Story Time: Picnic Books

After we made our picnic blanket collages, we also enjoyed a few books about picnics. Maybe these fun book choices will inspire you and your kids to go out and have a picnic!

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There are many version of The Teddy Bears’ Picnic to choose from. We loved this version illustrated by Bruce Whatley. This version has large colorful pictures and encourages a rollicking good time. Whatley drew the pictures to go along with a version of the song performed by Jerry Garcia. Grown-ups will notice a few homages to Garcia throughout the book as the bears enjoy a concert in the woods.

We’re Going on a Picnic! by Pat Hutchins takes you along with hen, goose, and duck on a afternoon picnic. This fast-paced and fun story is perfect for toddlers and preschoolers and encourages lots of pretend play as your kids go on their own picnic!


Come along with Mouse and Minka as they go on a picnic and discover all the joys that summer can bring in Mouse’s First Summer by Lauren Thompson. Your little ones will love experiencing all of mouses’s firsts, watermelon, kite flying, lemonade, and even a fireworks show at the end. If you enjoy this book, Lauren Thompson has written several other books about mouse.
In The Bear’s Water Picnic by John Yeoman and Quentin Blake, we get to go along with Bear and his friends as they have a picnic on a raft. They soon run into a group of very loud frogs who disrupt their peaceful picnic. Find out what happens when the friends try to get away from the frogs. 

Out of all the picnic books the girls and I previewed for you, Ready for Anything! by Keiko Kasza was our favorite. Duck is ready for a pleasant picnic, but Raccoon decides not to go. Raccoon imagines all sorts of bad things that could happen, like killer bees and dragons. Duck finally convinces Raccoon not to worry and they learn that with a little preparation, any adventure can be fun.Have you read any good picnic books lately?

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Terri is a writer and mom of two elementary-aged girls. She has a passion for learning and is always looking for ways to make learning fun. You can find her at Better Than Homework where she shares fun learning activities or Creative Family Fun where she shares art, craft, and family fun ideas.

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