Picture Books for Big Kids

Laurie Keller
Arnie the talking doughnut convinces Mr. Bing that not all doughnuts are meant to be eaten. Suggested for ages 4-8.
Laurie Keller
Arnie the talking doughnut convinces Mr. Bing that not all doughnuts are meant to be eaten. Suggested for ages 4-8.
Dav Pilkey
A monstrous mutt terrorizes the residents of Mousopolis. Suggested for ages 4-12.
Chris Van Allsburg
Left on their own for an afternoon, two bored and restless children find more excitement than they bargained for in a mysterious and mystical jungle adventure board game. Suggested for ages 5-10. If you like this book, try Zathura, too!
Eve Bunting
In the middle of the night, the gargoyles that adorn the walls of a museum come to life and frighten the night watchman. Suggested for ages 4-10.
Walter Dean Myers
A frightened American soldier faces combat in the lush forests of Vietnam. Suggested for ages 9-15.
Avi
In the early years of the twentieth century, a Swedish family encounters separation and other hardships upon immigrating to New York City until the son is cast in a silent movie, in a picture book that evokes an actual silent movie.
Peter Armour
A pickle tries to escape being eaten by fleeing through the city streets, pursued by a variety of other food items. Suggested for ages 8-12.
John Coy
Ten-year-old James tries to hold his own and prove himself on the basketball court when the older boys finally ask him to join them in a game. Suggested for ages 9-12.
Rosemary Wells
Binky Braverman's stay with his aunt and uncle in Memphis unexpectedly proves to be full of adventure when characters on the boxes and jars in their kitchen come to life and become his friends. Suggested for ages 6-10.
Neil Gaiman
Lucy is sure there are wolves living in the walls of her house, although others in her family disagree, and when the wolves come out, the adventure begins. Suggested for ages 9-12.