Learning with Picture Books

Below is a list of picture books my family has enjoyed using to enrich our homeschool studies. This is not meant to be exhaustive; there are many “living picture books” (especially within the categories of history and science). Look for updates as our school year progresses!

Art & Music

Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh (Mixing Primary Colors)

Mix It Up by Hervé Tullet (Mixing Colors)

A Child’s Book of Art: Great Pictures, First Words by Lucy Micklethwait (Picture Study)

Katie and the Impressionists by James Mayhew (Impressionism)

Zin! Zin! Zin! a Violin by Lloyd Moss (Classical Instruments)


Ten Red Apples by Pat Hutchins (Counting 1-10)

Over in the Meadow by John Langstaff, illustrated by Feodor Rojankovsky (Counting 1-10)

My First Counting Book by Lilian Moore (Counting 1-10)

1 is One by Tasha Tudor (Counting 1-20)

The Coin Counting Book by Rozanne Lanczak Williams (Money)


Geography from A to Z: A Picture Glossary by Jack Knowlton (Terms)

How to Dig a Hole to the Other Side of the World by Faith McNulty (Earth’s Layers)


On Market Street by Arnold Lobel, illustrated by Anita Lobel (ABCs)

Go Dog Go by P.D. Eastman (Concepts)

Hop on Pop by Dr. Suess (Phonics, Rhyme Endings)


My Five Senses by Aliki (Senses)

Wonders of Nature by Jane Werner Watson, illustrated by Eloise Wilkins (Nature Study)

An Egg is Quiet by Dianna Hutts Aston, also A Butterfly is PatientA Nest is Noisy, and A Seed is Sleepy (Various)

A Nest Full of Eggs by Priscilla Belz Jenkins (Birds)

The Big Snow by Berta and Elmer Hader (Animals in Winter)

Cactus Hotel by Brenda Z. Guiberson (Desert Ecosystem)

How Do You Lift a Lion? by Robert E. Wells (Levers, Pulleys, Wheels)

What’s Smaller Than a Pygmy Shrew? by Robert E. Wells (Molecules, Atoms, Electrons, etc.)

The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter’s Wonder by Mark Cassino (Weather)


Castle by David Macaulay (Medieval)

The Hawk of the Castle: A Story of Medieval Falconry by Danna Smith, illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline (Medieval)

A Medieval Feast by Aliki (Medieval)

Paul Revere’s Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, illustrated by Ted Rand (American Revolution)

Going to TownWinter Days in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder, and others in “My First Little House Books” series (19th century Pioneer Life)

Ox-Cart Man by Donald Hall (19th century New England Farming)

The Glorious Flight: Across the Channel with Louis Bleriot by Alice and Martin Provensen (Invention, Flight)

Locomotive by Brian Floca (Transcontinental Railroad)

Grandfather’s Journey by Allen Say (Immigration)


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