60 Not-to-be-Missed Picture Books (October)

It is time to reveal five more not-to-be-missed picture books! This year, I have been sharing five not-to-be-missed picture books on the first of each month. Astonishingly, the end of this project is already in sight. Only ten slots remain on this list of 60 Not-to-be-Missed Picture Books!

Now that we are nearing the end, I am feeling little pangs of regret that I cannot sneak a few more books onto the list. To end with a bang and work a few more excellent picture books into the discussion, I propose a poll: What 10 picture books should be included on any self-respecting 60 Not-to-be-Missed Picture Books list?

To participate…

  • Pick 10 picture books not yet on the list that you think should fill the remaining 10 spots; and
  • Share your 10 picture books by leaving a comment here or by emailing me at amy dot broadmoore at gmail dot com between October 1st and November 30th.

I look forward to hearing what picture books you would include on a not-to-be-missed picture books list! I will share your top picks as well as mine on December 1st.

Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert. A simple story about a child planting a maple tree that is a wonderful choice for celebrating fall leaves. Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf features colorful and textured collages created with seeds, roots, fabric, ribbon, wire, paper, plastic, cardboard, watercolors, crayons, pencils, pens, and oil pastels. Lois Ehlert is one of the best author/illustrators creating books for the one to three-year-old set, and this is my favorite Lois Ehlert book. Ages 2+

A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip Stead and Rebecca Stead. A Sick Day for Amos McGee is a very sweet book about a friendship between a zookeeper named Amos and the animals he cares for. When Amos gets sick, his friends elephant, tortoise, penguin, rhinocerous and owl come to his house to comfort and care for him. Erin Stead’s lovely, layered illustrations convincingly depict the friendship between Amos and the zoo animals. The Steads have only begun, but thus far they seem to be at their best when they team up, as they did to create this gem of a book. Ages 3+

Crazy Hair Day by Barney Saltzberg. A school story about a boy who mistakenly dresses up for crazy hair day on the wrong day. Crazy Hair Day includes a super-satisfying mix of humor (sure to generate roomfuls of giggles) and emotion (that kids can related to). The surprise ending will leave readers feeling warm and fuzzy inside. Oft repeated line from this book: “Is that a hairdo or a hair don’t?” Ages 3+

Galimoto by Karen Lynn Williams and Catherine Stock. A story about a young Malawi boy who goes to great lengths to collect wire to make a galimoto, a toy vehicle. With industriousness and creativity, the young boy creates an impressive toy. Ages 4+

This is London by M. Sasek. This is London is one in a series of fantastic picture books by M. Sasek that introduces readers to famous cities around the world. Sasek is a witty tourguide. This is London begins with a spread that is entirely grey: “This is London,” reads the caption. “But don’t worry, it is hidden in fog like this only a few times a year in winter.” Although many facts are out-of-date, Sasek’s mid century modern illustrations of London scenes look fresh and new. Ages 5+

I will leave you with a couple illustrations by M. Sasek…

From This is New York by M. Sasek

From This is Los Angeles by M. Sasek

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2 Responses to 60 Not-to-be-Missed Picture Books (October)

  1. PragmaticMom says:

    I love M. Sasek’s illustrations! I will have to check out This is Los Angeles. I lived there for a decade so I think my kids would enjoy the book!

    • Amy says:

      Ditto. We have read all of Sasek’s books set in countries outside the U.S., but I’d like to take a look at his books about New York and the moon.

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