You probably know by now that the Pigeon books by Mo Willems are wildly popular with younger readers. Especially Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus. If you aren’t already familiar with this wonderful book by this equally wonderful author, then I urge you to go to your local library or bookstore and read it.
If you are already familiar with these books and are looking for more great children’s books, then this post is for you.
Both of my kids love all of the Pigeon books and over the years, we have discovered other similar books that they have loved just as much. The one thing that many of these books have in common is that the main character(s) is mischevious and the stories were penned by authors who have a sense of humor that appeals to both children and the adults reading to them.
I urge you to check out any or all of the below books from the library or order them for your child’s home library. You will not be disappointed with any of these stories and neither will your child(ren).
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt, illustrated by 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: His crayons have had enough! They quit! Beige Crayon is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown Crayon. Black wants to be used for more than just outlining. Blue needs a break from coloring all those bodies of water.” – Amazon.com
The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers
“Having soothed the hurt feelings of one group who threatened to quit, Duncan now faces a whole new group of crayons asking to be rescued. From Maroon Crayon, who was lost beneath the sofa cushions and then broken in two after Dad sat on him; to poor Turquoise, whose head is now stuck to one of Duncan’s stinky socks after they both ended up in the dryer together.” – Amazon.com
Elephant and Piggie books by Mo Willems
From the master himself, Elephant and Piggie are a funny and unlikely duo. In this series of books for beginning readers, they teach lessons and just have fun. What makes these books more special is that Elephant and Piggie talk directly to the reader. Some of our favorites are The Thank You Book, There is a Bird on Your Head!, We Are in a Book!, and Waiting is Not Easy.
Click Clack Moo by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Betsy Lewin
“Farmer Brown has a problem. His cows like to type. All day long he hears: Click, clack, moo. Click, clack, moo. Click, clack, moo.
But Farmer Brown’s problems REALLY begin when his cows start leaving him notes…Come join the fun as a bunch of literate cows turn Farmer Brown’s farm upside-down!” – Amazon.com
I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen
“The bear’s hat is gone, and he wants it back. Patiently and politely, he asks the animals he comes across, one by one, whether they have seen it. Each animal says no, some more elaborately than others. But just as the bear begins to despond, a deer comes by and asks a simple question that sparks the bear’s memory and renews his search with a vengeance.” – Amazon.com
That is Not a Good Idea by Mo Willems
“Inspired by the evil villains and innocent damsels of silent movies, Willems tells the tale of a hungry fox who invites a plump goose to dinner. As with the beloved Pigeon books, kids will be calling out the signature refrain and begging for repeated readings.” – Amazon.com
Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin, illustrated by Daniel Salmieri
“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.” – Amazon.com
The Pout Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen, illustrated by Dan Hanna
“Swim along with the pout-pout fish as he discovers that being glum and spreading “dreary wearies” isn’t really his destiny. Bright ocean colors and playful rhyme come together in Deborah Diesen’s fun fish story that’s sure to turn even the poutiest of frowns upside down.” – Amazon.com
Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site by Duskey Rinker, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
“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!” – Amazon.com
Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin, illustrated by James Dean
“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.” – Amazon.com
This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen
“When a tiny fish shoots into view wearing a round blue topper (which happens to fit him perfectly), trouble could be following close behind. So it’s a good thing that enormous fish won’t wake up. And even if he does, it’s not like he’ll ever know what happened. . .” – Amazon.com
This Moose Belongs to Me by Oliver Jeffers
“Wilfred is a boy with rules. He lives a very orderly life. It’s fortunate, then, that he has a pet who abides by rules, such as not making noise while Wilfred educates him on his record collection. There is, however, one rule that Wilfred’s pet has difficulty following: Going whichever way Wilfred wants to go. Perhaps this is because Wilfred’s pet doesn’t quite realize that he belongs to anyone.” – Amazon.com
The Amazing Hamweenie by Patty Bowman
“From the stage to the red carpet, the skies to the sea, Hamweenie believes, without a doubt, that he will be the greatest star the world has ever seen.
The horrors of reality, alas, befall him: a beautiful apartment, a loving little girl, his every need fulfilled to excess. His treats are simply too delicious. His pillows? Beyond luxurious. Such torture! Hamweenie must escape! ” – Amazon.com
Duck on a Tractor by David Shannon
“What happens when Duck drives the big red tractor through town, past the popular diner where all the locals are having lunch? What will those folks really think when they see Duck and all the other animals riding around on Farmer O’Dell’s tractor?” – Amazon.com
Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems
“Once upon a time, there were three hungry Dinosaurs: Papa Dinosaur, Mama Dinosaur . . . and a Dinosaur who happened to be visiting from Norway.
One day—for no particular reason—they decided to tidy up their house, make the beds, and prepare pudding of varying temperatures. And then—for no particular reason—they decided to go . . . someplace else. They were definitely not setting a trap for some succulent, unsupervised little girl. Definitely not!” – Amazon.com
The Monster at the End of this Book by Jon Stone, illustrated by Michael Smollin
“By all accounts, this book is a favorite among toddlers and adults alike. Generations will recall their first time reading along as lovable, furry old Grover begs the reader not to turn the page . . . for a monster is at the end of the book! But, of course, the monster is none other than Grover himself. A classic, not to be missed.” – Amazon.com
Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers
“What is a boy to do when a lost penguin shows up at his door? Find out where it comes from, of course, and return it. But the journey to the South Pole is long and difficult in the boy’s rowboat. There are storms to brave and deep, dark nights.To pass the time, the boy tells the penguin stories. Finally, they arrive. Yet instead of being happy, both are sad. That’s when the boy realizes: The penguin hadn’t been lost, it had merely been lonely.” – Amazon.com
Aliens Love Underpants by Claire Freedman, illustrated by Ben Cort
“When little aliens fly down to Earth, they’re not visiting because they want to meet the Earthlings. They simply want to steal everybody’s underpants!
Those silly aliens love underpants in all sizes and colors–large or small, red or green–and they like them in every kind of fabric. They think that Mom’s pink, frilly panties are a perfect place to hide. And Grandpa’s wooly long johns make a super-whizzy slide!” – Amazon.com