3 Irresistible Picture Books for Boys

Pop quiz:

  1. What’s the funniest word in the English language?

  2. What competition is the fiercest?

  3. Do machines that are massive and gloriously noisy EVER have to quiet down for the night?



1. One Big Pair of Underwear by Laura Gehl
Every boy who is four years old (or nine, six, two, or forty-eight, for that matter) knows that the answer to the first question is UNDERWEAR! Although the story is really about solving the problem of having almost-but-not-quite-enough to go around and the simple theme of sharing, the idea of oversized underwear will captivate the audience. (They might also remember the lesson.)

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2. Shark vs. Train by Chris Barton
Ask a room full of kindergarten boys to name their favorite thing in the whole world, and you will probably hear plenty of sharks and trains among the answers. But which of the two is really the BEST? Well, that depends…. Are they selling lemonade, making slam dunks, eating pies, or fencing?

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3. Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker (review here) (author interview here)
Of course a crane truck has to sleep with his teddy bear and a night light, a cement mixer has to be clean before bedtime, and a bulldozer has a big dirt pillow to snuggle with. Busy builders might likewise be persuaded that they ought to settle down, clean up and tuck in for the night with this delightful rhyming bedtime story.

Extra credit:

What brilliant, talented artist obviously enjoyed himself immensely while illustrating all three of the above three titles?


Tom Lichtenheld!

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cover images from amazon

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Megan is Associate Editor for Redeemed Reader who loves nothing more than helping readers (and non-readers) find books which are not only a good fit for them, but also combine Truth and Story. She has never regretted reading all those fairy tales in childhood, even though she didn’t realize at the time how much they matter to real life. She is the founder of Literaritea Press and plans to publish her first picture book soon. Megan lives with her husband and five boys in Virginia where she enjoys knitting, playing with words, and mountain views.

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