Picture Books for Children

Important note: This list includes some (not all) of our favorite picture books as certain titles have been reserved for a themed list, e.g. illustrated fairy tales. See all booklists here!

Abuela by Arthur Dorros

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

Selections from The Children’s Book of Virtues by William J. Bennett, illustrated by Michael Hague

Children of the Forest by Elsa 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
*Audiobook recommendation: Winnie-the-Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner by A.A. Milne, narrated by Peter Dennis

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

Give Us This Day illustrated by Tasha Tudor, also The Lord Is My Shepherd

Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

Grandfather’s Journey by Allen Say

Hello Lighthouse by Sophie Blackall

Henner’s Lydia by Marguerite de Angeli

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff

James Herriot’s Treasury for Children by James Herriot
*Audiobook recommendation: James Herriot’s Treasury for Children by James Herriot, narrated by Jim Dale

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

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

Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

The Mitten by Jan Brett

My Five Senses by Aliki

My Mama Had a Dancing Heart by Libba Moore Gray

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

Pelle’s New Suit by Elsa Beskow

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, also Whistle for Willie

The Storm Book by Charlotte Zolotow

A Song for Lena by Hilary Horder Hippely

Tiny, Perfect Things by M.H. Clark

Through Grandpa’s Eyes by Patricia MacLachlan

Thy Friend, Obadiah by Brinton Turkle

The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr

The Treasure by Uri Shulevitz

Tuesday by David Wiesner

The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams, illustrated by William Nicholson

The Velveteen Rabbit (adaptation) by Margery Williams, illustrated by Florence Graham

Very Last First Time by Jan Andrews

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

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

Yonder by Tony Johnston

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