The Best Children’s Books About Listening

“What are the best Children’s books about Listening?” We looked at 52 of the top Kids Listening books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 11 titles, all appearing on 2 or more “Best Kids Listening” book lists, are ranked below by how many lists they appear on. The remaining 40+ titles, as well as the lists we used are in alphabetical order at the bottom of the page.

Happy Scrolling!



Top 11 Children’s Books About And For Listening



11 .) I Have a Little Problem, Said the Bear written by Heinz Janisch and illustrated by Silke Leffler

I Have a Little Problem, Said the Bear

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bookroo
  • Parents

Everyone thinks they have a great solution to bear’s problem but bear doesn’t feel any better for their efforts–that is until a little fly is willing to listen to him and come up with the perfect solution!



10 .) Listen, Buddy written by Helen Lester and illustrated by Lynn Munsinger

Listen, Buddy

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bookroo
  • Parents

A lop-eared rabbit named Buddy finds himself in trouble with the Scruffy Varmint because he never listens.



9 .) My Mouth Is a Volcano! written by Julia Cook and illustrated by Carrie Hartman

My Mouth Is a Volcano!

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bookroo
  • Parents

All of Louis thoughts are very important to him. In fact, his thoughts are so important to him that when he has something to say, his words begin to wiggle, and then they do the jiggle, then his tongue pushes all of his important words up against his teeth and he erupts, or interrupts others. His mouth is a volcano!



8 .) Quiet Please, Owen McPhee written by Trudy Ludwig and illustrated by Patrice Barton

Quiet Please, Owen McPhee

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bookroo
  • Read Brightly

A nonstop talker learns about the power of listening when he comes down with a case of laryngitis



7 .) That Is Not a Good Idea! written by Mo Willems

That Is Not a Good Idea!

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bookroo
  • Read Brightly

A surprising lesson about the importance of listening to one’s inner gosling ensues when a very hungry fox issues a dinner invitation to a very plump goose.



6 .) The Dot written by Peter H. Reynolds

The Dot

Lists It Appears On:

  • Little Parachutes
  • Scholastic



5 .) The Rabbit Listened written by Cori Doerrfeld

The Rabbit Listened

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bookroo
  • Read Brightly

When Taylor’s block castle is destroyed, all the animals think they know just what to do, but only the rabbit quietly listens to how Taylor is feeling



4 .) Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns to Listen written by Reverend Ana, Howard Binkow and illustrated by Sue Cornelison

Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns to Listen

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bookroo
  • Parents
  • Scholastic

The goal of the author is to help children to become better listeners.



3 .) Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse written by Kevin Henkes

Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bookroo
  • Parents
  • Scholastic

Lilly loves everything about school, especially her teacher, but when he asks her to wait a while before showing her new purse, she does something for which she is very sorry later.



2 .) Strega Nona written by Tomie dePaola

Strega Nona

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bookroo
  • Read Brightly
  • Scholastic

When Strega Nona leaves him alone with her magic pasta pot, Big Anthony is determined to show the townspeople how it works.



1 .) Why Should I Listen? written by Claire Llewellyn and illustrated by Mike Gordon

Why Should I Listen?

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bookroo
  • Parents
  • Scholastic

Learn why helping others will benefit you when you need help. Discover many different ways you can help people, and how they can help you too.




The 40+ Additional Best Listening Books For Children



# Books Authors Lists
12 Andi Unexpected Amanda Flower Bookroo
13 Angry Arthur   Little Parachutes
14 At Home (Why Manners Matter)   Little Parachutes
15 Bear Has a Story to Tell Philip C. Stead and illustrated by Erin E. Stead Bookroo
16 Chimpanzees for Tea!   Bookroo
17 Crunch, The Shy Dinosaur   Read Brightly
18 Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! Mo Willems Scholastic
19 Duck, Duck, Dinosaur and the Noise at Night Kallie George and illustrated by Oriol Vidal Bookroo
20 Eat Up, Max and Millie   Little Parachutes
21 El Deafo Cece Bell Bookroo
22 Ella WHO? Linda Ashman and illustrated by Sara Sanchez Bookroo
23
Excuse Me: Learning About Politeness
  Little Parachutes
24
Going Shopping (Why Manners Matter)
  Little Parachutes
25
How Do Dinosaurs Clean Their Rooms?
  Little Parachutes
26 How Should I Behave?   Little Parachutes
27 Hugh Shampoo   Little Parachutes
28
I Can Make a Difference: A First Look at Setting a Good Example
  Little Parachutes
29 I Just Don’t Like the Sound of No! Julia Cook Parents
30 Ideas Are All Around   Bookroo
31 Interrupting Chicken David Ezra Stein Scholastic
32 Listen and Learn Cheri J. Meiners Parents
33 Listen, Listen Phillis Gershator and illustrated by Alison Jay Bookroo
34 Little Elephant Listens Michael Dahl and illustrated by Oriol Vidal Bookroo
35 Little Red Riding Hood Brothers Grimm, Trina Schart Hyman and illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman Bookroo
36 Manners in School   Little Parachutes
37 Manners On Holiday   Little Parachutes
38 Never Say No to a Princess!   Little Parachutes
39 No, David! David Shannon Scholastic
40 Oink, Oink Benny Barbro Lindgren Parents
41
Please and Thank You: A Pirate Pete and Princess Polly book
  Little Parachutes
42 Sherlock Holmes in the Hound of the Baskervilles Jennifer Adams and illustrated by Alison Oliver Bookroo
43 Small Elephant’s Bathtime   Little Parachutes
44 Take turns, Max and Millie   Little Parachutes
45 Telephone Mac Barnett and illustrated by Jen Corace Bookroo
46 The Loud Book! Deborah Underwood and illustrated by Renata Liwska Bookroo
47 The Poky Little Puppy Janette Sebring Lowrey and illustrated by Gustaf Tenggren Bookroo
48 What Can I Hear?   Bookroo
49 What’s worrying you?   Little Parachutes
50 Why Should I Help?   Little Parachutes
51 Will You Be My Friend?   Little Parachutes
52 Wordy Birdy   Read Brightly


5 Best Kids Listening Book Sources/Lists



Source Article
Scholastic 8 Books To Teach About Paying Attention and Following Directions
Parents 9 Best Books to Teach Listening
Little Parachutes Little Parachutes • children’s picture books about Listening & Co
Read Brightly Picture Books That Show Children the Importance of Listening
Bookroo The Top 25 Books About Listening

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