5 Favorite Picture Books to Start The Day

Here’s how we start nearly every day: both of my children wake up, look for each other, cuddle with Momma, and then read. We didn’t even enforce this routine intentionally, but it was a natural progression from the cuddling and “good mornings.” And I love it. I want to keep it.

I’m also a bit of a picture book fanatic. I love them. My son prefers to learn from a book, and we love the cuddle and quality time together. Good picture books bring new ideas, perspectives, emotions, knowledge, and fun to our children. And the best of these books bring us adults back to our core values, helping us remember what matters to our children.

My kids reach for some of the same books each morning. They’re fun, energetic, sweet books to begin our day.

5 Favorite Picture Books to Start Your Day

5 of Our Favorite Books To Start Our Day

These books are generally for ages 1-6ish. These are just a few of our favorites:

  • Good Morning Bluebird by Parragon Books – This simply-written book features bright, energizing illustrations. Kids under 3 will especially love this book. My daughter especially loves this book, and is learning to count by counting the frogs and ladybugs!
  • In My Barn by Sara Gillingham and Lorena Siminovich – This book is another favorite with the under 3 crowd (although my son still loves it, too). The book features a finger puppet horse who travels around his farm, exploring, munching, and neighing to friends and family. 
  • The Foot Book by Dr. Seuss – Who doesn’t love this classic? This is one of our favorite favorite books. I’m almost positive my son learned left and right from this book. This book introduces opposite, directional words, pronouns, and silly fun. 
  • Polar Bear Morning by Lauren Thompson (picture by Stephen Savage) – We happened upon this book by chance in the library. It’s a sweet friendship story with beautiful descriptions of active morning time. 
  • Good Morning, God by Davis Carman (illustrated by Alice Ratterree) – (Quick disclosure: I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. I’m sharing it because I enjoy it!) This book keeps my preschooler’s attention the whole time. It’s written as if the child is talking to God throughout the book, following each day of his week. We see how we can worship God in all our activities and thoughts each day, as a family. As one of the few picture books highlighting a homeschooling family, it shares a unique setting. I particularly love how the book models simple, yet varied prayers children can pray. The book includes repetition kids generally love and delightful, entertaining illustrations. As a family who loves book-based learning, I love the activities for each day of the week included in the back. Families can reach the book together each day, then follow the activities for that day, which include discussion questions, a simple activity to complete together as a family, and related Scripture reading. Good Morning, God is a great addition to our picture book collection! And, there’s a coloring book, too!

5 Favorite Picture Books to Start Your Day

Stay tuned for some of our favorite “good night” books! I’ll post about those in a few weeks. (Update: That post is up! Click here to read about some of our favorite goodnight books.)

What are some of your favorite morning picture books? Share your recommendations in the comments!

Disclosure: I received Good Morning, God and the accompanying coloring book free from Apologia in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. I have no material connection with the other books listed or links used in this post.)

This post is also linked up with The Homeschool Village’s Ultimate Homeschool Link-UpHomeschool Creation’s Preschool and Kindergarten Corner, Tuesday Tots (at In Lieu of Preschool), UpsideDown Homeschooling’s Hearts for Home linkup, and the Weekly Kids Co-op at B-Inspired Mama.

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4 thoughts on “5 Favorite Picture Books to Start The Day

  1. Suzy

    I’m especially interested in the idea of a picture book in which the character’s family homeschools. I’ll have to pick up a copy of Good Morning, God. My 4 year old is becoming increasingly confused by the number of book references to a “school” which one has to ride a bus to and their family can’t come with. He’s used to school being next to the kitchen, with the whole family studying and learning together.
    Found you via Preschool and Kindergarten Community link up.

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