A few months ago, we shared our favorite books for children 1 year and under. Next, we are sharing our favorite picture books. It is a good mix of recently published and rediscovered classics. To choose our list, we considered several criteria. First, did we enjoy reading it as adults (quality of craft and/or a multilayered story)? Did our children ask to read it repeatedly? Did we feel compelled to buy it and add it to our permanent home library? Can we anticipate saving the book for future generations?
As before, each of our personal lists brought back many memories. We will have to read some of these again soon!
Here are our favorite picture books for children, in alphabetical order by author:
An Egg Is Quiet, Dianna Ashton
The Mine-o-saur, Sudiptha Bardhan-Quallen
The Curious Garden, Peter Brown
Mr. Tiger Goes Wild, Peter Brown
One Cool Friend, Toni Buzzeo
If You Find A Rock, Peggy Christian
That Rabbit Belongs to Emily Brown, Cressida Cowell
Llama Llama Red Pajama, Anna Dewdney
Moonshot, Brian Floca
Whoever You Are, Mem Fox
Ox-cart Man, Donald Hall
Bread and Jam For Frances, Russell Hoban
The Horse in Harry’s Room, Syd Hoff
The Story of Ferdinand, Munro Leaf
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Bill Martin, Jr.
Me…Jane, Patrick McDonnell
Race You to Bed, Bob Shea
Born Yesterday: The Diary of a Young Journalist, James Solheim
The Stinky Cheeseman and other Fairly Stupid Tales, Jon Scieszka
Grandpa Green, Lane Smith
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, Mo Willems
Owl Moon, Jane Yolen
You are a Lion, Taeeun Yoo
Do have other favorites not on this list? Please share!