100 Books About Imaginary Worlds

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Let your imagination run wild! Developing an imagination fosters creativity, problem solving, and innovation. These books will encourage imaginary play and let your child explore new and exciting worlds.

infants & toddlers (0 - 2 years)

Corduroy by Don Freeman

Each Peach Pear Plum by Allan Ahlberg

Fire Truck by Peter Sis

Go Away, Big Green Monster! by Ed Emberley

Goodnight Little Dragons by Leigh Ann Tyson

How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers

Little Cloud by Eric Carle

Little Pea by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Jen Corace

My Lucky Little Dragon by Joyce Wan

Pajama Time by Sandra Boynton

Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me by Eric Carle

Peek-A-Boo! by Allan Ahlberg

Possum Magic by Mem Fox

The Goodnight Train by June Sobel

The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Don & Audrey Wood

The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

Walt Disney's Peter Pan by RH Disney


preschool (3 - 4 years)

10 Little Rubber Ducks by Eric Carle

Blueberries For Sal by Robert McCloskey

Chalk by Bill Thompson

Cinnamon by Neil Gaiman

Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin

Days With Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel

Eric Carle's Dragons, Dragons and Other Creatures That Never Were by Eric Carle

Float by Daniel Miyares

Flotsam by David Wiesner

Gilberto and the Wind by Marie Hall Ets

Hank Finds an Egg by Rebecca Dudley

Hi, Pizza Man! by Virginia Walter

Humpty Dumpty by Daniel Kirk

Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton

Ladybug Girl by David Soman

Library Lion by Michelle Knudson

Light Up the Night by Jean Reidy

Little Miss Spider by David Kirk

Martha Speaks by Susan Meddaugh

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown

Not a Box by Antoinette Portis

Not a Stick by Antoinette Portis

Perfect Square by Michael Hall

Rainstorm by Barbara Lehman

Red Sled by Lita Judge

Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer by Rick Bunsen

Sector 7 by David Wiesner

Sidewalk Circus by Paul Fleischman

Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner

Snowmen at Work by Caralyn Buehner

Stick Man by Julia Donaldson

Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig

The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash by Trinka Hakes Noble

The Gingerbread Man by Karen Schmidt

The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson

The Rabbit and the Turtle by Eric Carle

The Red Book by Barbara Lehman

The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

The Three Pigs by David Wiesner

Truck by Donald Crews

Tuesday by David Wiesner

Wave by Suzy Lee

Whistle for Willie by Ezra Jack Keats


early school (5 - 6 years)

A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond

Arthur Meets the President by Marc Brown

Daisy Dawson Is on Her Way! by Steve Voake

Flora and Tiger: 19 Very Short Stories from My Life by Eric Carle

Frog and Toad Storybook Treasury by Arnold Lobel

Green Wilma, Frog in Space by Tedd Arnold

Hello, Rock by Roger Bradfield

How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long

In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak

It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles Shaw

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

Jenny and the Cat Club by Esther Averill

Jonathan James and the Whatif Monster by Michelle Nelson-Schmidt

Journey by Aaron Becker

Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg

Lon Po Po: A Red Riding Hood Story from China by Ed Young

McElligot's Pool by Dr. Seuss

My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett

Officer Buckle & Gloria by Peggy Rathmann

Pirate Girl by Cornelia Funke

Princess Cora and the Crocodile by Laura Amy Schlitz

Puff, the Magic Dragon by Peter Yarrow and Lenny Lipton

Rumpelstiltskin by Brothers Grimm and Paul O. Zelinsky

Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola

The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins by Dr. Seuss

The Adventures of Polo by Regis Faller

The Day Louis Got Eaten by John Fardell

The Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher by Molly Bang

The Knight and the Dragon by Tomie dePaola

The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg

The Secret Birthday Message by Eric Carle

The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by John Scieszka

The Story of Babar: The Little Elephant by Jean De Brunhoff

The Three Billy Goats Gruff by Paul Galdone

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Where's Walrus? by Stephen Savage

Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne

Zoom by Istvan Banyai


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