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Show And Tell: Books For Kids

Looking for a list of the best children's books about show and tell?

Children’s literature has many notable options when it comes to show and tell. To help you find the right books for you and your young reader, we’ve compiled a list of the best kids books about show and tell.

Our list includes board books, picture books, and chapter books. Board books are best for babies and toddlers from ages newborn to 2 or 3. Picture books are generally great options for toddlers and for preschool and kindergarten age children. Picture books are especially enjoyable for adults to read aloud with young kids. The chapter books on our list are generally best for elementary through early middle school age tween kids. You can filter to sort by the best book type for your kid.

We hope this list of kids books about show and tell can be a helpful resource for parents, teachers, and others searching for a new book!

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Rocket's 100th Day of School
Written by Tad Hills
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

Number one “New York Times” bestselling author Tad Hills returns with an all-new Level 1 Step into Reading story about Rocket’s 100th day of school. Rocket, the beloved dog from the “New York Times” bestselling picture books “How Rocket Learned to Read” and “Rocket Writes a Story, “ is busy collecting 100 things to take to school on his 100th day, and he has the perfect place to keep them safe. That is, until Bella, a squirrel who loves acrorns, gets involved. With predictable patterns, simple words, lots of repetition, and bright, colorful illustrations, this new Rocket book will charm young readers–and they can read it all by themselves! Step 1 Readers feature big type and easy words. Rhymes and rhythmic text paired with picture clues help children decode the story. For children who know the alphabet and are eager to begin reading.

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The Frank Show
Written & illustrated by David Mackintosh
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

This hilarious, offbeat picture book from the creator of Marshall Armstrong Is New to Our School reveals that there is more to the older generation than meets the eye. Grandpa Frank doesn’t have any interesting hobbies, unless you count complaining about how everything was better in the old days. He doesn’t speak Italian like Paolo’s mom, or play the drums like Tom’s uncle. He’s just a grandpa. So when the young narrator of this story is forced to bring Frank to school for show-and-tell, he’s sure it’s going to be a disaster. But Frank has a trick—make that a tattoo—up his sleeve! And a story to go with it. After all, the longer you’ve been around, the more time you’ve had for wild adventures.

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Too Shy for Show-and-Tell
Written by Beth Bracken & illustrated by Jennifer A. Bell
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6

Sam is so shy that nobody knows much about him, but when he must stand in front of his class for show-and-tell, he finds the courage to share.

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Mr. Putter & Tabby Ring the Bell
Written by Cynthia Rylant & illustrated by Arthur Howard
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

It’s back to school for Mr. Putter & Tabby!Dong! Dong! Dong! The school bell is ringing. The crispy fall wind is blowing. Mr. Putter wishes he could go back to school–even for just one day. Then he has an idea: How about a visit during show-and-tell with Mrs. Teaberry, Tabby, and Zeke? The teacher agrees, but there’s one problem. She and the students expect pet tricks. Will Tabby and Zeke be able to deliver? Mr. Putter & Tabby Ring the Bell marks the twentieth book in this beloved series a perennial hit since 1994.

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My Heart Is a Compass
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

In this celebration of the power of imagination, a creative girl on a mission to bring something new to the world becomes a storyteller and inventor of intricately detailed maps. Rose’s heart is set on discovering something that’s never been found. She just doesn’t know where to find it. So she sets off on a wondrous journey, bounding from one spectacular world to the next. Her only guides are a set of maps drawn from her own imagination and her heart’s desire to explore new and exciting worlds. In this moving story of a trailblazing spirit, Rose follows her compass, and explores her creativity in a one-of-a-kind search through a collection of intricate maps that readers will love to get lost in.

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  • If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don't! - Note to self: If your teacher tells you to bring something from nature for show-and-tell, she does not want you to bring an alligator! But nothing will stop Magnolia, who’s determined to have the best show-and-tell of all–until her reptilian rapscallion starts getting her into some major trouble. Now it’s up to Magnolia to find a way to send this troublemaker home–but what could possibly scare an alligator away?

  • The King of Show-and-Tell - Watch out, Junie, there’s a new kid on the block! It’s Freddy Thresher, a first grader who knows it’s a jungle out there. A new chapter book series written by an elementary teacher who’s seen it all!Freddy Thresher has a problem: a really, really, big problem. He never has anything cool to bring for show-and-tell. This week, his best friend, Robbie, has brought the most amazing artifact to share: a real alligator head. How will Freddy come up with anything as cool as that? Good news! Later that day, he finds something very unusual and exciting. If only he can get it to school without his mom, The Neat Freak, finding out, Freddy will be the King of Show-and-Tell!

  • Show and Tell - Ben wants to take something really neat to school for show and tell. What could be neater than his new baby sister? But his sister doesn’t want to co-operate. She cries in his backpack. She cries at the teacher. She cries at the principal, who decides she must be sick. When they call in a doctor, she cries harder. Ben knows just the right person to call to help–his mom! A newly designed Classic Munsch picture book introduces this charming tale of a very noisy baby to a new generation of young readers.

  • Hugsby - The most adorable pet monster ever shows what everyone needs: hugs! When Shelly adopts her pet monster Hugsby she loves everything about him. It doesn’t matter that he can’t do fancy tricks, or whistle, or blow bubbles. He gives the best hugs ever. But when Pet Monster Show and Tell Day arrives, Shelly worries. What can Hugsby do? All the other pet monsters can juggle or do flips or even Hula-hoop! Finally, it’s time to show everyone her beloved Hugsby . . . and finally Shelly realizes that what she loves about Hugsby is more important than fancy tricks. Hugsby gives the best hugs ever!

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Flat Stanley: Show-And-Tell, Flat Stanley!
Written by Jeff Brown & illustrated by Macky Pamintuan
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Flat Stanley’s show-and-tell becomes a lost-and-found when Miss Plum’s engagement ring goes missing in this I Can Read story.Everyone has something fun, from Squeakers the mouse to a pair of false teeth, to share at Show-and-Tell! Even Miss Plum shares something–a sparkly new engagement ring! But when the ring goes missing, the Show-and-Tell becomes a lost-and-found. Can Flat Stanley save the day?Flat Stanley: Show-and-Tell, Flat Stanley! is a Level Two I Can Read book, geared for kids who read on their own but still need a little help.

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When I Grow Up
Written by Al Yankovic & illustrated by Wes Hargis
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Grammy Award winner and pop culture icon “Weird Al” Yankovic delivers his first picture book, bringing his trademark wit, wordplay, and silliness to a story that explores the timeless question “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Funny and charming, this is a celebration of creativity and possibility.

An Amazon Best Book of the Month! “The farce and parody make this a rare book with appeal to both kids and adults” (Booklist).

It’s Show-and-Tell time in Mrs. Krupp’s class, and Billy just can’t wait for his turn! Today the class is discussing what they want to be when they grow up, and our exuberant eight-year-old hero is bursting to tell everyone about his future career plans.

In dazzling wordplay and delicious rhymes, Billy regales his patient teacher and amazed classmates with tales of the variety of careers he wants to pursue—each more outlandish and wildly imaginative than the last!

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Pterodactyl Show and Tell
Written by Thad Krasnesky & illustrated by Tanya Leonello
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-7

When a boy brings his pterodactyl to school for show-and-tell, hilarious havoc ensues. The creature’s delightfully demented antics, the kids’ expressions as they try to avoid the hungry pterodactyl, and the out-of-control imagination of the boy yield a wild and wacky romp. Kids who dig dinosaurs will devour this preposterous pterodactyl tale written in rhyming couplets and teeming with edgy school-age humor and giggle-inducing illustrations.

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Henry's Show and Tell
Written by Nancy Carlson
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-6

Henry really likes kindergarten&150there’s painting, singing, story time and lots of new things to learn. But there’s one thing Henry doesn’t like: show and tell! His legs get all shaky and he’s too shy to speak. And it doesn’t help that his classmate Tony always asks, “Is Henry going to barf?” Just in time, Henry’s kind teacher comes to the rescue with a great plan for helping him overcome his fears. With bright, humorous illustrations and cheerful, clear text, Nancy Carlson delivers another winner that directly and in matter-of-fact fashion addresses children’s concerns.

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Schooltime
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-6
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  • School Day! (Blue's Clues & You) - A new Little Golden Book about going to school starring Blue from Nickelodeon’s Blue’s Clues & You! Join Blue at school for Show-and-Tell Day! From the nervous new student to the excited learner, this beautifully illustrated Little Golden Book is perfect for all Nickelodeon Blue’s Clues and You fans ages 2 to 5! Nickelodeon’s Blue’s Clues & You stars Joshua Dela Cruz as he searches for clues left by energetic girl puppy Blue in order to solve a daily puzzle. The series combines the best interactive and educational elements of Nickelodeon’s original Blue’s Clues with a refreshed signature look.

  • Show-And-Tell (Disney Muppet Babies) - A Little Golden Book based on the new Disney Junior show, Muppet Babies! It’s show and tell day in Miss Nanny’s preschool! What will Kermit, Piggy, Gonzo, Fozzie, Animal, and Summer bring in to share with the class? This Little Golden Book based on the Disney Junior show Muppet Babies is perfect for children ages 2 to 5. Muppet Babies will explore a boundless realm of creative play for preschoolers while fostering their imagination in a world of bold new adventures

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