Fall is here and winter will follow soon enough. This is the perfect time of the year to get cozy with the family on weekend mornings (or evenings) and snuggle up with a great family read-aloud book. Reading a few great family picture books is a wonderful way to spend time together when it’s too cold for outside play or if you just want to have some time together.
Grab the kids, fix yourself a cup of warm coffee, a nice blanket and a plate of cookies and let’s get reading!
The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear by Don Wood
Little Mouse worries that the big, hungry bear will take his freshly picked, ripe, red strawberry for himself…
Goodbye Autumn, Hello Winter by Kenard Pak
As leaves fall from their trees, animals huddle against the cold, and frost creeps across windows, everyone knows―winter is on its way!
Tiger in My Soup by Kashmira Sheth
When a boy is left in the care of his older sister, he begs her to read him his favorite book, but she’s too absorbed in her own reading to pay him any attention. She won’t be…
The Snowy Day: 50th Anniversary Edition by Ezra Jack Keats
Celebrate a major anniversary of a true classic! In 1962, a little boy named Peter put on his snowsuit and stepped out of his house and into the hearts of millions of ….
Boo to a Goose by Mem Fox
A child relates a long list of things he would do before he’d say boo to a goose.
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
Have you ever gone on a bear hunt? Come along on this one with a brave young family — four children (including the baby) and their father. They’re not scared.
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Where the Wild Things Are is fifty years old! Maurice Sendak’s Caldecott Medal-winning picture book has become one of the most highly acclaimed and best-loved children’s books…
Little Gorilla by Ruth Bornstein
A simple rhythmic text portrays Little Gorilla, who is loved by everyone in the jungle as he begins to grow . . . and Grow . . . and GROW.
Oliver Finds His Way by Phyllis Root
A small bear looks for—and finds—courage and a way home. While Mama hangs the washout and Papa rakes the leaves, Oliver chases a big yellow leaf . . .
Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes
The nationally bestselling picture book about a kitten, the moon, and a bowl of milk, written by the celebrated author and illustrator Kevin Henkes, was awarded a Caldecott Me
Swimmy by Leo Lionni
The gorgeous, Caldecott Honor-winning tale of a very clever fish by beloved picture book creator Leo Lionni. Deep in the sea lives a happy school of fish.
One Special Day by Lola M. Schaefer
Does having a new brother or sister make you into MORE than you already are? Spencer is about to find out. He’s as strong as a bear, as funny as a monkey, and as wild as
A Book of Sleep by Il Sung Na
When the sky grows dark and the moon glows bright, everyone goes to sleep . . . except for the watchful owl! With a spare, soothing text and beautifully rich and textured ill
Edwardo: The Horriblest Boy in the Whole Wide World by John Burningham
Edwardo is an ordinary boy who does his best to live up to grown-ups’ expectations. So when they rant at him for being the clumsiest, noisiest, nastiest, cruelest, messiest, a
Rain! by Linda Ashman
One rainy day in the city, an eager little boy exclaims, “Rain!” Across town a grumpy man grumbles, “Rain.” In this endearing picture book, a rainy-day cityscape comes
Catching Kisses by Amy Gibson
At any given moment/someone, somewhere is blowing a kiss. And somewhere/someone/is catching it. So begins this journey of the heart, as readers young and old follow a hand
Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein
It’s time for the little red chicken’s bedtime story—and a reminder from Papa to try not to interrupt. But the chicken can’t help herself! Whether the tale is Hansel a
The Best Pet of All by David LaRochelle
This boy-wants-dog story with a twist is both snappy and endearing. The little boy’s mother won’t let him have a dog. Dogs are too messy and too loud. But she says he can have
Mr. Gumpy’s Outing by John Burningham
Mr. Gumpy’s Outing is a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award winner and an American Library Association Notable Children’s Book. In England, illustrator John Burningham, with Mr. G
Buster by Denise Fleming
Buster does not like change. But change is coming . . . and its name is Betty”Buster was a happy dog. He had everything he could ever want-until one day, when his owner brought
My Lucky Day by Keiko Kasza
An award-winning storytime favorite with a hilarious twist at the end. When a delicious-looking piglet knocks on Mr. Fox’s door, the fox can hardly believe his good luck.
The Red Hen by Rebecca Emberley
In this sparkling version of a classic tale, Red Hen finds a recipe for a Simply Splendid Cake and asks her friends the cat, the rat, and the frog to help with the preparation
I Spy on the Farm by Edward Gibbs
Look through each eye-catching spy hole to spot a new farmyard animal! Down on the farm, there are many colorful and noisy animals to spy. Look through the spy hole and
Jazz Baby by Lisa Wheeler
With a simple clap of hands, an itty-bitty beboppin’ baby gets his whole family singing and dancing. Sister’s hands snap. Granny sings scat. Uncle soft-shoes–and Baby keeps
Bee-bim Bop! by Linda Sue Park
Bee-bim bop (the name translates as “mix-mix rice”) is a traditional Korean dish of rice topped and then mixed, with meat and vegetables. In bouncy rhyming text, a hungry
The Bus for Us by Suzanne Bloom
Tess is excited. Today is her first day of school and her very first ride on a school bus. Waiting at the bus stop with her older friend Gus, Tess eagerly asks.
What books do you like to read as a family? Let me know in the comments!
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