Picture books contain simple stories that are supported by illustrations. The colorful illustrations keep the young child interested in the story, and oftentimes add additional information to the story that is not found in the text. These books are vital to the development of the young reader, as they strengthen the child’s understanding of how words and language correspond to the things, people, and events that the child sees in the world around him.  

Picture books your pre-readers will ask you to read aloud to them time and again:

Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans 
Madeline, the smallest and most mischievous of the twelve young girls in Miss Clavel’s charge, wakes up in the middle of the night with an attack of appendicitis.
If You Give a Cat a Cupcake by Laura Numeroff 
If you give a cat a cupcake, it just might lead to a day full of adventures!
The Little Yellow Leaf by Carin Berger 
Although all the other leaves are letting go of their branches, Little Yellow Leaf isn’t ready to let go yet.   What will give Little Yellow Leaf the courage to finally let go?
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems 
The Pigeon tries every trick he knows to be able to drive the bus.  Will you let him drive it?
Ira Sleeps Over by Bernard Waber 
Ira can't wait to spend the night at Reggie's house. Should Ira take his teddy bear? If he doesn't, then what will he hold on to?