The best picture books to inspire a love of reading

Who am I?

I am a chocolate loving writer, goat yoga enthusiast, and author of several successful children’s books specializing in early learning, along with an award-winning line of gratitude coloring journals. I hope to inspire a love of reading through education and laughter. My latest book, Gomer the Gassy Goat has sold over 21,000 units since 2021, and was recently referenced in The New York Times about the importance of using humor in books for kids to inspire a love of reading. “Not every book has to reach a lesson. Sometimes it can just be fun.” - Mr. Price


I wrote...

Gomer the Gassy Goat

By Hayley Rose, Jungle Bright Studios (illustrator),

Book cover of Gomer the Gassy Goat

What is my book about?

Gomer is a happy, silly, inquisitive goat, but he has one problem... he's a gassy goat. How will this affect Gomer's day? Follow this lovable character to find out in this humorous, build-upon, tongue-twisting story about a goat who farts a lotWhether he is making silly faces or farting during goat yoga, Gomer the Gassy Goat will have you laughing out loud before you can say, "Trendy-bendy, nosy, noisy, smiley, smelly, classy, silly, sassy, gassy goat!" 

Gomer the Gassy Goat helps to build language skills and inspires a love of reading through humor. Fun goat facts included.

The books I picked & why

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The Wonky Donkey

By Craig Smith, Katz Cowley (illustrator),

Book cover of The Wonky Donkey

Why this book?

I love a book that makes me laugh and The Wonky Donkey does not disappoint! Like so many others, I discovered this book from a viral video of a Scottish grandmother reading to her grandson. She couldn’t stop laughing... I knew I had to have this book! 

Bonus... expressive illustrations, repetitive sentences, and a tongue-twister, this book is educational and great for beginning readers. A must-have for any home library.


Steve the Dung Beetle on a Roll

By Susan Stoltz, Melissa Bailey (illustrator),

Book cover of Steve the Dung Beetle on a Roll

Why this book?

Who doesn’t love a book about poop... Steve the Dung Beetle rolls this ball of dung past all the animals on the Savanah and along the way he teaches them why the dung beetle is so important to the environment. The illustrations are just fabulous and zookeepers write about the more endangered animals mentioned in the book. But I think the biggest plus are the poop jokes on the back of the book. Guaranteed laughs...


Where the Sidewalk Ends: Poems & Drawings

By Shel Silverstein,

Book cover of Where the Sidewalk Ends: Poems & Drawings

Why this book?

This book was my inspiration for reading and writing when I was young. Short comical stories with simple illustrations had me hooked. They grab you with the first line and keep you entertained. And stories are over before you know it and leave you wanting for more. Decades later, I can still recite my favorites.

A great storytime book that will be sure to get littles giggling.


I Need a New Butt!

By Dawn McMillan, Ross Kinnaird (illustrator),

Book cover of I Need a New Butt!

Why this book?

This poor little boy thinks his butt is broken because there’s a crack at the back. Told in rhyme, little ones and adults alike will love the silliness of this book as the main character searches for a new butt. The giggles will be plenty... they were in our house.


Dragons Love Tacos

By Adam Rubin, Daniel Salmieri (illustrator),

Book cover of Dragons Love Tacos

Why this book?

Just the title alone, Dragons Love Tacos, makes you want to giggle. This book is the perfect guide to help you throw a party for all your dragon friends. But remember, as much as dragons love tacos, they absolutely hate spicy salsa.  So what could go wrong?!

Beautifully illustrated, young kids will love this cute book full of humor with a surprising twist of kindness at the end. 


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