sharing a picture book

Who doesn’t love a picture book?

Reading them aloud has so much educational value for preschoolers, plus the joy of sharing a good book isn’t confined to kids. Picture books come in all shapes and sizes (just like kids) but these five are definite winners according to the Educa parents we surveyed.

Here are 5 fantastic to share picture books (plus another 100+ from parenting chaos*)

Beautiful Oops!

by Barney Saltzberg
A life lesson that all parents want their children to learn: It’s OK to make a mistake. In fact, hooray for mistakes!

The Day the Crayons Quit

by Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers
Poor Duncan just wants to color. But when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters, all saying the same thing: We quit!

There Was an Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly

by Wendy Straw (Illustrator)
This all-time fave children’s song is brought to life by the amazing illustrations by Wendy Straw. Children love discovering what’s next – it’s a classic. Ages 3+

You’re Not So Scary, Sid!

by Sam Lloyd, Stella Gurney (Editor)
Sid is a monster who fancies himself as a big, scary finger-nibbler, but he isn’t quite as scary as he makes out. When faced with a big roar from the children he quakes with terror and runs home crying.

Dear Zoo: A Lift-the-Flap Book

by Rod Campbell
It seems incredible that Dear Zoo is twenty-five years old — because it’s still one of the most popular books with the under 3’s ever!Make zoo one of the first words a child says – and there’s even a vintage song that you can pair the book with. Here’s a flashback – Julie Felix sings Going to the Zoo

*OK – Before you click to check out the list – we admit it. Some of our 5 are in the 100+ list too – but only because they are just THAT great!




Let us know if there are picture books not in either list that we should be telling parents about!

Tell us in the comments below.


  1. Rhoda Franck

    Harold and the purple crayon, It Looked Like Spilt Milk

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