Our favorite children’s picture books

At our house, we love to read books. I love to read great picture books with my children, and I am always on the lookout for new titles to add to our list of favorites. Today I am sharing our list of favorites with you!

Andreae, Giles: Giraffes Can’t Dance; K is for Kissing a Cool Kangaroo

Becker, Bonny: A Visitor for Bear

Burton, Virginia Lee: The Little House

Boynton, Sandra (board books): Moo, Baa, La La La; Barnyard Dance; Pajama Time; and more

Bryan, Sean: A Girl and Her Gator

Canon, Janelle: Stellaluna

Carle, Eric: The Very Hungry Caterillar; Brown Bear… (and Polar Bear and more); Heat to Toe; and more

Cronin, Doreen: Click, Clack, Moo; and more

Davis, Jacky: Ladybug Girl

Dodd, Lynley: Hairy Maclary series, Wake up Bear.

Donaldson, Julia: The Gruffalo

Freeman, Don: Corduroy

Fox, Mem: Where is the Green Sheep?

Feiffer, Jules: Bark, George

Fuge, Charles: I Know a Rhino

Guarino, Deborah: Is your Mama a Llama?

Helakoski, Leslie: Big Chickens

Henkes, Kevin: Kitten’s First Full Moon; the mouse books (Lilly, Chrysanthemum, Julius…)

Heide, Florence Parry: Princess Hyacinth (The Surprising Tale of a Girl who Floated)

Hoban, Russell: Bread and Jam for Frances

Jenkins, Steve: What do you do with a tail like this?

Johnson, Crockett: Harold and the Purple Crayon

Lester, Helen: Tacky the Penguin

McCloskey, Robert: Make way for Ducklings; Blueberries for Sal

McMullan, Kate & Jim: I Stink

Numeroff, Laura: If You Give a Pig a Pancake; and all the other If You Give a…

O’Connor, Jane: Fancy Nancy

Rohmann, Eric: My Friend Rabbit

Rosenthal, Amy Krouse: Little Pea; Little Hoot

Shannon, David: No David series, Duck on a Bike.

Steig, William: Pete’s a Pizza; Dr. De Soto

Walsh, Ellen Stoll: Mouse Paint; Mouse Shapes; Mouse Count

Willems, Mo: Pigeon series; Knuffle Bunny series; and more

Wood, Don and Audrey: The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear; King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub; The Napping House

Yolen, Jane: How do Dinosaurs….? series

Young, Ed: Seven Blind Mice

It’s quite the list, but I am sure I am forgetting some.  You can see my favorite Caldecott Medal winning books here. To make this list a little more usable as a reference, I am adding it as a separate page to this blog. You can access it from the menu at the top bar of the blog.

When I’m looking for something new to read with my children, these are the first places I look for recommendations:

Best Books for Preschoolers by Simple Mom

100 Picture Books Everyone Should Read by Plymouth-Canton Community Schools, Early Childhood Development

10 Great Authors in Children’s Literature by Simple Mom

The “Unsung” Favorites of Children’s Literature by Simple Kids

Children’s Literature We Love by Simple Kids

ReadKiddoRead.com: dedicated to making kids readers for life

Caldecott Medal Winners: You can see my favorite Caldecott Medal winners here

Newberry Medal Winners

Read Aloud America: recommended reading lists for infants through12th grade

I am looking forward to a lot of summer reading time. What books would you add to the list???

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