25 Recommended Picture Books for Online Storytimes

When presenting storytime online, it’s best to choose picture books that have large, clear illustrations. Here are 25 of my favorites. Many of the authors and illustrators below have multiple books that would work well for online storytimes, but I only included one on the list as an exemplar. Look for other books by these authors and illustrators to round out your online storytime collection.


Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell

From Head to Toe by Eric Carle

Hair Love by Matthew A. Cherry and Vashti Harrison


Peek-a-Moo by Maria Torres Cimarusti and Stephanie Peterson

Maisy Makes Lemonade by Lucy Cousins

Lunch by Denise Fleming


Peep and Egg: I’m Not Hatching by Laura Gehl and Joyce Wan

Little White Rabbit by Kevin Henkes

Sleepyheads by Sandra J. Howatt and Joyce Wan


I Just Want to Say Good Night by Rachel Isadora

Counting Kisses by Karen Katz

I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen


Baby Faces by Margaret Miller

I Kissed the Baby by Mary Murphy

Blankie by Leslie Patricelli



How to Potty Train a Dinosaur by Alycia Pace

Whose Hands Are These?: A Community Helper Guessing Book by Miranda Paul and Luciana Navarro Powell

Not a Box by Antoinette Portis


Dinosaur vs. Bedtime by Bob Shea

She Leads: The Elephant Matriarch by June Smalls and Yumi Shimokawara

Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle and Jill McElmurry


Mouse’s First Summer by Lauren Thompson and Buket Erdogan

Round is a Mooncake: A Book of Shapes by Roseanne Thong and Grace Lin


Little You by Richard Van Camp and Julie Flett

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems


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