Gift Giving: Picture Book Edition

Petite Picture Books


I’ve spent a great deal of time creating a list of our favorite books and illustrators over the last few months.  For your holiday gift giving guide, here are our top 12 books, 12 because I couldn’t bring myself to cut the list down to 10.

No Pirates Allowed! Said Library Lou – the petites love this book because library Lou helps the pirate to realize that books are the treasure and adventure, we couldn’t agree more.

Oliver’s Tree – a sweet book about three friends who problem solve so that everyone can be included.  Not to mention, the cutest illustrations ever!

Me…Jane – stunning book about a remarkable lady who continues to inspire an entire generation of animal lovers and future conservationists.

Bats at the Library – a fun story about bats who sneak into the local library when the window is left ajar, they explore books and all the joys the library has to offer.

Flora and the Penguin – this delightful book is gorgeous and will bring a smile to any petites face and those lucky enough to share this book with them.

Tea Rex – a sweet book about a tea rex who loves a tea party.  It is super silly and the petites will love it, especially if they love to have tea parties too.

Rosie Revere Engineer – one of our all time favorite books, this book should be in the hands of all young petites.  A young girl wants to be an engineer and learns an important lesson, every flop moves you closer to getting to your goal.

Little Red Hot – another family favorite, a play on Little Red Riding Hood, Little Red Hot will have your petites rooting for Little Red Hot and cheering in the end.

Dream Animals: A Bedtime Journey & Day Dreamers: A Journey of Imagination – these two books have some of the most gorgeous illustrations I’ve seen.  They are absolutely magical.

Alice Waters and the Trip to Delicious – perfect for the petite who is interested in food and cooking.  The petites loved this book with it’s bright illustrations and

Julia, Child – another lovely book that is all about the love of food and cooking.

All of these books have been Petite Stag favorites over the past year.  They are fabulous options for gifts for the petites in your life.

Enjoy and Happy Holidays.


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Yo Ho, Yo Ho Pirate Books for Petites

“There is more treasure in books than in all the pirates’ loot on Treasure Island and best of all, you can enjoy these riches every day of your life.”

Walt Disney

When I was small of my favorite rides at Disneyland was Pirates of the Caribbean.  There is something about pirates that are so fun when you’re small.  Maybe it’s the treasure?  Or possibly the adventures? Or even the argh!

Here are some Petite Stag picks for pirates:

pirates go to school

Pirates Go to School, by Corinne Demas (Orchard Books, 2001) is a really fun rhyming book that your petites will love.  It is so silly thinking about pirates attending school and following rules.  This story is sure to get some giggles.

No Pirtates Allowed Said Library Lou

No Pirates Allowed Said Library Lou, by Rhonda Growler Greene, (Sleeping Bear Press, 2013) is phenomenal, I have shared this story before here, the best part about this book is that the treasure lies within books – what an amazing message to send to petites.

how i became a pirate

How I Became a Pirate, by Melinda Long with illustrations by David Shannon (No David!), (Harcourt, 2003) is hilarious.  The petites love this book, Jeremy Jacobs is indoctrinated into pirate life, and although it is terribly fun at first, there are no bedtime stories and no goodnight kisses.  It is a great story that any petite swashbuckler will love.

pirates dont change diapers

Pirates Don’t Change Diapers by Melinda Long and David Shannon (HMH Books for Young Readers, 2007) have created a hilarious follow-up story to How I Became a Pirate, this time the main challenge is the care of Jeremy Jacob’s little sister.

pajama pirates

Pajama Pirates by Andrew Kramer (Harper Collins, 2010) is one of our favorite nighttime books, the petites love how after putting on pajamas the adventure begins.  That dreams can take you on the most wonderful adventures.

1001 pirate things to spot

1001 Pirate Things to Spot – by Rob Lloyd Jones (Usborne, 2010) this really fun seek and find book will keep you little one searching for all the pirate items.  Perfect for a plane or car ride.

If I a missing a great pirate book for petites let me know in the comments.  We’re always looking to add to our collection.