Looking for suggestions for picture books with more "boyish" or at least gender-neutral themes. I have three little girls, ages almost 4, 6, and 8 (the older two read on their own, but still really love hearing picture books/reading them to each other)....and as you can imagine, a lot of our book collection is centered around unicorns, princesses, dollies kittens, puppies, etc. I love these stories, as do they, but am looking to branch out a little bit.
We'd love to read more about monsters, dragons, rockets.....but right now our library is closed and we have to make specific hold requests online, so it's hard to just browse without having a few specific titles to use as a starting point.
They LOVE "Creepy Carrots", "A Creepy Pair of Underwear", "Wolfie the Bunny", the "Pig the Pug" series...I'd like to find more things like this (ie, a little bit of silly is great). Thanks in advance!
persimmon / 1483 posts
The first few that come to mind: The Little Blue Truck books, Dragons Love Tacos, The Word Collector, National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of How, The Book with No Pictures, Rabbit Listened, Everything You Need for a Treehouse, any and all Mo Willems books, Click Clack Moo, and Strictly No Elephants
nectarine / 2010 posts
I agree with dragons love tacos (and the second one) and the book with no pictures
We also love the if I built a school, if I built a house, and if I built a car books - really anything by Chris Van Dusen. We like the Andrea Beaty books - there are female characters but I don’t think the books are girly. Lately DD really likes The three little wolves and the big bad pig, Dragon post, Jabari jumps, stellaluna, the gruffalo, room on the broom (and again most books by Julia Donaldson), the most magnificent thing, and the adventures of taxi dog.
pomelo / 5563 posts
The Bird series, It’s a Tiger, and Here Comes Destructosaurus by Jeremy Tankard
Anything by Oliver Jeffers, who is my absolute favourite
Mighty Mighty Construction Site
A little older and more beginner chapter books (my six year old LOVES these): the Dragon Masters and Bad Guys series.
clementine / 911 posts
Dragons Love Tacos is one that I actually like reading, along with Giraffes Don't Dance and Be Brave Little Penguin. Those last 2 might be a little on the young end for your girls.
We have Rosie Revere, Engineer, and there are several others in that series that are all good and encourage STEM!
My daughter also really enjoys anything with Pete the Cat.
cherry / 150 posts
Dragon Hunters and Dragon Tamers are two of a series about brothers and a dragon.
Arthur and the Golden Rope and others by Joe Todd Stanton are fun mythology-ish adventure books.
coconut / 8079 posts
@PinkElephant: I have been working my way through this list of funny books requesting a few each week from the library. https://happilyeverelephants.com/home/funny-childrens-books
Love so many of the books mentioned above. My 6yo loves Mo Willems books. We started reading them last year but we have been rereading the Pigeon and Elephant and Piggie books we own and checking out everything else we can find by him at the library.
Another new favorite is the Mercy Watson series.
persimmon / 1120 posts
We like Monster Trouble and It Came in the Mail.
apricot / 286 posts
The Hat Trilogy
Sam and Dave dig a hole
The day the crayons quit
Mal & Chad series
The book with no pictures
Don’t open this book
A bike like Sergio’s
cantaloupe / 6085 posts
@catgirl: yes to all Chris Van Dusen! We really love Circus Ship in addition to the If I Built books (and it’s fun to see his illustration style in books he didn’t write like Mercy Watson).
I also love Snail and the Whale (same author/illustrator as the Gruffalo). It’s so soothing to read and a nice message.
pomelo / 5563 posts
Oh, anything illustrated by the Fan brothers - The Darkest Dark (Chris Hadfield’s book), the Night Gardener, the Antlered Ship, and Where Ocean Meets Sky.
pomelo / 5084 posts
@PinkElephant: Have any Mo Williams? My son (4.5) looooves the pigeon books and requests them over and over. Silly but cute and definitely gender neutral.
kiwi / 680 posts
Little Blue Truck Leads The Way
Dragons Love Tacos
What Wil Grow
Here We Are : Notes for Living on Planet Earth
grapefruit / 4584 posts
@wrkbrk: Yes! We do & love them. Four year old especially is a huge Knuffle Bunny fan.
@jhd: Oh yes! The older two love Kate DiCamillo (Mercy Watson author) - I forgot those since they're more of a "chapter" picture book.
Thank you everyone for the great suggestions! Lots of reminders about things we've read before (and may want to get again), and lots of new material, too!
apricot / 456 posts
The Bad Seed and all the books by the author/illustrator duo - The Good Egg, The Cool Bean
Narwhal and Jelly is also really cute - it's a narwhal but it's not really girly - both my boys (8/5) love the series!
pomegranate / 3391 posts
I love some of the classics like
Make Way for Ducklings
Blueberries for Sal
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
Best Friends for Frances
persimmon / 1483 posts
@lisa1783: ooh, yes to Narwhal and Jelly! My 7yo loves them! Also, in a similar vein of kid graphic novels, the Bird and Squirrel series is great
cantaloupe / 6017 posts
-The Journey trilogy by Aaron Becker is a must have, in my opinion.
-Margaret Atwood has a great series of longer picture books that are funny and clever
-Runaway Mummy and Goodnight Goon are fun "spooky" books for Halloween
-Herve Tullet's books are fun
if you want some fun read aloud chapter books: Ramona, Gooney Bird Greene, and Tumtum and Nutmeg, have been our favorites lately
pea / 11 posts
The Curious George books are still great!
nectarine / 2208 posts
We love anything from Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith. Some favorites are The Stinky Cheese Man, The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs, and John, Paul, George, and Ben.
persimmon / 1095 posts
These are the only new ones I can suggest:
Those darn squirrels and the sequel Those darn squirrels and the cat next door.
Stam train Dream train
The secret pizza party
apricot / 364 posts
We love the STEM series like...
Iggy Peck Architect
Ada Twist Scientist
We also love
What do you do with and idea
What do you do with a problem
There's also a great series of biographies called Ordinary People Change the World
cherry / 246 posts
My princess-loving 4 year old loves the Mercy Watson series. They are a "first chapter book", so only pictures on every other page or so, and fairly long as far as picture books go. But my daughter loves them so much we will read an entire one in one sitting (takes about 20 minutes when I'm reading). There's nothing girly about them. Mrs. Starfish wrote that her girls love this series, too.
apricot / 398 posts
For your 8 year old, my DD just sped through all of the Upside Down Magic books. Also, Boxcar kids. Roald Dahl is great, too. For your younger two, Magic Treehouse series is great.