GVPL’s 100 Picture Books to Read Before Kindergarten

Did you know? 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.

To find any of the books on the list below, click on the title below the book's image or click here.

GVPL is pleased to offer a limited number of ‘GVPL’s 100 Picture Books to Read Before Kindergarten’ posters (PDF - preview only), which are perfect for classrooms and places where kids and parents gather. Ask for a copy at your local branch while supplies last. Brochures are also available at all branches, or 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 Bear

Bonny Becker


Arthur Dorros

Actual Size

Steve Jenkins

Bark, George

Jules Feiffer

Bear Snores On

Karma Wilson

The Best Pet of All

David Larochelle

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

Bill Martin Jr.

Bunny Cakes

Rosemary Wells

Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business

Esphyr Slobokina


Marie-Louise Gay

The Carrot Seed

Ruth Krauss

Charlie Cook's Favourite Book

Julia Donaldson


Melanie Watt

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Bill Martin Jr.

Chicken Little

Ed Emberley; Rebecca Emberley

Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type

Doreen Cronin

The Complete Adventures of the Mole Sisters

Roslyn Schwartz


Don Freeman

Diary of a Wombat

Jackie French

Don't Let Pigeon Drive the  Bus

Mo Willems

Duck on a Bike

David Shannon

Eddie's Garden: And How to Make THings Grow

Sarah Garland


David McKee

The End

David Rochelle


Coleen Salley

Fancy Nancy

Jane O'Connor

Fire Truck

Peter Sis

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed

Eileen Christelow

Froggy Gets Dressed

Jonathon London

George and Martha

James Marshall

Go Away, BigGreen Monster!

Ed Emberley

Good Night, Gorilla

Peggy Rathmann

Goodnight Moon

Margaret Wise Brown

The Gruffalo's Child

Julia Donaldson

Grumpy Bird

Jeremy Tankard

Guji Guji

Chih-Yuan Chen

Harold and the Purple Crayon

Crockett Johnson

Harry the Dirty Dog

Gene Zion

The Hello, Goodbye Window

Norton Juster

The Hoppameleon

Paul Geraghty

How I Became a Pirate

Melinda Long

I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato

Lauren Child

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

Laura Joffe Numeroff

If You're Hoppy

April Pulley Sayre

I'm Not Cute!

Jonathan Allen

The Imaginary Garden

Andrew Larsen

In My Backyard

Margriet Ruurs

It's a Secret!

John Burningham

The King's Taster

Kenneth Oppel

The Kissing Hand

Audrey Penn

Kitten's First Full Moon

Kevin Henkes

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale

Mo Willems

Ladybug Girl

Jacky Davis; David Soman

Lemons Are Not Red

Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse

Kenvin Henkes

Llama, Llama Red Pajama

Anna Dewdney


Ludwig Bemelmans


Peter Sis

The Mightiest

Keiko Kasza

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel

Virginia Lee Burton

Moose Tracks!

Karma WIlson

Mr. Gumpy's Outing

John Burningham

Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!

Candace Fleming

My Friend Rabbit

Eric Rohmann

My Garden

Kevin Henkes

No Sleep for the Sheep!

Karen Beaumont

No, David!

David Shannon


Ian Falconer

One Some Many

Marthe Jocelyn

Owl Babies

Martin Waddell

Pancakes for Supper!

Anne Isaacs

Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me

Eric Carle

The Paper Bag Princess

Robert Munsch

The Perfect Nest

Catherine Friend

Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes

Eric Litwin

Princess Pigsty

Cornelia Funke


Manya Stojic

Rosie's Walk

Pat Hutchins

Scaredy Squirrel

Melanie Watt

Silly Suzy Goose

Petr Horacek

Skippyjon Jones

Judy Schachner

The Snowy Day

Ezra Jack Kets

Some Dogs Do

Jez Alborough

Stanely's Party

Linda Bailey

Stella, Star of the Sea

Marie-Louise Gay

The Story of Ferdinand

Munro Leaf

Strega Nona: Her Story

Tomie dePaola

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble

William Steig

Tacky the Penguin

Helen Lester

The Tale of Peter Rabbit

Beatrix Potter

The Three Pigs

David Wiesner

The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs

Jon Scieszka

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly

Pam Adams


David Wiesner

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Eric Carle

Wheels on the Bus: A Book with Parts That Move

Paul o. Zelinsky

Where Is the Green Sheep?

Mem Fox

Where the Wild Things Are

Maurice Sendak

Where's Spot?

Eric HIll


Rosemary Wells