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Picture Books for Adventurers

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.

Amazing Grace picture book

Amazing Grace
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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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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Thank you for this list of picture books. There are millions out there and I love to hear about the really awesome amazing ones! Filling up our summer library list! Happy summer reading!

Penelope the Purple Pirate by Melissa Northway. Silverwing series about adventurous bats.

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We love going on adventures through books! These are some great suggestions!

Charissa

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Always looking for good picture book recommendations to order through our library! Thanks!

Amanda

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My special needs child loves being read to! I love this post. Thanks!

Dear Marie,

Thank you for your picture book post. I am always looking for good picture books for my classroom. This was very helpful!

Betsey Foy

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Great list of books…we will have to start working through these!

Erica Strahon

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Thanks for a great printable list of books! A family favorite of ours is Nini Lost and Found by Anita Lobel. About Nini the cat who decides to go outside only to get lost and eventually finds her way back home. Lesson of the story: there’s no place like home! A great storybook for cat lovers.

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Erica,
Thanks for the tip! I have a houseful of cat lovers.

Sheryl Long

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Thank you for these great ideas for books. We love reading out loud and are looking forward to some new ideas!

Jessica Norris

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Where the Wild things Are will always be one of my favorite childhood books.

Julie

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“The Day the Crayons Quit” is one of our favorites. I didn’t know there was a sequel. I can’t wait to get it!

Beth H

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Awesome list!! Love having a list for good books for my kiddos

Destiny

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My son loves books!

Sheila

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I have a couple of little adventurers that are going to love these books! Thank you for sharing!

Kim L.

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This is an awesome list! Definitely printing out the list to bring on our next library trip….my kiddos can’t get enough!

Breida P.

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Thank you so much!
I will make sure to print this list out before our next trip to the library.
My 3 year will love to show this list to the librarian.
I can already see him following the librarian, around searching for the books.
I can’t wait.

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Breida,
I’m thinking you need to take your camera. The mental image I got was very cute!

You’re welcome.

Theresa L

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What a great list! My 5 year old is a real adventurer! Every day is an adventure with him!

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Enjoy the adventure, Theresa!

SHERRY

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Thanks for the great recommendations. I teach both preschoolers & school age kids so I’m going to be checking into these books!

RoseAnn

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These are some great reviews, I look forward to picking some of these books up at our local library.

Nancy

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I love the books How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World and also Where the Wild Things Are.

Danielle

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this list is fantastic! I was just thinking last night how I needed to arrive at the library armed with a list of books in case the ones we wanted were out. Thank you so much!

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Danielle,
My library allows us to access their catalog online from home, and if we log in it has a feature that allows us to put books into lists. I keep a running list of ideas for the kids, plus two for me (one non-fiction, one fiction). I love being able to check at home for books, see if they are available, and see where they are shelved, all from home. Much easier than trying to us the library’s catalog while 3 kids are all asking for help to find books.

Tenáj

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I love this list! Printing it out to read to my kiddos.

Tenáj

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I love this list. Printing it out to read to my kiddos.

Sandra

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Always love book lists, never know what gems you’ll find.

Stephanie K

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Thanks for this list. We’ve only read a few of them.

Stephanie L

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Thank you for sharing!

Karen

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Thanks for sharing!

Lisette

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Thank you for this list! My son loves Where the Wild Things Are and The Day the Crayons Came Home! :)

Julie

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great list, thanks for sharing!

Julie D

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Thank you for the book suggestions! I will check out some of these.

Kimberlee

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Great choices! Amazing Grace has always been a fave in my home.

Karen

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I love these books and thanks for the helpful reminders.

Britani

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We LOVE reading and cant get enough reading lists. Thanks!

Bonnie

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These are great suggestions and I love that the list is already made for me!

Marcia Sartin

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Thank you! Can’t wait to get started!

Lynn Slape

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Corduroy by Don Freeman has got to be one of my favorites.

Leslie Smyth

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Such a great list of books, am working with my five-year-old grandson to help him learn to read. Thank you for the great resources!

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Leslie,
These titles are recommended as read alouds, books adults read to children. Many (most?) picture books have sophisticated vocabularies and sentence structure, and are often on a much higher reading level than you think. I have kept all my picture book collection as my children have grown out of them, and now my 12 and 10 year olds are finally able to read them for themselves.

Still reading aloud to children is very important for developing a child’s own skills in reading. Reading aloud strengthens their listening comprehension, which is directly related to reading comprehension. It encourages a love of reading, it enables children to become familiar with the ebb and flow of language, and it helps build large vocabularies.

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Steven

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Found this when Googling for 3 bears and a boat. What a gem of a list. Thanks!

Kristin Corsi

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Love Maurice Sendak! And the book about apple pie sounds yummy and fun! We will have to check it out. Thanks for the recommendations. :)

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we LOVE the book Hoe to Make an Apple Pie and See the World!

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