Sunday, February 26, 2012

100+ Picture Books We Love (mostly Twaddle-Free)

My favorite thing about having young children?  Gotta be the picture books.   I love picture books.  I think I want to have 5 more children just so I can have kids to continue reading picture books to. Okay, not really, but maybe...it would be fun. Anyway......back to picture books.   I just love when you can find a great story and great illustrations wrapped up in one tiny package.  Picture books can take children so many places, they are like magic.  There is so much contentment being snuggled up close to mom (or dad, or brother or sister, or grandma or grandpa...okay you get the picture, someone who loves them) listening to her voice tell them a story while they are free to explore the pictures and let their imaginations take them into another world. 


This is a list of our favorite picture books that we enjoy over and over again.   They are not in any specific order other than the order I pulled them off the shelf :)  Favorite authors and illustrators are in bold and italics.






  1. One Fine Day by Nony Hogrogian
  2. The Little Red Caboose by Marian Potter; illustrations by Tibor Gergely
  3. Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton
  4. The Flower Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta; illustrations by Leslie Evans
  5. The Story About Ping by Marjorie Flack and Kurt Wiese
  6. Swimmy by Leo Lionni
  7. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett; illustrations by Ron Barrett
  8. Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton
  9. Old Henry by Joan W. Blos; illustrations by Stephen Gammell
  10. Once a Mouse... by Marcia Brown
  11. A Chair for my Mother by Vera B. Williams
  12. A Rainbow of my Own by Don Freeman
  13. Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
  14. If You Give a Pig a Pancake by Laura Numeroff; illustrated by Felicia Bond
  15. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
  16. Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Leonni
  17. Shortcut by Donald Crews
  18. Ben's Trumpet by Rachel Isadora
  19. Chicken Soup With Rice: A Book of Months by Maurice Sendak
  20. Pierre: A Cautionary Tale in Five Chapters and a Prologue by Maurice Sendak
  21. Owl Moon by Jane Yolen; illustrated by John Schoenherr
  22. Island Boy by Barbara Cooney
  23. Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse by Leo Lionni
  24. Lovable Lyle by Bernard Waber
  25. Horton Hatches the Egg by Dr .Suess
  26. The Story of Ferdinand by Robert Lawson
  27. In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
  28. A Color of his Own by Leo Lionni
  29. Bread and Jam for Frances by Russell Hoban; illustrated by Lillian Hoban
  30. The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown; illustrated by Clement Hurd
  31. Love You Forever by Robert Munsch; illustrated by sheila McGraw (I was in tears!)
  32. The Little Island by Margaret Wise Brown; illustrated by Leonard Weisgard
  33. A Busy Year by Leo Lionni
  34. Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg
  35. Rumplestiltskin by Paul O. Zelinsky
  36. The Seven Silly Eaters by Mary Ann Hoberman; illustrated by Marla Frazee (we LOVE this!) 
  37. White Snow Bright Snow by Alvin Tresselt; illustrated by Roger Duvoisin
  38. Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
  39. On Market Street by Arnold Lobel; illustrated by Anita Lobel
  40. Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown; illustrated by Felicia Bond
  41. The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant; illustrated by Stephen Gammell
  42. If You Give a Pig a Party by Laura Numeroff; illustrated by Felicia Bond
  43. Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish; illustrated by Fritz Siebel
  44. Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems
  45. The Empty Pot by Demi
  46. Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
  47. Eloise by Kay Thompson
  48. Imogene's Antlers by David Small
  49. Yertle the Turtle and Other Stories by Dr. Seuss
  50. Bedtime for Frances by Russell Hoban; illustrated by Garth Williams
  51. The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton
  52. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
  53. Miss Nelson is Missing by Harry Allard and James Marshall
  54. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault; illustrated by Lois Elhert
  55. Green Eggs and Ham by Dr Suess
  56. Richard Scarry's Best Storybook Ever: 82 Wonderful Stories for Boys and Girls
  57. The Eleventhe Hour: A Curious Mystery by Graeme Base
  58. The Day the Babies Crawled Away by Peggy Rathmann
  59. Ox-Cart Man by Donald Hall; illustrated by Barbara Cooney
  60. Parts by Tedd Arnold
  61. The Poky Little Puppy by Janette Sebring Lowry; illustrated by Gustaf Tenggren
  62. The Elves and the Shoemaker by Jim LaMarche
  63. My Little Golden Book About GOD by Jane Werner Watson; illustrated by Eloise Wilkin
  64. There Was a Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow by Lucille Colandro; illustrated by Jared Lee
  65. The Greedy Triangle by Marilyn Burns; illustrated by Gordon Silveria
  66. Eric Carle's Animals, Animals
  67. Animalia by Graeme Base
  68. The Important Book by Margaret Wise Brown; illustrations by Leonard Weisgard
  69. Planting a Rainbow by Lois Elhert
  70. The Saggy Baggy Elephant by K. & B. Jackson; illustrated by Tenggren
  71. Little Cloud by Eric Carle
  72. The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle
  73. Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Bill Martin Jr.; illustrated by Eric Carle
  74. The Very Quiet Cricket by Eric Carle
  75. The Very Best Home for Me by Jane Werner Watson; illustrated by Garth Williams
  76. Eloise Wilkin Stories: Nine Beloved Classics
  77. Press Here by Herve Tullet
  78. The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
  79. Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
  80. Corduroy by Don Freeman
  81. Outside Over There by Maurice Sendak
  82. Frederick by Leo Lionni
  83. The Mixed-Up Chameleon by Leo Lionni
  84. The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Suess
  85. Freight Train by Donald Crews
  86. Guess How Much I love You by Sam McBratney; illustrated by Anita Jeram
  87. The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle
  88. My Many Colored Days by Dr Suess
  89. Are You My Mother by P.D. Eastman
  90. Gobble Growl Grunt by Peter Spier
  91. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
  92. The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle
  93. The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper
  94. The Water Hole by Graeme Base
  95. We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen; illustrated by Helen Oxenbury (fun to act out!)
  96. Olivia by Ian Falconer
  97. Snuggle Puppy by Sandra Boynton
  98. On the Day You Were Born by Debra Frasier
  99. All the Beatrix Potter Books - Peter Rabbit is our favorite though.
  100. The Little Critter Books by Mercer Mayer
  101. The Magic School Bus books
  102. Emma by Wendy Kesselman; illustrated by Barbara Cooney
  103. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown; illustrated by Clement Hurd


 I will get back around to linking all of these books...........sometime in the future.  For now I am tired of typing and ready for bed.


Do you have any suggestions that are not on my list?  I am always up for a trip to the bookstore for more picture books!