Books for Little Boys

Back in June, my friend Melissa gave birth to beautiful baby boy named Connor. Baby Connor has a three-year-old sister, but because I think that Connor deserves a little library all his own, I decided to find some great titles (written for kids 5 and under) perfect for any little man.

Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann

It’s the end of the night, and the zookeeper is making his rounds, saying goodnight to all of the animals. The sneaky gorilla swipes the zookeeper’s keys and lets all of the animals out of their cages! While this book does have some words, the story is told primarily in vivid illustrations. Good Night, Gorilla makes a great bedtime book for infants, toddlers, and beginning readers.

Firefighters: Speeding! Spraying! Saving! by Patricia Hubbell

This lively book chronicles a day in the life of a group of firefighters: getting dressed and racing away on their truck, putting out fires and rescuing people, and even relaxing after a job well done. With colorful illustrations and simple, energetic language, this book is ideal for reading aloud to a little one.

There’s No Such Thing as a Dragonby Jack Kent

One morning, Billy Bixbee wakes up to find a kitten-sized dragon in his room. When Billy tells his mother, she assures him that there is no such thing as a dragon. If there is no such thing, than he’d best ignore it, Billy decides. But soon the tiny dragon begins to grow, and grow, and GROW, until it’s the size of a house! When Billy finally acknowledges the dragon with a pat on the head, it wags its tail and shrinks back down to its original size. But why did the dragon get so big? “I think he just wanted to be noticed,” says Billy. Even for children too young to grasp the subtle moral of this story, it’s still an engaging book with whimsical illustrations.


  1. My little girl (16 months) loves Goodnight Gorilla! I carry it around in my purse because it entertains her so much.

  2. I have to get some of these for my son : )

  3. Love –There’s no such thing as a Dragon.” I have the old copy I read to my kids 30 years ago! fun.

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  5. How cute are those books, I will keep them in mind for the future if I ever have the need lol. Great books. Thanks again for your wonderful recommendations. cheers Julie

    • stanleyandkatrina says:

      We love Goodnight Gorilla in our home, too and we only have a daughter. Great book and lovely recommendations. Thanks.
      Hopping along the Kid Lit Blog Hop,
      Cool Mom for Stanley & Katrina

  6. I love the sound of the dragon one! I’m putting it on our library list. Thanks for hosting once again! See you around the KLBH 🙂

  7. I’ve long loved Jack Kent’s There’s No Such Thing as a Dragon. It makes me laugh. It also reminds me of some of the kids I work with whose behavior gets ‘bigger’ because they want to be noticed. The other two look great as well.

    Geo Librarian
    Kid Lit Blog Hop

  8. Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews says:

    Omigosh!! Seeing There’s No Such Thing as a Dragon has brought back so many memories!! I remember getting that book from the library for my son when he was little. I completely remember it – it’s fabulous! Thanks for linking it into the Kid Lit Blog Hop and thanks for hosting once again. 🙂

  9. Good night, Gorilla is a favorite around here. And we JUST discovered There’s No Such Thing As a Dragon. It was a hand-me-down from a friend and now we are reading it every day. Will have to check into the one about fire trucks, for sure.

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