Top 60

Part of the impetus for this blog was the nagging thought that there are many amazing picture books in the world that I do not want to miss sharing with my children. This thought has reared its head again and spurred me to come up with the following list of 60 books that I absolutely do not want to miss sharing with my children. These 60 books are books that I hope my children will read repeatedly and remember fondly as part of their childhood.

Why 60?  I was aiming for my top 50 picture books, but 50 felt a little too restrictive and is not divisible by 12.

Why divisible by 12?  While I could simply share my Top 60 list with you today, I thought it would be more helpful and exciting to reveal five not-to-be-missed picture books on the first of each of the 12 months of the year.

Without further ado…

1.  The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. Ages 1+

A young boy named Peter explores and frolics in the snow. The Snowy Day features lovely illustrations, with lots of texture.


2.  Crictor by Tomi Ungerer. Ages 3+

“Once upon a time in a little French town…” Madame Louise Bodot received a boa constrictor in the mail. She named the boa constrictor Crictor, and it became her pet. So begins Crictor, a delightfully apsurd exposition about what it might be like to have a boa constrictor as a pet.


3.  Big Red Lollipop by Rukhsana Khan and Sophie Blackall. Ages 4+

A story of sibling rivalry that feels authentic, with a satisfying good ending. The big red lollipop on the front cover does not hurt this book’s chances of appealing to kids.


4.  Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig. Ages 4+

The heart-wrenching tale of a donkey who discovers a magic red pebble and unwittlingly turns into a rock. This miserable plot is tempered by William Steig’s wit and the perfect set-up for a well-delivered message about being thankful for what you have.


5.  Art and Max by David Wiesner. Ages 4+

An energetic, imaginative tale that only David Wiesner has the artistic skills to pull off. I could have selected any one of Wiesner’s three Caldecott-award-winning picture books for this list — FlotsamThe Three Pigs, or Tuesday. All three are super innovative, artistic masterpieces. Art & Max is pure, unadulterated fun.

6.  The Daddy Book by Todd Parr. Ages 1+

Todd Parr’s colorful, bold illustrations are great for babies and toddlers, while his humor and messages entertain older children. The Daddy Book, intentionally or not, also offers encouragement for parents.

7.  Fredrick by Leo Lionni. Ages 3+

A story about a family of field mice preparing for winter that celebrates the value of art and poetry. Leo Lionni is one of my favorite authors. His stories are always carefully crafted and give you something to think about.


8.  Owl Moon by Jane Yolen and John Schoenherr. Ages 3+

A charming book about a young girl and her father who head out on a winter night in search of an owl. In lesser hands, this wisp of a storyline would fall flat. However, Yolen’s poetic prose and Schoenherr’s muted pen and watercolor illustrations are captivating.


9.  Wolves by Emily Gravett. Ages 5+

Emily Gravett is awesome. She is funny. She is clever. She is an amazing artist. I think Wolves is Gravett’s best book thus far. A rabbit checks out a book at the library about wolves, begins reading, and the book comes to life.


10.  Henry’s Freedom Box by Ellen Levine and Kadir Nelson. Ages 7+

The true story of a man Henry “Box” Brown who, born a slave, had himself packed in a box and mailed North to freedom. The story of Brown’s life as a slave, brought to life by Kadir Nelson’s rich illustrations, is heartbreaking.


11.  Spring is Here by Taro GomiAges 3+

I am a fan of Taro Gomi’s illustrations in general. Of Gomi’s books, Spring is Here stands out because it features a clever and beautifully executed concept. In addition, the evocative text describing the change of seasons is a joy to read aloud.


12.  Elena’s Serenade by Campbell Geeslin and Ana JuanAges 3+

Ana Juan’s illustrations are captivating. In Elena’s Serenade, Juan’s illustrations transport readers on a magical journey where a girl can pass as a man, animals can be tamed by pipe music, and blown glass creations can take flight.

13.  Knuffle Bunny Too by Mo WillemsAges 3+

Knuffle Bunny Too is the second is a series of three stories about a girl Trixie and her beloved Knuffle Bunny. While the stories of Trixie’s attachment to her stuffed animal are familiar, Willems’ tellings of them are not. Willems’ humor — aimed at parents as well as kids — is spot on. His illustrations — a mixture of black and white photographs and colorful cartoon drawings — are fresh and fun.

14.  Press Here by Hervé Tullet. Ages 4+

An innovative, interactive book that is sure to delight kids. Press Here is perfect for the four to seven-year-old set who are old enough to follow the directions in this book and young enough to have the capacity to suspend reality for a bit.

15.  A Birthday for Frances by Russell Hoban. Ages 4+

A wonderful story written by a wonderful storyteller. A Birthday for Frances is chalk full of material to satisfy kids: a protagonist grappling with feelings of jealousy, mild misbehavior, amusing dialog, and descriptions of birthday party preparations. A Birthday for Frances not only withstands, but truly gets better, with repeat readings.

16.  My Spring Robin by Anne Rockwell. Ages 2+

As a young girl searches her backyard for her “spring robin,” she notices many signs of spring — a bee taking honey from a crocus, a yellow forsynthia bush, fuzzy fiddleheads sprouting, etc. This is a perfect story for toddlers, without a word out of place.

17.  Creature by Andrew ZuckermanAges 2+

 An amazing alphabet book that stands out both due to Andrew Zuckerman’s phenomenal photographs and its engaging format. Many of the spreads in this alphabet book include a picture of an animal body part and the first letter of the animal’s name on one page and a picture of the entire animal on the following page. My kids love guessing which animal they will see next.

18.  George and Martha by James Marshall. Ages 3+

A delightful collection of humorous stories about two best friends. These remarkably pithy stories make my kids and I laugh out loud and contain wonderfully accurate descriptions of imperfect interactions between two true friends.

19.  Rechenka’s Eggs by Patricia Polacco. Ages 4+

An engaging tale about an old woman who witnesses two miracles while decorating eggs for an Easter festival. As with other Patricia Polacco books, Rechenka’s Eggs features a unique, meaningful storyline and beautiful, energetic illustrations.


20.  Can you whistle, Johanna? by Ulf Stark. Ages 5+

A charming and memorable story about a boy without a grandfather who adopts one from the old people’s home.



21.  The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss and Crockett Johnson. Ages 1+

A beautiful, simple story of a boy’s unwavering faith that the seed that he plants and cares for will grow into a carrot.



22.  Vera’s Baby Sister by Vera RosenberryAges 3+

Vera’s Baby Sister does a great job of accurately depicting the negative feelings that can accompany the birth of a younger sibling, has a heartwarming ending and stars a bean tent. If you enjoy this book, look for Vera Rides a Bike and other books featuring Vera.

23.  I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen. Ages 5+

I Want My Hat Back is a brilliantly crafted story that reminds me of the carefully worded and illustrated stories of Leo Lionni, without the deep messages. Instead, I Want My Hat Back delivers humor.


24.  Mapping Penny’s World by Loreen LeedyAges 5+

Loreen Leedy has devoted her writing career to creating picture books that introduce kids to a range of challenging topics, from fractions to energy to maps. Leedy has written a handful of nonfiction picture books that are true gems. Mapping Penny’s World is one of those nonfiction picture book gems, clearly and engagingly introducing kids to maps.

25.  Zen Shorts by Jon Muth. Ages 5+

A giant panda named Stillwater befriends three children and shares three short stories with beautiful messages.


26.  Slowly Slowly Slowly said the Sloth by Eric Carle. Ages 2+

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is better known. Do You Want to be My Friend? is more beloved by the author himself. But, Slowly Slowly Slowly said the Sloth is my favorite Eric Carle book. Carle’s illustrations of rainforest animals are beautiful. I like the rhythm of the book and enjoy reading it aloud. Most of all, I love the message about being true to yourself and about the value of moving slowly.

27.  Ben’s Trumpet by Rachel IsadoraAges 2+

A simple yet moving story about a young boy who longs to play the trumpet like the trumpeter he hears at the Zig Zag Jazz Club. The illustrations are remarkably varied and incorporate graphic patterns that give readers a sense of jazz music playing behind the text.

28.  I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato by Lauren ChildAges 3+

Lauren Child has a distinctive voice and illustration style. My children cannot get enough of her offbeat stories about brother and sister team, Charlie and Lola.


29.  Enemy Pie by Derek Munson. Ages 5+

An extremely satisfying read. My kids and I both enjoy reading this humorous tale with instructions for turning a best enemy into a best friend. Enemy Pie is a fantastic book to read during the summer, full of mentions of baseball, tree forts, and other summery fun.


30.  Fox by Margaret Wild. Ages 7+ 

A powerful picture book about friendship, jealousy, and betrayal. Fox reminds me that picture books are for adults as well as for children.


31.  Mr. Gumpy’s Outing by John Burningham. Ages 1+

A delightful story about an amiable man named Mr. Gumpy who agrees to take two children and a slew of animals on a boat ride. While the outcome of the boat trip is predictable, my 2-year-old son is superbly entertained each time we read about Mr. Gumpy’s boat tipping. John Burningham’s illustrations are rich, textured and beautiful.

32.  Max Found Two Sticks by Brian Pinkney. Ages 2+

A story about a boy Max who imitates the sounds he hears in his neighborhood by hitting a variety of objects with his two sticks. A lovely story about music found and made everywhere. Max Found Two Sticks is well paced and fun to read aloud.


33.  Olivia Forms a Band by Ian Falconer. Ages 4+

My view of this book is colored by the fact that it is my husband’s favorite book. My husband and children have a lot of fun laughing at Olivia’s efforts to imitate an entire marching band. This is one in a series of books about Olivia — a spunky character who Ian Falconer brings to life with his fantastic illustrations.


34.  The Subway Mouse by Barbara Reid. Ages 5+

An adventure story about a subway mouse who sets off one day in search of a mysterious world that he has heard exists outside the subway system. While The Subway Mouse lacks a strong arch of a storyline, it draws readers into a convincingly rendered underground world. Barbara Reid’s illustrations made of plasticine and found objects are impressive.

35.  Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin. Ages 6+

I laughed out loud reading Diary of the Worm for the first time…and the second…and the third. Diary of a Worm is a series of jokes told in the form of a diary written by a worm. This is a very fun book to read aloud to a group of 7 to 9-year-old kids.

36.  Peek!: A Thai Hide-and-Seek by Minfong Ho and Holly Meade. Ages 2+

A father and daughter engage in a playful game of jut-ay (Thai hide-and-seek). This is one of my children’s favorite books; they enjoy searching for the daughter hidden on each page. Illustrator Holly Meade received a Caldecott Honor for Hush!: A Thai Lullaby, and Meade’s illustrations in Peek!: A Thai Hide-and-Seek are equally impressive — colorful and textured, with unusual perspectives.

37.  The Curious Garden by Peter Brown. Ages 3+

A magical story about a young boy who discovers a patch of wildflowers growing on an abandoned railway. When the boy cares for the wildflowers, they begin to thrive and transform the city. Peter Brown has imagined and created a extraordinary green city that my children are delighted to visit.


38.  Fish is Fish by Leo Lionni. Ages 4+ 

A masterfully told story about identity and friendship. In Fish is Fish, a fish dreams of exploring the world outside the water like his good friend the tadpole turned frog. One day, with a great whack of his tail, the fish leaps out of the water only to find himself laying on the grass gasping for air.

39.  Stella: Star of the Sea by Marie-Louise Gay. Ages 4+

The story of a boy Sam’s first trip to the sea that features entertaining banter between Sam and his older sister Stella and beautiful illustrations. In Stella: Star of the Sea, Sam is full of questions about the sea, and Stella is full of delightfully absurd answers.Stella: Star of the Sea spawned a series of books about this unforgettable pair of siblings.

40.  Linnea in Monet’s Garden by Cristina Bjork and Lena Anderson. Ages 6+

An enchanting story of a girl’s trip to Paris and to Monet’s garden in Giverny. Linnea in Monet’s Garden does a wonderful job of introducing kids to impressionism and Monet as well as helping kids imagine what it would be like to travel to Paris. Linnea’s curiosity is contagious.


41. Barnyard Banter by Denise Fleming. Ages 1+

A jaunty rhyming book that is very fun to read aloud to toddlers and also great for sharing with kids just learning to read. Barnyard Banter features richly colored and textured illustrations that Denise Fleming created by pouring colored paper pulp through hand-cut stencils.


42.  Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey. Ages 3+ 

This story is clearly set in a different era…an era when people dressed up to visit the Public Garden, police officers made phone calls from police booths, and it was natural for dad to go off on an adventure and leave mom to raise the kids. Yet, McCloskey’s phenomenal illustrations and his story of eight ducklings’ adventures as they walk through the streets of Boston still captivate kids. According to Anita Silvey, McCloskey bought ducks, raised them in his bathtub, and fed them red wine to slow them down so that he could practice drawing the Mallards.

43.  The Seasons of Arnold’s Apple Tree by Gail Gibbons. Ages 4+ 

Gail Gibbons has churned out nonfiction books about nearly every topic a kid could want to read about. However, in The Seasons of Arnold’s Apple Tree Gibbons does more than simply convey information. Instead, Gibbons created a portrait of a young boy’s attachment to his apple tree that charms.

44.  The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein. Ages 4+  

A joyful adventure story about a French aerialist Philippe Petit who walked on a tightrope between the World Trade Center towers in 1974. From the slough of concept books and predictable storybooks written for children, this suspenseful and unique story sticks out.


45.  Ruby’s Wish by Shirin Yim Bridges and Sophie Blackall. Ages 4+

A moving true story about a girl Ruby who lived in Old China during a time when girls were expected to get married rather than attend university. Shirin Yim Bridges teamed up with one of my favorite illustrators, Sophie Blackall, and Blackall created beautiful illustrations for this book. In a world of muted greens and yellows, young Ruby, always dressed in red, stands out.

46.  Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert. Ages 2+

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.

47.  A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip Stead and Erin Stead. Ages 3+

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.

48.  Crazy Hair Day by Barney Saltzberg. Ages 3+

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?”

49.  Galimoto by Karen Lynn Williams and Catherine Stock. Ages 4+

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.


50.  This is London by M. Sasek. Ages 5+

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.

51.  Snow by Uri Shulevitz. Ages 3+

This is the picture book that I pull out when the first snowflakes of the season fall. Uri Shulevitz does a wonderful job of capturing the magic of the first snowfall when you are a child.


52.  Toot & Puddle: You Are My Sunshine by By Holly Hobbie. Ages 3+

One of a series of books about two adorable pigs, Toot (the adventurer) and Puddle (the homebody), who are best friends. In all Toot and Puddle books, the two friends are affectionate, picking out thoughtful gifts, writing postcards to eachother, and looking out for each other. In Toot and Puddle: You are my Sunshine, Puddle goes to great lengths to try to cheer up his friend Toot.

53.  Frog and Toad Together by Arnold Lobel. Ages 4+

 A collection of five, often-humorous, short stories about two best friends Frog and Toad. Frog and Toad Together has well-developed characters; lovely, muted illustrations; and stories with creative, quirky plots. See also Frog and Toad Are FriendsDays with Frog and Toad, and Frog and Toad All Year.


54.  Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes. Ages 4+ 

In Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse, Lilly gets in trouble with her teacher for not listening, and Lilly’s very understanding teacher and parents teach her to take responsibility for her actions. Kevin Henkes is great at telling stories that are at once humorous and capture childhood emotions.

55.  Are We There Yet? by Alison LesterAges 5+

 I have always liked books that begin with maps, and Are We There Yet? begins with a map, a map depicting the route eight-year-old Grace’s family takes during their three-month family vacation around Australia. Are We There Yet? enables readers to imagine what it might really be like to take a road trip in Australia. It begins with a fun description of the fold-out camper that Grace’s family travels in and then briefly and humorously describes each of Grace’s family’s adventures.

56.  Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman. Ages 2+

Bear Snores OnA fun story told in rhyme about animals who seek cover from a storm in a bear’s den. The animals enjoy tea, popcorn, honey nuts and a warm fire, while the bear sleeps through the party. Few stories are more fun to read aloud.

57.  Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. Ages 4+

Where the Wild Things AreA story about a boy Max who, when sent to his room, sails to the land of the wild things and leads a wild ruckus. When Max is ready to return home, he is wecomed back to the comfort of his bedroom where a warm supper is waiting for him. Childhood emotions are allowed to freely express themselves in the pages of Maurice Sendak’s book. Where the Wild Things Are feautures beautiful, textured illustrations and lyrical prose.

58.  Boundless Grace by Mary Hoffman. Ages 4+

Boundless Grace Grace is a wonderful character — creative, adventurous and thoughtful. In Boundless Grace, Grace is invited to visit her father, who she has not seen for years, in The Gambia. Boundless Grace is a compelling story about Grace trying to make sense of her family after meeting her father’s new wife and children.

59.  The Incredible Book Eating Boy by Oliver JeffersAges 5+

The Incredible Book Eating BoyA story about a boy who devours books — no really devours books — until he begins to feel sick to his stomach. While the incredible book eating boy loves the knowledge he acquires by eating books, he knows that he must find a better way. The Incredible Book Eating Boy is a one-of-a-kind tale that celebrates reading. I am a big fan of Oliver Jeffers’ minimal designs, beautiful color pallets, tender characters and offbeat humor.

60.  Grandpa’s Angel by Jutta Bauer. Ages 7+

Grandpa's AngelA humorous and, to me, comforting tale about the narrator’s grandfather and an angel who looked after the grandfather throughout his life. While the words tell one story of disaster miraculously avoided and unexplained good luck, the illustrations tell another story of a hardworking and resourceful angel responsible for the grandfather’s good fortune.

10 More Books That You Definitely Should Not Miss

These 10 books were recommended most frequently by my book-loving and discerning readers! Thank you to all of you who participated in our year-end poll. It was fun!

The GruffaloThe Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.“Walk further into the deep dark wood, and discover what happens when the quick-thinking mouse comes face to face with an owl, a snake and a hungry gruffalo…” *


Owl BabiesOwl Babies by Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson.  “A charming, reassuring book for any child who has ever worried about Mummy leaving them alone.”


The Very Hungry CaterpillarThe Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. “Its imaginative illustration and clever cut-out detail charts the progress of a very hungry caterpillar as he eats his way through the week.”

BeeguBeegu by Alexis Deacon. “This [is a] simple, bittersweet picture book that shows us our world through the three eyes of an innocent outsider with the help of stylish art and a wry, understated text.”

Brown Bear Brown Bear
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. 
“On each page, we meet a new animal who nudges us onward to discover which creature will show up next: ‘Blue Horse, Blue Horse, What do you see? I see a green frog looking at me.’”


A Bit LostA Bit Lost by Chris Haughton. “Uh-oh! Little Owl has fallen from his nest and landed with a whump on the ground. Now he is lost, and his mommy is nowhere to be seen!…A cast of adorable forest critters in neon-bright hues will engage little readers right up to the story’s comforting, gently wry conclusion.”

Green Eggs and HamGreen Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss. “Sam-I-Am mounts a determined campaign to convince another Seuss character to eat a plate of green eggs and ham.”



Harry the Dirty DogHarry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion. “Harry is a white dog with black spots who loves everything . . . except baths. So one day before bath time, Harry runs away…”



Mog the Forgetful CatMog the Forgetful Cat by Judith Kerr. “Mog always seems to be in trouble because she is such a very forgetful cat. But one night, when an uninvited visitor turns up at the house, Mog’s forgetfulness comes in very handy!”


The Snail and the WhaleThe Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. “One tiny snail longs to see the world and hitches a lift on the tail of a whale. Together they go on an amazing journey, past icebergs and volcanoes, sharks and penguins, and the little snail feels so small in the vastness of the world. But when disaster strikes and the whale is beached in a bay, it’s the tiny snail who saves the day.”

* The book descriptions for these last 10 books come from Goodreads. Click on the bookcover images to read more about these books on Goodreads.

190 Responses to Top 60

  1. amber says:

    I am trying to recall a book from elementary school 1st-3rd grade. All I can remember was it was a big and brightly colored book. It was a mystery, I-Spy, puzzle, adventure-type book that they had to bring in a TV and we watched a short clip to find pieces to the puzzle and then continue reading. Does anyone have any ideas? I saw “Puzzle Island” and those words sound like it could be this book, but the pictures are not it.

  2. Trevor Carss says:

    Wonderful list, The Giving Tree is a must on every top list, and you could essentially have an entire ranking page devoted to Dr. Seuss lol. Thank you so much for these recommendations!

  3. Kathy says:

    I came across this site, and know it was a while ago that you wrote this, but I am looking for a children’s book that I read to my daughter in the late 70’s … here are some of the lines from it: Good morning sun, big sun, yellow sun, bright and warm sun, Hello sky… big sky blue sky way up high sky… Hello apple, big apple, red apple, happy snappy juicy apple… Hello frog… stop frog… plog! Anyone know this book title or where I can purchase it? I have looked online for it everywhere, but to no avail. :(

  4. Wendy Wahman says:

    Fantastic list, thank you! Just pinned it.

  5. I need help!! Anyone remember a book about a boy who bought some gum and it came to life and started forcing him to chew it? He finally had to kill it by sealing it in a jar???

  6. primate says:

    Looking for a Scholastic Book Services book I had in the mid-60s but can’t remember the title. These kids scooped up a bucketful of pond water with a lot of swimming creatures in it, thinking they were all little fish. They keep them in the bathtub, and as the weeks go by they find some lose their tails & begin growing legs, and the actual little fish start disappearing. They realize they now have a collection of frogs & toads.

  7. Jared Waite says:

    Hello all it’s so great seeing people trying to keep some of these old stories alive they all deserve to be remembered

    I was wondering if anyone can help me, I don’t have much information as I can’t remember much but it was an old creamy white hard covered illustrated book about a man with a moon for a head who drove his car and picked up people like a man with lots of top hats and other people which I can’t remember
    Or it might have been the other way around and the man with the top hat drive around and bumped into other people who needed a ride

    Sorry for the lack of information it’s drivingbme crazy trying to remember I can remember some parts clearly but not enough to be able to find this book!! Someone please help!!

  8. Molly says:

    There are so many good children’s books out there. When I was a child I loved “Peter Rabbit”.
    Recently I came upon a book “The Adventure of Thomas the Turtle” and my daughter loved it. The reason I mention this is that the two books have some similar themes. However, to me “The Adventure of Thomas the Turtle” is superior in its illustrations and depth of concepts. However, “Peter Rabbit” is superior in its simplicity.

  9. rich Olson says:

    Shneizel McWeasel is a fun children’s book coming on the market by author Sean Beech. You can see images of the artwork at

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  11. Jane says:

    Looking a children’s book from the ’50’s or ’60’s —- something about a farm and the donkey’s name was Mr. Bones.

    • Jbaer says:

      I had a book like that in 2nd grade for reading class. It’s part of the Alice and Jerry series I think. Jack, a friend of theirs, moves to a farm and befriends a neighboring farmer’s donkey, Mr. Bones. I think it’s called Down the River Road.

  12. J says:

    I’m wondering if anyone could help me find a children’s book I read when I was younger (90’s-early 00’s I think) about a little cat/kitten who gets lost and goes on a big adventure and finally gets reunited with its family. I’m pretty sure it was a tabby cat and definitely a girl. I also am fairly certain that the cat liked to be stroked backwards?


  13. Linda J Hall says:

    Looking for a child’s rhyming picture book about whales. Started out with “What’s that out at sea like a ship with no sail? The chances are good what your see is a whale.”

  14. Katie says:

    I am searching for a book as well. From my mother’s childhood (1960’s – 1970’s we are thinking it was published). All her and my grandmother remember is that it was a 4 or 5 story book. They remember a story about a farmer who stayed home to do his wife’s house work and he ended up putting the cow on the roof to feed. Also they think there may have been the gingerbread man story in it as well. My grandmother said she was pretty sure the cover had pictures from the different stories on it and she thought it was a large book. That is pretty much all the information they can remember. Please please please if you happen to know the title let me know. Thank you very much and God Bless you all!

  15. K says:

    I am looking for a book, it is about a woman with many animals and she talks about her life and experiences with these animals

  16. Corinne says:

    I am have been looking for a magical book from my childhood for over 15 yrs and since my mother has passed I am unable to get any more information about it. I do hope someone that visits this site has ideas of what it could be called, It is a book with a collection of stories published in the 70’s

    one story was had a kitten/cat that couldn’t stop licking the back of a frog/toad because he tasted sweet so something was added to his back so that it tasted awful.

    one had fairies that hung their purses on a plant for safe keeping and when they had returned the purses had turned into flowers

    A hand stitched black doll that gets ripped

  17. Lila says:

    Does anyone know the title of a children’s book about a little tiger who loves to use his flashlight? The book also came with a little stuffed flashlight. I am trying to find this book for my new grandson.

  18. Kathleen Sweet says:

    My mother used to read a story about a sick bird.
    Some words I remember are… this bird had a cold… put this bird to bed… a pillow beneath his head. Does anyone
    know what the name of the book might be? I’d love to
    find it for my mother… she is 82.
    Thank you!
    Kathleen Sweet

  19. Peggy Anne Puleo says:

    I was searching for a book I read in six grade…It was about an unattractive girl that works in an office to take measures to become more attractive. Nothing like the shallowness of today where people try to make everything better through plastic surgery. It was teaching hard work for something you want or need.

    She also makes a point of buying one piece of good jewelry or a good coat rather than buying many not so good pieces. Quality better quantity

    I have held onto that principle and would love to read this book to my grandchildren

    Can you help me or is it lost forever?

  20. Elaina Eberz says:

    There was this one book that I remember having as a little kid, but I can’t find any hint about it. I can’t quite put my finger on what it was called, something like “Look at This Book,” or maybe “Don’t Look at This Book,” or something like that. I’m sure it had the words look and book in the title. The cover was upside down or sideways.The illustrations were very bold, busy, abstract yet simple and modern art-esque. It actually kind of introduced me to the idea of modern art. The main character’s name was Jack, I think, and he was this really lanky, paper white, and wore a blue outfit with a small hat. He traverses through the whole book and it’s wild illustrations, breaking the fourth wall all the way. This books was one of my favorites a long time ago, and I can’t manage to find it online anywhere. It’s driving me crazy, it’s as if the whole thing was a fever dream.

  21. A favourite of mine and hadn’t realised it was written by Julie Andrews – The Last Of The really Great Wangdoodles. Poor Cecco about a wooden dog, The Mouse and His Child pulls the heartstrings, Dragon In Danger and The King Of The Copper Mountains – all read many times and re-read this year after being discovered in a box in the loft.

  22. Jacquie says:

    I have found a beautiful children’s book to add to the list: Before Morning by Joyce Sidman & Beth Krommes. Beautifully written & simple, as far as the prose and brushstrokes are concerned. The pictures are so vivid and have just the right contrast of color to light up a 1 year old’s life. My daughter loves to point out the dogs and birds. It really is a must-have.

  23. Barbara Pelletier says:

    My grandmother had a book that we loved to hear her read. The title is lost to us. In the story, the father has gone to war. The family has an old-fashioned car. The mother has a coin purse with all their money in it. The coin purse gets lost, so they have no money. They find seeds and plant them to help have food. Later, they find the goin purse is stuck behind the seat, and a bird has laid her eggs in the little nest she has made in the coin purse. Miss this book so much!

  24. Rick Shiner says:

    I am looking for a children’s book with the character a bear named max. I had it for my daughter’s years ago and cannot find it anywhere. My daughter just had a baby and I need to add to her library.

  25. Sandy Roy says:

    I am looking for an older book about 20 plus years ago I cannot remember the name I do remember the hardcover purplish blue, I have very vivid colorful beautiful pictures with something about three women or three sisters that it had to do with music/ musical instruments, they found a baby at their doorstep I believe the baby had a rattle I believe the baby was a girl and I believe that one women/sister was a big women/ sister,The Other Woman has crazy hair with curlers and pink fuzzy slippers on they put a fluffy featherd boa around the baby’s when dressing her up,i remember the baby being in some kind of Bassett looking out a window at the stars. It’s driving me nuts that I can’t find the name nore picketers of this book please help me

  26. MW says:

    Does anyone know the name or author of a children’s or young-adult book that featured “whockleberries” and a “gold mass cat”? Main character was the youngest boy in a farm family who had a little difficulty distinguishing between his imagination and reality … Whockleberries were a raisin smushed onto the end of a stick of kindling — the whockleberry forest was at the back of the woodshed — the boy’s older brothers encouraged him in the notion that a box kept full of weird ingredients would spontaneously generate a “gold mass cat” …

  27. Eleanor Norling says:

    I am looking for a book that has 4 stories. Bubble Trouble, Sick Day, The hot dog Story and Daddy’s Birthday.

  28. Tabitha Davis says:

    I’m looking for a book I am almost 100% certain it’s called Charolette’s Web. It was about a young girl who went into the enchanted woods/forest and is cursed (I believe) and has to wait 3 days and on the 3rd day around midnight, is changed back. I know she couldn’t either do or say a word then she’ll be stuck forever

  29. Emily says:

    Hi all,
    I am looking for a short story my grandfather used to read to me in the early 1990s.
    Here are the few facts I remember:

    – female mouse works in shoe shop
    – all her animal friends visit and she is rushed off her feet (family of small creatures doing the school shoe shop- possible rabbits)
    – finally a centipede customer arrives and takes her last shoes

    That’s it, that’s all I remember but I loved this books so much and I’d love to find it again. If anyone can help please comment below.
    Thanks Em

    • Hannah says:

      Hello Em,

      I’m afraid I cannot help you with the title of this book. But it so funny as I posted to this website about a year ago asking for help finding the name of this exact book! My grandparents used to read it to me as a child too and I would love to remember what it is. I have tried general google searches but never been able to find it. Unfortunately I never got any positive replies to my post so I still don’t know the answer. If you ever find out would you be so kind as to let me know? Many thanks, Hannah

  30. Annie says:

    Hi I am trying to find a book from my childhood. It’s a picture book about a girl (possibly named Charlie or Charlotte but i am very unsure). She gets presents for her birthday, one of which is a torch. I remember this because in the USA it’s called a flashlight and i did not understand why they were calling it a torch. She shrinks and ends up in her brother, or cousins, body. She then explores his senses including his eyes. In his eyes there are two different sized men on stools looking through telescopes. When she finally leaves the body she notices that her cousin (maybe brother) has two different sized eyes. It is not the magic school bus book and I think it was written in the 80s or early 90s although i can not rule out 70s. I remember it having really cool illustrations and the girl had wild curly red hair and freckles.

    • Is it “Jamie and the Magic Torch”? That was a tv series, but I saw some pictures of books that look like they were based on it. Maybe that’s why it was hard to find, because it’s listed more on movie/tv sites than on book sites? It sounds like an astonishing book!

  31. Chris says:

    Hi, around 1975 I read a book to my son about a girl who is bored because it is raining. Her mother is looking after her baby so she sends the girl to the shops for some..? On the way she meets her friend (jasmine, I think) who is going to the cinema. The girl decides to go too and spends the money she was suppose to go to the shop with. I can’t remember much more than that, but my now 40 year old son talks about it and I would love to find it. He cannot remember more either.

  32. natalie says:

    inwas wondering if you’s could help when i was a little girl my nanny and mummy baight me this book and i loved this book so much that i got it read to be without fail four times a day everyday all day untill i was 7 unfortunately when my nanny doed at the age of 7 everything was cleared out the book and all and for the past 6 years ive been looking for this book but no ones heard if it can you’s help me has anybody hesrd of the book

  33. natalie says:

    hi everyone
    inwas wondering if you’s could help when i was a little girl my nanny and mummy baight me this book and i loved this book so much that i got it read to be without fail four times a day everyday all day untill i was 7 unfortunately when my nanny doed at the age of 7 everything was cleared out the book and all and for the past 6 years ive been looking for this book but no ones heard if it can you’s help me has anybody hesrd of the book

  34. Jessica says:

    I am trying to find two different books. The first is probably from the 1940s-1970s and is about a young deer that runs away from home and is found by his mother before dark. All I can remember is it was a green co ER. The second book was a purple book that was from the 1990s and was about a porcupine and his group of friends which I believe may have included a bear and a rabbit – it was a very lighthearted book that I used to read every time I went to the library as it sat on the piano at the front entrance! Thanks!!

  35. Erin says:

    Hi! im wondering if anyone could help me! Im looking for a childhood book (possiblys 90’s) all i can remember about it was it was a hardback book with 50-100 different stories in it. I seem to remember the cover being yellow. Unfortunately, i can only remember 2 stories from it…
    Story 1 – Naughty brother bears that really like honey, but the parents kept it on the top of the kitchen unit out of reach…so they opened the draws on the unit to use them as steps to reach the honey..
    Story 2 – A little girl needs new shoes so she goes shopping with her mum…her mum wanted to buy ordinary coloured shoes…but the little girl insited of having other ones?…
    I know i havent got much information…but i would LOVE to find this book as it holds a lot of good memories :(
    If anyone could help, Please respond! it would mean a lot!
    Thank you :)

  36. daryl-hanna says:

    Hi guys, I was wondering if any one knows about 2 books I want to find the first book has a boat in it carved out of a walnut?, the second has a small animal (mouse,rat)? Who uses a upturned umbrella as a boat?hope you can help,
    Many thanks

  37. I was so sure that if I was determined I could find the storybook I remember reading to my older children when they were small. I gave up. It’s one of the most adorable children’s books about a bear who loves beans prepared in so many unusual ways. One of the pictures at the beginning is the bear in his cozy plaid pajamas just getting out of bed in his cute cabin with the sun peeping in and I think a bowl of beans in hand. It’s been so many years – perhaps my memory is faulty. But I do believe it was a golden book. It’s worth finding as it’s one of the coziest, sweet and imaginative stories I remember in our large collection. Does this ring a bell for anyone? Thanks. -Reece

  38. Steven Johnson says:

    I am looking for two children’s books by the same author. One is about people thinking that they are on a nighttime boat trip to Africa, but they end up in a nearby zoo. The other is about an apple that falls or is knocked from an artist’s second-story window sill, makes its way all around the city, and then ends up back on the window sill.

  39. Robert H Graham says:

    Can anyone help me? I’m looking for a novelty book I read in the 1960’s. It is about 2 children walking around an English village searchiing for a castle which contains treasure. It is a an interactive book in that at the bottom of each page the reader has to choose on of two or three roads to follow. The choice determines which page the reader goes to next. The story is cleverly written in that it follows on, no matter which choice is made. The pictures were not in full colour but were very detailed and had things relevant to the story hidden in them. I recall that page 18 was the target page which got the reader into the castle. The book was hard cover about the size of A4.

    • E says:

      ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ is a series of children’s gamebooks where each story is written from a second-person point of view, with the reader assuming the role of the protagonist and making choices that determine the main character’s actions and the plot’s outcome.

      Hope that helps!

  40. Jeananne Lybbert says:

    I’m looking for a book I read in the 60s or 70s about a little doll that falls into a glass of jelly.

  41. Franics says:

    Hey there, looking for two books from my childhood – in my twenties now. The few details I can remember are as follows:

    Book 1) Animals chasing a shooting/falling star (i believe the one of them was a rabbit, but I could be wrong)!… its night time, and the illustrations were quite notable.

    Book 2) A dog steals a skeletons bone, and the ghost of the man chases the dog all over trying to retrieve his stolen leg… (Mr.McGreeby was the mans name, or something of the like)

    I know these are vague, please response if you happen to know either!!!

  42. Hello, lovely list!
    Wondering if you could help me please. I’m also looking for a book about a small elephant teddy/toy. It was possibly something else but was quite ugly or misshapen? I seem to remember it as an elephant though? A few friends and I are trying our hardest to find this book but we have no idea what it’s called! Xxx

  43. kathi therrien says:

    Hello. I’ m looking for a book about an army of underground animals ( moles?) Whose job it was to push up the crocuses in the spring . It had very detailed pictures and a fairly lengthy text. I think it was from outside US , probably the UK.

  44. Anna says:

    I’ve been hunting for some lost book on tapes I used to check out from the library, all I have are bits and pieces of them. I’d love some help!
    1st. A story that is about bubble gum and sqaure shaped bubble, a machine maybe that makes giant bubbles and a child
    2nd. A monster race where the smallest monster wins? At least competes with the bigger monsters.They use like big wheels.
    3rd. A story about monkeys a brother and sister at least who make paintings….
    Any ideas?

    • Heather says:

      The Bubble Factory by Tomi De Paola

    • Mama Squirrel says:

      The Red Book of Wordplay Stories and The Yellow Book of Wordplay Stories.

      • Serenity says:

        Thank you so much!!!!! I have been trying to remember and find the book that had the story about the littlest monster who wanted to ride a motorcycle for ages (years) now.
        We had it growing up, but after my mom died, well,a lot of things are gone.
        I appreciate you wanting to find it as well, Anna, and your help knowing what book we were looking for and sharing the titles of the duology, Mama Squirrel. Thank you.

  45. Crystal says:

    I am looking for a book where an old lady felt bad for the all the animals in the winter and decided to bring them all inside her house for the winter.The cover was brown and showed all the animals inside the house and the pages had pictures on them.

  46. Michelle says:

    Some of my new favorites, not as well know books to read to my children:
    The Day Dirk Yeller Came to Town (I love the twist that the library tames him)
    The Marshmallow Incident (Great story and amazing illustrations. My children just stare at the pages)
    Mrs McBloom Clean Up Your Classroom (Again an eyeful of illustrations for the kids)
    Mr. McGee and the Camping Spree (A wonderful rhyme and clever story)
    Jangles (A fishing tall tale)
    The Gum Chewing Rattler (Another great possible tall tale. I always give the kids bubble gum at school when I read to them)
    The Storytelling Princess
    Thanks Everyone for the other great suggestions. I have already ordered a few online.

  47. Brenda Green says:

    Try Four Wheeled Hero that’s sold i a number of online sites including Smashwords, Amazon and if you belong to a library that uses Overdrive you can ask them to get you a copy. my 8 year old loved it as it covers a range of ages.



  48. looking for a book about a city being built on a tiny town and the lil animal is trying to find a good place to keep his plant out of pollution and stuff… it was my favorite as a kid and id like to find it again. the illustrations are beautiful and it goes from like bright to dark then bright at the end… help xc

  49. Anthony Otero says:

    Looking for a children’s book bout 12 Teddy bears that go missing one by one then get found at the end.

  50. Gaelle Gralnek says:

    I’m looking for a book I used to read to my kids at bedtime around 1995-2000. It shows animals going to sleep in different venues (forest, desert are 2 I definitely recall), and then people going to sleep in a village. It’s beautifully illustrated with different sleeping animals hidden in the illustrations. Help?!

  51. taliamamane says:

    I’m looking for a book from when i was little! I feel as if it had Violet in the name, but I’m not sure. I know it was definitely a color. It was about a girl who was considered weird by her class. I remember one part where the most affluent girl in the class was bested for the first time in an art contest because Violet(if that is indeed her name) had more skill with five crayons than the other girl did with twenty or something.
    It was beautiful and I really want to know what it was, if anyone knows please tell me!

    • taliamamane says:


  52. Jo says:

    I am trying to find a children’s book I have a vague memory of. All I remember about it is a picture of a little girl in a little car driving all her dolls. The backseat of the car is full of dolls I remember looking that picture in the book as a child I was so fascinated by the picture it was early to mid 90’s.

  53. Annie says:

    I am looking for a book I read about 30 years ago, in my tweens… sometime in the early 80’s.
    Everytime I try to look for it with keywords, i keep getting ‘Toms midnight Garden’ but I’m sure its not that, because the story I read was about a boy who goes to live with an oldish lady in a large old house. I know it also features a teetotal gardener. The main thing I remember in the story is that it features 4 ghosts, or spirits, of children who passed away young and were siblings. I remember a chapter about the time when a marble was rolled across the floor and was stopped and rolled back to the living child in the house.
    I really really want to know what the name of this book is. It seems to me that the book would have been quite popular, because I remember my teacher reading it in class, too.
    I really hope someone will help (i forgot to leave my email address on the site, so that I will be contacted in case someone remembers and leaves a reply)

    • Sarah says:

      Hi, I’m pretty sure you’re describing ‘The children of Green Knowe’ by Lucy M. Boston. There are several books in the series. It was also made into a TV series in the late 80’s.

  54. annie says:

    I am looking for a book I read about 30 years ago, in my tweens… sometime in the early 80’s.
    Everytime I try to look for it with keywords, i keep getting ‘Toms midnight Garden’ but I’m sure its not that, because the story I read was about a boy who goes to live with an oldish lady in a large old house. I know it also features a teetotal gardener. The main thing I remember in the story is that it features 4 ghosts, or spirits, of children who passed away young and were siblings. I remember a chapter about the time when a marble was rolled across the floor and was stopped and rolled back to the living child in the house.
    I really really want to know what the name of this book is. It seems to me that the book would have been quite popular, because I remember my teacher reading it in class, too.
    I really hope someone will help

  55. Vicki Morgan says:

    I am looking for a book that I read as a child (mid-70’s), where a family lived in a house on a mountain/hill volcano. I recall the picture of the house with the windows open and children in the open windows, and flowers blooming all around the house, with snow in the background. It was summer all year. I would love to know the name of the book. Thanks !!

  56. savanna says:

    hi i’m looking for a book my mom used to read to me when i was little. it has a red cover and a little teddy bear on the spine. its about a teddy bear and a lion who are friends and they get separated and they find each other at the end. it used to be a the grantsburg library but i don’t think it is any more i’v been looking for yeas now and i can’t find it. sorry i cant remember any more of it can any help me please and thank you

  57. Rachel says:

    Hi, I’m trying to remember the name of a book I used to read when I was little. It’s about a princess who is very spoiled and every time she is in the bathtub she cries out that there is a spider when there really isn’t. After she does it so many times the servants won’t come when she calls. So one time there really is a spider and no one Comes to help her. It was one of my very favorites when I was little, and I can’t seem to remember who wrote it or what it was called. If any one could help me remember or find this book it would be very very much appreciated. Thank you.

  58. Linda says:

    I’m looking for a children’s book about a whale that changes color. It was my son’s favorite whenever he was sick. I can’t find our copy and want to get another one to give to my granddaughters. But since I can’t remember the title or author I need help. Thank you

  59. Emily Samuels says:

    Great list! It’s past midnight on a school night (school teacher) and I’ve been searching the internet for a lost book from my youth. 1990’s it’s about a mouse who works in a shoe shop and lots of different animals come and get new shoes, including a centipede who completely clears her out of shoes. Does anyone know or remember this story? It would mean a great deal to me if I could find out the name.

    • Hannah says:

      Hello Emily. I think I am looking for the exact same book as you! It holds a lot of fond memories from my childhood and I would like to get it for my niece. Did you ever manage to find out the name of the book?

  60. Helen says:

    I’m looking for a few childhood books I read when I was little from the 1990’s and all I can remember are the pictures in my head, the first book was about zoo animals finding their beds in a house at bedtime, there was a piece of cut out penguin that you could slip through the pages to see if he fitted in the beds and his bed was right at the end of the book.
    Second book is one where it’s similar illustrations to Each Peach Pear Plum and is about a town I think and everybody in each page has a funny shaped nose. Just remembered looking at them with my Dad when I wasn’t very old so they have to be toddler books. Any suggestions welcome even though it’s not much description!!

  61. Laura says:

    I’m looking for a book (I think from the early 70’s) about a deer and his friends who live in the forest and give him birthday gifts of things like pinecones.

  62. jane taft says:

    enjoyed browsing through your list of childrens books my son of 38 has resently asked me about a book we used to borrow fro the library when he was about 7/8years old. can you help ? can I buy it second hand from some where for my grandchildren. It was about a snake and a bird and the colours of the snake were transfered to the bird in thanks for its help of rescue. any idea ?
    thank you .jane

    • Marc says:

      I have the same question — the snake became greedy and ate all the colours of the forest/jungle, from all the animals and plants. In the end the colours were returned.

  63. Emily says:

    I can’t remember the name of one of my old favourite books. The only part that I can remember is when a bunch of barnyard animals go to a party at night. Does anybody have any idea of what it could be

  64. Neel says:

    Does anyone know about a book in which a cub or a tiger discovers that there is a leak in his house? He tries going to live with a bird, a bear and perhaps one more animal friend of his and it doesn’t work out. In the end, he realizes it’s just easier to fix the leak. He does so and has a party, inviting all the friends he went to go live with. Anybody remember a children’s book like that?

    • Margaret Skriloff says:

      I definitely have read that book to my son, now 17….I am so sorry I can’t remember the title or author for you! it’s a great book. doesn’t he placate himself with ice cream?

  65. Jazmina says:

    I’m trying to find a book I read as a child over 25years ago, about a fox dressed in black Victorian dress She was very sad even though many male foxes visited her they hD multi tales but in the end her long list long with the right amount of multi tales visited her.. Anyone out there know this story??

  66. M says:

    I need someone’s help! I’m looking for a book, and I cannot for the life of me remember the name. All I remember is that it’s about an absent father. Two little girls go to find him and he ends up living in the same town as them and the girls go see him with a new baby. One girl asked him if that was his only child and he said yes. Ugh that’s all I remember

  67. Linda says:

    I can’t find one of my favorites- something like “The House That Tony Built” about a boy who kept getting in the way of family members as they were moving into a new house, so he went into the woods and built his own house. Does anyone remember this? I think it was written by a celebrity, but I can’t find it. Thanks!

  68. Denise says:

    trying to find the name of a book about a little girl who digs an elephant out of her backyard. Her name was Balooky (?).

  69. Emily says:

    I have a few to add since so many of my favorites have already hit the list(s):

    The Cinder Eyed Cats and Time Flies, both by Eric Rohman (my favorite author!)
    The Runaway Pumpkin by Kevin Lewis and S.D. Schindler
    The Cloud Spinner by Michael Catchpool and Alison Jay
    The Wall by Peter Sis (love his work)
    If you give a mouse a cookie by Laura Numeroff (all of the series)
    The mole sisters and the rainy day by Roselyn Schwartz (all of the series)
    Gossie by Olivier Dunrea (all of the series)
    Weslandia by Paul Fleischman
    One grain of rice by Demi
    Moo, Baa, La, la, la by Sandra Boynton

    Love this site!

  70. Ardine Curio says:

    Great list! I am trying to remember the title of a book I used to read to my son who is now 12. It was about a little girl who either took a penguin home from a field trip she was on or he followed her home and she tried to keep him. She tried to keep her bedroom cold so he wouldn’t shed and he would be happy. She realized after a while she could not do it and he would have to go . She gave him either a hat or a scarf and later on TV she saw a group of penguins and 1 was wearing her exact hat or scarf and she knew it was him! I would love to buy it again as a special gift for my son. ( long story behind it) any help would be very much appreciated!

    • Jennifer Weller says:

      Penguin and Pinecone by Salina Yoon sounds similar to this, but not quite the same. Give it a look. Great book about friendships that have to change but love still exists from afar.

    • Susan says:

      Could it be Tina and the Penguin by Heather Dyer.

  71. Lili says:

    Hi, I was wondering if anyone knows about an old picture book (don’t remember the name) which is about a girl in a school. In this school someone (the girl or a teacher) twists (anagram twists?) the words such as “jumble, mumble.” Any help would be appreciated.

  72. Allison says:

    GREAT list! I’m so happy to have found your blog. You’ve got some books on here that are on my favorite list and that I rarely see talked about. Plus, you have many I haven’t seen. Thanks so much!

  73. Heather says:

    Was it the McDuff books by Rosemary Wells? “McDuff Moves In”. She also wrote and illustrated the Max and Ruby series which might be where you are getting the Max from?

  74. Charlene says:

    There is a picture book that I read to my daughter a long time ago. It was about a dog, a white west highland terrier I think , who got lost and ended up being taken in by a couple. I think it was written within the last 10 or more years but the setting seemed to be in and around the 1940’s according to the dress and cars. The illustrations were gorgeous and the dog was particularly endearing. There were a few books with the same dog, one in which the couple had a baby and another one in which he gets lost. In this one, an old woman on a motorcycle helps him to find his way home. (He barks to indicate which way to turn on which streets. Quite cute.) I had thought the dog’s name might have been Max but having checked several sites I’m not sure about the name anymore. If anyone recognizes this book from my brief description I would really appreciate hearing from you.

  75. Elizabeth says:

    Does anyone remember a book about a boy who wants to go to a costume party but is too poor to buy a costume? And all the kids in the village give him a piece of their costume. And he sews all the pieces together to make a beautiful multi-colored costume. I would appreciate if anyone could help me. Thanks.

    • Becca says:

      I suspect you might be looking for Harlequin, the Gift of Many Colors by Remy Charlip and Burton Supree.

      Hope this helps:)

  76. Heather says:

    Thanks to you and everyone who gave their list of favorites. We’ve read a lot of them but you’ve now given our family a couple months of library holds full of quality reading! I’m finding it harder and harder to find good books. We’ve read about 2000 unique picture books in the last 3 years (my daughter LOVES to read) and when I do searches the same books come up over and over again. Admittedly they are the best of the best but it’s refreshing to find some different yet highly rated titles to try. So thanks!!!!

    Does anyone else use Goodreads to keep lists of books they’ve read or want to read, rate and review them? I’d never remember them all otherwise.

    • I just started using Goodreads this year, mainly to keep track of the books we read together. Up to 230 unique picture books for this year, but many of them are read again and again and again of course :-)

      • Heather says:

        Of course! :) How many times my daughter requests to read a book in the two weeks we have it from the library is part of the indicator of how much or little she enjoyed a book. How else does everyone find great books to read? Anyone want to connect on Goodreads to share what they are reading? I’d love to know everyone’s secrets to finding all the hidden gems! :) Does anyone walk around the book stores with their smart phone and photograph the covers of all the new releases and recommended reads? I think my husband thinks I’m nuts!! :D

    • Becca says:

      If you haven’t found it yet, vintage Kids Books My Kid Loves is a blog worth checking out for great suggestions. Since she focuses on vintage, many of them are lesser knowns that don’t make it to the typical modern day “best books” lists but are still enchanting.

  77. Lynn Connolly says:

    I am a desperate granny! Does anyone know a storybook about a little girl who wishes she could have a star of her own. She gets one (can’t remember how) and keeps it in a box in her room but each time she looks at it its light has faded a little more. She learns that to be beautiful she has to give it back to the night sky. I read it to my class of 5 year olds about six or seven years ago. Please help if you can. Thanks

  78. Hi, Amy! Here’s a recent picture book, ideal for Black History Month ahead, you might want to check out. Confession: I’m the editor of the indie press that published it.

    Didn’t We Have Fun! is a vibrant, colorful look at African-American family life and culture, seen through the eyes of an accomplished artist. Hilda Robinson’s wonderful paintings, based on her memories of growing up in a loving family in Philadelphia, offer very positive images of African-American urban family & neighborhood life. The images of family life, reading, studying, chores, playground games, and neighborhood social events are rich and warmly drawn in a jazzy, impressionistic style.

    You can see a few of the images at the artist’s website:

    (Just let me know if you’d like to see a review copy.)
    Philip Martin, Editorial Director, Crickhollow Books

  79. lori says:

    Santa’s Book of Names, Rapunzel (Paul Zelinsky), Goldilocks (Emma Chichester Clark), Out and About (Shirley Hughes), Superhero ABC (Bob McLeod), Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes, Over and Under the Snow (Kate Messner), The Applie Pie Tree, The Hullabaloo ABC, The Little Wild Horse, Chicken Soup with Rice. — oops that’s 11!

  80. Lisa says:

    How Droofus the Dragon Lost his Head by Bill Peet
    Go, Dog. Go! Eastman – taught generations of my family and friends to read. :)

    • Tanya says:

      I almost cried when I read your comment. I’ve been collecting my old storybook favorites and until I read what you wrote I’d completely forgotten about How Droofus the Dragon Lost his Head. It was one of my very favorites. Thank you so much.

    • Susan Norman says:

      Those are 2 of our absolute favorites! Go, Dog. Go for 2 generations also.

  81. Liz says:

    My top 10 in no particular order except how they come into my head: Bear on a Bike (Stella Blackstone/Debbie Harter), Herb the Vegetarian Dragon (Jules Bass/Debbie Harter), The Gift (Carol Ann Duffy/Rob Ryan), We’re Riding on a Caravan (Lauri Krebs/Helen Cann), Lola’s Fandango (Anna Witte/Micha Archer), The Boy Who Grew Flowers (Jen Wojtowicz/Steve Adams), Jack and the Beanstalk (Richard Walker/Niamh Sharkey), and round out the list with anything illustrated by Miriam Latimer (Ruby’s School Walk, Ruby’s Sleepover, Shopping with Dad, Emily’s Tiger, The Prince’s Bedtime, Shrinking Sam). More than 10, but we love them all!

  82. Asari says:

    This is a great site! Here are a few favorites:
    **Picture Books**
    Fortunately – Remy Charlip (a classic)
    Shrek – William Steig (“Pheasant, peasant? What a pleasant present!”)
    Tuesday – David Wiesner (you and your kids can take turns making up the words)
    Higglety Pigglety Pop! Or, There Must Be More to Life – Maurice Sendak (An overlooked gem from Sendak)
    Paper Bag Princess – Robert N. Munsch and Michael Martchenko (Not just for girls!)
    **Chapter Book**
    Catwings – Ursula LeGuin
    Seven Day Magic – Edgar Eager (Anything by him is good, but this is my favorite)
    The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles – Julie Edwards (aka Julie Andrews! A fun magic adventure in the Edgar Eager, E. Nesbit tradition)
    The Enchanted Castle – E. Nesbit ( “Aa oo re o me me oo a oo ho el? ” The Ugly-Wugglies might freak out little ones, but my daughter got a kick out of it at 7)
    The Island of the Aunts – Eva Ibbotsen (Pure loveliness)

    My daughter loved puzzles and maze books when she was smaller – she had one copy of an Usborne “Young Puzzle Adventures” book that was so well-loved the seam split and the pages started falling out. If you ever start a “Top 60” list for series books, I would recommend them!

  83. ReadItDaddy says:

    Late entry, relatively new book and perfect for the time of year, ‘When it Snows’ by Richard Collingridge. Deserves a place right up there with the best christmassy snowy books. Absolutely beautiful, just check out the trailer:

  84. lishacauthen says:

    Who can read this and resist putting their opinion?
    1. Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss–I can still recite the whole dang thing by heart. My youngest is 19.
    2. Jamberry by Bruce Degen–beautiful, dancing rhyme
    3. Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey–kerplink kerplank kerplunk
    4. Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak–deliciously subversive
    5. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle–fantastically designed book
    6. Those Terrible Toy-Breakers by David McPhail–charming drawings, cute story
    7. The Tawny Scrawny Lion–Little Golden Book–kids called our own dinner stew “carrot stew” after the book
    8. Barn Dance by Bill Martin jr. and John Archambault–written as a poem that is in the rhythm of a square dance. A miraculous book.
    9. Up and Down On The Merry-Go-Round by Bill Martin jr. and John Archambault–another poem written in the rhythm of a merry-go-round going aROUND and aROUND. Brilliant.
    10.Shoes by Elizabeth Winthrop–rhyming, illustrated by William Joyce. Toe-wiggly.

    Egad, there’s still King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub by Elizabeth Winthrop and Christmas! and Oh, Were They Ever Happy by Peter Spier and what about The Island of the Skog by Stephen Kellog?

    Stop me, somebody. Please.

  85. Kimberly says:

    I’m excited about your list and also the reader recommendations. Here, in no particular order, are ten books that we love in our home:
    1. Andrew Henry’s Meadow by Doris Burn
    2. Mabel O’Leary Put Peas in Her Ear-y by Mary Delaney
    3. The Seven Silly Eaters by Mary Ann Hoberman
    4. Mary Had a Little Lamp by Jack Lechner
    5. How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long
    6. If I Built a Car by Chris Van Dusen
    7. Falling for Rapunzel by Leah Wilcox
    8. Miss Suzy by Miriam Young
    9. When Dinosaurs Came with Everything by Elise Broach
    10. Double Trouble in Walla Walla by Andrew Clements

  86. L says:

    great list with many of my favorites already on there! and I like the 60 over 50 thoughts. here are ten more (in no particular order):
    The Little Bit Scary People by Emily Jenkins/Alexandra Boiger
    Freckleface Strawberry: Best Friends Forever by Julianne Moore/LeUyen Pham
    Nora the Mind Reader by Orit Gidal/Aya Gordon-Noy
    Kel Gilligan’s Daredevil Stunt Show by Michael Buckley/Dan Santat
    Little Rabbit and the Meanest Mother on Earth by Kate Klise/M. Sarah Klise
    Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
    Oscar and the Moon Cats by Linda Gene Rymond/Nicoletta Ceccoli
    Pecan Pie Baby by Jacqueline Woodson/Sophie Blackall
    Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio/LeUyen Pham
    Look, a Book! By Libby Gleeson/Freya Blackwood

  87. Liz says:

    One more – Monkey and Me, kids love that one too!

  88. Kary Henry says:

    LOVE these ideas! Thank you for the post. I’ll have to add a few of my own (even if they do repeat a few others from the comments section): We Are in a Book (Mo Willems), The Gruffalo (Julia Donaldson), The Quiltmaker’s Gift (Jeff Brumbeau), Officer Buckle and Gloria (Peggy Rathmann), Snowballs (Lois Ehlert), Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes (Eric Litwin), Pouch! (David Ezra Stein), Nothing to Do (Audrey Wood), The Puddle Pail (Elisa Kleven), Think Big (Liz Garton Scanlon) and The Relatives Came (Cynthia Rylant).

  89. These are not necessarily books I’ve reviewed, but picture books that have resonated with me and are firmly in my heart. Mostly because of my son or students loving them, I guess. This is from memory so apologies for scratchy details or spelling errors.
    1. Are You My Mother, P.D.Eastman
    2. The Elephant and the Bad Baby, Vipont and Briggs
    3. Owl Babies, Martin Waddell
    4. The Jolly Postman and other people’s letters, Ahlbergs
    5. Where the Wild Things Are, Sendak
    6. Possum Magic, Mem Fox and Julie Vivas
    7. Feathers for Phoebe, Rod Clement
    8. How to Heal a Broken Wing, Bob Graham
    9. Mirror, Jeannie Baker
    10. For All Creatures, Millard and Cool

    • Amy says:

      Thanks for sharing these, Susan! I am surprised that you are one of the first if not the first to mention WTWTA. More on that later…

  90. emma says:

    1.Beegu by Alexis Deacon
    2.Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers
    3.The Highway Rat by Julia Donaldson
    4.Owl Babies by Martin Waddell
    5.Walking Through The Jungle by Julie Lacome
    6.Brown Bear What Can You See by Bill Martin Junior
    7.Wilfrid Gordon Mcdonald Partridge by Mem Fox
    8.Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper
    9. The Great Pet Sale by Mick Inkpen
    10. One is a Snail Ten is a Crab by April Pulley Sayer & Jeff Sayer

  91. Only ten? That’s impossible! But here’s a non-definitive selection:
    1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar (Eric Carle)
    2. The Elephant and the Bad Baby (Elfrida Vipont)
    3. Jack and the Flum-Flum Tree (Julia Donaldson)
    4. Kipper (Nick Inkpen)
    5. Any of the ‘Maisy’ books (Lucy Cousins)
    6. Harry the Dirty Dog (Gene Zion)
    7. Pumpkin Soup (Helen Cooper)
    8. Goldilocks and Just the One Bear (Leigh Hodgkinson)
    9. Zerald’s Ogre (Tomi Ungerer)
    10. Owl Babies (Martin Waddell)
    But that’s really a very random selection- there are loads more I could have included!

    • Amy says:

      Thanks, Elli! You have a few classics on your list. The kids and I enjoy Harry and the Dirty Dog. I do not know how I haven’t heard of Zerald’s Ogre. I’m going to go look that one up now!

  92. Kathy says:

    Agh, forgot a classic – The Night Before Christmas by Clement C Moore!

  93. Kathy says:

    Ooh, lots I’ll have to check out! Some have already been mentioned but I’d add:

    Slow Loris by Alexis Deacon
    Eric by Shaun Tan
    Beegu by Alexis Deacon
    I want my hat back by Jon Klassen
    The Diary of a Wombat by Jackie French, illustrated by Bruce Whatley
    The Snowman by Raymond Briggs
    The Great Paper Caper by Oliver Jeffers
    Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers
    Dear Greenpeace by Simon James
    Cops and Robbers by Janet & Allan Ahlberg

    • Amy says:

      Please, feel free to re-mention! Those books and authors mentioned by more than one of you will get a bigger shout out in my December 1st post.

  94. Steve says:

    Limelight Larry, The Gruffalo, I want my Hat Back, Mook, Oh no George

  95. Kate Clarke says:

    Oooo, tough to limit it to ten!!!! Here goes though…..
    1} Six dinner Sid by Inga Moore
    2} Elmer by David McKee
    3} Owl babies by Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson
    4} The Winter Bear by Ruth Craft and Erik Blegvad
    5} Goodnight moon by Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd
    6} Harry the dirty dog by Gene Zion and Margaret Bloy graham
    7} Little beaver and the echo by Amy MacDonald and Sarah Fox-Davies
    8} Bringing down the moon by Jonathan Emmett and Vanessa Cabban
    9} Hand hand fingers thumb by Al Perkins and Eric Gurney
    10} Eric by Shaun Tan
    Glad Frederick was already on because I love him….but now I’m sad because I haven’t been able to put all my other favouritest favourites on, like Dogger, and all the old bear books, and Hairy McClary from Donaldson’s dairy, and All the other Dr Seuss books ever, and anything illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith, and…..well I just think everyone with children needs extra specially big library cards really, so they can take out about 12 books at a time….that way they might just get through all the wonderful picture books out there by the time their kids are 20! Hee hee. ;o)

    • Amy says:

      It is pretty much impossible to stick to 10. Thanks for sharing your picks! Our current library lets us check out 100 books at a time per library card — which is pretty amazing.

  96. Book SNiffer says:

    AND most importantly a grizzly no holds barred traditional tale of monsters and madness, The Fearsome Beasty by Giles Paley-Philips , It has an axe weilding granny in it AND eyeball stew!

  97. Book SNiffer says:

    So many to choose from!
    my ten would be…
    The Frank Show By David Mackintosh
    Stuck by Oliver Jeffers
    Silly Doggy by Adam Stower
    The Mole Who Knew It Was None Of His Business
    A Bit Lost by Chris Haughton
    I Want My Hat Back – By Jon Klassen
    Sometimes by Emma Dodd
    Alphabet by Paul Thurlby
    Foxly’s Feast by Owen Davey
    Winston Was Worried, By Pamela Duncan-Edwards and Benji Davies

  98. Su says:

    I would definitely add ‘The Library Lion’ by Michelle Knudsen and Kevin Hawkes, ‘Tiddler’ by Julia Donaldson and the Frog Band stories by Jim Smith – ‘The Frog Band and the Onion Seller’, ‘The Frog Band and the Mystery of Lion Castle’ and ‘Alphonse and the Stonehenge Mystery’

  99. Lisa says:

    Great list and your web site is a wonderful resource! Many of your top 60 are my favorites as well. I would definitely add my newest favorite Pete the Cat by Eric Litwin (all three currently released), Junkyard Wonders by Patricia Polacco, We are in a Book! by Mo Willems and The Gruffalo bby Julia Donaldson.

  100. My ten not already on the list would be:

    Big Sister and Little Sister – Charlotte Zolotow & Martha Alexander
    Dogger – Shirley Hughes
    Hop Into Bedtime – Clara Vulliamy
    The Kiss That Missed – David Melling
    Meg and Mog – Helen Nicol & Jan Pienkowski
    Mog the Forgetful Cat – Judith Kerr
    Room on the Broom – Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler
    The Spider and the Fly – Mary Howitt & Tony DiTerlizzi
    The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Eric Carle
    Winnie the Witch – Valerie Thomas & Korky Paul

    Many of the 50 already on your list I’ve not even heard of, so my list would be so very different. Really enjoyed you sharing all these – where has the year gone?! ;-)

  101. Thanks to your past recommendation we spend a lot of time enjoying Toot & Puddle books. I think my favorite is Toot & Puddle Let it Snow by Holly Hobbie. It’s touching to watch the care they take with each other. It’s also a great read as winter approaches. I notice you don’t have any Dr. Seuss books on your list and that may be by design. But I love to read The Lorax to my children. In ten minutes it taught them more about taking care of the earth than anything I’ve ever told or showed them. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein is a beautiful love story and always makes me cry. Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendack, because it’s fun to stand up and have a wild rumpus spontaneous dance party with my kids.

  102. Brooke says:

    Amy, it was so great to meet you at the conference! I love so so many of the titles you have already put up. And I’m coming up with a list to email it to you. Yay for picture books!

    • Amy says:

      I look forward to seeing your list! I hope I have the opportunity to see you again at a future conference!

      • Tina Hankerson says:

        Hi, I,m new and just reading all the posts and loving it. I love books and love to read. I have nine grandchildren and they all love books. What conference are you making reference to? Is it a book cconference. Ihave many children books and are always looking for more great ones.

  103. Sharon Y says:

    Many of yours are our favorite also. Thank you for your recommendations! We love: freight train ( Donald crews), Jamberry ( Bruce degan) , dinosaurs dinosaurs (Barton). Caps for sale (slodbodkina) ox cart man(Donald hall), stone soup (? Can’t remember)
    The mitten ( jan Brett), pancakes pancakes (Eric carle) the spooky tree ( berenstein) my dog Rosie ( Harper and moser) and so manyore. 10 is NOT enough!!!

    • Amy says:

      Great suggestions, Sharon! I know 10 isn’t truly enough. It took a lot of mulling and fiddling for me to narrow my list of great books down to 60…and still I try to avoid claiming that these are my favorite books.

  104. Liz says:

    This is sort of like trying to choose a favorite children, but–Frog and Toad! Frog and Toad! Or Mouse Tales! (But I have a sneaky feeling that one of those is behind the curtain.) And probably something by Jon Agee and something by Steve Jenkins. I have plenty of off-the-wall favorites too, but it’s harder to find consensus about that sort of thing.

  105. Mister Dog, Eloise, Rain Makes Applesauce, When the Sky is Like Lace, Harold and the Purple Crayon, Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing, Bread and Jam for Frances, Frog and Toad are Friends, Miss Nelson is Missing. (and I can think of a jillion newer books, but these are old favorites I couldn’t live without)

  106. readitdaddy says:

    Harold and the Purple Crayon, Harry by the Sea (in fact any of the Harry books), Mog the Forgetful Cat, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, Black Dog. Ack, too many to think of but a great looking list so far.

  107. Great list! Two of my all-time favorite picture books are Miss Rumphius (Barbara Cooney) and the Ox Cart Man (Donald Hall.) We also love the Gruffalo (Donaldson), Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse (Henkes) and I Took the Moon for a Walk (Carolyn Curtis.) Good luck choosing the next 10!

    ~ Lauren
    365 Great Children’s Books

  108. Liz says:

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Tiger Who Came to Tea, Dr Seuss’s ABC, The Most Amazing Hide-and-Seek Numbers book, How to Catch a Falling Star, Goodnight Moon, The Gruffalo, In the Attic, A Bit Lost, The Train Ride I suppose a lot of those are obvious classics? Excellent and much loved by my two anyway! Fantastic resource by the way, I always check your site when book buying, can’t think how you find the time, well done!

  109. Leanne says:

    Wonderful list! My daughter and I like to read George and Martha – they are hilarious!

  110. Anonymous says:

    Great idea!! But surely you must include at least one Babette Cole book?!! Dr.Dog, Princess Smartypants, The Smelly Book etc…

  111. Kimberly says:

    I just found your website. What fun! I, too, am an avid seeker of great picture books for my three kids. I have compiled a spreadsheet of about 100 of our favorite picture books. With the formatting, I don’t think I could cut and paste it here, but I could send it to you via email, if you’d like.

  112. mindbde2soul says:

    I had a book that almost no one has ever heard of, but my dad located a old library copy for me– A Ghost in a Four Room Apartment by Ellen Raskin. I just adored it, but since it’s not in print anymore I might not put it on the list. Of course, as an elementary school teacher I focused a lot on certain authors. We would do an author of the month. Some of these were- Eric Carle, Dr. Seuss, Tomi Depaola, Kevin Henkes…and more. If I had to add any book- only one I’d have to add Are You My Mother by P.D. Eastman, but it’s so hard to just pick 1- I can see why you said 60.

  113. Dogs Don’t Do Ballet, The Incredibly Book Eating Boy, Tyrranosaurus Drip!

  114. Elaine says:

    I love your website. I didn’t see my all-time favorite picture books, so I thought I’d share them: Boxes for Katje, Train to Somewhere, and Leah’s Pony. I have many other favorites, but those are my top three.

    • Amy says:

      Excellent! My son and I are reading lots of books about U.S. history right now, so I will stick these on the to read list.

      What books would others put on their Top 60 booklists? What books do you think are still to come on this one? (I have already chosen the 60 books, so you will not influence my choices.)

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