Great Picture Books

I spent the last nine years collecting picture books for my boys. As they move on to chapter books and reading quietly on their own, I find myself missing some of our favorites. So I’ve been pulling them off the shelf to read when the boys are too tired to do anything on their own. And they are still perfect!

Most of the picture books listed here bring together wonderful storytelling, strong values, and gorgeous illustrations:

Thank You, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco (or anything else by her)
Pemba Sherpa by Olga Cossi
A Blue so Blue by Jean-Francois Dumont
Max’s Words by Kate Banks and Boris Kulikov
The Firekeeper’s Son by Linda Sue Pak
The Dragon and the Unicorn by Lynne Cherry
The Dragon Machine by Helen Ward and Wayne Anderson
The Christmas Magic by Lauren Thompson and Jon Muth
Zen Ties by John Muth
Santa’s Book of Names by David McPhail
Max Found Two Sticks by Brian Pinkney
A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever by Marla Frazee
The Secret Shortcut by Mark Teague
Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
Arthur of Albion by John Matthews
The Genius of Leonardo by Guido Visconti and Bimba Landmann
Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox
The Man in the Moon by William Joyce

Any of these books would be great gifts for the holidays. And of course, any suggested additions to my picture book collection would be greatly appreciated!

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3 thoughts on “Great Picture Books

  1. I forgot about those two! They are great! Now I need to pull them out for reading time this week.

  2. MD says:

    As a former Kindergarten teacher this is an awesome list! Patricia Polloco is my absolute favorite, Mark Teague is always fun and Wilfred Gordon is a great tale about honoring the elderly. I would also recommend Ordinary Mary’s Extraordinary Deed by Emily Pearson and And to Think That I Thought That We’d Never Be Friends by MaryAnn Hoberman. Santa’s Book of names is a masterpiece of a holiday book. Happy reading!

  3. elizabeth says:

    I have heard of maybe 5-6 of these. Thanks for sharing! Would be great if you could sneak this list into the Inboxes of librarians. And if Santa could sneak them under the xmas trees of kids around the world! 🙂

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