Looking for a great bedtime story for your toddler? Here are 10 of the greatest picture books for children under the age of 5.
1. Elephant and Piggie Series by Mo Willems
The Elephant and Piggie series are funny stories that will attract many children. Mo Willems is a brilliant and enchanting author and Elephant and Piggie make the reader feel very much apart of the story.
2. Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems
Knuffle Bunny is a cute story about a little girl, Trixie, and her stuffed bunny that accidentally gets left behind at the laundromat.
3. The Lion Inside by Rachel Bright
The Lion Inside is a rhyming story about a mouse who just wants to be heard. A great story with even more stunning illustrations.
4. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault
A childhood favorite since 1989 and still popular today, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom helps children practice their alphabet with a fun rhyming story.
5. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
This is another story that has been around for a while though remains special to all of us. Originally published in 1969, generations of children have loved The Very Hungry Caterpillar. This book is a must have for every child.
6. Harold And The Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
A story about the power of imagination, Harold And The Purple Crayon shows just how much can be created with just a single crayon. Harold goes on a spectacular adventure, providing himself with all the necessities, using his over-sized purple crayon.
7. Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus by Mo Willems
The reader plays a vital part of the story as the bus driver asks us to watch his bus while he takes a quick break. The whole time he is gone, a pigeon tries to convince the reader to let him drive the bus!
8. I Love You, Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt
This bedtime story features a child who won’t go to bed until he goes through his whole list of “what-ifs” to question his mother’s love.
“But Mama, but Mama, what if I were a super smelly skunk and I smelled so bad my name was Stinky Face?”
His mother is a good sport and assures him each time that she will still love him until he is finally ready for bed.
9. Plant A Kiss by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
A story about kindness and giving, Plant A Kiss follows Little Miss who plants a kiss and then shares a little bit of it with people all over the world. A great story to show children how a small act of kindness can grow into something large.
10. The Monster At The End Of This Book by Jon Stone
Starring Grover from Sesame Street, this is a funny story where Grover tries to convince the reader to not turn the page. He is terrified of the monster hiding at the end of the book, but then discovers the monster is himself!
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