Learning with Picture Books

Picture books are a wonderful medium to enrich a child’s understanding of art, music, math, science, or history. Listed below are books especially outstanding in their respective category.

Art & Music

Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh (Mixing Primary Colors)

Mix It Up by Hervé Tullet (Mixing Colors)

A Picnic with Monet by Julie Merberg and Suzanne Bober, and others in the “Mini Masters” series (Picture Study)

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)

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

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

Feast for 10 by Cathryn Falwell (Counting 1-10)

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

The Coin Counting Book by Rozanne Lanczak Williams (Money)


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)


The Librarian Who Measured the Earth by Kathryn Lasky (Eratosthenes, the ‘father of Geography’)

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

Paddle-to-the-Sea by Holling Clancy Holling (Waterways, Great Lakes to Atlantic Ocean)
*Audiobook recommendation: Paddle-to-the-Sea by Holling Clancy Holling, narrated by Terry Bregy

A Walk in Paris by Salvatore Rubbino (Paris, France)


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

Rocks, Fossils and Arrowheads by Laura Evert (Rocks, Fossils, Artifacts)


My Five Senses by Aliki (Senses)

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

I Took a Walk by Henry Cole (Nature Observation)

Crinkleroot’s Nature Almanac by Jim Arnosky (Woodland Habitat, Seasonal Changes, Nature Observation)

Outside Your Window: A First Book of Nature by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Mark Hearld (Seasonal Changes, Nature Study)

A Beetle is Shy by Dianna Hutts Aston (Insects)

A Butterfly is Patient by Dianna Hutts Aston (Insects)

An Egg is Quiet by Dianna Hutts Aston (Eggs)

A Nest is Noisy by Dianna Hutts Aston (Nests)

A Seed is Sleepy by Dianna Hutts Aston (Plants)

How a Seed Grows by Helene J. Jordan, illustrated by Loretta Krupinski (Plants)

What’s Inside A Flower? by Rachel Ignotofsky (Flowers)

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

What Makes a Bird a Bird? by May Garelick, illustrated by Leonard Weisgard (Birds, Taxonomy)

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.)

Down Comes the Rain by Franklyn M. Branley (Weather, Water Cycle)

Farm Anatomy: The Curious Parts and Pieces of Country Life by Julia Rothman (Farm Life, Homesteading, Livestock, etc.)


City: A Story of Roman Planning and Construction by David Macaulay (Roman Civilization)

The Magnificent Book of Treasures: Ancient Rome by Stella Caldwell, illustrated by Eugenia Nobati (Roman Civilization)

Rome: In Spectacular Cross-Section by Stephen Biesty (Roman Civilization)

Castle by David Macaulay (Medieval)

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

The Making of a Knight by Patrick O’Brien (Medieval)

A Medieval Feast by Aliki (Medieval)

William Shakespeare & the Globe by Aliki (Shakespeare)

If You Sailed on the Mayflower in 1620 by Ann McGovern, and others in series (Mayflower, Pilgrims)

On the Mayflower by Kate Waters (Mayflower)

Squanto’s Journey: The Story of the First Thanksgiving by Joseph Bruchac (Squanto, Pilgrims)

N.C. Wyeth’s Pilgrims by Robert San Souci, illustrated by N.C. Wyeth (Mayflower, Pilgrims)

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

When Washington Crossed the Delaware by Lynne Cheney, illustrated by Peter M. Fiore (American Revolution, George Washington)

George Washington: A Picture Book Biography by James Cross Giblin; illustrated by Michael Dooling (George Washington)

Follow the Drinking Gourd by Jeanette Winter (Underground Railroad)

Johnny Appleseed by Reeve Lindbergh (American Tall Tale, Pioneers)

Cowboys by Marie and Douglas Gorsline (Cowboys)

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

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

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)

When Jessie Came Across the Sea by Amy Hest, illustrated by P.J. Lynch (Immigration)


Building Our House by Jonathan Bean (Construction)

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