Favorite Picture Books

Just like in my Favorite Board Books post, I’m trying to go beyond some of the classic picture books like The Poky Little PuppyFavorite Picture Books - The Poky Little Puppy and Harold and the Purple CrayonFavorite Picture Books - Harold and the Purple Crayon. I’ve also excluded some that I enjoy more than my children (such as Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That TypeClick, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type, although I’m hoping they’ll like this series when they’re a little bit older). In other words, I’m listing books that are favorites picture books for everyone.

Favorite Picture Books - Guess How Much I Love YouGuess How Much I Love YouFavorite Picture Books - Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney and illustrated by Anita Jeram

This might be considered a modern classic. Gorgeous illustrations, and lovely, gentle story, and a sweet message. While it’s available as a board book, I think the story is better suited for children just a bit older, and would definitely recommend the picture book version.

I love the creativity in how much they love each other is expressed (I don’t think they’re being competitive in it, just having fun in a way that I can see my son doing.)

Favorite Picture Books - Baby Bear's ChairsBaby Bear’s ChairsFavorite Picture Books - Baby Bear's Chairs by Jane Yolen and illustrated by Melissa Sweet

I’m afraid this book (and the other books featuring Baby Bear, Baby Bear’s Big DreamsFavorite Picture Books - Baby Bear's Big Dreams and Baby Bear’s BooksFavorite Picture Books - Baby Bear's Books) may be going out of print, which is a sad sad event. Both of my children love the set, so much so that these were some of the first library books I had to buy copies for our own library rather than endlessly attempting to renew the library copies.

The illustrations are lots of fun, with plenty of things to help your children locate (my daughter loves finding the elephant on the first page of Baby Bear’s Big Dreams)Favorite Picture Books - Baby Bear's Big Dreams. Cute stories, great rhythm, and terrific illustrations make for a wonderful picture book.

Favorite Picture Books - Kitten's First Full MoonKitten’s First Full MoonFavorite Picture Books - Kitten's First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes

When I first got this book from the library I was, I’m sad to admit, somewhat underwhelmed. The black and white illustrations were beautiful, and the story was cute, but I didn’t expect it to get my son all that excited.

Oh, how wrong I was. He LOVED this story. Loved finding the moon in the pictures, loved sympathizing with the poor kitten, loved that the kitten got his bowl of milk at the end. This isn’t a book that has kept his interest quite as long as some, but for about six months he couldn’t get enough of it. I think it’s past time I pulled it out to see what his sister thinks about it.

Favorite Picture Books - Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the BusDon’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!Favorite Picture Books - Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems

My son is kind of obsessed with Mo Willems’ books. He has loved every one of them, to the point where I’ve found myself hiding them because I just can’t handle one more repetition that afternoon.

His books really are terrific. My son wants to discuss every page, and speculate on what’s happening, and I’d better read every word with the same inflection as last time, and I’d better hope my voice doesn’t give out because he wants to have the pigeon’s big reaction repeated with LOTS. OF. ENERGY!

There are a slew of pigeon books. We’re partial to the bus one, and The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog!. In non-pigeon literature, my son’s absolute favorites are Knuffle Bunny Free: An Unexpected DiversionKnuffle Bunny Free: An Unexpected Diversion and Edwina, The Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She Was ExtinctEdwina, The Dinosaur Who Didn't Know She Was Extinc.

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  1. Great list! We love Mo Willems around our house, too. My boys love his Elephant and Piggie series. They are great early reader books – easy to read and build confidence, but super funny and hilarious. My two-year-old daughter loves them, too.

    • We haven’t tried any of the Elephant and Piggie series, but I’ve got them on my list to try for my kids. I’ve just assumed that they’ll be big hits as well since it seems like everything Willems is. I’m glad to hear you confirm that they’re also winners.

  2. I had no idea there were other Baby Bear books! We have Baby Bears Books and LOVE it!! Not cool that they might go out of print! It’s excellent!! (I might have it memorized!)

    • Yes! I think I might slightly prefer the Books one, but really, they’re all wonderful. IMCPL has them all too, which is how we first tried them. 🙂

  3. The pigeon books are kinda awesome. 🙂 And the Pokey Little Puppy has a sweet place in my heart.


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