Some days fly by, others seem to take forever, but each day is different for every person. Make the best of a rainy day, beat boredom or simply use these books as bedtime stories while you expose children to all that can be accomplished in just one day.

1. All in a Day
By Cynthia Rylant

A lovely combination of poetic verse and striking, yet simple illustrations creates a sweet story with a manageable moral: there are many ways to keep busy during the day, and it’s important to take care of the world around you. An easy-to-follow story makes this book timeless and relatable for all ages.

Watch Hanna read the book below in this episode of Can I Read to You?

2. All in One Day
By Mike Huber

For many kids, time away from parents and surrounded by other children can last forever — especially if you don’t know what to do at daycare! From morning meeting to snack time, this book full of charming, colorful pictures provides a bird’s-eye view of various children enjoying the daily child care routine, encouraging children to feel comfortable in safe settings.

3. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
By Judith Viorst

Not all days are good ones. This timeless classic shares the story of Alexander, a boy who is having such a bad day, he contemplates moving to Australia! Perfect for soothing an upset child or teaching about sympathy and empathy, this book resonates with most children — especially those with siblings.

4. All in a Day
By Mitsumasa Anno

By emphasizing pictures over text, this book highlights the similarities and differences in the lives of children around the world, featuring artwork from ten internationally known illustrators, including Eric Carle. children are inspired to think about their lives and the lives of others with a different perspective.

5. What Do People Do All Day?
By Richard Scarry

The world of Richard Scarry never disappoints! Kid appreciated and parent approved, these pages are packed with attention-grabbing detail and hidden activities. Learn about careers, institutions, social interactions and so much more in this friendly guide to the everyday world.

6. In the Town All Year ‘Round
By Rotraut Susanne Berner

Similar to Scarry’s book, Berner’s places the spotlight on daily life in a typical urban city. Taking it a step further, additional details, charts, and scenes on every page are engrossing for kids . This book is a great teaching tool for kids with a lot of questions about “the real world.”

7. One Busy Day: A Story for Big Brothers and Sisters
By Lola M. Schaefer

Accompanied by illustrations reminiscent of Maurice Sendak and Mercer Mayer, this story depicts a scene all too familiar for kids with older friends or siblings. Playing by herself and keeping busy are just fine for Mia, but sometimes, she needs a partner! With a little imagination and creativity, Mia proves to her brother that she is a worthy playmate.

8. Ruthie and the (Not So) Very Busy Day
By Laura Rankin

Saturdays are the best: no school, no practice, no obligations… for a kid. Ruthie has her whole Saturday planned out, but her grand plans keep getting interrupted! See how Ruthie salvages a day she thinks will be a waste.

9. The Backward Day
By Ruth Krauss

Just how well do you know your daily routine? Try saying “Good night” when you wake up. Be careful walking down the stairs backwards! Put on your socks after your shoes?! Kids love the absurdity of this book so much, they might ask you to read it from end to beginning!

10. One Day in Our World
By Sara Mithen

Celebrate diversity and culture by spending a day with three children: Joshua from Australia, A’nh from Vietnam and Kwasi from Kenya. Seeing the world through the eyes of other children is a great way for kids to learn about the world and its many cultures.

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About Danielle Steinberg

Danielle Steinberg

Danielle received her Masters in Education which led her to a spot on the PBS Parents team in 2011. She now works full time as a producer of content and social media for PBS Digital Studios and continues to work as a web producer for PBS Parents.

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