Top 10 Picture Books For Families

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My youngest son is 5, so the last year or so has been filled with books about superheroes, robots, pirates, and knights.  I always try to sneak in a few other books, though, to add to the variety.  Recently, when talking with him about some of his favorite books, I was surprised to find that most of the books he enjoyed the most had nothing to do with superheroes, or pirates, or knights.  He did sneak in a robot book, however, but I can promise you that the one I've included here is worth reading and entertained our entire family.  While there were dozens of books that we considered "favorites," not all of them made the cut for the top ten.  Here are our family's favorites:

1.) Those Darn Squirrels by Adam Rubin

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Adam Rubin is a genius when it comes to creating clever and funny books for kids that parents will enjoy.  THREE of his books are in our top 10, and if you read them, you'll understand why. 

Witty text combines with quirky illustrations in this funny take on the classic man versus squirrel conflict over backyard birdfeeders.

2.) Robo-Sauce by Adam Rubin

There is a reason Adam Rubin is in our top 2.  His books are awesome.  You will be too, if you read them.

A special sauce turns a boy into a robot, and he then transforms everyone and everything into robots, including the book.

3.) Press Here by Hervé Tullet

This book is interactive, and the kids feel like they're making interesting things happen.

Each page of this surprising book instructs the reader to press the dots, shake the pages, tilt the book, and who knows what will happen next! Children and adults alike will giggle with delight as the dots multiply, change direction, and grow in size, in this unique picture book about the power of imagination and interactivity will provide read-aloud fun for all ages.

4.) The Elephant and Piggie Series by Mo Willems

Okay, I realize this isn't just one book, but we honestly couldn't pick our favorite book out of this series, so I suggest you read them all:

5.) The Pigeon Books by Mo Willems

I realize I just gave you a list of 27 other Mo Willems books to read, but I beg you to read the Pigeon books, also.  My son loved the Pigeon books so much he wanted a Pigeon-themed birthday party.  If the Pigeon is so memorable that a 5-year-old wanted him on a birthday cake (and balloons, and walls,) just think how great they must be.

6.) The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat

I don't know about you, but my for awhile, my son had imaginary friends - 3 of them!  They've mostly disappeared since he started school and made more "real" friends, but every once in awhile I'll hear him mention one of them while he's playing.  This book is such a great story about imaginary friends waiting to be matched up with the perfect kid.

7.) The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak

My son was skeptical when I brought this book home, but this has become one that we've read over and over.  Even the two older kids love this one, and here's why: The book makes you say silly noises.  The kids will laugh and laugh and you'll have to read it at least 31 times every day until you manage to sneak it into your library bag and return it when they're not looking.  But it's worth it.

A book with no pictures?

What could be fun about that?

After all, if a book has no pictures, there's nothing to look at but the words on the page.

Words that might make you say silly sounds... In ridiculous voices...

Hey, what kind of book is this, anyway?

8.) Earth to Clunk by Pam Smallcomb

This book is about a boy who becomes penpals with an alien.  They keep sending each other things they don't want anymore, (including the boy's sister, at one point,) until they finally meet.  It's a cute story, and funny to see the friendship grow between the two as they send each other packages.  We read this one at least 5 times in one weekend.

9.) Parts by Tedd Arnold

This is an oldie-but-goodie about the things that can go wrong throughout your childhood, and the hilarious reaction of a boy who doesn't know it's normal.

10.) Secret Pizza Party by Adam Rubin

I promised you three from Adam Rubin, and here is the third one.  This one is about a raccoon who loooves pizza.

How does Racoon love pizza? Oh, let him count the ways. He loves the gooey cheesy-ness, salty pepperoni-ness, sweet sweet tomato-ness, and of course the crispity crunchity crust. But someone is always chasing poor Raccoon away from his favorite food with a broom! What's a hungry raccoon to do? Plan an elaborate secret pizza party, of course! 
But shhh! It’s a secret! In fact, you should probably just forget I told you. Nope, no secret pizza party happening here.You didn’t already tell all your friends, did you? Uh oh . . .

Bonus:  I know I promised you 10, but then I remembered one more that was a big hit and that we read over and over.

Betty Bunny Loves Chocolate Cake by Michael Kaplan

This book is about a bunny who loves chocolate cake more than anything else in the world.  And it's funny.

Have you read any of these?  What are your kids' favorite books?

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