Recommended Storytime Books by Topic

I wanted to keep a running list of the books I use (successfully) in storytimes. I'm definitely forgetting some, but I'll be adding to this list regularly. It's organized by topic, so hopefully librarians (including me!) will be able to use it as a quick reference when it's time start when planning a storytime. This will be a forever-ongoing list.

B = Recommended for babies
P = Recommended for pre-schoolers
S = Recommended for school-age kids

Animals (Not Bugs or Birds):

Barton, Byron - Little Red Hen (P, S)
Boynton, Sandra - Hippos Go Berserk! (B, P)
Boynton, Sandra - Moo, Baa, La La La (B, P)
Brett, Jan - The Mitten (P, S)
Brumage, Katherine - Baby Yosemite (B, P)
Cabrera, Jane - Cat's Colors (B, P)
Cabrera, Jane - If You're Happy and You Know It (P, S)
Campbell, Rod - Dear Zoo (B, P)
Carle, Eric - From Head to Toe (P)
Carter, David - If You're Happy and You Know It (P)
Cohen, Santiago - Kitty Says Meow! (B, P)
Craig, Lindsey & Marc Brown - Dancing Feet (P)
Cronin, Doreen - Wiggle (B, P)
Dean, James - Pete The Cat, I Love My White Shoes (P)
deGrout, Diane - Dogs Don't Brush Their Teeth (P, S)
Denchfield, Nick & Ant Parker - Charlie Chick (B, P)
DePrisco, Dorothea - Pig-a-Boo (B, P)
Dodd, Emma - Dog's Colorful Day (P, S)
Dodd, Emma - What Pet to Get (P)
Dodd, Emma - I Don't Want a Cool Cat (P, S)
Emberley, Rebecca - Mice on Ice (P)
Faulkner, Keith - The Wide-Mouthed Frog (P)
Feeney, Tatyana - Little Owls Orange Scarf (P)
Feiffer, Jules - Bark, George (P)
Fischer, Scott M. - Jump! (B, P, S)
Fox, Mem - Where is the Green Sheep? (P)
Gravett, Emily - Monkey and Me (B, P)
Hacohen, Dean - Tuck Me In (B, P)
Henkes, Kevin - Kitten's First Full Moon (P, S)
Henkes, Kevin - Circle Dogs (P, S)
Hill, Eric - Where's Spot? (P)
Hort, Lenny - Seals on the Bus (P, S)
Komiya, Teruyuki - Life-Size Zoo (B, P, S)
Komiya, Teruyuki - More Life-Size Zoo (B, P, S)
Komiya, Teruyuki - Life-Size Aquarium (B, P, S)
LaRochelle, David - Moo! (B, P, S)
Leslie, Amanda - Flappy Waggy Wiggly (B, P)
Leslie, Amanda - Who's That Scratching at My Door (B, P)
Lobel, Anita - Hello, Day! (B, P)
Martin Jr., Bill - Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? (B, P)
McKee, David - Elmer (S)
Murphy, Mary - Are You My Mommy? (B)
Murphy, Mary - I Kissed the Baby (B, P)
National Wildlife Federation - Baby's First Book of Animals (B)
Roddie, Shen & Frances Cony - Hatch, Egg, Hatch! (P)
Rosen, Michael - We're Going on a Bear Hunt (P)
Seuss, Dr. - What Pet Should I Get? (P, S)
Stein, David Ezra - Pouch! (B, P)
Taback, Simms - City Animals (P)
Willems, Mo - Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus (P)
Willems, Mo - Should I Share My Ice Cream: An Elephant and Piggie Book (P)
Wilson, Karma - Bear Snores On (S)
Wolff, Ashley - Baby Bear Sees Blue (P)
Giant Pop Out Pets (P)
Good Morning, Toucan (B, P)

Baby Time:

Ackerman, Jill - Welcome Winter (B, P)
Baker, Keith - Little Green Peas (B, P)
Boynton, Sandra - Hippos Go Berserk! (B, P)
Boynton, Sandra - Moo, Baa, La La La (B, P)
Brown, Margaret Wise - Goodnight Moon (B, P)
Brumage, Katherine - Baby Yosemite (B, P)
Cabrera, Jane - Cat's Colors (B, P)
Cabrera, Jane - If You're Happy and You Know It (B, P)
Campbell, Rod - Dear Zoo (B, P)
Carle, Eric - The Very Hungry Caterpillar (B, P, S)
Carle, Eric - Today is Monday (B, P)
Cohen, Santiago - Kitty Says Meow! (B, P)
Crews, Donald - Freight Train (B, P)
Cronin, Doreen - Wiggle (B, P)
Dean, James - Pete the Cat: The Wheels on the Bus (B, P)
Dean, James - Pete the Cat: Twinke, Twinkle Little Star (B, P)
Demarest, Chris L. - Winter (B, P)
Denchfield, Nick & Ant Parker - Charlie Chick (B, P)
DePrisco, Dorothea - Pig-a-Boo (B, P)
Fernandes, Eugenie - Kitten's Winter (B, P)
Fischer, Scott M. - Jump! (B, P, S)
Garcia, Emma - Toot Toot, Beep Beep (B, P)
Gravett, Emily - Monkey and Me (B, P)
Hacohen, Dean - Tuck Me In (B, P)
Haynes, Max - In the Drivers Seat (B, P)
Katz, Karen - Babies on the Bus (B)
Katz, Karen - Counting Kisses (B)
Komiya, Teruyuki - Life-Size Zoo (B, P, S)
Komiya, Teruyuki - More Life-Size Zoo (B, P, S)
Komiya, Teruyuki - Life-Size Aquarium (B, P, S)
LaRochelle, David - Moo! (B, P, S)
Leslie, Amanda - Flappy Waggy Wiggly (B, P)
Leslie, Amanda - Who's That Scratching at My Door (B, P)
Lobel, Anita - Hello, Day! (B, P)
Magoon, Scott - Breathe (B, P)
Martin Jr., Bill - Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? (B, P)
Miller, Margaret - Can You Guess (B, P)
Martin Jr., Bill - Here Are My Hands (B, P)
Murphy, Mary - Are You My Mommy? (B)
Murphy, Mary - I Kissed the Baby (B, P)
National Wildlife Federation - Baby's First Book of Animals (B)
O'Connell, Rebecca - Baby Parade (B, P)
Priddy, Roger - Sneak-a-Peek Colors (B)
Sanrio - Hello Kitty, Hello Winter! (B, P)
Stein, David Ezra - Pouch! (B, P)
Taback, Simms - Colors (B)
Good Morning, Toucan (B, P)
Wolff, Ashley - Baby Bear Sees Blue (P)

Back to School:

Dean, James - Pete the Cat: The Wheels on the Bus (B, P)
George, Lucy M. - Back To School Tortoise (P, S)
Schaefer, Lola M. - Frankie Stein Starts School (S)
Weston, Carrie - The New Bear at School (S)
Wright Michael - Jake Starts School (S)

Bedtime:

Alborough, Jez - Where's My Teddy? (P, S)
Brown, Margaret Wise - Goodnight Moon (B, P)
Dean, James - Pete the Cat: Twinke, Twinkle Little Star (B, P)
Hacohen, Dean - Tuck Me In (B, P)
Lobel, Anita - Hello, Day! (B, P)
Long, Ethan - One Drowsy Dragon (P)
Shea, Bob - Dinosaur Vs. Bedtime (P)
Wilson, Karma - Bear Snores On (S)
Wolff, Ashley - Baby Bear Sees Blue (P)
Yolen, Jane - How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? (P)

Birds:

Lucas, David - The Robot and the Bluebird (S)
Rubin, Adam - Those Darn Squirrels! (S)

Bugs:

Carle, Eric - The Very Hungry Caterpillar (B, P, S)
Faulkner, Keith - The Wide-Mouthed Frog (P)
Fox, Mem - Yoo-hoo, Ladybug! (P)
Horáček, Petr - Butterfly, Butterfly (P)
Strickland, Paul - Big Bug, Little Bug (P)
Giant Pop Out Bugs (P)

Colors:

Baker, Keith - Little Green Peas (B, P)
Cabrara, Jane - Cat's Colors (B, P)
Crews, Donald - Freight Train (B, P)
Dean, James - Pete The Cat, I Love My White Shoes (P)
Dodd, Emma - Dog's Colorful Day (P, S)
Fox, Mem - Where is the Green Sheep? (P)
Martin Jr., Bill - Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? (B, P)
McKee, David - Elmer (S)
Priddy, Roger - Sneak-a-Peek Colors (B)
Seeger, Laura Vaccaro - Lemons Are Not Red (P)
Taback, Simms - Colors (B)
Walsh, Ellen Stoll - Mouse Paint (P)
Wolff, Ashley - Baby Bear Sees Blue (P)

Counting:

Boynton, Sandra - Hippos Go Berserk! (B, P)
Dodd, Emma - Dog's Colorful Day (P, S)
Stickland, Paul - Dinosaur Numbers (P)

Dinosaurs:

Beaumont, Karen - Dini Dinosaur (P)
Doodler, Todd H. - Rawr (P, S)
Macdonald, Suse - Shape by Shape (B, P)
Shea, Bob - Dinosaur Vs. Bedtime (P)
Stickland, Paul - Dinosaur Numbers (P)
Stickland, Paul & Henrietta - Dinosaur Roar (P)
Yolen, Jane - How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? (P)

Fall:

Berger, Carin - Little Yellow Leaf (P, S)
Jeffers, Oliver - Stuck (P, S)
Seuss, Dr. - Ten Apples Up On Top (P, S)

Family:

Bently, Peter - Meet the Parents (P)
Dean James - Pete the Cat: Rock On Mom and Dad! (P)

Food:

Carle, Eric - The Very Hungry Caterpillar (B, P, S)
Carle, Eric - Today is Monday (B, P)
Baker, Keith - Little Green Peas (B, P)
Dean, James - Pete The Cat, I Love My White Shoes (P)
Faulkner, Keith - The Wide-Mouthed Frog (P)
Numeroff, Laura - If You Give A... (series) (S)
Seeger, Laura Vaccaro - Lemons Are Not Red (P)
Walters, Virginia - Hi Pizza Man! (P)
Willems, Mo - Should I Share My Ice Cream: An Elephant and Piggie Book (P)

Funny Books:

Carter, David A. - If You're A Robot and You Know It (P)
deGrout, Diane - Dogs Don't Brush Their Teeth (P, S)
Hort, Lenny - Seals on the Bus (P, S)
LaRochelle, David - Moo! (B, P, S)
Miller, Margaret - Can You Guess (B, P)
Miller, Margaret - Guess Who? (P)
Novak, B.J. - The Book With No Pictures (P, S)
Willems, Mo - Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus (P)
Willems, Mo - Should I Share My Ice Cream: An Elephant and Piggie Book (P)
Willems, Mo - We Are In A Book: An Elephant and Piggie Book (P)

Friendship/Love:

Aliki - We Are Best Friends (S)
Campbell, Scott - Hug Machine (P, S)
Gordon, David - Smitten (P, S)
Katz, Karen - Counting Kisses (B)
McCarty, Peter - Henry In Love (P, S)
Willems, Mo - Should I Share My Ice Cream: An Elephant and Piggie Book (P)

Halloween:

de Las Casas, Dianne - The House that Witchy Built (P, S)
Emberley, Ed - Go Away, Big Green Monster! (P, S)
Emberley, Rebecca & Ed - If You're a Monster and You Know It (P, S)

Human Body/Self-Esteem/All About Me:

Carle, Eric - From Head to Toe (P)
Carlson, Nancy - I Like Me (P)
Katz, Karen - Counting Kisses (B)
Martin Jr., Bill - Here Are My Hands (B, P)
O'Connell, Rebecca - Baby Parade (B, P)

Music:

Cabrera, Jane - If You're Happy and You Know It (B, P)
Dean, James - Pete The Cat, I Love My White Shoes (P)
Dean James - Pete the Cat: Rock On Mom and Dad! (P)
Dean, James - Pete the Cat: The Wheels on the Bus (B, P)
Dean, James - Pete the Cat: Twinke, Twinkle Little Star (B, P)
Ehrhardt, Karen - This Jazz Man (B, P, S)
Krosoczka, Jarrett - Punk Farm (P, S)
Patricelli, Leslie - Be Quiet Mike! (P)

Robots:

Carter, David A. - If You're A Robot and You Know It (P)

Shapes:

Emberley, Rebecca - Mice on Ice (P)
Hall, Michael - My Heart is Like a Zoo (P, S)
Hall, Michael - Perfect Square (P, S)
Henkes, Kevin - Circle Dogs (P, S)
Macdonald, Suse - Shape by Shape (B, P)
Walsh, Ellen Stoll - Mouse Shapes (P)

Spring/Summer:

Brown, Peter - The Curious Garden (S)
Carle, Eric - The Very Hungry Caterpillar (B, P, S)
Ernst, Lisa Campbell - Wake Up, It's Spring! (P)
Faulkner, Keith - The Wide-Mouthed Frog (P)
Fischer, Scott M. - Jump! (B, P, S)
Ghigna Charles - I See Summer (P)
Gibbs, Edward - I Spy Under the Sea (P)
Hillenbrand, Will - Spring is Here (P, S)
Jeffers, Oliver - Stuck (P, S)
Komiya, Teruyuki - Life-Size Aquarium (B, P, S)
Luciani, Brigitte - How Will We Get to the Beach? (P, S)
Raczka, Bob - Summer Wonders (P)
Sharratt, Nick - Shark in the Park (P, S)
Willems, Mo - Should I Share My Ice Cream: An Elephant and Piggie Book (P)
Yamashita, Haruo & Kazuo Iwamura - Seven Little Mice Go to the Beach (S)
Giant Pop Out Bugs (P)

Transportation:

Ahlberg, Allan - The Jolly Postman (S)
Crews, Donald - Freight Train (B, P)
Dean, James - Pete the Cat: The Wheels on the Bus (B, P)
Garcia, Emma - Toot Toot, Beep Beep (B, P)
Haynes, Max - In the Drivers Seat (B, P)
Hort, Lenny - Seals on the Bus (P, S)
Katz, Karen - Babies on the Bus (B)
Kubler, Annie - Wheels on the Bus (P)
Luciani, Brigitte - How Will We Get to the Beach? (P, S)
Willems, Mo - Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus (P)
Giant Pop Out Vehicles (P)

Travel/Other States/Countries:

Herman, Charlotte - First Rain (Israel) (S)

Valentine's Day:

Berger, Samanatha - A Crankenstein Valentine (S)
Campbell, Scott - Hug Machine (P, S)
Gordon, David - Smitten (P, S)
McCarty, Peter - Henry In Love (P, S)

Water:

Cousins, Lucy - Hooray for Fish (P)
Faulkner, Keith - The Wide-Mouthed Frog (P)
Gibbs, Edward - I Spy Under the Sea (P)
Komiya, Teruyuki - Life-Size Aquarium (B, P, S)
Lionni, Leo - Swimmy (P, S)
Luciani, Brigitte - How Will We Get to the Beach? (P, S)
Magoon, Scott - Breathe (B, P)

Winter:

Ackerman, Jill - Welcome Winter (B, P)
Brett, Jan - The Mitten (P, S)
Buehner, Caralyn - Snowmen at Night (P, S)
Demarest, Chris L. - Winter (B, P)
Emberley, Rebecca - Mice on Ice (P)
Feeney, Tatyana - Little Owls Orange Scarf (P)
Fernandes, Eugenie - Kitten's Winter (B, P)
Kuskin, Karla - Under My Hoot I Have a Hat (P)
London, Jonathan - Froggy Gets Dressed (P, S)
McPhail, David - Peter Loves Penguin (P)
Neitzel, Shirley - The Jacket I Wear in the Snow (P, S)
Sanrio - Hello Kitty, Hello Winter! (B, P)
Shulevitz, Uri - Snow (P, S)
Wilson, Karma - Bear Snores On (S)

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