Saturday, August 10, 2013

10 Fabulous Picture Books Featuring 5s

I doubt any librarian has ever been asked, "do you have a good picture book with the number 5 in it?"

But if that ever were to happen, librarians everywhere could now turn to this list of 10 fabulous picture books featuring the number 5 in their illustrations.

(Click here if you are now wondering... "why the number 5?")

9. 123 vs. ABC by Mike Boldt

8. No, David! by David Shanon

7. Red Sings From Treetops - a Year in Colors 
written by Joyce Sidman
illustrated by Pamela Zagarenski

6. Grandfather's Journey by Allen Say

5. The Gardner
written by Sarah Stewart 
illustrated by David Small

4. Let's Go For a Drive An Elephant & Piggie Book by Mo Willems

3. River of Words - The Story of William Carlos Williams
written by Jen Bryant
illustrated by Melissa Sweet

2. A Sick day for Amos McGee 
written by Philip C Stead
illustrated by Erin E Stead

And my favorite book featuring a number 5 is...

1. The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick (or Brian O. Selznick)

So that was picture books.
Now if you want to talk Graphic Novels, that's another post. 

But for now get started with 
Zita the Space Girl by Ben Hatke

Many thanks to Cathy Mere (@CathyMere) at Reflect & Refine: Building a Learning Community and Many Robek (@mandyrobek) at Enjoy and Embrace Learning for hosting  #pb10for10, a fabulous celebration of picture books! 


  1. I love this post SO much! Such a very fun idea...and I must admit...I'm more aware of 5's now when I'm reading books! ;-)

    Thanks for this fantastic list!

  2. Would be fun to hold a contest to see if kids can figure out what these books all have in common. :-) Thanks for this list!

  3. Very creative! My 5-year-old son agrees with your choice of numbers.

  4. Such a fun post. I didn't know what was special about the number 5 for you, glad to know. :)