GVPL’s 100 Picture Books to Read Before Kindergarten

Experts say that children need to hear at least 1,000 stories before they begin to learn to read. GVPL’s Children and Family Literacy Librarians have selected a list of one hundred exceptional picture books which will entertain, educate and inspire young children again and again.  Make time to snuggle up and share these books with the children in your life. We hope our list will inspire you to create your own list of favourite books.

You can download the GVPL’s 100 Picture Book brochure (pdf).

Thank you to the Times Colonist Raise-a-Reader fund for generously funding GVPL’s 100.


A Visitor For BearBonny Becker AbuelaArthur Dorros Actual SizeSteve Jenkins Bark, GeorgeJules Feiffer Bear Snores OnKarma Wilson
The Best Pet of AllDavid Larochelle
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?Bill Martin Jr.
Bunny CakesRosemary Wells
Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey BusinessEsphyr Slobokina
CarambaMarie-Louise Gay
The Carrot SeedRuth Krauss
Charlie Cook’s Favourite BookJulia Donaldson
ChesterMelanie Watt
Chicka Chicka Boom BoomBill Martin Jr.
Chicken LittleEd Emberley; Rebecca Emberley
Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That TypeDoreen Cronin
The Complete Adventures of the Mole SistersRoslyn Schwartz
CorduroyDon Freeman
Diary of a WombatJackie French
Don’t Let Pigeon Drive the  BusMo Willems
Duck on a BikeDavid Shannon Eddie’s Garden: And How to Make THings GrowSarah Garland ElmerDavid McKee The EndDavid Rochelle EpossumondasColeen Salley
Fancy NancyJane O’Connor Fire TruckPeter Sis Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the BedEileen Christelow Froggy Gets DressedJonathon London George and MarthaJames Marshall
Go Away, BigGreen Monster!Ed Emberley Good Night, GorillaPeggy Rathmann Goodnight MoonMargaret Wise Brown The Gruffalo’s ChildJulia Donaldson Grumpy BirdJeremy Tankard
Guji GujiChih-Yuan Chen Harold and the Purple CrayonCrockett Johnson Harry the Dirty DogGene Zion The Hello, Goodbye WindowNorton Juster The HoppameleonPaul Geraghty
How I Became a PirateMelinda Long I Will Never Not Ever Eat a TomatoLauren Child If You Give a Mouse a CookieLaura Joffe Numeroff If You’re HoppyApril Pulley Sayre I’m Not Cute!Jonathan Allen
The Imaginary GardenAndrew Larsen In My BackyardMargriet Ruurs It’s a Secret!John Burningham The King’s TasterKenneth Oppel The Kissing HandAudrey Penn
Kitten’s First Full MoonKevin Henkes Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary TaleMo Willems Ladybug GirlJacky Davis; David Soman Lemons Are Not RedLaura Vaccaro Seeger Lilly’s Purple Plastic PurseKenvin Henkes
Llama, Llama Red PajamaAnna Dewdney MadelineLudwig Bemelmans MadlenkaPeter Sis The MightiestKeiko Kasza Mike Mulligan and His Steam ShovelVirginia Lee Burton
Moose Tracks!Karma WIlson Mr. Gumpy’s OutingJohn Burningham Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!Candace Fleming My Friend RabbitEric Rohmann My GardenKevin Henkes
No Sleep for the Sheep!Karen Beaumont No, David!David Shannon OliviaIan Falconer One Some ManyMarthe Jocelyn Owl BabiesMartin Waddell
Pancakes for Supper!Anne Isaacs Papa, Please Get the Moon for MeEric Carle The Paper Bag PrincessRobert Munsch The Perfect NestCatherine Friend Pete the Cat: I Love My White ShoesEric Litwin
Princess PigstyCornelia Funke RainManya Stojic Rosie’s WalkPat Hutchins Scaredy SquirrelMelanie Watt Silly Suzy GoosePetr Horacek
Skippyjon JonesJudy Schachner The Snowy DayEzra Jack Kets Some Dogs DoJez Alborough Stanely’s PartyLinda Bailey Stella, Star of the SeaMarie-Louise Gay
The Story of FerdinandMunro Leaf Strega Nona: Her StoryTomie dePaola Sylvester and the Magic PebbleWilliam Steig Tacky the PenguinHelen Lester The Tale of Peter RabbitBeatrix Potter
The Three PigsDavid Wiesner The True Story of the 3 Little PigsJon Scieszka There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a FlyPam Adams TuesdayDavid Wiesner The Very Hungry CaterpillarEric Carle
Wheels on the Bus: A Book with Parts That MovePaul o. Zelinsky Where Is the Green Sheep?Mem Fox Where the Wild Things AreMaurice Sendak Where’s Spot?Eric HIll YokoRosemary Wells