Get ready for a world of adventure! With these picture books for adventurers, every day brings new excitement. Whales, pirates, dinosaurs, and wild things await your child in the pages of these books. So buckle up…there’s adventure ahead!
Read the synopses of my favorites below, and download my free library list to take with you on your next visit to the library.
by Mary Hoffman
An adventurous spirit doesn’t start with a plane ticket or a tank of gas; it starts with the dream of something amazing. Amazing Grace is that kind of adventure, and Grace is that kind of girl. To Grace, stories aren’t just stories–she lives them. And all her adventures convince Grace that if she just puts her mind to it, she can do anything!
Amos & Boris
by William Steig
In this high-seas, Aesop-esque tale, a whale and a mouse prove that friendship isn’t always logical–and it’s not defined by how big you are, what you look like, or where you live. Amos lives on land and Boris lives in the sea, but together they discover the true meaning of friendship.
How I Became a Pirate
by Melinda Long
The task of building a sandcastle may seem safe enough, but if you’re not careful, you may find yourself recruited by a band of pirates! Just ask Jeremy Jacob–that’s how he became a pirate. At first, Jeremy thinks that being a pirate is pretty nifty. Maybe being a pirate is one adventure that’s not all it’s cracked up to be.
How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman
When you want to make an apple pie and the market is closed, what do you do? Well, you might have to stow away on a boat to Jamaica for sugar or hitch a ride to England for some cream. Because when you want apple pie, nothing will stand in your way!
Little Elliot Big City
by Mike Curato
Elliot is a small elephant with a BIG problem: He’s a small elephant living in a BIG city. If you’ve ever felt small, this book is for you. It will help you remember that there’s always someone who is smaller than you–and that smaller-than-you someone might really need a friend. Little Elliot Big City is about as sweet as it gets!
Rory the Dinosaur: Me and My Dad
by Liz Climo
Do you remember the first time you ver own? You may not have realized it at the time, but you probably weren’t quite as alone as you thought you were. Rory the Dinosaur: Me and My Dad is a great reminder that as wonderful as all-by-myself adventures can be, they are always much better with Dad!
Sam & Dave Dig a Hole
by Mac Barnett
Sam and Dave won’t stop digging until they find something spectacular. But somehow Sam and Dave keep just barely missing something spectacular! I’m here to warn you, you’ll want to squeal! You’ll want to yell, “Sam! Dave! Just a little deeper!” and “A little more to the left!” Somehow, Mac Barnett manages to turn Sam and Dave’s adventure into yours. And this is one adventure you’ll want to see through to the very end.
The Day the Crayons Came Home
by Drew Daywalt
In this sequel to Drew Daywalt’s brilliant The Day the Crayons Quit, a motley crew of irritated crayons have had enough, and they’re not going to take it anymore. They are the lost and long-forgotten crayons. Now all they want is to be rescued and taken back to the safety and security of their old home, the crayon box!
Three Bears in a Boat
by David Soman
How far would you go to offer the perfect apology to someone you love? When three bears break their mother’s favorite blue shell, their hunt for just the right replacement takes them on the adventure of a lifetime. On their voyage across the sea, they encounter some salty sailor bears, a pod of whales, and a scary, dark cave. Because you never know where a mother’s love will take you.
Where the Wild Things Are
by Maurice Sendak
It was in 1963 that Max first cried, “Let the wild rumpus start!” If you’ve never read Where the Wild Things Are with your children–or if it’s just been a very long time–it may be time to join Max and the Wild Things for a rumpus of epic proportions. This story is childhood imagination and adventure at its best.
Wherever You Go
by Pat Zietlow Miller
Wherever You Go gives wings to the notion that “life is a journey, not a destination.” With enticing rhyme and whimsical characters, Pat Zietlow Miller and Eliza Wheeler invite readers to remember that waiting just outside every door is a road that leads to adventure. This book is an irresistible journey…sweet and charming, yet full of adventure.
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