Favorite picture books

Top 10 Favorite picture books : Where the Wild Things Are, Goodnight Moon, In the Night Kitchen, Blueberries for Sal, Curious George, Frog and Toad Are Friends, Corduroy, The Complete Tales, The Snowy Day, Crictor

Where the Wild Things Are
AuthorMaurice Sendak
One night Max puts on his wolf suit and makes mischief of one kind and another, so his mother calls him 'Wild Thing' and sends him to bed without his supper.

That night a forest begins to grow in Max's room and an ocean rushes by with a boat to take Max to the place where the wild things are.

Goodnight Moon
AuthorMargaret Wise Brown
In a great green room, tucked away in bed, is a little bunny. "Goodnight room, goodnight moon." And to all the familiar things in the softly lit room -- to the picture of the three little bears sitting on chairs, to the clocks and his socks, to the mittens and the kittens, to everything one by one -- the little...
In the Night Kitchen
AuthorMaurice Sendak

I have a confession to make, goodreads. You might want to sit down.

Blueberries for Sal
AuthorRobert McCloskey
Caldecott Honor Book

What happens when Sal and her mother meet a mother bear and her cub? A beloved classic is born!

Kuplink, kuplank, kuplunk! Sal and her mother a picking blueberries to can for the winter. But when Sal wanders to the other side of Blueberry Hill, she discovers a mama...
Curious George
AuthorH.A. Rey
The first adventure in this highly popular series tells how the little monkey Curious George, caught in the jungle and brought back to the city by a man in a yellow hat, can't help being interested in all the new things around him. Though well meaning, George's curiosity always gets him into trouble. Young...
Frog and Toad Are Friends
AuthorArnold Lobel
Celebrate the power of friendship in these five adventurous stories starring Frog and Toad—a Caldecott Honor Book!

From writing letters to going swimming, telling stories to finding lost buttons, Frog and Toad are always there for each other—just as best friends should be. Frog and...
AuthorDon Freeman
Have you ever dreamed of being locked in a department store at night? The endearing story of Corduroy paints a picture of the adventures that might unfold (for a teddy bear at least) in such a situation. When all the shoppers have gone home for the night, Corduroy climbs down from the shelf to look for his...
The Complete Tales
AuthorBeatrix Potter
This complete and unabridged collection contains all 23 of Beatrix Potter's Tales in one deluxe volume with all their original illustrations. The stories are arranged in the order in which they were first published so they may be read in their proper sequence. A special section at the end of this volume...
The Snowy Day
AuthorEzra Jack Keats
Winner of the 1963 Caldecott Medal!

No book has captured the magic and sense of possibility of the first snowfall better than The Snowy Day. Universal in its appeal, the story has become a favorite of millions, as it reveals a child's wonder at a new world, and the hope of capturing and keeping...
AuthorTomi Ungerer

I have read many books by Tomi Ungerer and I have just recently stumbled upon this book called “Crictor.” “Crictor” is a French story by Tomi Ungerer and it is about how an old friendly woman named Madame Louise Bodot gets a boa constrictor for a pet and the two of them become the best of...
AuthorChris Van Allsburg
What an entertaining story! I first read this as a child, then I watched the movie with Robin Williams and fell in love all over again. But it was in my sophomore year at college when I was taking a course on "Reading in the Elementary School," and had to pull together a portfolio of books, that I chose this...
The Runaway Bunny
AuthorMargaret Wise Brown
A little bunny keeps running away from his mother in an imaginative and imaginary game of verbal hide-and-seek; children will be profoundly comforted by this lovingly steadfast mother who finds her child every time.

The Runaway Bunny, first published in 1942 and never out of print, has indeed...
A Bear Called Paddington
AuthorMichael Bond
An alternate cover edition of this ISBN can be found here.

Mr. and Mrs. Brown first met Paddington, a most endearing bear from Darkest Peru on a railway platform in London. A sign hanging around his neck said, "Please look after this bear. Thank you" So that is just what they did.

Guess How Much I Love You
AuthorSam McBratney
"Guess how much I love you," says Little Nutbrown Hare. Little Nutbrown Hare shows his daddy how much he loves him: as wide as he can reach and as far as he can hop. But Big Nutbrown Hare, who can reach farther and hop higher, loves him back just as much. Well then Little Nutbrown Hare loves him right up to the...
AuthorPaul O. Zelinsky
Richly hued oil paintings complement a story simply and gracefully told."Children...love the story for its mystery, and its familiarity. Adults will find that, like most classic fairy tales, this one rewards periodic rethinking." --New York Times Book Review"Zelinsky's smooth retelling and...
AuthorDavid Wiesner
A bright, science-minded boy goes to the beach equipped to collect and examine flotsam--anything floating that has been washed ashore. Bottles, lost toys, small objects of every description are among his usual finds. But there's no way he could have prepared for one particular discovery: a barnacle-encrusted...
Millions of Cats
AuthorWanda Gág
Once upon a time there was an old man and an old woman who were very lonely. They decided to get a cat, but when the old man went out searching, he found not one cat, but millions and billions and trillions of cats! Unable to decide which one would be the best pet, he brought them all home. How the old couple came...
The Little Engine That Could
AuthorWatty Piper
When I was seven, my Mom used to read to us from this little book.

It was one of many books scattered atop our bright red plastic-‘n-steel tabletop, and she was cataloguing them for her new Public Library!

It was a bright red-letter year for us kids, too, that year - a real Book Bonanza.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
AuthorJudith Viorst
The perennially popular tale of Alexander's worst day is a storybook that belongs on every child's bookshelf.

Alexander knew it was going to be a terrible day when he woke up with gum in this hair.

And it got worse...

His best friend deserted him. There was no dessert in his lunch...
The Complete Calvin and Hobbes
AuthorBill Watterson
[ Box Set | Book One | Book Two | Book Three ]

Calvin and Hobbes is unquestionably one of the most popular comic strips of all time. The imaginative world of a boy and his real-only-to-him tiger was first syndicated in 1985 and appeared in more than 2,400 newspapers when Bill Watterson retired...
AuthorDugald A. Steer
For true believers only, a lavishly illustrated reproduction of a legendary volume by the world's most distinguished dragonologist. Don't let it fall into the wrong hands!

Do you believe in dragons? Now, for the first time, the long-lost research of renowned nineteenth century dragonologist...
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
AuthorJudi Barrett

“Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” is a cult classic children’s book by Judi Barrett along with illustrations by Ron Barrett and it is about a magical town called Chewandswallow (chew and swallow, get it?) where food just falls from the sky and provides people with everything they need....
Diary of a Wombat
AuthorJackie French
Wombats are cuddly-looking, slow-moving Australian animals. Their favorite activities are eating, sleeping, and digging holes. Here, in the words of one unusually articulate wombat, is the tongue-in-cheek account of a busy week; eating, sleeping, digging holes . . . and training its new neighbors,...
Something From Nothing
AuthorPhoebe Gilman
This is one of my favorite picture books. All children should hear this story, and they should hear it more than once.

Quite a few topics are addressed in relatively few pages.
• the Jewish culture
• "waste not want not"
• the job of a tailor
• family with close association...
Owl Moon
AuthorJane Yolen
Late one winter night a little girl and her father go owling. The trees stand still as statues and the world is silent as a dream. Whoo-whoo-whoo, the father calls to the mysterious nighttime bird.

But there is no answer.

Wordlessly the two companions walk along, for when you go owling...
Good Dog, Carl
AuthorAlexandra Day
After simply adoring some of the later books in Alexandra Day's Carl the Rottweiler series, I have to admit that I was and still remain more than a bit underwhelmed by the first book of the series, by Good Dog, Carl. I think that in general, it is a sweet (albeit for some parents, perhaps also a touch unnerving)...
Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb
AuthorAl Perkins
After a hiatus, Neo is back to do some reading aloud. He’s chosen some of the ‘Seuss-themed’ books, helping him with his rhyming words and also allowing him to be a tad silly. This book, quite popular in its own right, has a handful of monkeys working on drumming and humming while using their fingers...
AuthorDavid Macaulay
City is the second of David Macaulay’s very popular “children’s” books (all still in print) which he authored and illustrated in the 1970s, in which he produced large black and white drawings accompanied by interesting text, together illustrating how various things have been put together...
AuthorDavid Macaulay
The word itself conjures up mystery, romance, intrigue, and grandeur. What could be more perfect for an author/illustrator who has continually stripped away the mystique of architectural structures that have long fascinated modern man? With typical zest and wry sense of humor punctuating his drawings,...
AuthorDavid Macaulay
David Macaulay is known for his architecturally-driven texts which combine the appeal of children’s picture books with that of an adult coffee table book; delighting readers of all ages. Being a fan of Macaulay’s “Castle” and “Cathedral”, I next turned to “Mill”.

Kingdom Come
AuthorMark Waid
Writer Mark Waid, coming from his popular work on Flash and Impulse, and artist Alex Ross, who broke new ground with the beautifully painted Marvels, join together for this explosive book that takes place in a dark alternate future of the DC Superhero Universe. Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and almost...
AuthorKurt Busiek
Welcome to New York. Here, burning figures roam the streets, men in brightly colored costumes scale the glass and concrete walls, and creatures from space threaten to devour our world. This is the Marvel Universe, where the ordinary and fantastic interact daily. This is the world of Marvels.

AuthorEdward Gorey
The title of this deliciously creepy collection of Gorey's work stems from the word amphigory, meaning a nonsense verse or composition. As always, Gorey's painstakingly cross-hatched pen and ink drawings are perfectly suited to his oddball verse and prose. The first book of 15, "The Unstrung Harp,"...
AuthorTasha Tudor
A charming, classic animal tale with plenty of heart--and plenty of corgis!

In Corgiville, as in many small towns all over America, the biggest event of the year is the fair. And the most exciting thing at the Corgiville Fair is the goat race! Caleb Corgi has spent months training his goat, Josephine,...
AuthorJerry Smath
I'm glad I kept this on my list until I found a new library to join. It's one of those magically nostalgic classics, a 'sleeper' or 'cult' favorite, if you will. Kids, including child me, get a true kick, and feel the wonder of being able to empathize with the old lady, the pet salesman, and the critters too....
Miss Nelson Is Missing!
AuthorHarry Allard
The kids in Room 207 were misbehaving again. Spitballs stuck to the ceiling. Paper planes whizzing through the air. They were the worst-behaved class in the whole school.

So begins this quirky classic, first published in 1977 and still relevant today as a lighthearted reminder to show our...
Chicken Soup with Rice: A Book of Months
AuthorMaurice Sendak
Maurice Sendak, the Caldecott Medal-winning creator of the iconic Where the Wild Things Are, created a warmly loved classic book of months, in verse, with Chicken Soup with Rice.

This rhyming book cleverly uses a little boy’s love for soup to teach children the months of the year and...
AuthorDavid Macaulay
Pyramid is another of David Macaulay’s popular children’s books published in the 1970s, all of which I think are still in print.

The books feature black and white drawings, occupying most of a page (sometimes spread over two pages) of the large format (12 ½" x p 3/8") hardbound...
AuthorJames Gurney
After they are shipwrecked on a mysterious island called Dinotopia, Professor Arthur Denison and his son, Will, discover an awe-inspiring new world where dinosaurs and humans have lived together peacefully for centuries. They have only begun to adjust to this remarkable civilization before heading...
AuthorDavid Macaulay
What would happen if a crazy multibillionare in the Middle East decided to buy the Empire State Building and transport it across the ocean? Macaulay presents this scenario with a meticulously researched deconstruction with detailed illustrations of the building's internal structural features,...
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