Armitage to Where have the unicorns gone? by Jane Yolen. July 2012.

Dragon Illustration Booklist (Sara Patalita - Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, IN): Author and title only for about 70 books featuring dragon illustrations (dragon illustrations?). Updated Feb. 2006. Nov. 2005.

Dragons, Dragons, Dragons (Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick ME): Author and title only for about 25 picture books (plus some folk- and fairy tales, beginning readers, chapter books, and non-fiction titles), listed in title order from The Best Pet of All by David LaRochelle to Who Wants a Dragon? by James Mayhew. Updated Feb. 2006.


Concepts Books

Concept Books (Seattle PL, WA): Colors, counting, opposites, shapes, size. Author, title, webcat link, cover image and summary for about 30 books.

Colors Plus (Hennepin County Library, MN): Title, pub. year, webcat link, cover image and summary for about 25 titles about colors, shapes, sizes, opposites and more.

Baby Faces (Jen McKinney - Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, IN): Good list. About 90 books that feature photographs of babies and toddlers listed, with titles, authors, summary, webcat links, year published. Updated 2008.

Predictable Books (K. Sutorius, Monroe County Public Library, IN): These books make use of patterns like 'rhyme, repetition of words, phrases, sentences and refrains, and such patterns as cumulative structure, repeated scenes, familiar cultural sequences, interlocking structure and turn-around plots. These stories invite children to make predictions or guesses about words, phrases, sentences, events and characters that could come next in the story.' Lists author, title and webcat link for 8 different kinds of predictable books; about 120 books listed in all.

Bibliography: ABC, It's Easy as 123 ... Concept Books (Wendy E. Betts, Notes from the Windowsill): Cover images, author, title, publication info, suggested reading levels, detailed descriptions for about 150 books, that introduce concepts like Hello and Goodbye, opposites, shape and size, as well as numbers and the alphabet. Updated Sept. 2007.

Colors

Picture Books about Shapes and Colors (Deschutes PL, OR): Author, title, cover image, webcat link, publication info, and summary for about 50 picture books about shapes and colors. Jan 2013.

Colors, Shapes and Sizes (Naperville PL, IL): PDF. Author, title, publication year, and webcat link for about a dozen books on color, 20 books on shapes, and 7 books on sizes. Compiled Nov. 2002.

Color (EH Butler Library, Buffalo State College, NY): Lengthy list of author, title pub. year, cover image and webcat link for about 75 books about colour, mostly picture books.

Colors (Helwett-Woodmere Public Library, NY): Author and title only for about 40 books. Updated July 2007.

Colors (Louisville Free Public Library, KY): Author and title only for about 30 books that focus on colours, from April Wilson's Magpie Magic to Mary Serfozo's Who Said Red?. Updated Oct. 2007.

Colors (Santa Clara County Library, CA): Author, title, webcat link for about 20 picture books about colors.

Shapes

Shapes (Carrie Rankin and Laurel Indalecio, El Paso PL, TX): Author and title only for 30 books about shapes, including some Spanish language titles.

Shapes (Helwett-Woodmere Public Library, NY): Author and title only for about 20 books. Updated Sept. 2007.

Opposites

Opposites (EH Butler Library, Buffalo State College, NY): List of author, title pub. year, cover image and webcat link for about 25 books about opposites, mostly picture books.

Opposites (Corpus Christi Public Libraries, TX): Author and title only for about 30 picture books about opposites, from Baby High, Baby Low by Stella Blackstone to Big World, Small World by Jeanne Titherington. Compiled Jan. 2004.

Opposites (Helwett-Woodmere Public Library, NY): Author and title only for about 12 books. Updated Dec. 2006.


Picture Books about Daily Life

Morning, Noon and Night: Picture Books About Daily Routines (Madison PL, WI): Author and title only for about 30 books in these sub-categories: Rise and Shine, Daycare and Nursery School, Playtime, Mealtime, Helping Out, Bedtime. Updated March 2008.


Genre Picture Booklists: Mystery, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Romance

Mystery

Picture Book Mystery Stories (Sarah S. Wright, Monroe County Public Library, IN): Provides author, title, and brief summary of about 30 books. Compiled May 1999.

WhoDunit: Mystery Books for Kids: Picture Books (Deschutes PL, OR): Author, title, cover image, webcat link, and summary for about 10 mystery picture books, from Miss Nelson is Missing by Harry Allard to Piggins by Jane Yolen.

Mystery and Suspense for Young Listeners (Cary Memorial Library, Lexington, MA): PDF. Author and title (no summaries) for over 50 mysteries for very young children. Most of these are ERs.

Mystery Picture Books (Logan Library, UT): Author, title, publication year for about 40 books. Compiled May 2007.

Science Fiction and Fantasy

Science Fiction Picture Books (Logan Library, UT): Author, title, publication year for about 45 books. Compiled April 2007.

Magical Mayhem Picture Books (Kansas City PL, KS): Books about magic, wizards, fairy godmothers, casting spells, etc. Author, title, webcat link and summary for about 15 titles, from The Magic Toolbox: Starring Fred and Lulu by Mie Araki to Elbert's Bad Word by Audrey Wood. Updated June 2005.

Magical Mayhem: Picture Books (Deschutes PL, OR): Author, title, cover image, webcat link, and summary for about 50 books involving magic, from Milo's Hat Trick by Jon Agee to Rude Giants by Audrey Wood.


Picture Books About History

Historical Fiction Picture Books (Weber County Library, UT): Author, title, cover image, webcat link and summary for about 30 picture books.

Historical Fiction Picture Books (Helwett-Woodmere Public Library, NY): Author, title and summary for 25 picture books. Updated April 2008.

Frontier and Pioneer Life - Picture Books (Morton Grove PL, IL): Author, title, publication year, webcat link and summary for about 25 picture books (plus more easy readers, fiction, non-fiction).

Pioneers in Pictures: Visiting the Past in Picturebooks (Penticton Public Library, British Columbia): Provides author and title only for about 20 books about pioneers, with an emphasis on the Canadian frontier, from Ida and the Wool Smugglers by Sue Ann Alderson to The Prairie Train by Antoine O'Flatharta.

Celebrating America (Project Liberty, Westchester Libraries, NY): Picture books (to age 8) that 'celebrate America, in all its many geographical splendors, historical heritage, and pride of diversity.' Author, title, publisher, summary for a dozen books.

Life in the Middle Ages: Picture Books (Deschutes PL, OR): Author, title, cover image, webcat link, and summary for 5 books.

Days of the Knights: Picture Books (Deschutes PL, OR): Author, title, cover image, webcat link, and summary for about 15 books about knights, from Harald and the Giant Knight by Donald Carrick to Do Knights Take Naps? by Kathy Tucker.

Archaeology in Children's Picture Books (The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH): Author, title, summary for 5 picture books -- as well as 9 children's non-fiction books and 6 children's fiction books -- featuring archaeology or archaeologists; picture books from A Puzzling Day in the Land of the Pharaohs by Scoular Anderson to I, Crocodile by Fred Marcellino


Holidays and Seasons in Picture Booklists

Seasons: The Changing Year (Harford County Public Library, MD): 'Especially for pre-schoolers, their parents and teachers.' Author and title (no summaries) for ER books: 12 books listed for all seasons, 18 for fall; 14 for winter; 14 for spring; 12 for summer.

Seasonal Picture Books (Helwett-Woodmere Public Library, NY): Author and title only for about 100 picture books, organised by season. Updated Oct. 2007.

Spring

Earth Day is April 22.

Spring Books for Children (Wilmette PL, IL): Author, title, webcat link for about 50 picture books about Spring, about rabbits, rain, birds, signs of Spring, etc., plus a few Easy Readers and some non-fiction and poetry titles. Updated May 2008.

Picture Books About Spring and Summer (Gayle's Preschool Rainbow): Author and title only for about 10 picture books about spring and summer, from A House Of Leaves by Kiyoshi Soya to The Summer Solstice by Ellen Jackson.

Earth Day (Helwett-Woodmere Public Library, NY): Author and title only for about 25 picture books about the Earth and Earth Day (April 22). Updated May 2013.

Picture Books for Mother's Day (Story Snug, UK): Author, title, cover image, publisher, link to detailed review for 9 books about mom and grandmothers.

Mother's Day Picture Books to Read with Your Kids (Silly Eagle): Fourteen books, a few with desciptions, all with Amazon links and most with cover images, about being a mom and the things we love about moms.

Mommy and Me (Helwett-Woodmere Public Library, NY): Author and title only for about 30 picture books about mothers and mother's day. Updated July 2013.

Father's Day (Aukland Libraries, NZ): "Picture books that celebrate the relationships between fathers, grandfathers and little ones." Author, title, summary, cover image and webcat link for 26 picture books.

Daddy and Me (Helwett-Woodmere Public Library, NY): Author and title only for about 30 picture books about fathers and father's day. Updated May 2013.

Summer

Summer Books for Children (Wilmette PL, IL): Author, title, webcat link for about 15 picture books about Summer, about camp, the beach, fireflies, heat, etc., plus some non-fiction and poetry titles. Updated Jan. 2014.

Picture Books About Spring and Summer (Gayle's Preschool Rainbow): Author and title only for about 10 picture books about spring and summer, from A House Of Leaves by Kiyoshi Soya to The Summer Solstice by Ellen Jackson.

Autumn

Fall Books (Wilmette PL, IL): Author, title, webcat link for about 15 picture books about Autumn, plus some non-fiction and poetry titles. Updated Jan. 2014.

Picture Books About Autumn! (North Vancouver District Public Library, BC, CN): Author, title and summary for about 15 books.

Picture Books About Fall (Gayle's Preschool Rainbow): Author and title only for about 20 picture books about fall and falling leaves.

Best Halloween Picture Books (Goodreads) Author, title, cover image and rating, with links to more details, for more than 200 picture books.

10 of the Best Halloween Picture Books (Teri Harman, KSL TV, Salt Lake City UT): Author, title, cover image and description of each. Oct. 2012.

10 Best Read-Aloud Picture Books for Halloween (Bookriot): Author and title only for most. Oct. 2013.

Winter

Winter and Winter Holidays (Wendy Betts): Author, title, publication info, age/grade level, cover image, and summary for about 60 picture books. Covers winter, solstice, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa. Compiled 2004, updated Dec. 2008. (Lists books for older readers afterwards.)

Winter Books for Children (Wilmette PL, IL): Author, title, webcat link for about 75 picture books about Winter, plus some Easy Readers and some non-fiction and poetry titles. Updated Jan. 2011.

Picture Books About Winter (Gayle's Preschool Rainbow): Author and title only for about 15 picture books about winter and snow.

'Tis the Season for Stories: 20 Picture Books for Solstice, Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa (Hilltown Families, Western Mass.): Author, title, publication info, summary and Amazon link for 20 books, with a pretty even split among the holidays. Compiled Dec. 2011.

My Favourite Holiday Picture Books (Amazon List by AnnainCA@aol.com): Author, title, cover image, reason for recommendation, and Amazon link for 30 picture books about Christmas, Hanukkah, and the Winter Solstice.

Christmas

Christmas Picture Books (Lookingglass Review): Author, title, cover image, publication info, ISBN, summary and link to review for more than 100 picture books, in no particular order.

Appalachian Christmas Books For Children and Young Adults: Annotated Bibliography (Judy A. Teaford, Mountain State University, Beckley, WV): Author, title, publication info, summary for Picture Books, Christmas Stories and Collections, Children and Young Adult Fiction and Non-Fiction, and Christmas Stories on the Internet. About 45 titles in all. Created Oct. 2001, updated Aug. 2013.

Top 10 Christmas Picture Books (Holly Mueller, Nerdy Book Club): Author, title, cover image, summary and IndieBound link for each. Dec. 2012.

The Nativity Story in Children's Books (About.com): Author, title, publication info, cover image, summary and link to review for 8 books about Jesus's birth.

Christmas through the decades (Orange Marmalade): Author, title, cover image, and summary for 5 books, one each in published the 1940s, 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s.

Hanukkah

Recommended Hanukkah picture books (The Horn Book): Author, title, publisher, cover image and summary for 10 books. Nov. 2013.

Top Ten Hanukkah Picture Books for Elementary Classroom Read-Alouds (Raising Great Readers with Great Books blog): Author, title, cover image, and summary for 10 books. Compiled Nov. 2013.

Hanukkah & Kwanzaa Picture Books (West Georgia Regional Library): Author, title, cover image and webcat link for 12 Kwanzaa books and 14 Hanukkah books.

The Best Hanukkah Picture Books! (Savvy Auntie): Author, title, illustrator, cover image and summary for 5 books.

Great Hanukkah Picture Books (The Jewish Federation): Author, title, publisher and summary for 5 books.

The Read Balloon: Hanukkah picture books that don't make you want to claw your eyes out (Household Words blog): Author, title, cover image and summary for three books. Compiled Dec. 2010.

Kwanzaa

Hanukkah & Kwanzaa Picture Books (West Georgia Regional Library): Author, title, cover image and webcat link for 12 Kwanzaa books and 14 Hanukkah books.

Celebrating Cultures: Kwanzaa Picture Books (Ottawa Public Library, CN): Author, title, cover image and webcat link for 11 picture books.


Picture Books About Issues

General

Picture Books to Help Children Cope (Edmonton Public Library, Canada): Author, title, webcat link for about 65 books, in these categories: Adoption, Death, Divorce, Health, Moving, Nightmares, Siblings/New Baby, Working/Day Care.

Feelings Fears, and Gaining Control (Project Liberty, Westchester Libraries, NY): Picture books (to age 8) about 'identifying feelings, managing anger, fear, or anxiety. Also included are books about separation anxiety.' Author, title, publisher, summary for almost 25 books.

Fears, Worries, and Insecurities (Naperville PL, IL): 3-page PDF. Author, title, publication year, webcat link and summary for about 30 picture books -- from Auch's Monster Brother to Winthrop's Maggie and the Monster -- and a few chapter books.

Books to Help Children Deal with Disasters, Trauma, Violence, War, Prejudice, and Death (Montgomery County PL, MD): Author, title, summary for 10 picture books.

Reassuring Words (Project Liberty, Westchester Libraries, NY): Cozy, funny picture books (to age 8) to help reassure children. Author, title, publisher, summary for about 10 books.

Picture Books to Help With Trying Times for Preschoolers (Mid-Continent Public Library, Independence, MO): Generated webcat list. Author, title, pub. year, page count, summary, etc., for more than 45 books.

Adoption

Adoption (Hennepin County Library, MN): Author, title, pub. year, webcat link, cover image and summary for about 30 titles about 'special ways children come to their families.'

Picture Book and Readers about Adoption (Dover PL, NH): 4-page PDF. Author, title, pub. year and summary for 25 books about adoption.

Bedtime and Nightmares

Good Night, Sleep Tight! (Naperville PL, IL): 2-page PDF. Author, title, publication year, webcat link and summary for about 30 picture books for bedtime, from Dawn Apperley's Good Night, Sleep Tight, Little Bunnies to Harriet Ziefert's Mommy, I Want To Sleep In Your Bed!. Compiled Feb. 2006.

Pleasant Dreams (Project Liberty, Westchester Libraries, NY): Old and new picture books (to age 8) to help 'soothe, relax or delight a child off to dreamland.' Author, title, publisher, summary for 10 books.

Bullying

Friends and Enemies (Project Liberty, Westchester Libraries, NY): Picture books (to age 8) about 'making and maintaining friendships. They also include stories about bullies, name calling, prejudice and conflict resolution.' Author, title, publisher, summary for about 45 books.

Bullies and Bullying: Books For Preschoolers And Early School-Age Children (Lisa Hughes, Santa Clara County Library, CA): Author, title, summary, webcat link, and cover image for 22 picture books and easy reader books on bullying. Compiled 2006.

Picture Books About Bullies (Helwett-Woodmere Public Library, NY): Author and title only for about 20 picture books about bullying. Updated July 2007.

Good Books about Bullies and Bullying: Picture Books (Portland PL, ME): Author and title only for about 20 picture books about bullying.

Books About Bullying: Picture Books (Skokie PL, IL): Author, title, pub. year and webcat link for about 15 books.

Death and Illness

Hospitals, Doctors, Feeling Sick (Naperville PL, IL): 2-page PDF. Author, title, publication year, webcat link and summary for about 15 picture books, plus some non-fiction and videos. Compiled Aug. 2002.

The Grieving Child (Park Ridge PL, IL): Author, title, summary, and identification of dead person or pet for about 65 picture books, 2 Easy Readers, and almost 20 juvenile novels.

Learning to Say Goodbye (Wilmette PL, IL): Author, title, webcat link, and notation of person/creature who dies, for about 70 picture books and 3 easy readers, plus some parent and teacher resources. Compiled Aug. 2006.

Picture Books Dealing with Death (Burlington PL, ON, CN): Author, title, webcat link and summary for about 40 picture books about death, including separate sections for Death of a Grandparent or Elderly Friend, Death of a Parent, Death of a Child or Baby, and Death of a Pet or Animal.

Dying (Hennepin County Library, MN): Author, title, pub. year, webcat link, cover image and summary for about 40 'stories for children and families on death and dying.'

Picture Books About Grief and Death (Helwett-Woodmere Public Library, NY): Author, title and summary for about 35 picture books. Updated Feb. 2007.

Death, Dying and Grieving: books for children and parents (Patricia Williams - Santa Clara County Library, CA): Author, title, summary, and webcat link for more than 30 picture books about death, dying, and grieving. Compiled Nov. 2004, revised Sept. 2006.

Death and Grief (Project Liberty, Westchester Libraries, NY): Picture books (to age 8) 'to help children cope with loss of all kinds. There are a mix of nonfiction, realistic fiction, fantasy and folk tale to help children work through feelings and find ways of coping with their grief.' Author, title, publisher, summary for 20 books.

The Saddest Time: Books on Death and Dying for Children Ages 3-8 (Cary Memorial Library, Lexington, MA): 10-page PDF. Author, title, and brief note of situation or family relative involved. Categories: Long-Term Illness and Nursing Homes; General Books on Death; Accidental Death; Death of a Friend; Death of a Grandparent, Death of a Parent; Death of a Pet; Death of a Relative; Death of a Sibling; Death of an Unrelated Older Adult; Death from A Christian POV; Death from a Jewish POV; Funerals and Sitting Shiva; Grieving; the Importance of Remembrance; books for parents and adults. Compiled May 2003.

Coping with Death (Logan Library, UT): Author, title, pub. year for about 45 non-fiction and picture books about death, dying, grieving. May 2007.

Picture Books Concerning Death and Loss (Penticton Public Library, British Columbia): Provides author and title only for about 35 books on death and loss, from A name on the quilt: a story of remembrance by Jeannine Atkins to Grandad Bill's song by Jane Yolen.

The Last Goodbye (Corpus Christi Public Libraries, TX): 'Picture Books about coping with Death.' Author and title only for about 40 picture books, from Two of Them by Aliki to Old Dog by Charlotte Zolotow. Compiled Jan. 2002.

Picture Books Dealing with Alzheimer's Disease (Burlington PL, ON, CN): Author, title, webcat link and summary for 6 picture books about Alzheimer's Disease.

Divorce

Picture Books about Divorce (Mesa Library, AZ): Author, title, summary for about 20 picture books about divorce, from E. Adams's On the Day His Daddy Left to E. Winthrop's As The Crow Flies. Also: 6 Picture Books about Stepfamilies.

Divorce - For Kids 0-6 (Hamilton Public Library, Ontario, CANADA): 1-page PDF file. Author, title, publication info, summary for more than 15 kids' books on divorce, from Barbara Abercrombie's Charlie Anderson to Brigitte Weninger's Good-bye Daddy.

Picture Books dealing with Divorce (Burlington PL, ON, CN): Author, title, webcat link and summary for about a dozen picture books about divorce (followed by lots of juvenile fiction and non-fiction on the topic).

Divorce & New Families (Corpus Christi Public Libraries, TX): Author and title only for about 20 picture books about divorce, about 10 on step-families, and some non-fiction titles. Compiled Jan. 2004.

Divorce Picture Books (Henderson Libraries, NV): Author and title for about a dozen picture books.

Moving

Moving (Hennepin County Library, MN): Author, title, pub. year, webcat link, cover image and summary for about 30 picture books to help preschoolers cope with change.

Picture Books about Moving (Dover PL, NH): 2-page PDF. Author, title, pub. year and summary for 25 books about moving.

Books About Moving for Children Ages 2-13 (Cary Memorial Library, Lexington, MA): PDF. Author and title (no summaries) for about 50 picture books about moving, moving day, old friends and new, and the child left behind.

Picture Books about Moving (Helwett-Woodmere Public Library, NY): Author and title only for about 20 books. Updated July 2007.

Goodbye, House (Corpus Christi Public Libraries, TX): Author and title only for about 30 picture books and 10 easy readers about moving. Compiled May 2004.

Picture Books & Easy Readers About Moving (Santa Clara County Library, CA): Author, title, webcat link for about 15 picture books and about 15 easy readers.

Nature and Environment

Nature and the Environment in Appalachian Literature: Realistic Picture Books and Concept Books (Tina L. Hanlon, Ph.D., Ferrum College, Ferrum, VA): Picture books about humans' relationship with the land, with Appalachian setting. Author, title, publication info, extensive summary for about 25 books. Created June 2002; updated 2007.

Bibliography: The Real World: Children's Books About Nature, Animals, Weather, The Environment, Etc. (Wendy E. Betts, Notes from the Windowsill): Cover images, author, title, publication info, suggested reading levels, detailed descriptions for about 30 books, in three reading levels (For Babies and Toddlers, Picture Books; and a few books for older readers). Updated June 2008.

Bibliography: Children's Books for Garden and Plant Lovers (Wendy E. Betts, Notes from the Windowsill): Cover images, author, title, publication info, suggested reading levels, detailed descriptions for books about plants, flowers, gardens, gardening. 18 picture books and 4 books for older readers. Updated March 2007.

Hay in Art: Books for Children (Hay in Art): Cover image, artwork, detailed description, author, title, publication info for 11 picture books featuring hay, listed in alpha order by author. Compiled Nov. 2003.

New Baby

Picture Books about New Baby (Dover PL, NH): 6-page PDF. Author, title, pub. year and summary for about 55 books about welcoming a new baby.

New Baby in the Family (Hennepin County Library, MN): Author, title, pub. year, webcat link, cover image and summary for about 40 picture books 'For the child who is a big brother or sister.'

Welcome Baby (Ferguson Online, Stamford Public Library, CT): Author, title, one-line description for about 30 picture books about adding a new baby to the family, from Angel Baby by Pat Cummings to Za-Za's Baby Brother by Lucy Cousins. Also some non-fiction books to support new parents.

Babies (Wilmette PL, IL): Author, title, and webcat link for about 100 picture books, which seem to be mostly about welcoming a new baby to the family. From Catherine and Laurence Anholt's Sophie and the New Baby to Harriet Ziefert's Waiting for Baby. Updated Nov. 2006.

New Addition: A Booklist about Babies, Siblings and Families (Voorheesville Public Library, NY): Author, title, and short description for over 20 easy books about babies, siblings, and families.

New Babies in the Household Picture Books (Boston PL, MA): Author, title, summary for about 15 picture books, from Catherine and Laurence Anholt's Sophie and the New Baby to Harriet Zeifert's Waiting for Baby. Updated Nov. 2003.

Welcome New Baby (Wellesley Free Library, MA): 5-page PDF listing author, title, one-line summary for picture books to help children adjust to a new baby in the family. March 2007.

Books for New Big Brothers and Sisters (Cary Memorial Library, Lexington, MA): 4-page PDF. Author, title, and brief note (to be read Before Baby, After Baby, During Hospitalization). Occasional note of unusual circumstance (miscarriage, adoption, twins, etc.). Compiled May 2003.

New Baby in the House (Santa Clara County Library, CA): Author, title, cover image, webcat link for about 40 picture books, from Andreae's There's a House Inside My Mommy to Ziefert's Waiting for Baby. Compiled 2007.

The New Baby (Logan Library, UT): Author and title for about 80 mostly-picture books about a new addition to the family. Updated Feb. 2007.

A New Baby in the House (Elmhurst Public Library, IL): 2-pp. PDF. Author and title only for about 40 picture and fiction titles (most are picture books; also beginning readers and fiction titles) and 7 non-fiction titles. Compiled Dec. 2004.

New Baby Booklist (Harford County Public Library, MD): Author and title only (no summaries) for books by category: Before the Baby Arrives, The Baby Arrives, The First Year, Getting Along; as well as some non-fiction titles. Over 35 titles listed.

New Baby Picture Books (Henderson Libraries, NV): Author and title for about 20 picture books.

Peace and War, Violence, the Military

Peace Bibliography (Edmonton Public Library, Canada): Author, title, webcat link for about 35 books about peace for kids Pre-School through Grade 2 (followed by books for older kids). From All Those Secrets Of The World by Jane Yolen to Worse Than Willy by James Stevenson. Compiled 1997.

Promoting Peace (Cary Memorial Library, Lexington, MA): PDF. Author and title (no summaries) for about 50 picture books about peaceful relationships, bullying, war, etc. Updated Oct. 2006.

Children's [Picture] Books About Peace (Logan Library, UT): Author and title for about 20 mostly-picture books on the topic of peace. Updated April 2007.

Living in a Violent World (Project Liberty, Westchester Libraries, NY): Picture books (to age 8) about children enduring war, homelessness, world tragedy, and hardship. Author, title, publisher, summary for a dozen books.

Images of War and Images of Peace in Books for Children (Harford County Public Library, MD): 'A Selected Bibliography of Books ... That Portray War and the Struggle for Peace.' Author, title, webcat links for about a dozen picture books.

Dealing with Deployment (Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick ME): Author, title, summary for about 10 picture books (plus a few books for adults), from My Red Balloon by Eve Bunting to Jane Yolen's All Those Secrets of the World. Updated Oct. 2005.

Positive Traits

Values for Young Children (Naperville PL, IL): 2-page PDF. Author, title, publication year, webcat link and summary for about 25 picture books about forgiveness, friendship, generosity, honesty, kindness, patience, responsibility, and sharing. Compiled 2005.

Getting Along (Hennepin County Library, MN): Author, title, pub. year, webcat link, cover image and summary for about 25 picture books about ' manners, social skills, tolerance, bullying, acceptance of diversity.'

Getting Along With Others (Wilmette PL, IL): Author, title, and webcat link for about 80 picture books, from Suzanne Bloom's A Splendid Friend, Indeed to Charlotte Zolotow's The Quarreling Book. Updated Sept. 2006.

Booklists with Character: Picture Books (Elmhurst Public Library, IL): Author, title and page count for about 160 picture books about trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, citizenship and heroism. Updated Dec. 2003.

Making A Difference (Project Liberty, Westchester Libraries, NY): Picture books (to age 8) that 'celebrate community, compassion and helping.' Author, title, publisher, summary for about 15 books.

Who Am I? (Corpus Christi Public Libraries, TX): 'Self-Concept/Self-Esteem Picture Books for Preschoolers.' Author and title only for about 75 picture books, from Incredible Me Kathi Appelt to Squarehead by Harriet Ziefert. Compiled Jan. 2004.

Picture Books About Self-Esteem (Helwett-Woodmere Public Library, NY): Author and title only for about 30 picture books about self-esteem. Updated Aug. 2007.

Picture Books About Sharing (Helwett-Woodmere Public Library, NY): Author and title only for about 25 picture books about sharing. Updated March 2007.

Self Esteem (Waltham PL, MA): Author, title and webcat link for about 20 picture books.

Starting School

See also Starting School / Going to School on the children's seasonal booklist.

First Day of School: Picture Books (Deschutes Public Library, Bend, OR): Author, title, webcat link, cover image (for most), and summary for about 75 books, from Starting School by Janet Ahlberg to Don't Go by Jane Breskin Zalben.

Back to School Booklist (Ferguson Online, Stamford Public Library, CT): Author, title, webcat link, and one-line description for about 55 picture books, listed by title, to help kids get ready for school, from 100 Days of School by Trudy Harris to Will I Have a Friend? by Miriam Cohen. Almost all are picture books.

Back to School Picture Book List (Mary R. Voors - Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, IN): Author and title only listed for more than 325 picture books about going to school. Updated Feb. 2006.

Picture Book School Stories (Sarah S. Wright, Monroe County Public Library, IN): Author, title, and summary for about 40 books about school. Compiled April 1999.

Beginning School Booklist (Harford County Public Library, MD): Author and title only (so summaries) for about 50 easy books on the topic.

Books about Starting School (Glen Ellyn Public Library, IL): Author and title only for about 50 books about starting school and day care, from Starting School by Janet and Allen Ahlberg to Tom Goes to Kindergarten by Margaret Wild. Mostly picture books. Updated Aug. 2008.

Going to School (Hennepin County Library, MN): Author, title, pub. year, webcat link, cover image and summary for about 35 picture 'stories about preschool and kindergarten kids.'

My First Day at School (Timberland Regional Library, WA): Author, title, summary for more than 30 picture books 'to help your child prepare for the big day.' Compiled June 2002.

Off To School (Berkeley Public Library, CA): 'Books to read with children getting ready to start school.' Author, title, one-line summary for each. Mostly picture books (about 30), plus a few Readers and non-fiction titles. Compiled Sept. 1996.

Getting Reading for Kindergarten (Skokie PL, IL): Author, title, pub. year, webcat link and summary for about 25 picture books, from Anna Alter's Francine's Day to Elvira Woodruff's Show and Tell.

Back to School (Laurel Indalecio and Carrie Rankin, El Paso Public Library, TX): Author and title only for about 25 picture books about going to school. Updated April 2008.

Picture books about Kindergarten (Kansas City PL, KS): Author, title, summary for about 20 picture books about kindergarten. Updated Aug. 2003.

Starting School (Benicia PL, CA): Author, title, webcat link and summary for about 15 picture books 'for those starting nursery school or kindergarten.' Updated Sept. 2007.

Starting School - Separation Anxiety: Books for Young Children (Cary Memorial Library, Lexington, MA): 7-pp. PDF. Author and title only for books about starting nursery school and day care, starting kindergarten, starting a new school, other school-related concerns, and separation anxiety.

School Days (Wilmette PL, IL): 'Picture books and nonfiction books about starting school.' Author, title, webcat link for about 75 picture books about starting school. Updated July 2008.

Toilet Training

Potty Training Booklist (Sara Patalita - Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, IN): Author, title, pub. year listed for about 55 books and 15 videos/DVDs about toilet training. Updated Feb. 2008.

Potty Training (Hennepin County Library, MN): Author, title, pub. year, webcat link and summary for 15 titles.

Potty Training (Houston Public Library): Author, title, summary and webcat link for about 15 picture books, plus audio-visual materials, non-fiction, and parents' resources. Updated Nov. 2007.

Toilet Training (Daily Dose of Reading): Author, title, summary for about 12 books.

Potty Training (Wilmette PL, IL): Author, title, and webcat link for about 15 picture books, plus some non-fiction, materials for parents, and audio-visual materials. Updated Oct. 2007.

Potty Training (Glen Ellyn PL, IL): Author and title for about 15 board and picture books, plus some non-fiction books, books for parents, and videos. Updated Aug. 2008.

Potty Training Picture Books (Henderson Libraries, NV): Author and title for 10 picture books for girls and 10 for boys.

Potty Time (Carrie Rankin and Laurel Indalecio, El Paso PL, TX): Author and title only for a dozen picture books and 10 books for parents. Updated May 2008.


Multicultural and Diverse Picture Booklists

Multicultural Books for 3's, 4's 5's and Kindergartners (Elmhurst Public Library, IL): Author, title, page count, summary and ethnicity provided for about 75 picture books (fiction and non-fiction). Updated Jan. 2005.

Multicultural Fiction, K-3rd Grade (Fairfax County Library, VA): Author, title, summary for about 50 mostly picture books, in title order from Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman to Wagon Wheels by Barbara Brenner.

Multicultural Picture Books for Today's Children (Duluth Public Library, MN): Author, title, publication date, short summary for about 40 picture books depicting varied cultures, races, etc., from Maya Ajmera's Children from Australia to Zimbabwe: A Photographic Journey Around the World to Vera B. Williams' 'More More More' Said the Baby: 3 Love Stories. Updated May 2004.

Recommended Multicultural Picture Books (Weber County Library, Utah): Author, title, brief summary, and webcat link for about 30 recommended books, from Helen Bannerman's The Story of Little Babaji to Harriet Ziefert's Squarehead.

Race, Ethnicity, and Religion

African American Picture Books (Salt Lake City PL, UT): Author, title, summary for about 30 books, from Alec's Primer by Mildred Pitts Walter to Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears: a West African Tale by Verna Aardema. Created 2003.

African American Picture Books and Easy Fiction (Cerritos Library, CA): Author, title, pub. year, reading level (easy or picture), and summary for almost 100 books. Created Dec. 2001.

African-American Voices in Children's Fiction (Arrowhead Library System, Janesville, WI): Author, title, pub. info, and summary for about 15 picture books.

African American Picture Books (Chapel Hill PL, NC): Author, title, webcat link for about 70 books. Updated Nov. 2007.

Asian American Picture Books (Salt Lake City Public Library, UT): Author, title, summary for about 35 picture books about Asian Americans, in title order from Basho and the River Stones by Tim Myers to Zen Shorts by Jon Muth.

South Asia and the South Asian Diaspora In Children's Literature: An Annotated Bibliography: Picture Books (Pooja Makhijani): An annotated bibliography of picture books about South Asia (includes the countries of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) and by South Asians. Author, illustrator, title, and summary for about 25 books, from Aani and the Tree Huggers by Jeannine Atkins to Umbrella Thief by Sybil Wettasinghe. Created 2005.

Children's books on the Asian experience in America (Berkeley PL, CA): Author, title and summary for about 20 picture books (plus some readers, fiction titles, and non-fiction).

Outstanding Hispanic Children's Books: Babies to Grade 2 (Ferguson Library, Stamford CT): Author, title, webcat link and summary for about 30 books organised by age: Babies & Toddlers, Preschool - K, and 1st - 2nd Grade. Most are picture books, many in Spanish.

Hispanic Heritage Books (Montgomery County Library, MD): Author, title, summary for about 25 picture books, from Gathering the Sun: An Alphabet in Spanish and Englishby Alma Flor Ada to Let's Eat! by Ana Zamorano.

Picture Books Featuring Hispanic American Children (Onondaga County PL, Syracuse NY): Author, title, webcat link and summary for about 30 books.

Hispanic Picture Books (Kansas City PL, KS): Author, title, summary for about 15 books. Updated April 2006.

Hispanic Characters In Picture Books (Leon County PL, Tallahassee, FL): 3-page PDF. Author and title only for more than 150 books. April 2007.

Annotated Bibliography of Children's Literature focusing on Latino people, history, and culture (UCLA): Scroll down for list of 7 picture books for children, with author, title, pub. info, grade level, and summary for each.

Hispanic Picture Books (Salt Lake City Public Library, UT): Author, title, summary for about 20 picture books, in title order from The Birthday Swap by Loretta Lopez to Welcome, Brown Bird by Mary Lyn Ray.

Picture Books with Cherokee Themes (Judy A. Teaford, Mountain State University, Beckley, WV): Sections on Cherokee Folklore and Fiction, and Non-Fiction. Author, title, publication info, summaries for about 50 fiction and about 30 non-fiction books, with fiction titles from Lloyd Arneach's The Animal's Ballgame: A Cherokee Story from the Eastern Band to Francis Eugene Wood's Wind Dancer's Flute. Created Aug. 2002; updated Oct. 2007.

Christian Fiction Booklist for Children K-3 (Corpus Christi Public Libraries, TX): Lists about 25 book titles for K-3, in title order from Baby Angels by Jane Cowen-Fletcher to Yellow and Pink by William Steig. Compiled Jan. 2002.

Gender

Gender Roles in Picture Books (Houston Public Library): Author, title, summary and webcat link for about 30, from Mama Played Baseball by David A. Adler to How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon? by Jane Yolen. Updated Nov. 2007.

Non-Traditional Gender Roles (Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, IN): Author, title, publication date for about 300 books, mostly picture books.

Brave, Active and Resourceful Females in Picture Books (Claudia Morrow, Univ. of Wisconsin Women's Studies Librarian's Office): Arranged alphabetically by author, provides titles, publication info, and brief summary. Over 100 books listed, from Verna Aardema's Bimwili and the Zimwi to Margot Zemach's The Little Red Hen: An Old Story. More books from the 1960s to the 1980s than is usual in booklists.

Picture Books for Girls (Salt Lake City PL, UT): Author, title, brief summary, for each of about 20 books, in title order from A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams to Young Guinevere by Robert San Souci.

Girls Are Great (Bloomfield Township Public Library, MI): Author, title, short summary for about 60 picture books fostering a strong self-image, in girls, from Alma Flor Ada's The Gold Coin to Anne Wilsdorf's Philomene.

Picture Books about Resourceful Women (Cary Memorial Library, Lexington, MA): PDF. First 10 pp. of this 13-pp. PDF are lists of picture books and folk tales featuring resourceful female characters. A few include a note about time period or setting.

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