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Picture Books for Bookworms

Do you have a bookworm in your house? A bookworm would rather read than sleep, and a bookworm walks down the sidewalk with his nose buried in a book. If that sounds like someone you know, this list is for you. We’ve got books about libraries, books about books, and books about people who love books! So grab your book lover and your library card and enjoy a few of these picture books for bookworms!

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Bats at the Library book cover

Bats at the Library
by Brian Lies

When a window is left open on a dark night, a colony of book-loving bats discovers the worlds of adventure that live within the walls of a library—and within the pages of a book.

But Excuse Me That Is My Book book cover

But Excuse Me That Is My Book
by Lauren Child

Someone else has checked “Lola’s book” out of the library. And though Charlie helps her find another book, Lola isn’t sure that any other book can compare with her favorite book.

How Rocket Learned to Read book cover

How Rocket Learned to Read
by Tad Hills

Rocket is a rather ordinary dog. Rocket loves to chase leaves. He loves to take naps. And he loves to listen to the birds sing. But Rocket doesn’t know how to read—that is, until a persuasive bird notices him. And that’s when Rocket discovers the magic of books.

Library Lion book cover

Library Lion
by Michelle Knudson

Miss Merriweather the librarian has a lot of rules, and everyone has to follow them. But “one day a lion came to the library,” and Miss Merriweather isn’t so sure he should be allowed to stay. The lion agrees not to roar, so she agrees to let him stay. Can the lion keep his promise to obey the rules?

Mr. George Baker book cover

Mr. George Baker
by Amy Hest

Every morning, Harry and Mr. Baker sit together on the porch to wait for the bus. None of their differences—not age, race, or life experience—can diminish what these two unlikely friends have in common.

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Once Upon a Time
by Niki Daly

Reading out loud in class is hard for Sarie because the letters just seem to jump around on the page. But Auntie Anna’s patient help begins to make a difference in Sarie’s reading—and in her life!

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Ron’s Big Mission
by Rose Blue and Corinne Naden

Ron is on a mission to check out a book from the library. That should be an easy mission for any child to accomplish, but Ron lives in the segregated south of the 1950s, which makes his mission not only difficult, but nearly impossible.

The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth & Harlem's Greatest Bookstore book cover

The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth & Harlem’s Greatest Bookstore
by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

Lewis Micheaux, Sr. had an itch that only a book would scratch! But one book wasn’t enough—it would take a whole bookstore full of books to make Lewis happy. The Book Itch recounts Micheaux’s story and the history of Harlem’s National Memorial African Bookstore.

The Boy Who Was Raise by Librarians book cover

The Boy Who Was Raised by Librarians
by Carla Morris

“The library is a wonderful place to be if a person is curious,” and Melvin is very curious. The library is Melvin’s favorite place, and the librarians are Melvin’s favorite people. If you love the library, you will love Melvin and his favorite librarians!

The Jacket book cover

The Jacket
by Kirsten Hall

Poor Book just wants to be found (and loved) by a child. But just when Book thinks he has found the perfect life with Girl, he discovers that dogs and mud and books do not mix! Creatively written and illustrated, The Jacket is childhood problem-solving at its best!

The Library book cover

The Library
by Sarah Stewart

This isn’t just a picture book for bookworms—it’s a picture book about a bookworm. Elizabeth Brown loves books. In fact, she loves books more than anything else. And as she gets older, her collection of books grows and grows. But what will Elizabeth Brown do with all those books?

The Midnight Library book cover

The Midnight Library
by Kazuno Kohara

Libraries are great places for people, but what about all the animals that love to venture out after dark? Where can they go when all the libraries are closed? Come visit The Midnight Library and meet the little librarian, her sleepy owl assistants, a band of musical squirrels, and a weepy wolf.

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The Snatchabook
by Helen Docherty

The Snatchabook has a little bit of everything. The story begins in a quiet town where “in every house, in every bed, a bedtime book is being read.” But when Eliza Brown’s bedtime book goes missing, there’s a big mystery to be solved!

Waiting for the Biblioburro book cover

Waiting for the Biblioburro
by Monica Brown

Libraries and books may be readily available in your city or town, but in Ana’s village in rural South America, they aren’t so easy to come by. Waiting for the Biblioburro recounts the true story of how Luis Soriano and his burros bring books to the children living in Columbia’s mountains and valleys.


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Favorite Picture Books for Bookworms Recommended by Our Readers

  • I Hate Picture Books by Timothy Young (Recommended by Sandy G. via Facebook)
  • The Library Dragon by Carmen Agra Deedy (Recommended by Heather M. via Facebook)
  • Thomas Jefferson Builds a Library by Barb Rosenstock (Recommended by Jennifer F. via Facebook)
  • Librarian on the Roof! by M. G. King (Recommended by Marcie T. via Facebook)
  • Otto the Book Bear by Katie Cleminson (Recommended by Marcie T. via Facebook)
  • The Girl Who Hated Books by Manjusha Pawagi (Recommended by Marcie T. via Facebook)
  • That Book Woman by Heather Henson (Recommended by Marcie T. via Facebook)
  • Library Mouse by Daniel Kirk (Recommended by Mary Lynn M. via Facebook)
  • The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce (Recommended by Talia F. via Facebook)
  • Miss Dorothy and Her Bookmobile by Gloria Houston (Recommended by Joseph M. via Facebook)
  • Alistair in Outer Space by Marilyn Sadler (Recommended by Kelly L. via Facebook)
  • The Bee Tree by Patricia Polacco (Recommended by Andrea J. via Facebook)
  • Wild About Books by Judy Sierra (Recommended by Charlotte L. via Facebook)
  • Jumping Off Library Shelves: A Book of Poems ed. Lee Bennett Hopkins (Recommended by Renée L., AALP staff)
  • Bookspeak! Poems about Books by Laura Purdie Salas (Recommended by Renée L., AALP staff)
  • B is for Books! by Annie Cobb (Recommended by Ashley via blog comment)
  • The Boy Who Loved Words by Roni Schotter (Recommended by Lynette W. via blog comment)
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Brett

says:

An excellent list of books! I was excited to see a unique list. We have only read two of these. All titles on the main list are available through our local library system and are now on hold for us! wheeeee There were only two in the reader recommended list that were not available. So, that’s pretty awesome! Thanks again for posting this great list. I’m excited.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Brett,
How exciting that so many of these books are at your library! Have fun reading!

It’s hard for me to believe, but we’ve only read one of these books! We’ll have to look them up at the library.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Tara,
That will be a whole stack of great books to enjoy for the first time! Have fun.

Martha Sides

says:

What a great help to have a list of books that will help my beginning reader!

susan

says:

Such a great list, thank you!

Elisabeth

says:

This is a great list!

Karen Wallace

says:

I am so grateful to have these booklists! Many have become our favorite books!
Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Kaitlin Alfermann

says:

Good list. we love Bats at the Beach :)

Katie

says:

I’m always looking for new books to read to my kiddos!

Christa

says:

Thank you for this list!

Laurie Vogel

says:

This is a great resource for parents@

Lisa Joy Start

says:

I don’t have any littles anymore but, since one of my daughters is getting married in December, I’m hoping for grandchildren soon. I want to start grabbing some great picture books and these look great!!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Lisa,
I want to be the grandma with all the best books too!

Texas Momma

says:

Adding these to my library requests! My daughter loves the Charlie & Lola books & But Excuse Me That Is My Book is one of her favorites!

Juill

says:

Adding to the library list! Thanks!

Sara M

says:

Thank you! Time to make our next library list 😊

Ranae

says:

I have 2 bookworms so far. Hoping all my kiddos will be bookworms some day.

Teresa Todd Reidsma

says:

Great list of great books. Many on this list have been favorites in our home.

Jenny Rembold

says:

I always love book recommendations as we read a ton of books in our house!

Carmen Olfert

says:

My almost 6 year old is a bookworm and he LOVES the Brian Lies Bats books. He got Bats at the ballgame for his 5th birthday and has read it every day since.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Thank you for this recommendation, Carmen.

Cathy

says:

What a great selection on books. Ty.

Carol H

says:

Looks like a great list!

Megan

says:

This is a great list! We are bug readers and haven’t read many of these before. I’m going to be adding these to our library list.

Heather

says:

Good article!

Tracie Cox White

says:

Thank you! These look like books my son would love to read!

nrsh

says:

I like this list, all about books. Thank you, it reminds me I need to visit the library!

Amy

says:

Thanks for the great book list!

Vanessa Ross

says:

Love this! Thanks for creating and sharing this!

Jessica

says:

Thanks for making this great list!

Tammarelle

says:

Great list! My daughter always has her nose in a book, and I am constantly looking for books for her. This is a great help for our next library trip :)

amanda

says:

Great list! My youngest is starting to “read in his mind” and these look like perfect books for him to practice with.

Gale

says:

Wonderful reading list! One that belongs on this list that’s missing is “The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore”. Our community elects two books (one adult and one children’s book) to read as a city each year and that was one. It’s just a beautiful, touching book about reading and life…with fantastic whimsical illustrations.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Thank you for the addition recommendation, Gale! This one sounds lovely.

Laura Gilbert

says:

Thanks for the book list!

Sara

says:

We read all the books I was able to pick up through our library and I’ve found that your lists never let us down! Thanks for making them available to us!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Sara,
Thank you for letting us know your family is enjoying the books we recommend!

Philina King

says:

Interesting choices!

Lesley

says:

We also love Born to Read by Judy Sierra. There are lots of references to other favorite story books!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Thank you for the recommendation, Lesley!

Melissa

says:

The Children Who Loved Books published by Kane Miller is also another great book featuring a family who had so many books they were run out of their home. They ended up having to get rid of them all but at the end realize the library is the place to be.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Thank you for this book recommendation, Melissa. It sounds really cute!

Denise

says:

My bookworm will even say he has to use the bathroom to disappear and read instead of helping with chores. lol

BreAna

says:

I am excited to take this list to the library tomorrow! We absolutely love books and it is always fun to read great picture books. Thank you for the suggestions!

jennifer

says:

Thank you for the book list!

Helen

says:

I always love lists like these because then I can trust the story will be good (not too annoying for the grownups, haha!)

tanya

says:

I love this spelling program! It has given my kids such confidence in their writing. I love the process, not too much at one time!

Such a great list you have put together. Thankyou. :)

Libby Pritchett

says:

I love seeing this list! I remember being “shamed” in 3rd grade because I still enjoyed picture books. I was so embarrassed, and it really made me not want to read for the longest time. I’m happy to say that I did eventually become a lover of books, but so much stress could’ve been avoided if I’d just been encouraged to READ anything that was interesting to me.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Libby,
This makes me sad-mad! Picture books are written for an adult to read them aloud to a child, so they typically have rich, vibrant, and difficult vocabulary and sentence structure. Many treasured picture books are more difficult to read than 3rd and 4th grade chapter books!

I have kept all but a few of my picture books out and available for my kids, and my youngest is 9 years old. Yet my kids, yes even up to my 19 year old, occasionally pull them off the shelf and read them. My 13 year old was reading one yesterday! Shame on whoever shamed you in 3rd grade.

Katie

says:

I look forward to reading some of these with my boys who love reading!!

Lynette Williams

says:

We also enjoyed The Boy Who Loved Words by Roni Schotter.

Jaime M

says:

Oh, this is great! I missed this before- I’m taking this to the library this weekend. Thank you!

Karen

says:

Great book list!

Jessica H

says:

I LOVE this book list thank you!!! I have been looking for more multicultural books so I appreciate you giving some options! ❤️

Sher

says:

Can’t wait to check out some of these with my kids.

Judith Martinez

says:

My 7 year old loves Charlie and Lola so that looks like a good one. I think I need to check out Ron’s Big Mission as well. I really try to make sure my children are exposed to good books about the struggle against segregation and prejudice.

Malinda

says:

I think I will put “How Rocket Learned to Read” as my next request from our library! Thanks for sharing this list – great stuff!

Jennifer

says:

Great list! My children really enjoyed Library Lion.

Michelle Drake

says:

A great list we are going to take along on our next trip to the library!!

Heather

says:

This list is a wonderful way to fill in some exciting reading time during our lessons. Thank you so much!

Melanie

says:

Thank you for a great list.

Tracy

says:

We love lists like these!

Dana

says:

Great suggestions! Thank you!

Andrea

says:

I’m always looking for great book suggestions. Thanks for these ideas!

Rachel B.

says:

These books sound great for my little reader!

Pat

says:

Thanks for some great suggestions. We will use this on our next library trip. We’ve been overseas without a library for some time so look forward to checking out some new stories!

Jen E

says:

I have three of them! Ages 7, 5 and 3. As I type this, there are books strewn all over our living room floor. Some days I just give up on picking them up or having them do it. As they see them again on the floor, they decide to take another look:-)

Fawn

says:

Your passion for children learning to read is always so encouraging. What a fun book list! Thank you.

Holly Lynd

says:

I love suggestions for books! Thank you!

Lindy

says:

Thanks for the great list!

Maggie

says:

Oh yes! We have bookworms here! Love these title suggestions!

Ashley

says:

B is for Book is my daughter’s favorite because it features Elmo :)

Christy

says:

This is perfect! I’m needing more book ideas for my kids.

Shakeeta W

says:

I have 3 little bookworms in my house and I think they’d love these books, especially Ron’s Big Mission and How Rocket Learned to Read :)

Joanna

says:

Great ideas! Thanks for sharing!

Steffani

says:

We love picture books and can’t get enough! Thank you for the ideas!

Cassondra

says:

My boys love read a louds. Thanks for this list!

Cassondra

says:

My boys love read a loudspeaker. Thanks for this list!

Evie R.

says:

I needed some new ideas. Thanks!!! My first grader loves to be read to, but is struggling to read herself.

Evangeline

says:

My kids love to read. Always looking for good options for them. Thanks for the lists.

Kim Deas

says:

Great books!

Kelly

says:

Excellent choices! Thank you!

Aimee

says:

I think reading lots to children really helps them to love reading. My 5 year old wants me to teach him to read so that he doesn’t have to wait for me to read him a book!

Anna Bayes

says:

I would love to try All About Reading!

Mandy Ferris

says:

Thanks for the great list!

Shayna Brookman

says:

My son loves to read :) How Rocket Learned to Read looks like a great book for him :)

Kim

says:

We LOVE all about reading and spelling!

Cindy Entrekin

says:

Thanks for the chance to win .Reading to the children is so important ! I also use site words . Thanks for the opportunity!

Anne ofalamo

says:

great books and better ideas to get kiddos reading.

Amy Crain

says:

Love the book list. Thanks!

Anne ofalamo

says:

love spelling you see…helped my son so much

Courtney

says:

Wonderful list!! I can’t wait to take my child shopping for some new books – his favorite thing to do!!!

Carmen

says:

Thanks for this list! We are always on the lookout for great books.

Lindsey

says:

Great list! I’m always looking for recommendations.

Mikaela

says:

Great article

Mel

says:

I’ve been looking for a list like this. Thanks!

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