Last month, I posted some of our favorite chapter books for boys in two parts (Here is Part 1 and Part 2). Here are some of our favorite picture books for boys! We love to read, and it would be impossible to post all of our favorites, but hopefully you’ll find something new to check out in this list!

All of these books would be appropriate for kids ages 3ish to 7ish. I’ll post favorite baby and toddler books in a separate post!

First up – a very silly book! The Seven Silly Eaters by Mary Ann Hoberman is a story about a family with seven children who are so picky that each of them will eat only one certain food. The book has a funny ending when the seven turn their favorite foods into a birthday surprise for Mom!

We have enjoyed several of the Little Bear books by Martin Waddell. They are adorable stories written about a father bear and his son, written by a father of sons. In Let’s Go Home, Little Bear, the bears are returning home after a walk in the woods. Little Bear is not sure about all the noises he is hearing in the woods, but Big Bear assures them that it is just the wind, the snow, etc. Some of the other books in the series are Sleep Tight, Little Bear and You and Me, Little Bear.

This edition of Sleep Tight, Little Bear comes with a DVD. We checked this one out of the library, and we loved the DVD! You can listen to the author reading the story (with his great Irish accent!) and watch footage of the author discussing how he came up with the idea for the book and showing some of the Irish countryside which inspired the Little Bear stories.

If you have any railroad fans at your house, they will enjoy reading The Little Train by Lois Lenski. This is a classic book, written in 1940, that follows a train ride from loading up the coal tender to arriving at the next town!

When Aidan turned 4, he received this book as a gift, along with a cowboy hat, vest, and chaps. It has definitely been a favorite book at our house! Why Cowboys Sleep with Their Boots On is a humorous tale of a cowboy who loses something each night to the wild critters who carry it off!

And while we’re talking about cowboy/western books, I must mention Beats Me, Claude by Joan Lowery Nixon! Claude can’t understand why Shirley can’t bake a decent apple pie, but her terrible apple pie comes in handy when she uses it to catch some bank robbers! My boys giggle and giggle at this one. We’ve checked it out of the library several times. Too bad we don’t own it – looks like it’s out of print!

There are so many good books to mention! What are your favorite picture books?

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  1. Kelly Mar 29, 2011

    My one-year-old is REALLY into trains right now. We might have to check out that train book!

  2. Damsel Mar 30, 2011

    One of my favorite books for this age range is When Dinosaurs Came with Everything by Elise Broach. So, so, so cute! Another good one is You Can Do Anything, Daddy (can't remember the author).

    Thanks for the suggestions! I'm adding some to my Amazon wish list!

    1. Sarah Mar 30, 2011

      Oh yes, that Dinosaur book is a great one! We got that one free with a box of Cheerios!

  3. JDaniel4's Mom Mar 31, 2011

    JDaniel would love the book on the eaters.

  4. Felice Apr 4, 2011

    we love the Dog and Bear series from Laura Vaccaro Seager. I heard hear speak at a conference and about her process for coming up with dog and bear and fell in love. And this was while i was pregnant, and my dude has now fell in love also. We read them all the time.


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