Favorite 100 Picture Books

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I’ve curated a list of the top 100 picture books at the request of a children’s library in Connecticut.  Here are my favorite picks, including classics and new titles, in alphabetical order. Enjoy!

Title Author/Illustrator
A Chair for Mama Vera B. Williams
A Tree is Nice Janice May Udry/Marc Simont
All Are Welcome Alexandra Penfold/Suzanne Kaufman
Anasi the Spider Gerald McDermott
and Tango Makes Three Justin Richardson/Peter Parnell/Henry Cole
Baabwaa & Wooliam David Elliott/Melissa Sweet
Best Pet of All, The David LaRochelle/Hanako Wakiyama
Blueberries for Sal Robert McCloskey
Bread and Jam for Frances Russell Hoban/Lillian Hoban
Brown Bear, Brown Bear Bill Martin, Jr./Eric Carle
Caboose That Got Loose, The Bill Peet
Caps for Sale Esphyr Slobodkina
Carrot Seed, The Ruth Krauss/Crockett Johnson
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Bill Martin, Jr/John Archambault/Lois Ehlert
Chicken Soup with Rice Maurice Sendak
Chrysanthemum Kevin Henkes
Click Clack Moo Doreen Cronin
Complete Adventures of Peter Rabbit, The Beatrix Potter
Corduroy Don Freeman
Creepy Carrots Aaron Reynolds/Peter Brown
Curious George H. A. Rey
Day the Crayons Quit Drew Daywalt/Oliver Jeffers
Dear Zoo Rod Campbell
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus Mo Willems
Doorbell Rang, The Pat Hutchins
Dot, The Peter Reynolds
Dr. DeSoto William Steig
Dragons Love Tacos Adam Rubin/Daniel Salmieri
Draw Raul Colon
Dreamers Yuyi Morales
Each Peach Pear Plum Janet and Allen Ahlberg
Freight Train Donald Crews
George & Martha James Marshall
Go Away, Big Green Monster Ed Emberley
Good Night Moon Margaret Wise Brown/Clement Hurd
Gruffalo, The Julia Donaldson/Axel Scheffler
Harold & the Purple Crayon Crockett Johnson
Harry the Dirty Dog Gene Zion
Hello, Hello Brendan Wenzel
Here’s a Little Poem: a very first book of poetry Collected by Jane Yolen/Andrew Peters/Polly Dunbar
House is a House for Me, A Mary Ann Hoberman/Betty Fraser
I Like Me Nancy L. Carlson
If you Give a Mouse a Cookie Laura Joffe Numeroff/Felicia Bond
Interrupting Chicken David Ezra Stein
Ira Sleeps Over BernardWaber
It’s Ok to be Different Todd Parr
Joseph had a Little Overcoat Simms Taback
Julius, Baby of the World Kevin Henkes
Knuffle Bunny Mo Willems
Last Stop on Market Street Matt de la Pena
Leo the Late Bloomer Robert Kraus/Jose Aruego
Library Lion Michelle Knudsen/Kevin Hawkes
Lion and the Mouse, The Jerry Pinkney
little blue & little yellow Leo Lionni
Little Engine that Could Watty Piper/George & Doris Hauman
Little House Virginia Lee Burton
Little Red Lighthouse & The Great Gray Bridge, The Hildegarde H. Swift/Lynd Ward
Llama, Llama Red Pajama Anna Dewdney
Lon Po Po: A Red Riding Hood Story from China Translated by Ed Young
Madeline Ludwig Bemelmens
Make Way for Ducklings Robert McCloskey
May I Bring a Friend Beatrice Schenk deRegniers/Beni Montresor
Millions of Cats Wanda Gag
Miss Nelson is Missing Harry Allard/James Marshall
Miss Rumphius Barbara Cooney
Mother Bruce Ryan T. Higgins
Napping House, The Audrey Wood/Don Wood
Night Gardener, The Terry Fan
No David David Shannon
Officer Buckle & Gloria Peggy Rathman
Olivia Ian Falconer
Owl Babies Martin Waddel/Patrick Benson
Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me Eric Carle
Planting a Rainbow Lois Ehlert
Press Here Herve Tullet
Relatives Came, The Cynthia Ryland/Stephen Gammell
Runaway Bunny Margaret Wise Brown/Clement Hurd
Sheep in a Jeep Nancy Shaw/Margot Apple
Sick Day for Amos McGee, A Philip C. Stead/Erin E. Stead
Snowy Day, The Ezra Jack Keats
Stone Soup Marcia Brown
Story of Ferdinand, The Munro Leaf/Robert Lawson
Storybook Knight, The Helen Docherty/Thomas Docherty
Stray Dog, The Retold by Marc Simont
Strega Nona Tomie de Paola
Sylvester & the Magic Pebble William Steig
Ten, Nine, Eight Molly Bang
This is Not My Hat Jon Klassen
Three Pigs, The David Wiesner
Tomie DePaola’s Mother Goose Tomie dePaola
True Story of the Three Little Pigs, The Jon Scieszka/Lane Smith
Very Busy Spider, The Eric Carle
Very Hungry Caterpiller, The Eric Carle
We Came to America Faith Ringold
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt Michael Rosen/Helen Oxenbury
When Sophie Gets Angry Molly Bang
Where the Wild Things Are Maurice Sendak
Where’s Spot Eric Hill
Whoever You Are Mem Fox/Leslie Staub
Zin Zin a Violin Lloyd Moss/Marjorie Priceman


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