Classic Picture Books for Children

How am I to sing your praise,
Happy chimney-corner days,
Sitting safe in nursery nooks,
Reading picture story-books?

From “Picture-books in Winter” by Robert Louis Stevenson

 

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Aesop’s Fables illustrated by Charles Santore
Aesop’s Fables for Children illustrated by Milo Winter

All the Places to Love by Patricia MacLachlan

Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish

Anatole by Eve Titus

Angus and the Ducks by Marjorie Flack

Anno’s Journey by Mitsumasa Anno

Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman

Billy and Blaze by C.W. Anderson, and others in series

Block City by Robert Louis Stevenson, illustrated by Ashley Wolff

Blue on Blue by Dianne White, illustrated by Beth Krommes

Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey, also Make Way for Ducklings and One Morning in Maine

Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina

A Child’s Book of Art: Great Pictures, First Words by Lucy Micklethwait

A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson, illustrated by Tasha Tudor

Children of the Forest by Elska Beskow

The Church Mice Spread Their Wings by Graham Oakley

The Complete Book of the Flower Fairies by Cicely Mary Barker

The Original Peter Rabbit, Books 1-23 or The Complete Tales of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

The Complete Tales of Winnie-The-Pooh by A.A. Milne

Corduroy by Don Freeman

The Empty Pot by Demi

Frog Went A-Courtin’ by John Langstaff, illustrated by Feodor Rojankovsky, also Over in the Meadow

The Gardener by Sarah Stewart

The Gingerbread Boy by Paul Galdone

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

Grandfather’s Journey by Allen Say

Hailstones and Halibut Bones: Adventures in Poetry and Color by Mary O’Neill

Hello Lighthouse by Sophie Blackall

A House for Hermit Crab by Eric Carle

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff

James Herriot’s Treasury for Children by James Herriot

Katy and the Big Snow by Virgina Lee Burton, also Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel

The Lion & the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney

Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik, also Father Bear Comes HomeLittle Bear’s Friendand Little Bear’s Visit

The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper

The Little Red Hen by Paul Galdone, also The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse

Little Red Riding Hood by Trina Schart Hyman

Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

Miss Suzy by Miriam Young

The Mitten by Jan Brett

Mother Goose by Gyo Fujikawa
The Real Mother Goose by Blanche Fisher Wright
Favorite Nursery Rhymes from Mother Goose by Scott Gustafson

My Five Senses by Aliki

My Great-Aunt Arizona by Gloria Houston

My Mama Had a Dancing Heart by Libba Moore Gray

My Shadow by Robert Louis Stevenson, illustrated by Glenna Lang

A New Coat for Anna by Harriet Zierfert

Noah’s Ark by Jerry Pinkney

On Market Street by Arnold Lobel, illustrated by Anita Lobel

1 is One by Tasha Tudor

Owl Moon by Jane Yolen

Ox-Cart Man by Donald Hall

Pancakes, Pancakes! by Eric Carle

Paul Revere’s Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, illustrated by Ted Rand

Pelle’s New Suit by Elsa Beskow

Prayer for a Child by Rachel Field

Put Me in the Zoo by Robert Lopshire

The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant

Richard Scarry’s Best Storybook Ever by Richard Scarry

Roxaboxen by Alice McLerran

Saint George and the Dragon by Margaret Hodges, illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman

A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip C. Stead

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
Whistle for Willie by Ezra Jack Keats

The Storm Book by Charlotte Zolotow

A Song for Lena by Hilary Horder Hippely

The Story of Holly & Ivy by Rumer Godden, illustrated by Barbara Cooney

The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr

Thy Friend, Obadiah by Brinton Turkle

Tuesday by David Wiesner

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams (original text), illustrated by William Nicholson

Very Last First Time by Jan Andrews

Wonders of Nature by Jane Werner Watson, illustrated by Eloise Wilkins

Wynken, Blynken, and Nod by Eugene Field, illustrated by Johanna Westerman or Barbara Cooney

Yonder by Tony Johnston


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