Staff Picks: Top 5 Storytime Picture Books

Hi, guys! We have another round of “Staff Picks” for you, this time from our South Dallas Assistant District Manager, Brecah Walsh-Helm. Brecah has three little ones (19 month old twin boys, and a brand new baby girl) so between work and home, she knows all about picture books and storytime! Says Brecah, “Here are some great picture books that are fun and silly, perfect for summer reading with your kids!” 


When the driver leaves the bus temporarily, he gives the reader just one instruction: “Don’t let the pigeon drive the bus.” But that pigeon tries every trick in the book to get in the driving seat. He whines, wheedles, fibs and flatters. Will you let him drive?


Harry, a white dog with black spots, hates baths so much that when he hears his bathwater running he buries his scrub brush and runs away. Harry has a great time getting filthy in the dirt but soon is tired and hungry, He returns home, only to find his family doesn’t recognize him, even after he performs all the tricks he knows. What will Harry do?  


In Chewandswallow, meals rain from the sky at appropriate times of the day, but a change in the weather blows in massive problems. “Prediction: Children dreaming up their own weather menus are sure to follow up on the fun.”–Booklist. A New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book of the Year.  

OLIVIA” by Ian Falconer 

Olivia is a feisty young piglet who’s got too much energy for her own good. Whether she’s singing Forty Very Loud Songs or building a skyscraper out of sand or trying on all her clothes or getting rid of her little brother or decorating the living room walls or asking for too many books at bedtime, she never gets worn out. Of course, it’s another story entirely for Olivia’s exhausted mother!


You may think you know the story of the “Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf” – but only one person knows the real story. And that person is A. Wolf. His tale starts with a birthday cake for his dear old granny, a bad head cold and a bad reputation. The rest (as they say) is history. This is a hilariously inventive retelling of the popular story which “Publishers Weekly” called the ‘Funniest book of the year.’

 (Honorable mentions go to “Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak & “Miss Nelson Is Missing” by Harry Allard.)

 For more storytelling experiences in the Dallas area, join HPB at the following locations and times:

 Northwest Highway Flagship: Every Sunday at 1pm

 Mesquite:  Every Sunday at 2pm

 Rockwall: Every Wednesday at 2pm


Which other picture books would you recommend for storytime at your local HPB?

 — Becky

6 thoughts on “Staff Picks: Top 5 Storytime Picture Books

  1. I would recommend Robert Kraus' classic Whose Mouse Are You? It's a great tale about a lonely little mouse and how she goes about solving that problem. Great rhymes, great art…definitely the one book from my childhood that I recall vividly enough that I can recite the entire thing!

  2. Hi Becky and friendly kids book readers,I love the Skippyjon Jones series as well as the book "But Who Will Bell the Cats", "The Ghost of Sifty, Sifty Sam", "Uno's Garden" and "365 Penguins". These have turned into my daughter's favorites, too. Have you all read these? Thanks for your suggestions. I haven't seen "Harry, the Dirty Dog", but I'll look for it.Kate

  3. The Legend of William Tell, by Terry Small. This richly illustrated picture book has amazing rhyme that is dying to be read aloud.The Little House, by Virginia Lee Burton. A Reminder that not all 'progress' is welcomed.Cook a Doodle Doo, by Suan Stevens Crummel, illustrated by Janet Stevens. A hilarious comedy of errors as the Little Red Hen's progeny tries his hand in the kitchen with friends who ARE willing to help. Lots of facts in the sidebars, and a yummy recipe at the end.Tops and Bottoms, by Janet Stevens. A follow up on whatever happened to the Hare after his infamous race. Clever wabbit…..

  4. Great picks. "The True Story of the Wolf and the 3 Pigs" always reminds me of my sister. But "Corduroy Bear" was always my favorite as a kid!

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