Learning with Picture Books

Below is a list of picture books my family has enjoyed using to enrich our studies of subjects such as art, music, math, science, and history. This list is not exhaustive because of the breadth of picture books available in these categories. I add new titles to this list frequently.

Art & Music

Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh (Mixing Primary Colors)

Mix It Up by Hervé Tullet (Mixing Colors)

A Picnic with Monet by Julie Merberg and Suzanne Bober, and others in the “Mini Masters” series (Picture Study)

A Child’s Book of Art: Great Pictures, First Words by Lucy Micklethwait (Picture Study)

Katie and the Impressionists by James Mayhew (Impressionism)

Zin! Zin! Zin! a Violin by Lloyd Moss (Classical Instruments)


Ten Red Apples by Pat Hutchins (Counting 1-10)

My First Counting Book by Lilian Moore (Counting 1-10)

Over in the Meadow by John Langstaff, illustrated by Feodor Rojankovsky (Counting 1-10)

Feast for 10 by Cathryn Falwell (Counting 1-10)

1 is One by Tasha Tudor (Counting 1-20)

The Coin Counting Book by Rozanne Lanczak Williams (Money)


On Market Street by Arnold Lobel, illustrated by Anita Lobel (ABCs)

Go Dog Go by P.D. Eastman (Concepts)

Hop on Pop by Dr. Suess (Phonics, Rhyme Endings)


The Librarian Who Measured the Earth by Kathryn Lasky (Eratosthenes, the ‘father of Geography’)

Geography from A to Z: A Picture Glossary by Jack Knowlton (Terms)

Paddle-to-the-Sea by Holling Clancy Holling (Waterways, Great Lakes to Atlantic Ocean)
*Audiobook recommendation: Paddle-to-the-Sea by Holling Clancy Holling, narrated by Terry Bregy

A Walk in Paris by Salvatore Rubbino (Paris, France)


How to Dig a Hole to the Other Side of the World by Faith McNulty (Earth’s Layers)

Rocks, Fossils and Arrowheads by Laura Evert (Rocks, Fossils, Artifacts)


My Five Senses by Aliki (Senses)

Wonders of Nature by Jane Werner Watson, illustrated by Eloise Wilkins (Nature Observation)

I Took a Walk by Henry Cole (Nature Observation)

Crinkleroot’s Nature Almanac by Jim Arnosky (Woodland Habitat, Seasonal Changes, Nature Observation)

A Beetle is Shy by Dianna Hutts Aston (Insects)

A Butterfly is Patient by Dianna Hutts Aston (Insects)

An Egg is Quiet by Dianna Hutts Aston (Eggs)

A Nest is Noisy by Dianna Hutts Aston (Nests)

A Seed is Sleepy by Dianna Hutts Aston (Plants)

How a Seed Grows by Helene J. Jordan, illustrated by Loretta Krupinski (Plants)

A Nest Full of Eggs by Priscilla Belz Jenkins (Birds)

What Makes a Bird a Bird? by May Garelick, illustrated by Leonard Weisgard (Birds, Taxonomy)

The Big Snow by Berta and Elmer Hader (Animals in Winter)

Cactus Hotel by Brenda Z. Guiberson (Desert Ecosystem)

How Do You Lift a Lion? by Robert E. Wells (Levers, Pulleys, Wheels)

What’s Smaller Than a Pygmy Shrew? by Robert E. Wells (Molecules, Atoms, Electrons, etc.)

Down Comes the Rain by Franklyn M. Branley (Weather, Water Cycle)

The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter’s Wonder by Mark Cassino (Weather)

Farm Anatomy: The Curious Parts and Pieces of Country Life by Julia Rothman (Farm Life, Homesteading, Livestock, etc.)


Castle by David Macaulay (Medieval)

The Hawk of the Castle: A Story of Medieval Falconry by Danna Smith, illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline (Medieval)

The Making of a Knight by Patrick O’Brien (Medieval)

A Medieval Feast by Aliki (Medieval)

William Shakespeare & the Globe by Aliki (Shakespeare)

If You Sailed on the Mayflower in 1620 by Ann McGovern, and others in series (Mayflower, Pilgrims)

On the Mayflower by Kate Waters (Mayflower)

The Boy Who Fell Off the Mayflower, or John Howland’s Good Fortune by P.J. Lynch (Mayflower)

N.C. Wyeth’s Pilgrims by Robert San Souci, illustrated by N.C. Wyeth (Mayflower, Pilgrims)

Samuel Eaton’s Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Boy by Kate Waters (Pilgrims)

Sarah Morton’s Day: A Day in the Life of a Pilgrim Girl by Kate Waters (Pilgrims)

Tapenum’s Day: A Wampanoag Indian Boy in Pilgrim Times by Kate Waters (Native Americans)

Paul Revere’s Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, illustrated by Ted Rand (American Revolution)

George Washington: A Picture Book Biography by James Cross Giblin; illustrated by Michael Dooling (Founding Fathers)

Follow the Drinking Gourd by Jeanette Winter (Underground Railroad)

Johnny Appleseed by Reeve Lindbergh (American Tall Tale, Pioneers)

Cowboys by Marie and Douglas Gorsline (Cowboys)

Going to TownWinter Days in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder, and others in “My First Little House Books” series (Pioneers)

Ox-Cart Man by Donald Hall (19th century Farming, New England)

The Glorious Flight: Across the Channel with Louis Bleriot by Alice and Martin Provensen (Invention, Flight)

Locomotive by Brian Floca (Transcontinental Railroad)

Grandfather’s Journey by Allen Say (Immigration)

When Jessie Came Across the Sea by Amy Hest, illustrated by P.J. Lynch (Immigration)


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