Picture Books

Ages 3-8 | Grades PreS-3

ABCs of Baseball

by Peter Golenbock, illustrated by Dan Andreasen
Ages 5-8 | Grades K-3

As contemporary as today's sports page and as nostalgic as an old baseball card, this is an alphabet book for kids that can be used all through the year.

A Nation's Hope: The Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis

by Matt de la Pena, Illustrated by Kadir Nelson
Ages 6-8 | Grades K-3

On the eve of World War II, African American boxer Joe Louis fought German Max Schmeling in a bout that had more at stake than just the world heavyweight title; for much of America their fight came to represent America's war with Germany. Thanks to the historic fight, Black and White Americans were able to put aside prejudice and come together to celebrate our nation's ideals.

All Star! Honus Wagner and the Most Famous Baseball Card Ever

by Jane Yolen | illustrated by Jim Burke
Ages 6-8 | Grades 1-3

The Honus Wagner baseball card is the most valuable baseball card of all time! But he was born poor, ugly, bow-legged, and more suited to shoveling coal in his Pennsylvania mining town than becoming the greatest shortstop of all time. How could it happen? Did those strong arms and fast legs turn him into a Pittsburgh Pirate and one of the game's most unforgettable players?


by Steven Kroll
Ages 8-12 | Grades 2-7

The ancient Romans used the word "barbarian" to describe people who were coarse, rude, or even just foreign. Over time the word has also come to connote bloodthirsty cruelty. But were the Goths, the Huns, the Vikings, and the Mongols as barbaric as we've been led to believe?


by Ralph Consentino
Ages 3 up | Grades PreS up

Have no fear—the Dark Knight is here! Learn how Bruce Wayne, a mild-mannered businessman by day, became a tireless crime fighter—Batman—by night.

Blood and Goo and Boogers Too!

by Steve Alton
Ages 6-8 | Grades 1-3

This book reveals the sticky, sniffly secrets of the respiratory and circulatory systems in all their three-dimensional glory. With layers of pop-ups, pulls, and flaps, this book delivers the goods on everything from smelling and snot to blood and scabs.

Chewy, Gooey, Rumble, Plop!

by Steve Alton | illustrated by Nick Sharratt
Ages 7 up | Grades 2 up

Humans are hollow! You are basically just a tube, with a hole at each end. Food goes in one hole and...something else comes out of the other. But what goes on in between?

Boy, Were We Wrong About Dinosaurs!

by Kathleen V. Kudlinski | illustrated by S.D. Schindler
Ages 6-8 | Grades 1-3

The ancient Chinese thought they were magical dragons. Scientists thought they could only float on water since they were so big. Boy, were they wrong! Even today, notions about dinosaurs are being revised as new discoveries are made. This lively book offers fascinating insight into how certain theories were formulated, and then how those theories were proved or disproved.

Boy, Were We Wrong About the Solar System!

by Kathleen V. Kudlinski | illustrated by John Rocco
Ages 6-8 | Grades 1-3

Some people used to think that Earth was smack-dab in the middle of the universe, with all the stars and planets held in the sky by giant glass balls. Boy, were they wrong! From the first humans wondering about the night sky to the demotion of Pluto to dwarf planet status, this book is an entertaining and informative look at how scientific theories change over time.

Cowboy and Octopus

by Jon Scieszka | illustrated by Lane Smith
Ages 1 up | Grades PreS up

Meet Cowboy and Octopus—the next great pair to become a household name. Cowboy likes beans'n'bacon and bacon'n'beans. Octopus eats raw seafood. Octopus prefers knock-knock jokes, but Cowboy doesn't get them. How will these two ever be friends?

Dino Pets Go To School

by Lynn Plourde, Illustrated by Gideon Kendall
Ages 3-5 | Grades PreS-K

It's pet day at school and one boy knows just what to bring: dinosaurs of course! But he quickly learns that it's hard for the too loud, too tall and too spiky dinos to fit in in the classroom! A hilarious prehistoric pet parade ensues and school will never be the same!

Earth to Clunk

by Pam Smallcomb, Illustrated by Joe Berger
Ages 3-5 | Grades PreS-K

What do you send your alien pen pal Clunk to make it clear you do not want an alien pen pal? You send him your big sister. But then Clunk sends back a Zoid, an exasperating Zoid that follows him everywhere. So begins some hilarious swaps, from dirty socks, three Forps, some old lasagna, a weird glob, and a string of Christmas lights! Until suddenly, Clunk stops sending stuff. Oh no! Earth to Clunk . . . ?

Goodnight Goon: A Petrifying Parody

by Michael Rex
Ages 3-5 | Grades PreS-K

It's bedtime in the cold gray tomb with a black lagoon, and two slimy claws, and a couple of jaws, and a skull and a shoe and a pot full of goo. But as a little werewolf settles down, in comes the Goon determined at all costs to run amok and not let any monster have his rest.

The Runaway Mummy: A Petrifying Parody

by Michael Rex
Ages 3-5 | Grades PreS-K

The petrifying parody of the classic, Runaway Bunny! A little mummy transforms into a series of incredible monsters in order to run away and assert his independence. His mother keeps coming to "get" him, but this little mummy has a mind of his own.

Furious George Goes Bananas: A Primate Parody

by Michael Rex
Ages 4-8 | Grades PreS-3

George is an ape—not a monkey—and he is perfectly happy living his simple life in the jungle, until one day the man in the funny hat kidnaps him and brings him to the big city. Poor George! Forced to live in a cage at the zoo, then work hard manual labor and be mocked on stage—George has every reason to be upset. In fact, after all the maltreatment, he's downright furious! So it's a good thing George is one clever ape. Perhaps getting mad is not the only answer. Readers will laugh out loud when George comes up with a way to outsmart the man in the funny hat.

Humpty Dumpty Climbs Again

by Dave Horowitz
Ages 4-8 | Grades PreS-3

Humpty Dumpty used to love climbing, but after his big fall his confidence is shattered. The doctor can fix his shell, but how will he get his nerve back? When one of the King's horses gets stuck on a cliff, Humpty has a chance to show the world what a resilient egg he can be.

I'm The Biggest Thing in the Ocean

by Kevin Sherry
Ages 3-5 | Grades PreS-K

When a giant squid takes inventory of all of the creatures in the ocean, he realizes that he's way bigger than most of them! Of course, there are bigger things lurking around...but maybe this giant squid with a giant touch of hubris doesn't really care?

I'm the Best Artist in the Ocean!

by Kevin Sherry
Ages 3-5 | Grades PreS-K

In this follow-up to I'm the Biggest Thing in the Ocean, that irrepressible squid is back—with a mustache! He's an artist; in fact, he's the best artist in the entire ocean. He squirts ink, and his mess-terpiece is sure to wow his fellow fish. But perhaps they aren't as pleased as he would think?

Let's Go, Froggy!

by Jonathan London
Ages 3-5 | Grades PreS-K

Froggy loves to try new things, but sometimes things get out of hand for him. Readers learn lessons alongside Froggy, one being: if you stick with something even though it's hard, you can surprise yourself at how much you can accomplish!

Math Curse

by Jon Scieszka | illustrated by Lane Smith
Ages 1 up | Grades PreS up

Did you ever wake up to one of those days where everything is a problem? You have 10 things to do, but only 30 minutes till the bus leaves. Is there enough time? Don't worry—it's just the Math Curse striking!

Science Verse

by Jon Scieszka | illustrated by Lane Smith
Ages 1 up | Grades PreS up

What if a boring lesson about the food chain became a sing-aloud celebration about predators and prey? What if amoebas, combustion, metamorphosis, viruses, and the creation of the universe are all irresistible, laugh-out-loud poetry? Well, you're thinking in science verse, that's what. And if you can't stop the rhymes...the atomic joke is on you.

Nasty Bugs

Edited by Lee Bennett Hopkins, illustrated by Will Terry
Ages 6-8 | Grades 1-3

A collection of creepy, crawly poems by some of today's most beloved children's poets This tribute to the delightful nastiness of bugs features sixteen poems by accomplished children's poets, including Marilyn Singer, J. Patrick Lewis, and Rebecca Andrew Loescher.

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No Easy Way: The Story of Ted Williams and the Last .400 Season

by Fred Bowen | illustrated by Charles S. Pyle
Ages 6-8 | Grades 1-3

Ted Williams hit .406 for the season in 1941- a feat not matched since. In this inspirational picture book, authentic sportswriting and rich, classic illustrations bring to life the truly spectacular story of the Red Sox legend, whose hard work and perseverance make him the perfect role model for baseball enthusiasts of all ages.


by Tedd Arnold
Ages 4-8 | Grades PreS-3

The young narrator has discovered a disturbing trend: There's fuzz in his belly button, his toes are peeling, and something just fell out of his nose. The last straw is a loose tooth, which convinces him of the awful truth: his parts are coming unglued!

More Parts

by Tedd Arnold
Ages 4-8 | Grades PreS-3

Just like Parts, this book features more body parts—falling apart! Give me a hand, hold your tongue, scream your lungs out; what's a kid to do if he wants to keep all his body parts in place? Well, one thing is for sure, he'll have to be creative.

One Cool Friend

by Toni Buzzeo, illustrated by David Small
Ages 5-8 | Grades K-3

On a momentous visit to the aquarium, Elliot discovers his dream pet: a penguin. It's just proper enough for a straight-laced boy like him. And when he asks his father if he may have one (please and thank you), his father says yes. Elliot should have realized that Dad probably thought he meant a stuffed penguin and not a real one...

Silly School Riddles

by Lisa Eisenberg | illustrated by Ellwood Smith
Ages 6-8 | Grades 1-3

No textbook has the answers to these jokes; no teacher can offer assistance. Kids are strongly encouraged to share their work with others, and the more talking, giggling, and answering out of turn, the better.

Simms Taback's Great Big Book of Spacey, Snakey, Buggy Riddles

by Katy Hall
Ages 6-8 | Grades 1-3

The biggest, funniest riddle book ever! This great big bumper book of riddles about bugs and snakes and space will keep readers laughing (or groaning) right to the end.

Skippyjon Jones

by Judy Schachner
Ages 5-8 | Grades K-3

Skippyjon Jones is no ordinary kitten. Oh, no! He's actually El Skippito, a great swordfighter ready to battle banditos the world over! With a little imagination and a whole lot of fun, this frisky cat dons a mask and cape and to save the day.

Skippyjon Jones Class Action

by Judy Schachner
Ages 3-5 | PreS-K

Skippyjon Jones really wants to go to school. School is for dogs, his mama tells him. It's where they go to get trained. But nothing can stop Skippy--once inside his closet, he finds himself on the playground of his imagination, surrounded by dogs of all kinds. He bays with the beagles, learns French with the poodles, and checks out a Chihuahua book from the library. And when a bully starts sending shiver-itos down the spines of the little yippers, Skippy saves the day and earns the biggest gold star.

Someone Used My Toothbrush! And Other Bathroom Poems

by Carol Diggory Shields | Illustrated by Paul Meisel
Ages 5-8 | Grades K-3

What's soggy, kind of greenish, and has a funny smell? If you answered "my toothbrush," then this book is for you! This comic, kid-centric poetry collection contains twenty-one humorous poems ranging from brushing to bathing to potty-training your baby brother. Alongside Paul Meisel's hilarious and wry illustrations, these poems are a sure bet for anyone who's ever waited in line for the loo, shared a sink with a sibling, or just wanted a good laugh.

The Stinky Cheese Man

by Jon Scieszka | illustrated by Lane Smith
Ages 3 up | Grades PreS up

The entire book, with its unconventional page arrangement and eclectic, frenetic mix of text and pictures, is a spoof on the art of book design and the art of the fairy tale. In these irreverent variations on well-known themes, the ugly duckling grows up to be an ugly duck, and the princess who kisses the frog wins only a mouthful of amphibian slime.


by Ralph Cosenino
Ages 3-5 | Grades PreS-Kp

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Superman! All children love Superman, but until now, there hasn't been a book written and illustrated specifically for the youngest fans of the earth's greatest superhero. Told in simple, child-friendly language and illustrated with bright, bold artwork inspired by the originals, Superman is the perfect introduction to this beloved American icon.

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs

by Jon Scieszka | illustrated by Lane Smith
Ages 5 up | Grades K up

A spoof on the classic story of the three little pigs! This time, the wolf gives his version of what really happened when he met up with the three little pigs.

The Unforgettable Season

by Phil Bildner, Illustrated by S.D. Schindler
Ages 7-9 | Grades 1-4

At the start of the 1941 baseball season, neither Joe DiMaggio of the New York Yankees nor Ted Williams of the Boston Red Sox were beloved by baseball fans. But that all changed when Joe started a 56-game hitting streak and Ted's batting average rose to over .400.