The All-Boy Picture Book Post

I helped a patron this week who wanted to write picture books for boys, because he was convinced there was nothing out there but princesses. So he was wrong, of course, and I wanted to send him a list of titles to explore. I asked for help on Facebook & Twitter, to make sure I got past my own personal faves, and a great crew of friends and colleagues pitched in with some super ideas. Several people wanted to see the whole list, so here it goes!

Thanks to Alice, Seth, Bob, Brian (via Anne), Ericka, Susan, Laurie, Lisa, Mary, Alyson, Crystal, Erin, Sue, Will and Simon (via the other Mary), Tracey, Betsy, Kristy, Lori, Jill, Carolyn, Carol & Amy…my patron said, “Let me just say [this list is] awesome and this alone will keep me reading/researching for many months to come.” You guys rock!

I just asked for books with “an all-boy vibe.” What does that mean? These titles! An asterisk means, go find more books by that author!

Adventures of Max and Pinky. Eaton.
Aliens Love Underpants. Freedman.
Art and Max*. Wiesner.
Bark! George. Feiffer.
Big Orange Splot. Pinkwater.
Big Smelly Bear. Teckentrup.
Birthday for Cow. Thomas.
Boy a Dog and a Frog*. Mayer.
Bubble Bath Pirates. Krosoczka.
Butt Book. Bennett.
Chicken Butt. Perl.
Chickens to the Rescue. Himmelman.
Clay Boy. Ginsburg.
Click Clack Moo. Cronin.
Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever. Frazee.
Cowboy and Octopus. Scieszka.
Curious George*. Rey.
Diary of a Baby Wombat. French.
Diary of a Worm*. Cronin.
Dinosaur Train. Gurney.
Dinosaur Vs. Bedtime. Shea.
Dinotrux. Gall.
Dogzilla*. Pilkey.
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus*. Willems.
Don’t Say That Word. Katz.
Duck for President. Cronin.
Duck on a Bike. Shannon.
Dumpy the Dump Truck. Edwards.
Edward and the Jungle*. McPhail.
Edwina the Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She Was Extinct. Willems.
Everything I Know about Pirates*. Lichtenheld.
Fifty Below Zero. Munsch.
Flim Flam Fairies. Katz.
Fly Guy*. Arnold.
Gas We Pass: The Story of Farts. Cho.
George Shrinks*. Joyce.
Go Dog Go. Eastman.
Grump Groan Growl. Hooks.
Grumpy Bird. Tankard.
Harold and the Purple Crayon. Johnson.
Harry and Horsie. Van Camp.
Harry the Dirty Dog. Zion.
Henry Hikes to Fitchburg. Johnson.
How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight*. Yolen.
How I Became a Pirate. Long.
I’m Dirty*. McMullan.
I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean. Sherry.
If You’re a Monster and You Know It. Emberley.
Julius the Baby of the World. Henkes.
Kiss Kiss Yuck Yuck. Mewburn.
Let’s Do Nothing. Fucile.
Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear. Wood.
Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel. Burton.
Mitten. Brett.
Monsters Eat Whiny Children. Kaplan.
Muncha Muncha Muncha. Fleming.
No David*. Shannon.
Oliver Who Would Not Sleep. Bergman.
Once Upon a Cool Motorcycle Dude*. O’Malley.
Papa Do You Love Me?. Joosse.
Parts*. Arnold.
Pete the Cat. Litwin.
Peter Rabbit. Potter.
Pig Parade is a Terrible Idea. Black.
Pigs Aplenty Pigs Galore. McPhail.
Please Don’t Upset PU Zorilla. Reed.
Punk Farm. Krosoczka.
Rhyming Dust Bunnies. Thomas.
Robot Zot. Scieszka.
Shark and Lobster’s Amazing Undersea Adventure. Schwarz.
Shark in the Park. Sharrett.
Shark Vs Train. Barton.
Skippyjon Jones*. Schachner.
Smash Mash Crash There Goes the Trash. Odanaka.
Stella Unleashed. Ashman.
Superdog: Heart of a Hero. Buehner.
Superhero ABC. McLeod.
Swimmy. Lionni.
Terrible Plop. Dubosarsky.
Three Little Fish and the Big Bad Shark. Geist.
Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig. Trivizas.
Traction Man*. Grey.
Trashy Town. Zimmerman.
Truckery Rhymes. Scieszka.
Walter the Farting Dog. Kotzwinkle.
What Color is Your Underwear. Lloyd.
What’s Going on in There. Grahn.
When Dinosaurs Came with Everything. Broach.
When I Was a Boy, I Dreamed. Matott.
Where the Wild Things Are. Sendak.
Yes Day. Rosenthal.

Last but not least, here’s the “Anything By…” list:

Mo Willems
Chris Van Allsburg
Dr Seuss
Graeme Base
Shel Silverstein
Robert McClosky
Stuarty Murphy (MathStart books)
William Joyce
Jon Scieszka
Lane Smith
Jan Thomas

So what did we miss?

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12 Responses to The All-Boy Picture Book Post

  1. Babette says:

    Sorry I missed this tweet! What fun! It’s a funny question to me since I feel like I often order too many “boy” books! After raising two boy readers, I just gravitate that direction.

    Most of my faves are listed but I would add: anything by Richard Scarry, Commander Toad by Yolen, The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash, Red Truck, Fix-It Duck, and The Super Hungry Dinosaur. And I’ve never seen a boy pass up O’Malley’s Captain Raptor books!

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  3. Melissa says:

    Thanks Babette! I was fascinated by his perception of the picture book world. Thanks for your additions!

  4. Susan says:

    I still think Max and Ruby.

  5. Melissa says:

    D’oh! Missed a few from your list, I know it!

  6. Alyson says:

    I am madly adding to good books for young boys list! I will feature it soon.

  7. Melissa says:


  8. This is wonderful – I’ve printed it out and am going to pass it around my department! I’d add David Shannon to the “almost everything” pile – with the exception of Alice the Fairy, I think all his books are boy books. Too Many Toys and the David books are popular here. The Doghouse by Jan Thomas as well.

  9. Melissa says:

    I agree everyone did a great job on this list! David Shannon is definitely a winner, and I pretty much think Jan Thomas can do no wrong. 🙂 Thanks!

  10. Erica says:

    I must be a boy! So many of these are my favorites for story time. BECAUSE we can make noises and act things out and be BOYsterous!

  11. Melissa says:

    It’s an excellent feeling, isn’t it! Way to go noisy storytimes!

  12. Janet says:

    Here are 2 more recently published books to add. My 2 year old grandson loves these:
    Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site by Sherri Dusky Rinker
    Where Do Diggers Sleep at Night? by Brianna Caplan Sayres

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