ManaReads :: Picture Books

Big stories, big pictures. From rollicking to sweet to sublime, for sharing or solo, our extensive, hand-picked Picture Book section has the best of it all!

Bear and Bunny

The bear and the bunny are friends who like to wander in the woods, look for things to eat, sing songs, and talk things over. One day, the bunny asks the bear, "Why do we not have some kind of pet?" Join these two friends as they try to find the perfect pet, from beloved author Daniel Pinkwater and masterful illustrator Will Hillenbrand.… read more »

Bear Has a Story to Tell

From the Caldecott Medal-winning author and illustrator of A Sick Day for Amos McGee comes a fantastic new book for fall! Bear wants to tell a story, but his friends Mouse, Duck, Frog, and Mole are busy preparing for winter. Instead of sharing his story, he offers help to his friends. When winter passes, the animals are reunited, but Bear has forgotten his story; now it’s his friends’ turn to help him.    … read more »

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

"A told B, and B told C, I'll meet you at the top of the coconut tree..." In this lively alphabet rhyme, all the letters of the alphabet race each other up the coconut tree. Will there be enough room? The well-known authors of Barn Dance and Knots on a Counting Rope have created a rhythmic alphabet chant that rolls along on waves of fun. Lois Ehlert's rainbow of bright, bold, cheerful colors makes the merry parade of letters unforgettable.… read more »

Corduroy (40th Anniversary Edition)

Celebrating 40 years of a classic story! Corduroy has been on the department store shelf for a long time. Yet as soon as Lisa sees him, she knows that he's the bear she's always wanted. Her mother thinks he's a little shopworn--he's even missing a button! Still, Corduroy knows that with a bit of work he can tidy himself up and be just the bear for Lisa. And where better to start than with a quick search through the department store for a new button! … read more »

Crafty Chloe

Chloe is always creating and embellishing things. She struggles to find the perfect gift for her friend’s birthday, and when another girl purchases the doll that she had her eye on, she gets to work on some accessories for the doll. Her home-made dress comes in handy, as a mishap takes place at the party. Crafty Chloe ends up saving the day, and makes a new friend in the process! This book has so many elements that need to be reinforced for children, especially girls: creative problem-solv… read more »

Curious George

The first adventure in this highly popular series tells how the little monkey Curious George, caught in the jungle and brought back to the city by a man in a yellow hat, can't help being interested in all the new things around him. Though well meaning, George's curiosity always gets him into trouble. Young readers can easily relate, and Rey's cheerful illustrations celebrate Curious George's innocence.… read more »

Dragons Love Tacos

Dragons love tacos. They love chicken tacos, beef tacos, great big tacos, and teeny tiny tacos. So if you want to lure a bunch of dragons to your party, you should definitely serve tacos. Buckets and buckets of tacos. Unfortunately, where there are tacos, there is also salsa. And if a dragon accidentally eats spicy salsa . . . oh, boy. You're in red-hot trouble!… read more »

Extra Yarn

Extra Yarn, a Caldecott Honor Book, Boston Globe-Horn Book Award winner, and a New York Times bestseller, is the story of how a young girl named Annabelle and her box of magical yarn transform a community. With spare, gently humorous illustrations and a palette that moves from black-and-white to a range of color, this modern fairy tale has the feel of a new classic. … read more »

Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site

As the sun sets behind the big construction site, all the hardworking trucks get ready to say goodnight. One by one, Crane Truck, Cement Mixer, Dump Truck, Bulldozer, and Excavator finish their work and lie down to rest—so they'll be ready for another day of rough and tough construction play! With irresistible artwork by best-selling illustrator Tom Lichtenheld and sweet, rhyming text, this book will have truck lovers of all ages begging for more.… read more »

I'm a Manatee!

A little boy dreams of becoming a manatee, and what a dream it is! With his new gigan-atee manatee proportions, he sets off on an underwater adventure with his manatee friends.… read more »

Knuffle Bunny

Trixie, Daddy, and Knuffle Bunny take a trip to the neighborhood laundromat. But the exciting adventure takes a dramatic turn when Trixie realizes somebunny was left behind... Using a combination of muted black-and-white photographs and expressive illustrations, this stunning book tells a brilliantly true-to-life tale about what happens when Daddy's in charge and things go terribly, hilariously wrong. A Caldecott Honor Book!… read more »

Lloyd Llama

Lloyd Llama loves many things: lollipops, spelling, cello, and the color yellow—anything with a double L, really! Will he ever learn to get along with his new classmate Al Alpaca, who has an affinity for all things beginning with the letter A, like apples, art, and air guitar? The two characters settle their differences with the help of their favorite letters in this alliterative adventure.… read more »


Set in picturesque Paris, this tale of a brave little girl's trip to the hospital is as appealing today as it was in 1940. The combination of spirited heroine, timelessly appealing art, cheerful humor, and rhythmic text makes Madeline a perennial favorite with children of all ages. … read more »


Astronaut Mark Kelly flew with “mouse-tronauts” on his first spaceflight aboard space shuttle Endeavour in 2001. Mousetronaut tells the story of a small mouse that wants nothing more than to travel to outer space. The little mouse works as hard as the bigger mice to show readiness for the mission... and is chosen for the flight! While in space, the astronauts are busy with their mission when disaster strikes—and only the smallest member of the crew can save the day. With lively… read more »


On the farm, Otis is best of friends with the little calf, who lives in the next barn stall over. But when Otis is replaced with the big yellow tractor, he is cast away behind the barn . . . until the little calf gets stuck in Mud Pond. It's Otis to the rescue! Loren Long has crafted an unforgettable story celebrating the power of friendship and perseverance.… read more »

Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes

Pete the Cat goes walking down the street wearing his brand new white shoes. Along the way, his shoes change from white to red to blue to brown to WET as he steps in piles of strawberries, blueberries, and other big messes! But no matter what color his shoes are, Pete keeps movin' and groovin' and singing his song... because it's all good.… read more »

Shark Girl and Belly Button

Shark Girl sees the world in a worried way; Belly Button is more buoyant. Together, they share five "trifles" - light and fluffy or of little importance, depending on one's perspective: writing a letter, making paper dolls, going to a party and the playground, and appreciating the value of things, most especially their friendship.… read more »

Steam Train, Dream Train

The team behind the #1 New York Times bestseller Goodnight, Goodnight,Construction Site have answered their fans’ plea for “one more book beforebed.” In Steam Train, Dream Train, the train pulls into the station, and one by one the carsare loaded: polar bears pack the reefer car with ice cream, elephants fill the tankercars with paints, tortoises stock the auto rack with race cars, kangaroos stuff thehopper car with balls (while zebras referee). Sweet dreams are guaranteed.… read more »


Oliver Jeffers' newest picture book tells the tale of Floyd, and the hopeless day he finds himself retrieving his stuck kite from a tree. In his fateful position (that which we have all found ourselves in at one point or another) Floyd has the brilliant idea to fish it out by tossing up his favorite shoe. And that's when the trouble really began. Floyd's persistence and inventiveness unravel into hilarity as everything from a blue whale to a milkman and even the kitchen sink gets flung up (and e… read more »

The Day the Crayons Quit

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! Beige is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown. Blue needs a break from coloring all that water, while Pink just wants to be used. Green has no complaints, but Orange and Yellow are no longer speaking to each other. What is Duncan to do? Debut author Drew Daywalt and New York Times bestseller Oliver Jeffers create a colorful solution in this playful, imaginative sto… read more »

Your Red Shoes

Winner of a Gold Medal in the Moonbeam Children's Book Awards. From wobbly first steps, to exploring the yard, playing in the park, and the day when that first pair of shoes no longer fits, this lyrical story pays tribute to the simple joys of growing up.  Dreamy watercolors and rhythmic text evoke nostalgic memories of the fleeting, magical journey uniting parent and child - was it yesterday or long ago? - on a path promising adventure, independence, and unconditional, enduring love. An id… read more »