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May 10 is Clean Your Room Day! Inspire your kids to clean up after themselves with this collection of picture books about cleaning up.
Picture books are a great way to strike up conversations about all sorts of topics that are important to kids or topics we want to bring attention to.
If one of those topics happens to be chores and cleaning up, these books are a great way to approach the subject with your kids.
Picture Books About Cleaning Up
Below, I’ve featured just a handful of picture books that should inspire your kids to clean their rooms!
You should be able to find them at your local library or bookstore. If you can’t find them locally, you can click each image cover to purchase them on Amazon.
Llama Llama Mess Mess Mess – When Mama Llama says it’s time to clean up, Llama responds like any child more interested in playing than cleaning . . . by ignoring her! But Mama has an imaginative response of her own. What if she never cleaned? What would happen then? Well, Llama Llama is going to find out!
Clean It! – Which chores need doing today? What’s the best way of doing them? And who’s going to help? Helping with real tasks is a natural progression from pretend play, and is a crucial stage in a child’s development.
The Berenstain Bears and the Messy Room – Mama and Papa are frustrated that Brother and Sister can’t seem to pick up after themselves. Will the cubs ever learn to clean up their messes?
How Do Dinosaurs Clean Their Rooms? – Come along for some BIG fun as your favorite dinosaurs learn to pick up and put away their toys. How do dinosaurs clean their rooms? With trash cans and dusters and brooms!
The Messy One – Vivienne is a messy girl, but it doesn’t seem to bother her. But when Vivienne loses her favorite necklace, she must evaluate her messy ways and do the unthinkable. Vivienne must finally clean her room!
The Toy Fairy – Joe is a young boy who does not tidy his room. One night, before he goes to bed, he is warned that the Toy Fairy will take all his toys away. Joe knows there is no such thing as the Toy Fairy. So why do his toys keep going missing?
Monster Mess! – The story is that a monster moves in during the middle of the night and cannot sleep until the child’s room is clean.
Tumbleweed Tina Cleans Her Room – Tumbleweed Tina has a lot of energy. Her mom wants her to clean her messy room, but Tina would rather play. If she doesn’t start cleaning soon, then she won’t get a treat. Join Tumbleweed Tina on her adventure of cleaning her room. Will she finally get that cookie?
Just a Mess – Mercer Mayer’s Little Critter has made quite the mess in this classic, funny, and heartwarming book. Whether he’s shoving junk under the bed, cramming toys in the closet, or overstuffing drawers with clothes, both parents and children alike will relate to this beloved story.
What Mess? – What Mess? is a hilarious conversation between a boy and his parents about a room that’s such a disaster zone, he’d have to clean it just to call it a mess.
Too Many Toys – Spencer has too many toys! His father trips over them, his mother falls over them, and the house is overflowing with junk. Now its time to give some of the mountain of goodies away, but Spencer finds it hard. In the end, he fills a box, but decides the one toy he can’t part with is the box!
Pigsty – Wendell Fultz’s room isn’t a mess. It’s a total pigsty. But even Wendell’s own mother can’t get him to clean it up. Wendell doesn’t think the mess is so awful. In fact, he doesn’t even mind it when one day he discovers a REAL pig sitting on his bed.