Top 10 Picture Books – Oh How to Decide?

New York librarian, Elizabeth Bird is currently challenging all her blog readers to list their top 10 favorite picture books. She’ll then compile the results and come up with an overall top 10 from all our top 10s.

Believe me, this was tough. Because my choices depend on whether I go back to my childhood, my children’s childhood or my recent reads. Elizabeth made it a bit easier by limiting our choices to pure picture books (which kept THE CAT IN THE HAT BEGINNER BOOK DICTIONARY off my list).

So here’s my list. I’d love to hear what you think.

Jean Reidy’s Top Ten Favorite Picture Books
1. GOOD NIGHT MOON – This perfect bedtime story was loved and memorized by all my children. We ended up with several copies including the board book addition.
2. LILY’S PURPLE PLASTIC PURSE – Lily is every little girl. And most big girls too.

3. KNUFFLE BUNNY TOO — Mo so gets kids (and the adults who read to them!). And don’t get me started on the illustrations. This book makes me wish my kids were still little.

4. THE STINKY CHEESE MANThink both child and adult cracking up side by side on the couch. This book took “quality time” to a whole new level.

5. WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE – WTWTA is often touted as the perfect picture book and the one to study if you’re an aspiring PB writer. I remember finding Max’s naughtiness distinctly refreshing. His smirky little face could be found on any one of my kids. This is a must-have for anyone who was once or has loved a naughty kid.

6. THE POLAR EXPRESS – My family loves trains and we love Christmas. Even though my kids are old now, we still read this every Christmas Eve out loud before we head to bed.

7. THE RUNAWAY BUNNY –– And isn’t security so important? There’s good reason children tuck themselves right into a parent’s arms when read this story.

8. MAKE WAY FOR DUCKLINGS — A charming tale in a classic city with a perfect theme – family and a mother’s love.

9. SCAREDY SQUIRREL — When I picked this one up at the ALA convention I had tears of laughter streaming down my face.

10. BIG WHEELS – Wins the sentimentality award for me. It was the first book my first child adored and memorized. Need I say more.

Okay, I know Elizabeth said 10. But as soon as I sent off my list I began to have regrets for not including:

STREGA NONA – Oh gosh. I wonder where I learned the tune to “Bubble bubble pasta pot …” Did I make it up? Or did I hear Tomi sing it somewhere?

MADELINE– I received two books in the series one Christmas and instantly loved them. I remember feeling the necessity of including a collection of these stories on my own daughter’s shelf.

MIKE MULLIGAN AND THE STEAM SHOVEL – my all-time Captain Kangaroo favorite.

As soon as I publish this post, I’ll be wanting to add more. Expect an addendum. But in the meantime, I’d love to hear about your favorites. Please share them in the comments sections below. Happy reading!!

2 Responses to “Top 10 Picture Books – Oh How to Decide?”

  1. brianhumek

    I really enjoy three of those on your list. I’d also add LITTLE RED CABOOSE, WHERE DOES THURSDAY GO? and DIARY OF A WOMBAT. I absolutely love those books!