Design Mom’s Top 50 Picture Books

July 12, 2011

First, can I just say I loved coming up with this list and really thinking about the books that my children love the most — I kept having endearing flashbacks to cozy reading sessions and quiet bedtime routines. Second, coming up with this list was such a challenge! There is an incredible amount of excellent work out there. Narrowing it down to fifty was tougher than I expected. Most of all, I’m over-the-moon about the reaction to the Children’s Library Giveaway. Yay for books!

A few notes: As I compiled, I realized I want to make a few different lists — favorite toddler books, favorite chapter books, favorite holiday books… But for this list, I’m focusing on picture books. I had in mind children ages 3 to 10 — though some books skew younger than 7 and some skew older than 6. I also included a few books that would fall under the toddler book category, but that are loved by most everyone of any age. There are a couple of well-illustrated chapter books too — selections that even my young children enjoy.

The other thing I tried to do as I compiled the list, was to include as many authors and illustrators as possible. For example, there are at least 6 Dr. Seuss books I would consider essential to a children’s library, but I only included one here. Lastly, I made sure to include a Fairy Tales collection, Mother Goose collection and Fables collection — it wouldn’t be a decent library without them.

I’d love(!) to hear how your list might look different. Any picture books that would make your top 50 that didn’t make mine?

P.S. — Image by Brooke of Inchmark. She writes wonderful library book reviews.

The Design Mom Top 50 Picture Books, in alphabetical order:

- Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

- All in a Day

- Archie and the Pirates

- Arrow to the Sun

- A Bargain for Francis

 

- Blueberries for Sal

- Curious George

- Fables

- Fairy Tales

- Frog and Toad Together

 

- Good Night, Gorilla

- Goodnight Moon

- Green Eggs and Ham

- Harold and the Purple Crayon

- The Incredible Book-Eating Boy

 

- The Jolly Postman

- Joseph Had a Little Overcoat

- The Little Bear Treasury

- The Little House

- Madeline

 

- Many Moons

- Mother Goose

- A Million Dots

- My Father’s Dragon

- The Napping House

 

- Not a Box

- Oh, What a Busy Day

- Olivia

- Ox-Cart Man

- The Paper Bag Princess

 

- People

- Polkabats and Octopus Slacks

- The Relatives Came

- The Reluctant Dragon

- Seasons

 

- A Sick Day for Amos McGee

- The Snowy Day

- So You Want to be President?

- The Stinky Cheese Man

- The Story of Ferdinand

 

- Strega Nona

- A Tree Is Nice

- Time for Bed

- Where the Sidewalk Ends

- Where the Wild Things Are

 

- The Widow’s Broom

- Winnie the Pooh (4-volume set)

- Very Hungry Caterpillar

- You are Awesome

- Zen Shorts

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1 Mika July 13, 2011 at 9:03 am

Wow, what a list! I’m surprised how many books I don’t know on there!
My kids love ‘going on a bear hunt’ by Michael Rosen with the most delightful illustrations by Helen Oxenbury. ‘Big Red Barn’ by Margaret Wise Brown is also a favourite bedtime book for us.

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2 Christine A July 13, 2011 at 9:18 am

What a great list. I agree that these books are great.

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3 Barchbo July 13, 2011 at 9:33 am

I HAVE to get Archie and the Pirates! His dad’s birthday is on International Talk Like a Pirate Day and pirate-oriented goods are very popular at our house!

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4 emily July 13, 2011 at 9:34 am

i love so many of these books, but there are a bunch that we’ve never read that i’m excited to check out!

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5 Melissa Yoder July 13, 2011 at 9:41 am

The Three Little Kittens and The Little Red Hen (both with illustrations by Lilian Obligado) have always been favorites in my house. Great list!

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6 Sara July 13, 2011 at 9:43 am

What a great giveaway Gabrielle!

Many of your choices already grace our shelves and we’ve spent many happy hours reading them over and over and over and over again – toddlers, huh?!

If I win, I’ll donate the doubles to our local library. If not, I’m sure I can justify the cost of purchasing some of the books we don’t have to add to our pile!

Keep up the great work and congratulations on your 5 year anniversary!

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7 Kim July 13, 2011 at 9:47 am

What a great list! If you like Cynthia Rylant (The Relatives Came) you must read her other books (Scarecrow, In November, The Wonderful Happens, Silver Packages, The Cookie-Store Cat, to name a few faves), if you haven’t already. She is my all time favorite…along with Jane Yolen (Owl Moon), Charlotte Zolotow (The White Marble), and Kevin Henkes (Chrysanthemum). I would have the hardest time ever creating a list of 50. I couldn’t forget Fireflies, Saturdays and Teacakes, and Koala Lou. And my favorites right now…Nature’s Paintbox, Red Sings from Treetops, Sharing the Seasons, How to Heal a Broken Wing, and The Secret of Saying Thanks. Oh, I’m so sorry! I could go on and on and on!!!!

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8 r8chel July 13, 2011 at 10:00 am

Gabby, kudos to you for even attempting to make a list of your favorite children’s books. I’m sure it was challenging to narrow it down to 50. There are many on your list that I love, as well as many that I’ve never heard of.

My favorite children’s book is “The Monster at the End of This Book.” I love the way the book breaks the “fourth wall” between the story and the reader. The book itself becomes an object to be overcome, and the story becomes a conversation between Grover and the reader. Plus, it’s great fun to read aloud.

Also, I’ve always loved Brooke’s library book reviews over on Inchmark, so I’m happy to see you mention them. Her photos are darling.

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9 Shannon July 13, 2011 at 10:02 am

What a wonderful giveaway! I don’t know all of these but a lot of my favorites are covered. I love lists like this so I have new books to seek out for my son. Books are his favorite “toys”.

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10 Sarah {Daily Design Inspiration} July 13, 2011 at 10:11 am

Great list! I think I would add a Beatrix Potter and, most of all, a Toot and Puddles book. Also, this version of The Little Engine that Could (http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/little-engine-that-could-watty-piper/1100253311?ean=9781101483794&itm=2&usri=loren%2blong)

Love that you included a Francis book!

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11 Romina July 13, 2011 at 10:50 am

Oliver Jeffers is a favourite at our house — especially any of the stories with the boy and the penguin.

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12 Kat July 13, 2011 at 11:08 am

Oh my gosh! You put the book, “Seasons”, that I recommended to you on there! Did you love the illustrations and simplicity (and complexity I suppose) that I was talking about?
I absolutely love your list. Love it!
xoxo

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13 marymary July 13, 2011 at 11:12 am

For when you compile a list of toddler/preschooler books, here’s a shout out for Sandra Boynton’s wonderful little board books, such as Blue Hat, Green Hat; Hippos Go Berserk; The Going to Bed Book; and Barnyard Dance. My kids love them and they pass what may be my litmus test for a children’s book: can I enjoy reading it over — and over — and over again?

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14 Bethany July 13, 2011 at 11:17 am

This list blows my mind! I love it! I could comment on only about half of them though, which thrills me because it gives us new books to try out. I adore Shel Silverstein, and I love The Paper Bag Princess! I used to read that when I was a kid, but haven’t seen it in about two decades. And my favorite Don and Audry Wood book is Heckedy Peg. Have you read that one? The pictures are the best.

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15 Shannon July 13, 2011 at 11:18 am

I am so tickled to see Zen Shorts. It is such a marvelous book. I was surprisingly pleased when my baby tore a page because it meant I was free to cut it out and frame it without the guilt of desecrating an otherwise perfect book. You have such excellent taste! (Especially when it overlaps with my own. Hehe.). One more thing – I think the children’s library is just the sweetest idea.

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16 Jenny July 13, 2011 at 11:50 am

Miss Twiggley’s Tree, Tikki Tikki Tembo, Rabbit’s New Rug, and King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub should definitely be included – just to name a few.

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17 steph t. July 13, 2011 at 12:42 pm

oh, oh, oh….
here’s a couple that i absolutely adored as a child

“never talk to strangers”, by irma joyce. illustrated by george buckett.
here’s a link to the cover i remember:
http://www.vintagechildrensbooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=10713
i loved the illustrations when i was young.
especially the pictures of the bee with the bassoon and the rabbit.
it’s so whimsical!

i also loved richard scarry’s, “best word book”.
http://www.amazon.com/Mein-Allerschonstes-Worterbuch-Richard-Scarry/dp/3773549024/ref=pd_sxp_grid_i_0_0
we had the version with english, french and german.
i grew up speaking english and german so it was a great learning tool.
i loved seeing the translation of one word to the other language.
and richard scarry’s characters are just classic!
that little worm? ADORABLE!!!
everything is this book was so incredibly detailed.
i think that’s what made it so fun.
every tiny detail was labeled in all three languages!

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18 Hilary July 13, 2011 at 12:45 pm

I would add Corduroy. What a fantastic list!

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19 CMN July 13, 2011 at 1:01 pm

What a great list! I love how you’ve included both classic and new authors. And yes, definitely a task to whittle it down to 50 — even with putting the Picture Book restriction on the list!

Since you asked though, here are a few more Picture Books that I would add for my personal list…
- something by David Weisner (‘Tuesday’ and ‘June 29, 1999′ are my favorites),
- ‘Miss Twiggley’s Tree’ by Dorothea Warren Fox,
- ‘The Story of Babar’ by Jean de Brunhoff,
- anything by Bill Peet,
- ‘Father Christmas’ by Raymond Briggs,
- “Anatole” by Eve Titus,
- one of the ‘Dorrie” books by Patricia C. Coombs (even though most of this series are still shamefully out of print!),
- and something by Steven Kellogg (I always loved “The Christmas Witch” best – such a darling tale!)
Each of these author-illustrators does such a magical job with telling a visual story… and what imaginative stories they are too!

And while it may be on the high-end of the age list, “A Time to Keep” by Tasha Tudor was always so enthralling when I was a child…

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20 Susie July 13, 2011 at 1:06 pm

Sam, Bangs, and Moonshine by Evaline Ness. Wonderful story, wonderful illustrations. Especially good for older kids in the range.

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21 Kristin July 13, 2011 at 1:35 pm

Love your list! Many of the “additions” I thought of have already been mentioned by someone else, but I don’t think anyone has recommended “The Kissing Hand” yet. A favorite in our house!

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22 Jennifer Radtke July 13, 2011 at 1:37 pm

I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More by Karen Beaumont is one of my girls favorites.

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23 Lynne July 13, 2011 at 2:08 pm

You made some wonderful selections! How did you narrow it down? There are many that I have not read, but you have included so many of my favorites including The Snowy Day (one of my faves as a child…I loved the illustrations), The Story of Ferdinand (who couldn’t love a mellow, non-violent bull), and a modern favorite, The Stinky Cheese Man (which I introduced to my students when I did my student teaching).

I would also recommend these two: Chicken Sunday, by Patricia Polacco (anything by Patricia Polacco, really), and The Hundred Dresses, by Eleanor Estes. They are two of my favorite books of all time.

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24 mandi@herbanhomestead July 13, 2011 at 2:32 pm

You put Zen Shorts on your list! I am so happy to see it here!

You have so many of our favorites on the list (The Ox-cart Man!). To add, I think I’d put maybe one Elsa Beskow book on there- Emily and Daisy perhaps? And our all time favorite- Miss Rumphius.

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25 Rosemary July 13, 2011 at 2:42 pm

Love “The Napping House,” . . .yawn . . . I’m already there.

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26 Brandi Fox July 13, 2011 at 4:04 pm

There are a few books I’ve had since childhood that I refuse to give away because the Illustrations in them are so beautiful and the stories are wonderful too :)
Corduroy by Don Freeman
Tarzanna! by Babette Cole
Rainbow Rhino by Peter Sis
If you give a mouse a cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff, illustrated by Felicia Bond
Old Bear by Jane Hissey
Lisi and the Kittens by Krister Green, illustrated by Lisi Martin
Heckedy Peg by Audrey Wood, illustrated by Don Wood
Moonhorse by Mary Pope Osborne, illustrated by S. M. Saelig
The Littlest Angel by Charles Tazewell, illustrated by Paul Micich

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27 Megan Ashman July 13, 2011 at 4:21 pm

I LOVED The Jolly Postman growing up! The fact that I could take out the little letters to read was so fun. I also recommend The Jolly Christmas Postman and the Jolly Pocket Postman. And there are only a few that i will still need to read (i’m a future teacher). Thanks for such a great list!

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28 Holly July 13, 2011 at 4:26 pm

Fabulous list – so many favorites of ours too! Our family’s list would include Animalia by Graeme Base.

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29 Trish July 13, 2011 at 4:50 pm

Great list. Some of our fav authors that I would add are lauren Childs with Charlie and Lola any book by mo Willems

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30 Susan July 13, 2011 at 5:09 pm

Love your list! But the ultimate favorite of my brood when they were little was “The Wild Baby” by Barbro Lindgren. My copy went away over the years, and now it’s quite expensive to obtain. A pity, because it is the BEST!

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31 Ashley July 13, 2011 at 5:12 pm

You and your children have amazing taste!! Right now my almost 3 year old is in love the Frog and Toad Together. As far as chapter books we started Stuart Little by E.B. White. Now that he is more into reading he will actually sit and listen without any pictures to entertain him. My all time favorite as a child was Bernard of Scotland Yard by Berniece Freschet. When I was pregnant with my first son a wonderful, older co-worker gave me some of her childhood books from the 50′s. I couldn’t have asked for a better gift. Thanks you so much for a great book list to go to for holidays and birthdays. I did enter your giveaway…fingerscrossed. Thanks for posting this!!

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32 Erin July 13, 2011 at 5:47 pm

I love Strega Nona! I think that David Shannon’s “No, David!” will be a classic someday!

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33 Courtney July 13, 2011 at 5:51 pm

Wonderful list!!!

I would ad to my list… “The Giving Tree”, “Caps for Sale” and the classic Richard Scarry books. I LOVE so many of your choices. I am a former English teacher now a stay-home mom and reading with and choosing books with my children is a passion.

This is a wonderful gift… keeping my fingers crossed!!

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34 SuzyB July 13, 2011 at 6:38 pm

Ok, gotcha posted on my fb wall post. Looking forward to winning this contest!

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35 SuzyB July 13, 2011 at 6:39 pm

Love your blog and love the book list for the this contest. Whoever wins is very lucky to get these classics.

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36 Julie July 13, 2011 at 6:44 pm

Caps for Sale has been my daughter’s favorite book since she was ten months old. She also LOVES the very busy spider and the pigeon books by Mo Willems.

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37 DebbieD July 13, 2011 at 7:05 pm

We love picture books here! So glad you compiled a list, and what a great list it is!!

I would add a few 100 lol, okay I will keep it to 5 ;)

1. Flotsam by David Wiesner
2. Henry in love by Peter McCarty
3. Fish is Fish by Leo Lionni
4. The incredible book eating boy by Oliver Jeffers
5. 10 minutes till bedtime by Emily Rathmann

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38 Nichole July 13, 2011 at 7:07 pm

Lots of great books on your list! A lot of the favorites on my list are based on the books my Great-Grandma read to all of her Grandchildren/Great-Grandchildren, so they are very special to all of my family members and we love reminiscing about spending time on her lap!

Jump Frog Jump
1 Fish, 2 Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
Harold and the Purple Crayon

My personal favorite as a little girl was “Go Dog, Go”. My mom read it to me so much that she had it memorized!

Now as a teacher (elementary music), I love using Robert Munsch books. Many of his books lend them selves to having music/instruments added to them. My personal favorite is “Mortimer”, but I also love “Up, Up Down” and “Love You Forever”.

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39 Linnea July 13, 2011 at 7:57 pm

What a wonderful list! I would also include C. S. Lewis’s “The Chronicles of Narnia” and the Picture Bible – it’s an accurate comic-strip style retelling of the Bible. My siblings and I pored over these books!

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40 Pamela July 13, 2011 at 9:45 pm

Agreed, we love the Chronicles too and the Big Picture Bible.

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41 Jenny July 13, 2011 at 8:31 pm

The incredible book eating boy is a favorite of ours. We love Oliver Jeffers! What a great list.

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42 Pamela July 13, 2011 at 9:44 pm

If I don’t win this little collection of books I think I’ll move to Australia. :) My boys love that story, especially my five year old. It makes him giggle uncontrollably which makes me giggle too. One book I would have to add to make it a perfect collection for our family is Richard Scarry’s best story book ever. I was read many of his stories growing up and treasure them.

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43 Leslie July 13, 2011 at 10:35 pm

What a great list! My son (2.5) knows The Napping House by heart. Can’t wait to start working through the list!

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44 jess July 13, 2011 at 10:44 pm

Thank you for the list! I am always looking for recommendations. My 2 year old is ALWAYS reading so I love buying books! Thanks again.

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45 Cissy July 13, 2011 at 10:52 pm

Fantastic list. I saw many of my favorites, and I’m adding several to our library list. We also love “The Curious Garden”, “Adele & Simon”, and “I Love You the Purplest”.

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46 Stacie kaes July 13, 2011 at 11:52 pm

Must add ” I ain’t gonna paint no more!”

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47 Clarity July 14, 2011 at 12:15 am

I would have included Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree, although it might have fallen into the ‘older kids’ category. I think it’s a great story for any age :) Some other favorites in our house are: the McDuff series, the Hairy McClary series, many of Taro Gomi’s books, Whose Mouse Are You?, Leo the Late Bloomer, Miss Rumphius, several Kevin Henkes books, Ginger…there are just so many great books!

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48 jessica July 14, 2011 at 12:44 am

for anyone with a little girl “the paperbag princess” by robert munsch is a must. elizabeth, the heroine, is a strong, confident and a fabulous example for little girls everywhere.

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49 Freida July 14, 2011 at 1:15 am

Lots of my favourite books are on the list, Bravo for the great job, once again!
Quite a few I don’t know so I am going to check them out straight away. Have a great 14 Juillet! (did you get to see fireworks?) Hugs from Freida

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50 Sara July 14, 2011 at 4:09 am

What a fantastic list!!! I am excited to see both that we have read and own many of these AND there are more for us to discover!! This means that, if we were lucky enough to win, we would be able to give about half to my nieces and keep half!! Thank you for sharing the list and for the amazing giveaway!

I think it would be close to impossible to only choose 50. I love your choices, but would also be tempted to include something by Kevin Henkes, Jan Brett, Don Freeman and my mom’s favorite classic, “The Little Engine That Could.” (I LOVE the newer version illustrated by Loren Long!!!) Oh, I could probably go on and on, so I’ll stop here. GREAT list!!

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51 Jacqueline Kearney July 14, 2011 at 5:43 am

I’m-so-glad-to-see-”Joseph-Had-A-Litte-O\/ercoat”-on-the-list!-It’s-a-great-list!

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52 jen July 14, 2011 at 6:31 am

What a fun, fun list – makes me want to list my fifty favorites! We have most of these, but I’m going to have to check out the few we don’t on our library visit tomorrow!

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53 Sarah July 14, 2011 at 8:59 am

wow! this is a great list. even if I don’t win we’ll be working though this list at our house. thank you!

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54 Celeste July 14, 2011 at 10:37 am

can i send a shot out to The Monster at the end this Book. probably my fave of all time.

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55 Kathi July 14, 2011 at 10:41 am

As I scanned the list of titles and came to The Stinky Cheese Man, I shouted “YES”! This book still produces vivid memories of my sons’ laughter and exclamations of “read it again, Mommy!” The author & illustrator team of Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith quite simply ROCKS.

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56 Julie July 14, 2011 at 10:44 am

What a wonderful list! Thanks for this!

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57 Lindsey July 14, 2011 at 11:46 am

What a wonderful collection of books! I can see why narrowing it down to fifty was such a challenge. A few books we’re loving right now are: “Imagine a Day”, “Don’t Laugh at Me”, “Wherever You Are My Love Will Find You” and “Harry and Horsie”. If you have not yet read them, I sincerely hope you do.

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58 Live Love Small July 14, 2011 at 11:52 am

your list is great. thanks for sharing! one I would add and might be at the top of my list is Zoology by Joelle Jolivet..

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59 Lauren July 14, 2011 at 11:55 am

Do you know the book Roxaboxen? It is my absolute favorite, and often overlooked. I also love Tomie dePaola’s The Art Lesson. And about a million more. :)

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60 Reluctant Overachiever July 14, 2011 at 12:05 pm

this is a great list! i’ve read may of these to my second grade students so i can say that they are definitely tried and true kid favorites.

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61 Reluctant Overachiever July 14, 2011 at 12:07 pm

i also love william steig books which are awesome. my favorites are sylvester and the magic pebble and doctor de soto. he also wrote shrek originally. it’s a bit different than the movie though :)

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62 Sara July 14, 2011 at 12:08 pm

Hubert Horatio Bartle Bobton- Trent by Lauren Child (who wrote all the Charlie and Lola series)! It makes the whole family laugh every time!

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63 Keighley P July 14, 2011 at 4:59 pm

I would LOVE adding these books to my small start! I want so badly to give my kids the same library I had as a young child. Books are the best!

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64 jen July 14, 2011 at 6:03 pm

Great list but a must add is “When Moon Fell Down” by Linda Smith.
Fantastic illustrations and an engaging story/poem. Your kids young and old will LOVE it!

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65 Bilsko July 14, 2011 at 7:40 pm

For those that are looking for a single wish list of (almost) all the books on the list I threw together this Amazon wishlist:
http://amzn.com/w/31OT7UFFTD5OK

(I also added one or two books that were already on my other baby book lists)

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66 Erin July 14, 2011 at 9:22 pm

What a great list! Thanks for letting us in on your top 50 children’s books. We’re just getting started with our little girl’s library.

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67 Amanda July 15, 2011 at 8:11 am

Gregory the Terrible Eater ; my husband and I both loved it as kids and made sure to add it to the kids’ collection.
I got A Sick Day for Amos McGee at the library this week of your recommendation and it is fantastic! I love the illustrations. It’s such a sweet book.

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68 amorette July 15, 2011 at 8:56 am

have you seen/read iggy peck, architect by andrea beaty? if not, you should check it out- the illustrations are amazing, and the story is cute (even if you don’t have an architect for a husband!)

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69 Robin (noteverstill) July 15, 2011 at 10:32 am

What a fantastic list!! One of my favorites is Spoon, along with its companions Little Hoot and Little Pea. The three together make a great gift.

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70 welcome to our wonderland July 15, 2011 at 1:32 pm

the butterfly’s treasure by schim schimmel is great

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71 mary anne petersen July 15, 2011 at 1:35 pm

It is a great list! My one year old girl loves Things I like by Anthony Browne. She turns around the pages pointing out what calls her attention, and asks me to read it to her all the time!

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72 Heather July 15, 2011 at 2:01 pm

Loved this list. I think Alphabeasties should have made the top-50–it’s fantastic. You might want to check it out if you’ve never seen/read it. The Adventure of Hugo Cabret is also fantastic, but it’s for older kids.

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73 Joanne July 15, 2011 at 7:58 pm

I love this – thank you! I love recommendations for children’s books – you read them so many times that it is wonderful to have a selection of great ones. A few other favorites in our house are the Snail and the Whale, Brown Bear, Lost and Found, I Took the Moon for a Walk, Oh the Places You’ll Go, Milton the Early Riser, and The Tiger Who Came to Tea. And, and, and, but that’s enough! Thank you again!

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74 nicky July 15, 2011 at 8:58 pm

i love your list! so many favorites there.
i would also include Rainbow Fish and Stellaluna.

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75 Shayna Overbaugh July 16, 2011 at 11:09 am

You have a really great selection and I hope we win this for Liam. He turned 5 on Wednesday and his library is so small. Due to being really tight on cash, we really cannot afford to get him many books. :(

One of my favorite books when I was young was Ira Sleeps Over.

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76 Tami Smith July 16, 2011 at 2:07 pm

My kids love Sector 7 by David Wiesner. Also, one of my favorites is The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss–such a sweet, simple story about the faith of a child. Great list!

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77 jacque July 16, 2011 at 5:15 pm

Love the list, love the blog, would LOVE to win:)

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78 Juliana Chan July 17, 2011 at 12:53 am

Thank you for sharing your list with us! Even if I don’t win (fingers really really crossed for this one,) I am glad to have a good reference for children’s books.

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79 Liz July 17, 2011 at 6:57 pm

You had me at Hello. The first picture is my favorite children’s book of all time… I give “The Napping House” to all mamas and their new babies. :)

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80 Gerri July 18, 2011 at 12:31 pm

Thank you SO MUCH for this list!

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81 Emily July 18, 2011 at 3:45 pm

I agree with your list 100 percent!!! I just wanted to add that last year we got some really cool picture books from a friend that were personalized books for the kids. The kids got a kick out of them and the artwork was whimsical. They are from http://www.starboundstorybooks.com/ by John Abernathy. Thanks again for the list. Good luck!

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82 Laura Smith July 19, 2011 at 9:01 am

I love your site. thanks for sharing your sweet ideas and inspirations with all of us.

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83 kc July 22, 2011 at 8:25 am

When I was little, my favorite was “Listen Buddy!” It was great. You should look into it. It’s about a rabbit who doesn’t listen. I can still quote a line from it…”Who get the what from the where side of the where what!?”

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84 colleen July 23, 2011 at 1:26 am

I would have to say my standout picture book is The Gruffulo by Julia Donaldson – every child loves it – also her Room on The Broom – if you haven’t read them with children do yourself a big favour and buy them immediately – or just buy them for yourself! All of her books are a delight – also The Snail and the Whale .

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85 whitneyingram July 23, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Perfect! Every time I order something from Amazon, whether it be vacuum bags or a memory card for my camera, I order a book for my kids. I am just going to make my way down the list and get all these books. Thank you for taking the time to compile this list and post it. I know that takes a lot of work. My three littles and I appreciate your efforts!

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86 Amy Curran September 12, 2011 at 7:30 am

I love all things Mo Willems and Sandra Boynton. If I had to choose one book from each it would be Knuffle Bunny, Willems and Moo Baa La, La, La, Boynton. My family also loves the Llama, Llama books!!! I love your list…..now I am going to do one for us.

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87 Leslie in VA September 12, 2011 at 1:26 pm

What? No Elsa Beskow?

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88 Lisa September 13, 2011 at 10:40 pm

Love the list and boy did it make me think. I can’t wait to check out some of the books that I have not heard of. I would add The Mineasoaur, Cats and Dolls, and Vera the Mouse which my girls love for they have a cat and a little teddybear hamster. On the top of my l st would be Jack Kent; Socks for Supper, that is my alltime favorite. I am so lucky to be able to enjoy these books with my kids.

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89 Mina October 11, 2011 at 7:25 am

Thank you for this list! I love a good book recommendation.
My 10-month old is loving the bear books by Karma Wilson right now. Especially bear snores on. He is also fond of That’s not my truck and The Little Blue Truck.
Shared your list on Mini Piccolini: http://minipiccolini.com/2011/10/design-moms-favourite-picture-books/

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90 Laura March 21, 2012 at 12:16 pm

Great list! I will definitely check some of these out, my 11-month old loves picture books. If anyone is looking for fun books for their older children, they should check out RA Jones (http://www.rajonesauthor.com/). My 10-year old just finished “The Obsidian Pebble” and loved it!

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91 Lucy Mitchell April 12, 2012 at 8:33 am

Many thanks for your list! As a result I have added Alexander and the No Good.., Amos and the Sick Day and The Napping House to our collection. I’d like to repay you by recommending The Magic Bed by John Burningham and Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper. Maybe you have them already but if not, they are lovely. (and The London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Parkinson! For age ten and up.)

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92 adi September 27, 2012 at 9:35 am

great list. thank you. to my mind, a book of of Mo willems is a must. Also, Jules Feiffer, Loren Childs’ Charlie and Lola.

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93 Paula October 10, 2012 at 8:40 pm

I think you should look at Big Rabbit’s Bad Mood by Ramona Badescu and illustrated by the brilliant Delphine Durand. It’s a hilarious story of a big bad hairy mood (literally) who won’t leave Big Rabbit alone. My kids love thinking about a bad mood that looks like that. Brilliant! Check it out!

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94 Lisa December 13, 2012 at 10:28 pm

14 Cows for America is a good way to segway into 9/11 & the Diary of a Wombat books by Jackie French are hilarious & always seem to crack the older kids up. Loved that you included the Little House and Time for Bed. Big favorites in our house. Agree with another post that sad Leo Lionni not in there somewhere…so many GREAT ones to choose!
Many great books on your list~thanks!

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