Read-Alouds for Children 5 and Under

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This is a list of authors whose stories are great read-alouds for children 5 and under. In parentheses, we've listed one of their well-known picture book titles to help get you started.

Looking for something a little older? Try Read-Alouds for 5-7 Year Olds.

You can find the majority of these books in the children's section, shelved with the picture books.

  • Frank Asch (Happy Birthday Moon)
  • Sandra Boynton (Barnyard Dance)
  • Margaret Wise Brown (Goodnight, Moon)
  • Eve Bunting (Baby Can)
  • Eric Carle (The Very Hungry Caterpillar)
  • Lauren Child (Charlie and Lola)
  • Doreen Cronin (Click Clack Moo: Cows that Type)
  • Lucy Cousins (Maisy)
  • Nina Crews (You Are Here)
  • Tomie DePaola (Strega Nona)
  • Anna Dewdney (Llama Llama Red Pajama)
  • Olivier Dunrea (Gertie)
  • Lois Ehlert (Color Zoo)
  • Mem Fox (Where is the Green Sheep?)
  • Marie Louise Gay (Stella, Star of the Sky)
  • Valeri Gorbachev (Turtle's Penguin Day)
  • Kevin Henkes (Kitten's First Full Moon)
  • Amy Hest (Kiss Good Night)
  • H.J. Hutchins (Up Dog)
  • Rachel Isadora (Bea at Ballet)
  • Ezra Jack Keats (The Snowy Day)
  • Holly Keller (Nosy Rosie)
  • Grace Lin (Round is a Mooncake)
  • Jonathan London (Froggy Goes to Bed)
  • Gianna Marino (Night Animals)
  • Bill Martin (Chicka Chicka Boom Boom)
  • Patricia McKissack (Precious and the Boo Hag)
  • Il Sung Na (The Book of Sleep)
  • Laura Joffe Numeroff (If You Give a Mouse a Cookie)
  • Jerry Pinkney (various folktale retellings)
  • Peggy Rathmann (The Day the Babies Crawled Away)
  • Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are)
  • David Shannon (No, David!)
  • Jeremy Tankard (Grumpy Bird)
  • Martin Waddell (Owl Babies)
  • Rosemary Wells (Max and Ruby)
  • Mo Willems (Knuffle Bunny)
  • Karma Wilson (Bear Snores On)
  • Audrey and Don Wood (The Napping House)
  • Jane Yolen (Baby Bear's Chairs)